Arts in brief

Artist, writer reads for Battle of Attu 75th

As part of its series “Fact, Fable, and Natural History: Writing About the Aleutians,” and for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge’s honoring of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Attu, Ray Hudson at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, will read selections from his new novel, “Ivory and Paper: Adventures In and Out of Time” (University of Alaska Press) at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Attu was the only ground battle to take place on American soil during World War II. “Ivory and Paper” weaves together science fiction, time travel, and traditional Unangan (Aleut) stories.

Hudson taught school in Unalaska and is very well respected in the Unangan world. He is the author of “Moments Rightly Placed” and also the author and editor of several scholarly books on the Aleutian Islands. A retired public school teacher, he is a woodblock artist and poet who lives in Vermont.

BodyVox performs Nov. 3

BodyVox – Urban Meadow performs at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the Mariner Theatre. Tickets are $21 for Homer Council on the Arts members, $26 for general admission, $11 for children under 16, $54 for HCOA family and $64 for a non-HCOA member family. Prices include a $1 school district surcharge. Scholarships for tickets are available. Submit requests to

BodyVox, based out of Portland Oregon, presents Urban Meadow, a collection of individual dances highlighting the best of the best of their original works. BodyVox is described as “A kinetic storm of creativity, physicality and wit.” The evening includes dance combined with film, offering a wide range of dances that will entertain audience of all ages. Since its founding in 1997, BodyVox has garnered international acclaim for its ingenuity, creativity, and unique approach to theater that assimilates all possibilities for movement, endows it with breathtaking physicality, enriches it with striking imagery and embellishes it with humor, wit and whimsy to create refined dancing that knows no boundaries.

BodyVox also offers classes during its visit. At 6 p.m. on Nov. 2 there will be classes for youth and Nutrcracker performers.

At 10 a.m. on Nov. 3 is a class for adults or youth ages 16 and older (or by special arrangement). Each 90-minute class is $20 per student. In the classes, BodyVox blends bold athleticism and freewheeling imagination with dance, comical characters and energizing rhythms to explore the elements of dance. BodyVox dancers will lead a warm up to prepare participants for across the floor movement and phrase development.

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