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Arts & Entertainment


November 18, 2008

Ketchikan, Alaska - This week in Ketchikan, come hear Kayhi's Fall Jazz Concert, including performances by both the Jazz Coir and the Jazz Band on Tuesday, November 18 at 7:00pm in the Kayhi auditorium. A pizza dinner will be available in the high school commons beginning at 5:30 for $5 per person, with proceeds going to assist choir members traveling to All-State Honor Festival in Anchorage later this month.

Family Night. The Ketchikan Public Library presents an evening of food, fun and new books for families with preschool age children on Thursday, November 20th at 5:30pm. This month U.S. Coast Guard Operations Petty Officer David Keller will talk about life jackets and boating safety. Tickets are free and available in advance in the children's library as space is limited.

Friday Night Insights: "Ketchikan Public Art Works" presented by Ray Troll and Erin Reeve. Friday, November 21st, Ray Troll, from Ketchikan Public Art Works (KPAW), will give an overview of public art in Ketchikan. Part of KPAW's mission has been to catalogue all the publicly viewable art in the Ketchikan area. Ray will share the highlights of the survey including some surprising finds! Friday Night Insights programs are every Friday, beginning at 7:00pm at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Free and open to the public. Call 228-6220 for more information.

Author Brad Matsen. Notable author Brad Matsen will show slides and read from his new book "Titanic's Last Secrets: The Further Adventure of Shadow Divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler" at 6:30 pm in the children's annex of the Ketchikan Public Library on November 22nd. This page turning true story about two experienced divers who risked their lives to improve our understanding of Titanic's last moments has gotten national attention and is an unforgettable read. Books will be available at the program courtesy of Parnassus.

KYI Activity EXPO! Seeking Art! The Ketchikan Youth Initiatives is having a Potluck andYouth Art Auction, demos, music, and fun for all on Thursday, December 18th from 5:30-8:30pm at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. The Youth Art Auction includes a mural board from the Bernard Passman building and 50th year Anniversary art works, but they want YOUR work! If you are a Ketchikan Youth with art you would be willing to contribute, be sure to contact KYI! For information about this event, or membership in KYI, call 225-2250 or email <>

Attention Local Art Collectors! The Tongass Historical Museum is soliciting short-term loans of original artworks by Ketchikan artist Terry Pyles for a retrospective exhibition at the Museum. Please help make the exhibit fully representative of Terry's impressive artistic range. Call the Museum at 225-5600 if you own, or know the owner of, original art by Terry Pyles.

Coming attractions:

Winter Arts Faire. Ketchikan's Annual Winter Arts Faire features over 60 booths full of hand-made fine arts and crafts, and lots of holiday cheer! This traditional event has some new family activities this year; not only can you shop for all those unique handcrafted gifts, you can stop in at the crafts room with fun activities for all ages, and visit Santa for those present requests! Plus holiday family portraits will be available!The Faire will be held at the Ted Ferry civic Center on Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving, November 28th and 29th from 11am to 6pm. Be sure to pick up your copy of Inside Passages 2008 hot off the presses! Come visit us at the arts council booth for Wearable Art Show tickets and information on the art. Admission to the Faire is free- see you there! Call 225-2211 for more info.

Friday Night Insights: "Best Books about Alaska" presented by Charlotte Glover. Charlotte Glover has been a librarian for over 20 years! Several of the books she has read through the years have been about Alaska. Learn her favorite titles of the best fiction and non-fiction books about Alaska on Friday, November 28th. The Friday Night Insights programs are every Friday at 7:00pm at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Free and open to the public. Call 228-6220 for more information.

Community Holiday Festival. Get in the holiday spirit, and celebrate downtown with all your friends and neighbors in Ketchikan! Meet at the Berth 3 Pavilion on Sunday, November 30th, from 3-4pm for a Tree Lighting, Caroling, Stockings, Santa, and Refreshments. Be sure to bundle up, and bring the whole family! See you downtown!

Ketchikan Theatre Ballet's The Nutcracker. The 2008 Nutcracker is on Friday, December 5th, at 7:30 pm and Saturday, December 6th at 2:00 pm at the Kayhi Auditorium. Don't miss this holiday tradition for the whole family. Tickets are $15 for Adults, $10 for Students and Seniors, and are available at the Ketchikan Theatre Ballet Office, McPherson Music, First City Players, the Arts Council, and at the door.

KYI Activity EXPO! Ketchikan Youth Initiatives invites kids of all ages to a Potluck and Youth Art Auction, demos, music, and fun for all on Thursday, December 18th from 5:30-8:30pm at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. The evening will be packed with activities, including a Potluck from 5:30-7:00pm (bring a dish, or just show up!), plus Music by DJ Allan Manuel all evening, and a long list of activities including Demos of Tae Kwan Do, Juggling, and more; presentations of the plans for the covered skateboard park, Youth Community Center; a hacky sack contest; KYI tie-dyed shirts, custom design logos made to your order ($10); a dessert sale- Chinese auction of gingerbread houses; and a Youth Art Auction of mural board from the Bernard Passman building and 50th year Anniversary art works at 7:00. All ages are welcome to the night of fun, and there is no entry fee. For information about this event, or membership in KYI, call 225-2250 or email

Holiday Brass Concert! If you're in Sitka in December, don't miss out on a great holiday show for a good cause! The Holiday Brass Concert, on Monday, December 22nd, 7:30 pm at the New Sitka Auditorium, benefits Sitka Fine Arts Camp. Celebrate the sounds of a 10-piece brass ensemble featuring musicians of the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Seattle Symphony. Tickets are $15, and are available at Old Harbor Books and White's Pharmacy.

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

Sam Pitcher Music Scholarship. 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 youth(s) 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. Awards will be based on the applicant's musical ability, goals, and motivation. It is the applicant's responsibility to research programs and provide requested information to the selection committee. To apply, complete an application form, and submit a minimum of two reference forms (at least one must be completed by a music educator). If selected as a finalist, you may be contacted regarding an audition in January. Completed applications must be received at the address below no later than January 1, 2009. Applications are available at the Arts Council. Call 225-2211, or stop by 716 Totem Way. Also available online at

Thoreau's Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming. From Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the nineteenth century to Rachel Carson and E.O. Wilson in the twentieth, writers have played a profound role in drawing attention to our natural environment and inspiring people to protect it. To continue this tradition and inspire action on global warming, the Union of Concerned Scientists has partnered with literary publisher Penguin Classics to encourage the public to submit essays and images about climate change for publication in a new online book, Thoreau's Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming. To participate, write a 200-500 word first-person account of global warming that relates to your life or the world around you. Is there a place that holds a special meaning to you that you want to protect? What people, animals, or activities that you love are at risk from a changing climate? Are you taking steps in your own life to stem the tide of global warming? Tell us your story, or send us a photograph related to topics like these. The best submissions will be included in Thoreau's Legacy, which will be published online in spring 2009 and in a limited-edition hardcover version. For registration and to submit, visit <> .

Call For Plays for the 17th Annual Last Frontier Theatre Conference. The Last Frontier Theatre Conference takes place yearly in beautiful Valdez, Alaska. 50 to 60 playwrights are chosen to have their work presented in the Play Lab. Selected plays receive a rehearsed reading that is responded to by a panel of theatre professionals. Additionally, each writer gets a private conversation about their script with one of their panelists. The Conference includes classes and panel discussions, plus other presenting opportunities. Submit your own play via e-mail as either a Microsoft Word document or a PDF file to <> . Eligible scripts must not have received any professional production, have a running time between twenty minutes and two hours, cannot be musicals, and must be received by January 15, 2009. For more information, visit .

Wearable Art Show Call to Artists. This year's theme is "Feast Your Eyes," and we want YOU to help make the 23rd annual Wearable Art Show the amazing spectacle Ketchikan is known for! You have until 5pm on Wednesday, January 21st to turn in your application, (January 14th for student artists under 18), and we know you have tons of great ideas. Time to get them down on paper! Remember, we need to see a detailed drawing or a photograph of your piece in addition to receiving your application form. Pick up the paperwork at the Arts Council, 716 Totem Way, or get it online at <> . This year's Wearable Art Show will be on February 5-7th, and dress rehearsal is mandatory on Wednesday, February 4th. We love seeing what Ketchikan can do!

Mainstay Gallery's Call to Artists and Curators. The Call for artists for the Mainstay Gallery's 2009-2010 Season is now available! If you are an artist, or have an idea for curating a show, we invite you to apply for one of 9 available months in the NEW gallery space! We welcome solo or group shows, invitational or open call exhibits, and any level of experience. Application forms are available at the Arts Council offices, 716 Totem Way, or online at <> . You will need to submit a cover letter, a resume, ten slides or digital images, and a numbered listing of images to be considered. Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges selected by the Gallery Committee, and are made anonymous for judging. Deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm on Friday, February 27th, 2009. Remember to check out the layout of the new gallery space available online or at the Arts Council. Call 225-2211 for more information.

Alaska Hummingbird Festival Juried Show- Call for Artists! The Ketchikan Visitors Bureau is seeking Artwork by Alaskan artists in any medium that includes birds, avian habitat and/or migratory patterns of birds from the Spring Migratory Bird List. Cash Prizes will be awarded for Adult Best in Show ($500), 1st Prize ($300), and Honorable Mention ($200), Juvenile Best of Show ($100), 1st Prize ($75), and Honorable Mention ($50). Be sure to pick up an Entry Form with the complete criteria and Spring Migratory Bird List at the KVB or the Arts Council. The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday, March 27, 2009 at the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, c/o Alaska Hummingbird Festival Juried Art Show, 131 Front Street, Ketchikan, Alaska 99901. Opening reception will be held at the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau on Friday, April 3, 2009 from 5-7pm. Free and Open to the Public! Contact Leslie Swada at 907-228-6247 or

Photography Contest! The North Pacific Research Board is seeking images of coastal seascapes or sea life within U.S. waters from the Gulf of Alaska, Prince William Sound, Aleutian Islands, Bering Sea, Bering Strait or Beaufort/Chukchi Seas. The entry deadline is March 1, 2009, Winners will be announced May 15, 2009. Prizes will be awarded to Youth 17 and under for First ($600), Second ($400), and Third ($200), and for Adult 18 and over for First ($1,200), Second ($600, and Third ($300). See the NPRB website for official rules before entering images. For more information, e-mail or call (907) 644-6707.

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.

Ongoing attractions:

Friday Night Insights. Every Friday, beginning in November, the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center hosts a lecture or discussion on a wide range of topics from guest presenters. Programs begin at 7:00 pm and are open to the public free of charge in the Discovery Center Theater. For more information on specific programs, call 228-6220.

Con Giebel- 60 Years of Photographs. The Tongass Historical Museum invites you to attend a new show of photographs spanning 60 years of history, captured on film by Con Giebel. See amazing images of the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco. The show will be on display from October 17 through November 16, 2008.

Presbyterian Church Displays Native Alaskan Art Exhibit. A display of Native Alaskan art and art inspired by Native Alaskan themes is now on exhibit at the Ketchikan Presbyterian Church. Pastor George Pasley said the exhibit is timed to coincide with the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood Grand Camp being held in Ketchikan October 6-10. The Grand Camp this year is honoring the Rev. Dr. Walter Soboleff, a former Grand Camp president, who will turn 100 in a few weeks. Dr. Soboleff is an ordained Presbyterian minister. The art exhibit at the Presbyterian Church includes several carved ornamental paddles from both Haida and Tlingit traditions, a fine art photo of a totem bear at the village of Kasaan, a Bentwood box design, a carved cedar plaque, a fine art print by Tsimsian artist David Boxley, a fine art print by Dundas, a cedar hat, a cedar basket over bottle, and a pencil sketch and two oil paintings by Mary Ida Henrikson. Pasley said the art was all loaned for the exhibit by members of the congregation, and most of it was created by congregation members or their immediate families. The exhibit was unveiled on September 28th. The Presbyterian Church is located at 2711 Second Avenue. The exhibit is open for viewing on Sunday mornings and on weekdays by appointment by calling 225-3619.

Careful What You Fish For. A new exhibit by Ray Troll will be on display at the Seattle Aquarium! Show runs from October 31st through January 31st and promises to be lots of fishy fun (you may learn something, too!) Ray extends his invitation to the folks of Ketchikan to attend an opening celebration on October 30th- featuring the Ratfish Wranglers, as well as mini lectures from several noted ichthyologists in between songs. Oh boy! Call Soho Coho (before Ray leaves town) for more information- and if you're headed to Seattle, be sure to visit the aquarium!

Figure Drawing! A new figure drawing group will meet the second Tuesday of every month for two hours of drawing the human form from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Art Room (205) at Schoenbar Middle School. This is a great chance to communicate with other artists in the community and practice your skills! Models will be clothed. Each member will agree to sign up for one month. During their month they can model or pay for another model. All ages are encouraged to participate! The first session is October 14th, 2008. Questions? Contact Angel Williams at 225-4471!

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.

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.

The Monthly Grind. The Monthly Grind provides a chance for us to enjoy local talent at a friendly venue every third Saturday at 7pm at Saxman Tribal House, 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 at 617-5081 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.

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, 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 information.

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 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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