Ben Hohenstatt

Local comedian tagged for Tig

Local comedian tagged for Tig

Welcome to the Tig leagues. Before Tig Notaro takes the stage at Centennial Hall, Juneau’s own Allison Holtkamp will have her chance to get the… Continue reading

Local comedian tagged for Tig
Aliens meet ‘Our Town’ in Perseverance Theatre’s upcoming Young Company production

Aliens meet ‘Our Town’ in Perseverance Theatre’s upcoming Young Company production

“Crush” is about treading the boards and saving the world. The upcoming production from Persevearance Theatre’s Young Company concerns a high school production of “Our… Continue reading

Aliens meet ‘Our Town’ in Perseverance Theatre’s upcoming Young Company production
News briefs for the week of Oct. 10

News briefs for the week of Oct. 10

News briefs for the week of Oct. 10

News briefs for the week of Oct. 10
Pop-up poet proves popular

Pop-up poet proves popular

Dogs, weather, anagrams to loving husbands — Audrey Kohler wrote about it all. Kohler, a Juneau poet, was at Downtown Dames for First Friday taking… Continue reading

Pop-up poet proves popular
Photos: Red Light Revue rocks the Rockwell
Photos: Red Light Revue rocks the Rockwell
Frank Henry Kaash Katasse, who plays the Stage Manager during the first week of production, narrates “Our Town” at Perseverance Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

With ‘Our Town,’ Perseverance Theatre finds life in a classic

Grover’s Corners is a fine place to visit for an evening. The fictional New Hampshire town is the setting of Thornton Wilder’s classic play “Our… Continue reading

Frank Henry Kaash Katasse, who plays the Stage Manager during the first week of production, narrates “Our Town” at Perseverance Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Local guitarists show off the instrument’s versatility at Joy of Strings

Local guitarists show off the instrument’s versatility at Joy of Strings

The delicate melody of “Over the Raindbow” that filled the Goldtown Theater wasn’t coming from Judy Garland. Juneau musician Dan Hopson was playing the tune… Continue reading

Local guitarists show off the instrument’s versatility at Joy of Strings
Brad Stevens searches through the wreckage of the Kad’yak, a Russian ship that sank while hauling ice and came to a rest near Spruce Island. Stevens said he’d like to go back to the site and make diving maps for recreational divers. (Courtesy Photo | Brad Stevens)
Brad Stevens searches through the wreckage of the Kad’yak, a Russian ship that sank while hauling ice and came to a rest near Spruce Island. Stevens said he’d like to go back to the site and make diving maps for recreational divers. (Courtesy Photo | Brad Stevens)
Olivia Bolin, left, and Tony Rivera rehearse in the Thunder Mountain High School production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” at TMHS on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Thunder Mountain High School fall play is ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’

Thunder Mountain High School’s drama students are heading to Narnia. The fall play, which runs Oct.5-Oct,7, is “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” “It’s… Continue reading

Olivia Bolin, left, and Tony Rivera rehearse in the Thunder Mountain High School production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” at TMHS on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Briannah Letter performs at Juneau Lyric Opera’s production of “Who’s Your Diva?” at Centennial Hall on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

High school student wins Who’s Your Diva?

The night’s youngest diva took home the biggest prize. Briannah Letter, a 17-year-old Thunder Mountain High School student, placed first in the seventh annual Who’s… Continue reading

Briannah Letter performs at Juneau Lyric Opera’s production of “Who’s Your Diva?” at Centennial Hall on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Valley Toastmasters Club President Jenn Berger speaks during a Tuesday morning meeting. Recently, she and two other members received recognition as Competent Communicators for delivering at least 10 speeches. Club member Joyce Vick was recognized during the same meeting as a Distinguished Toastmaster, which is the public speaking organization’s highest level award. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

Toastmasters earn awards

Arduous was the Valley Toastmasters’ word of the day last Tuesday, and it seemed fitting. The meeting included awards recognizing several long journeys. Three members… Continue reading

Valley Toastmasters Club President Jenn Berger speaks during a Tuesday morning meeting. Recently, she and two other members received recognition as Competent Communicators for delivering at least 10 speeches. Club member Joyce Vick was recognized during the same meeting as a Distinguished Toastmaster, which is the public speaking organization’s highest level award. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)
School Board candidate Kevin Allen, left, is congratulated by School Board President Brian Holst during Election night in the Assembly chambers on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Simple as 1-2-3: 3 school board candidates fill 3 openings

As the dull roar of live election results rippled through City Hall, Kevin Allen and Paul Kelly stopped to shake hands. “Looks like you’re doing… Continue reading

School Board candidate Kevin Allen, left, is congratulated by School Board President Brian Holst during Election night in the Assembly chambers on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Fall Freakshow concert brings metal acts to the JACC

Fall Freakshow concert brings metal acts to the JACC

BY BEN HOHENSTATT Capital City Weekly • Contact arts and culture reporter Ben Hohenstatt at 523-2243 or bhohenstatt@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @capweekly.… Continue reading

Fall Freakshow concert brings metal acts to the JACC
The Nude & Rude Revue burlesque troupe prepares to kick off its opening number. Core members are Taylor Vidic, Kelsey Riker, Anya Absten and Alyssa Kane. The burlesque performers are in the swing of a West Coast tour that includes three performances in Juneau. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

His and her-lesque: Nude & Rude Revue perform in Juneau

Feather boas and David Bowie came together Thursday, The Nude & Rude Revue, a Skagway-based burlesque troupe, brought glitzy routines and glam rock covers to… Continue reading

The Nude & Rude Revue burlesque troupe prepares to kick off its opening number. Core members are Taylor Vidic, Kelsey Riker, Anya Absten and Alyssa Kane. The burlesque performers are in the swing of a West Coast tour that includes three performances in Juneau. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)
‘Our Town’ previews set for Tuesday, Thursday

‘Our Town’ previews set for Tuesday, Thursday

“Our Town” officially starts Perseverance Theatre’s 40th season Oct. 5, but there’s another option for those who can’t wait.

‘Our Town’ previews set for Tuesday, Thursday
Abigail and Laura Zahasky are among the musicians scheduled to perform in the Joy of Strings event Wednesday. The sisters are members of the Alaska String Band. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

Guitarists gather for Joy of Strings

Five musicians will celebrate six-string instruments. The Joy of Strings will feature Mark Heard, Laura and Abigail Zahasky, Ward Ward and Dan Hopson playing guitar… Continue reading

Abigail and Laura Zahasky are among the musicians scheduled to perform in the Joy of Strings event Wednesday. The sisters are members of the Alaska String Band. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)
Katy Giorgio, president for Orpheus Project and producer for the upcoming “Princess Sophia” opera, speaks in front of a slide of Vanderbilt Reef, where the Princess Sophia sunk in 1918. The opera, which opens on the 100th anniversary of the wreck that claimed at least 350 lives, was the subject of an Evening at Egan lecture series talk. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

5 takeways from Princess Sophia opera Evening at Egan

Katy Giorgio spoke Friday at University of Alaska Southeast for the Evening at Egan lecture series about the “Princess Sophia” opera.

Katy Giorgio, president for Orpheus Project and producer for the upcoming “Princess Sophia” opera, speaks in front of a slide of Vanderbilt Reef, where the Princess Sophia sunk in 1918. The opera, which opens on the 100th anniversary of the wreck that claimed at least 350 lives, was the subject of an Evening at Egan lecture series talk. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)
Exhibit Specialist Aaron Elmore positions one of the eight legs for a giant octopus he is building for the Alaska State Museum’s children’s room on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Michael Penn | Capital City Weekly)

Octopus art piece coming to the Alaska State Museum

A large creature is being assembled behind the scenes at the Alaska State Museum, and by spring it will be alive.

Exhibit Specialist Aaron Elmore positions one of the eight legs for a giant octopus he is building for the Alaska State Museum’s children’s room on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Michael Penn | Capital City Weekly)
Former Juneauites ready to show their metal

Former Juneauites ready to show their metal

When Distance Defined plays the Fall Freakshow, it will be a homecoming of sorts for the Days brothers. Guitarist Trevyn Days and bassist Trentyn Days… Continue reading

Former Juneauites ready to show their metal
Last year’s Who’s Your Diva winner Robin Thomas smiles in the aftermath of her win. This year’s contest starts 7 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Hall and includes seven contestants. (Courtesy photo | Ron Gile for Who’s Your Diva)

It’s Who’s Your Diva? time

In its seventh year, Who’s Your Diva will feature seven contestants. And for the first time ever, one of the folks gunning Saturday evening for… Continue reading

Last year’s Who’s Your Diva winner Robin Thomas smiles in the aftermath of her win. This year’s contest starts 7 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Hall and includes seven contestants. (Courtesy photo | Ron Gile for Who’s Your Diva)