Arts scene: Avi Avital, 'Future Nostalgia,' '70s sounds

Arts Reporter
Members of the Bee Gees pose with Barry Manilow, far right, at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, Ca., Friday, Jan. 13, 1979.
"Lakeside Parking, " by artist Cleo Pettitt.
Cleo Pettitt


Gift from the '70s

Hard to believe that the music of the 1970s has not only survived, but is now treated with nostalgia and even reverence. The Anchorage Concert Chorus is having fun with the hit tunes from the decade in a program that features songs by the Beatles, James Taylor, the Jackson 5, Jim Croce, Barry Manilow and Chicago -- the band, not the town. Dig out the bell-bottoms and do the "Time Warp" again with the chorus and an orchestra for that full-stereo Wall-of-Sound effect. The performance is at 8 p.m. on Saturday in Atwood Concert Hall. Tickets are available at


Gift from Israel

If you liked last month's concert by ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro, then you're probably ready for the mandolin magic of Avi Avital. The Israeli performer does much the same thing as the popular Hawaiian plunker -- except with twice as many strings on his little instrument. The concert will take place 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Discovery Theatre. Before then, you can explore your budding David Grisman technique with Avital at a free workshop at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at Alaska Music and Sound -- aka The Horn Doctor. The workshop is open to mandolinists of all ability levels but class size is limited and, if you want to go, you need to register by Friday at or by calling 272-1471. Tickets for the evening show are available at


Gift from Britain

In "Future Nostalgia," artist Cleo Pettitt juxtaposes real scenes around Anchorage with fanciful and anachronistic images of how they may be imagined in the future. The show, one of several at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art, 427 D St., will be on display through March. Pettitt, from Britain, is best known as a set designer, a job that's taken her from London to Los Angeles to Dubai. She got some of the material for this show while designing the sets for Anchorage Opera's 2012 production of "The Sound of Music." She'll be back next month with the set for the company's upcoming "Pirates of Penzance."


Compiled by arts reporter
Mike Dunham