Arts and Culture

A brick wall painted by Akiko Nishijima Rotch. Courtesy image.

Behind the curtains: Set design with Akiko Nishijima Rotch

Akiko Nishijima Rotch’s journey to become a set designer began with a musician bursting through a screen. At the time, she was a 17-year-old high… Continue reading

A brick wall painted by Akiko Nishijima Rotch. Courtesy image.
The northern lights dance over Sandy Beach in September 2016. (Photo by Angelo Saggiomo)

Blame it on the sun

When my sister Megan, who lives in Miami, escaped Hurricane Irma by flying up to visit us here in Alaska, she may have jumped out… Continue reading

The northern lights dance over Sandy Beach in September 2016. (Photo by Angelo Saggiomo)
Mount Edgecumbe High School students examine a salmon stomach. Photo by Amelia Greenberg | For the Capital City Weekly

Sitka Tribe, Mount Edgecumbe school on hunt for microplastics

Each year, Alaska Native peoples head out to catch fish and hunt seals as they have for thousands of years. But if current worldwide trends… Continue reading

Mount Edgecumbe High School students examine a salmon stomach. Photo by Amelia Greenberg | For the Capital City Weekly
This signed print from artist Glenn Ojard is one of 20 that will be given away at Harbor Tea & Spice Company in January’s First Friday. Courtesy image.

January First Friday listings

“Seeing Faces” Juneau-Douglas City Museum 114 W. 4th St. 4:30-7 p.m. The Juneau Douglas City Museum will host a solo artist reception for Tsimshian carver… Continue reading

This signed print from artist Glenn Ojard is one of 20 that will be given away at Harbor Tea & Spice Company in January’s First Friday. Courtesy image.
The arrow points to where the reviewer grew up in the 1980s in conditions similiar to those in the book set in 1910. Photo by Tara Neilson.

The Awesome Alaska Book Review: ‘Hidden Harbor’ by Kathrene Pinkerton

All we had for transportation, when we first lived way out in the bush when I was a kid, was a thirteen-foot Boston Whaler powered… Continue reading

The arrow points to where the reviewer grew up in the 1980s in conditions similiar to those in the book set in 1910. Photo by Tara Neilson.
Light streams in through the trees above Mickey’s Fish Camp in Wrangell. Photo by Vivian Faith Prescott.

Planet Alaska: Sharing Our Stories

Planet Alaska began as a desire to share and celebrate the diversity of Alaska from Ketchikan to Utqiagvik. Planet Alaska is two writers/artists, a mother/daughter… Continue reading

Light streams in through the trees above Mickey’s Fish Camp in Wrangell. Photo by Vivian Faith Prescott.
A seiner getting ready to set its net close to shore. Courtesy of Tara Neilson.

The barefoot boys and the Memento

When we moved to the remote, abandoned cannery where I grew up, I was nine years old and had some vestigial memories of civilization. My… Continue reading

A seiner getting ready to set its net close to shore. Courtesy of Tara Neilson.
Red Cross volunteers as seen in a photo from the Sitka History Museum’s Johnson Collection.

Engagement rings, news, and deadbeat dads: Sitka Red Cross did it all

During World War II, the Sitka Chapter of the American Red Cross (ARC) worked to support the military personnel stationed at the Sitka Naval Operating… Continue reading

Red Cross volunteers as seen in a photo from the Sitka History Museum’s Johnson Collection.
Writer paints at Statter Harbor at Auke Bay. Image courtesy of Writer.

A Q&A with prolific Juneau artist Devita Stipek Writer

Juneau artist Devita Stipek Writer has been painting with oils and acrylics for more than 40 years. Her abstract paintings feature Southeast landscapes, frequently of… Continue reading

Writer paints at Statter Harbor at Auke Bay. Image courtesy of Writer.
A carved goat horn spoon from the Sealaska Heritage Institute archive. Sealaska Heritage Institute artifact collection. All images are the property of the Sealaska Heritage Institute. Photo by Brian Wallace.

SHI seeks goat horns to help revive traditional art

Sealaska Heritage Institute is reaching out to hunters to help revitalize the endangered art of Tlingit mountain goat horn spoon carving. Davina Cole is the… Continue reading

A carved goat horn spoon from the Sealaska Heritage Institute archive. Sealaska Heritage Institute artifact collection. All images are the property of the Sealaska Heritage Institute. Photo by Brian Wallace.
This photo served as the cover to the first edition of Douglas Vandegraft’s “A Guide to the Notorious Bars of Alaska.” “Bar in Douglas, AK, 1908” P39-0802 Copyright Alaska State Library Case & Draper Photograph Collection

A short history of alcohol and bars in Alaska

Editor’s note: This week’s Southeast in Sepia is courtesy of guest author and historian Doug Vandegraft, author of “A Guide to the Notorious Bars of… Continue reading

This photo served as the cover to the first edition of Douglas Vandegraft’s “A Guide to the Notorious Bars of Alaska.” “Bar in Douglas, AK, 1908” P39-0802 Copyright Alaska State Library Case & Draper Photograph Collection
Left to right: Dan Kirkwood, Tommy Siegel and Steve Perkins. Photo by Charlie E. Lederer.

Juneau local Dan Kirkwood releases album with his NYC band, Obiwan Coyote

Dan Kirkwood of Juneau in late November released a new record with his New York City band Obiwan Coyote. It’s an album heavily influenced by… Continue reading

Left to right: Dan Kirkwood, Tommy Siegel and Steve Perkins. Photo by Charlie E. Lederer.
Glen Israelson stands in front of the chosen tree in Yakutat. Photo courtesy of Paul Robbins Jr.

Christmas cheer from Yakutat to Juneau

A cheery Christmas tree decorated by the hands of Alaskans young and old graces the Governor’s mansion this year as the inaugural “Good Neighbor Tree.”… Continue reading

Glen Israelson stands in front of the chosen tree in Yakutat. Photo courtesy of Paul Robbins Jr.
The cover of “Walter Harper: Alaska Native Son.” Courtesy of University of Nebraska Press.

Walter Harper, who died at 25 in the Princess Sophia, brought to life in new biography

Walter Harper, who is buried beside his bride Frances Wells in Juneau’s Evergreen Cemetery, lived a brief and wondrous life. He was born in 1893… Continue reading

The cover of “Walter Harper: Alaska Native Son.” Courtesy of University of Nebraska Press.
The Nutcracker, played by Kincaid Parsons, leaps across the stage as and Marie, played by Grace Gjertsen, looks on. Photo by Bobbi Jordan.

Tap dancing in Xtratufs: A Nutcracker to Alaskans, with love

SITKA — If Alaska is one big small town, then this year’s Sitka Nutcracker is a love letter to the community that inspired it. Crabs… Continue reading

The Nutcracker, played by Kincaid Parsons, leaps across the stage as and Marie, played by Grace Gjertsen, looks on. Photo by Bobbi Jordan.
Katie Jensen as M’Lynn, Stacy Stout Katasse as Truvy, and Naomi Prentice as Shelby in Perseverance Theatre’s production of “Steel Magnolias.” (Photo by Cameron Byrnes)

Southern Comfort: ‘Steel Magnolias’ at Perseverance Theatre

Three thousand air miles and three decades separate modern-day Juneau and mid-1980s rural Louisiana. Perseverance Theatre bridges this seemingly impossible gap with its latest offering,… Continue reading

Katie Jensen as M’Lynn, Stacy Stout Katasse as Truvy, and Naomi Prentice as Shelby in Perseverance Theatre’s production of “Steel Magnolias.” (Photo by Cameron Byrnes)
Gary Neilson inspects firewood logs in their corral, tied to a breakwater log. (Tara Neilson | For the Capital City Weekly)

In the bush, gathering firewood is both a routine and a danger

A couple weeks ago my dad and I were, as usual, nosing our 16 foot Boston Whaler up to a rocky shore in our quest… Continue reading

Gary Neilson inspects firewood logs in their corral, tied to a breakwater log. (Tara Neilson | For the Capital City Weekly)
Dankrupt poses behind the scenes at the Father Time music video shoot on Aug. 5, 2017. The shot was taken at Scary Dairy, a deserted, haunted building in Camarillo, California. (Photo by Julia Marquez Phillips)

‘CaliRock’ for a cause: Juneau bassist, band Dankrupt come to town

Los Angeles’ Dankrupt, a band including Juneau-raised bassist Nick Banaszak, will soon bring to Juneau a night filled with energy, share their unique Southern California… Continue reading

Dankrupt poses behind the scenes at the Father Time music video shoot on Aug. 5, 2017. The shot was taken at Scary Dairy, a deserted, haunted building in Camarillo, California. (Photo by Julia Marquez Phillips)
Master weaver Clarissa Rizal, who passed away in 2016, with her teacher, master weaver Jennie Thlunaut, in 1986. Image courtesy of the JAHC.

December Gallery Walk offers Chilkat weavers, Native American photography and Santa

December gallery walk is the busiest of the year, so we’ve tried to help you out by organizing the listings we’ve received on Juneau’s main… Continue reading

Master weaver Clarissa Rizal, who passed away in 2016, with her teacher, master weaver Jennie Thlunaut, in 1986. Image courtesy of the JAHC.
Elin Antaya, 13, plays a snowflake during the first act’s the snow scene. (Erin Laughlin | For the Capital City Weekly)

Juneau Dance Theatre rehearses for ‘The Nutcracker’

It’s time for a holiday classic. Juneau Dance Theatre (JDT) the first weekend of December presents the ballet “The Nutcracker” at the Juneau-Douglas High School… Continue reading

Elin Antaya, 13, plays a snowflake during the first act’s the snow scene. (Erin Laughlin | For the Capital City Weekly)