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Stage and Screen: Theron worthy as unworthy writer
“Young Adult” (2011) is billed as a comedy; there is nothing funny about this film. There are moments of uncomfortable humor. No belly laughs, however. In short, there is nothing remotely amusing about the shallow life of Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron). True, Mavis is, and always has been, drop-dead gorgeous. True, Mavis is a very successful writer — no, according to Mavis — author. Before leaving her hometown of Me...
Jan 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Giant sea creatures raise debris awareness
Sometimes art is meant to inspire action. In the case of an upcoming artist in residence in Kodiak schools, the art will be a collection of local marine debris made into a larger-than-life sea creature. The action: to reduce plastics and other trash into the ocean environment. The project gets its inspiration from Oregon artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi, who has created numerous sculptures of some of the animals affe...
Jan 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Baranov Museum serves a spoonful of artistry
KODIAK — The brightly painted wooden spoons of Russia are a folk art going back more than 1,000 years. In the dark of winter, when rural Russian villages were cut off from the rest of the world by deep snow, one way to productively pass the time was to carve wooden spoons and ladles, which would be taken to the market by the basketful in spring. The tradition of winter spoon carving will continue in Kodiak this ne...
Dec 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stage and Screen: The secret seltzer society
While my family celebrates Hanukkah, I love the Christmas season and do not let a year go by without watching one of America’s all-time favorite films, “A Christmas Story.” This 1983 Jean Sheperd classic is too delicious to attempt to review given my limited skills. Rent it at Netflix any time of the year. Now, let me get to Jean Sheperd — not exactly a household name. I grew up listening to Shep’s late-night talk...
Dec 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Crab Festival poster contest winner chosen
The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce announced its selection for the 2012 Crab Festival Poster Wednesday, choosing an artist relatively new to Kodiak from among 13 poster entries. “The poster is different from any we’ve had in the past,” said Lindsey Howell, community relations director for the chamber. The 2012 poster art was created by Dicky Saltonstall, 51, who moved to Kodiak in July. Saltonstall works in watercolor...
Dec 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nelson adds sequel to classic scene
For many years, people would come into the Northern Exposure Gallery and ask owner Janet Wente if there were any “Over the Corks” prints left. “Yeah, right,” she would tell them. The 1991 painting by Kodiak artist Bruce Nelson had a limited-edition print run and demand for the print has long since exhausted the supply. The painting, which portrays salmon escaping a full seine by pouring over the top of the floats,...
Nov 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak community and school team up for production of "Les Miserables"
KODIAK — Starting next year, Maureen Eaton will get to do something she has missed out on for about a decade — see a musical theater production in Kodiak. From the audience, that is. The longtime props mistress has watched most of the big local shows from the wings while cast members visit her cluttered domain on their way to and from the stage to pick up and drop off baskets of fruit, walking sticks, boxes and bo...
Nov 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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When turtles fly
A picture by Alex Gould in pencil, ink, pastels and colored pencil is among those filling all but one of the glass cases in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium foyer by Kodiak High School art students. The majority of the color work is by second-, third- and fourth-year students. Each grouping of work shows student experimentation with a variety of media used with one chosen subject to discover how each media choice a...
Oct 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Annual market showcases Kodiak’s art talent
If you are curious what some of Kodiak’s most recognizable artisans have been pouring their creativity into this year, a trip to the annual Holiday Market this Friday and Saturday is a chance to find out. The upcoming market, held in the Best Western Kodiak Inn’s Harborview Room, aims to bring artists and the public together to display and discuss new artwork. “It’s really a great thing because people get to meet ...
Oct 27, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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South Pacific music comes to north Pacific with Te Vaka
KODIAK — During a scouting trip last year in Long Beach, Calif., Kodiak Arts Council executive director Tom Quass heard music from afar and decided to bring it closer. The Polynesian rhythms and original songs of Te Vaka reflect influences of indigenous cultures from a vast area at the other side of the Pacific. The group presents its contemporary take on their traditions at 7 p.m. Friday in the Gerald C. Wilson A...
Oct 13, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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