Story last updated at 3/4/2009 - 11:26 am
SITKA - The second annual Sitka Arti Gras begins this weekend. The multi-day festival will be a celebration of artists and musicians of Southeast Alaska. The schedule for the coming weeks is as follows. For more information about any event, contact Vern Culp at firstname.lastname@example.org or 738-6080 or visit www.artigras.info.
Friday, March 6
The festivities kick off with the Sitka Wearable Arts Show, a wearable arts extravaganza and runway show with the theme "First Impressions," at 7 p.m. at the Sheet'ka Kwáan Naa Kahídi.
Saturday, March 7
Magician Jeff Brown will perform at 2 p.m. at the Kettleson Library. In the evening, there will be a Fireweed Dance Performance at 7 p.m. at the Sitka High School Auditorium. To cap of the night blues musician Jake La Botz will perform at 10 p.m. at the Channel Club. Tickets are $20 and benefit the Home Skillet Festival.
Sunday, March 8
Jake will lead a free meditation workshop from 12-2 p.m. at Balanced Practice. All are welcome and attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets or cushions. Chairs will be provided for those unable to sit on cushions.
Later in the afternoon, Kari Lundgren will lead a shape note singing workshop from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Pioneer Home Chapel.
Wednesday, March 11
Contemporary folk musician David Mallet will perform in the Sitka High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors.
FRIDAY, March 13
Russian painter Vladimir Zhikhartsev will teach a watercolor workshop to be held March 13-15 at the Methodist Church at 303 Kimsham St. The cost is $300. Classes are Friday from 12-4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info, contact Pat at email@example.com or 738-6620.
Local musicians will perform 15-minute sets at the Folk Festival Stage at 7 p.m. at the Sheet'ka Kwáan Naa Kahídi. Later, Slack Tide will perform at 9 p.m. at Kelly's Sports Bar.
Saturday, March 14
Gary Gouker and Lee Asnin will host an "Intro to Country Blues" workshop from 10 a.m.- noon at Harrigan Hall, introducing and demonstrating different country blues music styles.
The Songwriters Roundtable will be held from 1-3 p.m. at the Sheet'ka Kwáan Naa Kahídi. Featured musicians include Lee Asnin, Joe Montagna, Vern Culp, Hank Moore, Brant Miller and Gary Gouker. More local musicians will perform at the Sitka Monthly Grind at 7 p.m. at the Sheet'ka Kwáan Naa Kahídi.
Sunday, March 15
Music workshops abound on the last day of the festival. Ted Howard will lead "Jam Survival for Mandolin Players," a free mandolin workshop from 1-3 p.m. at Harrigan Hall. Brant Miller will lead the Nashville Songwriting Workshop from 2-4 p.m. at the Pioneer Home Chapel. Finally, Joe Montagna of Slack Tide will teach a creative guitar clinic from 3-5 p.m. at Harrigan Hall.
The Sitka Local Foods Network will host preseason gardening workshops from 12-3 p.m. at the ANB hall on Katlian St. For more information or to volunteer, contact Linda Wilson at 747-3096.