Ben Hohenstatt

Alaska Women Speak President Carmen Davis stands with writers Mary Lou Spartz, Katie Bausler, Kate Boesser, Miriam Wagoner, Amy Pinney, Margo Waring and Dianne DeSloover at a poetry and prose reading at Hearthside Books in Nugget Mall. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

Local writers share their work in statewide reading series

For the first time in 26 years, an Alaska Women Speak reading was held in Juneau. Alaska Women Speak is the name of both a… Continue reading

Alaska Women Speak President Carmen Davis stands with writers Mary Lou Spartz, Katie Bausler, Kate Boesser, Miriam Wagoner, Amy Pinney, Margo Waring and Dianne DeSloover at a poetry and prose reading at Hearthside Books in Nugget Mall. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)
“Doragon” by Beth Bolander, modeled by Dani Gross, at the Wearable Art Show at Centennial Hall on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. Doragon placed third in the Juror’s Best in Show. It also drew criticism as cultural appropriation, which led to some guidelines for this year’s fashion show. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Controversy leads to changes for 2019 Wearable Art fashion show

Turbulence is shaping Wearable Arts 2019. The word is the theme for the 19th annual celebration of creativity. “When life get turbulent, we want to… Continue reading

“Doragon” by Beth Bolander, modeled by Dani Gross, at the Wearable Art Show at Centennial Hall on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. Doragon placed third in the Juror’s Best in Show. It also drew criticism as cultural appropriation, which led to some guidelines for this year’s fashion show. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Friends of the Alaska State Library Archives and Museum prepare for Mask-erade Ball

Even people who can’t show their face in public can have fun at the Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum. Friends of the Alaska State… Continue reading

Artful Teaching integrates creative concepts into old school subjects

Anyone who lived through the ’90s would recognize the sound Saturday coming from Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School’s library. While Los del Rio’s “Macarena” played, about… Continue reading

Douglas Public Library hosts monster-making event

Furry or scaly, fearsome or silly, happy or angry, crayon or glitter — Douglas Public Library had every sort of monster imaginable. The library held… Continue reading

Juneau piano series starts with performance from its organizer

Jon Hays isn’t just the first performer in the Juneau Piano Series, he’s also its founder and artistic director. Hays, who grew up in Juneau,… Continue reading

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

Crew boss Tim Brewer, one of the wildland firefighters profiled in “Wildland.” The documentary, which airs Oct. 29 on PBS, tells the stories of Type 2 firefighters, who do the exhausting work of preventing and fighting forest fires. (Courtesy photo Kahlil Hudson)

Former Juneauite’s new film ‘Wildland’ to air on PBS

Wildland firefighters don’t do a lot of actual firefighting in Kahlil Hudson’s new film “Wildland.”

Crew boss Tim Brewer, one of the wildland firefighters profiled in “Wildland.” The documentary, which airs Oct. 29 on PBS, tells the stories of Type 2 firefighters, who do the exhausting work of preventing and fighting forest fires. (Courtesy photo Kahlil Hudson)

South African singer, guitarist starts concert series Season 45

The Voice is going to kickoff the concert series. South African artist Vusi “The Voice” Mahlasela will start Season 45 of the Performing Arts and… Continue reading

Chamber names Citizen of the Year, gives Lifetime Achievement Award

Day had his night. Kirby Day, port manager for Holland America Group, was named Citizen of the Year Saturday at the Greater Juneau Chamber of… Continue reading

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

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

News briefs for the week of Oct. 10

News briefs for the week of Oct. 10

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

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

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

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)