Arts scene: Swans of summer, Wylie Gustafson, and Cirque

Arts Reporter

Coolest cowpoke

You've heard Wylie Gustafson yodel in Yahoo commercials and featured in the "So God Made a Farmer" ad during the Superbowl. He will be doing a full show of genuine cowboy country music with his band at 7 p.m. Saturday at the MTA Event Center, aka Palmer Ice Arena, 1317 S. Kerry Weiland Court. Called "the coolest cowpoke around," he is performing in a fundraiser for Future Farmers of America. Tickets for Wylie and the Wild West are $10 in advance,, or $15 at the door. For more information, call 907-355-4419 or 376-4958.

Swans of summer

Nathan Powell, a professional dancer with Ballet Idaho, is spending the off-season training in Alaska -- and camping out with the mosquitoes as he does so, rather than taking advantage of offers from local hosts, no matter how close they may be to his camping spot. You can see him and other participants in Anchorage Ballet's Summer Ballet Intensive performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the UAA Arts Building Mainstage. The program includes excerpts from "Swan Lake" plus jazz and modern dance and musical theater. Nothing about a mosquito pas de deux. Admission is $10.

Cirque du Midnight Soleil

The eighth edition of the ambitious Alaska literary magazine Cirque comes out at the Solstice Celebration, 5:30 p.m. Friday at Out North, 3600 DeBarr Road. There will be performances by dancers, singers, poets and performance artists, plus refreshments. The Andy Hope writing award will be announced and the hard copy of the new mag will be available. Highlights include reviews of new work by Christine Byl and John Morgan, excerpts and new writings by Jim Sweeney, Kris Farmen, Andromeda Romano-Lax and others. Admission is free. So is the online version that will be released at midnight -- but why miss the party?

Compiled by arts reporter
Mike Dunham