Alaska Home Companion, Saturday Nov 12!
Would you like to share your stories about the best, the worst, and the silliest of everyday living in Alaska? Coming soon, the Sutton Episode of The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show!
The Sutton Episode will be broadcast live on Saturday November 12 from the beautiful Sutton Public Library and Community Resource Center in Sutton.
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, Mom and Louie, and Guy d’North, as well as news from Lake Willowa, Mukluk Radio, and Coffee Talk.
The 2016-2017 season is our fifth 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 Sutton episode of the VAA Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show! will be broadcast at 7pm Saturday November 12, 2016, at the beautiful Sutton Public Library and Community Resource Center in Sutton. Suggested donation is $15.
VAA partners with Valley Performing Arts!
The Valley Performing Arts will be producing “elf: The Musical” at the Machetanz Theatre, 251 West Swanson in Wasilla, from November 25th to December 18th, 2016.
Buddy, a young orphan mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity.
Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the “naughty list”, and his step-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Based on the 2003 hit film “Elf”, this Broadway musical is a modern holiday classic and is sure to make everyone from 8 to 80 embrace their inner elf.
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 artwork made from recycled materials, on loan from the VCRS (Valley Community for Recycling Solutions).
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.