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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)

KARLUK BONES By Robin Barefield

Covid-housebound humans are chafing at the proverbial bit to travel, if only to the next town. Many people are confronting boredom by making bread. But, have they really watched how the off-white elastic goo transforms into a network of beehive-esque cells, sequestered in a cave-like crust, …

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.The next Co…

Local actors and members of Fairview/Mountain View communities come together for an enacted reading of Angels in Alaska.  A play written by ACT executive director Matt Fernandez that explores the lives of prominent black members of the Anchorage Community – Mahala Ashley Dickerson, Rebecca H…

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.

Covid hasn’t stopped art in spite of museum closures. In addition to webinars, more artists are using outdoor walls. My question: is it all graffiti? Most people think of graffiti as something that has been painted without permission--blight on landscape. And, the artist has to be almost ath…

Alaska is no stranger to being featured on television and theater screens, as seen on sitcoms like ‘Northern Exposure’ and ‘Men in Trees’, reality shows including “Deadliest Catch” and ‘Alaska Bush People’, star-studded movies such as ‘Big Miracle’ and ‘The Frozen Ground’, and award-winning …

Six Valley artists are currently featured in the Anchorage Museum’s Alaska Biennial 2020 exhibit, which can be observed in person or online through April 4. Their work can be seen with 125 other pieces of art from across the state, collating into a “snapshot” of the contemporary landscape.

In the past four years we have seen how Patriotism was convoluted into selfishness for remunerative and dangerous purposes. We have also seen how Midwestern mythology has further become America’s justification for continuing down wrong rabbit holes: aggressive chemical farming by agricultura…

Technology has become such an integral part of our ability to connect and get some semblance of pre-Covid life. Katie Sevigny logs into our virtual meeting space, walking around her bedroom-turned-studio in Portland, laughing as she picks up a pair of underwear from the floor, saying “Well, …

Something squatchy has been lurking in the shadows at the intersection of South Colony Way and West Geranium Avenue in Palmer.

Last week’s breaching of the US Capitol glued people worldwide to electronic devices, proving pictures complement reportage. Democracy is messy and as a nation, we aren’t perfect at getting it right all the time. Yes, Democracy encompasses those who don’t deserve it. Here are 10 pictures fro…

The Anchorage Museum reopened Jan. 7 with a new schedule, welcoming visitors four days a week: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. The Discovery Center and MUSE Restaurant remain temporarily closed.

2020 was a tough Covid 19-year for the art world with museums opening and closing like clam shells. Major institutions began broadcasting ‘Zoom’ talks.  Attending an exhibition in situ meant going online for a ticket, often than not, discovering the museum once again had shut its doors. Arti…

I’ll admit holidays are weird this year. Husband Dave and I sadly decided to weather the Pandemic at home, relying on Zoom to make appearances with family, who are strewn across the country in their own household-bunkers.  Two artists, Bisa Butler and James Lancel McElhinney, made my present…

Performing live during covid is very challenging but TBA Theatre is up for the task. With two live-stream shows and one pre-recorded, they are giving back to the community with performances of "A Christmas Carol," "Christmas with Laura Ingalls," and the brand new work, specifically about the…

With Covid cases continuing to spike, 2020 art exhibitions and conferences have gravitated to Zoom-webinars, online art magazines, and renewed interest in reading actual books and show catalogs. Two tomes complement each other, illustrating man’s need for politics, power, and wealth through …

Stories start in many different ways. This one started with a conversation with a local artist about making her way in this world with her paintings, and ended with the lively shrieks of giddy children whooshing down a sledding hill at South Anchorage High School.

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Among its many, many, many casualties, COVID-19 scourge has claimed festivals of all sorts.

With the Biden/Harris administration expected to rejoin the ‘Paris Agreement’, ecology groups are lining up, waiting to draw down pollutants. Here’s an excerpt I’m scheduled to read at a Zoom-Istanbul conference, Thanksgiving weekend.  

In addition to being the Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers Executive Director, Alida van Almelo is a clay artist with a Master of Fine Arts from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and her own studio.

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Those familiar with the work of Anchorage visual artist Sheila Wyne know to expect the confident statement, the well-evolved idea and the apt metaphor. They’re familiar with her thrillingly inventive use of materials and how her art is rooted in the here-and-now, growing out of multiple conn…

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Anyone who has lived in or visited Alaska knows that you can stand pretty much anywhere in the state, turn 360 degrees with your camera while clicking away, and end up with a different screen saver image for every day of the year. But the draw of Alaska is not just visual. Alaska provides a …

Corinna Cook was born and raised in Juneau, “a rainy and proud and complicated town that wears no asphalt leash,” as she puts it in her debut book of lyric essays, Leavetakings. Just published by University of Alaska Press in the Alaska Literary Series, it’s a gorgeous, short collection of n…

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Author Don Neal first arrived in Alaska in 1968 courtesy of the U. S. Army, and he and his family have resided in Anchorage for over 50 years. His hobbies have included military history and the research and study of antique and historical firearms, with an occasional foray into drag racing. …

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‘Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead!’ and Biden gets to clean up the tornado, fallen upon an already splintered United States.  Two books: ‘What Comes After Farce’ by Hal Foster and ‘Haring-isms’ edited by Larry Warsh, depict art made in the age of a divided nation, when lying became the new norma…

Joshua Keil currently lives in Spain, but a big part of his heart is forever bound to Alaska. That’s why his latest self published novel, “In the Land of the Salmon” revolves around protecting wild salmon. That’s also why local bookstores like Fireside Books in Palmer were the first on his l…

With the upcoming Presidential election pivotal to how the U.S. deals with Climate Change, International Presence, and Domestic Race Relations, the art world once again becomes a mirrored reflection.  

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Museums have long been bastions of predominant cultures in local and international institutions. In the last decade even before ‘Black Lives Matter,’ there has been a push to assemble ethnic art shows, and revise histories read on wall placards, explaining why minorities were deliberately ig…

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Anyone that was living in the Anchorage area on November 30th of 2018 remembers the events of that day vividly. At 8:29 a.m., a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit about 10 miles north of the city and was felt as far away as Fairbanks.

All cities display boastful public art, usually presenting a biased viewpoint. Perhaps cave dwellers invited nearby cave neighbors to see their wall imagery, bragging about what their clan had accomplished. Maybe those visitors weren’t happy to see crowing narratives stained onto rocky surfa…

Fans of the band 36 Crazyfists will likely know the name Thomas Daniel Noonan. For years he spent time traveling the world as the drummer for the metalcore band that was formed in Anchorage, Alaska but was later based in Portland. In between shows he developed a passion for pencil art. As a …

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All cities display boastful public art, usually presenting a biased viewpoint. Perhaps cave dwellers invited nearby cave neighbors to see their wall imagery, bragging about what their clan had accomplished. Maybe those visitors weren’t happy to see crowing narratives stained onto rocky surfa…

Fifteen community arts organizations and counting have joined together to shine a light on the arts community that has been dark since March of this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Six months later, with no end in sight and still unable to bring large groups of people together, these 15 a…

We are not even a year into the COVID-19 pandemic and it feels like it will never end. What if it doesn’t?

One minute you’re settling into your armchair, feet propped up, ready for a relaxing, end-of-summer read. The next, just pages into the first chapter of Wings — Game Birds and Bird Dogs of Alaska by Ninilchik author Mike Chihuly, and you’re immersed in chilly, but invigorating, temperatures,…

‘Walker Evans: Starting from Scratch’ by Svetlana Alpers (b. 1936) is an entire semester in one volume. Alpers, daughter of a Russian refugee, graduated from Radcliffe/Harvard, spending decades as professor of art history at the University of California, Berkeley, accumulating awards too num…

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If you’ve seen the sculpture in Spenard of a giant Spam can with a raven perched on it, you’re familiar with the artwork of John Coyne. An excellent painter as well, Coyne’s sculptures are often large and metal. In the interest of observing and discussing mankind’s effect on the earth, Coyne…

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) exhibition, “FélixFénéon the Anarchist and the Avant-Garde-From Signac to Matisse and Beyond (Online and in Situ thru January 2, 2021)” --I recommend watching MoMA’s Online video. Fénéon was a charismatic Renaissance man. Admirers were able to look past his mu…

Alaska Hydrographics owner Paul Reed has been making custom coating work for over 10 years. What started as a hobby grew into a full fledged business with an endless stream of requests from the community.

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Nationwide, readers young and old will gather by their computers, tablets, phones and TVs to watch a historic reading of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451, streamed over YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram at 12:30 p.m. AKDT on Saturday, August 22, 2020.