Give the arts more play

Posted: Sunday, December 10, 2006

The Empire used to publish a decent arts insert with detailed articles supported by nice pictures of local entertainment. Please bring back some good arts reporting. My usual Thursday morning routine is to put the Hooligan and the Sears flyer directly in the recycling bin (although, given the choice, I would rather read the Sears flyer). However, the last couple weeks I have looked through your Thursday insert as I wanted information on Gallery Walk and the Bach concert. Good on Gallery walk, not enough on Bach concert (photos of local artists and performers, please!).

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Today's coverage of the Nutcracker was overshadowed by an article more appropriate for the Sunday morning light news section. Ms. Tibbett's writing is always clear and interesting, and she did a great job in the small amount of space allotted to her report. However, she did not have room to mention that Jennifer Curry, a principal of the California Ballet Co., will be performing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Ms. Curry is a versatile dancer, actor and former recipient of the California Ballet Association Dancer of the Year award. Not only will there be a professional dancer performing, but the quality of our local dancers is quite good as many of them have trained for years, both at Juneau Dance Unlimited and at Summer Dance Lab, a three- to five-week summer intensive dance camp at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.

The performance also incorporates some young dancers who have been rehearsing in difficult circumstances the past couple weeks as the rehearsal space was damaged by some major flooding. These dedicated young performers do not receive weekly coverage in the sports section, so it would be nice if your once a year you could devote more space to them.

Susan Pollard


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