One Man Star Wars Trilogy – November 27

“A one-man reenactment of Star Wars is nerdier – and funnier – than you can possibly imagine!” – SPIN

 

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“You had better start investing in a light saber” – The New York Times

Canadian actor and uber geek, Charles Ross, brings his solo madcap creation One-Man Star Wars Trilogy to the stage in this mind-bending whirlwind of a show.  Ross retells the classic bad hair trilogy in 60 minutes- no costumes, no props, no sets — all the characters, the music, the ships, and the battles.

If your kid’s name is Chewbacca, this show is a no-brainer. If not, get your nerd on and experience the global sensation loved by audiences from London’s West End, Off-Broadway, Dubai, the Sydney Opera House, Lucasfilm, and Charlie’s mom. The Force is strong with this one.

“Ross makes an impressive Star Wars run in less than 12 parsecs!” – Chicago Sun Times

Written and Performed by Charles Ross
Directed by TJ Dawe.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/charlie__ross

Web: http://www.onemanstarwars.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/One-­‐Man-­‐Star-­‐Wars-­‐Trilogy-­‐Charlie-­‐Ross/122299621167356

One Man Star Wars Trilogy performed with permission of Lucasfilm Ltd. All ‘Star Wars’ elements property of Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Gamble and the High Costa Living – September 16

Come out to Sons of Norway on September 16 to welcome Autumn and the new 2017-18 Petersburg Arts Council season with Gamble and the High Costa Living! Come to dance, or just listen to some great music!

Advance purchase tickets now available at Lee’s Clothing for $15 each. At-the-door prices go up to $20, so get them early.

About the Band

Gamble & the High Costa Living have been together for either two or twenty years, depending on who’s counting, with a collective performance history of about two centuries! Fronted by Mike Gamble and Collette Costa, both of whom originally hail from the Motown area (aka Detroit), and joined by Terry Schwarz on guitar, Alexei Painter on bass, Jason Messing on drums, Doug Bridges on tenor sax, Tim Powers on soprano sax, Michael Stanley on bari sax, Jill Taylor on trumpet, and Katy Giorgio on trombone, they strive to pay tribute to the most righteous of musical genres, old-school soul and R&B, mixed with a little Southeast Alaskan rhythm.

Living somewhere between The Blues Brothers and The Commitments, HCL covers the majestical likes of Sam & Dave, Aretha Franklin, Sly & The Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, Martha Reeves & The Vandells, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and more, and they play with a 100% dance guarantee!

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Evan Drachman and Doris Stevenson

The Piatigorsky Foundation, the Sitka Summer Music Festival, the Petersburg Arts Council, and the Petersburg Lutheran Church present a classical concert featuring Evan Drachman on cello and Doris Stevenson on piano. They will be featuring Norwegian music.

The concert takes place on Friday, May 19 starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Lutheran Church. Donations will be taken at the door to help cover travel expenses. Suggested $10-15 per person.

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A one-hour, intimate and enchanting concert featuring two amazing artists.

Cellist EVAN DRACHMAN has combined artistic talent with great personal compassion and warmth to create a distinctive musical career.  Mr. Drachman is increasingly sought-after for his solo and chamber music performances, and as Founder and Artistic Director of The Piatigorsky Foundation, he has become one of the most respected authorities on the presentation of live classical music for diverse audiences everywhere.  In 1999, Mr. Drachman recorded his first CD, A Frog He Went a Courting, with pianist Richard Dowling.  Following this success, Drachman and Dowling released two more recordings titled, Infinity in 2004 and Romance and Revelation in 2007.  Mr. Drachman has appeared regularly as soloist with orchestras, and in recitals and chamber music performances across the United States, Europe and Asia.  Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Drachman studied at the Peabody Conservatory, the New England Conservatory, and the Curtis Institute of Music.  He has spent his summers performing at music festivals in the United States and abroad.  Mr. Drachman currently lives in Maryland with his wife Joan and their two sons, Eli and Oliver.

Pianist DORIS STEVENSON has won lavish praise from critics and the public alike for her solo and collaborative performances.  She has soloed with the Boston Pops, played at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Salle Pleyel in Paris and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.   In addition, Stevenson has performed with the leading lights in string playing such as Gregor Piatigorsky, Ruggiero Ricci and Paul Tortelier.  Early in her career, she was invited to play with Heifetz and Piatigorsky together.  Stevenson is a founding member of the Sitka Summer Music Festival in Alaska, and has participated in numerous chamber music festivals throughout the United States.

Through their musical performance and comprehensive commentaries, you will gain an unparalleled understanding of the classical music pieces and composers. Please come and be inspired by this live concert!

Following the concert, please stay to meet the artists

For information please call:  907-650-7210

The Piatigorsky Foundation

14 Penn Plaza, Suite 1800 NY, NY  10122 • Phone (212) 971-5309 • Fax (212) 947-3878 • info@piatigorskyfoundation.org

 

The Defibulators – May 8

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“Rowdy, punk-fueled twang highlighted by heaps of blue-collar wit”
– Washington Post

Performing in Petersburg, Alaska on May 8, 2017 at the Wright Auditorium. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. with the concert starting at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are available at Lee’s Clothing and at the door. Prices are $20 general admission, and $10 for students and seniors. 

“A rockabilly bluegrass band from Brooklyn? Don’t scoff! With the release of their new album Corn Money earning plenty of attention, these city bumpkins are causing a barrel o’ buzz. Trading children’s acid-washed jeans and Ray-Bans for long johns and denim overalls? Now that’s how you change things up in the Brooklyn music scene.”
– BuzzFeed

CBGB’s meet the Grand Ole Opry. Hailing form New York, the six-man, one-woman band blends bluegrass, country, rockabilly, and a sucker punch of punk for a rubber-meets-the-road roots sound. Many of their songs tow a thin line between serious and satire. But don’t let irreverence fool you. These accomplished musicians create artistic arrangements that feature harmonies worthy of Gram and Emmylou, and a virtuosic chicken-pickin’ guitar that belies their geographic origin.

Call it what you will, Americana, indie honky-tonk, truckerpunk, or Brooklyn Country, the proof is in the listening. There is a unique familiarity that percolates throughout Debt’ll Get ‘Em. The reverence for traditional country forms combined with an irreverent rock and roll attitude is a trademark of the Defibs sound. Gear-grinding twang and sawing fiddles saturate songs rooted in the debt-laden and downtrodden, the moods swinging between satirical and sentimental, with unpredictable outbursts into total country chaos.

“If the Blues Brothers played more than just covers at Bob’s Country Bunker, this is what it would sound like. Making music that’s both “country” and “Western,” the Defibulators deliver tunes informed by rock and jazz…But female vocalist Erin Bru’s crooning on a song like “Wandering Eye” melts any notions of cynicism or insincerity. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, The Defibulators flatter the hell out of country music.
– INDY


Band website: http://thedefibulators.com/

The Defibulators program was made possible with funding by Rasmuson Foundation through the Harper Arts Touring Fund, and is administered, under contract, by the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

Shane Koyczan, Spoken Word Artist – April 17

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–The Georgia Straight

Coming to Petersburg at the Wright Auditorium, April 17, 2017. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. with the show starting at 7:00 p.m. 

Tickets are available at Lee’s Clothing and at the door. Prices are $15 for general admission, and $10 for students and seniors. 

“Shane’s words were so emotional and powerful it was impossible not to be drawn in. Shane doesn’t just recite poetry. He brilliantly manipulates the emotions of his audience members, bringing them from tears of sadness to tears of laughter.”
–Cassie Silva, Review Vancouver

In a realm where poets rarely intersect with stardom, the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics introduced us to Shane Koyczan. With a collective “wow” across Canada and beyond, we found the poet of our generation. And we weren’t even looking for one.   The world took notice when Shane’s influential, anti-bullying, To This Day Project video went viral in early 2013 with over 14 million views and counting.  Powerfully engaging and authentic in attitude, his explorations are relevant to our times in the way that Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Downie and Leonard Cohen are to theirs. But unlike the musicians that he’s often compared to, poets rarely infiltrate pop culture. Koyzcan emerges in a new wave of 21st century poetry that dares to belong to the people and speak directly to them in their own voice.

Shane Koyczan is best known for his award winning spoken word performances. With his rhythmic verse in high gear, he navigates his audience through social and political territory with a furious honesty and a tender humanity that has brought audiences to their feet in New York, London, Edinburgh, Sydney, Stockholm, and Los Angeles, to name a few. He has received 5 star reviews for his performances around the globe. Winner of the US Slam Poetry Championship and the Canadian Spoken Word Olympics, Koyczan is truly an extraordinary talent that has blown the dust off of the traditional designation “poet”.

“With biting honesty and a riveting stage presence, 29-year-old Vancouver spoken word artist Shane Koyczan is quickly obliterating all the rules of poetry and forging his own literary path”
–The Quill and Quire

Artist website: http://www.shanekoyczan.com/

“Poetry isn’t a problem when it’s this cool”
–Metro


The Shane Koyczan program was made possible with funding by Rasmuson Foundation through the Harper Arts Touring Fund, and is administered, under contract, by the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

Help from PAC During Artfest – April 20-23

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Ashley is asking for Arts Council members and friends to help with some of the efforts involved in hosting this event in Petersburg this year. There will be students and instructors coming in from out of town, and we’d like them to experience the best hospitality that Petersburg has to offer.

Ashley would like Arts Council to help out in two specific areas:

  1. Meals for the instructors
  2. Help with the art show on Sunday, the 23rd

Meals for Instructors

The following is requested:

  • 4/20 (Thursday): Lunch: Two Soups, Salad, Bread, butter. Dinner theme: Two Pasta Salads and dessert. 
  • 4/21 (Friday): Breakfast: bagels, fruit, jam, butter, yogurt. Lunch: Two Chilis, Salad, Bread, butter. Dinner theme: Mexican and dessert. 
  • 4/22 (Saturday): Breakfast: bagels, fruit, jam, butter, yogurt. Lunch: Sandwiches, Salad. Dinner theme: Lasagna + dessert.
  • 4/23 (Sunday): Breakfast: Left overs. Lunch: leftovers

The culinary kitchen is available for Artfest feeding needs. If you are able to assist with this aspect, Ashley has set up a Google forms survey where you can provide more details: https://goo.gl/forms/bQEWJgUvVpYdDqbW2

Art Show

The art show takes place 5:30 to 7:00 pm on Sunday, April 23. The following assistance is needed before and after the show:

  • Set-up: 1 to 3 pm
  • Again at 4 to 5:30 pm
  • Clean-up: 7 to 8 pm

Please contact Ashley Lohr (at the school) if you are able to offer some of your time during this event.