Arts and Culture

Reknowned weaver Teri Rofkar’s Lituya Bay robe. The robe documents the 1958 earthquake that created a tsunami in the bay. Photo courtesy of Vivian Mork Y&

Planet Alaska: A tsunami warning at sea level

We awoke just after midnight to a pounding on our door. My slightly inebriated fisherman neighbor, who is moored on another finger, anxiously informed us… Continue reading

Reknowned weaver Teri Rofkar’s Lituya Bay robe. The robe documents the 1958 earthquake that created a tsunami in the bay. Photo courtesy of Vivian Mork Y&
Part of Patti Hutchens Jouppi’s “Unfathomable” series. Courtesy image.

Local artist uses Chinese technique to create paintings of underwater sea life

Painter Patti Hutchens Jouppi has decided to brighten up these dark winter days with her First Friday exhibit “Unfathomable.” In this series of paintings featuring… Continue reading

Part of Patti Hutchens Jouppi’s “Unfathomable” series. Courtesy image.
Gary Neilson tows the new log to put into place behind his floathouse. Photo by Tara Neilson

Floathouse maintenance and B-horror movie frights

The thing I love most about living in a floathouse is how relaxing and idyllic it is. We spend our days in a state of… Continue reading

Gary Neilson tows the new log to put into place behind his floathouse. Photo by Tara Neilson
Frank Henry Katasse, left, James Sullivan, Erin Tripp and Alec Shamas rehearse in Perseverance Theatre’s production of William Inc. on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (Michael Penn | For the Capital City Weekly)

Review: ‘William, Inc.’ at Perseverance Theatre

I’ll let you in on a little trade secret. My first step, when writing about pretty much anything, is a Google search. I like to… Continue reading

Frank Henry Katasse, left, James Sullivan, Erin Tripp and Alec Shamas rehearse in Perseverance Theatre’s production of William Inc. on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (Michael Penn | For the Capital City Weekly)
Omar Ali shares about his exchange experience while Carlos Carbello. Debby, Katja Steimann and Manuel Lopez Balserio listen. Michael Penn | Capital City Weekly.

Students from across the globe experience Alaska, America

On an overcast Juneau afternoon, eight high school students from around the world took a seat at a table inside the Capital City Weekly to… Continue reading

Omar Ali shares about his exchange experience while Carlos Carbello. Debby, Katja Steimann and Manuel Lopez Balserio listen. Michael Penn | Capital City Weekly.
Beginning Tlingit materials. Photo by Vivian Faith Prescott

Learning how to speak Tlingit

The Tlingit language is such an elaborate language. It needs to be lived: It is a living language — Vivian Mork Yéilk’ I was afraid.… Continue reading

Beginning Tlingit materials. Photo by Vivian Faith Prescott
Sherri McDonald sits in her room of inspiration at Color Wheel Arts. Clara Miller | Capital City Weekly

New art studio opens on Douglas Island

As a Douglas resident of 20 years, Sherri McDonald had wanted a studio on the island for some time for her paper art. She finally… Continue reading

Sherri McDonald sits in her room of inspiration at Color Wheel Arts. Clara Miller | Capital City Weekly
Eli Lawrence holds a hemlock branch covered in herring eggs, haaw, pulled from Crow Pass. Photo by Bethany Goodrich

Activist group fights to conserve Sitka’s herring

SITKA — On Jan. 14, more than 200 people crowded inside the oldest ANB Hall in Alaska to partake in a koo.éex’. Koo.éex’ is Tlingit… Continue reading

Eli Lawrence holds a hemlock branch covered in herring eggs, haaw, pulled from Crow Pass. Photo by Bethany Goodrich
Cedar fire tree on Betton Island, Alaska. Image courtesy of Henrikson.

Ketchikan artist delves into mystery of Southeast Alaska ‘fire trees’

It was more than a decade ago that painter Mary Ida Henrikson began her quest for knowledge about fire trees, sparked by a cedar on… Continue reading

Cedar fire tree on Betton Island, Alaska. Image courtesy of Henrikson.
The Awesome Alaska Book Review: Blair Braverman cracks open an ‘Ice Cube’

The Awesome Alaska Book Review: Blair Braverman cracks open an ‘Ice Cube’

It can be intimidating to give books to a bookseller. But that is just what happened one summer when a young man with a shy… Continue reading

The Awesome Alaska Book Review: Blair Braverman cracks open an ‘Ice Cube’
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Therapy on dark winter days

An early memory that I treasure and often revisit is of when I was about eight years old and I was staying with my grandparents… Continue reading

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X’unei Lance Twitchell in “Shaawatke’&

Co-written Tlingit and English-language poem celebrates birth

Juneau-based poet Emily Wall has been working on a book of birth poems for six years. She collected birth stories from as many different people… Continue reading

X’unei Lance Twitchell in “Shaawatke’&
The LEGO building challenge helped kick off the opening of the “Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference” interactive exhibit which will be at the Mendenhall Library until April 6. Photos by Erin Laughlin | For the Capital City Weekly

Kids can ‘Discover Tech’ and engineering at the Mendenhall Library

Juneau Public Libraries is one of eight libraries in the United States chosen to host the interactive exhibit “Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of… Continue reading

The LEGO building challenge helped kick off the opening of the “Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference” interactive exhibit which will be at the Mendenhall Library until April 6. Photos by Erin Laughlin | For the Capital City Weekly
“Colors of the Morning Sky” author Eric Forrer. Courtesy image.

‘Jesus was a seiner’

Over the course of the last 45 years, Juneau author, contractor and fisherman Eric Forrer has published a novel (“From the Nets of a Salmon… Continue reading

“Colors of the Morning Sky” author Eric Forrer. Courtesy image.
These linens, by April Cornell, are new to the gallery. Courtesy image.

Passing the Torch: Introducing FireLight Galley and Framing in Petersburg

Petersburg’s filled with artists, like many of our neighbors here in Southeast. Painters and potters, some who draw freehand with ink and others who construct… Continue reading

These linens, by April Cornell, are new to the gallery. Courtesy image.
National Park Service, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Library, Darcie Culbeck Collection, KLGO CS-50-10573. “The Last Climb to the Summit of Chilkoot Pass,” taken winter 1898. Photographer: Eric A. Hegg (207). In the center left is the northern end of the Golden Stairs between the False Summit and the True Summit and to the right of that is a single sled probably being hauled up to the Summit by the gasoline winch, part of Archie Burns’ surface tramway system. The gasoline-powered tramway was introduced by mid-April 1898. It was described as “simply a pulley drum and gasoline engine at the summit of the pass, and enough rope to reach the bottom. Sleds were hitched onto the rope, which was wound around the drum and it pulled them to the top.”

The surface tramways of the Chilkoot Trail

During the Klondike gold rush, three aerial tramways and several surface hoists operated over the Chilkoot Pass. The aerial tramways were significant engineering feats. The… Continue reading

National Park Service, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Library, Darcie Culbeck Collection, KLGO CS-50-10573. “The Last Climb to the Summit of Chilkoot Pass,” taken winter 1898. Photographer: Eric A. Hegg (207). In the center left is the northern end of the Golden Stairs between the False Summit and the True Summit and to the right of that is a single sled probably being hauled up to the Summit by the gasoline winch, part of Archie Burns’ surface tramway system. The gasoline-powered tramway was introduced by mid-April 1898. It was described as “simply a pulley drum and gasoline engine at the summit of the pass, and enough rope to reach the bottom. Sleds were hitched onto the rope, which was wound around the drum and it pulled them to the top.”
Spruce tips emerge in the spring. Photo by Vivian Mork Yeilk’.

Spruce tips bring a touch of spring in winter

In Alaska many of us spend all spring and summer harvesting foods so we can enjoy good food and nutrition all winter. We enjoy salmon,… Continue reading

Spruce tips emerge in the spring. Photo by Vivian Mork Yeilk’.
Jocelyn Clark with her gayageum. (Photo by Ijun Ryu)

Juneau-raised gayageum player, local musicians to debut new piece

Jocelyn Clark grew up in Juneau and now teaches Eastern studies at Pai Chai University in South Korea, where she has made a name for… Continue reading

Jocelyn Clark with her gayageum. (Photo by Ijun Ryu)
Mya Pecson and Jasmine Sears filming the sleepover scene in “How to Say Goodbye.” Image courtesy of Eriksen.

Juneau poet delves into grief, goodbye over the loss of close friend

When Juneau spoken word artist Christy NaMee Eriksen’s friend since childhood, Amy SoHee Henderson-Llanto, passed away Nov. 6, 2017 after a five-month battle with a… Continue reading

Mya Pecson and Jasmine Sears filming the sleepover scene in “How to Say Goodbye.” Image courtesy of Eriksen.
Rhoda Walker, right, Sharon Early, and Audrey Kohler work on their improvisation as Mike Christenson, left, and Seth Caron prepare to enter during a rehearsal at Christenson’s house on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. (Michael Penn | For the Capital City Weekly)

Improv group starts ‘First Saturday’ shows

Starting at the beginning of October, members of local improv group Morally Improv-erished Inc. have found a new way to share their talent with the… Continue reading

Rhoda Walker, right, Sharon Early, and Audrey Kohler work on their improvisation as Mike Christenson, left, and Seth Caron prepare to enter during a rehearsal at Christenson’s house on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. (Michael Penn | For the Capital City Weekly)