Arts Scene: 'Big Heads' gets a lesson in mask making


30 years of head hunting

UAA's juried self-portrait exhibit "No Big Heads" celebrates its 30th year this fall. There'll be a reception from 1:30-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Student Union Gallery and a workshop with juror Kiel Johnson, 7-10 p.m. Thursday in the Student Union Den. Johnson, known for his creative use of ordinary materials, will lead participants in a class to make 3-D masks from cardboard. Hey! That's just in time for Halloween! The workshop is free and open to the public. The "No Big Heads" show will remain on display through Nov. 11.


Organ jewels

Hans Uwe Hielscher, the cantor of the Marktkirche Lutheran Cathedral in Wiesbaden, Germany, will present an organ recital at Anchorage Lutheran Church, 1420 N St., at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. Hielscher is not only the main organist at the cathedral, where he has held the post since 1979, he's also the carillonneur -- that is, he can play the tuned carillon bells of the church like a giant musical instrument. He's had thousands of recitals around the world and is the author of important books about music, including a survey of "Famous Organs in the USA." The concert will feature several dazzling works of organ literature and is free, though donations will be accepted to keep the series going.


Bright and shiny

The Alaska Bead Society's Bead Arts Gala will take place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Anchorage Museum. More than 40 artists from around the state will have their work on display and for sale; museum members get a 10 percent discount. Activities include bead-making demonstrations. This year's featured artist is Vicki Potter. The gala is free and open to the public, though charges will remain for ticketed events like planetarium shows and the "Van Gogh Alive" exhibit.

Mike Dunham

Mike Dunham has been a reporter and editor at the ADN since 1994, mainly writing about culture, arts and Alaska history. He worked in radio for 20 years before switching to print.