2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities ceremony, Thursday, Jan. 26, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Juneau Arts and CultureCenter. Celebrate the 2017 Governor’s Awards recipients and the 2017-2019 Alaska State Writer Laureate
What's happening this week Jan. 25th - 31st, 2017 012517 CALENDAR 1 Capital City Weekly 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities ceremony, Thursday, Jan. 26, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Juneau Arts and CultureCenter. Celebrate the 2017 Governor’s Awards recipients and the 2017-2019 Alaska State Writer Laureate
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Story last updated at 1/26/2017 - 8:44 pm

What's happening this week Jan. 25th - 31st, 2017

They Don’t Talk Back - Preview, Thursday, Jan. 26, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Perseverance Theatre. Three generations of Tlingit men face the challenges of a summer of change. When 17 year-old Nick takes a floatplane from Juneau to his grandparents’ village, his arrival means changes for his fisherman grandfather, his cousin Edward–who hasn’t spent much time away from home–and his Desert Storm-veteran father. Just as these Tlingit men are adjusting to their new lives together, the boys’ grandmother delivers shocking news. A world premiere portrait of a 1990s Alaska family. A World Premiere produced in Association with Native Voices at the Autry and La Jolla Playhouse. More information on page 5.

Film screening: “The Weekend Sailor,” Thursday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m., Gold Town Nickelodeon Theatre. Sponsored by SouthEast Alaska Sailing Club. Following the film will be a live Q&A session with Director Bernardo Arsuaga. $15 suggested donation. Details:

2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities ceremony, Thursday, Jan. 26, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Juneau Arts and Culture Center. Celebrate the 2017 Governor’s Awards recipients and the 2017-2019 Alaska State Writer Laureate; performances are by Alaska Children’s Choir, aerialist Crystal Worl, filmmaker Holly Nordlum and more. Tickets are $25. To learn more about the Southeast Alaska award winners, go to 16 and 17.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Friday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m.- Saturday, Jan. 28, 9 p.m., Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.JDHS Auditorium General Admission $20, Senior Citizens $15, Student/Child $10. Rated PG. Tickets available at Hearthside Books and JAHC. More information on page 14.

Fireside Lecture: Heen Latinee Experimental Forest, Friday, Jan. 27, presentation at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Mendenhall

Glacier Visitor Center. Ecologist Rick Edwards updates the research on Juneau’s seven year old experimental temperate rainforest located near Cowee Creek. More information on page 29.

3rd Annual Platypus Gaming Con, Friday, Jan. 27 - Sunday, Jan. 29, Juneau Arts and Cutlure Center. Tournaments, prizes and over 1,200 board games to play. Open to everyone and all levels of experience. For time, pass cost and tournament information, go to

HOME but not LESS: A Play Built on Alaska Voices, Friday, Jan. 27, 2 p.m.- Sunday, Jan. 29, 4 p.m., Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Sunday, Jan. 29, Juneau Arts and Cutlure Center. A new play about homelessness in Alaska based on interviews with over 100 Alaskans. Written by Merry Ellefson, produced by Merry Ellefson and Shona Osterhout in conjunction with The Glory Hole. Reccomended ages 12 and up. Tickets: $25 for adults and seniors, $25 for students and UAS. Available at the JACC, Hearthside Books, and More information on page 10.

35th Annual Learn to Ski Weekend, Saturday, Jan. 28, and Sunday, Jan. 29, Eaglecrest. Third, fourth and fifth graders in Juneau who have never skied before can apply to be one of 40 randomly selected children to receive bus transportation, ski rentals, lift tickets, ski lessons and lunch on both Saturday and Sunday. Details:

Gastineau Genealogical Society Meeting, Saturday, Jan. 28, 1 p.m. Family History Center, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5100 Glacier Highway. Program - Genealogy Software for your Home Computer: Organizing Your Family History. All are welcome! Free. Details: Gastineau Genealogical Society at or 500-7476.
AWARE’s 40th Birthday Dance Party, Saturday, Jan. 28, 8 p.m., Rockwell Ballroom. AWARE’s 40th Birthday Dance Party with Susu and the Prophets with sweets from B’s Bakery, Chef Stef, Coppa and a no host bar. This event is sponored in part by the Alaskan Brewery, Rainforest Pediatrics, Marms and Meeks. $40 admits two.

KTOO/Taku Fisheries Seafood Festival, Saturday, Jan. 28, 6-9 p.m., Centennail Hall. The seafood was donated by Taku Fisheries and will be prepared by the following participating restaurants: The Rookery Café, The Coconut Thai Cuisine, Breeze-In, TK Maguire’s at the Prospector, V’s Cellar Door, Saffron, Twilight Café and Salt. Desserts provided by: Coppa. Gla-Scholl Grinds and Heritage Coffee Roasting Company, No-host bar service provided by Salt. Tickets at
Marie Drake Planetarium: “Art of the Aurora,” Tuesday, Jan. 31, 6:30 p.m., Marie Drake Planetarium. A talk on the science of the aurora will be followed by a visual display of art inspired by the aurora borealis or northern lights. Followed by ‘The Sky Tonight’ on the Spitz projector.
Sm’algyax Language Learner’s Group, 12 p.m. Saturdays, Edward K. Thomas Building conference room (9097 Glacier Highway). All who wish to speak Sm’algyax, the language of the Tsimshian people, are welcome.
Tlingit Language Learner’s Group, 6-7 p.m. Mondays, downtown Juneau public library, large conference room. Interested in learning the Tlingit language? This group, run by Tlingit language learners, is free and open to everyone in the community, regardless of language experience. Details at
Haida Language Learner’s Group, 4:30-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Edward K. Thomas Building (9097 Glacier Highway). Open to all interested in learning Haida.
KETCHIKAN-Community Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 6:30 - 8 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 28, 2-3 p.m., Ketchikan Public Library. This meeting will help the new Tongass Historical Museum “accurately reflect the true character of Ketchikan” by sharing “the common threads of our identity and culture.”
SITKA - 22nd Jazz Festival, Thursday - Saturday, Feb. 2-4. Artists including the Tierny Sutton Band, saxophonist Bob Reynolds, guitarist Mamie Fox and many more will perform.
OVERSET FOLLOWS:Storytime, every Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the downtown public library, Thursday at the Douglas library and Friday at the Valley library. Sunday at 5:30 p.m. in the Valley is Cuentacuentos Infantil, storytime in Spanish.
International Folk Dance, every Sunday at 6 p.m., The Alaska Club (downtown). Recreational dance – first hour is instruction. No partner necessary. Beginners welcome.
MakerSpace, Mondays from 6-8 p.m., 1759 Anka Street. $5. Details:
Weekly Old Time Music Jam, Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m., Alaska Hotel Bar balcony. All abilities welcome. Fiddle, guitar, banjo, bass, mando, uke, harmonica, etc. Free.
Bluegrass Thursdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Thursday, Red Dog Saloon. Live acoustic bluegrass with Jeremy Kane and Nathan May. Details:
Open mic w/ Teri Tibbett or Matt Barnes, 9 p.m. Thursdays, Alaskan Hotel & Bar, 167 South Franklin St. 21+, free. Details:
AbbyOke Karaoke, Thursday, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., McGivney’s Sports Bar & Grill.
Tai Chi for seniors, Tuesdays and Fridays, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Filipino Community Hall. Taught by certified tai chi instructor Josielind Ferrer. The class runs eight weeks and began Jan. 10. For more information or to register, email or call 463-6113.
Organ concert, every Friday at noon T.J. Duffy or J. Allan MacKinnon will play a variety of music at the State Office Building.
Weekly Ukulele Jam, Sundays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., T.K. Maguires Lounge inside the Prospector Hotel. All ages and abilities welcome. Learn more at
Music on the Fly, Sunday, 7-8 p.m., Juneau International Airport.
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