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This Week in Ketchikan


December 03, 2008

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ketchikan Theatre Ballet's 2008 The 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.

Winter Art Walk! It's time for the annual Winter Art Walk, so head downtown to your favorite galleries and shops! From 5-7pm on Friday, December 5th, there will be a downtown holiday celebration in Ketchikan. Pick up a map at any location, including the Public Library, the Arts Council, Exploration Gallery, Soho Coho, Parnassus Books, Scanlon's, Mission Street Arts and Fibers, and more! Each place will have different festivities: new displays, artwork, warm drinks, refreshments, friends, and holiday cheer! Make sure to bundle up, gather up your family and friends, and come downtown to help celebrate! Get a map at the Arts Council, 716 Totem Way, call 225-2211 for information! We'll have pictures of the Ketchikan Public Art Works projects now underway, and a slideshow of images of the current inventory of our city's existing public art playing.

The Art of Terry Pyles Opening Reception. The Tongass Historical Museum displays a retrospective exhibition of artwork by one of Ketchikan's incredible artistic talents. His work is known for its incredible detail and realism- and often features the wildlife and scenery of Ketchikan. The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, December 5th, 5-7pm at the Tongass Historical Museum.

Polar Express Christmas Village! The Ketchikan Public Library debuts a new display in the children's library for the Winter Art Walk on Friday, December 5th from 5-7pm! Come see a beautiful new Polar Express Christmas Village display, plus treats and coloring sheets! The display will have a train, a village of houses, and sparkling lights. The Library will be a winter wonderland for the month of December

A Tuna Christmas. It's Christmas in the "third smallest town in Texas" and the burg's two radio personalities report on various yuletide activities, including competition in the annual lawn display contest. Join us for all the laughs as two talented men play all the eccentric citizens in Tuna, Texas. This show is the second in a trilogy. The authors write with affectionate satire and thorough knowledge: they're sons of small towns in Texas and Oklahoma. Y'all come to this FCP sequel to our sold-out sensation Greater Tuna several seasons back. This play by Jason Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard is performed by Keith Smith and Tom Fowler at the Plaza Black Box Theatre. Show runs December 13, 14, and 21, 2008, 7:30pm on Saturdays, 2:30pm on Sundays. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Yule Laugh Till it Hurts! Call 225-4792 or visit for info and tickets!

KYI Activity EXPO! Seeking Art! The Ketchikan Youth Initiatives is having 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 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 OR adult 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

Coming attractions:

Sam Pitcher Memorial Concert. The annual Sam Pitcher Memorial Concert, "An Evening of Jazz and Blues," will be on December 9th at 7 pm at the Kayhi auditorium. Admission is by donation in any amount, to the Sam Pitcher Scholarship Fund. The 3 McPherson youth jazz bands: Windjammers, Soundwaves, and Discovery bands, will perform along with the Kayhi Jazz Ensemble. Great music for a good cause! Proceeds will benefit the Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Fund, an advisory committee of the KAAHC. The Scholarship Fund helps Ketchikan helps Ketchikan youth musicians attend summer music and fine arts camps.

The Salmon Monologues- Volume 2. Come out for a free storytelling open mic night with coffee, tea, and snacks! Head to the Startled Salmon (next to Polar Treats) on Friday, December 12th from 6-8pm. This month, stop by to tell or just listen to a story about HOLIDAYS! Share a story about a family tradition, an unusual celebration in foreign lands, or the infamous time crazed parlor monkeys broke into your great-grandmother's kitchen and contaminated her turkey stew! Tall tales are welcome! (And Ketchikan, we know you have them) Contact Jason Custer at 225-9474 for more information.

Singing Christmas Tree! It's the 26th annual presentation of the Singing Christmas tree at the Clover Pass Community Church, Mile 15 on North Tongass. Hear beautiful Christmas favorites on Friday, December 12th at 7:00 and 8:30 pm, Saturday, December 13th at 7:00 pm, and Sunday, December 14th at 2:30 and 4:00 pm. Tickets are $3 each, and are available at Island Tile and Marble, 407 Dock Street, and at Sears in the Plaza.

Community Concert Band Winter Concert. The Community Band invites you to attend a performance that is sure to get you in the mood for the holidays! Enjoy many traditional favorites, Russian Christmas Music, as well as some other exciting wintery tunes on Sunday, December 14th at 3:00 pm at Kayhi Auditorium.

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


Family Night at the Ketchikan Public Library. Family Night begins at 5:30pm at the library on Thursday, December 18th. Family night offers food, fun and new books for families with preschool age children. This month, Pat Stack will make music and demonstrate making instruments. Tickets are free and available in advance in the children's library. Be sure to get yours ahead of time, as space is limited!

Ketchikan Community Chorus Community Christmas Sing Out! The annual holiday chorus performance will be on Sunday, December 21st at 2:00 pm at the Ketchikan Presbyterian Church. Hear the full chorus, solos and ensembles, a barbershop quartet, and audience sing along with the Hallelujah Chorus! Lots of well-loved and familiar carols, and more! Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students, $25 for a family pack, and are available at the Arts Council and McPherson Music.

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 14th 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.

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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