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Anchorage Opera has hired Reed Smith, former general director of Tri-Cities Opera Company in Binghamton, N.Y., as its new executive director.Mike Dunham
The Alaska International Piano-e-Competition got underway at the University of Alaska Fairbanks on Saturday as 22 competitors drew lots to determine the order in which they would compete.Mike Dunham
New books of interest to Alaskans
The show of the hour is a sci-fi farce, "The Lightning Bug," in which a humble shoeshine girl is all that stands between the evil Dr. Kasady and the destruction of the world.Mike Dunham

This year marks the sixth anniversary of the Kids' Mural, a public art installation on Elmore Road. Despite a wet, rainy day, seven kids came out to paint a colorful jungle scene.

Loren Holmes
The two-week Alaska International Piano-e-Competition will combine the structure of major musical contests, like the Van Cliburn and the Tchaikovsky competitions, with high-tech, real-time transmission of the contestants’ performances to pianos around the world.Mike Dunham