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Arts Scene: Renaissance and Baroque

Arts Reporter
Flight to freedom
Lisa Seifert
Don Rearden
Photo by Michael Dinneen
Ron Carlson
Photo by Tracy Hall
Folklorist Craig Mishler will discuss his book about the widespread story of the “Blind Man and the Loon.”
Bill Roth

Renaissance and Baroque

A program of music from the late 1400s through the 1600s will take place 7 p.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Church, 2111 Muldoon Road. The consort of 10 musicians -- including players of strings, oboe, bassoon, baroque flute, keyboards and "recorders of all sizes" -- will perform as a benefit for the senior activities. The program will conclude with Peter Warlock's "Capriol Suite," an arrangement of Renaissance compositions. Admission is $20, $10 if you're over 70, free if you're under 18.

Flight to freedom

The Alaska Jewish Museum and Cultural Center, 1221 E. 35th Ave., continues its display focused on "Operation Magic Carpet," the remarkable evacuation of 50,000 Jews from Yemen to Israel after World War II accomplished by an airlift in which Alaska Airlines played a major role. "On the Wings of Eagles: Alaska's Contribution to Operation Magic Carpet" is the museum's inaugural exhibit, with photos, artifacts, a slide show, film footage, interactive displays and art installations by Margret Hugi-Lewis and Don Mohr. The musuem is open 1-6 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays. Regular admission is $7, seniors, students and military $6 and children $5. More information is at

Loon's travels

Anchorage ethnographer and historian Craig Mishler talks about his new book "The Blind Man and the Loon: The Story of a Tale." Mishler has traced the well-known Native folktale from Greenland to Alaska and into the Great Basin and Great Plains. A book signing follows. The talk is part of the Smithsonian Spotlight Series and takes place 7 p.m. Thursday. Come to the Anchorage Museum entrance at 121 W. Seventh Ave. Free. literary

Writers rap

Nationally noted novelist Ron Carlson will participate in an onstage conversation at the Anchorage Museum with Alaska author Don Rearden, who's first novel, "The Raven's Gift," has just been reissued by Pintail books. Carlson's stories have appeared in Esquire, Harpers and The New Yorker. "Surviving the Story" is presented by 49 Writers as part of their Crosscurrents series. The pair will discuss where stories come from and the process of discovery in writing fiction. A question and answer session and book signing to follow. Admission free to members of 49 Writers or the museum. Suggested $5 donation for nonmembers. Come to the entrance at 121 W. Seventh Ave., 7 p.m. Wednesday.


Compiled by arts reporter
Mike Dunham