Arts and Culture

Details from the Dushanbe Tea House in Boulder. The tea house was a gift from Dushanbe, Tajikistan to its sister city Boulder and is the only one of its kind in the western hemisphere. Photo by Linda Shaw.

Art in Unusual Places

The Capital City Weekly welcomes submissions of art in unusual or unexpected places. To submit, send your image, with caption, to editor@capweek.com.… Continue reading

Details from the Dushanbe Tea House in Boulder. The tea house was a gift from Dushanbe, Tajikistan to its sister city Boulder and is the only one of its kind in the western hemisphere. Photo by Linda Shaw.
An artist rendering of the 300-seat theater in the new JACC, which will include a central seating area and a balcony. Courtesy image

New JACC ‘full speed ahead’

The first shovel won’t be lifted until 2018, but those involved with the effort for the new Juneau Arts and Culture Center say that the… Continue reading

An artist rendering of the 300-seat theater in the new JACC, which will include a central seating area and a balcony. Courtesy image
A drawing of Homer Bird done from a photo, The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, Louisiana, Sun, Jul 16, 1899.

Sitka’s only court-sanctioned execution was for a famous Klondike crime

Spring typically signals the beginning of new life after a long a winter – however, in 1903 in Sitka, it signaled the end of one… Continue reading

A drawing of Homer Bird done from a photo, The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, Louisiana, Sun, Jul 16, 1899.

Writers’ Weir: Gone Out of Business

For Dee The empty bookstore still smells of dust, frail paper, and stubborn ink. But, Ancient Men of the Arctic no longer subsist on aisle… Continue reading

Jason, Eileen, and Merlin watch bull orca whales swim past South Shelter. Photo by Jay Beedle.

20 Years Off The Grid

In May 1999 Jay and Eileen Beedle set out to raise their children off the grid on Shelter Island, a skiff ride from Juneau. Yearning… Continue reading

Jason, Eileen, and Merlin watch bull orca whales swim past South Shelter. Photo by Jay Beedle.
Carleigh Fairchild. Photo courtesy of HISTORY and Leftfield Entertainment.

Southeast Alaska woman lives alone in the wild for reality TV show

In the summer of 2016, Carleigh Fairchild of Edna Bay carved a notch into the handle of her spoon for each day spent in the… Continue reading

Carleigh Fairchild. Photo courtesy of HISTORY and Leftfield Entertainment.
Photographing Alaska’s Dogs

Photographing Alaska’s Dogs

Reporter Nick Bowman of the Ketchikan Daily News will have his first photography showing on March 3 at the Main Street Gallery. What grabbed his… Continue reading

Photographing Alaska’s Dogs
Reflection of pilings at the harbor. Photo by Ray Tsang.

Art in Unusual Places

The Capital City Weekly welcomes reader-submitted images of art in unusual or unexpected places. Photographers of all levels of ability are invited to send in… Continue reading

Reflection of pilings at the harbor. Photo by Ray Tsang.

Writers’ Weir: A Sonata for Pa

What life presented to us was unordinary, Fate was not generous with time, It did not let you, in my hammock, To sing lullabies. All… Continue reading

Artist Grace Wolf’s piece is seen with the sticky notes indicating who bought each section at the Art by the Inch fundraiser in Petersburg. (Photo by Chelsea Tremblay)

Art by the Inch — Petersburg supports its anti-violence organization

After the flurry of Christmas celebrations, many Petersburg residents go into full-blown hibernation. A few find warmer places to be. But for those who stay,… Continue reading

Artist Grace Wolf’s piece is seen with the sticky notes indicating who bought each section at the Art by the Inch fundraiser in Petersburg. (Photo by Chelsea Tremblay)

200-year-old Russian wreck found on Kruzov Island near Sitka

Courtesy of the Sitka History Museum In July, an international team of archaeologists returned to the coast of Kruzov Island in their search for the… Continue reading

Percy Kunz watches her husband, Ed, as he speaks about his jewelery making during the University of Alaska Southeast’s Art of Place on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017.

Art of Place: Tlingit elders discuss metal carving and weaving

Tlingit elders came together to share their cultural knowledge with the public in the first event of the Art of Place series on Feb. 17… Continue reading

Percy Kunz watches her husband, Ed, as he speaks about his jewelery making during the University of Alaska Southeast’s Art of Place on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017.
A modern photo of Skagway’s YMCA Gymnasium. Photo by David Curl.

Southeast in Sepia: The race-based Skaguay Y. M. C. A. controversy

Discrimination can be an ugly subject but we all do it — we all discriminate. I for one never liked Brussels sprouts even though (or… Continue reading

A modern photo of Skagway’s YMCA Gymnasium. Photo by David Curl.
William Todd Hunt, conductor of the Amalga Chamber Orchestra, watches over the cast of the Orpheus Project’s production of “West Side Story” at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium during reheasal on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017.

“West Side Story” comes to Juneau

Orpheus Project Artistic Director William Todd Hunt has wanted to bring a production of “West Side Story” to Juneau for years. “We’ve never really gotten… Continue reading

William Todd Hunt, conductor of the Amalga Chamber Orchestra, watches over the cast of the Orpheus Project’s production of “West Side Story” at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium during reheasal on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017.
225;di), a Tlingit Eagle of the Killerwhale Clan, won the title on Feb. 4 and will now contend in the Miss USA Competition. London is the first Tlingit to hold the Miss Alaska USA title. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Miss Alaska 2017 talks Tlingit heritage and digital entrepreneurship

She’s a Tlingit Eagle of the Killerwhale clan and a digital advertising expert, a Stanford grad, former Microsoft marketing wiz and entrepreneur. This year’s Miss… Continue reading

225;di), a Tlingit Eagle of the Killerwhale Clan, won the title on Feb. 4 and will now contend in the Miss USA Competition. London is the first Tlingit to hold the Miss Alaska USA title. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Oil drum art. Photo by Ray Tsang

Art in Unusual Places

The Capital City Weekly welcomes reader-submitted images of art in unusual or unexpected places. Photographers of all levels of ability are invited to send in… Continue reading

Oil drum art. Photo by Ray Tsang
Keeping stocked up on water for the cold spells is essential. (Tara Neilson | For the Capital City Weekly)

Alaska for Real: Coping with cold snaps in the bush

I remember watching an episode of “Mad About You” where Paul Reiser’s character is directing a series of filmed interviews about who invented commonly used… Continue reading

Keeping stocked up on water for the cold spells is essential. (Tara Neilson | For the Capital City Weekly)
Writers’ Weir: Memory

Writers’ Weir: Memory

Memory By W.S. Merk memory is a windblown ridge shifting in light and color chimney smoke whispers our shared sky smudging your kiss into blurred… Continue reading

Writers’ Weir: Memory
Elissa Koyuk, winner of Juneau’s 2017 Poetry Out Loud competition.

First time Poetry Out Loud participant advances to state final

Winner of Juneau’s 2017 Poetry Out Loud competition Elissa Koyuk, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, will represent the capital city in the Alaska State… Continue reading

Elissa Koyuk, winner of Juneau’s 2017 Poetry Out Loud competition.
Samantha Chase, 15, talks about her illness at Bartlett Regional Hospital on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Chase has transverse myelitis, which is an inflammation of the spinal cord that damages the nerve fibers, making her paralyzed. Fundraising is going on in Gustavus and Juneau for an FES300 Cycle which is designed to help physically rehabilitate those with neurological disorders like Chase who is trying to regain use of her arms and legs. (Michael Penn|Juneau Empire)

15-year-old girl paralyzed by disease, needs therapy bike to walk again

One morning last summer, 15-year-old Samantha Chase of Gustavus came home from a sleepover with a backache — and in less than 24 hours, she… Continue reading

Samantha Chase, 15, talks about her illness at Bartlett Regional Hospital on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Chase has transverse myelitis, which is an inflammation of the spinal cord that damages the nerve fibers, making her paralyzed. Fundraising is going on in Gustavus and Juneau for an FES300 Cycle which is designed to help physically rehabilitate those with neurological disorders like Chase who is trying to regain use of her arms and legs. (Michael Penn|Juneau Empire)