Arts scene: Vivid Colors, UAA Jazz Week, guitarist Valerie Hartzell

Arts Reporter
Classical guitarist Valerie Hartzell will perform at Anchorage Lutheran Church on March 24, 2013.
Marc Lester

Fundraiser for kids' art

The fledgling nonprofit Vivid Colors, Ink, is hoping to raise $50,000 to purchase art supplies for young people. Their inaugural fundraising event, "Explosion of the Arts," will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, at Out North, Primrose and DeBarr. There will be live and silent auctions, "heavy" appetizers and live comedy, among other attractions. Tickets are $35. More information is available at

Horn in hand

UAA Jazz Week wraps up with two shows featuring trumpet master Dale Curtis and special guests jamming with UAA jazz students. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, in the UAA Fine Arts Building Recital Hall. General admission is $19 with various discounts for UAA students, seniors and military, at or 786-4849.

Six sweet strings

Classical guitarist Valerie Hartzell, now living in England, is back in Alaska for a flurry of performances. She'll be joined by pianist and mezzo-soprano Tamara McCoy for a concert of music ranging from baroque to modern pieces at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Anchorage Lutheran Church, 1420 N St. Admission is free, but donations are accepted to keep the church's recital series going.

Compiled by arts reporter
Mike Dunham