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Arts Scene: Charlie Chaplin, free Tchaikovsky and star-viewing made easy

  • Author: Mike Dunham
  • Updated: May 31, 2016
  • Published January 11, 2016


Action at International

The International Gallery of Contemporary Art's annual member artist exhibition opened last week and continues through Jan. 30. Participants include Lukas Easton, Allison Estergard, Katherine Coons and Sharon Trager. In addition to the show, IGCA will continue its Winter Film Series with a screening of Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold Rush" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16. Admission is free for gallery members, $5 for everyone else. (Talk about a cheap date flick!) Looking ahead, there'll be an open figure drawing session from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24. The cost is $15. Bring your own drawing supplies and an easel if you need it. The model and seating will be supplied. Reserve your place at or stop by the main desk during open hours at 427 D St.


Free Tchaikovsky

The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra will present a free neighborhood concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Bartlett High School. The casual, one-hour performance will include a piece titled "Echoes" that will feature dancers from the Alaska Native Heritage Center, and Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," a popular soundfest most often associated with firework displays nowadays. We don't expect anyone to set off Roman candles inside the Bartlett auditorium, but the notice says the overture will include some kind of audience participation. Seating will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will be limited to the capacity of the auditorium.


Wanna be a writer?

UAA will present a free discussion on the topic of "How to Write and Sell Books" from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16. The publication-savvy presenters are Lael Morgan -- author of classic regional best-sellers "Eskimo Power," "The Ray Mala Story" and "Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush" as well as a founding partner of Epicenter Press -- and Marthy Johnson, freelance copy editor, writing instructor and author of the practical reference book "Write & Wrong." The talk takes place in Room 307 at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, where parking is free on weekends.


Under the stars

The UAA Planetarium and Visualization Center, on the second floor of the ConocoPhillips Science Building, will present a special all-live tour of the night sky using the fabulous full-dome projection to point out planets, constellations and other celestial features visible in Alaska during the winter. "Stars of the Alaskan Sky" runs one hour starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, and takes place in a toasty 68-degree setting. Tickets for the very limited seating ($5-$10) must be purchased online at There is no entry after the show begins and ticket holders must be in the theater 10 minutes before the show; after that reserved seats will be released to standby customers (door price, $6-$12).

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