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Twenty-seven years ago, Anchorage schoolteacher Steve Posegate founded the Anchorage Civic Orchestra with the goal of providing “more opportunities for symphony quality musicians to practice and play with musicians of similar caliber.”...

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Art

Mixed media from Fairbanks

Fairbanks artist Katlian Stark has new abstract work in mixed media -- chalk, wax and wallpaper -- in her show “Aggregate” at the Leah J. Peterson Gallery on the campus of Alaska Pacific University. She sometimes starts with a sketch, but the process usually results in a final product “detaching from her original vision.” Joyce Watts Coolidge has more mixed media work in the adjacent Grant Hall gallery space. Their work will remain on display through May 29.

Literature

Three guys wearing the same name...

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Some of the quirkiest art in Alaska will be revealed on Friday, May 1, at the preview party for the Salvation Army’s Transformed Treasures auction.

The annual fundraiser, now in its eighth year, challenges artists to pick through used goods at area thrift stores and use what they find to create imaginative art. Some of the results are purely decorative, but much is practical and utilitarian, though with a strong element of whimsy. All of it is a celebration of repurposing that appeals to both creative types, who vie for the chance to take part each year, and the public; the auction itself, on May 9 this year, always sells out...

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Few Alaskans know the name Jujiro Wada now, but that should change this weekend. A big musical production about his life will come to the Atwood Concert Hall stage on Friday, May 1, hosted by the Asian Alaskan Cultural Center, and go to Fairbanks on Sunday, May 3.

“Chasing the Aurora: The Samurai Musher” recounts the life of Wada, described in a paper by Edgar Blatchford of University of Alaska Anchorage and Tony Nakazawa of University of Alaska Fairbanks as “an All-Alaskan personality” and “a true icon of Alaska’s early pioneer period.” Stories of his physical accomplishments made headlines in the gold rush era. Modern Alaskans will note his role in the party that blazed the Iditarod Trail...

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Few Alaskans know the name Jujiro Wada now, but that should change this weekend. A big musical production about his life will come to the Atwood Concert Hall stage on Friday, May 1, hosted by the Asian Alaskan Cultural Center, and go to Fairbanks on Sunday, May 3...

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Mike McBride, co-owner of Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge along with his wife, Diane, will be in Anchorage for the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering at the FedEx hangar this weekend. He’ll be signing copies of his book, “The Last Wilderness: Alaska’s Rugged Coast.”

In addition to being a pilot, author, lodge operator and ecotourism pioneer, McBride is a board member of the Wilderness Foundation, an international conservation group that holds congresses every four or five years. In 2005, McBride arranged to have the congress in Anchorage and flew assorted delegates all over the lower part of the state in his floatplane. In 2013 the congress was in Salamanca, Spain, where Prince Charles gave the keynote speech and “The Last Wilderness” was debuted...

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Photography

Picturing people

Six years ago Anchorage photographer Clark James Mishler began an ambitious project of making one portrait every day. Several of the images were included in his book, “Portrait Alaska,” which won a Gold Award from the Independent Publishers Association. Mishler will be the guest at the next ASMP Alaska slide lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at the Anchorage Museum. The public is welcome and admission is free. Use the doors on Seventh Avenue.

Literature

Dinner with Lende...

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Anchorage high school student Maeva Ordaz won the 2015 Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. She wins a prize of $20,000 in the national contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

It was the second time Ordaz, a senior at West High School, has represented Alaska in the national championship. She won the 2014 state title and repeated that on March 11 of this year.

“Last year I didn’t make the finals (in the nationals), but I resolved to do better and pick better poems,” she said.

Ordaz won the final round with “Zacuanpapalotls” by Brenda Cárdenas. It was the same poem she recited in the course of winning the Alaska state title in 2014...

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Two members of the Oxford University debate team, ranked number two in the world, are in Anchorage to compete against members of the UAA Seawolves team, ranked 17th. The showdown will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in the Discovery Theatre, two weeks after UAA hosted the U.S. Universities Debating Championships.

Thursday’s debate will differ from the national championships in several ways. The proposition to be debated, “This house believes classical music deserves no support beyond that which the market will provide,” has been known for months...

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The Anchorage Concert Association will bring up some of the best-selling acts from previous years for the 2015-16 season, announced on April 27, including Pink Martini, Jake Shimabukuro, Bela Fleck, the Capitol Steps and the musical “Mamma Mia.”

The schedule reflects a sort of evolution in ACA programming, said executive director Jason Hodges.

“Traditionally, we’ve gone with a one and done kind of thing,” he said, bringing up a performer or group that Anchorage hasn’t seen before. “But things are changing and we’re looking at some groups that have proved to be very popular with our audiences.”...

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