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Stage and screen: Lincoln — a man for the ages
“Lincoln” (2012) is a war movie. It portrays battlefield action from beginning to end — some in the muddy killing field trenches and some in the House of Representatives of the Congress of the United States. The story opens on a Civil War battlefield. Union and Confederate troops are engaged in mano a mano, toe-to-toe bloody conflict. This is not the stuff of romantic, Civil War gentleman-soldier depictions. We se...
Nov 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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KHS represented at All-State Music Festival
Last week, eight band and choir students from Kodiak High School went to the All-State Music Festival in Anchorage to perform with the top high school musicians from across the state. The All-State Music Festival takes the top musical performers from Alaska's high schools and combines them into one giant choir, band and orchestra. "We sing with people we've never sang with before and work with a director we've nev...
Nov 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: Hero or villain? — Your Choice!
A catastrophic mechanical failure causes a commercial airliner to dive uncontrollably toward the ground from 18,000 feet. All efforts to regain control of the plummeting aircraft go for naught. Control surfaces do not respond to hydraulic or manual commands. The ground is closing in on the airplane and nothing can be done to raise the nose of the plane to achieve more lift from the failing engines. ‘Whip’ Whitaker...
Nov 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak High School's art students to appear on iTunes
The work of Kodiak High School’s art students will appear on iTunes later this month as part of an innovative new project. At this month’s Alaska School Board conference in Anchorage, students from four Alaska communities were invited to contribute chapters to a digital book entitled “We are Alaska.” To represent Kodiak as one of the four communities, students from the high school’s art class wrote a story, drafte...
Nov 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak College presents 'Silent Night, Lonely Night'
Kodiak College will host its first full-scale theater production in several decades this weekend. Director Jared Griffin said about 20 people are involved in the production "Silent Night, Lonely Night" by Robert Anderson. The show features a woman with an unfaithful husband and a distant son in prep school, and a man whose wife is in a sanitarium. Both of them come together in a New England inn on Christmas Eve 19...
Nov 08, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: Affleck masterful in directing 'Argo'
Stage and Screen: “It’s the best bad plan we’ve got.” Jack O’Donnell to the Secretary of State describing the proposed fake film Argo. The Argo was a mythical ship that carried Jason on his quest to recover the Golden Fleece. In ancient times a fleece was a skin of an animal — in the case of the Golden Fleece. It was the gold-haired skin of a winged ram — the acquisition of which was the means by which Jason would...
Nov 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Museum releases new catalog
For the past decade, some of the biggest finds in Alutiiq history research haven’t come from archeologists; they’ve come from researchers trawling the depths of European archives. While European and American settlement eradicated much of Kodiak Island’s native culture, the past decade has seen researchers rediscovering rich troves of artifacts taken to Europe by 17th century and 18th century explorers. This month,...
Oct 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: Arbitraging Isn’t Just for Money Anymore
“Arbitrage” (2012) is about infidelity and love. “Arbitrage” is about greed and generosity. “Arbitrage” is about dishonesty and honesty. “Arbitrage” is about disloyalty and loyalty. “Arbitrage” is about familial devotion and familial abandonment. “Arbitrage” is about racial prejudice and racial understanding. “Arbitrage” is a multifaceted story that deals only tangentially with financial arbitrage. For the sake of...
Oct 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guitarist David Jacobs-Strain returns to Kodiak
When slide guitarist David Jacobs-Strain arrives in Kodiak for a weekend concert, he might thank a warm night at the Rendezvous for his northern jaunt. Kodiak Arts Council vice president Darcy Stielstra was at the Rendezvous one night when Jacobs-Strain was scheduled to perform as the opening act for a bigger performer. Kodiak’s notorious weather intervened, and the main performer was delayed. “(Jacobs-Strain) was...
Oct 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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The master has appeared
An enduring Chinese proverb declares, “When the student is ready, the master will appear.” Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) personifies this aphorism in “The Master”. Freddie Quell is an obsessive smoker, drinker and sex addicted World War II Navy enlistee. Freddie Quell apparently suffers from “Shell Shock” — today we might describe Freddie as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Whatever you call it, Fr...
Oct 04, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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