Homer Alaska - Arts

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Arts Briefs

Author's mother visits Homer

Jerene Mortenson, mother of author Greg Mortenson, visits the Homer Bookstore from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Greg Mortenson is the author of "Three Cups of Tea" and "Stones Into School." Jerene Mortenson is available to visit and sign books.

Anchorage writer presents plays

Anchorage performance artist, poet, actor and puppeteer Brian Hutton returns to the Bunnell Street Arts Center with two plays, "The Best of 20th Century Man" and "In Their Own Words: Emma Goldman and Adolph Fischer." The plays show at 8 p.m. April 8 and 9 at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Hutton also does a week of slam poetry workshops at Homer Middle School the week of April 11 as part of an Artist in Schools residency.

Hutton's "The Best of 20th Century Man" features works from parts 1 and 2 of his 2008 plays as well as new material. "In Their Own Words" looks at the story of 19th century anarchist Adolph Fischer — Hutton's great-grand uncle — and 19th and 20th century anarchist Emma Goldman.

The entire script is derived from snatches of their stories taken directly from their autobiographical writings, trial transcripts and newspaper clippings from the times. Hutton appears as the mad scientist in "20th Century Man" and the narrator in "In Their Own Words." Mark Stoneburner plays Adolph an Rebecca Barker plays Emma, with music by Sally Jungreis.

Applicants invited for YoungArts

Young artists ages 17 to 18 can apply now for the YoungArts program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Applications are accepted through Oct. 14. Winning artists in the visual, literary and performing arts are eligible for financial awards and scholarships and the opportunity to participate in workshops with master artists and be nominated for the title of Presidential Scholar in the Arts. To apply, visit www.youngarts.org.