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The guts of a bearded seal can be transformed into rain parkas and mittens, bags and drum heads, translucent skylights and artworks through ancient techniques passed on at a recent Smithsonian-backed community workshop in Bethel.Lisa Demer

The Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center and the Anchorage Museum hosted a workshop on gut sewing  Jan. 24-25 at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel.

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Fairbanks-born cellist Dane Johansen, who performs with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra this weekend, spent last summer walking across Spain and performing Bach suites in ancient churches while a film crew followed him to create a documentary.Mike Dunham
Synesthesia Artist Collective will present “Flowers For Algernon,” a stage version of the science-fiction classic (which seems a little less like fiction now).Mike Dunham
Artist Rockwell Kent's son Rocky would consider his months on Alaska's Fox Island perhaps the best time in his life. The experience was also life-changing for Kent, as the art and book he produced there finally gave him the fame and recognition he had craved.Doug Capra
Although this production does about as much as it can with the play, “The Ice-Breaker” ultimately doesn’t give us any new insight, any urgent message about climate change.Egan Millard
"Crimes of the Heart" won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1981 and remains a witty piece of entertainment, but ACT's current production reveals that the chick flick for stage is showing its age.Mike Dunham
Jill Bess's new play "Simple Melody" will receive a staged reading. Dane Johansen, who is from Fairbanks and now on faculty at Julliard, will talk about his 500-mile pilgrimage along the route known as El Camino de Santiago. Johansen carried a cello and gave concerts along the way. Mike Dunham
The radio-plays, the ears-only theater of yesteryear, is making a comeback. Two companies will present radio plays tweaked for modern audiences in Anchorage this week.Mike Dunham
Photos by Alaska photographer James Barker offer a rare insider's look at the historic Selma civil rights march 50 years ago. Barker recounts his experience and discusses the photos, which are the subject of two upcoming exhibits in the Lower 48. Mike Dunham