Arts & Entertainment
Australian Greg Thomas' Performance
Opened October's Monthly Grind
By Susan Batho & Bill Hupe
November 14, 2007
Ketchikan, Alaska - The October Grind tends to bring out the
Halloween in everyone, in song, as well as in the scariest event
of the evening: the introduction of mein host. The scheduled
host, Dave Lieben, was unable to make it, so a wayward traveler,
fresh out of rehab (or on her way to rehab) was recruited to
fill Dave's shoes. In between acts, "Britney" gave
us the abridged version of her life story. She made the audience
appreciate Dave Lieben's bad jokes that much more.
The show opened with a real
treat, direct from Australia, Greg Thomas, performing songs he
has written, or helped write, though the years. His first song,
"I am Pegasus", was a hit in his native country some
time ago, and it was quite easy to tell, with its easy, accessible
melody. Thomas' performance was very polished, and his four song
set was definitely a hard act to follow.
Photo by Susan Batho & Bill Hupe©
Next was a preview of the First City Players November 2007 production,
Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Two selections were presented
- the first, the proposal scene between Gaston and Belle. The
preview was meant to whet our appetites for the upcoming musical
production, which is still in rehearsal. The young lady portraying
Belle, will fill the role quite well, and, the gentleman portraying
Gaston, will further refine his role in the two weeks of rehearsals
remaining. The second scene was a song from the show as performed
by Mrs Potts, played by Lou Ann Richardson, was excellent, and
we look forward to seeing her performance of the other songs
during the show. Between the scenes presented, some of the characters
and costumes were discussed, making it clear that the upcoming
production at the Kayhi Auditorium will be quite elaborate and
for adults, as well as children.
The third performance of the
evening was a reading by Kim Blunt. "The Spoon Theory"
is a piece about a meeting between two old friends, one whom
has Lupus. It was an interesting selection, and thought provoking.
A special guest followed, Marguerite Krause, who dropped in from
Anchorage to perform Joan Baez's "Diamonds and Rust".
Her rendition was extremely well received and performed, and
quite reminiscent of the original artist's. We only wish there
had been more time to allow her to perform a few more songs,
as she was a pleasure to listen to.
Photo by susan Batho & Bill Hupe
The Badriyah Bhangra Troupe rounded out the first half of the
October Monthly Grind, a quarter of four girls decked out in
red costumes, dancing to a Bollywood song. For diehard fans of
Bollywood musicals like us, this was a real treat; the dancing
and flashing of colours was greeted by the audience with great
enthusiasm, leaving everyone wishing for more.
As everyone returned to their
seats after partaking of the fine selection of desserts, Raven's
Brew Coffee, and visiting, the Grind House band took the stage
to perform a handful of enjoyable blues tunes, including a sing-a-long
of "Amazing Grace". For the last song of their set,
they were joined onstage by the children present, to perform
a somewhat impromptu special Halloween Song. The children entered
the stage in costume and performed exceptionally well, the short
rehearsal during the intermission not withstanding, to the delight
of everyone in the Tribal House, especially their parents, cameras
Photo by Susan Batho & Bill Hupe
Sam Burrous followed with an enthusiastically-performed set.
Sam has been a regular at the Monthly Grind in the past, and
he was warmly welcomed back tonight after escaping for a while
from his new home in Juneau.
The evening concluded with
one of Ketchikan's favourite local bands, Paddy's Leather Breaches,
who started out with a mournful dirge, complete with bagpipes.
They then lightened things up with a selection of upbeat tunes
that would be performed at an Irish Wake, much to the delight
of the audience, who joined in with our own voices and toe-tapping.
The Saxman Clan House wasn't
quite filled to capacity, thanks to the chorale concert as well
as the Senior Fair that were going on concurrently. Whilst it's
always nice to see a packed house for The Grind, having a little
less crowding was a welcome respite, and gave the local cable
camera crew plenty of room to maneuver. Irregardless, a fine
evening, as usual, and for Five Bucks, how could one miss it?
The next Monthly Grind will
be held Saturday,
November 17th at the Saxman
Tribal House at 7pm. Tickets are $5 for Adults, and $1 for Children,
if you bring a dessert, you get a full refund at the door.
November's month's grind will
be hosted by Anakin, Obi Wan, and Padme, and features other fabulous
local talent. May the Force be with you!
Disney's Beauty and the Beast Presented
by First City Players
Review By Susan Batho & Bill Hupe - The Kayhi Auditorium
was abuzz for the opening night of the 2007 First City Players'
musical, Disney's Beauty and the Beast. This production was one
we had been hearing about for some time now, especially after
the tantalizing preview provided at the November Monthly Grind
two weeks previous. For those of us lucky enough to score opening
night tickets, we were not disappointed. - More...
November 07, 2007
Susan Batho & Bill
Hupe are residents of both Ketchikan and New South Wales, Australia.
They are a writing and photographic team specializing in photography
of Alaska and Australia for 22 years, and Best Friends for 22
years and a day.
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©2007 Susan Batho & Bill Hupe
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