Portugal. The Man started out as a modest indie band with deep roots in Alaska and has since ascended to national, even international, popularity. The Portland-based group’s music has long been described as “alternative rock,” but their song “Feel It Still” recently earned the band its first Grammy Award nomination — in the pop category.
For the third year in a row, more than 300 Juneau second-graders visited the building’s clan house and exhibit for a cultural excursion. The field trip is part of Any Given Child Juneau, an initiative to expand arts education locally and backed by the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Independent history John Cloud lectured Wednesday in the Living History Room of Juneau’s Walter Soboleff Building, where he touted the important contributions that Tlingit clan leader Kohklux and Inupiat Joe Kokaryuk made to mapping Alaska.
The small, rural schools that make up Southeast Island School District don’t have the means for formal year-round music programs. Recognizing the importance of music in education, though, the district brought down two music teachers from the Fairbanks-based nonprofit Dancing with the Spirit.
Eleven Alaskans testified before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday — for and against drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. While senators said they wanted to listen to the people of the Arctic, many seemed to hear selectively.