PUBLISHED: 11:28 AM on Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Juneau Monthly Grind

The showcase of local talent is Friday, May 26. It's the last chance until September to perform a five-minute solo or group skit, song, poem or variety act. The Grind is held at the VFW Hall, behind the Baranof Hotel, with the all ages Family Grind at 7 p.m. and the anything goes, over 21, Bump-n-Grind at 10 p.m. Admission is $5 or free when bringing a dessert to share. Children under 3 are free. To perform or for more information, contact John Leo at 957-2776 or send e-mail to before May 26.

Tales of Magical Journeys Spun by Local Storytellers

The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, with Storybox Storytelling Theater, will present "Killer Whales, Ravens, Giants and Atlantis - Tales of Magical Journeys" at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at Resurrection Lutheran Church in downtown Juneau.

Storytellers Brett Dillingham and Ishmael Hope will be joined by a group of local high school students to take listeners on a trip of myth, magic and reality.

Storybox Storytelling theatre began in 1991, and Dillingham has acted as its director since 1992. In addition to traveling to places like Ireland, England, Africa, and Canada to perform storytelling, Dillingham is also an educator.

"The social and academic growth that students make when they tell stories to other students, parents and members of the community is an incredibly rewarding experience for everybody," said Dillingham on his website.

Performing with him on Thursday will be five students from Juneau Douglas High School. Shea Wilcox, Louie Jackson, Kelly Hernandez, Teilor Danielson and Mike Chilton have all worked or trained with Dillingham. Join the Arts & Humanities Council for an evening to celebrate oral traditions. Tickets are $8 and available at all bookstores or at the door. Stories are appropriate for all ages.

"Laugh hard and be a wee-bit frightened," Dillingham forebodes his upcoming performance.

Student music concert

The Juneau Douglas High School students involved in the music department will perform concerts from 7-9 p.m. May 17-18 at the JDHS Auditorium. These concerts are the final concerts of the year and present the best of the students accomplishments this year.

On Wednesday night the chamber orchestra, strings orchestra, men's choir, women's choir and show choir will perform.

On Thursday night the jazz choir and a selection of solos and ensembles, including command performances adjudicated at the Southeast Music Festival held in Sitka in April, will be performed. The concerts will be directed by band director Ken Guiher, orchestra director Julia Bastuscheck, and choir director Richard Moore. For more information, call Ken Guiher at 523-1531.