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Ketchikan Arts & Entertainment


May 26, 2009

Ketchikan, Alaska - Tonight the Kayhi Choral Department will be performing songs from the movies for our "Music on the Red Carpet" pizza dinner and dessert auction. The event will take place in the Kayhi Commons on Tuesday, May 26th, at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $5 for dinner (available with choir members), or just show up, enjoy the entertainment, and bid on a dessert!

A Collective Animal Kingdom. FINAL WEEK! The Mainstay Gallery's May exhibit features the work of Sarah Asper Smith, an incredible designer with a knack for composition and a wonderful palette- and a great sense of humor. The show features fine art prints of the herds, schools, gaggles and parades of the animal world- plus tons of other goodies like t-shirts, note cards, and tote bags. Did you know that a group of jellyfish is called a "smack?" A group of crows is called a "murder?" There's an animal and its grouping for every letter of the alphabet! On display through Friday, May 29th at the Mainstay Gallery, 716 Totem Way. Call 225-2211 for more info!

Birds Making Words- New Works by Evon Zerbetz! The Soho Coho Gallery displays Evon's colorful new linocuts on wood panel "tablets" starting on Friday, May 1st. This series of small new original works was inspired by a legend about the invention of Chinese writing being derived from observations of bird tracks in sand. The series continues her exploration of printing on material other than paper, a style that was first introduced in the work she did for her 67 x 7 foot in the library at Schoenbar middle school last autumn. The display will also include pieces from the "Raucous" exhibit that have never been displayed in Ketchikan. Birds Making Words will be featured at Soho Coho through May 30th, and opens as part of the Celebration of the Sea! For more information, call Soho Coho at 225-5954.

Support our Youth Artists at the KYI AUCTION, Saturday June 6th This event sponsored by the Plaza Mall benefits not only the young artist (who earns 50% of the winning bid) but also Ketchikan Youth Initiatives for programs serving the youth of Ketchikan. Your tax deductible contributions support KYI programs such as development of the Hot Shots Paintball Park, development of a Covered Skatepark, the Youth to Work job readiness program, redevelopment of the Old Water Waterhouse into a Youth Community Center and local advocacy for youth-related issues, such as increasing the graduation rate. Art works are being displayed in the old Videl space. A formal preview of art begins Saturday at 5:30pm accompanied by a Bake Sale, sale of custom-designed, tie-dyed Tshirts and music. The Auction starts up at 6:15pm with auctioneer Miguel Torres, and will be followed by a Raffle! Call 225-2250 for information.


2009 Ketchikan King Salmon Derby! It's the second weekend of the Salmon Derby- fish for kings and fish for $10,000! Who Ever Said this was a Big Boys Tournament?- It's fun for the whole family! Derby Tickets are available at Alaska Liquor Store, Clover Pass Resort, Knudson Cove Marina, Lighthouse Grocery, Newtown Liquor, Murray Pacific Tongass Trading, Safeway, Salmon Falls Resort, South Tongass Service, and all Weigh-In Stations. Get your ticket to be eligible to win one of 30 cash or other prizes, totaling over $85,000 combined. Be sure to read the rules, get your fishing license if you are 16 or older, and don't forget check-in! Good luck!!!

Coming attractions:

ArtsCool!!! Wondering what to do with those creative kids this summer? ArtsCool offers kids the chance to create a Musical: Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr., and gives them the chance to get hands-on in all aspects of production! Kids act, make art and create costumes and scenes, sing, dance, and perform! The Intensive Music Theatre Camp runs from July 13th-August 7th for Performing and Scenic artists ages 8-17, kids attend Monday through Thursday, from 9am to 5pm, leading up to a performance on August 7th and 8th. Kids can also attend the Music Theatre Minicamp from July 13th-August 7th, Tuesday through Thursday, 10am to 11:30am. Camp is held at Ketchikan Theatre Ballet Studios and the Kayhi Auditorium. Be a part of the Musical Adventure!

Master Storyteller Jim Weiss. Presenting original and classic stories to enchant kids and grownups! Head to the Ketchikan Public Library Annex on Monday, June 1, 2009 to hear this internationally known storyteller entertain families. Jim Weiss "brings to life for children the greatest stories from classic literature and history. He is a unique interpreter of favorite tales, and his Greathall Productions company has produced forty two storytelling recordings featuring Greek Myths, King Arthur, Sherlock Holmes and many more! For more info, call 2250370, or learn about Weiss at <> .

Teen Advisory Group has their 2nd Anniversary and Graduation Party! Join in the fun on Tuesday, June 2nd, from 6-8pm in the children's annex. Call Kelly Johnson for more information.

Summer Reading Club "Get Creative at Your Library" and "Young at Art" begins on June 6th. Kids of all ages can register throughout the summer to earn fun prizes while they track their reading progress. For more program information call Charlotte or Debbie at 225-0370.

Blueberry Booths!!! Deadline for renewing booth holders from 2008 is on Friday, June 5th, with the Arts Council. Be sure to fill out your booth application form and get it to us at 716 Totem Way. Stop by for the application, or get it online at <> . Call 225-2211 for more information!

Alaskan Author Seth Kantner. The Ketchikan Public Library welcomes back Seth Kantner for a Slide show and book signing beginning at 6:30pm on Sunday, June 14th, at the Ketchikan Public Library.

Deadline for 2009 Blueberry Booths! The application deadline for all Blueberry Arts Festival Booth holders is Friday, July 17th at the Arts Council. Space preference is given to renewing booth holders, then on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to fill out your booth application form and get it to us at 716 Totem Way. Stop by for the application, or get it online at <> . Call 225-2211 for more information!

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

CutPlug! First City Players' first Annual Short Original Theatre Festival. Calling local and visiting performing artists for short works of original theatre, including plays, skits, improv, monologues, performance art, or stand-up comedy. Each piece should be 10 minutes or less. Call First City Players for registration and information at 225-4792, or visit <> . CutPlug performances will be on June 19th and 20th at Saxman Tribal House at 7:30pm.

Calling all Artists for 100x100! The Arts Council is seeking 100 works of art for the first show in our new Gallery Space! We want 100 works of art to sell for $100 each made by you! We are seeking work in any media- newly created as well as previously-created works. The deadline for entries is Monday, June 22nd, 4:30pm at 716 Totem Way. The 100x100 gallery show and Arts Council fundraiser will have an opening reception on Friday, July 3rd, and will be part of the Grand Opening Celebration! This will be a fantastic event, with hors d'oeuvres, a no-host bar, and art! A great time, and a great cause. Help the arts grow in Ketchikan by contributing your work of art! Call 225-2211 for more info!

Calling Dancers and Choreographers for Gigglefeet Dance Festival! The Gigglefeet Dance Festival Committee invites dancers, choreographers, and tech personnel to participate in the 12th annual Festival! All styles of performance-quality dance are encouraged. Members of the Gigglefeet Committee are available to assist you as you develop your piece, and can also pair dancers with choreographers if desired. Travel and costume grants are available on a first come, first serve basis. Call First City Players for more information. Registration deadline: All pieces must be registered by 5pm, Friday, July 17-th with the First City Players: 907-225-4792, upstairs at the Plaza. Registration forms and guidelines are available at KAAHC, FCP and KTB or at <> . Celebrate the diversity of community dance! Performances are on Friday, July 31st, and Sunday, August 2nd at Kayhi Auditorium.

Blueberry Battle of the Bands. Musicians, Prepare for Battle! Calling all songwriters and musical groups to perform in The Battle of the Bands at this year's Blueberry Arts Festival on Saturday, August 1st. Play outdoors before an audience of thousands, compete for cash prizes awarded for Best Performance ($250!), and best original blueberry song ($100!), not to mention fame and glory. The registration deadline for participants is Friday, July 24th at the Arts Council. Call 225-2211 for more information, registration available online at <> . Call 225-2211 for more information!

Art for Alaska's State Parks, 2009. Enter your work in the 2009 Art for Alaska's State Parks- Alaska's Top 30 Competition! There are 5 Award Categories, Grand Prize award of $1000! The call is open to oils, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, alkyd, tempera, mixed-media, pencil, charcoal, pastels, pen and ink! The Art for Alaska Parks competition is designed to celebrate the beauty of Alaska by showcasing representational artists and enhancing public awareness of Alaska Parks and public access areas. Subject matter for the artwork is to be representational in execution and depict the area or a subject from one of Alaska's many State Parks, Marine Parks, Recreation Areas, Historical sites or state managed Preserves, Refuges or Critical Habitat Areas. Federal and National Parks are not eligible. Deadline for entries is August 28th, 2009. Get the full entry form at <> . This is an Alaska Artists Guild event!

Call for Entries for Earth, Fire and Fibre XVII. This amazing exhibit seeks the best of art and craft in Alaska for display in the Anchorage Museum, and for awards! Deadline for digital entries is June 12, 2009, Notification of preliminary acceptance is July 10th, and Entries are due July 27th. Juror's Choice Award is $1,000, and six awards of $500 each will be given at Juror's Discretion. The Anchorage Museum Association will review works from the exhibition for possible inclusion in the Anchorage Museum's permanent collection. Each artist may submit up to four works for the entry fee of $20 and application. Only artists residing in Alaska are eligible, work must have been completed within the last two years. For a prospectus, email Dave Nicholls at <> or call 929-9249.

Alaska Tour and Travel's Alaska's 50th Anniversary Photo Contest! Alaska Tour & Travel is celebrating Alaska's 50th Anniversary of Statehood by awarding one lucky photographer the limited edition Sydney Laurence print "Legacy of Alaska" depicting Alaska's Mt. McKinley. This special print was signed on May 10th, 2008 by all of the living governors of Alaska, including Mike Stepovich, Walter Hickel, Keith Miller, Bill Sheffield, Steve Coper, Tony Knowles, Frank Murkowski, and Sarah Palin. The print is marked with an embossed seal noting the 50th Anniversary of Alaska Statehood and has current retail value of $1500. The Sydney Laurence print can be viewed all summer at the Artique Gallery in Anchorage at 314 G Street. The Grand Prize print will be awarded to the photographer whose photo best depicts Alaska's spectacular wildlife, scenery, people or adventure. The contest is open to visitors and residents alike. To enter, just email us your photo to <> no later than October 31, 2009. Please include a brief description of the photo along with your name and hometown. We will post select entries on our Photo Contest Gallery at Be sure to click on LEARN MORE below for all of the contest rules.

New String Ensemble in Ketchikan!!! Heidi Nelson is organizing a string ensemble! Want to play? There are two classes per month, and all skill levels of string players are welcome! Rehearsals are at the Cape Fox Market Place. E-mail Heidi for more information and to sign up: <> . There is a monthly per student fee.

Attention All Native Artists! "Our" Living Legends Gallery is currently seeking vendors, artists, and instructors! Consignments are now being accepted: You set the Price of your work, with 20% of purchase price retained by the gallery. This shared artist space is now looking for creative people who can teach others to make their native crafts quickly and easily for a fee. Lots of opportunities are now available at 331 Stedman Street. Call for available space even if you just need a place to work on your project! Call Alice at (907) 225-5558.

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.

Teen Advisory Group Seeking Crafts Teachers! This summer, T.A.G. will offer crafts for teens through Get Creative at the Library, and they want YOU to lead! Do you have a great craft idea that teens would love to try? What artistic skill can you pass along to the youth of Ketchikan? If you are able to put together a craft project for the Teen Advisory Group this coming summer, please contact Kelly Johnson at 225-3331.

Sitka Fine Arts Camp Registration. Registration for the 2009 Sitka Fine Arts Camp is now open on a first-come, first-served basis. The camp offers over 60 classes per session in music, dance, theatre, visual arts, writing, and Alaskan Native Arts. The camp includes two sessions for different student age groups: The Middle School Camp, for students entering grades 6-9 runs from Sunday, June 14th through Saturday, June 27th, and the High School Camp, for students entering grades 9-12 runs from Sunday, June 28th through Sunday, July 12th. Online registration is available through the camp website at <> . Registration is also available via the camp office at (907) 747-3085.

Need Studio Space??? If you are interested in renting space to work and create, an opportunity may be on its way! A local building owner is interested in constructing artist's space, approximately 2,000 square feet of studio floor for local artists to use- think of the potential! Please let us know of your interest. Call 225-2211!

Silk Painting Workshop. The Art to Wear Committee is sponsoring a silk painting workshop in April or May. Want to learn to paint silk??? Make sure you contact Jean Bartos to let her know of your interest. Call 225-9296 in the evenings to find out more about this opportunity!

Ongoing attractions:

Totem Entertainment presents Chapter 6, and Chapter 4 & 5 Albums- Now Available! The Southside Totems have cd's for sale at RadioShack, South Tongass Service, Everyday Alaskan Gifts, Our Living Legends, and House of Haida support local musicians!!! To find out more, visit <> , or <> .

Tidal Echoes now Available! The 2009 edition of the University of Alaska Southeast Literary & Arts Journal, Tidal Echoes, has just been released. This is the seventh edition of the journal and this year it features pieces by Ketchikan residents Rod Landis, UAS Ketchikan Associate Professor of English; The Reverend George Pasley, poet; and Mary Ida Henrikson, artist and UAS Ketchikan Adjunct Assistant Professor. Be sure to get your copy of this annual showcase of writers and artists of Southeast Alaska at the UAS Ketchikan Campusbookstore, 2600 Seventh Avenue, and at Parnassus Books, 5 Creek Street Upstairs.

Xaadas Tak'anlang- Haida Descendant Dancers. The Haida Descendant Dancers will perform every second Saturday each month through September in the Clanhouse at Totem Bight State Historical Park. In full regalia, dancers give locals and visitors alike the chance to see a glimpse into Alaska's culture and past. Performances start at 6:30pm, and are free and all are welcome! Coffee, teas, and cookies served!

Our Town: The Life & Times of Ketchikan. The Tongass Historical Museum's summer exhibit is now on display! The vibrant history of Alaska's "First City" will delight locals and visitors alike! Hundreds of vintage photographs and artifacts will tell the story of the people, places, events and industries that have shaped our community, from its earliest days to the twenty-first century. For more information, call 225-5900

Thursday Food and Flicks! The Ketchikan Coffee Company and the New York Hotel will show films every Thursday starting at 6pm. The Café will be open from 5-9:30pm serving up delicious food, specialty coffee beverages, draft and bottled beer and wine! Feed your body and your mind! Call 247-BEAN for more info!

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.

Jam to Gospel/ Bluegrass music every Thursday night at 7:30pm at the stARTled Salmon in the Cape Fox Market Place, 500 Mission Street #5. 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.

Speakeasy. Enjoy music and an author/writer reading or presentation on the third Friday of the month! Music starts at 6:00pm, and an author presents from 6:30-7:30pm at the UAS Ketchikan Campus Library. Speakeasy is scheduled for January 23rd, February 20th, March 27th, and April 17th. See you there!

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.

Workshops & Classes:

Art 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, lower. Drop-In Pottery is on Wednesdays 3-5pm and 6-8pm, and Saturdays 10-12pm, and 1-3pm. Come in and play with some clay! Classes and Birthday Parties are available. Call Erik or Leif at 225-POTS for more information.

Beading, Knitting, and other fabric art sessions are ongoing throughout the year at Mission Street Arts and Fiber located in the Cape Fox Marketplace. 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 at McPherson Music from 7-9pm. Call 225-3650 for more info.

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 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.

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. 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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Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council


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