Posted: Thursday, December 08, 2005

SAGA presents emcee battle Friday at Centennial Hall

JUNEAU - Southeast Alaska Guidance Association (SAGA) will present an emcee battle and dance from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in Centennial Hall's Sheffield Ballroom No. 3.

All ages are welcome. Admission is $3 and a can of food, and all cans go to the Juneau Food Bank.

SAGA, a nonprofit that runs job training and education programs, organized the event to drum up more support.

"We need to generate volunteers for SAGA, and we figured that a dance would be one of the best ways to keep it interesting," said Sara Wellhausen, one of the event's organizers.

The emcee battle will start at about 9 p.m. The winner gets to decide which charity will reap the evening's admission proceeds.

So far, the lineup includes Rillo, Konsept, Luke Warm, Seattle's Chris Capone, Detox, Rob Dog and Ophae. The Gift and DJ Smack will man the turntables. DJ Astronomar will host.

Anyone who wishes to show up and battle is more than welcome.

"I'm hoping that other people will show up to battle," Astronomar said. "I'm really looking forward to it. It already has a good vibe attached to it."

KTOO to honor Doug Gregg, Spike Jones

JUNEAU - KTOO has two radio specials lined up for Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Juneau jazz guitarist Doug Gregg will be the guest of honor at 11 a.m. on Cy Peck Jr.'s program, "The World's Greatest Jazz Show." Gregg has been featured throughout the Pacific Northwest, played with Ray Charles in Seattle in the late 1940s and now performs with the Thunder Mountain Big Band.

At 3 p.m., the station will air a program celebrating what would have been the 94th birthday of novelty musician Spike Jones. (Jones died in 1965).

Jeff Brown is producing a segment that includes interviews with Jones, Junior, author Jordan Young and national radio host Dr. Demento.

Opera to GO! organizes multicultural 'Celebration of Light'

JUNEAU - Opera to GO! is planning an evening of multicultural dance, song and dessert for its annual holiday party.

"Celebration of Light" starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Holy Trinity Church, Fourth and Gold streets. Tickets are $10 at the door.

The night will include the usual assortment of opera singers, this time featuring Philippe Damerval, Lorraine Marshall, Cathy Pashegian, Cheryl Crawford, Brett Crawford, Joyce Parry Moore, Rebecca Grimes and Aaron Elmore, star of the company's upcoming presentation of "Don Giovanni."

Doug Smith will play piano, as the singers perform English, French, German and Spanish seasonal carols.

Guests include The Tlingit Gospel Chorus, the Tlingit Dancers of Light, a group of Filipino dancers and possibly Robert Cohen.

"People will come and hear some music they know, and some music that's new to them," Opera to GO! director Joyce Parry Moore said.

"We have done traditionally a holiday soiree for the last four years, a private party to thank our members," she said. "This year we wanted to open it up to the community in a bigger venue. Opera is, by nature, multicultural. We wanted to honor that and try to honor as many traditions as we can at this time of the year. What we all seem to have in common is that longing for the light."

The evening will also include a festival of 13 desserts, modeled after the Christmas tradition in Provence, France. All 13 desserts will be auctioned in McPhetres Hall, adjacent to the church.

Valentine's Cafe, the Paradise Bakery, Andrea Mogil, Damerval and Ardyne Womack will contribute dishes.

Auke Bay Elementary prepares concert

AUKE BAY - Auke Bay Elementary School will present "Aurora's Dream," a celebration of the northern lights and a collection of songs from northern countries, at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, in the school's gym.

The winter concert is free and open to the public.

JDHS gets ready for winter concerts

JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas High School intermediate, concert and jazz bands and wind ensemble will play a free family concert from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the school auditorium.

The program includes "Sleighride," "Russian Christmas," "Mandalen Landscapes" and a collection of seasonal and holiday favorites.

The following day, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, the choirs and the school orchestra will perform.

Both shows are free, but donations will be accepted at the door. The music department will be selling calendars and raffle tickets.

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