Arts scene: 'Red Hot Patriot,' Anchorage Chamber Singers and No Big Heads

U.S. artist Eric Whitacre arrives at The Classic BRIT Awards at The Royal Albert Hall, London, Thursday, May 12, 2011. (John Marshall/JME Enternational/AP) \u201CPLEASE NOTE THAT THESE IMAGES ARE NOT PART OF ANY AP SUBSCRIPTION AND AS SUCH COMMAND SPACE RATE FEES BASED ON USAGE. ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT JAMES CLAYDON or 0207 427 4241.\u201D
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Erik Hill / Daily News file photoAnchorage actress Elizabeth Ware.Elizabeth Ware as Amanda, left, Ray Brown as Kip, center, and Paul Schweigert as Adam, right, enjoy a berry dessert while rehearsing a dinner scene from Adam\u2019s Rib at Cyrano\u2019s Tuesday evening February 8, 2006 downtown. 2/7/06 060207 Adam's Rib rehearsal at Cyrano's Off Center Playhouse, Elizabeth Ware, Bernie Blaine, David Edgecombe, Paul Schweigert, Ray Brown, Kristina Root
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Theater heat

Two plays with toasty temperature in their titles wind up their unfortunately short runs this weekend. "Red Hot Patriot," the true story of the late Texas firebrand Molly Ivins, whose columns often ran in the Daily News, relayed through her own acerbic wit, will unfold at Cyrano's, 413 D St., with performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $18.50 at Meanwhile, UAA is presenting Paula Vogel's amusing yet very sad look at domestic violence, "Hot 'N' Throbbing," with performances at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday on the UAA Fine Arts Building Mainstage. Tickets, $17, are available at Both of these are for mature audiences.


Choral cool

The Anchorage Chamber Singers presents a concert focusing on stunning contemporary works, including Grammy Award winning composer Eric Whitacre's breathtaking "Cloudburst," "Canticum Calamitatis Maritimae" by Jaakko Mäntyjärvi of Finland and Samuel Barber's "Agnus Dei," the composer's choral setting of his beloved "Adagio for Strings." The Alaska Children's Choir will join the singers in the program, which also features folk songs, Renaissance pieces and more. Performances will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 3900 Wisconsin St., and 4 p.m. on Sunday at St. Andrew Church, 16300 Domain Lane in Eagle River. General admission is $30.


New old master

David Kassan, the phenomenal realist painter and instructor, whose life-size portraits have been shown around the world, will present a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the UAA Fine Arts Building recital hall. Kassan is in Alaska as the juror of the 27th Annual No Big Heads Self-Portrait Exhibition, which will have its opening reception at 5 p.m. on Tuesday in the Student Union Gallery. In Kassan's hands, doing a portrait that rivals Rembrandt or Durer seems like a spectator sport. See what we mean in this time-lapse video posted to Kassan's portfolio website.


Compiled by arts reporter Mike Dunham