Famed model to help judge 'Object Runway' this year

Anchorage Daily NewsJanuary 21, 2012 

You've perhaps seen Ingrid Sophie Schram in Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Glamour, the New York Times Magazine, campaigns for Abercrombie and Fitch, Chanel, Anthropologie and Banana Republic. You may have caught her in the Bleu de Chanel fragrance commercial directed by Martin Scorsese.

On Thursday you can see her in person -- though the famed professional model and avid photographer won't be the center of attention.

Schram will be one of the judges in the third annual "Object Runway" event, the International Gallery of Contemporary Art's wild wearable art show. More than 60 local designers are featured this year, presenting everything from high-fashion and ready-to-wear ensembles to mobility-stifling getups that can barely be put on.

The show has previously sold out, so you may want to get your tickets ($30) early. They're available at Bear Tooth Theatrepub, which is where the shindig will transpire at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and online at http://igcaalaska.org/events.html/.

St. Innocent serenade

Christopher Hogan, an internationally touring violinist and violist, member of the Hamburg State Philharmonic for the past 30 years, will present a recital with Alaskans harpist Joanna Mergler Mayer at 4 p.m. today at St. Innocent Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 401 Turpin St.

The program is free but donations are being accepted to help restore the cathedral's roof. There will be desserts and a reception after the concert.

Hogan, an American who has made his career in Europe, plays a 1790 Viennese violin.

Hot horns in Spenard

Saxophonist Rick Zelinsky's Jazz Masters series continues at Tap Root, 3300 Spenard Road, with a tribute to four trumpet giants -- Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard -- at 8 p.m. Thursday.

The band includes Zelinsky plus Cameron Cartland on drums, Dirk Westfall on bass, Tom Bargelski on keyboards and three guys on trumpet -- Corwyn Wilkey, George Pierce and the incomparable Pat Owens. The cover charge is $10 at the door or you can get advance tickets for $11.25 at centertix.net.

Music showcase kicks off

Anchorage Music Co-op and Out North Contemporary Art House announce a new Artist Showcase Series. Plans call for a featured artist or band to take the stage on the fourth Thursday of each month, starting this week.

The hope is to hear the music "away from the bar chatter and without the hum of an espresso machine in the background."

First up, at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, will be a three-pack of local singer/songwriters, Melissa Mitchell, Emma Hill and Seth Boyer. This "Round Robin Artist Showcase" is part of the Anchorage Folk Week now under way.

There are only 110 seats in the hall. Tickets are $10/$15 at anchoragemusic.org.

Wonders in wood

Wood master Mark Wedekind will present a slide show of his work at the January meeting of the Alaska Creative Woodworkers Association, 7 p.m. Monday in the Anchorage Museum auditorium. The meeting is open to the public and free; enter on the Seventh Avenue side.

Really short plays sought

The Fairbanks Drama Association and The Looking Glass Group Theatre invite Alaska residents to submit 10-minute plays to be considered for the 11th Annual 8X10 Festival of New Alaskan Plays. Eight pieces will be selected and given rehearsed staged readings on April 13 and 14 at the Riverfront Theater in Fairbanks.

Rules limit the competition to Alaska residents, one entry per playwright, one author per play, no musicals or children's plays. Submissions must be postmarked no later than March 15 and mailed or hand-delivered to: 8X10 Festival, 1852 Second Ave., Fairbanks, 99701. For more information call Peggy MacDonald Ferguson at 907-456-7529 or email her at pegferguson@gci.net

Thoreau-ly thought-provoking

Bob Pond will direct a staged reading of "The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail" by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Cyrano's Off-Center Playhouse, 413 D St. The Vietnam-era play looks at essayist Henry David Thoreau's opposition to paying taxes to support the Mexican-American War. A discussion will follow. Admission is free (Thoreau would like that) but contributions will be accepted.

Reading for the blizzard-bound

Congratulations to Fairbanks author Marjorie Kowalski Cole, whose collection of short stories, published by University of Alaska Press, arrived this week following headline-making snows in the southern part of the state. The title: "The City Beneath the Snow." The blurb calls it "a portrait of contemporary Alaskans, their interactions and their foibles."

And their shovels, we should think.


Reach Mike Dunham at mdunham@adn.com or 257-4332.

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