Arts Scene: Ballet, fairy tales, chorus

Mike Dunham

Fractured Fairy Tales

You gotta love the show by Stephen Gray on display this month at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art, 427 D St. The artist revisits characters from Red Riding Hood to Buckshot Bambi in this subversive rendering of some classic children's characters, with "cameo appearances by Woody Woodpecker, Donald Duck and Andy Panda." Work by Lisa Gray is also on display, along with a group exhibition by UAA students titled "Grimm's Fairy Tales," just to round out the theme. The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. 

Classical Movements

The Los Angeles Children's Chorus Young Men's Ensemble, on tour in Alaska, will present a free concert at the UAA Fine Arts Recital Hall at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25. The singers specialize in laser-sharp performances of a variety of musical styles from around the world. The Alaska tour includes tunes Celtic ("Danny Boy"), Italian ("Faniculi, Funicula"), American ("Shenandoah") and global (Ernst Bloch's percussive "Geographical Fugue"). This talented group has been heard with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Master Chorale. Other Alaska performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, at the Sitka Performing Arts Center and at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church, 128 N. Soldotna Ave., in Soldotna. 

Stories From the Cemetery

The first of three performance events at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery, between Sixth and Seventh on Cordova, will take place at 7 p.m. on June 21. Sponsored by the Cook Inlet Historical Society, assorted actors will depict some of Anchorage's most prominent and notorious deceased individuals at their gravesites and recount their life stories. The tour will start at the John Bagoy entrance on Seventh Avenue. Future tours will take place at 6 p.m. on July 13 and August 10. Park outside the cemetery gates. There is no charge, though donations are always welcome.

Summer Ballet Intensive

The Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy presents the best work by their students and guest performers in a one-night-only performance of "Giselle." The staging is by guest choreographer Irina Lebedeva with additional steps added by Farah Canale and Regina Pilkus. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the UAA Arts Building Mainstage, which should offer some intriguing lines of sight. Tickets are $10 at the door on the day of the show.

Mike Dunham