Arts

If brevity is the soul of wit, then Anchorage audiences can expect some very witty moments at two separate, yet associated, theater events taking place this week. Mike Dunham
Last week I spoke by phone with Kaye Tuckerman with the production of "Mamma Mia" that opens in Anchorage on Thursday. Tuckerman has the role of former girl-rock-band singer and mother of the bride Donna Sheridan, the role played by Meryl Streep in the movie. She was playing in Edmonton, Alberta, on that day and gave me the skinny on what the cast thinks about coming to Alaska. Mike Dunham
New books of interest to Alaskans
Political persuasions aside, the Valley's dance community is casting votes and posting signs for "Bristol the pistol" Palin in her bid to win television's "Dancing with the Stars" competition in Hollywood.K.t. McKee
Sheryl Maree Reily knew from a young age that she was going to be an artist. When she was little, growing up in New Zealand, she would pick fruit off of trees and scratch little drawings into their skins.Suzanna Caldwell
Anchorage Opera will open its season Saturday with a whole bunch of music that hasn't been heard in Anchorage before now. The program is titled "Spellbinding Moments in French Opera."Mike Dunham
The tourist buses have mostly shut down, and the Anchorage Museum, 635 C St., has returned to winter hours -- all of which make October a great time of year for Alaska art-lovers to enjoy the galleries without the crowds.Mike Dunham
New books of interest to Alaskans
Anchorage Symphony Orchestra personnel had reason to smile at the first concert of the season on Saturday night. The 2,200-seat Atwood Concert Hall was sold out and, we were told, 75 percent of those in attendance have tickets for the rest of the season. Mike Dunham
Autumn leaves warn that winter comes this way soon. But for Anchorage fans of freeform music, the recent release of four CDs of original pieces by local performers and a flurry of gigs may signal that something like a jazz spring has arrived.Mike Dunham