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Should a Stand-Up Comedy Hall of Fame ever be erected, no inaugural class would be complete without the induction of Paul Rodriguez.

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Anchorage Opera (AO) announces “In response to the ongoing COVID pandemic, and its highly transmissible Omicron variant currently overwhelming our hospitals and endangering our neighbors, we have come to the extremely difficult decision to postpone all performances of Missing scheduled for F…

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Ever been burning one with a trusted weed buddy and one of you says something so incomparably hilarious, wise and insightful you can’t stop laughing or marveling at your stupendous insight?

Though the guitar is likely the instrument listened to more than any other, most music fans go their whole listening lives exposed to but a few styles from as few world cultures.

The legendary Second City sketch theater team, which has been the training grounds for many, if not most Saturday Night Live stars returns to Anchorage for the first time since the start of the pandemic Saturday night with a 7 p.m. show at the Performing Arts Center.

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Imagery is the name of the art game. In spite of Covid continuing to force art aficionados into easy chairs, devouring aesthetic catalogs instead of visiting exhibitions in-situ, pictures whatever kind, linger in the brain and reveal a lot about humanity. Ten images express the times we live in. 

2021 continued to see museum shutdowns, and memberships decline.  When institutions did open, visitors were turned away when they forgot to download online ticketing.  Those who resisted masks or showing shot records, stomped-off when refused entry.  Outdoor art venues became popular- — I vi…

Saturday evening's subzero weather was warmed with the surreal musings of Wilmington, NC-based journeyman comedian John Tole, who traveled 31 hours to get to Anchorage for the show.

Holidays are for rediscovering dusty boxes filled with ornaments or thumbing through threadbare cookbooks for that recipe, which has alternative ingredients penned into a buttery-stained margin. Contemporary mortals are not the first to go nuts hoarding weird stuff. Shell collecting actually…

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, featuring eating, drinking, and hopefully in-person socializing through New Year’s, provided the latest variant—‘Omicron’, isn’t a spoilsport. So whether you are having fun turning that sage-sprinkled steak over on a grill, finding the …

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Gigi Lynch, who co-stars in the role of the perky Marilyn alongside Linda Benson’s crabby character Abby, took part in a Q&A with the Press ahead of the final weekend of Cyrano's Theatre's return to live theater with its presentation of the play 'Ripcord'.

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As Cyrano’s Theatre Company production of Ripcord heads into its final week of performances, Director Teresa K Pond shares her enthusiasm about their first post-Covid play written by David Linday-Abaire. 

Anchorage Community Theatre’s 68th season rings in the holidays with Happy Christmas, Jeeves by Heidi McElrath and Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey, based on the stories of PG Wodehouse.

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PROMISE ME ETERNITY is one of those books that tears your heart out. It is a very well-written human drama that keeps you reading even as you wished you'd never started the book. It is a snapshot of the underside of civilization, what happens to the dispossessed.  Worse, it is the step-by-st…

WASILLA — Valley Performing Arts is preparing to unveil a local rendition of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” scheduled to open to the public next weekend.

It’s become fashionable to the point of trite in recent years to casually assert that you ‘do not give a fuck,’ or, ‘give zero fucks’, or in social media and text message circles that you do not ‘GAF.’

Over the past 50 years I’ve lived in Anchorage, many businesses have disappeared or been bought by outside chains. Muffler City & Brake (105 West 5th) is one of few family owned businesses remaining. An emporium for regular folks and auto hobbyists, you can actually consult with mechanic…

Anchorage Concert Association, the state’s largest arts and entertainment presenter, is pleased to announce that all shows for its 2021/2022 line-up will be on sale November 16 at noon: global guitar phenoms International Guitar Night (Jan 14-15), cutting edge comedians The Second City (Jan.…

30 Asian American artists have one day to make six new plays  in Theater Mu’s second annual virtual festival 

Comedian Kabir Singh, fresh off of his successful appearance on season 16 of America’s Got Talent, performed at Koot’s in Anchorage last Saturday night and Everett’s in Palmer on Friday night.  

The cast for Ripcord was two weeks away from starting rehearsals when the world stopped.

‘Painting by Numbers, Data-Driven Histories of Nineteenth-Century Art’ sounds like you are about to learn how to dab a color onto a line-drawing with subdivided numerical spaces, which indicates where to insert the numbered hues--it’s not.  This tome looks at past artists who gravitated to p…

As the Halloween season concluded, Anchorage had two theater companies performing live Rocky Horror Picture Show acts throughout the city. Mad Myrna’s, long-running live musical performance opened October 15th and runs through November 20th and newcomer Sparkles Productions offered a four-da…

WASILLA — AJ Seims recently participated in a question and answer interview to discuss his upcoming rendition of “Beauty and the Beast,” and reflections from his experience in the Alaskan theater community spanning nearly three decades.

After leading the way in virtual productions throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, all Perseverance Theatre’s productions for the 2021-22 season are scheduled to be live and in-person with the exception of the rebroadcast of A Tlingit Christmas Carol by Vera Starbard. Of course, we will be follo…

Anchorage Community Theatre’s 69th season opens with FRANKENSTEIN: The Radio Play of Mary Shelley’s famous novel, written by Philip Grecian. The 1818 novel, which delves into human connection, hubris, and the ruthless pursuit of knowledge, is considered by many to be the first work in the ge…

The Anchorage Opera was scheduled to begin its season Oct. 22-24 with the ‘Pirates of Penzance’, but due to the ongoing Delta variant outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, that show had to be postponed into 2022 at a date still to be determined.

The Anchorage International Film Festival (AIFF) was founded in 2001 in order to bring independent and international films to Anchorage, and to showcase the quality independent films made in Alaska. Since then it has grown to become the largest film festival in Alaska. Its mission is to deve…

Adapt. Pivot. Virtual: Words that once exited mouths infrequently became part of everyday strategy and lexicon during the pandemic, especially for Anchorage performing arts groups and organizations that had to adapt, pivot and go virtual after theatre doors closed. 

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Non-white female artist-models have been used and abused generationally, while being chosen for exotic, mysterious, and sexually alluring qualities; they were cheaply attained from brothels too. It has only been recently that these females were hailed for their contributions to the art world…

Anchorage Concert Association, the state’s largest arts and entertainment presenter, is pleased to announce 13 more shows for its 2021/2022 season line-up: New gods of Irish music Lúnasa (Dec. 11), global guitar phenoms International Guitar Night (Jan 14-15), cutting edge comedians The Secon…

As the world turns, so does our understanding of the realities and falsehoods of the forces that spin our little ball of dirt around the solar system. As Anthony Kiedis put it, “the more I see, the less I know.”

Anchorage Community Theatre’s 69th season opens with FRANKENSTEIN: The Radio Play of Mary Shelley’s famous novel, written by Philip Grecian. The 1818 novel, which delves into human connection, hubris, and the ruthless pursuit of knowledge, is considered by many to be the first work in the ge…

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Anchorage’s Covid surge didn’t deter masked-art-aficionados from Amanda Thompson’s opening: ‘Odyssey’ at Snow City Café (thru November 3). Thompson resides in Indian, is the King Tech High School advertising art and design instructor, and grew up in the post-war oil boomtown of Anchorage whe…

Join the team of the ANC Zine Fair for an informal gathering at Bivy on Friday October 1,  2021 from 5 to 9 p.m.

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MANAGING FOR ACCOUNTABILITY; A Business Leader’s Toolbox

NEW YORK (AP) — After an off-season of some mystery involving several favorite performers, “Saturday Night Live” said it was returning for its 47th year this weekend with all but one of its incumbent cast members on board.

Being live onstage is Jane Lynch’s happy place.

Local ceramic artist, Emily Gelino-Bequette recently participated in a question and answer interview to discuss her craft, starting her own business, local creativity, and art as a whole.

We live in difficult, stressful times what with floods, droughts, humongous forest fires, and a pandemic that feels like a slow-moving apocalypse. Fear not! Gird your mental loins, so to speak, with a good book that will transport you to a calmer universe, or at least a different one. These …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix’s “The Crown” and “The Queen’s Gambit” combined with Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso” to sweep top series honors at the Sunday’s Emmy Awards, a first for streaming services that cemented their rise to prominence in the television industry.

When it comes to a dispensary doing everything right, Enlighten Alaska leads the way. A perfect location on Spenard with great parking options. Beautiful clean shop with awesome budtenders. Mercy helped me out with the aid of Sharina. Mercy really knows his stuff and I overheard Sharina help…

The Anchorage Concert Association’s presentation of the Piano Guys scheduled for September 18 at the Alaska Center for the Performing arts has been postponed until May 14, 2022, due to a positive test for COVID-19 in The Piano Guys organization. All previously purchased tickets will still be…

The rapidly escalating situation in Alaska is overwhelming our hospitals and endangering our neighbors. With The Pirates of Penzance rehearsals set to begin in less than a week we cannot in good conscience add fuel to the fire that is the Delta variant running rampant among us. Assembling it…

NEW YORK (AP) — A digital marquee in Times Square says it all: “The Wait Is Over.”

NEW YORK (AP) — Comedian Norm Macdonald, a former “Saturday Night Live” writer and performer who was “Weekend Update” host when Bill Clinton and O.J. Simpson provided comic fodder during the 1990s, has died.

The following is an excerpt from the Art Sleuth’s presentation at the Gangwon Triennale 2021, South Korea. Art critics are on the front lines of the aesthetic world, camera, and iPhone in hand, making instantaneous observations, to be pondered by art historians. Critics scrutinize exhibition…

Since the beginning of time – and even before the clock was invented – every workforce in every civilization and empire was exactly the same: 10% of the people were doing 90% of the work and 90% of the people were doing the remaining 10%.  Then things changed dramatically. Credit, or curse, …