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

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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

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

REVIEW: GRAPES OF WRATH

By MIKE DUNHAM

Anchorage Opera opened its 50th anniversary season on Saturday night with a concert version of “The Grapes of Wrath,” by Ricky Ian Gordon. By my count it was the third time that the company has presented a “new” opera. The others would be John Luther Adams’ “Earth and the Great Weather,” which was hardly an opera in any conventional sense, and Willard Straight’s “Toyon of Alaska,” the only premiere of a staged dramatic work and one which, I think, was never performed outside Alaska.

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Mannheim Steamroller December concert added; Sweet Plantain tonight

It had to happen. The original date for Mannheim Steamroller's concert in Atwood Hall sold out quickly (there might be a seat or two left, but...). So the Anchorage Concert Association has added a second show, 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30. Get tickets at centertix.net.

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'SuperTrash' celebrates B-movies

By MATT SULLIVAN
Matt Sullivan / Anchorage Daily News: Anchorage Museum prepares for its "SuperTrash" exhibit, which opens Friday, Nov. 4Matt Sullivan / Anchorage Daily News: Anchorage Museum prepares for its "SuperTrash" exhibit, which opens Friday, Nov. 4

Today was the press preview of two new exhibits at the Anchorage Museum, “SuperTrash” and “Earth, Fire and Fibre XXVII.” Both open tomorrow and run through Jan. 8.

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Anchorage man on Jeopardy tonight

Brian Meacham and Alex Trebek: Photo courtesy Jeopardy Productions, Inc.Brian Meacham and Alex Trebek: Photo courtesy Jeopardy Productions, Inc.

Brian Meacham, a film preservationist from Anchorage, will appear on the television game show Jeopardy tonight. Meacham is competing in the show's Tournament of Champions. Tune into channel 13 at 6 p.m. to see how he does.

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Maryann Sundown & Agnes Aguchak do the "Cigarette Dance"

Cigarette Dance 1: Photo: James H. BarkerCigarette Dance 1: Photo: James H. Barker

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Wild Bras parade tonight

“Wild Bra’s on Parade,” a fund-raiser and breast cancer awareness event hosted by Casting for Recovery, will have a reception and silent auction from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Cafe Del Mundo.

The bras are on display now at the coffee shop on Benson.

Casting For Recovery-Alaska is a nonprofit group of volunteers dedicated to helping breast cancer survivors heal through its free fly fishing retreats every summer.

This year’s “Foundations for Recovery – Wild Bras on Parade” event features over 20 works of art, with themes ranging from Scrabblephiles to chocoholics.

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Review: Fourplay

By MIKE DUNHAM
Fourplay: Missy & Lindsay Lamar rehearsing Arlitia Jones' "Shoe Story." Photo, Aaron Wiseman.Fourplay: Missy & Lindsay Lamar rehearsing Arlitia Jones' "Shoe Story." Photo, Aaron Wiseman.
The latest edition of Three Wise Moose Productions’ “Fourplay” opened at Anchorage Community Theatre, 1133 E. 70th, as ACT’s production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” was wrapping up.

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Dot Bardarson honored by Minnesota art group

Dot Bardarson: The Seward artist at work on her painting "Tones from the Deep."Dot Bardarson: The Seward artist at work on her painting "Tones from the Deep."

Seward artist Dot Bardarson has been named Alaska Artist of the Year by Exploring TOSCA, a comprehensive arts guide in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area. The magazine has introduced a section called American Artist Series in which one artist is chosen to represent each state.

More information is available at tctosca.com.

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REVIEW: Anton Belov and Svetlana Velichko

By MIKE DUNHAM
Anton Belov: Baritone gave outstanding Anchorage premieres of "Dichterliebe" and Liszt's "Petrarch Sonnets."Anton Belov: Baritone gave outstanding Anchorage premieres of "Dichterliebe" and Liszt's "Petrarch Sonnets."
The concert of the year may have been "Songs of Love," a recital by baritone Anton Belov and pianist Svetlana Velichko in Sydney Laurence Theatre on Sunday evening.

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REVIEW: CARNIVAL; 2 for 1 tickets this Wednesday

By MIKE DUNHAM
Jane Park Drebert and puppets: The best part of Cyrano's "Carnival."Jane Park Drebert and puppets: The best part of Cyrano's "Carnival."
I had high hopes for “Carnival” at Cyrano’s, mainly because of the caliber of the cast members. But it takes more than a good performance to make good theater or good music. You need a good writer and a good composer, too.

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REVIEW: ALASKA CHAMBER SINGERS

By MIKE DUNHAM

You can never have too much Bach and the resumption of the Alaska Chamber Singers' all-Bach series after a one year break provided a welcome start to the local concert lineup. But I have heard ACS do much better than what I heard at out Lady of Guadalupe Church on Friday night.

The program consisted of pieces previously performed by the group, including the cantatas "Jesu, der du meine Seele," and "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" and the motets "Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden" and "Der Geist hlift unsrer Schwachheit aut."

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Spooky 'Woman in Black' at VPA

'Woman in Black': D.J. Rotach (left)and Ted Carney are the cast in VPA's thriller.'Woman in Black': D.J. Rotach (left)and Ted Carney are the cast in VPA's thriller.
Just in time for Halloween, Valley Performing Arts has put together a chilling ghost story. Imagine yourself caught in a horror movie, the characters have come to life and reality seems far away.

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'Fiddler' cast drops in on Cyrano's and other theater bits

"Carnival" and "Fiddler" casts: Anchorage "Carnival" principals(more or less l-r), Torrie Allen, director Bill Fabris, Rachel Gregory, music director Brendon Mezzetti, Scarlet Kittylee Boudreux, John Fraser, Anthony Lounsbury, Jeff Brion, Rob Wood and Patrick Killoran pose with members of the traveling troupe for "Fiddler on the Roof" after "Carnival's" preview at Cyrano's on Oct. 20. The "Fiddler" folks are out of makeup, but I'm pretty sure the woman next to the puppet is Pamela Chabora, who plays Yente."Carnival" and "Fiddler" casts: Anchorage "Carnival" principals(more or less l-r), Torrie Allen, director Bill Fabris, Rachel Gregory, music director Brendon Mezzetti, Scarlet Kittylee Boudreux, John Fraser, Anthony Lounsbury, Jeff Brion, Rob Wood and Patrick Killoran pose with members of the traveling troupe for "Fiddler on the Roof" after "Carnival's" preview at Cyrano's on Oct. 20. The "Fiddler" folks are out of makeup, but I'm pretty sure the woman next to the puppet is Pamela Chabora, who plays Yente.

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Potluck for Native dance group tonight

Santee SmithSantee Smith

Alaska Junior Theater invites everyone to a community potluck welcoming the Kaha:wi Dance Theatre to town. The ground-breaking company, headed by choreographer and dancer Santee Smith, combines American Indian and contemporary dance in their performances. They've been doing workshops and shows at local schools this week and will present a public performance on Thursday night at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.

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Dance and poetry at Out North

By MIKE DUNHAM
Momentum Dance Collective: Pondering the words in "Off the Page."Momentum Dance Collective: Pondering the words in "Off the Page."
"Off the Page," a collaboration between the Momentum Dance Collective and local poets being presented at Out North, approaches the concept of mixing the media in several ways. In the opening piece, "Ponder This," live poet Wisdom recites her piece on stage with the dancers.

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Schubert in Soldotna

The Alaska Trio: UAF faculty ensemble brings Schubert to Soldotna on SaturdayThe Alaska Trio: UAF faculty ensemble brings Schubert to Soldotna on Saturday
The Alaska Trio from UAF - Eduard Zilberkant, piano; Karl Knapp, cello; Kathleen Butler-Hopkins, violin - will be joined by guest musicians Vince Cee, bass and Gail Johannsen, viola, in a chamber music concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Soldotna United Methodist Church.

The program will include Schubert's "Trout" Quintet and his gorgeous Trio in B-flat Major.

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Barrow writer a finalist for National Book Award

Debby Dahl Edwardson: photo courtesy of the authorDebby Dahl Edwardson: photo courtesy of the author
Debby Dahl Edwardson of Barrow is one of five authors announced on Wednesday as a finalist in the Young People’s Literature category for the 62nd National Book Awards.

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Mayor's arts awards announced

Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, the Anchorage Arts Advisory Commission and the Anchorage Cultural Council have announced the honorees selected for the 11th annual Mayor’s Awards for the Arts in the following categories:

Outstanding Individual Artist: Steven Wounded Deer Alvarez

Champion of the Arts: Rasmuson Foundation

Kay Linton Volunteer in the Arts: Dr. Brian Saylor

Youth Arts Award: Emily Blahous

Lorene Harrison Award for Lifetime Achievement: Sandy Harper

Outstanding Arts Organization: Asian Alaskan Cultural Center

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Earth, Fire, Fibre winners

Juror Andrew Wagner announced his picks for this year's "Earth, Fire & Fibre" statewide craft/art exhibit. From 273 pieces submitted by 92 artists, he selected a final exhibit of 82 pieces by 43 artists. There were a total of 273 pieces entered from 92 artists. Out of these artists, 22 were new artists to the Anchorage Museum's database. Out of these 22 new artists, 8 have works in the exhibition, with 2 winning an award.

* $1000 Juror’s Choice Award: Lael Gordon, Seward, "Greek Key Sideboard," a piece of furniture with Douglas fir, jatoba, Sitka spruce and Alaskan birch

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FIRST FRIDAY RAMBLES

By MIKE DUNHAM
Sket OneSket One
I read a listing that said the show of work by Andrew Yasgar – aka “Sket One” – would have an opening reception on Friday afternoon, so made it my first stop. UAA’s Kimura Gallery seldom has First Friday openings and, in fact, I was sure the information I’d received said the reception had already taken place earlier that week.

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