Arts Scene: Alaska Quarterly Review, Transformed Treasures fundraiser, Wagnerian finish

Arts Reporter

Live lit

The 31st edition of the Alaska Quarterly Review will be unveiled at a book launch party, 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Tap Root, 3300 Spenard Road. Prize-winning poet Joan Naviyuk Kane, whose new poems are substantially featured in the spring and summer edition, will be reading, as will Eva Saulitis and Sean Hill, both of whom also have work in the volume. There'll be jazz, conversation and cocktails to accompany the readings. Admission is $7. Can't make the date? Pick up a copy for $8.95 at your local bookstore. Just look for the cover with the bright yellow rainbows.

Back from the bin

More than 200 one-of-a-kind items that will be auctioned off at the Salvation Army's annual Transformed Treasures fundraiser will be unveiled at 5 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson Blvd. Local creative folks have transformed secondhand goods into beautiful artwork, furniture, jewelry, picture frames and more. This preview is free. The fundraiser lunch and auction will take place at 11 a.m. May 3 at the Egan Center. Tickets to the luncheon, which includes a live and silent auction, are $35; a table for 10 is $350. Purchase tickets online at or call 276-2515.

Wagnerian finish

The last Anchorage Symphony Orchestra program of the season will be an all-Wagner affair, with selections from "Meistersinger," "Gotterdammerung," "The Flying Dutchman" and "Tristan und Isolde," with soprano Kelly Cae Hogan and tenor Ric Furman. The program, at which next season's offerings will be announced, will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in Atwood Concert Hall. Tickets are $20-$42. Expect a review and the upcoming concerts posted at shortly after the applause stops. Can't stand Wagner? How about Mozart? The big-screen broadcast of the Met production of "Cosi fan tutte" will be carried more or less live at both Century 16 and Regal Tikahtnu theaters at 12:55 p.m. Saturday and repeated at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. James Levine conducts. Or you can enjoy homegrown talent in the jazzy "The Threepenny Opera" by Kurt Weill in a UAA Opera Ensemble production at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday in the UAA Arts Building Recital Hall. Tickets for that are $10-$20.

Compiled by arts reporter
Mike Dunham