Sitka Fest presents two major public events during the long weekend of July 17 -21. On Saturday (July 20), the second annual TEDxSitka returns to the Odess Theater in Allen Hall from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Eleven speakers from throughout the U.S. come together for an afternoon of short, compelling talks on topics ranging from Tlingit armor construction to the cultural impact of digital technology. Then on Sunday (July 21) internationally-acclaimed jazz vocalist Dee Daniels along with vocalist Charenee Wade and the Native Jazz Trio present a concert at the Sitka Performing Arts Center at 7:00 pm. Tickets for both events are on sale at Old Harbor Books: TEDxSitka tickets are $25; Dee Daniels, $20; $15 senior/students.

TEDxSitka: Saturday, July 20, 1 pm – 6 pm.

8644_400402733409177_911154634_nTEDxSitka 2013 is inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” This year’s speakers embody the spirit of Emerson’s trailblazer and include: Alaskan Native Artist Tommy Joseph; Camas Davis, founder of the Portland Meat Collective, Vietnamese-American author lê thi diem thúy, community organizer Ray Friedlander, clown and arts educator W.T. McRae, Steve Grody, author of Graffiti LA, guitarist/composer Benjamin Seretan, art critic Jarrett Moran, Harvard Design and Technology fellow Christian Ervin, carillonneur (ringer of church bells) and painter Julie Zhu and music historian Paul Cox. [Complete list of bios and talk titles attached to this document].

TEDxSitka takes place at the Odess Theater in Allen Hall at SJ. Doors open at 12:30 pm, talks begin at 1:00 pm. Each talk lasts less than 18 minutes. In addition, two TED talk videos will also be shown: Rita Pierson’s “Every Kid Needs a Champion” and Larry Lessig’s “We the People, and the Republic We Must Reclaim.” Snacks and beverages will be available during breaks. A wine and cheese reception follows at 6:00 pm. Sponsors include Allen Marine Tours, Evergreen Natural Foods, Larkspur Café and Old Harbor Books.

What is TED?

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Started as a four-day conference in California twenty-five years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for less than 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. TEDx events are independently organized programs licensed by the TED organization. Videos from last year’s sold-out TEDxSitka event are available on the TED YouTube channel; collectively they have received over 8,000 views since last August.

Dee Daniels Jazz Concert: July 21, 7pm

imageOn July 21st at 7:00 pm, legendary jazz vocalist Dee Daniels performs at the Sitka Performing Arts Center with guest artist Charenee Wade and the Native Jazz Trio. Daniels’ four-octave range and ability to “sing gospel, jazz and blues comfortably and with great emotion” has established her as one of the great jazz artists of her generation. Daniels began singing gospel music in a church choir in Oakland, California and came of age performing R&B before moving to Europe to hone her jazz skills in the 1980s. She’s sung the blues with Sarah Vaughan and gospel with Joe Williams and has performed in concert with jazz greats Lionel Hampton, Toots Thielemans, Johnny Griffin and Ed Thigpen.

Arriving in Sitka straight from a show at New York’s famed Birdland Jazz Club, her concert features jazz standards and gospel classics, as well as original tunes. Joining her on stage will be the Native Jazz Trio (Christian Fabian, bass; Reuel Lubag, piano; and Edward Littlefield, drums), recently appointed Jazz Ambassadors of the United States by the U.S. State Department.

Tickets are now available at Old Harbor Books. General admission is $20; student and seniors, $15. The concert is part of the Dee Daniels Vocal Jazz Workshop, which takes place at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, July 20th-27th . Daniels and Wade, both award-winning jazz artists and educators, will be working with students from throughout Alaska. Students in the intensive week-long camp study vocal technique, improvisation, theory, storytelling, stage presence, the music business and more. All proceeds from ticket sales go toward supporting the SFAC.



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