I’m on a JAL flight out of Los Angeles, flying across the Pacific, heading to Taipei for the annual AICA-International (art critics) conference where I was invited to present a paper. Thinking about Captain Cook and his three three-year voyages mapping much of the Pacific Ocean, I felt privi…

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In the dozen years since its 2005 debut, global musical sensation Celtic Woman has emerged as both a formidable multimedia presence and a genuine cultural phenomenon. The group's albums and DVD releases have been consistent multi-platinum best-sellers, and its concert tours continue to touch…

Joanna Lilley, a poet and novelist based in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, will begin her upcoming 49 Writers "Milk Run Tour" of Alaska next week with stops in Juneau, Cordova, and Anchorage. She’ll offer workshops and readings or talks in all three cities. We're so pleased to be welcoming our…

The characters that have been created by Jane Austen are loved by generations of readers, particularly those that were introduced in ‘Pride and Prejudice’, like Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Of the Bennet sisters, the middle child Mary seems to have often gotten the least amount of explora…

Sometimes growing up is a pain. Sometimes it takes a while to figure out what we are good at. Sometimes people tell us that we are never going to achieve our dreams. All these things aren’t as difficult when we have some good friends with us to encourage us and help us see what makes us spec…

Nava Semel died on December 2, 2017 at the age of 63. Semel was an Israeli author, playwright, and screenwriter whose work amplified the human experience to every corner of the world, including Alaska. Her work has been translated into multiple languages, including Arabic, Czech, Dutch, Engl…

For many actors and theatre people, the first taste of the spotlight comes from an annual church Christmas Pageant. In Anchorage, many younger actors have taken their first turn on stage at Anchorage Community Theatre. It seems only fitting that these two concepts collide in The Best Christm…

“We are supposed be clowns!” Christina Gelsone exclaimed, laughing. Gelsone is one half of the Acrobuffos, a company based in New York, that has been making it’s mark around the entire world. Seth Bloom makes up the other half of the pair. Since they became clown partners in 2006 the pair ha…

If you are one of those people who loathe the constant barrage of holiday music that blasts over the airwaves of every station this time year, then the Anchorage Concert Association may have an antidote for you—The New Standards Holiday Show. Sure, it has “holiday show” in its title but this…

When then-candidate Donald Trump mocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren as ‘Pocahontas’ for claiming Native American ancestry, the image that popped into most people’s minds was that from the 1995 Disney film.

It has been over 100 years since the Nutcracker first premiered in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 1892 and this beloved classic is still just as relevant now as it was then.

If you thought poetry was dead, or at least passé, and certainly archaic, then you should show up to The Writer’s Block the third Wednesday of every month.

In late October of 2013, two days before the Fall Equinox, a massive windstorm bore down on Southcentral Alaska. The Monday morning storm knocked out power to hundreds of homes and businesses, with a staggering 106 mph gust recorded in Bear Valley and 80-plus mph gusts on the east side. Wind…

When John Straley came to Alaska more than 40 years ago, he didn’t come as a writer; he came as a horseshoer.

Before this April, Danielle Anders had not only never tried stand-up comedy, she’d never even seen stand-up comedy.

Already on shaky financial footing, the Perseverance Theatre Company, based in Juneau that’s been performing second runs in Anchorage since 2014, was dealt what was nearly a deathblow last May.

Since 2010, Eagle River native Becky Braunstein has been making headway in the Portland comedy scene, with routines that frequently touch on her Alaska roots.

Anchorage Museum’s exhibition, ‘AIVIQ &NANUQ: Sea Horse and Sea Bear of the Arctic’ (thru May 12, 2019) scrutinizes the Northern Pacific with its pressing problem: climate change, through two iconic mammals, the Walrus and the Polar bear. The show looks at Arctic melt through animals, wh…

Last week at AFN I ran into Mark Begich, the Democratic candidate for Governor. “Mark,” I said, “Would you like to do an art story for the Press’ Sleuth?” He gave me a sincere look, and said he’d love to, but he had to fly around for the next two weeks gathering votes. “I get it,” musing tha…

“This project is my largest and most ambitious to date,” wrote artist and producer Enzina Marrari in a successful grant proposal for her latest work. With the amount of art Marrari has already created through her own endeavors, collaborative community projects or from being the curator of pu…

Growing up in Bulgaria, Neda St. Clair dreamed of becoming an orchestra conductor, despite being told at an early age that simply wasn’t a job for women.

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen premiered in 1879. The subject matter was considered scandalous, as it questioned the traditional roles of a husband and wife in the 19th century. The conclusion of that play ends with Nora leaving her husband and as one critic said, “That slammed door reverber…

The Restoration period in theater isn’t talked about very much, but with 2018 being undeniably the year of the woman in all facets of public life, it’s an era deserving of new exploration.

The hillside home of Dr. Brian Chen & Tim Pearson played host Sunday evening to the ‘Take One’ preview event for the Anchorage Opera’s first show of the 2018-19 season, Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘HMS Pinafore.’