In my art wanderings, I seek out contextual narratives, which I often rework into my own paintings. Sometimes an image will express more than its companion writings. Social injustice, perseverance of man, and Climate Change issues — evident in our ever shrinking planet, made profound stateme…

Here are excerpts from ten 2019 Sleuth pieces, which describe Alaska’s year in art (entire pieces can be Googled). Artists reacted to denial of Climate Change, global resistance to mass human displacement/migration, while visually embracing universal commonalities. At the Christies Education…

It just wouldn’t be the holiday season without a large-scale production of Charles Dickens’ ‘ A Christmas Carol’ and once again, it’s Juneau-based Perseverance Theater bringing the classic to Anchorage’s audiences Dec. 20-29 at the Performing Arts Center.

In a large classroom on the third floor of UAA/APU’s Consortium Library, a small group of Anchorage citizens gathered to hear Dahr Jamail hawk his acclaimed book, ‘The End of Ice’, reportage about the state of the planet. While a few students wandered in and abruptly out, appearing not to ca…

The family cooking together in the kitchen.

The theater scene appears to be alive and well in the Mat-Su Valley, with numerous productions of all levels happening throughout the year.

Outdoor public art fetches up in most cities and towns, mostly ignored, with original meanings lost on new generations. For example, no one knows what to do with Confederate statues whose bygone meanings are lost, leaving only tropes of slavery’s dehumanization. However, the 55-foot orange C…

After an extensive search, Perseverance Theatre is pleased to announce the hiring of Leslie Ishii for the role of Artistic Director. Ishii has been serving as Interim Artistic Director since July, and has already energized the theatre with her initiative, ideas, and community-minded approach…

The Broadway musical production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid swam into Anchorage October 22nd and is delighting young and old alike for a 6 day run of 8 performances now through Sunday October 27th at the Atwood Concert Hall.

“I presume,” said Cedar Sigo at a festival described as the Fight Club of Seattle’s indie lit world a few years back, “that I have been asked to speak with you today because I am a busy poet in the 21st century, an identity that is much more at risk than being queer or Native or any other de…

When Rocky Horror premiered nearly 45 years ago it was nothing short of shocking. All most people knew of transvestites were rumors about J. Edgar Hoover and the like, and the concept of transsexual was something they were nowhere near ready for.

Traveling around the U.S. when I was younger, I would visit friends at their colleges, many I knew from high school theater. In tiny podunk towns the nation over, kids would whisper, almost as if it were the same mysterious trench-coated figure on a circuit, a name, of a returning director.

No script. No plot. No rehearsal. And no limits on laughter. The Improvised Shakespeare Company takes a suggested play title from the audience, and then improvises a two-act Shakespearean masterpiece before the audience’s eyes. It’s an on-the-spot, spot-on reinvention of old school … as in t…

‘Made of Stone (thru October 25)’ is a very small but very unique show on the first floor of the UAA/APU Consortium Library, next to the Alumni office. The name of the show seems appropriate to the way UAA has been treated this summer—abrupt financial cutbacks followed by some financial repr…

Tucked away near the Southwest corner of the Anchorage Museum atrium balcony is a small but important exhibition, ‘Alaskans and Salmon (thru January 19, 2020)’ presenting large color photographs of Alaskans who fish for salmon, their catch, and the various ways these aquatic specimens are pr…

By David A. James This summer the traveling exhibition “Death in the Ice” has been featured at the Anchorage Museum. The exhibit explores the fate of the Franklin Expedition, which set off from England in 1845 to find the fabled Northwest Passage, a route from Europe to Asia over the top of …

In the mid 2000’s I helped found the theatre program at Mad Myrna’s along with the help of some serious professionals like Kristin Vierthaler, Steven Alvarez, Rod Masters, Sarah Klever and Christian Heppinstall. Our first show was ‘Cabaret’, and in the years that followed many other director…

In its 41 years of delivering professional theater to Alaska, Perseverance Theater has a new artistic director for the first time since 2007.

With national and local politicians driving the rational mad, becoming absorbed in the arts is the perfect prescription for sanity. Recycling and caring for the environment is becoming one of art’s latest themes, both here and outside Alaska. It’s a way to visualize that caring for the earth…

The University of Alaska Anchorage next month with a production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Ahead of it, we caught up with UAA Department Theatre and Dance Chair Dr. Brian Cook.

The 2019/20 season marks the start of Music Director Randall Craig Fleischer’s third decade in Alaska. Alongside the beloved conductor, the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra looks ahead to a year of concerts with world premieres, returning collaborators, and a surplus — as if there were such a th…

The emotional wars that happen in the world of love can start to feel like one epic fight after another. “Love is a Battlefield” isn’t just a runaway pop hit for Pat Benatar, it’s a true to life motto! In Hearts Like Fists by Adam Szymkowicz, the superhero noir comedy directed by Frank Delan…

Earlier in 2019, Out North (ON) took some bold steps in redesigning its programming model—and it’s working. Out North, with support from the Atwood Foundation, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Alaska Humanities Forum, Alaska Community Foundation, and community members is ready to present it…

By Robin Banks

When self-styled bear researcher Timothy Treadwell and his companion Amie Huguenard were killed and eaten by brown bears in Katmai National Park in October of 2003, Alaskans responded with the typical scorn they heap on Outsiders who stumble into trouble in the state’s wildland areas.

An innocent bloomer blunder brings domestic chaos in Steve Martin’s The Underpants, Perseverance Theatre’s 40th anniversary season Anchorage debut, running Sept. 6-15 at the Sydney Laurence Theater at the Performing Arts Center.

By RJ Johnson