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Arts Outlook

 

September 28, 2017



First Friday features pottery, mixology

As tourism season wraps up and summer turns to fall, Haines businesses will keep their doors open for October’s First Friday with pottery and watercolor displays, a bed and breakfast open house and a mixology workshop.

Main Street’s Skipping Stone Studio will feature pottery and ceramic work from Haines local Kerry Cohen. Next door at Alaska Arts Confluence, Brad Schulze will have watercolor portraits on display.

Schulze was the featured artist at First National Bank in July. He said he paints exclusively in watercolor.

“I’ve always been a fan of Winslow Homer and Charles Russell,” Schulze said. “Watercolors are cheaper than oils, less messy and easier to pack around.”

Schulze lives in Haines. He works at Greens Creek Mine and says he takes his paints with him to work. He’ll be showing a few new portraits and a mountain goat painting at Alaska Arts Confluence, as well as several older pieces that have never been seen.

Caitie Kirby, tasting room manager at Port Chilkoot Distillery, said their First Friday show will be “Mixology: The Art of a Cocktail” in the tasting room from 5 to 8 p.m.

“The visual aspect of a cocktail is only one of its artistic components, with taste and scent combining to make each one a unique experience,” Kirby said. “We find our cocktails to be an art form for many senses and invite others to enjoy them with us.”

Haines Brewing Company will feature sculptural work and woodblock prints made by Sarah Bishop. Bishop, who went to art school and has shown her work in Haines several times before, said the sculptures are made of textiles, metal and glass. She made several of the sculptures in the last few years, while the woodblock prints are only months old.

House Number One Fort Seward Bed and Breakfast will have an open house for drinks, finger food and live music on the porch. First Friday goers can take a look at renovations in the building and help the business celebrate the end of tourist season.

The Babbling Book & Dragon’s Nook will also be open with snacks and refreshments.

First River Talk starts in October

The fifth season of River Talk will kick off next month with stories from friends and neighbors on the theme “My Brush with Fame.”

Lynn Canal Community Players, in partnership with the Alaska Arts Confluence, hosts the winter storytelling series. At each session seven local people will tell seven stories for seven minutes each, related to a specific theme.

River Talk will take a break in November and December for the holidays, but will return for January, February, March and April on the third Thursday of each month. Other themes for the upcoming season include “A Peak Experience,” “A Memorable ‘First,’” “Guardian Angels,” and “Third World Thrills.”

Themes are loose and up for liberal interpretation, according to a press release. “The intimate, café setting encourages community members to connect in new and surprising ways over the sharing of stories. The series draws community members and visitors from all backgrounds and walks of life, offering participants and audience members a creative way to get to know one another through the oral tradition.”

The first show is Thursday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Chilkat Center lobby, transformed into the “Chit Chat Café.” The show will be led by visiting rhetorician, author and educator Daniel L. Henry, said Carol Tuynman.

In conjunction with River Talk, Henry will host a two-hour storytelling workshop on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Chilkat Center. According to a press release, participants in the workshop will hone their skills at shaping stories and telling them to listeners. Participants are encouraged to come to the workshop with a story they’re willing to work it into shape for delivery. Registration is limited, and costs $15 per person.

For more information and sign up for River Talk or the storytelling workshop, contact Tuynman at 907- 314-0282.

Murder mystery spoofs small town politics

Lynn Canal Community Players is set to host a murder mystery dinner theater performance this month spoofing Haines politics.

Director Mark Sebens said “Politics, It’s Murder!” will “take a humorous look at political life in small town Alaska.”

Actors Marley Horner, Tod Sebens, Kyle Clayton, Tom Morphet, Madeline Witek, Tracy Harmon, Jen Reid and John Norton will play stakeholders in a mayoral election in a fake Alaska town, where someone will meet their demise.

Sebens said he and organizer Sue Waterhouse will also play small roles. The group is set to rehearse the week before the performance.

“We’re trying to somewhat make fun of many things,” Sebens said. “We’re trying not to leave anybody out.”

The show will be Saturday, Sept. 30 in the Chilkat Center lobby. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Babbling Book for $30, with limited tickets the day of at the door. Sebens said he encourages the audience to put on their detective hats. “It’s going to be way fun,” he said.

The meal will include appetizers, salad, lasagna, bread, dessert and a cash bar.

 
 

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