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Mannheim Steamroller to play in Anchorage

The Anchorage Concert Association has just confirmed that they will present the techno/traditional musical act, Mannheim Steamroller. The performance will take place on Dec. 29, Thursday, in Atwood Concert Hall. It appears that this is first time the group has been in Alaska.

The group as you know known primarily for its modern recordings of Christmas music. After being snubbed by the recording industry, the group produced its own CDs and, to date, has sold 28 million albums in the U.S. alone.

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First Friday preview

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"Graffiti is an art form with a long history of controversy. Is it art or an eyesore? " reads the press release from Tap Root advertising their showing of work by the local street artist known as ME*NO, whose work will be on display at the bar at 3300 Spenard Rd. this month.

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Alaskan author selected for National Book Foundation honor

National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" winnersNational Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" winners
Alaska-born author Melinda Moustakis is among five young fiction writers who will be honored as "5 Under 35" by The National Book Foundation in a celebration on Nov. 14 in Brooklyn, NY.

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Derry Aires sing for birds

The Derry AiresThe Derry Aires
The Derry Aires will be featured in concert Saturday, October 8th, 2011 at the 4th annual Wine Migration Fund Raiser at The Best Western on Lake Lucille. It's a fundraiser for Alaska Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, Inc.

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Refugees debut Alaska song in Anchorage Concert

When the folk/rock trio Refugees performed in Anchorage two years ago, they promised they'd have an Alaska song when they came back. On their return to Sydney Laurence Theatre in Anchorage Saturday night, they sang the song for what they said was the first time - or at least as much as they could remember. (It appears to be a work in progress.) The three verse song is a minor key chantey about Captain James Cook's expedition to present-day Anchorage. The words are sung by three different characters, Cook, a sailor and a Native watching from shore. The chorus goes:

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Boocheever awards announced

The Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation has selected four individuals to receive the 2011 Connie Boochever Fellowships in the visual arts. The $2,500 fellowship is for emerging artists, and each year the disciplines alternate between performing, literary and visual arts.

The four recipients are:

· James Adcox, visual artist, Nome;
· Michael Conti, photography and video, Anchorage;
· Ben Huff, photography, Juneau;
· Wendy Gingell, ceramic artist, Anchorage

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Pay what you can at ACT's 'Arsenic' preview tonight

ACT's new "Arsenic": Richard Huggins anticipates the taste of elderberry wine prepared by Jane Baird (left) and Linda Benson in ACT's "Arsenic and Old Lace." Photo, Tony Batres.ACT's new "Arsenic": Richard Huggins anticipates the taste of elderberry wine prepared by Jane Baird (left) and Linda Benson in ACT's "Arsenic and Old Lace." Photo, Tony Batres.

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Governor's arts awards announced

The recipients of the 2011 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities were announced by the Alaska State Council on the Arts on Wednesday. They are:

• Maryanne Allan of Fairbanks, Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Alaska Native Arts and Languages.
• Painter Arthur William “Bill” Brody of Fairbanks, Individual Artist.
• Publisher and KTOO Program Director Jeff Brown of Juneau, Lifetime Achievement
• Mike Powers, Chief Executive Officer, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, and Mike McCormick of Eagle River, owner of Whistling Swan Productions, Business Leadership

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Jazz Week benefit Wednesday

John Damburg and FriendsJohn Damburg and Friends
Jazz Week Benefit Concert Series
The John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet will present the first concert in the annual UAA Jazz Week Benefit Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the UAA Fine Arts Building Recital Hall. Advance admission is $2 for UAA Students, $5 Seniors, students and military and $10 general public. On the day of the event there'll be an across-the-board $5 increase. So call now, 786-1684.

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REVIEW: THE REFUGEES (in 2009)

By MIKE DUNHAM
The Refugees: Wendy Waldman, Cindy Bullens and Deborah Holland on their first trip to Alaska in 2009.The Refugees: Wendy Waldman, Cindy Bullens and Deborah Holland on their first trip to Alaska in 2009.
(The following review ran in the Anchorage Daily News on Oct. 18, 2009. The group will again perform in Talkeetna on Sept. 30, Sydney Laurence Theatre in Anchorage on Oct. 1, and Vagabond Blues in Palmer on Oct. 2. Tickets for the Anchorage show are available at centertix.net. )

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Baroque concert on Saturday

Saltarello, a period music ensemble featuring Laura Koenig, Dawn Lindsay, Linda Marsh-Ives and other notable Anchorage musicians, will present a concert of late Renaissance and Baroque music at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Lake Otis and Tudor.

The program includes music by Schmelzer, Schmikerer and Scarlatti – what a lineup! (That’s Alessandro Scarlatti, by the way.) Plus pieces by Telemann and Byrd.

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Alaskans on national television

Lauren Owen in 'New Girl': With Andy Scott Harris (left). Show debuts Tuesday on the Fox network, local Channel 4.Lauren Owen in 'New Girl': With Andy Scott Harris (left). Show debuts Tuesday on the Fox network, local Channel 4.

Two Alaskans made it to the top 10 in the 2011 edition of “America’s Got Talent,” Landon Swank of Wasilla and Anna Graceman of Juneau. Both were eliminated earlier this month in week 15.

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Adams' 'environmental' music earns $100k award

John Luther Adams: Photo: Evan Hurd Photography, Fairbanks, AKJohn Luther Adams: Photo: Evan Hurd Photography, Fairbanks, AK
The Heinz Family Foundation has announced that composer John Luther Adams of Fairbanks is a recipient of a $100,000 Heinz Award.

The awards honor Pennsylvania Sen. John Heinz by recognizing contributions of individuals “whose significant achievements have benefitted the environment,” said a press release.

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REVIEW: "RUNS IN THE FAMILY" at VPA

(The following "You Be the Critic" review was received on Sept. 13.)
Loopy comedy in the valley: Left to right: Leslie (Alora Zulliger) new found daughter of Dr. Mortimore (Steve Impson) greet Mother Bonney (Yvonne Oliver) at the office. Photo courtesy VPA.Loopy comedy in the valley: Left to right: Leslie (Alora Zulliger) new found daughter of Dr. Mortimore (Steve Impson) greet Mother Bonney (Yvonne Oliver) at the office. Photo courtesy VPA.
By Ahriel Porter

It's only three days before Christmas and the staff of a London hospital is getting ready for their annual holiday show. Spirits are high in the doctors' lounge; the holiday spirit is in everybody's heart.

Well, almost everybody.

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John Hoover dead at 91

By MIKE DUNHAM
John Hoover in 1998: Photo: Jim LavrakasJohn Hoover in 1998: Photo: Jim Lavrakas
John Hoover, one of Alaska’s most respected and revered artists, died in Washington on Saturday morning. He was 91.

Hoover was born in Cordova, Oct. 13, 1919. His father was Dutch and his mother Aleut-Russian.

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Wild concert at Out North tonight

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Jason Farnham of Los Angeles mashes up classical music with rock, techno, jazz and blues on both toy and real-sized pianos. He's kind of a contemporary piano comedian, in a way, with pieces like "Rondo Alla Techno" and Fur Elise with a techno-rock-dance beat: “Fur God Sakes Elise, Let’s Dance!”

But what we're really looking forward to is how he plays the theme from the "Peanuts" cartoons on both real pianos and the toys favored by Schroeder.

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Shakespeare on screen: Yea or nay?

By MIKE DUNHAM
Roger AllamRoger Allam
I bought a rare movie ticket on Aug. 18 to see "Henry IV, Part 2" on the big screen. It was shown at two Anchorage cinemas as part of the "Shakespeare’s Globe London Cinema Series," which has been presenting films of live productions from the London Globe Theatre’s 2010 season. In theory, it's supposed to capture the vibrancy of live performances in the intimate and historic setting.

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REVIEW: Putnam County Spelling Bee

Caleb Bourgeois and Christine Keene: in Cyrano's "Spelling Bee." Photo: Jamie Lang Photography.Caleb Bourgeois and Christine Keene: in Cyrano's "Spelling Bee." Photo: Jamie Lang Photography.
By Donna Freedman
Special to the Daily News

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is like “A Chorus Line” for preadolescents. Half a dozen spelling savants vie for a glittering trophy and the chance to go to the finals in Washington, D.C. When they’re not spelling words like “crepuscule” and “hasenpfeffer,” they’re revealing their histories, fears and longings.

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'Naughty No-No' a no-go in Wasilla; moves to Wild Berry

Kiwi performs against a backdrop of the Chugach Mountains as the Aerial Angels put on a show at the Northway Mall Wednesday Farmers' Market in east Anchorage. (ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News)Kiwi performs against a backdrop of the Chugach Mountains as the Aerial Angels put on a show at the Northway Mall Wednesday Farmers' Market in east Anchorage. (ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News)

By MIKE DUNHAM

The “Naughty No-No Show,” an adult-themed aerial acrobatic act, originally scheduled for Friday in Wasilla, will instead take place in Anchorage after concerns were raised that the performance might violate Wasilla’s city ordinance against lewdness.

Striptease acts and nude dancing are forbidden in Wasilla city limits.

Allison Williams, who directs the Aerial Angels, said her show sometimes includes partial nudity and would likely violate the letter of the Wasilla lewdness law.

The Kalamazoo, Mich.-based troupe had the show booked at Wasilla’s Menard Sports Center as part of a series of performances in Alaska.

“[The Mayor] told us, 'Your show would violate our ordinance,” Williams said.

In an email, Wasilla Mayor Verne Rupright denied that he had explicitly told the troupe they could not do the show in the city.

“They agreed not to do it in Wasilla,” he said. “They had already found a new location.”

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Arts council grants

The Alaska State Council on the Arts awarded $408,317 in operating support grants, $96,717 for Artists in Schools grants and $53,450 in grants for special projects to Alaska artists and arts organizations at their annual meeting in June.

Special project grants range from a $800 grant to Brett Dillingham, Juneau to present a storytelling workshop in Mons, Belgium, to $4,000 for Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center in Haines for a totem carving workshop.

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