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Arts & Entertainment This Week


January 08, 2008
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Ketchikan, Alaska - This week in Ketchikan the January Folk Dance Sweet Second Saturdays Contra, Square and Circle Dance will be held at the USCG Base "Crow's Nest" on Saturday, January 12th at 7:00 pm. Come out and kick up those heels! No Dance Experience or Partner required. Live Music by Paddy's Leather Breeches. All are welcome! $5 donations encouraged for those over 16.

Teen Advisory Group will meet in the adult library at 6:30 pm on January 8th. TAG also hosts "Create Art in the Afternoon" from 1-3 pm on January 12th. This is a drop-in program appropriate for all ages. Call Kelly Johnson at the library for more information: 225-0370.

"Ketchikan Joins the Geocashing Craze!" Friday Night Insight. The University of Alaska Southeast has a state of the art Geographical Information Systems (GIS) lab that can be used by public and private organizations for training and workshops. Amy Russel is the GIS Coordinator for the University and she will explain how businesses can benefit from location data that are geographically referenced to demographic data on January 11th at 7:00 pm. Friday Night Insight Programs are open to the public and are free of charge from 7:00-8:00 pm at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Call 228-6220 for more info.

Auction and Dance Fundraiser for Michael Beech. Saturday, January 12, at the Eagles Hall on Creek Street, join the fun! Doors open at 7:30 pm, Live Auction starts at 8:00 pm. There will be Original Art and other fabulous things of wonder up for bidding. Dancing will follow, with DJ's Ratfish Ray vs. Ronnie M. No Host Bar, Donations accepted at the door.

Garden Club Presents SEEDS! On Monday, January 14th, meet at the Children's Library at 6:30 pm for a presentation on Seeds: selecting, ordering, scheduling, storing, starting, lighting, transplanting, and saving. Call 225-0370 for more info.

Family Night at the Ketchikan Public Library. The AEYC Association for the Education of Young Children) and the public library presents another Family Night beginning at 5:30 pm on Thursday, January 17th. Come to the library for food, fun and free books. Space is limited so free tickets must be picked up in advance at the library. The theme this month is "fire Safety" with a visit from the Fire Department. Call 225-0370 for more information.

First City Players presents the 10th Annual Jazz and Cabaret Festival extravaganza of local talent at 7:30 pm at the Ted Ferry Civic Center on January 25th and 26th and Kayhi Auditorium on January 27th. The festival has two week classes in solo voice, vocal duets, trios and quartets, Blues guitar, woodwind and small jazz and pop instrumental ensembles instructed by world class musicians Anne Phillips, Matt Perri, Paul Meyers and Bob Kindred. Classes begin on January 14th. For registration, information or to purchase tickets, call First City Players at 225-2211.

Sitka Fine Arts Camp Registration going on NOW. The Sitka Fine Arts Camp announces dates and registration information for its 33rd annual camp, to be held in June and July 2008. The camp features classes in music, theater, dance, writing, visual arts, and Alaskan Native Arts taught by 43 faculty members from all over the country. Students stay at Mt. Edgecumbe High School. Mini Camp for elementary students entering grades 1-6 in the fall will be held Monday, June 9th-Friday, June 13th. The Middle School Camp, for students entering grades 6-9, takes place Sunday, June 15th- Saturday, June 28th. The High School Camp, for students entering grades 9-12, takes place Sunday, June 29th- Sunday, July 13th. Registration for all three camp sessions opened on January 1st, and is on a first-come first-served basis. Online registration is available through the camp website at <> , along with a full listing of camp fees. Call (907) 747-3085 to reach the camp office. *Don't forget to apply for scholarships through the Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship!

Ketchikan Food Club will meet for ordering and general information beginning at 4:30 pm in the children's annex of the Public Library on January 8th. Food orders may be dropped off at the library in advance. Who doesn't like to eat good food? Call 225-0370 for more information.

Now Showing at the Mainstay Gallery. A new show of work by Katie Leese, Andrea Hofeling, and Taylor Taylor is on display for the month of January. These emerging Ketchikan artists exhibit a tremendous range in style, subject matter, and media. Come see what the next wave of Ketchikan artists are up to! The Mainstay is located at 716 Totem Way, call 225-2211 for more information. We're now open on Saturdays too! Come see us Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

2007-2008 Torch Nights Performing Arts Series Season Tickets on Sale Now!! Subscribe to the rest of the season and you can save up to 35% (Arts Council Members save the most!). This year's remaining events include: Opposites Attract: 22nd Annual Wearable Art Show, Turtle Island String Quartet (string jazz quartet), John Gorka & Susan Werner (contemporary American folk), Marionetas de la Esquina (Mexican puppet company performs Emil and the Magic Cow), and The 11th Annual Gigglefeet Dance Festival. Brochures are available at the Arts Council, 716 Totem Way, 225-2211.

First City Players: 2007-2008 Season Tickets Available Now. Buy tickets for an incredible season of performances, including Thorton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth," James Henry's "Angels of Lemnos," and Christopher Durang's "Miss Witherspoon," to list only a few. Save money by purchasing season seats, and don't forget to sign up for Membership. Get the "Play Time" brochure at First City Players, 2417 Tongass Ave, Suite 218, or pick one up at the Arts Council, 713 Totem Way. For more information, call 225-4792, or email <>

Ongoing attractions:

Storyhour at the Library continues regularly throughout the year on Thursday and Friday at 10:30am. After some playtime, the librarian reads stories, sings songs, does finger plays and shows a short film beginning around 10:40 am. Different story themes each week! This program is appropriate for infants through pre-school age children. Please note that there will be no Storyhour on Tuesdays until further notice. Call 225-0370 for more information.

Speakeasy: A Monthly Event at Parnassus Books.
This is an opportunity to read aloud your own work, or a passage, poem or story written by your favorite author. Join us at Parnassus the last Friday night of each month at 6pm for music by the Rainy Day Recorders. Readings will begin at 6:30pm, refreshments will be served. Sponsored by University of Alaska Southeast and Parnassus Books. Contact Rod Landis at 228-4547 or Maggie Freitag at 225-7690 for more information.

Jam to Gospel/ Bluegrass music every Thursday night at 7pm at the stARTled Salmon Ketchikan Arts Hatchery in the Salmon Landing Market. Sponsored by Squares and Contras, call 225-2211 for more info.

Bluegrass Every Friday at the New York Café. Stop by for an evening of bluegrass jams every Friday of the winter months from 6pm to midnight. Light dinners and appetizers served from 5pm-9pm. Bring your instrument and join in the music making or just come to listen. For more info, call 225-0246.

Jazz Jammin' at the Salmon, hosted by Austin Hays, come jam the night away at the stARTled salmon Ketchikan Arts Hatchery, starting at 7pm every Friday night. Call the Arts Council for more info, 225-2211

Saturday is Open Mic Night at Wired Alaska Internet Café. From 7-10pm every Saturday, come out to the Internet Café between the Police Station and the tunnel on Grant. Call 225-6119 for more information.

Sweet Second Saturdays: Dances will be held every second Saturday of the month at 7pm in the Schoenbar Commons. Donations of $5 will be accepted for those 16 and older.

Monthly Grind at the Tribal House. The Monthly Grind provides a chance for us to enjoy local talent at a friendly venue every third Saturday at 7pm, September through May. Tickets are available at Soho Coho, McPherson Music and TBC. Bring a homemade dessert for a refund. Contact Tom LeCompte 617-0769 or Peggy Hovik 617-5081 for more info.


Workshops & Classes:

Homemaking Arts Classes available now. Sign up for two to three week sessions learning Calligraphy, Needlework, Sewing, and Quilting. Ages, dates, locations and times vary. Call Trudy at 225-0401 or 617-2748.

Bigfoot Pottery Studio is in the old Physical Graffiti building, downstairs. Classes and the studios are again available at various times. Call Erik at 617-2378 for more information and to register for classes.

Beading, Knitting, and other fabric art sessions are ongoing throughout the year at The Bead and Yarn Shoppe located in Salmon Landing Market. Call Cheri Pyles at 225-2858 for more information.

Sewing, Quilting and other fabric art sessions are available through Rainforest Crafts. For more info and to register call Rainforest Crafts at 247-2738.

Quilting classes: The Silver Thimble Quilt Shop is hosting a variety of quilting classes for the beginner to more experienced quilters, available at varying times. Please call the Quilt Shop for more information and registration at 225-5422.


Meetings and Gatherings:

Ketchikan Community Concert Band meets every Monday from 7-9pm at McPherson Music. Call 225-3650 to reserve your space or for more information.

Ketchikan Community Chorus meets every Tuesday from 7-9pm at the Presbyterian Church. Call 247-2356 for more information.

The Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council Board of Directors meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6pm at the Mainstay Gallery, 716 Totem Way. Next Meeting is January 22nd! There are OPEN seats on the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council Board. Please call or email to get an application to be on the best Board of Directors we know!!!! 225-2211,

Rainy Day Quilters meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at 6:45pm, at Holy Name.

First City Toastmasters meet Thursdays at noon at the Creekside Meeting Center, 640 Park Ave. Come practice your public speaking, guests are welcome!

Yarn Bee. One Sunday each month in the adult library from 1-3 pm. (December 23rd). Each session will begin with a short presentation about new knitting, crochet and craft books at the library, then participants will be free to socialize and work on projects. Refreshments will be served. Call 225-0370 for more information.

Book Talk on KRBD Ketchikan each Thursday evening from 6:30-7pm at 105.3. Listen to news about the library, books, and book reviews.


Coming attractions:

"The Bridges of the Tongass," Friday Night Insight. You might say that Eleanor Oman enjoys 'bridge work' because she has spent over 17 years working on bridge design, construction and condition inspections in the Tongass National Forest. This presentation, on January 18th at 7:00 pm, will be enjoyable for all ages and includes building a suspension bridge out of everyday objects and testing it for strength! This challenge will show what professional engineers consider when they design bridges and what they find out when inspecting them. Friday Night Insight Programs are open to the public and are free of charge from 7:00-8:00 pm at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Call 228-6220 for more info.

Mad Hatter Tea Party at the Ketchikan Public Library. The annual Mad Hatter Tea Party will be held in the children's annex beginning at 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 19th. There will be food, fun, and a hat contest for kids of all ages. Call 225-0370 for more information.

Robert Burns Night. The Old Bar Harbor Caledonia Society is proud to announce Ketchikan's 9th Annual Robert Burns Night. This event is a tradition of Scots worldwide, a special supper and celebration is to be held in honor of Scotland's favorite son and poet. Come to Steamers Restaurant on the 25th of January, doors open at 5:30 pm, program is at 6:00 pm. The bill of fare includes: Baked Salmon Dinner and Dessert, Glorious Haggis presented in full dress, Live Local Loud! Bagpipe music, Stories & Poems & Toasts & Songs & Wonderful Highland Dancers. Everyone is welcome. Come in your plaids, full dress uniforms (military, public service organizations, or fraternal organizations) or your highest finery. Tickets can be purchased from Ketchikan Arts Council, and Steamers Restaurant. Don't delay, seating is limited. Adults $30, Children under 12 $15. Haggis eating contest is an additional $5.

10th Annual Jazz and Cabaret Festival. First City Players presents the 10th annual extravaganza of local talent at 7:30 pm at the Ted Ferry Civic Center on January 25th and 26th and Kayhi Auditorium on January 27th. The festival has two week classes in solo voice, vocal duets, trios and quartets, Blues guitar, woodwind and small jazz and pop instrumental ensembles instructed by world class musicians Anne Phillips, Matt Perri, Paul Meyers and Bob Kindred. Classes begin on January 14th. For registration, information or to purchase tickets, call First City Players at 225-2211.

"Internment Camp at Ward Lake," Friday Night Insight. During World War II the Japanese invaded the Aleutian chain and the American authorities decided to relocate residents of these islands to southeast Alaska. Over 150 of these displaced people were living at the internment camp at Ward Lake. Follow their historic journey on January 25th at 7:00 pm, as Dave Keiffer reveals their unfortunate plight. Friday Night Insight Programs are open to the public and are free of charge from 7:00-8:00 pm at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Call 228-6220 for more info.

Mardi Gras Masks for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. At 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 26th in the children's annex, Big Brothers and Big Sisters will be making Mardi Gras Masks. Call 225-0370.


Upcoming Opportunities: calls, auditions, contests, artist opportunities, etc:

Seeking Artists, Writers, and Poets for UAS's Tidal Echoes. UAS seeks submissions for a literary and arts journal published in April 2008. Submissions are open to all Southeast Alaska residents, and are due January 10th, 2008. This year's feature artist will be Ray Troll, and the featured writer is Nora Daunhauer. For submission guidelines, visit <> . For more information, contact Emily Wall at (907) 796-6113 or e-mail <> .

Calling All Divas!!! First City Players is currently recruiting Divas for their 2008 Fundraiser extravaganza. If you are ready to commit we are ready to offer free enrollment for one Jazz Cabaret workshop or a free private lesson with Anne Phillips or Matt Perri. Limited Availability, CALL NOW! 225-4792

Wearable Art Extravaganza. The Juneau Arts and Humanities council is seeking submissions for "Mechanical Marvels," Runway Show and Silent Auction. Applications are due January 15th, 2008. Artists of all ages using any media are encouraged to enter, theme is not mandatory, and applications require an entry fee of $25 and includes one regular ticket to the performance of your choice. Shows are Saturday, February 9, 2008 at 8pm, and Sunday, February 10th, 2008 at 3pm. For more information, contact the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council at (907) 586-2148. Send submissions to 350 Whittier St. Suite 101, Juneau AK 99801.

Opposites Attract: The 22nd Annual Wearable Art Show Call to Artists. Applications for entries in this year's runway show are now available at the Arts Council. Completed applications are due January 23rd, 2008 at 5:00pm for Adult artists, and January 16th, 2008 at 5:00pm for student artists. For more information, call the Arts Council at 225-2211.

Sam Pitcher Music Scholarship: "Providing opportunities for Ketchikan youth to attend summer music programs" This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Seming "Sam" Pitcher, a gifted young man who was active in the various music programs available in Ketchikan. Awards of up to $1,000 will be provided to a Ketchikan youths in grades 7-12 for use at a summer music program. Awards will be paid directly to the program in the name of the applicant, and are based on the applicant's musical ability, goals, motivation and to a lesser extent, financial need. It is the applicant's responsibility to research and provide requested information to the selection committee. Send in a completed application, a minimum of two reference forms (one completed by a music instructor!) to Sam Pitcher Music Scholarship c/o KAAHC, 716 Totem Way, due February 15th, 2008. Finalists must audition in February. Call 225-2211 for more information.

Mainstay Gallery Call to Artists and Curators for the 2008-2009 Season. Artists and curators of all media are invited to propose group or solo shows of work. The gallery review panel welcomes emerging and established local artists, group displays by students or by artists in the community, as well as curators who propose engaging and challenging exhibits. We can't wait to see what you can do! Proposal requirements and information are available at the Arts Council. The deadline for proposals is Friday, February 29th at 5:00 pm. For more information, call 225-2211.

Global Art Project for Peace, 8th Biennial Exchange. Create a work of art expressing your vision of global peace and goodwill to exchange with another person or group. Works are displayed in the hometown of each participant both before and after exchange. This is a great experience for classrooms as well as individuals. Registration deadline is February 29th, 2008, and the exchange lasts from March-April 2008. Call (520) 628-8353 or visit <> for more information, or come pick up a brochure at the Arts Council

1st Ever Art to Wear Fashion Show: From Tip to Toe. Curators Jean Bartos and Jackie Keizer invite designers creating art to wear in any media to submit an application for participation. Art to wear entries may include garments, jewelry and accessories such as hats, scarves, shoes, belts, handbags, or other imaginative accents. Completed entry forms must be received at the Mainstay Gallery Friday March 14, 2008 by 5pm. The Fashion Show will take place at the Plaza Mall from 6-8pm, Saturday, April 26, 2008. Works from the Fashion Show will also be displayed at the Mainstay Gallery for the May exhibit. An opening reception will be held at the gallery from 5-8pm, Friday, May 2, 2008. More information to be posted soon at <> . Call Jean Bartos 225-9296 or Jackie Keizer 225-8848 for more information.

Alaska Hummingbird Festival Juried Art Show, Call for Artists. The Ketchikan Visitor's Bureau is seeking art submissions for a juried show of work inspired by migratory birds of Alaska. Artwork must be inspired by the Spring Migratory Bird List, original artwork cannot have been previously exhibited in Ketchikan, entries are open to all Alaskan artists working in any media, with a maximum of two entries per person. Deadline for entries is Friday, March 28, 2008 at 5pm at the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, 131 Front Street. Entry forms are available through the Ketchikan Visitor's Bureau and at the Arts Council. For more information and criteria, contact Leslie Swada at 228-6247 or <>

Venue for musicians at St. John's Episcopal Church: Members of St. John's are offering the use of the sanctuary for rehearsal and performance space during non-service times. Please contact the church office for availability at 225-3680.

Calling all writers: interested in getting together to write and talk about your writing with others? Call Elizabeth Flom to get something started or get involved, 247-1313.


Source of News:

Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council


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