Ashleigh Watt portraying Emily and Ty Yamaoka portraying George talk during a rehearsal of “Our Town” at the Perseverance Theatre. They both picked the ladder scene from the play as one of their favorites. The classic Thornton Wilder play will kickoff the theater’s 40th season. While the play is 80 years old and set before World War I, the two 20-something actors said it’s still poignantly relevant today. (Capital City Weekly | Ben Hohenstatt)

“Our Town” feels like theirs, say Perseverance Theatre actors

A play featuring a soda fountain set in early 20th century New England is absolutely relevant to present day Juneau, said its 20-something leads. “Our… Continue reading

Ashleigh Watt portraying Emily and Ty Yamaoka portraying George talk during a rehearsal of “Our Town” at the Perseverance Theatre. They both picked the ladder scene from the play as one of their favorites. The classic Thornton Wilder play will kickoff the theater’s 40th season. While the play is 80 years old and set before World War I, the two 20-something actors said it’s still poignantly relevant today. (Capital City Weekly | Ben Hohenstatt)
Devita Stipek Writer talks about her murals and other paintings that are now gracing Carnival Cruise ships. Writer, a member of the Juneau Artist Gallery co-op, was interviewed there on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Cinderella story brings Juneau artist’s work to millions

The offer that changed Devita Stipek Writer’s life came as a surprise. In 2001, the Juneau artist received a Saturday phone call from a man… Continue reading

Devita Stipek Writer talks about her murals and other paintings that are now gracing Carnival Cruise ships. Writer, a member of the Juneau Artist Gallery co-op, was interviewed there on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day comes to Juneau

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day has been an event in Anchorage for years, and now it’s coming to Juneau. The collaboration between Girl Scouts… Continue reading

This photo provided by Idaho Fish and Game shows Snake River sockeye salmon that returned from the Pacific Ocean to Idaho over the summer swim in a holding tank on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at the Eagle Fish Hatchery in southwestern Idaho. The number of the endangered fish that made it back this year is the second worst in the last decade but there are enough hatchery-raised fish to make up for the bad return. (Dan Baker/ Idaho Fish and Game via AP)

Fish Factor: Fish by the numbers

Sockeye salmon catches often add up to half of the value of Alaska’s total salmon fishery, and the so-called reds dominate the season’s early fisheries… Continue reading

This photo provided by Idaho Fish and Game shows Snake River sockeye salmon that returned from the Pacific Ocean to Idaho over the summer swim in a holding tank on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at the Eagle Fish Hatchery in southwestern Idaho. The number of the endangered fish that made it back this year is the second worst in the last decade but there are enough hatchery-raised fish to make up for the bad return. (Dan Baker/ Idaho Fish and Game via AP)

Fish Factor: Fish by the numbers

Sockeye salmon catches often add up to half of the value of Alaska’s total salmon fishery, and the so-called reds dominate the season’s early fisheries… Continue reading

Chris Gabriele, Rebekah Wierda, Annie Mackovjak and Becky King hold some of the quilts on a string in Gustavus. Photo courtesy of Ellie Sharman.

More than 40 ‘quiltlets’ made for future Gustavus Community Center

Thirty people in Gustavus made 43 different mini-quilts, or as the group likes to call them “quiltlets,” for the new Gustavus Community Center. Since 1976,… Continue reading

Chris Gabriele, Rebekah Wierda, Annie Mackovjak and Becky King hold some of the quilts on a string in Gustavus. Photo courtesy of Ellie Sharman.

First Friday, July 6: New jewelry, yoga and more

First Friday is not only a great way to kick off the weekend, but the month too. For July, there’s everything from jewelry makers to… Continue reading

Mod Carousel from left to right: Moscato Extatique, Trojan Original, Paris Original and Luminous Pariah. (Courtesy photo | Mod Carousel)

More than a strip tease: Boylesque troupe returns to Juneau with fresh material

Returning to Juneau for the ninth time, boylesque troupe Mod Carousel is bringing two new shows to Juneau this Saturday titled “Pop!” Mod Carousel has… Continue reading

Mod Carousel from left to right: Moscato Extatique, Trojan Original, Paris Original and Luminous Pariah. (Courtesy photo | Mod Carousel)
Alaska Glacial Ice harvests floating icebergs with the use of the eighty foot long landing craft Itswoot along with a forty foot long barge. Photo courtesy of Scott Lindquist.

Historic and modern-day Alaskans ‘break the ice’ on niche frozen economy

Mike Ward of Taku Lodge has harvested icebergs from Twin Glacier Lake since childhood. His technique involves three tools: a flat-bottom river skiff, a metal… Continue reading

Alaska Glacial Ice harvests floating icebergs with the use of the eighty foot long landing craft Itswoot along with a forty foot long barge. Photo courtesy of Scott Lindquist.
Kafue is the calf in front, and Tafika is the calf behind. Photo courtesy of Kelly Bakos.

Petersburg filmmaker wins awards for documentary on baby elephants

For four months in Zambia, Petersburg resident Kelly Bakos would wake up before sunrise, gather her gear, and then film baby elephants until sunset. That… Continue reading

Kafue is the calf in front, and Tafika is the calf behind. Photo courtesy of Kelly Bakos.
Emily Lockie dances with her husband, Scott, and their children, Eava and Annalise, during the Block Party at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Friday, June 15, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Summer Block Parties create a fun, family-friendly space

Big band music filled the summer evening on June 15, calling pedestrians through the double loading dock doors of the Juneau Arts and Culture Center… Continue reading

Emily Lockie dances with her husband, Scott, and their children, Eava and Annalise, during the Block Party at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Friday, June 15, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

To keep a teacher

Imagine finishing work for the day and pulling your mattress out of a closet, which you then have to put up in the morning when… Continue reading

Review: ‘Hamilton’ as seen in L.A.

Peer pressure can be a positive force in a child’s life. For a year, my daughters were indifferent to the hit play “Hamilton.” I played… Continue reading

Motherhood and mood stabilizers: Juneau Douglas Little Theatre’s ‘Next to Normal’

Suburban motherhood and mental illness might not seem to go hand-in-hand at first blush. But Juneau Douglas Little Theatre’s upcoming musical “Next to Normal” throws… Continue reading

A day in the life of Juneau comedian Alicia Hughes-Skandijs

Club Baby Seal comedian Alicia Hughes-Skandijs dabbled in everything from acting to existentialist French clown camps before finding her passion in stand-up comedy. “I had… Continue reading

Breaking hearts and gender norms

Neon pink fringe flew in every direction as Gigi Monroe shimmied under the spotlight. Her dress whirled to the music blaring out of the speakers… Continue reading