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Sum’ Arts For Kids: Radio Storytelling with Oskar and Marie

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Last month KMXT partnered with the Kodiak Arts Council to put on a Sum’ Arts for Kids Radio Storytelling Camp. Students in 5th grade and higher came to the station each day for one week and learned the art of interviewing and collecting personal stories.  Then, their skills were put the test as they interviewed community members about their lives and how they came to Kodiak.
Today we’ll hear one of those interviews, hosted and edited by camper Oskar Klausner. Klausner spoke with long-time resident Marie Rice about homesteading and cattle-raising in Kodiak.

      oskar_and_marie.jpg Marie Rice poses with Sum' Arts camper Oskar Klausner after an interview at KMXT studios in June.

Marie Rice poses with Sum’ Arts camper Oskar Klausner after an interview at KMXT studios in June.

Sum’ Arts For Kids: Radio Storytelling With Keith and Frances

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Last month KMXT partnered with the Kodiak Arts Council to put on a Sum’ Arts for Kids Radio Storytelling Camp. Students in 5th grade and higher came to the station each day for one week and learned the art of interviewing and collecting personal stories.  Then, their skills were put the test as they interviewed community members about their lives and how they came to Kodiak.
Today we’ll hear one of those interviews, hosted and edited by camper Keith Bruce. Bruce spoke with long-time Kodiak resident Frances Sandin about what Kodiak was like in the 1960s.

 Frances Sandin poses with Sum' Arts camper Keith Bruce after an interview at KMXT studios in June.


Frances Sandin poses with Sum’ Arts camper Keith Bruce after an interview at KMXT studios in June.

Pianist Alpin Hong to Perform on Saturday

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Tomorrow night the Kodiak community will have a chance to hear classical piano, probably as it’s never heard it before. Classical Pianist Alpin Hong is in town this week as part of the Kodiak Arts Council’s performing arts series and will perform at the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium. Hong is a world-renowned musician, who takes a modern day approach to the classical genre, eliciting stories, humor and charm with each performance.
           While Hong’s work as a classical artist has taken him to all 50 states and the White House, he also spends a considerable amount of time working with youth and advocating for arts education. Hong spent the last few days performing for Kodiak students and hosting workshops for the island’s aspiring musicians.             Auditorium doors open at 6 p.m. this Saturday with Hong taking the stage at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $20 for students. There is also a family price of $75 for two adults and two students. Tickets can be purchased online at kodiakartscouncil.org or at the box office before the show.

M*A*S*H Opens This Friday

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This weekend folks can have a look at what life might have been like in a mobile army surgical hospital during the Korean War. Friday is the opening night for M*A*S*H, a play directed by Mike Wall and Jared Griffin, and featuring more than 46 local thespians.
M*A*S*H may sound familiar to those who watched the TV series, which originally aired in the 1970s. That series was inspired by the movie M*A*S*H, based on the book. Wall said the play, which will show all weekend, is most like the book, but people shouldn’t come in trying to compare it to anything.
“This show is about the insanity of war, the people who are involved in it. You know it’s about small MASH troop in the middle of North Korea during the middle of war and all they do is deal with causalities and try to save lives all the time. So what do you do in that environment to make friends, to try to sort of, because I mean you’re in the middle of blood and guts and gore and there’s a connection with the Korean community because they use Koreans in the facility and there’s some kids who help out. It’s kind of like how did humanity emerge from the midst of an insane situation.”

Griffin said he and Wall chose M*A*S*H because they wanted to do play that could feature a large cast, but also didn’t want a musical.
“Something with very little music or no music at all, very little choreography. I think as we read the show M*A*S*H there is some singing and some choreography involved, to our chagrin, but we wanted to do a show that reflected the Kodiak community also. You know one of the ones I looked at was No Time for Sergeants, but that one was too, it was a lot of male roles.” Continue reading

Upcoming Performing Arts Season Packed with Comedy, Music and Karamazov

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The Flying Karamazov Brothers highlight the upcoming Kodiak Arts Council performance season.

The Flying Karamazov Brothers highlight the upcoming Kodiak Arts Council performance season.

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The Kodiak Arts Council recently released its performing arts season line up. Arts Council Program Coordinator Kate Helligso said this is the first season the organization’s executive director, Katie Oliver, put together, and Helligso said it should be a good one.
“We have a great line up this year that Katie’s worked really hard on since she became executive director in December. And a lot of the acts this year are touring around the state of Alaska so they’ll be visiting other communities. Let’s see, our first one is Hot Club of Cowtown, and that’s going to be September 21, that’s a Saturday, at the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium. And it’s hot jazz and western swing. And we also have Alpin Hong, he’s a classical pianist, who’s coming and he’s going to be in the schools for a few days, working with a lot of the children here in town, so that’s going to be really exciting.”
Alpin Hong will perform in January.
Also coming to Kodiak is the Montreal Guitar Trio and the California Guitar Trio. Helligso said the performance will feature all six guitarists from all over the world playing various genres of music.
On the theatrical side of things, Kodiak will host the Flying Karamazov Brothers.
“They’re these sort of comedians with juggling, circus sort of feel. It’s a great family show and they’re going to be a lot of fun. And that’s in March. And then we also have the Nutcracker this year, which is always something the community really looks forward to. We’re also bringing in Fishermen Out Loud, which are poets coming from the Pacific Northwest to present original poems and stories about a certain lifestyle that we’re very aware of here in Kodiak.”
The local performance this year will be M*A*S*H, and will be directed by Jared Griffin and Mike Wall. Auditions for that show start the end of August and opening night for the production will be October 18.
This year the Arts Council selected a theme for its performing arts series — Art: the gold in your life.
“And we chose that theme, the board did, because it is our 50th anniversary here. The arts council became active in December 1963 so all this year we’re sort of honoring 50 years of arts in Kodiak and we thought that would be an appropriate theme for our performing arts season.”
You can find the full schedule of events for the year on the Arts Council’s website, Kodiak arts council dot org. Tickets range between $20 and $30, depending on the show, but the council also offers discounts for season tickets and families.

Performing Arts Series Set to Start in September

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The Kodiak Arts Council recently released its performing arts season line up. Arts Council Program Coordinator Kate Helligso said this is the first season the organization’s executive director, Katie Oliver, put together, and Helligso said it should be a good one.

“We have a great line up this year that Katie’s worked really hard on since she became executive director in December. And a lot of the acts this year are touring around the state of Alaska so they’ll be visiting other communities. Let’s see, our first one is Hot Club of Cowtown, and that’s going to be September 21, that’s a Saturday, at the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium. And it’s hot jazz and western swing. And we also have Alpin Hong, he’s a classical pianist, who’s coming and he’s going to be in the schools for a few days, working with a lot of the children here in town, so that’s going to be really exciting.”

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