Calendar

Next Meeting Dec 14 Thursday

Our weekly Thursday @ 11 meeting will be at Sophia's Cafe, 9191 E Frontage Road, P-W Hwy.

Recent Photos: AK Home Companion in Sutton
December 9 Second Saturday

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January 7 Sunday

Coming to you January 7 from the Willow Community Center in Willow, the Willow Episode of The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show!

The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show is the Valley Arts Alliance rendition of a live radio broadcast from the golden age of radio, with skits, music, and dance acts, similar to the popular Prairie Home Companion radio show on NPR. Alaska Home Companion will feature interesting stories by Alaskans about the best, the worst, and the silliest of everyday living in Alaska. See exciting scenes from our recent Sutton episode at the link highlighted in yellow above.

The Valley Arts Alliance will be producing The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show, at 2pm Sunday, January 7, 2018, at the Willow Community Center in Willow. A donation of $15 is suggested.

January 13 Second Saturday

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February 17 Saturday

Join us for the 12th Annual VAA Wearable Art and Runway Fashion Show at the Palmer Depot. This year’s theme is PARALLEL UNIVERSE!. See exciting scenes from previous years at our Wearable Art archive pages.

We will be producing two shows this year, a 3pm Matinee and the 7pm Evening Show. Tickets are $15 for each, and for the 3pm Matinee ONLY, Children under 12 years will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

Applications will be available after January 1, and applications must be received by Feb 9.

Alaska Home Companion—Willow! Sunday Jan 7

Would you like to share your stories about the best, the worst, and the silliest of everyday living in Alaska? Coming soon, the Sixth Season of The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show!

The Willow Episode will be broadcast live as a matinee on Sunday January 7 from the Willow Community Center in Willow.

The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show! is the Valley Arts Alliance rendition of a live radio broadcast from the golden age of radio, with skits, music, and dance acts, similar to the popular Prairie Home Companion radio show on NPR.

For those of you who haven’t seen or heard one of our episodes, The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show! features interesting stories by Alaskans about the best, the worst, and the silliest of everyday living in Alaska. In previous episodes, we heard from The Roving Reporter, Guy d’North, and The Sommelier, as well as news from Lake Willowa and Mukluk Radio.

The 2017-2018 season is our sixth year producing The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show!, and we will continue with new music and dance acts, occasional impersonations of local celebrities, and will be occasionally broadcast live by Radio Free Palmer on 89.5 FM.

So mark your calendar! The Willow episode of the VAA Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show! will be broadcast as a matinee at 2pm Sunday, January 7, 2018, at the Willow Community Center in Willow. A donation of $15 is suggested.

VAA partners with Valley Performing Arts!

The Valley Performing Arts will be producing “A Christmas Carol” at the Machetanz Theatre, 251 West Swanson in Wasilla, from November 24th to December 17th, 2017.

John Jake’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, stays true to this traditional holiday classic as written by Dickens while adding a unique feature.  Charles Dickens is introduced as narrator, stage hand, and actor moving seamlessly through the action on the stage. This feature adds a welcome quality to the production and reproduces an element of Dickens’s productions that he actually incorporated while he was “giving a reading”.  These readings were actually performances and he often went beyond narration when presenting his work.

For more info, see their website or phone the Box Office at 373-0195.

In the lobby of the Machetanz Theatre is the Valley Arts Alliance showcase that displays locally crafted original artwork by Valley Arts Alliance members.

For the next several weeks, our showcase will contain cast aluinum, iron and bronze works, and their molds, by Pat Garley, Carmen Summerfield, A. J. van Dyken, and Colleen Wake.

New displays at the Machetanz Theatre are being planned, so that we can provide VPA theatre guests with an opportunity to view our local community artists. Just another example of the Valley Arts Alliance bringing the community together through the arts!

What is "Second Saturday"?

On one day each month—the “Second Saturday” here in the Valley—we are encouraging local art galleries, restaurants, and retail businesses to join in with local and regional artists, sculptors, musicians, and food masters for a festive day of art and entertainment.

This concept has been adopted in a variety of locations throughout America, and provides a festive atmosphere for visitors to plan a day on the town and browse the many participating stores and venues. A bookstore could schedule a book signing; a coffee shop could schedule a poetry reading; a gallery could have an artist demonstrate; or a retail establishment could provide space for a musician to play. All on the same day of the month—the Second Saturday.

The Valley Arts Alliance is coordinating the "Second Saturday" project. Just email us if you are willing to participate and we will attempt to match up artists and venues. For a complete list of participating Second Saturday venues, please sign up for our newsletter. It’s that easy! Join us in supporting the arts in our community, and in helping to make our art community grow.