Arts

UAA's well-done staging of a play that puts zombies in Shakespeare's England works brilliantly in the first act, but flatlines at the end.Mike Dunham
Bethel's Cama-i festival takes place April 17-19, and we take a look at last week's fine "Giselle" from Anchorage Ballet.Mike Dunham
Mozart's final opera, "The Magic Flute," is an enduring hit with the public, but problematic on several levels, with issues of language, misogyny and racism that Anchorage Opera hopes to get past with Bill Fabris' new production.Mike Dunham
Neil Simon's comedy "The Sunshine Boys" comes to ACT and zombies come to Merry Olde England this week.Mike Dunham

The second season of the Pupil + Paper design and scholarship competition kicked off at the Anchorage Museum Saturday April 4, 2015. Eighteen teams of students from seven Anchorage and Chugiak high schools created garments made completely from recycled paper.

Tara Young
Rie Munoz, whose popular paintings celebrated the joy and wonder of life and Alaska, has died in Juneau after a career that took her from war refugee to Alaska Native villages to honors as one of the state's most revered -- and copied -- artists.Mike Dunham
Munoz lived in Alaska for 65 years after arriving on a steamship while vacationing, and is well-known for her art, particularly bright watercolors of Alaska communities and scenes. She also worked as a journalist, teacher and museum curator.Molly Dischner | Associated Press
At a workshop in Bethel last week, students and residents learned the old craft of fish-skin sewing and to see beauty in what often is discarded.Lisa Demer

“Anchorage has no idea what they’ll be seeing,” said Michelangelo Canale as he watched Bridgett Zehr rehearse the title role in “Giselle” earlier this week. He recounted her credentials: soloist with Houston Ballet, principal dancers with English National Ballet and National Ballet of Canada. “She’s particularly huge in Canada,” Canale said. “I can’t imagine what the Canadians are going to think when they hear she’s in Alaska.”
 

Mike Dunham
A team of international dancers is featured in "Giselle," Anchorage Ballet's first full-length ballet, an ambitious production of the classic tale of love and ghosts.Mike Dunham