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Art Beat: "Million Dollar" fundraiser at Myrna's, world-class organist at Central Lutheran

  • Author: Arts Dunham
  • Updated: June 30, 2016
  • Published March 18, 2015


'Million Dollar' cabaret

The cast of "Million Dollar Quartet," the rock 'n' roll musical now playing in Atwood Concert Hall under the auspices of the Anchorage Concert Association, will do double-duty after Thursday's show as they lend their talent to a fundraiser benefit for the Alaska AIDS Assistance Association, aka Four A's. "Don't Stop the Music," a Broadway cabaret, will feature the "Million Dollar" stars performing tunes from the show and some of their other favorite numbers. The one-night cabaret takes place at 11 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at Mad Myrna's, 530 Fifth Ave. Tickets are $15 in advance, call 263-2050, or $20 at the door. Tickets for the "Million Dollar Quartet" musical, which continues through Sunday, March 22, are available at


Student exposure

The UAA Camera Club has mounted a show of recent photographic work by its members that explores "the joy of creating photographic art" in diverse formats and techniques. Film and digital images are featured in "Unalloyed," on display at the ARC gallery space next to the entrance of the Consortium Library. The show will remain on display through April 2.


From St. Peter's to Anchorage

Brazilian organist and composer Cristiano Rizzotto will embark on a European tour this summer that includes performances in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, said to be the largest church in the world. But first he'll be in Anchorage to play at the more modest Anchorage Lutheran Church, 1420 N St. He'll present what looks like a sensational virtuoso public program at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 22 (the day after Bach's 330th birthday), with baroque, romantic and modern work, including his own "Toccata" and at least one U.S. premiere. He'll also be the humble organist at the regular 8:30 a.m. church service on Sunday. Why is a world-renowned organist in Anchorage? In a word, love. Following his upcoming tour he will return to Alaska to be married in July. Admission to both the church service and the public concert is free, but donations are accepted.