Arts scene: Richard Cionco, 'Spamalot,' 'Ancient Artifacts'

Arts Reporter
"From the Center of the Earth I," clay art by Jean M. Steele.
Photo courtesy Alaska Pacific University
An "Oracle" assemblage by Ron Naanes.
Photo courtesy Alaska Pacific University

Meditative media

Alaska Pacific University is hosting two art shows with mysterious resonances. "Ancient Artifacts" features clay pieces by Jean M. Steele influenced, the artist says, by movements of the earth, water and stars. "Clay and copper materials that come from the ground hold a kind of shorthand language for me," she says. Ron Naanes' "Oracle: Looking for Guidance" consists of assemblages made from "raw and derelict materials." The work is about "choosing paths, taking journeys," he says. The two shows will remain on display through the end of the month. 

Pianistic 'Postcards'

The University of Alaska Anchorage presents Richard Cionco in a solo piano recital on Friday. Cionco, who has performed extensively around the world, will present a program of music by Bach, Schumann, Janacek and Liszt. He'll also include "Four Postcards," his own composition. The program is at 7:30 p.m. in the UAA Fine Arts Building Recital Hall. Tickets are $18, available at

Hustlin' to the Holy Land

The knights of the round table are searching for the Holy Grail -- on the UAA Mainstage. Tom Skore directs a cast of 22 with live music, an extravagant set and "decadent" costuming in the hilarious award-winning musical spoof "Spamalot," based on the gags and skits that originated with the "Monty Python" comedy show -- knitted together with the semblance of a plot. Parents be advised that the show includes very adult -- though very funny -- material. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 9. Tickets, $20, are available at or call 786-4849.


Compiled by arts reporter
Mike Dunham