“Walkabout” Held at KTOO Through March

BY JERRY SMETZER Reprinted with permission Juneau writer and painter, Jerry Smetzer, continues his show “Walkabout—A Young Woman’s Journey of Exploration” at KTOO through March. The show consists of 10 20 inch by 26 inch oil on canvas paintings. Each painting includes a framed block of about 250 words of text to help set the…

Gotta Get Down on Friday

BY ALEXA CHERRY For the UAS Whalesong On November 6th, I attended First Friday in downtown Juneau for the first time in my almost 4 years of living and going to school here. Since it was my first time, I honestly had no idea what to expect; I knew that it was supposed to be…

This Sequel is Better: The New Mendenhall Valley Public Library

BY JONAS LAMB For the UAS Whalesong Rarely are sequels better, but in the case of the Valley Public Library take 2, it’s a no-brainer. Having escaped the confines, burnt-pizza-and-pull-tabs ambiance of the Mendenhall Mall, the Valley Library has a new home and, for UAS students, this new venue for studying and hanging out is…

Othello: The Experience

It seems to me like there are two kinds of plays – ones where the characters move around and do stuff in different settings, like Pirates of Penzance, and then there are ones where the characters mostly just stand around talking to each other and to the audience. Othello ominously promised to be one of the latter.

An Interview with Chancellor Caulfield

BY LEXI CHERRY For the UAS Whalesong The UAS Whalesong’s Lexi Cherry had the opportunity to sit down with newly-minted Chancellor Rick Caulfield. Lexi Cherry: Tell us your story. Who are you? Where did you come from? Rick Caulfield: I came to Juneau in 1975 on the ferry Columbia, and I ended up moving up…

Poetry is the Art of Literature

How is it a small poem can carry so much more weight than any other form of literature? Why is it that you can write a book about a poem, you can write an essay about a line in the poem, and you can sing a poem – but you cannot sing a book?