Arts news and views

ArtSnob is your site for fast postings of Daily News reviews, local art happenings and reader feedback.

Drop your comments here, e-mail us at arts@adn.com, or call Arts and Entertainment editor Mike Dunham at (907)-257-4332 or toll-free in Alaska, 800-478-4200, ext. 332.

2 for 1 deal for new musical premiere - 1/7/2013 5:11 pm

'Troyens' repeats Sunday - 1/6/2013 10:19 am

FIRST FRIDAY RAMBLES: Treasures at Two Friends - 1/5/2013 10:53 am

REVIEW: 'FREUD'S LAST SESSION' - 1/4/2013 10:49 am

New CIRQUE is out - 1/3/2013 2:08 pm

Bald soprano to be seen in Anchorage - 1/2/2013 9:50 am

Photographer Mishler looking for Kickstarter boost - 1/1/2013 3:09 pm

REVIEW: 'LAST DAY ON EARTH' - 12/22/2012 2:01 pm

Review: Beauty and the Beast

By LINDA BILLINGTON
Logan Denninghoff as Gaston: in the center with other cast members of "Beauty and the Beast" now playing in Atwood Concert Hall. Photo: Joan MarcusLogan Denninghoff as Gaston: in the center with other cast members of "Beauty and the Beast" now playing in Atwood Concert Hall. Photo: Joan Marcus
The transformative power of love can overcome adversity, prejudice and even a midwinter snowstorm. Example: the packed Atwood Concert Hall Thursday, opening night of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”

read more »

Review: Overnighters

By MIKE DUNHAM

The playbill for the 25th edition of “Alaska Overnighters,” presented this weekend at Alaska Pacific University’s Grant Hall auditorium, says “4 short plays each night.”

But on Saturday, there were five. Which is good, because the fifth, “Veritas,” by P. Shane Mitchell, was the most substantial of the lot, the one most likely to stick with the viewer for a long while.

read more »

Dennis Maloney dies at age 64

Prominent Anchorage attorney Dennis Maloney died of cancer at his home on Goose Lake on Sunday, Dec. 18. He was 64.

In addition to his highly successful law career, Maloney was noted as a patron of the arts. He made significant donations to performing groups and, in his younger years, performed himself as an actor in local productions.

read more »

REVIEW: 'PINKALICIOUS'

By Donna Freedman

One of parenthood’s great sacrifices is sitting through some pretty dismal entertainment: Saccharine films, moralistic “children’s theater,” anything that features a singing dinosaur.

“Pinkalicious: The Musical,” currently playing at Cyrano’s, is an antidote to those eye-glazingly bad kiddie shows. Smartly written and briskly paced, it’s good fun for all ages.

read more »

Museum shop holiday sale

Through Dec. 11, the Anchorage Museum shop will have some serious discounts for shoppers looking for Alaska art. Museum members can take 20 percent off books and 30 percent off all other merchandise. Non-members get 10 percent off books and 20 percent off all other merchandise - but we note that the discount on a fine ivory sculpture or one of Jerry Lieb's drums would pay for your membership.

read more »

REVIEW: It's a Wonderful Life

By Donna Freedman

“It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” is a novel and entirely entertaining way to look at the classic film that’s become a holiday tradition.

Listening to a story read aloud is fun. Listening to a storyteller is better, because the performer embodies the story he’s delivering. A quintet of lively raconteurs at Cyrano’s Theatre Company perform the story as 1940s radio stars presenting a Christmas Eve broadcast.

read more »

REVIEW: A CHRISTMAS CAROL

By Ahriel Porter
Tiny and Bob: Andrew Mattson, is uplifted by Theron Blair in VPA's current production of "A Christmas Carol."Tiny and Bob: Andrew Mattson, is uplifted by Theron Blair in VPA's current production of "A Christmas Carol."
As snow lightly falls upon the valley, so does the magic of Christmas spirit. Tis the season for a classic! It seems as though "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens has been portrayed in every way imaginable. However, if you read the book you’ll know that it is hard to find such a traditional version as performed by the Valley Performing Arts.

read more »

REVIEW: INSPECTING CAROL

By DONNA FREEDMAN
Inspecting Carol: ACT's production featuring(l-r)Stephanie Bissland as Dorothy playing Mrs. Cratchit; Bergen Borer as Luther playing (the oversize) Tiny Tim; Sean Kelly as Bart playing Peter Cratchit; Kate Williams as MJ, the stage manager. Photo: Tony BatresInspecting Carol: ACT's production featuring(l-r)Stephanie Bissland as Dorothy playing Mrs. Cratchit; Bergen Borer as Luther playing (the oversize) Tiny Tim; Sean Kelly as Bart playing Peter Cratchit; Kate Williams as MJ, the stage manager. Photo: Tony Batres

read more »

Grass roots film fest on Saturday

The Alaska Film Forum presents Open Projector Night 4 (OPN), a showcase of work by local filmmakers at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, at Out North, 3800 Debarr Rd.

The format is the same as an open mic night; filmmakers will arrive with a short film or clip of their work and programming slots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

It's billed as a "fun, non-competitive environment in which filmmakers can meet, enjoy each other's work, and establish creative networks."

read more »

Theater on Thanksgiving

Those whose digestive abilities them move this evening can take advantage of two pre-Black Friday bargains in local theater productions.

There'll be a pay-what-you-can preview of the "live radio" version of "It's a Wonderful Life" at Cyrano's at 7 p.m. tonight.

UAA will present its updated production of "Taming of the Shrew" at 8 p.m. tonight in the UAA Arts Building's Mainstage theater. Admission for that is a food donation to the local food bank.

read more »

'Inspecting Carol' sneak preview tonight

Inspecting Carol: ACT's production featuring (l-r) Stephanie Bissland as Dorothy playing Mrs. Cratchit; Bergen Borer as Luther playing (the oversize) Tiny Tim; Sean Kelly as Bart playing Peter Cratchit; Kate Williams as MJ, the stage manager. Photo: Tony BatresInspecting Carol: ACT's production featuring (l-r) Stephanie Bissland as Dorothy playing Mrs. Cratchit; Bergen Borer as Luther playing (the oversize) Tiny Tim; Sean Kelly as Bart playing Peter Cratchit; Kate Williams as MJ, the stage manager. Photo: Tony Batres

read more »

Monk in Spenard tonight

Thelonious Monk: Late jazz master the subject of tonight's Tap Root tribute.Thelonious Monk: Late jazz master the subject of tonight's Tap Root tribute.
Rick Zelinsky and friends continue their survey of jazz masters at 8 p.m. tonight at the Tap Root, 3300 Spenard Rd. The master being honored tonight is Thelonious Monk. Tickets are $10 in advance at centertix.net. It's a bar, so the concert is for ages 21 and up. Highly recommended for lovers of music and local craft beers.

read more »

Vietnamese story wins National Book Award

"Inside Out & Back Again" by Thanhha Lai of New York won the 2011 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. The story is based on Lai's own life. She was born in Vietnam and moved to Alabama as an exile in 1975. She teaches writing at Parsons School of Design.
Debby Dahl Edwardson: photo courtesy of the authorDebby Dahl Edwardson: photo courtesy of the author
"My Name is Not Easy," By Debby Dahl Edwardson of Barrow was among the five finalists for the award. A press conference with Lai, Edwardson and other finalists can be viewed at nationalbook.org.

read more »

All State Music Festival set

Over 400 high school musicians will begin practicing November 17-19 at East Anchorage High School for the Command Performance of the 2011 All State Music Festival.

The public "Command Performance" of winners will take place at 6 p.m. on November 19, at the West High School Auditorium. Online tickets are available on the website: www.asaa.org

read more »

PENNY ARCADE EXTENDED

Penny Arcade: Services on Sunday.Penny Arcade: Services on Sunday.
"B!D!F!W!" - performance art by Penny Arcade, in which the nationally-noted performer is joined by local erotic dancers, has been extended at Out North, on the corner of Primrose and DeBarr. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. Advance tickets are $25/$20 at centertix.net. $30.$25 at the door. There's a cash bar on site for the 21 and over show.

read more »

New Arts Council head selected

The Alaska State Council on the Arts has selected Shannon Daut from Denver, Colorado, as the new Executive Director, effective January 9, 2012. Daut, 37, currently serves as Deputy Director of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) a regional membership organization comprised of the 13 western state arts agencies.

read more »

REVIEW: Symphony in Step

By MIKE DUNHAM
Step Afrika: performing "Wade in the Water."Step Afrika: performing "Wade in the Water."
Randall Craig Fleischer's "Symphony in Step" drew a rousing response from the audience at Atwood Concert Hall when it was premiered by the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra on Saturday Night.

read more »

'Fourplay' play in national anthology

Don't ride with this man.: Eric Holzschuh and Kevin Bennett in "Six Dead Bodies Duct-Taped to a Merry-Go-Round" at it's reprise at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez. Photo: Schatzie Schaefers.Don't ride with this man.: Eric Holzschuh and Kevin Bennett in "Six Dead Bodies Duct-Taped to a Merry-Go-Round" at it's reprise at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez. Photo: Schatzie Schaefers."Six Bodies Duct-Taped to a Merry-Go-Round" has been accepted in the next edition of "Best American Short Plays 2010-2011."

read more »

Cody Swanson at International Gallery

"Stalking": from Act II of Cody Swanson's series "Memory, Allegory and Atonement" at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art."Stalking": from Act II of Cody Swanson's series "Memory, Allegory and Atonement" at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art.By MIKE DUNHAM

read more »

Object Runway seeks fashion-minded artists

All the style that's fit to print: Asia Gonzalez wears a dress made of newspaper, designed by Michelle Gonzalez and Abigail Raymundo. Models displayed about 60 works of fashion and wearable art at the Object Runway event at the Bear Tooth Theatre Pub on Thursday, January 28, 2011. Photo: Marc LesterAll the style that's fit to print: Asia Gonzalez wears a dress made of newspaper, designed by Michelle Gonzalez and Abigail Raymundo. Models displayed about 60 works of fashion and wearable art at the Object Runway event at the Bear Tooth Theatre Pub on Thursday, January 28, 2011. Photo: Marc LesterObject Runway is in its third year. Organized by the International Gallery of Contemporary Art (IGCA), this event merges the world of fashion and contemporary art.

read more »

JOIN THE CONVERSATION
Anchorage Daily News is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service