FOUR DAY WEEK By Anna Coote, Aidan Harper, Alfie Sterling, Polity Press 

NEW YORK (AP) — Long before there was fake news, there was a fake news show.


What a thrill to be back at the ‘actual’ Anchorage Museum this July Fourth weekend, hearing ‘real’ voices from locals and tourists, cheerfully strolling while commenting about the art.  It felt like being awakened after a yearlong big nap, having experienced very bad nightmares. The exhibiti…

PARIS (AP) — Paris on Saturday was the only place to be for die-hard Jim Morrison fans.

“Objects of Desire,” by Clare Sestanovich (Alfred A. Knopf) 

America is slowly opening up but travel isn’t easy. Husband Dave and I flew across the US to hug our kids, whom we hadn’t seen, except on Zoom, in 18 months.  Airport security is at its grumpiest, which permeates throughout airport eateries and onto planes.  Rental cars are few. I saw a youn…

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Britney Spears, who turns 40 this year, speaks to a Los Angeles judge at her own request on Wednesday, she'll do it 13 years into a court-enforced conservatorship that has exercised vast control of her life and money. But what is a conservatorship, exactly?

NEW YORK (AP) — Fifteen months after shuttering for the pandemic, New York's Radio City Music Hall reopened its doors Saturday for the Tribeca Festival premiere of a new Dave Chappelle documentary for a full-capacity, fully-vaccinated audience.

Every year, Hollywood inevitably comes under criticism for its lack of racial diversity. But another lesser-known yet still pervasive problem also resurfaces: the lack of diversity in skin tone.

Four years ago, the North Carolina-based husband-and-wife writing team of Dennis and Christine McClure published ‘We Fought the Road’, which detailed the efforts and hardships experienced by African American soldiers who built the bulk of the highway that came to be known as the Al-Can.


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Their History is Our History on June, 17 2021 at 6:00 PM. There will be a post-show Q&A with the participants, facilitated by George Martinez, where online attendees will be able to ask questions in the chat. This production will be FREE to Cyrano's audiences. This presentation 

Lots to find at the Bird Creek Craft Fair. Metal garden and yard art. Fused glass window and wall hangings, vases, nightlights, plant stakes and more. Pottery mugs and bowls. Forged hooks, handles, racks, hatchets and Damascus knives. Handmade soaps. Wooden bowls. Paintings, prints and cards…

Spenard Jazz Fest, Anchorage’s beloved, home-grown music festival, kicks off its 14th season with a return to in-person music June 2-6. This year’s festival will feature live and live-streamed performances from the Anchorage Museum, The Nave (formerly Church of Love), Van’s Dive Bar and priv…

Erica Phillipsen creates one-of-a-kind keepsakes made from the ashes of loved ones or pets through her growing passion project, Alaska Cremation Keepsakes.

Anchorage Community Theatre’s presentation of Rand Higbee’s sci-fi comedy epic, Shaula: Queen of the Universe opens its second weekend with a Cosplay Night.

TRAFFIC NORTH: Crime on the Alaska/Russia Border

By Victoria Hardesty and Nancy Perez

‘Mid-Century Modernism and the American Body, Race, Gender, and the Politics of Power in Design’ by Kristina Wilson critiques the Fifties through: books/magazines, home/furniture designs, manufactured Kitsch, which consumers purchased or at least lusted after. It was a time of acceptable dis…

Hillary Saffran is a Wasilla-based comedian, musician, actor, ventriloquist, and overall lover of everything creative, especially when she can share with others. She’s been involved with numerous community groups and projects over the years, including the Valley Arts Alliance and Valley Perf…

Ten local artists are putting their skills to work raising money for orphaned children in Panama. The Pastel Society Alaska (PSAK) is conducting an online auction May 17-31 with a goal of raising $25,000 to care for these children with special needs.

TRAFFIC NORTH: Crime on the Alaska/Russia Border

Anchorage Community Theatre presents their 6th show of its 2020/2021 season with the world premiere of Rand Higbee’s sci-fi comedy epic, Shaula: Queen of the Universe.  Directed by Nate Benson 

Anchorage is not an easy place to own a car. Vehicles are expensive; they have to be imported. For at least half the year drivers navigate the dark on black ice, when at any time a moose can spring from roadside brush. Residual dusty sand/gravel can also be a challenge, as are potholes. Havi…

Billy Idol has just been confirmed for the AT&T Concert Series at the 2021 Alaska State Fair, bringing the total number of confirmed acts to eight. The platinum-selling punk pioneer will take the ConocoPhillips Borealis Theatre stage on Saturday, September 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale …

Four more big-name acts have been confirmed for the AT&T Concert Series at the 2021 Alaska State Fair: chart-topping country icon Martina McBride on August 22, comedic thought leader Michael Jr. on August 23, emo-rockers Dashboard Confessional on August 27 and faith-filled country singer…


MOMMY 13 is a tough read. But not because it is beset with bad grammar, typos or words you have to look up in the dictionary. It is a tough read because it is the autobiography of woman with a diverse, exciting, nail-biting life story.

Most artists are not devoutly religious yet do feel a spiritual connection to ‘Place’, whether in their studios or strolling through art venues. Since the Post-War period, museums have burgeoned and become aesthetic temples, much like cathedrals of the Romanesque/Gothic era. In the Middle Ag…

Of Hope is a performance addressing the impacts of social isolation, grief, loss, and hope during COVID-19.  Of Hope will provide a space to share the hard stuff, a place to give a sense of connection and normalcy through art during a time of unrest and fear, a place to feel seen, and an opp…


RAVEN’S COVE, By Mary Ann Poll  

Museums Alaska has hired Dixie Clough as its Director. Clough will serve as the lead administrator for the statewide organization that works to strengthen museums and cultural centers throughout Alaska. She will manage Museums Alaska’s substantial grant program,  oversee the organization’s p…

The Alaska Biennial 2020 was closing, and sadly wasn’t going to travel statewide. The show placard read, “Artists reflect the world around them and some of the work in this exhibition addresses the pandemic and ideas of isolation, racism and decolonization, as well as the surrounding—and cha…

Starting this Easter Sunday ACT will showcase its virtual children’s musical Super Happy Awesome News! with American Sign Language interpretation.  This show was the the second Virtual Children’s Musical in it’s 67th season, written by Jessica Penzias, with music and lyrics by Denver Casado.


Anchorage Concert Association created the Community Artist Project to partner with local artists to create short-term projects that provide connections between communities throughout Anchorage while social events, venues, and performances remain limited due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Impressionist paintings and murder mysteries are established genres.  Going back to Aristotle, academics have debated the human need for categorizing, suggesting it relates to Earth’s cyclical seasons.


According to photographer Jeff Schultz, it was artist Jon Van Zyle who first proposed that the two collaborate on a project. Schultz, who has been the official photographer for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race since 1982, has long known Van Zyle, who has been the race’s official artist since…



With a $49,564 grant from the Institute from Museum and Library Services, the Alutiiq Museum will host a tribal summit to discuss topics in recent Alutiiq history. The Difficult Discussions project, which started in January, is an effort to identify stories from the past 250 years of Alutiiq…

YUPIIT YURARYARAIT (Yupi’ik Ways of Dancing)


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Live, in-person theater makes its return to Anchorage on Saturday — albeit in a socially distant setting — as Anchorage Community Theatre presents ‘Angels in Anchorage’.

The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) is pleased to announce that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded an $800k grant to support Utuqqanaatmiñ, a three-year initiative for innovative Indigenous programming to drive social change and community healing.

RUSSIAN COLONIZATION OF ALASKA (Baranov’s Era, 1799 -1818)