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Arts This Week


November 29, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - Looking for something entertaining, enlightening, or something just simply fun to do? A variety of events and activities are scheduled weekly in Ketchikan according to the Ketchikan Arts and Humanities Council. There are also many upcoming events already scheduled for those who enjoy organizing their social and entertainment calendars ahead. So get out those calendars...

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Members of the House Band performing at the most recent Monthly Grind held on November 19th at the Saxman Tribal house. The Monthly Grind's live local talent, dessert and coffee, is a favorite event. The next Monthly Grind is scheduled for Saturday, December 17th, at 7pm at the Saxman Tribal house...
Photograph by Carl Thompson ©2005

This week In Ketchikan:

Raucous! Brown Bag Lunch Featuring the works of Evon Zerbetz Thursday, December 1, 2005 12 Noon - 12:30pm at the Historical Museum, 225-5600.

2005 Winter Art Walk is on its way to downtown galleries! Friday, December 2nd from 5-8pm, downtown art galleries and shops will have their doors open and the eggnog steaming for this year's Winter Art Walk. Come and enjoy a cold winter evening with warm treats and even warmer shopping opportunities in downtown Ketchikan. Further details to come, or call the Arts Council at 225-2211.

The Nutcracker 2005 once again will come to the Kayhi Stage Friday December 2nd, and Saturday December 3rd. Friday's show will be in the evening, and the Saturday performance will be in the afternoon. Call KTB at 225-9311 for more info and tickets.

Chamber of Commerce 2005 Enchanted Forest Dance and Auction will be once again filling the Ted Ferry Civic Center with holiday cheer and good will. On Saturday, December 3rd, the Chamber of Commerce will hold their one and only fundraising event, with live music by Lush Life, and the Potlatch, and great food by Bar Harbor Restaurant. Get your tickets early for this dazzling event, $35 each from the Chamber of Commerce office, 335-3184.

Art Feeds the Spirit of the Holidays Mainstay Gallery Holiday food drive. Donate canned food items to the Arts Council during the Winter Arts Faire and/or at the Winter Art Walk, and enter to win two tickets to the Saturday performance of the Wearable Art Show. Decorate the canned items with holiday flare at the Mainstay Gallery during the Winter Art Walk for those individuals who will receive the food in time for Christmas.

Tickets on Sale Now!

2005 Nutcracker tickets! Available at the Arts Council, KTB, Heavenly Creations, McPherson Music and at the door. Call 225-9311 for more info.

Ketchikan Community Concert Band tickets on sale at the Arts Council, McPherson Music, and from band members. Call 225-3650 for more info.

Bending Towards the Light: A Jazz Nativity! Available at Soho Coho, TBC, Madison, McPherson Music and the Arts Council for FCP members. Call 225-2211 for more info.

Singer and songwriter Lucy Kaplansky tickets on sale at TBC, Soho Coho, Madison, McPherson Music, and the Arts Council, or by phone 225-2211.

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A look back at the 19th Annual Wearable Art Show 2005: Title: FRANZIAiR
Model: Barbara Bigelow; Artist: Richard Smith
Photographer James Dahl ©2005

The 20th Annual Wearable Art Show 2006
Flashback tickets now on sale at TBC, Soho Coho, Madison, McPherson Music, and the Arts Council, or by phone at 225-2211. Get them while they last!

Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir will perform February 26th, and tickets for that performance are available at TBC, Soho Coho, Madison, McPherson Music, and the Arts Council or by phone at 225-2211.

Workshops & Classes:

Beading, Knitting, and other fabric art workshops will be available this fall through The Bead and Yarn Shoppe located in Salmon Landing Market. Call The Shoppe at 225-2358 for registration and information.

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

UAS Registration: Art classes offered at the University this spring semester include, Watercolor Basics and Watercolor Painting with Adell Bruns, stained glass with Rick Erdrich, drawing portraits with Dave Rubin, and Painting with Acrylics with MJ Turek. For more information contact UAS at 225-6177, or to register 225-4511.

Coming Soon:

Raucous! Illustrated Lecture "In the Company of Crows and Ravens" Presented by Dr. John Marzluff, University of Washington Friday, December 9, 2005 7:00 - 8:00 PM Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Sponsored by Raven's Brew Coffee & Alaska Natural History Association.

Friday Night Insight Programs at the SE Alaska Discovery Center: Every Friday night, 7 - 8pm.

December 9: "In the Company of Crows and Ravens" presentation by Dr. John Marzluff.

December 16: "Fall Bird Migration in Ketchikan" presented by Andy Piston from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will give an overview of the typical fall bird migration in Ketchikan.

Sweet Second Saturdays dance and dessert, Saturday, December 10th, at the Crow's Nest. $5 at the door, no experience necessary, live caller and instruction provided, music starts at 7pm.

Santaland Diaries performs: Presented by the Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Saturday, December 10 at 8 pm at the First City Saloon, $10 admission at the door, and Sunday, December 11 at 12 noon, WestCoast Cape Fox Lodge featuring a performance & buffet Lunch. Call Karen at 225-8001 for reservations. Check for more information.

Ketchikan Community Concert Band will perform their 2005 Winter Concert on Sunday December 11th at Kayhi Auditorium. The concert will start at 3pm, and there will be a chance to win a quilt handmade by members of the band. Raffle tickets for the quilt are available from band members and at the door. The drawing will be held at the concert. For more info or tickets call McPherson music at 225-3650.

Annual pre-school Holiday Party at the Totem Heritage Center will be on Tuesday, December 13, 2005.
Call the Heritage Center for more information, 225-5900.

Bending Towards the Light brought to you by First City Players and the Ketchikan Community Chorus, features the traditional Christmas story in a fusion of holiday joy, spirituality and jazz history. This holiday extravaganza will be performed on December 16th and 18th at the Presbyterian Church. Details about times and tickets will be available soon.

Monthly Grind, Saturday, December 17th, 7pm at the Saxman Tribal house. Live local talent, dessert and coffee, all for just $5 per adult, and $1 for kids. Buy a ticket, bring a homemade dessert and get a refund.

Ongoing attractions:

Story time at the Library continues regularly throughout the year on Tuesday, 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. This program is appropriate for infants through pre-school age children.

Auddities by Lance Bifoss, featuring mixed media CD jackets paired with his original music, on display at the Mainstay Gallery located at 716 Totem Way through the beginning of December. The Mainstay Gallery is sponsored by the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council.

Raucous: Everything Raven by Evon Zerbetz will be on display at the Tongass Historical Museum, October through January 29, 2006. Call 225-5600 for more information.

Upcoming auditions, contests, artist opportunities, etc:

Opportunities to serve at the Arts Council! KAAHC Committees: The Wearable Art Show and Mainstay Gallery committees are looking for new members. Please contact the new Wearable Art Show Chair Karen Brand at 225-5681 or, or the new Mainstay Gallery Chair Marilyn Lee at 225-8156 or for more information on how to contribute to these great committees.
KAAHC Board of Directors: The Arts Council Annual Meeting is coming up shortly and the board of directors will be holding elections for board positions at that meeting. If you are interested in serving on this vibrant board, please turn in a letter of intent to run for the board to the arts council by December 1st. For more information about any of these groups call 225-2211.

Auditions for "Chaps!" are coming up on November 28th and 29th and December 12th and 13th at the First Lutheran Church Annex at 7:00 pm. There are roles for 5 men and one woman, four of the men have to sing, one man is silent, and the woman sings. Only one audition date is necessary. Rehearsals begin after the holidays. Call Maria at 225-9655 for more information.

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.

ASCA Grant application Due dates are quarterly, the next being December 1st. All small grants applications are available online at

% for Art in Utah Artist Opportunities: 3rd District Court, Tooele, Utah Budget: $58,000 - Deadline: December 2, 2005. Bridgerland Applied Technology College, West Campus, Logan, Utah Budget: $29,000 - Deadline: December 9, 2005. For more information on both or either project - click here.

Call for Artists for the 2005 Wearable Art Show! Amazingly enough it is time to start thinking about your wearable pieces and get ready to fill out that paper work. December 9th, deadline for grants and school group registrations; January 20th deadline for artists under 18, and January 27th deadline for all other entries. Look for details in the mail soon!

CALL FOR PLAYS!!! Eccentric Theatre Company is seeking plays by Alaskans for staged readings in its new ALASKA PLAYWRIGHT SERIES at Cyrano's. Submissions are being accepted through December 15.

Mail scripts to: ALASKA PLAYWRIGHT SERIES, Eccentric Theatre Company, 413 D Street, Anchorage, AK 99501. No email submissions, please. Please allow 3 to 6 months for a response. If you have questions, or for submission guidelines please contact Peter Porco at

Call for Artists: Anchorage Museum of History and Art seeking entries for juried exhibition "Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Transportation and Travel in Art," which will open in the Museum's Discovery Art Gallery for Families on June 18, 2006 and run through May 15, 2007. Submissions must be postmarked no later than January 9, 2006. For more information, contact Julie Decker, Guest Curator, at

Call for Plays for 2006 Play Lab: The Last Frontier Theatre Conference Play Lab is looking for writers to submit plays to be presented in the Play Lab. Submissions must be received by February 1, 2006. For more information and submission requirements visit their website at or email the Conference Coordinator at

Artist in Residence: Denali National Park and Preserve is seeking applications from visual artists for the 2006 Artist-in-Residence Program. Entries will be accepted with postmarks dated November 15, 2005 through January 31, 2006. Application information is available on the park website at or by contacting the Murie Science and Learning Center at (907) 683-9532.

Attention all Artists: Call for Public Art through the Anchorage Museum of history and art. All needed information for this and other opportunities can be found at

Meetings and Gatherings:

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.
Coming attractions:

Sweet Second Saturdays dance and dessert, Saturday, January 7th, at the Crow's Nest. $5 at the door, no experience necessary, live caller and instruction provided, music starts at 7pm.

Singer, songwriter Lucy Kaplansky will bring her lovely and commanding vocal performance to the Kayhi Stage, Friday, January 13th at 7:30pm. Her unique blend of rock, folk, country and pop music will captivate audiences of all ages. Tickets on sale at TBC, Soho Coho, McPherson Music, Madison and the arts council or by phone at 225-2211.

An Evening of Jazz and Cabaret with Anne Phillips, Bob Kindred, Paul Meyers and Matt Perri and your friends and neighbors on January 20th, 21st, and 22nd, 2006 at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. The performances on these nights are a culmination of two week long workshops with wonderful professional jazz musicians from New York City. Sponsored by First City Players 225-4792, call for more information or tickets by phone.

Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council Annual Meeting: Friday, January 27th for new, current and renewing members of the Arts Council will gather to take care of business and celebrate the arts. Awards will be given to the Volunteer of the year, the Arts Business of the Year, and the Business of the Year. More details coming soon, call the Arts council for more info, 225-2211.

Monthly Grind, Saturday, January 28th, 7pm at the Saxman Tribal house. Live local talent, dessert and coffee, all for just $5 per adult, and $1 for kids. Buy a ticket, bring a homemade dessert and get a refund.

The 20th Annual Wearable Art Show Flashback will once again showcase wearable art pieces from artists both near and far. This Ketchikan success story is unforgettable and wild. Don't miss this opportunity to see these artists shine, and FLASH you with their ideas of grandeur, tickets on sale now at TBC, Soho Coho, McPherson Music, Madison, and the Arts Council or by phone at 225-2211.

Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir performs February 26th. This Grammy-nominated group will showcase African music as well as spirituals, gospel, soul, and contemporary pieces on the Kayhi Stage at 7:30pm. Tickets are now available at TBC, Soho Coho, Madison, McPherson Music, and at the Arts Council or by phone at 225-2211.


Note: Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council is a partner in the Ketchikan Community Center for the Arts


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