Arts and Culture

Juneau musician Michael Maas poses for a photo to promote his newest album “Here Be Dragons,” coming out on Friday, Oct. 7. This latest endeavor is being released under Maas’ Blue Nagoon project and was a collaboration of several different lead vocalists, many of which are local Juneau artists. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)
Juneau musician Michael Maas poses for a photo to promote his newest album “Here Be Dragons,” coming out on Friday, Oct. 7. This latest endeavor is being released under Maas’ Blue Nagoon project and was a collaboration of several different lead vocalists, many of which are local Juneau artists. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)
People work together to raise the Xa’Kooch story pole, which commemorates the Battle of the Inian Islands. (Shaelene Grace Moler / For the Capital City Weekly)

Resilient Peoples & Place: The Xa’Kooch story pole — one step toward a journey of healing

“This pole is for the Chookaneidi, but here among us, many clans are represented…”

People work together to raise the Xa’Kooch story pole, which commemorates the Battle of the Inian Islands. (Shaelene Grace Moler / For the Capital City Weekly)
Zack Clark, right, of the visiting Simply Three string trio borrows a violin from Arlo Carlton, 12, to demonstrate a technique during a workshop Friday evening at Sitʼ Eeti Shaanáx̱ Glacier Valley Elementary School for a dozen students in grades 6-12 who are alumni of the Juneau Alaska Music Matters (JAMM) program. The students performed a 30-minute concert Saturday night at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé before Simply Three took the stage to perform the finale of the fall Juneau Jazz & Classics festival. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)

JAMM students jazz up festival finale

Alumni of local youth music program get tips from pro trio before taking center stage at JDHS.

Zack Clark, right, of the visiting Simply Three string trio borrows a violin from Arlo Carlton, 12, to demonstrate a technique during a workshop Friday evening at Sitʼ Eeti Shaanáx̱ Glacier Valley Elementary School for a dozen students in grades 6-12 who are alumni of the Juneau Alaska Music Matters (JAMM) program. The students performed a 30-minute concert Saturday night at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé before Simply Three took the stage to perform the finale of the fall Juneau Jazz & Classics festival. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Courtesy Photo / Taylor Vidic 
Lindsay Clark of the Juneau Symphony will be one of 10 symphony musicians to take part in the Crystal Saloon’s, Beer. Brats. Brandenburgs. event the evening of Oct.1.

Bach meets weizen-bock

Classical bars to be played at downtown bar

Courtesy Photo / Taylor Vidic 
Lindsay Clark of the Juneau Symphony will be one of 10 symphony musicians to take part in the Crystal Saloon’s, Beer. Brats. Brandenburgs. event the evening of Oct.1.
Featured artist Jill Kaasteen Meserve designed the logo gracing the front of Tidal Echoes’ 2022 edition. (Courtesy photo / Tidal Echoes)

Tidal Echoes waves in submissions from across Southeast Alaska

UAS’s Tidal Echoes opens to accept all mediums of art to be featured in its annual journal

Featured artist Jill Kaasteen Meserve designed the logo gracing the front of Tidal Echoes’ 2022 edition. (Courtesy photo / Tidal Echoes)
June Bunch, a co-host of the event, sings during the open mic event Thursday night as part of the Crystal Saloon BABEFEST series. Bunch also shared her singing chops during the Wednesday night “Tribute to Joni Mitchell.” (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

BABEFEST comes to Juneau

The four-night series features local artists and celebrates the many “babes” here in capital city

June Bunch, a co-host of the event, sings during the open mic event Thursday night as part of the Crystal Saloon BABEFEST series. Bunch also shared her singing chops during the Wednesday night “Tribute to Joni Mitchell.” (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Colombia-based artist Iván Salazar painted a mural in August for Juneau Urgent & Family Care located at 8505 Old Dairy Road. (Courtesy photo / Iván Salazar)

Colombian artist paints salmon mural as symbol for Alaska

“It has been the sustenance for all generations…”

Colombia-based artist Iván Salazar painted a mural in August for Juneau Urgent & Family Care located at 8505 Old Dairy Road. (Courtesy photo / Iván Salazar)
Juneau musician Taylor Dallas Vidic was among this year’s Individual Artist Award recipient through the Rasmuson Foundation. (Courtesy Photo / Sydney Akagi)

Juneau artists among this year’s Rasmuson Foundation award winners

“I feel 100% like a product of my environment, that environment being Juneau.”

Juneau musician Taylor Dallas Vidic was among this year’s Individual Artist Award recipient through the Rasmuson Foundation. (Courtesy Photo / Sydney Akagi)
Mercedes Muñoz smiles at her dog, Coco, as she works on shaping ceramic pieces on her potter’s wheel. Muñoz is set to host first ever show at the her late grandmother’s galley, the Rie Muñoz Gallery, on Sunday which will feature her summer collection of work. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Mercedes Muñoz smiles at her dog, Coco, as she works on shaping ceramic pieces on her potter’s wheel. Muñoz is set to host first ever show at the her late grandmother’s galley, the Rie Muñoz Gallery, on Sunday which will feature her summer collection of work. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Keke Tian Ke featured in this photo on First Friday next to her work which is on display at the Juneau Artist Gallery located at 175 S. Franklin St. Ke is the gallery’s artist of the month. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)
Keke Tian Ke featured in this photo on First Friday next to her work which is on display at the Juneau Artist Gallery located at 175 S. Franklin St. Ke is the gallery’s artist of the month. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)
Adult cats also available for adoption through Juneau Animal Rescue (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)
Adult cats also available for adoption through Juneau Animal Rescue (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)
Courtesy Photo / Arena Stage 
Molly Smith directs Brad Oscar and the cast of “Damn Yankees” in 2005 at Arena Stage.

Americana exceptionalism: Perseverance Theatre founder Molly Smith to retire from Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.

Perseverance Theatre founder Molly Smith retiring at Arena Stage after 25 years in Washington, D.C.

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Molly Smith directs Brad Oscar and the cast of “Damn Yankees” in 2005 at Arena Stage.
This image shows the cover of Juneau poet Emily Wall’s new book “Breaking Into Air.” The book details a wide array of different birth stories. (Courtesy Photo)
This image shows the cover of Juneau poet Emily Wall’s new book “Breaking Into Air.” The book details a wide array of different birth stories. (Courtesy Photo)
Fran Houston, cultural Leader of the A'akw Kwáan, dances during Celebration in downtown Juneau. Wednesday, the biennial celebration of Alaska Native peoples and cultures brought song, dance and the opening of a new arts campus to the capital city. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)

Celebration opens with Sealaska campus debut

Dances, ceremonies, Alaska’s first 360-degree totem and a new discovery about old times mark event

Fran Houston, cultural Leader of the A'akw Kwáan, dances during Celebration in downtown Juneau. Wednesday, the biennial celebration of Alaska Native peoples and cultures brought song, dance and the opening of a new arts campus to the capital city. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Written by Lily Wooshkindein Da.áat Hope and illustrated by Kelsey Mata Foote, Sealaska Heritage Institute just released a new children’s book about Celebration for their Baby Raven Reads program. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Written by Lily Wooshkindein Da.áat Hope and illustrated by Kelsey Mata Foote, Sealaska Heritage Institute just released a new children’s book about Celebration for their Baby Raven Reads program. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Emily Anderson's second album "Salt & Water" will be released on Friday, May 27. The second album from the L.A.-based  singer-songwriter from Fairbanks deals with challenging emotions via some surprisingly sunny tunes. (Courtesy Photo / Chris West)
Emily Anderson's second album "Salt & Water" will be released on Friday, May 27. The second album from the L.A.-based  singer-songwriter from Fairbanks deals with challenging emotions via some surprisingly sunny tunes. (Courtesy Photo / Chris West)
Local Tlingit beader Jill Kaasteen Meserve is making waves as her work becomes more widely known, both in Juneau and the Lower 48. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Old styles in new ways: beader talks art and octopus bags

She’s been selected for both a local collection and a major Indigenous art market.

Local Tlingit beader Jill Kaasteen Meserve is making waves as her work becomes more widely known, both in Juneau and the Lower 48. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
Zuill Bailey, who is a Grammy Award-winning cellist and artistic director for the Juneau Jazz & Classics festival, will be among artists to perform in the six-day event. (Courtesy Photo / Juneau Jazz & Classics)
Zuill Bailey, who is a Grammy Award-winning cellist and artistic director for the Juneau Jazz & Classics festival, will be among artists to perform in the six-day event. (Courtesy Photo / Juneau Jazz & Classics)
Lisa Kron, who wrote the lyrics and book for the musical "Fun Home," sits in Perseverance Theatre's take on the Bechdel's house on Maple Avenue. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Lisa Kron, who wrote the lyrics and book for the musical "Fun Home," sits in Perseverance Theatre's take on the Bechdel's house on Maple Avenue. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
A 22-foot healing totem pole carved by master carver Wayne Price, who is Tlingit, is now being installed next to the fishing dock at Twin Lakes (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
A 22-foot healing totem pole carved by master carver Wayne Price, who is Tlingit, is now being installed next to the fishing dock at Twin Lakes (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)