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Next Meeting Oct 19 Thursday

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

Recent Photos: Art on Fire 2017
October 14 Saturday

Coming to you October 14 from the historic MATI gallery next to Wasilla International Airport, the sixth season premier 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 last year's episode at the 2015 AK Home Companion archive page.

The Valley Arts Alliance will be producing The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show, at 7pm Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry, 3800 W. Museum Drive in Wasilla. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door. A cash bar will be open during the event.

October 14 Second Saturday

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November 11 Second Saturday

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November 18 Saturday

Coming to you November 18 from the Sutton Public Library and Community Resource Center in Sutton, the sixth season Sutton 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 last year's episode at the 2016 AK Home Companion Sutton archive page.

The Valley Arts Alliance will be producing The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show, at 7pm Saturday, November 18, 2017, at the Sutton Public Library and Community Resource Center in Sutton. A donation of $15 is suggested.

Alaska Home Companion—Call for Auditions!

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 2017 Wasilla Episode will be broadcast live on Saturday October 14 from the historic Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry (MATI) gallery next to Wasilla International Airport. We are planning an encore episode to be broadcast live from the Sutton Public Library on November 18.

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 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.

Auditions will be held Thursday September 7 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.

So mark your calendar! The Wasilla episode of the VAA Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show! will be broadcast at 7pm Saturday, October 14, 2017, 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.

VAA partners with Valley Performing Arts!

The Valley Performing Arts will be producing “The Tin Woman” at the Machetanz Theatre, 251 West Swanson in Wasilla, from September 8 to October 1, 2017.

The Tin Woman is the story of a woman who receives a heart transplant and her eventual meeting with the family of the donor.  Instead of relishing life after her heart transplant, Joy enters a downward spiral, unsure whether she truly deserves a second chance. Meanwhile, Alice and Hank mourn the loss of their son, Jack, whose heart was used to save Joy.  At a friend’s urging, Joy tracks down Jack’s family to find closure. But are Alice, Hank, and their daughter Sammy ready to accept Jack’s death? Based on a true story, The Tin Woman uses humor and tragedy to explore loss, family, and what it means to be given new life.

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.