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The Mat-Su Borough School Board didn't give Colony High School band director Jamin Burton the $25,000 he needed to get the state's only marching band to Washington, D.C., for President-elect Barack Obama's Inauguration Day parade.Stephanie Komarnitsky
The Delaney Park Strip installations are only the tip of the Freeze iceberg, so to speak. Here are other highlights of the project.
Authors Richard and Nora Dauenhauer of Juneau have won the 2008 American Book Award for "Anóoshi Lingít Aaní Ká: Russians in Tlingit America -- The Battles of Sitka 1802 and 1804," published by Sealaska Heritage Institute and the University of Washington Press this year.Mike Dunham
"Freeze," which kicks off with a New Year's Eve party at the Anchorage Museum on Thursday, is described as "a celebration of Alaska and life in the North" through conferences, exhibitions, films, lectures and performances that will fill January and run into early February.Mike Dunham
We have snow, we have gifts, friends, family and food coming out our ears. What more is left to mark the season? For many, it's the Anchorage Concert Chorus' annual Family Holiday Pops Concert.Anne Herman
Susan Moore, a member of the co-op art gallery, The Firefly (419 L St.), writes to bemoan an annual holiday tradition that we'd just as soon went away: an increase of thefts at arts and crafts stores."Mike Dunham
In a production that has so many fine points, let's be clear: for my nephews, it's all about the ghosts. TBA Theatre knows how to do ghosts. It's never a small moment when one enters the stage. The mists of the other world roil, the bell tolls and Scrooge cringes before the spectre of the hour.
Sara Tabbert makes it a point to take painstaking care in her work. The Fairbanks artist lays a hand on every facet and detail of her work, drawing subject matter from everything, from the delicacy of a broken branch to the intimacy of water over stones.Dawnell Smith
Anchorage Community Theatre offers an alternative to conventional holiday fare with "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," which opened Friday. There are no magical spirits or gift-bearing magi to be seen; rather Alfred Uhry's comedy uses the Christmas season to deal with the issue of Jewish identity in 1939 Atlanta.Maia Nolan-Partnow
Handel's "Messiah" is Easter music in many parts of the world. In Anchorage, it is traditionally presented before Christmas. The Christmas season begins when Jim Powell sings "Comfort Ye" as he did once again Dec. 7 at West High. It was a spirited "Messiah."

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