'Under 30' turns 19
Out North's showcase of performance work by Alaskans turns 19 this year. "Under 30" (a reference to the maximum number of minutes any performer can go) will have the theme of "Revival." Returning performers include Wendy Withrow, this time talking about the drunk driver who killed her daughter. Julius Rockwell will explore "finding true love through fudge" and health care policy professional Richard Benevides talks about getting a whole new perspective on his job after becoming an uninsured cancer patient. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 9 at 3800 DeBarr Road. Tickets are $20 at centertix.net.
Kinetic art from Ketchikan
Famed Tlingit carver Nathan Jackson trained his son Stephen in the nuances of traditional Northwest totem art -- but Stephen's not just another chip off the old log, so to speak. Using the pseudonym Stron Softi he delves into video, kinetic sculpture and the wilder side of traditional media. His solo exhibit will be on display at the Anchorage Museum through April 14. "Reflex" explores the reactions of people to violence. Softi will be on hand to greet the public starting at 6 p.m. Friday at the Muse cafe, then lead a tour through the show describing his images and ideas at 7 p.m. The First Friday opening is free.
Art songs and heart songs
Singers Mari Hahn and Stasia Jamieson will be accompanied by pianist Richard Gordon in a concert featuring work by Schubert, Brahms, Debussy and Strauss at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the UAA Fine Arts building recital hall. In addition to art song "standards," modern works by American Ned Rorem and serialist Alban Berg will be included. Libby Roderick will join the musicians reciting poetry connected to the music.