Haines
web-posted Wednesday, July 22, 2015
For Erin Coughlin Hollowell, the poet who in early July became executive director of Alaska’s largest writing group, 49 Writers, part of being a writer is being a good literary citizen, and part of being a good literary citizen is generosity.
web-posted Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Eleven years ago this summer, a few musicians sat around a campfire on a Sitka beach, playing their guitars and pondering the idea of a locally-grown music festival.
web-posted Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Juneau
web-posted Wednesday, July 15, 2015
The Alaska Arts Confluence, Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center, the Village of Klukwan, and others will present "Building Relationships," the third in a series of workshops exploring the Tlingit concept of at.oow, on Friday Aug. 7. This year's workshops will consist of 2½-hour morning and afternoon sessions, with a brown bag lunch and tour of the new Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center in Klukwan. The workshops run from 9:30 a.m to 3 p.m. at the center.
web-posted Wednesday, July 15, 2015
The fabulous gargoyles of Orton Hall, Ohio State University, early July.
web-posted Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Editor's note: This list was reviewed in June 2015. If you have changes or additions, email stephanie.west@morris.com.
web-posted Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Editor's note: This list was reviewed in June 2015. If you have changes or additions, email stephanie.west@morris.com.
web-posted Wednesday, July 8, 2015
The Alaska State Museum has awarded 22 grants totaling $105,600 to Alaska museums and cultural centers for museum projects around the state. The following awards were made:
web-posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Editor's note: This list was reviewed in June 2015. If you have changes or additions, email stephanie.west@morris.com.
web-posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Pediatric specialist Dr. Marna Schwartz's passion for helping kids is really taking her places. Really. She's joined SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium as a traveling physician to provide care in the region's smaller communities.
web-posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015
JUNEAU and DOUGLAS
web-posted Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Stories told about Native Alaskans' first contact with European Americans tend to be negative, said Yakutat Tlingit Tribe President Victoria Demmert. But not all of them are - and the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe, in collaboration with the Rasmuson Foundation, on June 29 will raise a totem pole both commemorating the Rasmuson family's relationship with Yakutat and celebrating the foundation's 60th anniversary.
web-posted Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Following the publication of a June 10 article on Kake's totem pole, the Capital City Weekly received additional information on the carvers who worked on the project, provided by Alaska Indian Arts in Haines.
web-posted Wednesday, June 24, 2015
I've noticed that beer festivals in Alaska have matured significantly over the last couple of years. When craft beer emerged in the mid 1980s, Alaska was slow to follow and the love for craft beer was slow to emerge. We lagged behind the Lower 48 by a number of years.
web-posted Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Editor's note: This list was reviewed in June 2015. If you have changes or additions, email stephanie.west@morris.com.
web-posted Wednesday, June 17, 2015
"The Haines Fair. It's just usually really fun - I love the retro activities like the lumberjack stuff, that fake movie town, the rides, and the animals. It's a good old-fashioned fair you can take your kids to and have a good time."
web-posted Wednesday, June 10, 2015
"What do you think when you hear the word Chautauqua?" begins an Aug. 29, 1918, article in the Juneau-based Alaska Daily Dispatch newspaper. "...Do you know that Chautauqua is annually attended by more people than baseball?"
web-posted Wednesday, June 10, 2015
In 1926, the village of Kake reluctantly decided under heavy pressure to burn all of the community's totem poles in the name of "progress." Decades later, in 1971, Kake elders rose the world's tallest pole as a reaffirmation of Kake's cultural roots. In April of this year, a powerful gust of wind snapped the top of the 136-foot-tall pole. Now, the community must decide how to move forward.
web-posted Wednesday, June 10, 2015
The contest has been offered to Alaskan writers since 1981. This year, about 600 entries were submitted from writers of all ages and regions.
web-posted Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Seven Southeast artists were among the recipients of Rasmuson Foundations’s 2015 Individual Artist Awards, the foundation announced May 19.
web-posted Wednesday, June 3, 2015
web-posted Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Sealaska Heritage will sponsor 10 free formline design workshops in 10 communities in June, beginning with a June 4-5 workshop in Haines, led by Wayne Price. The workshops, offered through SHI's Jineit Art Academy, are designed to help artists at all levels to learn and enhance their formline, a term that describes the complex designs that are the underlying components of Northwest Coast art. Another goal is to increase the number of Native artists and art instructors qualified to teach Northwest Coast art in public schools.
web-posted Wednesday, June 3, 2015
web-posted Wednesday, June 3, 2015
web-posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015
"Anything but the IPAs!"
web-posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015
THEATER
web-posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Northwest Coast Native art isn't the only focus of the new Walter Soboleff Building, but it's likely to be the aspect that draws in the most visitors. For non-Natives hoping to gain a better understanding of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures, the artwork is a good place to start, offering an introduction to foundational concepts such as balance and harmony.
web-posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Juneau Wednesday
web-posted Thursday, May 14, 2015
Editor's note: This story first appeared in the Sunday, May 3, edition of the Juneau Empire.
web-posted Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Juneau
web-posted Wednesday, May 13, 2015
The following exhibits and events are scheduled at the Sheldon Museum & Cultural Center in Haines.
web-posted Wednesday, May 13, 2015
THEATER
web-posted Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Juneau
web-posted Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Juneau may welcome a million passengers to shore from cruise ships this year, industry groups predict. John Binkley, with Cruise Lines International Association of Alaska, told the Juneau Chamber of Commerce in April that the cruise industry has seen steady growth of about 7.6 percent year over year.
web-posted Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Heather Lende will launch her Southeast book tour this week to spread the word about her newest work: "Find The Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-Town Obituary Writer."
web-posted Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Ravens cawed. Gulls mewed. People hammered.
web-posted Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Juneau Wednesday
web-posted Wednesday, April 29, 2015
When we attend concerts by the Juneau Symphony Orchestra, we see clusters of people playing similar instruments but don't hear them individually. Every spring, the Symphony Showcase gives us the opportunity to hear some of them in small ensembles or as soloists. When I arrived at Aldersgate United Methodist Church April 19 to hear this year's offering, I was pleasantly surprised to find that all of the spaces in the parking lot had been taken. That suggested a full sanctuary, and, indeed, an enthusiastic audience was gathered to enjoy an exceptional performance.
web-posted Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Juneau area students were among those recently honored during the Alaska Student Activities Association's All-State Art Competition, an annual event promoting student art work in a variety of media.
web-posted Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Juneau Wednesday
web-posted Wednesday, April 22, 2015
This weekend, a plan to attend the 2015 Alaska State Improv Festival, known in shorthand as AS IF, is a plan for spontaneity. Seventeen improvisational theater groups from around the country are coming to Juneau for the festival. One will impersonate Franz Kafka. One will narrate history, drunk. One, from Sitka, will potentially pull you up onstage.
web-posted Wednesday, April 22, 2015
One of Rie Muñoz’ favorite pieces of her own work was “Peaceable Alaska,” a painting inspired by Edward Hicks’ “Peaceable Kingdom.”
web-posted Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Juneau Wednesday
web-posted Wednesday, April 15, 2015
JUNEAU - When the U.S. Forest Service's revised map of the Juneau Icefield is printed next month, it will contain an original Tlingit place name for the first time: Tlaxhsatanjín, which can be translated as "idle hands" or "hands at rest."
web-posted Wednesday, April 8, 2015
You'd be hard-pressed to find a Southeast Alaskan that doesn't love salmon, or a salmon that doesn't need clean water.
web-posted Wednesday, April 8, 2015
The theme of this year's Art of Place presentation series at the University of Alaska Southeast -- Wearable Art of Place -- was brought vividly to life Friday during the series' final event of the season, a regalia show. About a dozen models of all ages displayed items of regalia including woven robes, button blankets, beaded tunics, carved masks, hats, leggings, collars, headbands, bags and moccasins.
web-posted Wednesday, April 8, 2015
JUNEAU
web-posted Wednesday, April 8, 2015
DANCE SCHEDULE
web-posted Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Banjos, guitars, mandolins, voices: the 41st annual Alaska Folk Festival starts Monday, April 6, and for the next week there won't be many in Juneau who spend a day without tapping their feet or just getting up and dancing - or, of course, performing.

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