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Stage and Screen: The wizard as demagogue
“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by Frank Baum was published in 1900 and immediately became an iconic children’s story. In 1902, it was performed on the stage, and the film version starring Judy Garland was released in 1939. Baum’s story became the foundation for “The Wiz,” a very successful all-black musical in 1972. Twenty-three years later, Gregory McGuire’s novel “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of ...
Apr 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak arts: Artist gets graphic in talks
Graphic illustrator Dimi Macheras loves the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, old Savage Dragon comic books and drawing. The self-taught graphic illustrator spoke at the A. Holmes Johnson Memorial Library Tuesday night about how he got into his field, and about some of the projects he has worked on. Macheras, 30, started doing graphic art design professionally in 2003, but he has enjoyed cartoons and comic books most ...
Apr 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak arts: Swords and spice
Fencers will knock the winter rust off their blades this weekend as the Kodiak chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism holds its ninth annual spring event. Since 1966, society members have gathered to keep Middle Ages and Renaissance traditions alive through re-enactments, tournaments and workshops. Kodiak’s chapter of the nationwide organization holds four events each year, and the spring event is typical...
Apr 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Literature club reads classics from Erskine family library
In a way, the Baranov Museum Literature Club just ended a meeting hiatus — of six or seven decades. Starting this winter, avid readers revived an activity that Nellie Erskine would recognize instantly, from the setting in her former home with cookies and a samovar for hot drinks, to the books under discussion. Erskine, a Kodiak community leader in the early 20th century, was a member of the family that owned the b...
Apr 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: Father and son conflict played to best effect
Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik have much in common. Both are professors at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Eliezer (Shlomo Bar-Aba) is Uriel’s (Lior Ashkenazi) father. Both specialize in study of the Talmud. According to www.answers.com the Talmud is described as “The collection of ancient Rabbinic writings consisting of the Mishnah and the Gemara, constituting the basis of religious authority in Orthodox Judaism.” Th...
Apr 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak arts: Visiting musician jazzes up Kodiak classes
Percussionist Ed Littlefield speaks almost as fast as he drums. On Friday, the Sitkan musician ends his two-week stay teaching Kodiak Middle School and Kodiak High School students. KHS music director Dale Lhotka said Littlefield’s fast-paced, intense style has been a boon to music students on the island. For Littlefield, the trip to Kodiak was a learning experience. “It’s amazing the amount of support for music he...
Mar 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak arts: Times of your life
The Kodiak High School Theater Troupe will remind everyone about the different stages of life in its three-part play “Growing Up … It Ain’t Easy,” opening this weekend. The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Sunday matinee starts at 3 p.m. The play is directed by Lissa Jensen, who has been leading the high school drama program for 15 years. “This is one of our smaller, more interesting shows,...
Mar 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: Politically charged films for all ages
“The Lorax” is the 2012 revised, enlarged and somewhat uninspiring film adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s memorable 1971 book by the same name. The story is simple yet reflective. The profit-driven industrialist analog Once-ler (Ed Helms) mindlessly decimates the truffula trees to manufacture thneeds. Undeterred by the cantankerous, well-meaning, environmentalist analog, Lorax (Danny DeVito), the Once-ler proceeds to denu...
Mar 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak arts: Harpoon harvest
The recent spotting of the rare right whale in Uganik Bay, the return of a familiar orca pod and the recent release of the Alaska-filmed, feel-good whale movie “Big Miracle” all point to whales receiving wide attention this winter. It’s clear that whales are on our minds, and their conservation receives wide support. However, the desire to conserve whales is a relatively recent development. For centuries, humans d...
Mar 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and screen: Netflix loses Starz, aims for own shows
A significant event came and went on Feb. 29, and the vast majority of us weren’t aware of it. So, what happened? Starz Entertainment’s four-year contract with Netflix went unrenewed. While not necessarily a sea change, last Wednesday’s event may be a harbinger of things to come in the streaming entertainment business. On the surface the Starz deal doesn’t seem all that important for Netflix, as estimates suggest ...
Mar 08, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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