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The Arts This Week
Ketchikan, Alaska
March 11 - March 17, 2002


March 12, 2002
Tuesday - 12:45 pm

Featured Event:

Trio VoronezhTickets are on sale for Trio Voronezh, who will perform in Ketchikan on Saturday, March 16th, at 8pm at Ketchikan High School Auditorium. Classically trained at the Conservatory in Voronezh, Russia, the Trio Voronezh was discovered playing Bach in a subway station in Frankfurt, Germany. From there, they have performed throughout Europe and North America. Their diverse repertoire ranges from classical works of Bach, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky to Russian folk music and popular songs by Gershwin and Piazzola, to Russian folk and gypsy dance music.

Tickets in advance: $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors; $60 for a Family 4-Pack (2 adults, 2 students/seniors) and $70 for a Friends 4-Pack (4 adults). At the door: $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors.

Tickets are on sale at Soho Coho, McPherson Music, Madison's, Mirror Images, and the Arts Council (338 Main). This concert is part of the Torch Nights Performing Arts Series, sponsored by the Arts Council. Info at 225-2211.

Also this week:

First City Players' ActOut students will present a performance on March 16th, 2pm, at the Main Street Theatre. The ActOut kids perform two wonderful pieces of musical theatre. Coyote Steals the Summer and How to Eat Like a Child (and Other Lessons in How NOT to be a Grown UP). There is no charge for this delightful afternoon of music and theatre performed by some of Ketchikan's most talented kids.

20 cameras, 20 views: If you were to take one photo of how you view living in Ketchikan, what would that image be? The Tongass Historical Museum issued this challenge to 20 locals, and armed them each with a disposable camera. See how your neighbors view our community during this special exhibit, "20 cameras, 20 views," March 16th to April 14th at the Tongass Historical Museum. The exhibit will open with a reception on Saturday, March 16th, at 10am. 225-5900 for information.

First City Players' production of The Real Thing, by Tom Stoppard. The Real Thing is Tom Stoppard's most moving and surprising play - and one of the most rewarding comedies of our time. According to the New York Times, it is "The most bracing play anyone has written about love and marriage for years." There will be performances on the following dates: March 14, & 15, at the Main St. Theatre. Directed by Taylor McKenna. Tickets and reservations at 225-4792.

Inside Passages, Ketchikan's literary journal, is now on sale. Featuring works by Chip Porter, Diane Walden Naab, Tom Hunt, Dave Kiffer, Hunter Davis, Sharon Pleus, Cheryl Stadig, David Fletcher, Olivia Round, Galen Fackler, Dan Branch, Phoebe Newman, Rachel Spromberg, David Martin, Martin Bilger, Shawn Dean Eggert, MJ Turek, Molly Dwyer, Gigi Pilcher, Patricia A. Olson-Groshong, Lance Mertz, Mike Fontana & Jennifer Bowers, Terry Herda Gucker, Lance Bifoss, Richard Whittaker, and Keith Smith. $7/copy. On sale at the Arts Council Office, 338 Main Street, and Parnassus Bookstore, 5 Creek Street, 2nd floor. Inside Passages is sponsored by the Writers Forum, a program of the Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council (225-2211).

Ongoing exhibits:

Nifty Patterns of Spiffy Things, by Adell Bruns, continues at the Main Street Gallery (338 Main). The gallery is free and open to the public. The exhibit continues through the last Friday of the month. Sponsored by the Arts Council. Call 907-225-2211 for info.
"We Photograph Anything, Anywhere", The Fisher Studio Collection, is on display at the Tongass Historical Museum, 629 Dock Street. "We photograph anything, anywhere" is an exhibition of photographs taken in the 1920s and 30s by Elliot Fisher. This exhibition of about 70 photographs will feature a wide variety of photographic styles and techniques, demonstrating the versatility and ingenuity of this local photographer who indeed seemed to photograph everything, everywhere. Also on exhibit will be a selection of newly discovered, century-old glass plate images by Benjamin Haldane, a Metlakatla photographer, whose work spans from 1890 ­ 1930. The exhibit will run through Sunday, April 14th. (225-5600)
Classes, workshops, etc:

Quilting Workshops, April 5th-7th: with nationally-known instructor Linda Carlson (who has taught at the American Quilter's Society Show in Paducah and the International Quilt Festival in Houston). She will teach 3 workshops: Compass Rose; Feathered Star; and Paper Dolls, Snowflakes, and Scherenschnitte. To view Linda's quilts, visit www.lindacarlsonquilts.com. Pick up registration forms and supply lists at the Silver Thimble in Salmon Landing Market. Sponsored by Rainy Day Quilters.

Quilting workshops at the Silver Thimble: Winter workshops include Beginning Machine Quilting, Beginning Needle Turn Appliqué, Quilting 101, and Country Hearts. For info, call the Shoppe at 225-5422.

Cedar Bark Weaving Workshop: Renowned weaver and teacher Diane Willard will teach cedar bark weaving from April 8-19, weeknights from 6-9pm. Call the Totem Heritage Center at 225-5900 for more information or to register: space is limited. College credit available.

Upcoming auditions, contests, artist opportunities, etc:

Call for entries: 2002 Alaska Juried "Works on Paper" Exhibition. Artists residing in Alaska are invited to submit slide entries. Limit of 4 entries, $15 entry fee. For complete details and entry form, contact the Bunnell Street Gallery in Homer at 907-235-2662, or email bunnell@xyz.net. Deadline: March 15th.

Ptarmigan Arts is looking for artists interested in submitting proposals for Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery shows for the 2002-3 Season. Contact homerart@ptialaska.net or call Sharon McKemie at 907-235-5345 for complete details. Deadline is March 15th.

Blueberry Arts Festival t-shirt design contest: $500 prize. The design must incorporate the words "Blueberry Arts Festival 2002, Ketchikan, Alaska". You may submit a camera-ready design, or a sketch of your design accompanied by samples of your completed work. (Slides or photos are acceptable. If you submit a sketch, you must be willing to complete the design by April 20th. Deliver or mail your entry to the Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council, 338 Main Street, Ketchikan, AK, 99901. If you would like your entry returned, please enclose a SASE with sufficient postage. Winner will be contacted, and announced in the May newsletter. Deadline: April 1st, 2002.

Community Connections is seeking artwork for its 2003 Families Together calendar. If you are a Ketchikan area artist and would like your work featured in this popular calendar, please contact Karen Hahne at Community Connections at 225-5396. The calendar will again be full color, and either original work no larger than 12"X18", or slides may be submitted. There are no funds available for payment for use of the artwork, and it will be returned to you. It is requested that the theme of the artwork have something to do with family or childhood, and artists are also asked to write a brief statement connecting to this theme, which will be included on the month where the artwork is featured. This is a great opportunity to feature your work along with other wonderful Ketchikan area artists, and be a part of supporting families and children in our area and beyond! Deadline: Tuesday, April 30th, 2002.

First City Council on Cancer is seeking and would welcome donations from artists in all media for their St. Patrick's Day Auction, March 16th, at 5pm, at Lewis Chevrolet. Call Phoebe at 247-4229 for more info.

Auditions for We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay! will be held at the Main Street Theatre on April 23rd & 24th at 7pm, Directed by Elizabeth Nelson. Roles available for 3 men and 2 women. Perusal scripts are available at the theatre. Call 225-4792 for more information.

Auditions for The Fish Pirate's Daughter will be held on June 11th & 12th at 7pm at the Main Street Theatre. Directed by Elizabeth Nelson. Ketchikan's original musical melodrama, now in it's 37th season. Join in the tradition. Performances every Friday in July. Information at 225-4792.

Meetings and Gatherings:

French Club Meets March 13th Parlons Chez Nous chez Gregory Fast. Mercredi, le 13 mars. 6h30-8h. Programme: La Vie en Rose. 225-6992 (Ce groupe se réunit le 2e et 4e mercredi du mois.)

Ketchikan Watercolor Society: Saturday, April 6th. First Lutheran Church Annex. 10am-Noon. Demo by Dick Miller. (The Ketchikan Watercolor Society meets the first Saturday of the Month. Meeting times have been changed to 10am-Noon.)

First City Toastmasters meet Tuesdays at noon at the Youth Court chambers in the Plaza.

The Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council Board of Directors meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6pm at the Main St. Gallery. The meeting is open to the public.

Rainy Day Quilters meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at 6:45pm, at Holy Name.
Coming attractions:

Reading/booksigning: Petersburg resident and author Marilyn George will do a reading from her book "Following the Alaska Dream: My Salmon Trolling Adventures in the Last Frontier" at the library on Monday, March 18th at 7:00pm, followed by a booksigning. Refreshments will be served.

Kayhi Drama Club presents Ramona Quimby on March 22nd and 23rd at 7:30pm at Kayhi Auditorium. Come see the trials and tribulations of Ramona as she goes through her third grade year. Tickets are available at the door. $7/adult, $5 for students and seniors, $3 for kids 8 and under.

Reading/booksigning: Prolific and popular writer for young people Bruce Coville will do a reading and booksigning at the library on Tuesday, April 2nd at 7:00pm. The author of more than a hundred books, Coville is best known for his classic fantasy stories, silly school stories and zany space operas. Most recently, he has been gathering praise for his lavishly illustrated retellings of Shakespeare's plays. While in Alaska, Coville will also be visiting the Charter School and Houghtaling, as well as locations in Sitka and Juneau.

First City Players' production of The Tavern, by George M. Cohan, will run from April 11-27 at the Main Street Theatre. The lighting flashes, the thunder roars, a shot is heard in the stable... and where did that stranger come from? This melodramatic thriller is one of George M. Cohan's most famous plays. This is a classic play for the whole family. Directed by Joann Flora. Tickets and information at 225-4792.

The opening reception for an exhibit of photography by Ketchikan high school students will be on Friday, April 5th, from 5-7pm, at the Main Street Gallery, 338 Main Street. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit continues through the last Friday of the month. Sponsored by the Arts Council. Call 907-225-2211 for more information.

VideoVersity "Mistaken Identity" Film Series presents Memento on Saturday, April 6th, at 7pm, at the UAS Library, 2600 7th Avenue. Parental guidance is recommended for this presentation. This monthly film series is free and open to the public. Sponsored by UAS-Ktn.

The Assad Brothers, virtuoso classical guitarists from Brazil, will perform in Ketchikan on April 30th. This concert is part of the Torch Nights Performing Arts Series, sponsored by the Arts Council. Info at 225-2211.

Celebration of the Sea Art Walk will be Friday, May 3rd, 2002, from 5-8pm. Simultaneous receptions at downtown galleries and shops. Coordinated by the Arts Council. (225-2211)

The Tongass Historical Museum will unveil its new summer historical exhibit during the Celebration of the Sea Art Walk on Friday, May 3rd, 2002, from 5-8pm. (225-5600)

The opening reception for the Creative Process: a group show curated by Jackie Keizer will be open during the Art Walk on Friday, May 3rd, 2002, from 5-8pm. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit continues through the last Friday of the month. Sponsored by the Arts Council. Call 907-225-2211 for more information.

Reading/booksigning: best-selling adventure writer Will Hobbs will be traveling to Alaska from his home in Durango during the month of May making stops in Ketchikan, Craig, Sitka and Juneau. He will do a reading and booksigning at the Ketchikan Public Library on May 10th at 7:00pm. He will also be visiting Kayhi and Schoenbar. Will Hobb's new book "Wild Man Island" to be released in March is set in Southeast Alaska and many of his books have Northwest Coast and Yukon settings including "Far North" and "Ghost Canoe."

Ketchikan Theatre Ballet will present their Spring Gala performance at Kayhi on May 10th and 11th, 2002.

First City Players' production of We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay! will run June 6th ­ 22nd. This political farce by Dario Fo, will be directed by Elizabeth Nelson. A sidesplitting satire! With the price of groceries rising every day, what's a poor girl to do? Stuff bags of food up her sweater and pretend to be pregnant, of course! Laughs are on special when 1997 Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo opens the can on shoplifting. We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay! is a sidesplitting satire that'll have you rolling in the (grocery) aisles. Tickets and information at 225-4792.

The opening reception for an exhibit by Ketchikan artist MJ Turek, will be on Friday, June 7th, from 5-7pm, The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit continues through the last Friday of the month. Sponsored by the Arts Council. Call 907-225-2211 for more information.

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For more information contact:

Keith Smith or Sara Lawson
Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council
338 Main Street, Ketchikan, AK 99901
Tel: 907.225.2211 Fax: 907.225.4330
Email: ketchart@ktn.net

338 Main Street is the home of the Main Street Gallery, the Main Street Theatre, and the offices of First City Players and the Arts Council.



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