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Film, music highlight Alaskan culture

The Union StaffShawn Zuke will perform during the "Acoustic Alaskan Showcase" Saturday.
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From films to musical performances, the Alaskan culture will shine Saturday at the Nevada City United Methodist Church.

The “Acoustic Alaskan Showcase” kicks off with a 4 p.m. screening of “HeartBeat Alaska,” followed by a 5:30 p.m. salmon feast dinner and performances from 8 to 10 p.m. by three Alaskan musicians.

“HeartBeat Alaska” is three, 30-minute films produced, filmed and aired on Alaskan TV about indigenous Alaskans and contemporary life in Alaska.

Featured musicians are Andy Baker, Dave Manning and Shawn Zuke from Alaska and special guest percussionist Isaac James from Nevada City.

“This showcase is to bring awareness of the ways of life lived by the Alaskan indigenous people to the world so that these people are not forgotten,” said presenter Cheri Snook, “and to teach us that different lifestyles still exist.”

Snook hosts the “Universal Tapestry” radio show, better known as “Alaskan Music Magazine” on KVMR every other Friday.

Admission to the films is $3; admission to the music performances is $12. Tickets are at Yabobo, Harmony Books, Empire Music, Flying Hare and at the door. Dinner reservations must have been received by last Monday.

Nevada City United Methodist Church is at 433 Broad St.

Call Snook at 265-8794 with any questions.

Zuke will also perform at Kirby’s Creekside (101 Broad St., Nevada City), accompanied by Caryn Simmons of Washington, at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Continuing the “Alaskan invasion,” Robin Greene and John Cook will perform Alaskan songs Jan. 30 at Cooper’s (235 Commercial St., Nevada City), starting at 9 p.m.

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