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Kodiak arts: ‘Rio!’ closes 25-year run for Woodland Dance Studio
Woodland Dance Studio will put on its last show ever on Saturday. The Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium stage will come alive with bright colors and music as Ginny Shank directs “Songs and Scenes from Rio!” The show starts at 7 p.m., and will be a last hurrah for Shank before she retires from a 25-year career of teaching dance. “It’s time,” Shank said. “There’s never really a good time to retire because there are always...
May 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak arts: Singing out about science
Kodiak kids are in for a musical treat as the popular Alaskan musical duo Good Dog visits as part of Whale Fest to perform songs about sea life. Good Dog has been performing at schools and festivals across Alaska for 12 years, and played at the 2008 Whale Fest. “The kids they played for last time are now in junior high and high school,” Whale Fest organizer Cheryl Nugent said. “It’s a real treat to have them back ...
Apr 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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