Arts & Entertainment
The Arts This Week
April 07, 2008
Ketchikan, Alaska - This week in Ketchikan, a Predator Management
in Alaska presentations is an April Extra at the Southeast Alaska
Discovery Center on Tuesday, April 8th, at 7:00 pm. Last fall
members of the Alaska Board of Game committed to informing the
public about Alaska's intensive management law and the Department
of Fish and Game's predator management program. Ron Somerville,
former Board of Game member, will explain what predator management
is and isn't, how it applies across the state, and some of the
results. He will discuss different predator and prey species
highlighting the legal, social, and biological reasons for predator
control. Free and open to the public! Call 228-6220 for more
Friday Night Insights: Breeding Birds of Ketchikan. Andy
Piston will give an overview of the Ketchikan breeding bird season
and bird breeding biology on April 11. All images in the
program will be of locally photographed birds and nests! Friday
Night Insight programs begin at 7:00 pm at the Southeast Alaska
Discovery Center, 50 Main Street, and are open to the public
free of charge. Call 228-6220 for more info.
Ketchikan Community Concert Band's "Lightweight Concert:
Beatles, Bugs and (P.D.Q.) Bach" A great performance
for the whole family! Saturday, April 12th, 2008 at
7:04 pm, at Kayhi Auditorium. Disney music, Sgt. Pepper,
and other fun noises! For more information, call McPherson Music
at 225-8250. Tickets are $10 for Adults, Free for children under
18 years, available at McPherson Music, the Arts Council, Parnassus
Books, through Band members, and at the door.
Sweet Second Saturdays April Folk Dance. Special Kids' and
Family Dance on April 12th from 6 to 7pm at the
Coast Guard Upper Base at the Crow's Nest. Children must
be accompanied by a responsible adult. The regular monthly Contra,
Square and Circle Dances will follow the kids' event. Live music
by Paddy's Leather Breeches, no dance experience or partner required.
$5 donations encouraged for those over 16 yrs.
UAS Summer Classes. The 2008 Summer Class Schedule is
now available. For information or to register, call 907-228-4511,
visit www.ketch.alaska.edu, or register at the Business Office
in the Ziegler Building 2600 Seventh Avenue. Check out what UAS
has to offer, from Anthropology, to Alaska Native Cultures, to
Literature, to Welding.
Southeast Alaska Music Festival. It's Ketchikan's turn
to host this exciting program for student musicians of Southeast.
Many exciting events are scheduled for April 16-19th
at Kayhi, with choirs, bands, jazz groups, solo and ensembles
performing before judges. Students will attend clinics in all
of these areas of interest. Students from across Southeast converge
for three days of music, and performances are open to the public.
Call 225-8250 for more info.
RaWR! Readings and Wild Recitations. In honor of
National Poetry Month and National Library Week, Ketchikan Public
Library's Teen Advisory Group is hosting a poetry reading. Come
Share YOUR favorite Poem, Quote, or Passage on Friday, April
18th beginning at 6:30 pm at the Public Library.
Friday Night Insights: Live Bird Presentation. Damon Hampel,
bird curator for Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery and Eagle Center,
will discuss the hunting styles, habitats and physical adaptations
of owls, hawks, and falcons in this live bird presentation on
April 18. Friday Night Insight programs begin at 7:00
pm at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, 50 Main Street,
and are open to the public free of charge. Call 228-6220 for
Monthly Grind, Poets Past and Present. This month's Grind
is April 19th, 7 pm at the Saxman Tribal House.
Special guests include Pete Atria, Jaci Benitz, Nelson Hays,
Natasha Turner, Pam Chandler, Fernando Rado, and Oil & Water.
$5 for Adults, $1 for Kids. Bring a homemade dessert and get
"The Angels of Lemnos," a play by Jim Henry.
There are angels everywhere, even among the ancient Greeks, even
among the homeless. First City Players presents Jim Henry's poignant
play "The Angels of Lemnos." The story begins with
a man who lost his family in a fire, a young man who lost his
sense of reality to a terrible childhood, and an abandoned infant.
"Angels of Lemnos" will be performed April 18-19,
April 25-26, and May 2-3. Shows are 7:30 pm at the Plaza Black
Box Theatre. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors
and military, and are available at the First City Players box
office in the Plaza, call 225-4792 or visit ketchikanarts.org/fcp.
This play has adult themes and language. Talkback with playwright
Jim Henry in person after the April 18th Show.
Forest Service Cabins 101. It's an April Extra at the
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center on Thursday, April 24th.
Have you ever wanted to rent a Forest Service cabin but were
too overwhelmed to try? Let the recreation staff from the Ketchikan-Misty
Fjords Ranger District ease your mind as they discuss "everything
you ever wanted to know about Forest Service cabins." This
includes cabin locations, reservations, transportation and what
you need to prepare for to enjoy your stay at a Forest Service
Cabin. Call 228-6220 for more info.
Slideshow Presentation and Book Signing by Dr. Aubrey
Stephens. On Thursday, April 25th, Dr. Aubrey Stephens
talks about celebrating artful and healthy living, and her book
"Breathing Life Through Dance." Doors open at 6:30
pm, program starts at 7:00 pm at the Ted Ferry civic Center.
Admission is free. For more information, call Parnassus Books
Emilio and the Enchanted Cow, performed by Marionetas de la
Esquina. Mexico's foremost puppeteers come to Ketchikan
for the Torch Nights performance series! The KAAHC is proud to
present the story of a boy named Emilio who fears the changes
that come from his parents' separation. He is faced with a number
of challenges, including living in a new home without his father.
Luckily, Emilio has a vivid imagination and an imaginary friend
called Cow. Your imagination will be sparked along with Emilio's
by these masterful puppeteers. Marionetas, unlike other puppets
that are controlled by the hand from inside or by rods and sticks,
are animated by strings. Although the puppets cannot smile, frown,
or blink, they can show tremendous emotion and expression through
expertly controlled movements. This performance of a delightful
story and impressive artistry promises to be fun for the whole
family! Emilio and the Enchanted Cow will be performed on Friday,
April 25th, 7:30 pm at Kayhi Auditorium. Tickets are
$17.00 for Adults, and $12.00 for Students and Seniors. For tickets
and information, call the Arts Council at 225-2211. TICKETS ON
Friday Night Insights: Cruising for Birds and Whales along
the Aleutian Chain. On April 25th, Steve Heinl will show
images and discuss the unique bird and whale species observed
while guiding a birding cruise from Anchorage to Attu Island
in the fall of 2006. Friday Night Insight programs begin at 7:00
pm at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, 50 Main Street,
and are open to the public free of charge. Call 228-6220 for
From Tip to Toe: The First Ever Art to Wear Fashion Show.
Paris, Milan,..Ketchikan? Why not? The Art to Wear Committee,
in association with the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council,
brings you a totally new show of fashion, jewelry, and accessories
created by local and out-of-town artists. The event will be held
at Ted Ferry Civic Center on Saturday, April 26th at
7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 and are available at the KAAHC office,
Soho Coho, TBC, McPherson Music, Madison Lumber, Rainforest Crafts,
and Bar Harbor Restaurant. Tickets only available in advance.
Bar Harbor Restaurant is providing light appetizers and one complimentary
glass of wine per person. Lush Life will provide musical entertainment.
There will be a no-host bar for beer and additional wine. In
addition to the runway show, a Boutique will be held in
the lounge at TFCC on Friday, April 25th from 3:00-5:30
pm, on Saturday, April 26th from noon to 6:00 pm and on
Sunday, April 27th from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. The event
is coordinated by the Art to Wear Committee, a KAAHC sponsored
organization. Call Jean Bartos at 225-9296 or 617-7720 for more
Writer Ellen Hopkins visits Ketchikan. The Ketchikan
Public Library welcomes popular Young Adult Author Ellen
Hopkins on Tuesday, May 6 at 6:30 pm. Ellen lives in Reno,
Nevada where she is a poet, young adult author, and freelance
writer. Her best selling novels in verse include "Glass,"
"Crank," "Impulse," and "Burned."
Before becoming a novelist, Ellen wrote several dozen non-fiction
books for young people, most notably about aviation. You can
learn more about Ellen and her work at www.ellenhopkins.com.
Ellen will also be spending a day at Ketchikan High School. This
visit is being coordinated by Ketchikan High School librarian
David Miller, who can be reached at 225-9815 ext. 21 or email@example.com
Upcoming Opportunities: calls, auditions, contests, artist
Registration for the Sitka Fine Arts Camp is 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. Edgecombe 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 www.fineartscamp.org,
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!* The Sitka Fine
Arts Camp has been Nationally Recognized! First Lady Laura Bush
recognized the Sitka Fine Arts Camp with the Coming Up Taller
Award, the nation's highest honor for out-of-school arts and
humanities programs on January 28th!
2008 Fish Follies. The Cordova Historical Museum welcomes
the annual return of the Copper River wild salmon with a celebration
of art. Fish Follies is a juried national art show featuring
artwork with a fishy theme. Deadline for postmarks is April
25th, and the call is open to all artists 18 and over, working
in any media. Entries are limited to two works, not to exceed
72" high or wide, and not to exceed 50 lbs, created in 2006
or after, and all works must be for sale. Artists will be notified
of acceptance on May 9th. Spectacular Alaska Wild Seafood prizes
will be awarded for Best of Show, 2nd Place, Three Honorable
Mentions and "Most Fishy." For more information, call
(907) 424-6665, Fax (907) 424-6666, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Call to Artists: Juneau Arts Council invites Artists to
Submit Work to be Considered for Solo Exhibition. Artists interested
in being considered for a solo exhibit at the Juneau Arts and
Humanities Council Gallery during the 2008-2009 Season may apply
by April 30th, 2008, at 5:00 pm. Applications available
to download from: www.jahc.org. Our next gallery season runs
from September 2008-August 2009. For more information, contact
the JAHC at 907-586-2787 or email@example.com.
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.
Ketch-O-Matic! An exhibit of Art Vending machines is now
showing at the Mainstay Gallery during the month of April. Local
Ketchikan artists have taken on the challenge of decorating several
vending machines to hang on the gallery walls, each manufactured
vender recreated into a unique art piece. The vending machines
will dispense handmade art objects at prices ranging from $5-$25.
Ketch-O-Matic brings art to the public at a very reasonable price!
Please join us at the Mainstay Gallery, 716 Totem Way, and bring
some crisp bills!
Alaska Hummingbird Festival Juried Art Show. The Ketchikan
Visitors Bureau will display original artwork inspired by the
Spring Migratory Bird List from April 4th-19th. Artwork is created
in any media, both two- and three- dimensional works are included,
and have been created by both new and experienced artists. The
Ketchikan Visitor's Bureau will present prizes for Adult and
Student Best of Show, as well as First Prizes and Honorable Mentions
in both categories. Come to the free opening reception at the
Ketchikan Visitors Bureau on Friday, April 4th, from
6-8pm. Artists are encouraged to attend!
The Hunt Photos. Image of Early Ketchikan will be on display
at the Tongass Historical Museum beginning on March 7th,
showing through April 13th 2008. This amazing collection
features vivid images of Ketchikan's early days, and the people
who built it, captured on film by Harriet Hunt, Forest Hunt,
and Berth Hunt Wells. On display through April 13th. Call 225-5600
for more information.
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 5:30 pm
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.
Live Music 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.
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: 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
First City Players: 2007-2008 Season Tickets Available Now.
Buy tickets for an incredible season of performances, including
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. For more information, call 225-4792,
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshops & Classes:
Winter Arts Classes available now. Sign up for three week
sessions learning Calligraphy, Cooking, Beginning Sewing, Beginning
Quilting, Painting and Drawing. For information on costs, times,
ages and locations, call Trudy at 225-0401 or 617-2748.
Bigfoot Pottery Studios at 325 Bawden, downstairs.
Classes are again available, Monday-Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, and
Sundays 4:00-7:00 pm. Call Erik or Leif at 225-POTS for more
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
Winter Arts Classes. 3 week sessions are available in
Calligraphy, Cooking, Beginning sewing,
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.
Rainy Day Recorders meet every Tuesday at 4:30 pm. For
information, contact MJ Turek at 225-2592.
Ketchikan Community Chorus meets every Tuesday from
7-9pm at the Presbyterian Church. Call 247-2356 for more
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 April 29th.
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 Presbyterian Church, 2711 2nd Ave (NEW LOCATION!!!). Come
practice your public speaking, guests are welcome! Call 225-3519
for more info.
Yarn Bee. One Sunday each month in the adult library from
1-3 pm. 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.
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