Mike Dunham

Art Talkin’ paint Artists showing work at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art will discuss their exhibitions on Thursday, Feb. 11. New paintings and mixed-media pieces by Don Decker and Sarah Melissa Whalen are on display in the Center Gallery and North Gallery, respectively, and a group show of paintings from outside Alaska -- appropriately titled “Outside In” -- curated by Honor Bowman is hanging in the South Gallery. Decker, Whalen and Bowman will all be on hand for the talk at the gallery, 427 D St., starting at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and light refreshments will be served. Music Brass act The Chugach Brass will be featured in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at First Covenant Church, 12th Avenue and C Street. It’s part of the Anchorage...Mike Dunham
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Visitors to the Anchorage Museum on Friday morning did double-takes as a robotic tour guide greeted them, rolled through the galleries like R2-D2, looked over the exhibits, made conversation and sometimes asked for help. “Second floor please,” it requested of an elevator rider. “I can’t push the...
Mike Dunham
Visitors to the Anchorage Museum on Friday morning did double-takes as a robotic tour guide greeted them, rolled through the galleries like R2-D2, looked over the exhibits, made conversation and sometimes asked for help. “Second floor, please,” it requested of an elevator rider. “I can’t push the buttons.” The telepresence robot made by Beam+ is 1 foot wide, about 4 1/2 feet tall, weighs 40 pounds and has enough power to roll up a standard wheelchair ramp. It looks like a riderless Segway or a push vacuum cleaner with a computer screen on top. Such machines have been around for a few years, mainly in industrial applications, but are still new to most members of the public. People seemed genuinely startled at how it wandered around on its own and chatted with people, including a busload of...Mike Dunham
Although all three concerts in the Alaska Airlines Winter Classics chamber music series sold out before it opened, additional seats have been put onstage. On Friday night some were added to the sides of the balcony. It’s a narrow, somewhat precarious location, but one was pleased to see the UAA Recital Hall full. Friday’s program opened with Debussy’s fiery Cello Sonata in D Minor. Zuill Bailey, accompanied by pianist Eduard Zilberkant, made the most of the cello part, which is one of the most emotionally charged pieces in the literature, full of angst and fury. There have been other times when a solo string instrument shared the stage with a piano that had its lid all the way open, and the result was that one struggled to hear the string. That was not the case here. The cello more than...Mike Dunham
Phillip Blanchett of Pamyua refers to the band’s upcoming program with Alaska Dance Theatre as “harmony in motion.” “That is, we’re adding our harmony and music to the dance expertise of ADT,” he explained. Choreographer Niki Maple, ADT’s artistic director of production, describes the concert as “a collaboration, comparing and contrasting different styles. Pamyua will have traditional Native dance and the pop music, what they call ‘tribal funk,’ and we’ll be bringing classical dance, jazz and contemporary dance.” It's anyone's guess what Terspichore -- the wildest of the ancient Greek muses, the inspirer of dance -- would think about this fusion. Mythologists imply that she was a fun-loving sort who took her art seriously, but liked to party. The idea for “Winter’s Dance,” which will...Mike Dunham
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Phillip Blanchett of Pamyua refers to the band’s upcoming program with Alaska Dance Theatre as “harmony in motion.” “That is, we’re adding our harmony and music to the dance expertise of ADT,” he explained. Choreographer Niki Maple, ADT’s artistic director of production, describes the concert as “a...
Mike Dunham
When Anchorage lovers of chamber music hear the two sextets by Johannes Brahms this weekend, they’ll be getting a sneak preview. Most of the performers will reunite to record the pair of masterworks later this spring. The Cypress String Quartet has made a reputation over the past 20 years with fine playing and cutting-edge commissions; they’ve logged thousands of concerts around the world and produced at least 15 albums. The extra cellist in both the Anchorage performance and the recording will be Zuill Bailey, the director of the Alaska Classics chamber music series and the Sitka Summer Music Festival. Former festival director Paul Rosenthal will play the additional viola part in Anchorage. (It will go to Barry Shifman when the pieces are recorded in an upcoming live performance.) But...Mike Dunham
“UAA wanted to do something big for First Friday,” said Catherine Warden-Daniels, so they contacted her company, Arctic Crown Canvas and asked her to set up a mass paint-in for their students and anyone else who wants to join. Arctic Crown Canvas, founded by Warden-Daniels and her sister Victoria Hunter two and a half years ago, conducts sessions where an art instructor leads a group of painters, usually novices, in replicating a painting over the course of a couple of hours. Easels are set up, paint and brushes and other supplies are provided. Painting coaches provide step-by-step instructions and tips. “Our idea is that everyone should paint, even the stick-figure challenged,” she said. The biggest session they’ve done in the past involved 70 students who painted Mardi Gras masks at the...Mike Dunham
The Alaska Native Arts Foundation has announced it will close this spring. The foundation began in 2002 with the goal of creating “a new model for the sale and stature of Alaska Native art” and increasing economic opportunities for Alaska Native artists. The dissolution of the foundation is primarily due to economic factors, said Secretary-Treasurer Veronica Slajer. The group had operated with a combination of government grants and private funding. “The business model broke down a couple of years ago,” she said. “We couldn’t mark (the art) up enough to make the money back. The federal grant was only for a period of time and it expired. We lost state funding last year and obviously the coming years won’t be the time to seek more state funding.” “We also realized that our work is done,”...Mike Dunham
Comedy Hot and cold running humor The Hilarious Anonymous comedy show proved so popular in its first two incarnations that it's moved to a new and much bigger location at Heart of the City in the middle of the Sunshine Plaza. There is “much more seating space, a bigger stage and a legit sound system,” said performer and co-organizer Brett Rawalt. The show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, and will feature the returning talents of Rawalt, John Miller and Anji Stubbs. The Maddox Debate will appear as the guest musical act. Admission is $5, restricted to ages 16 or older. Music, etc. Polar elevations The bluegrass stylings of Todd Grebe and Cold Country will emanate from an unexpected venue on Friday night … the main elevator at the Anchorage Museum. It’s part of a bunch of things taking...Mike Dunham

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