Alaska Home Companion, Wasilla & Sutton!
Would you like to share your stories about the best, the worst, and the silliest of everyday living in Alaska? Coming soon, the Third Season of The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show!
The 2014 Premier Episode will be broadcast live on Saturday October 11 from the historic Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry (MATI) gallery next to Wasilla International Airport. An encore episode will be broadcast live on Saturday, November 8 from the Sutton Public Library.
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, Amelia Bearhart, and Guy d’North, as well as news from Lake Willowa, Mukluk Radio, and Coffee Talk.
The 2014 season is our third 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.
Auditions will be held Thursday August 28 and Thursday September 4, both at our weekly meeting at Sophia’s Café, 11am until 1pm. Sophia’s Café is located at on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway at 9191 Frontage Road, phone 745-9001. If you can’t attend the auditions, please contact Carmen (at) ValleyArtsAlliance (dot) com, or phone 746-2370.
So mark your calendar! The Wasilla episode of the VAA Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show! will be broadcast at 7pm Saturday, October 11, 2014, at the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry in Wasilla. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door. A cash bar will be open during the event.
The Sutton episode of the VAA Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show! will be broadcast at 7pm Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Sutton Public Library. Suggested donation is $15.
VAA partners with Valley Performing Arts!
The Valley Performing Arts will be producing “Anastasia” at the Machetanz Theatre, 251 West Swanson in Wasilla, from September 5th to 28th, 2014.
Discovered as an amnesiac in a Berlin asylum, Anya is swept into a scheme to exploit the “heritage” of 10 million pounds being held in trust for any surviving heirs of the Romanoff dynasty. As the conspiracy prospers, Anya is coached to success but for one last test: the Imperial Grand Empress is alive and her acceptance is essential. This classic was made into a film which featured an Oscar-winning performance by Ingrid Bergman who starred as "Anya", the last surviving daughter of Czar Nicholas II of Russia.
Friday and Saturday evenings at 7pm, Sunday matinees at 2pm. 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 works by Sandra Cook, Pat Garley, Dennis Jensen & Mary Tilly, Maeve and Nikalee Rath, Kim Strickland, Carmen Summerfield, Kathi VanZant, 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.