Standing in front of a camera in the empty University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Campus Library, Assistant Professor Stephen Florian spoke of something he believes affects everyone at some point in work or school: writer's block.
Every year, a performance takes place in Ketchikan, with a handful of competing performers vying for the chance at a crown through singing, dancing and theater.
For Ketchikan Theatre Ballet instructors and dancers, it's a relief to be back in the studio after several months of virtual lessons.
Sara Dove Orozco's exhibit at the Main Street Gallery, which will open on Oct. 2, encourages people to examine their relationships through a traditional style of colorful art.
History is in the making in Ketchikan.
There might not be engines on any of the vessels that carry competitors through the well-known Race to Alaska course, but since 2015, there have been cameras.
Anywhere can be a stage, if a performer is creative enough — even Ketchikan's own Ward Lake.
The upcoming exhibit at the Main St. Gallery will celebrate an important day in the history of the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council.
Widely recognized for his work on "The Rock" sculpture on Berth 1, local artist Dave Rubin also has delved into the process of designing book covers — his latest work is reflected on the front and back covers of a book written by an old friend with First City ties.
Pesto, pickles, salsa and salad dressing take a turn for the original — and local — when made by Foraged and Found, a small Ketchikan business that was recently featured in Edible Alaska magazine.
While the annual Blueberry Arts Exhibit will remain in the Main Street Gallery until the end of the month, four artists will appear around town with pop-up galleries until the end of September.
Even the pickiest of eaters might be able to find a new favorite dish in "Plating up the Tongass," a new culinary project from the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition.
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then the Tongass Historical Museum has a lot to say about Ketchikan's past.
Jemaica Murphy has always found inspiration in fantastical subjects.
When ventriloquist David Strassman walked into the SoHo Coho Gallery on Creek Street in 2001, he had a mission: to share his passion for fossils with local artist and fellow paleontology enthusiast Ray Troll.
Modified to facilitate social distancing and help prevent against the spread of COVID-19, First City Players announced that it is moving forward with a plan to hold an annual summer theater camp.
Whether working the First City Players stage or strolling down Hollywood Boulevard, Skyler Joy always knew she wanted to be an actress.
Heather Lende describes her first three books about life and work in Haines as "love letters" to that Southeast Alaska community, but her most recent work strikes a different tone, drawing inspiration from a dramatic term on the Haines Borough Assembly.
Not all those who participate in community scavenger hunts are lost — some are just looking to create something new.
After closing its doors to the public to help fight the spread of COVID-19, the Main Street Gallery will next month again allow in-person visitations and receptions with precautions in place.
Despite the fact that June is nearly halfway over, there is still plenty of time left in the summer season to enjoy the great outdoors — and a short cabin getaway might be the perfect place to start.
Whether under the glow of stage lights or broadcast from far away, the show must go on for First City Players.
May is halfway over, but the time for berry picking is just getting started — which is why the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan chose berries as the topic of the latest “AskUAS” lecture.
The latest presentation in the “AskUAS” lecture series was held virtually on Thursday evening, capping a sunny spring day that drove many people outside — fitting weather for the night’s topic of berries.
Ketchikan has been “hunkering down” for more than a month now, and numerous community organizations have jumped at the opportunity to make sure people can stay connected and entertained while fighting the spread of the coronavirus — for Ketchikan Museums, this means bringing exhibits online …
Whether donning dresses and suits or rocking a pair of pajamas and slippers, anyone can leave the coronavirus crisis behind for a night of music, dancing and memories during a virtual prom this weekend.
After just beginning the casting process for a spring production, First City Players’ usual bustle of activity was brought to a standstill by the spread of the novel coronavirus to Ketchikan this past month.
As Ketchikan hunkers down at home to fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus, many community organizations are continuing to provide normally scheduled activities — now modified to allow for social distancing.
In the aftermath of the February rockslide that hit the Tatsuda’s IGA Market building on Stedman Street, several pieces of local art were recovered — and one piece has been loaned to the Tongass Historical Museum.
During the age of social distancing and the “six feet apart” rule’s descent on society, some people may find themselves struggling to fill spare time and distract themselves from their constantly changing circumstances.
As “social distancing” in the time of COVID-19 forces communities to cancel or postpone a variety of social events, local musicians are bringing their shows to a virtual stage in order to provide a slice of normalcy for the First City.
Following the example of “Into the Wind,” the latest special exhibit at the Tongass Historical Museum, the focus of the “Museum Midday” lecture series has shifted to aviation in Alaska for the remainder of March.
With Ketchikan still gripped by snowy conditions and chilly temperatures, First City Players is providing a chance for fun and games with a series of youth theater classes that began earlier this week.
From plane crashes to train chases, First City Players’ upcoming production of “The 39 Steps” is full of action and intrigue — with only four actors to bring it all to life.
From floatplanes to 737s, aviation is a constant in the lives of many Southeast Alaska residents, and also serves as the inspiration for an upcoming special exhibit at the Tongass Historical Museum.
A variety of themes and emotions will tangle together during this year's annual “Evening of Dance” performance.
From a baby's blanket to a queen-sized bed quilt, there will be something for everyone to marvel at during the upcoming 29th annual Rainy Day Quilters Guild “Quilting in the Rain” show.
For Ed Littlefield, working with students isn’t just about making a lasting art project — it’s all about combining music, art, theater skills and language to learn something new.
For many Ketchikan residents, the annual Wearable Arts Show is the event of the year — and with only days before the show, artists and models are putting the final touches on their projects.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Three boys sat rapt in their theater seats beaming at a selection of snacks.
The holiday season snuck up on Ketchikan fast, which brings cheerful winter performances from a variety of community organizations – especially music groups.
All it takes to move to Alaska is a beat-up Volkswagen bus and a decrepit cabin waiting for you, nestled deep in the Kenai Peninsula – if one follows the lead of the characters in bestselling author Kristin Hannah’s newest book.
While Ketchikan is a vibrant community with plenty of musical talent, it never hurts to bring sounds from around the world a little closer to home.
With Thanksgiving leftovers still stowed away in the fridge, the First City is already gearing up for the holiday season, and Ketchikan Theatre Ballet’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker” is one of the first events up on the Christmas celebration agenda.
This time of year wouldn’t be complete without the Winter Arts Faire, a First City holiday fixture that has thrived in Ketchikan for years.
Few things are less entertaining than a plain white wall, which is why a small group of Ketchikan High School students are collaborating to bring a little color to W.F. Madden’s family entertainment center.
For some, the holidays might signal a time to relax with family and friends. For local vendors, the season brings new opportunities for their small business to attract attention at various festive bazaars and fairs.
After two months of near non-stop rehearsals, First City Players’ latest musical production, “The Secret Garden,” is mere days away from its opening night.
Tara Westover’s education took place not in a classroom, but a junkyard on Buck’s Peak, a rugged mountain in a rural county in Idaho.
In the First City, a new month brings a new exhibit to the Main Street Gallery.
Next week, high school students will dust off their dancing shoes and show off their singing voices as auditions begin for “Bye, Bye Birdie,” Ketchikan High School’s first musical in over a decade.