Ahhhh...football season. That time of year that brings families and friends together to cheer like ancient Romans as they watch gladiators battle one another for the thrill of claiming victory over their opponents. Or, if you’re at my house, you watch a movie.
This is the second week I get to write about a new brewery. Last week, I was happy to cover the Sept. 25 opening of Odd Man Rush Brewing Company in Eagle River. Icy Strait Brewing Company in Hoonah, in Southeast Alaska, officially started pouring beer on August 15. Icy Strait is Alaska’s 25th licensed brewing operation.
Jean-Luc Picard should beam down here to Juneau to get the best advice on how to fight the Borg.
After my last column’s diatribe against bureaucratese from some of our local Borg-Wannabes, my friend and fellow scribbler Clint Farr sent me an email with a link to a model of how to wage the good fight against institutionalization, a model that comes from—of all places—the Juneau Police Department.
2015 marks 15 years for the annual Evening at Egan fall lecture series at the University of Alaska Southeast Auke Lake campus. This year the series begins the first Friday in October and runs for eight consecutive weeks through the week before Thanksgiving.
Haines - The Alaska Arts Confluence will host First Friday at their Art on Main Street Storefront in the Gateway Building in Haines on Oct. 2. Donna Catotti will present a portrait of Lani Hotch, Klukwan cultural leader, to the Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center.
Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation is hosting their annual gala and fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. The Gala's Fund-A-Need campaign this year is a partnership with Bartlett Beginnings to fund the Baby Box Program. The box is a starter kit for new mothers containing clothes, first aid, blankets and toys. It can also be used as a bed that helps protect babies from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and provides safe sleep.
The October First Friday Art Walk marks the end of tourist season with locals appreciation events at several businesses, and highlights new work by locals artists including David Woodie (at the Canvas), MK MacNaughton and Jay Crondahl (Annie Kaill's), and Celeste Worl (Trickster Company), as well as writer Clint Farr (Hearthside Books) and photographer Anna Cramer (Kindred Post).
In the second installment of Man Booker Prize shortlist reviews, I talk about two authors at the extremes of their careers but with much in common. Anne Tyler is the oldest writer on this year's shortlist at 73 and Chigozie Obioma is the youngest at a spry 29. "A Spool of Blue Thread" is Tyler's 20th and last novel; "The Fishermen" is Obioma's debut. But despite these differences, both novelists take up the difficult work of writing families.
Non-Alaskans that watch reality television may have what they think is a clear idea of Alaska: scary bears, stormy seas, feuding hotel owners. Odds are, though, that's different from what you - and every other Alaskan - knows. Yet, each Alaskan understands Alaska in a different way, too, and that understanding influences how you understand yourself within it -- and, if you're an artist, portray it.