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Student film fest today

Forty-one Anchorage film students will have their projects shown on the big screen at the Bear Tooth Theatre at 10:30 a.m. today. Admission is free.

The ASD Career and Technical Education Department sponsored a film school summer course for high school students in which students learned about the art of film making while working on a variety of projects including public service announcements about outdoor safety and education and promotional videos about the programs offered at the King Career Center.

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MAYOR'S LETTER ON DOME

This letter regarding the city's reasons for disallowing a permit for a concert by Dwight Yoakam at The Dome, was received from the Office of the Mayor on June 20, 2011.

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Arts Council's Fox to retire

Charlotte Fox, Executive Director of the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA), recently announced her retirement at the Council’s annual meeting in Juneau. She will leave the agency in January, 2012.

Fox joined the Council in 2001 as Executive Director.

The Council has formed a search committee to be chaired by Council-member Nancy Harbour. ASCA will be launching a nationwide search in July.

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'Ice' takes prize at Seattle Film Fest

Prizes at the Seattle International Film Festival were announced on Sunday and "On the Ice," by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, set in Barrow, picked up another award - the International Federation of Film Critics' prize for the Best New American Film.

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Last Chance for 'Fourplay'

'Fourplay' trio: Authors Arlitia Jones, Schatzie Schaefers, Steven Hunt. Missing: Lindsay Marianna Walker and Dawson Moore.'Fourplay' trio: Authors Arlitia Jones, Schatzie Schaefers, Steven Hunt. Missing: Lindsay Marianna Walker and Dawson Moore.Three Wise Moose, in partnership with Anchorage Community Theatre, will reprise their Fall 2010 presentation of "Fourplay: Four Short Plays by Alaskans" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 in the ACT Studio Theatre.

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Bel Canto finale

The area singers known as Bel Canto will present their final shows of the season at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, in the A Street Event Hall, 637 A St. in Anchorage (corner of 7th and A), and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, in the Valey Performing Arts Center, 251 W. Swanson, in Wasilla. There'll be complimentary snacks and a no-host bar in addition to guest musicians Waylon Waddell and Freya and James Wardlaw-Bailey. Tickets, $20, are available at centertix.net.

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Dinosaur filming to start in Alaska; workers needed

Working with dinosaurs: An ankylosaurus is put through its paces as Nick Snyder, left, and Michael Olson of Walking With Dinosaurs observe its movements before a presentation of "Walking with Dinosaurs" at the Sullivan Arena, Thursday morning August 19, Photo: ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily NewsWorking with dinosaurs: An ankylosaurus is put through its paces as Nick Snyder, left, and Michael Olson of Walking With Dinosaurs observe its movements before a presentation of "Walking with Dinosaurs" at the Sullivan Arena, Thursday morning August 19, Photo: ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News

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'On the Ice' a hot ticket at film fests

'On the Ice': Smokin' hot at national film festivals.'On the Ice': Smokin' hot at national film festivals.
Andrew MacLean’s “On the Ice,” a full-length version in (mostly) English of his earlier Inupiaq-language short, “Sikumi,” is featured in several major film festivals this month, starting with the Seattle International Film Festival, at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, 11 a.m. on Sunday and 9 p.m. on Friday, June 10.

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Dr. Seuss and haggis; West High thespians raise funds for Scotland trip

West High thespians will attend the International Arts Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland in August, where they’ll present their production of “Seussical the Musical Jr.”

The trip will coast the troupe about $130,000. To raise funds, they’re sponsoring a 5/10k Run/Walk at 7 p.m. on Friday evening. The cost is $35 for last-minute registration, which will start at 5:30 p.m. in the West High foyer. Wear your Scottish attire for this “Run for the Haggis” and be entered to win gift certificates from local businesses.

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MACHETANZ ART FESTIVAL ON JUNE 4

Photography by Dean Larson: San Francisco art professor returns to his hometown for Mat-Su festival.Photography by Dean Larson: San Francisco art professor returns to his hometown for Mat-Su festival.
The first ever Machetanz Art Festival will take place at Matanuska-Susitna College from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 in the college’s Fred and Sara Machetanz Building.

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Jazz at Atwood tonight

Soulman Sam and Veronica Page: at their last Anchorage show in November. They'll open for the Guitars and Saxes all stars in Atwood Hall tonight. Photo: Frank Flavin.Soulman Sam and Veronica Page: at their last Anchorage show in November. They'll open for the Guitars and Saxes all stars in Atwood Hall tonight. Photo: Frank Flavin.The Guitars and Saxes stars return to Anchorage for a benefit concert tonight. Award winning jazz-and-pop musicians Rick Braun, Jeff Golub and Gerald Albright will perform in Atwood Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Popular local R&B smoothie Soulman Sam and songstress Veronica Page will open the benefit for Bye Bye Bullies. Tickets are $49-$149.

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New Native arts foundation meets

By MIKE DUNHAM
Emily Johnson: From "The Quyana Bar."Emily Johnson: From "The Quyana Bar."

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Kern postpones concert

Olga Kern: Sunday recital delayed due to back problems.Olga Kern: Sunday recital delayed due to back problems.

Due to a strained back muscle and on the advice of her doctors not to travel and to rest her back, Olga Kern has postponed her performance in Anchorage.

The Anchorage Symphony and Olga Kern are looking at dates during the 2011/2012 season to reschedule this recital.

Ticket holders will be contacted and refunds will automatically be given. For any questions, please contact the Anchorage Symphony office at 274-8668.

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Rasmuson award winners announced

Ray Troll: Working on the Salmon Mural in the Imaginarium at the Anchorage Museum in 2009. Photo: Bob Hallinen.Ray Troll: Working on the Salmon Mural in the Imaginarium at the Anchorage Museum in 2009. Photo: Bob Hallinen.
Artist Ray Troll of Ketchikan received the 2011 Rasmuson Distinguished Artist Award at ceremonies held at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday. The award includes a grant for $25,000.

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'Bad Boys' held over: Review

Hot, aging men: The cast of "Bad Boys Gone Gray" performs the song, "Lactose Intolerant."Hot, aging men: The cast of "Bad Boys Gone Gray" performs the song, "Lactose Intolerant."This isn't exactly a surprise. "Bad Boys Gone Gray," a new play at Valley Performing Arts, is being held over until May 29. The following reader review was submitted by Sean Talbot:

“Not All Bad Boys Go Gray”

Imagine this: you‟re back in your favorite childhood place with your best friends and a chance to take a short break from life to remember the good ol' days.

Got that in mind? Good.

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More jazz on tap

Sax man Rick Zelinsky continues his survey of jazz giants with the music of Wayne Shorter," 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, at the Tap Root Cafe in Spenard. The "Tribute to the Jazz Masters" series has afforded some of the best performances of "hard" jazz (as opposed to the pop-influenced "soft" jazz at "Guitars and Saxes" on Saturday in Atwood Hall) that we've heard in Anchorage since the pipeline days.

Performers will include Pat Owens on trumpet, Tom Bargelski on keyboard, guirtarist Nick Petumenos, bass player Dirk Westfall and drummer Carmeron Cartland.

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ACC winners announced

The Anchorage Concert Chorus vocal scholarship competition took place on Saturday. First Place in the College Division went to Ivory Bodnar, who had previously taken first place in the College Music Theater and Classical divisions in the Alaska chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition.

ACC’s other College division winners were Lamont Alexander Pierce (2nd) and Anna Tappel (3rd). High school division winners were Michael Tappel (1st), Amanda Boger (2nd) and Katherine Lyle (3rd).

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Anchorage Civic Orchestra at PAC

We've just heard that, for reasons unknown, the Anchorage Civic Orchestra concert at 4:30 p.m. today is listed as being in a warehouse somewhere in darkest industrial Anchorage.

The right location is at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. The program is a "Russian Pops" line-up including "Peter and the Wolf" and the 1812 Overture.

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ACC Winners' recital tonight

On Saturday morning, adjudication is underway for the Anchorage Concert Chorus' vocal competition. The winners will be announced tonight and the award recipients will perform in a free concert that includes top finishers in other local music competitions.

The concert will start at 7 p.m. in the UAA Arts Building recital hall. Results will be posted here shortly after that.

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Here come the valkyries!

Here come the Valkyries: Act III of "Die Walkure" in the Met HD broadcast. Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan OperaHere come the Valkyries: Act III of "Die Walkure" in the Met HD broadcast. Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

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