By Robin Thompson

Like everyone, I’m hunkered down trying to get into a routine. I generally work from home; being forced is a different matter. I went to Costco and pushed my cart down empty aisles, no jalapeno poppers — husband Dave says he can survive if there are poppers and beer. There was lots of frozen…

As we continue to self quarantine and socially distance ourselves over the next few weeks and, many of us will turn to our favorite TV shows, movies, music and podcasts to enjoy our favorite arts.

With the spring break travel being thwarted and stock markets plummeting, all in response to the uncertainty over the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and possible shortages because of breakdowns in overseas manufacturing and supply routes, two venues celebrated National Youth Art Month…

Blue Chair Productions is a breath of fresh air in the Anchorage theatre community. Each production company and black box theatre group has their own vibe and style, and it seems the Blue Chair has cornered the market on thoughtful and emotional entertainment. In their newest production, Ugl…

At this month’s College Art Association Conference in Chicago, I presented: ‘Climate Change Alert through Arctic Aesthetics’, for a session entitled ‘Art Criticism Between and Around the Coasts’.

The Anchorage Museum has a strong commitment to acknowledging the art of Alaska’s indigenous people, and recently they have embarked on appreciating all Arctic aboriginal artists, such as Norway’s Aslaug Juliussen. Not only is Northern ancient craft being recognized as fine art, but present-…

Hip Hop is often confused as a musical genre. The reality is that it's a culture, comprised of 5 pillars; Turntabling, Breakdancing, Rhyming, Beatmaking, Knowledge, and Graffiti. These forms are their own lifestyles in a way, yet still maintain close connection to the societal dialogue Hip H…

By Anchorage Downtown Partnership Press Release

By Kaylene Johnson-Sullivan

In the rear of the Smithsonian Arctic Center, on the second floor of the Anchorage Museum, is the Gillam Archeology Lab, where I found Canadian artist Glenn Gear, who relishes his multi-cultural heritage, uniquely incorporating European and Nunatsiavut ethnicity into video games, collages an…

When three of our grown children relocated to the East coast, husband David and I found ourselves traveling for Christmas/New Year holidays. Sleuthing for art is a good way to pause from competitive family board gaming and over-indulgence of hollandaise sauce and roast beef, too.

In my art wanderings, I seek out contextual narratives, which I often rework into my own paintings. Sometimes an image will express more than its companion writings. Social injustice, perseverance of man, and Climate Change issues — evident in our ever shrinking planet, made profound stateme…

Here are excerpts from ten 2019 Sleuth pieces, which describe Alaska’s year in art (entire pieces can be Googled). Artists reacted to denial of Climate Change, global resistance to mass human displacement/migration, while visually embracing universal commonalities. At the Christies Education…

It just wouldn’t be the holiday season without a large-scale production of Charles Dickens’ ‘ A Christmas Carol’ and once again, it’s Juneau-based Perseverance Theater bringing the classic to Anchorage’s audiences Dec. 20-29 at the Performing Arts Center.

In a large classroom on the third floor of UAA/APU’s Consortium Library, a small group of Anchorage citizens gathered to hear Dahr Jamail hawk his acclaimed book, ‘The End of Ice’, reportage about the state of the planet. While a few students wandered in and abruptly out, appearing not to ca…

The theater scene appears to be alive and well in the Mat-Su Valley, with numerous productions of all levels happening throughout the year.

Outdoor public art fetches up in most cities and towns, mostly ignored, with original meanings lost on new generations. For example, no one knows what to do with Confederate statues whose bygone meanings are lost, leaving only tropes of slavery’s dehumanization. However, the 55-foot orange C…

After an extensive search, Perseverance Theatre is pleased to announce the hiring of Leslie Ishii for the role of Artistic Director. Ishii has been serving as Interim Artistic Director since July, and has already energized the theatre with her initiative, ideas, and community-minded approach…

The Broadway musical production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid swam into Anchorage October 22nd and is delighting young and old alike for a 6 day run of 8 performances now through Sunday October 27th at the Atwood Concert Hall.

“I presume,” said Cedar Sigo at a festival described as the Fight Club of Seattle’s indie lit world a few years back, “that I have been asked to speak with you today because I am a busy poet in the 21st century, an identity that is much more at risk than being queer or Native or any other de…

When Rocky Horror premiered nearly 45 years ago it was nothing short of shocking. All most people knew of transvestites were rumors about J. Edgar Hoover and the like, and the concept of transsexual was something they were nowhere near ready for.

Traveling around the U.S. when I was younger, I would visit friends at their colleges, many I knew from high school theater. In tiny podunk towns the nation over, kids would whisper, almost as if it were the same mysterious trench-coated figure on a circuit, a name, of a returning director.