Arts and Culture

Robert Hoffman in his studio. (Photo by Sarah O’Leary)

The sketches of Tlingit artist Robert Hoffman

Walk halfway down Katlian St. in Sitka, and you’ll find Robert Hoffman’s light-filled, spacious art studio. Shelves filled with colorful paint tubes line the walls,… Continue reading

Robert Hoffman in his studio. (Photo by Sarah O’Leary)
This street scene in Dyea shows the false front as the small building on the left. From the Paul Sinic Collection, identifier ASL-P75-072. (Photo courtesy of the Alaska Historical Archives)

Dyea’s 120-year old false front tells a story

An unadorned false front of weathered wood, along with the scattered, deteriorating boards behind it, are all that remain of the A. M. Gregg Real… Continue reading

This street scene in Dyea shows the false front as the small building on the left. From the Paul Sinic Collection, identifier ASL-P75-072. (Photo courtesy of the Alaska Historical Archives)
A glance at the Weekly’s book shelf

A glance at the Weekly’s book shelf

We get a lot of books to review here at the Capital City Weekly. We typically focus on books written by Southeast Alaska residents, about… Continue reading

A glance at the Weekly’s book shelf
Chris Neilson holds the author’s canvas shopping bag for her- on the stock up trip when she broke her ankle - and gazes at the totem poles on Shakes Island in Wrangell. Courtesy of Tara Neilson.

Alaska for Real: The fall floathouse stock-up

Unlike most people, I imagine, I have a case of Spam under my bed and cases of tomato sauce, mayonnaise, and canned fruit in my… Continue reading

Chris Neilson holds the author’s canvas shopping bag for her- on the stock up trip when she broke her ankle - and gazes at the totem poles on Shakes Island in Wrangell. Courtesy of Tara Neilson.
This August 1928 photos of Skagway shows the Verbauwhede building on the far right. Courtesy of Karl Gurcke, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. (Candy Waugaman Collection, KLGO B1-215-8802)

Thwarted bandits and 100-year-old stories

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park owns a number of historic buildings within the Skagway Historic District. Most of these buildings have been fully restored… Continue reading

This August 1928 photos of Skagway shows the Verbauwhede building on the far right. Courtesy of Karl Gurcke, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. (Candy Waugaman Collection, KLGO B1-215-8802)
Killer whales in Southeast Alaska’s Frederick Sound. (Photo by Richard Hebhardt)

Juneau man’s passion for African and Alaskan wildlife photos takes him to wild places

On a recent trip to Kenya, Richard Hebhardt sat in a safari vehicle, partially hidden behind a tree in which hung a dead impala. He… Continue reading

Killer whales in Southeast Alaska’s Frederick Sound. (Photo by Richard Hebhardt)
A mushroom along East Glacier Trail. (Photo by Jaeger Dostal)

Writers’ Weir: Limericks of Mushroom Hunters

A musky smell fills the air It’s a cap and stem fanfare With their pungent taste We gather in haste For they’re gone once snow… Continue reading

A mushroom along East Glacier Trail. (Photo by Jaeger Dostal)
Students Lyndi Hall and Alicia Norton lead a group discussion for the 2016 symposium. Photo by Jules Alvarado.

UAS Power & Privilege Symposium returns for a second year

Tuesday, Nov. 7 marks the University of Alaska Southeast’s second Power & Privilege Symposium. The all-day event is meant to spark conversations within the community… Continue reading

Students Lyndi Hall and Alicia Norton lead a group discussion for the 2016 symposium. Photo by Jules Alvarado.
File photo: A humpback whale rolls its pectoral fins out of the water after bubblenet-feeding near North Island. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

WhaleFest turns focus to scientists

The 21st annual Sitka WhaleFest, hosted by the Sitka Sound Science Center (SSSC), will kick off Nov. 2 for a weekend of activities and learning.… Continue reading

File photo: A humpback whale rolls its pectoral fins out of the water after bubblenet-feeding near North Island. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
John Barrymore, played by Peter DeLaurier, right, introduces himself to Joe, played by Mike Peterson, left, and Muz, played by Shelley Virginia, during Perseverance Theatre’s production of Joel Bennett’s “Dreaming Glacier Bay” on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (Michael Penn | Capital City Weekly)

Dreaming Glacier Bay: A true Alaskan story with a mystery at its heart

The first thing to say about Perseverance Theatre’s latest offering, “Dreaming Glacier Bay,” a world premiere by Joel Bennett, is that the theatrical experience couldn’t… Continue reading

John Barrymore, played by Peter DeLaurier, right, introduces himself to Joe, played by Mike Peterson, left, and Muz, played by Shelley Virginia, during Perseverance Theatre’s production of Joel Bennett’s “Dreaming Glacier Bay” on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (Michael Penn | Capital City Weekly)
Screen Saver (Mendenhall Tide Flats,)” by Devita Stipek Writer, the Juneau Artist Gallery’s featured artist for November. Courtesy image.

November First Friday features Tsimshian story and more

November’s got some great events scheduled for Juneau’s First Friday. Here’s what people have let us know about. Meet me in Alaska Barnaby Brewing Company… Continue reading

Screen Saver (Mendenhall Tide Flats,)” by Devita Stipek Writer, the Juneau Artist Gallery’s featured artist for November. Courtesy image.
Canadian Pacific Railway Co.’s Princess Sophia. Taken in 1918. From the Winter and Pond Collection, 1893-1943. Identifier ASL-P87-1698. Image courtesy of the Alaska State Library.

Creating an opera for the Princess Sophia

On Oct. 24, 1918, the S.S. Princess Sophia, a coastal passenger liner in the fleet of the Canadian Pacific Railway, grounded on Vanderbilt Reef in… Continue reading

Canadian Pacific Railway Co.’s Princess Sophia. Taken in 1918. From the Winter and Pond Collection, 1893-1943. Identifier ASL-P87-1698. Image courtesy of the Alaska State Library.

Ethel Lund wins award from Alaska Federation of Natives

Ethel Lund of the Tlingit Nation won the Della Keats Healing Hands Award of 2017 from the Alaska Federation of Natives. A press release from… Continue reading

Fourth annual Skull Party features Playboy Spaceman

At this year’s fourth annual Skull Party, Playboy Spaceman will be joined by Juneau hip hop artist Manner, plus like the Off The Hook Honeys.… Continue reading

John Barrymore and Dolores Costello pose with three bear skins. Image courtesy of Joel Bennett.

‘Dreaming Glacier Bay’: Homesteaders and Hollywood

How does a reclusive, gold-mining couple living in the Southeast Alaska wilderness become close friends with one of Hollywood’s powerhouse couples in the 1930s? That… Continue reading

John Barrymore and Dolores Costello pose with three bear skins. Image courtesy of Joel Bennett.
The Git-Hoan Dancers of Metlakatla give their take on snapping selfies during a performance for Celebration 2016 at Centennial Hall. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Dance group applications now open for Celebration 2018

Starting Wednesday, dance groups looking forward to next year’s Celebration can apply to participate in the annual event. Celebration runs from June 6-9, 2018, and… Continue reading

The Git-Hoan Dancers of Metlakatla give their take on snapping selfies during a performance for Celebration 2016 at Centennial Hall. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
James P. Devereaux poses with his book “Spirits of Southeast Alaska.” Image courtesy of Devereaux.

Q&A with the author of ‘Spirits of Southeast Alaska’

When working as a reporter for the KHNS radio station, which serves Haines, Skagway, and Klukwan, James P. Devereaux decided to gather ghost stories from… Continue reading

James P. Devereaux poses with his book “Spirits of Southeast Alaska.” Image courtesy of Devereaux.
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New Haines exhibit takes a look at 1850-1900 in Jilkaat Aaní

When Daniel Henry was teaching Haines high school students in the 1980s and 1990s, he was surprised at the lack of local histories available to… Continue reading

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A wooden box drum that is currently undergoing restoration at Sealaska Heritage Institute on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (Michael Penn | Capital City Weekly)

Re-discovering a shaman’s drum

In the basement of the Sealaska Heritage Institute is very old box drum belonging to the Mount Fairweather (Snail) house of the T’akdeintaan clan in… Continue reading

A wooden box drum that is currently undergoing restoration at Sealaska Heritage Institute on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (Michael Penn | Capital City Weekly)
A still from a film moment depicting Wen Yiduo’s pivotal impassioned speech after Li Gongpu was assassinated. Provided by Tara Neilson.

Li Gongpu: Undercover cannery worker in 1928

It always felt like an epic childhood growing up in the post-apocalyptic ruins of the burned and abandoned cannery in remote Union Bay, Alaska. We… Continue reading

A still from a film moment depicting Wen Yiduo’s pivotal impassioned speech after Li Gongpu was assassinated. Provided by Tara Neilson.