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Writing workshops, poetry dedications in 2 Southcentral state parks this month

ArtsSigns bearing poems written by Alaskans will be installed and dedicated this month at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park, the Seward waterfront, and Caines Head State Recreational Area as part of the Poems in Place Project. The public is invited to the dedications and free writing workshops held in conjunction with the dedications.

Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park
The poems “Tideline” by Leslie Leyland Fields and “The Compass Rose” by Fred Stager will be installed in the park at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12. Fields will lead an active ‘hike-ku’ workshop titled “Kodiak and the Poetry of Place” from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Participants will meet at the Fort Abercrombie Ranger Station at 1400 Abercrombie Drive in Kodiak.

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Governor Signs Bill Ending Film Tax Credits

ArtsJune 16, 2015 ANCHORAGE—Governor Bill Walker announced today that he signed SB 39 into law yesterday, ending the state’s film production incentive program.

“This was a very difficult decision for me,” Governor Walker said. “I have been, and remain, a strong supporter of the film industry in Alaska. However, we are now facing unprecedented financial times. As we prepare to lay off troopers and close at least two trooper stations, it is difficult to justify continuing this program. The film tax credit program is already set to sunset in 2018 and we just don’t see oil prices bouncing back before then.”
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Wearable Art and Fashion Show

ArtsThere will be a Wearable Art and Fashion Show this coming Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and the proceeds will benefit the Alaska Wild Bird Rehab Center, and Mat-Su Recycling at the Big Lake transfer site.

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Alaskan Artist Rie Muñoz Remembered

ArtsApril 7, 2015 JUNEAU – Governor Bill Walker and Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott today joined Alaskans in mourning the loss of iconic Alaskan artist Rie Muñoz, who passed away yesterday at the age of 93.

Born in Van Nuys, California, Muñoz spent over 60 years in Alaska, where she became well- known for her bright watercolor paintings depicting uniquely Alaskan settings. In 1999 she received an honorary doctorate of humanities degree from the University of Alaska Southeast. Today her paintings and prints are carried in galleries throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

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Public encouraged to nominate poems celebrating Alaska's state parks

ArtsFor the third and final year of the statewide Poems in Place Project, Alaskans are invited to submit poems for installation on permanent signs in two state parks in coastal Southcentral Alaska.

The goal of the Poems in Place Project is to install poems that celebrate Alaska’s natural environment on permanent signs in state parks throughout Alaska. The project is led by Alaska State Parks, the Alaska Center for the Book and a steering committee of Alaska writers and poets, with support from the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Usibelli Foundation, the Alaska Poetry League, and numerous generous individuals.

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Artist-in-residence program begins at Ernest Gruening State Historical Park

ArtsAlaska State Parks is seeking artists to apply for its first-ever Artist-In-Residence Program to be held this summer at the Ernest Gruening State Historical Park located 25 miles north of Juneau.

The purpose of the new artist-in-residence program is to encourage artists to create work inspired by Alaska’s state parks. It also will offer visitors and the general public an opportunity to see state parks through the eyes and ears of contributing artists.

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ArtsBy Randi Perlman for Valley Arts Alliance (VAA)

The Season 4 Premier Episode of the Valley Arts Alliance Alaska Home Companion – A Frontier Variety Show! will be held at 7pm on Saturday, March 14 at Lockhart & Erskine’s Top Drawer, located in the Meadowood Mall, at the corner of Parks Highway and Big Lake Road, in Houston.

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Scenes around the Valley: Big Lake Winter Sunrise

ArtsTaken recently:

Photo by Dennis Garrett

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Wearable Art & Runway Show

Arts"VAA Wearable Art Show, February 21!

The Valley Arts Alliance is proud to host their 9th annual VAA Wearable Art & Runway Fashion Show at the Palmer Depot on February 21, 2015.

This year we will present two identical performances—a matinee at 3pm and an evening performance at 7pm.

Wearable Art refers to hand crafted and one of a kind pieces of artwork designed to be worn by the human body as an artistic expression. Using their knowledge of color, fabric and non-traditional materials, artists create unique, wearable garments which they (or their models) wear while parading down an authentic “fashion runway”, accompanied by narration and music."

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Scenes around the Valley: Big Lake Winter

ArtsI took this on a recent hike, this was about Noon:

Image by Dennis Garrett, all rights reserved

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Denali Drama holiday auditions will be Dec. 7

ArtsDenali Drama has planned auditions for “It’s a Wonderful Life a Radio Play” and “Iditaprov Unwrapped” at 5 p.m., Dec. 7 in the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar in Talkeetna.

For more information visit their site at:
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ArtsFri, Sat, & Sunday August 15th-17th & 22nd -24th 7:30pm (doors open at 7 )
$10 DAC member / $12 General / $8 kids 12 and under.

At the Sheldon Arts Hanger in Talkeetna.

"Alaska’s Hilariously fast-paced competitive improv comedy Iditaprov is an all-improv, suggestion-based comedy show that’s fun for all ages. Two teams of Alaska’s finest “actletes” compete on stage for your laughs in this “race to the finish-no holds bard comedy marathon”. Everything we do is improvised. We don’t have scripts or pre-planned scenes. That’s why an Iditaprov match wouldn’t be possible without your suggestions. You yell out the suggestions, you award the points, as two “Lead Dogs” and their teams compete for points and laughs while creating spontaneous scenes, songs and games, until you declare the winner.
 Iditaprov is light-hearted insanity that appeals to people from every walk of life. We provide clean, positive entertainment that is guaranteed to please even the toughest crowd. 
Bring your kids! Bring your grandma! Bring your kids’ grandma! Hey, bring the whole Gang! We offer discounts for groups of 20 or more."
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Big Lake Open Air outdoor music festival

ArtsThe band 36 Crazyfists is headlining the all-ages show. Other bands will be playing as well.

When: 4 p.m. Saturday, July 26

Where: 5120 South Big Lake Road in the parking lot of Big Lake Powersports.

Tickets: $25-$36 at

All ages, full bar with ID
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How I Learned to Live and Love Again After Being Blinded by a Bear .

ArtsDan Bigley
Beyond The Bear
Saturday, July 26 1 to 2 PM

Big Lake Public Library

How I Learned to Live and Love Again After Being Blinded by a Bear
A visit with the author (online) to learn his unforgettable story of courage, tenacious will,and the power of love to lead the way out of darkness.

Join us and other libraries in the OWL Project and hear Dan’s story and meet the man who triumphed over a devastating tragedy.

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Alaska Residents to Begin Receiving Refunds from Settlement of Ebook Price Fixing Lawsuit

ArtsConsumers in Alaska will begin receiving account credits or checks this week in partial settlement of a 2012 E-book price-fixing lawsuit brought by Attorney General Mike Geraghty and attorneys general from 32 other states. The lawsuit was brought against Apple, Inc. and five of the six largest E-book publishers in the country. Those E-book publishers -- Hachette Book Group Inc., HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Simon & Schuster Inc., Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC, d/b/a Macmillan, and Penguin Group (USA) Inc. -- settled the claims against them for a total nationwide payment of $166 million, of which approximately $750,000 will be distributed to Alaska residents. The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has now approved those settlements.

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