Arts scene: Winter Classics, 'Clyborne Park,' local literature

Arts Reporter
Sara Tabbert’s “The Forest” features images of trees that she calls “portraits of specific individuals.
From Ward Hulbert’s photo show “Shallow Pools Where Spirits Dwell.”

Winter Classics lineup

The Alaska Airlines Winter Classics series returns this weekend -- this year featuring two pianists. Navah Perlman and Eduard Zilberkant will open the series at 7:30 p.m. Friday with Schubert's profound Fantasy for Four Hand Piano in F Minor -- one of those pieces that can change your life. Violinist Philippe Quint and cellist Zuill Bailey round out the list of star performers who will play (among other things) Shostakovich's Piano Trio in E Minor, also on Friday, the Franck Sonata (7:30 p.m. Saturday) and Brahms' Piano Trio in C (4 p.m. Sunday). The full schedule is posted at All concerts take place at Alaska Pacific University's Grant Hall. Tickets are available at

Tales and translations

A lot of literary events take place in the next few days. Eowyn Ivey, author of "The Snow Child," will hold a question and answer session about her best-selling book "accompanied by a dance performance" at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Wilda Marston Theatre at Loussac Library. The paperback edition of "The Snow Child" remained at the top of the Pacific Northwest Independent Booksellers list this month. Warren Troy of Willow, author of the outdoor adventures "Trails" and "Jester," will release his new novel, "The Last Homestead," at a signing party from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Great Northern Guns, 4433 Wright Street off Tudor Road. At 5 p.m. Monday, Victoria Kononova will discuss "The Snow-Maiden" and the place of fairy tales in Russian folklore, literature, music and art at the UAA Campus Bookstore (free parking in the south lot across from the bookstore.) Then on Tuesday Tlingit translator and historian Nora Marks Dauenhauer, the Alaska State Writer Laureate, will join a discussion with poet/playwright Diane Benson at 7 p.m. Tuesday, once again in the Marston Theatre.

Back on the market

The Pulitzer Prize-winning classic "A Raisin in the Sun" ends with an aspiring African-American family facing stupendous odds in their quest to buy a house in an all-white Chicago neighborhood. The Tony Award-winning "Clybourne Park" takes us back to that time, 1959, and supplies the back story for that same house. During intermission the set is transformed into the same place updated to 2009 and new owners. See what difference a half century makes -- or not -- in the production at Cyrano's, 413 D St., at 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through March 10. The show, directed by Mark Robokoff, is notable for impressive performances, especially from Jamie Nelson and Tiffany Allen. The question of whether or not it's drama is masticated at

Here be spirits

Private views of nature are on public display at Alaska Pacific University this month. Ward Hulbert's photo show "Shallow Pools Where Spirits Dwell" focuses on the ephemeral colors found in the ice and trapped air of a small frozen lake. Sara Tabbert's "The Forest" features images of trees that she calls "portraits of specific individuals. Drawing a tree is close to drawing a person." Both shows remain on display through Feb. 24.



Compiled by arts reporter
Mike Dunham