Arts Outlook


March 28, 2019

River Talk April 18

The River Talk season wraps up on Thursday, April 18 with seven personal stories on the theme “Cheating Death,” or “I shouldn’t be alive.” River Talk at the “Chilkat Chit Chat Cafe” is located in the lobby of the Chilkat Center for the Arts and starts at 7 p.m. The call for storytellers is still open. If interested call 314-0282.

The Demon Squadron returns and The Rice Brothers debut.

This April the Chilkat Center for the Arts runs the gamut of musical performances. On April 5 the Haines Arts Council is teaming up with First Friday to present the boisterous “Jack Garton and the Demon Squadron,” kicking off the Council’s annual membership drive.

The performance will be part-concert, part-dance. Garton plays accordion and trumpet, often simultaneously, and the Demon Squadron is the self-proclaimed “engine behind Jack Garton’s songs.” Their genre-defying music is a mix of rockabilly, rocksteady, country, cajun, roots, and Garton’s showmanship. Tom Heywood, Co-President of the Haines Arts Council, described it as “a cross between jazz and circus type.”

“Garton makes great connections with the audience,” said Heywood, “He incorporates humor and sometimes social statements. But he’s very uplifting.”

The concert starts at 8 o’clock, and doors open at 7 p.m. in the lobby, where pizza, beer, and wine will be sold.

On April 30, the Arts Council presents “The Rice Brothers,” a Polish-American sibling-duo from Phoenix, almost as enigmatic as The Demon Squad; they play a blend of classical music, Gospel, jazz, Ragtime, and Boogie Woogie.

The Rice Brothers, Johnny and Chris, were first inspired by a pianist at Disneyland and started learning piano at four and two-years-old. Since then, they have each won gold medals at the international Chopin competition, performed their debut concert in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, and travelled across America and Europe playing in concert halls, churches, homes and classroom settings.

“They’re a lot of fun because they are virtuosic performers on piano and cello. And they swap instruments like that,” said Heywood, who first saw The Rice Brothers perform at a showcase in Tacoma, “They like to inform the audience about the music. You learn a lot but they also are very humorous.”

Tickets for both “The Demon Squadron” and “The Rice Brothers” are $18, $15 for HAC members.

Photos from Rwanda

When George Figdor visited Rwanda last December, he knew little more about the country than about its bloody genocide: in 1994, the ethnic majority Hutus killed roughly one million Tutsis in 100 days. On his own, Figdor explored parts of northern Rwanda and learned about a people trying to overcome their past.

On April 5, almost exactly 25 years after Rwanda’s genocide began, the Alaska Arts Confluence will host the opening reception for Figdor’s exhibition, “A Portrait of Rwanda: a people healing from their past.” The photographs depict scenes and people Figdor met along his travels, and he will share some of his insights.

In his description of the exhibit, Figdor writes, “I hope my photos capture something of the healing that the people have achieved in their quest for peace and harmony.”

First photographs of Tlingits at Sheldon

An unusual sepia-toned photograph depicts two of the same image: a group of Tlingit people, made somewhat anonymous by their Western attire. The words “Fort Tongass” are typed at the bottom of the photograph, followed by the scrawl “Group of Indians.”

This is one of 17 ‘stereograms,’ or double-images, taken by Eadweard Muybridge in 1868, which will be displayed this month in the “1868: Muybridge in Alaska” exhibit at the Sheldon Museum. The photographs are considered the first taken of the Tlingit people, and some of the earliest photographs of Alaska.

Muybridge is best known as a pioneer of motion pictures. “But before he made a name for himself,” said Regi Johanos, community coordinator of the Haines Sheldon Art Museum, “he was commissioned to come up on a steamship and take some photographs of Wrangell and Sitka.” In 1968, the U.S. government sent Muybridge to photograph its newly acquired territory in Alaska and the Tlingit Native Americans. The exhibit will display Muybridge’s original stereograms and the museum will provide modern TwinScope viewers that allow people to see the images in three dimensions, as Muybridge intended.

The traveling exhibit is curated by Marc Shaffer of Inside Out Media and supported by the Atwood Foundation, the Alaska Humanities Forum, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by the Alaska State Council for the Arts. “1868: Muybridge in Alaska” will be on display through May 31.

First Friday lineup on April 5

La Loft will feature a “Celebrate Spring Sampler” cosmetics counter from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center will host the game “Guess Who Made That!” Pictures of local artists’ work will be on display, and visitors will try to guess which local artist made what. The game will take place from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Magpie Gallery will have Easter bread buns and spring-inspired, flavored breads by Josie’s Breads & Bagels.

Moosterious Emporium is having a book signing reception for “Alaska Fairy Tales: Stories from the Great North,” by Jackie Mazeikas.

Ampersand AK is displaying an exhibition called “Wearing your Art on your Sleeve,” a collection of ‘weird and lovely’ album art from KHNS stacks.

The Pioneer Bar is hosting Bengie Stuart’s retirement party from 4 to 6 p.m., and an Open Mic at 9 p.m.

The Haines Brewing Company is featuring cartoons from Greg Podsiki’s archive. Podsiki’s cartoons are inspired local goings on.

The Port Chilkoot Distillery will host “Buddha Reflections,” an exhibition of sacred images gathered by Mandy Ramsey throughout her travels. There will also be a board outside for community members to participate in Rangku poetry, a collaborative form of haiku.


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