Aiviq & Nanuq: Sea Horse and Sea Bear of the Arctic

Perhaps no creatures better reflect the climate, landscape and culture of Alaska and the Arctic than the walrus and polar bear. Power and vulnerability coexist within these giants living in a massive Arctic – a distinct region known for its own striking contrasts. They are animals without equal in size and strength, yet their greatest protection comes from the ability to adapt to a changing world and a warming climate. Their lives have entwined with humans for centuries. To the first peoples of the Arctic and sub-Arctic, walrus (aiviq) and polar bear (nanuq) each have been predator, co-habitant, sustenance and spiritual ally. To generations of artists and culture-bearers, these remarkable creatures are both material and muse. They have been revered for centuries, studied by scientists, commodified by pop culture and manipulated by politicians. Through the lens of artists and artworks from Alaska and around the world, this 8,000-square-foot exhibition at the Anchorage Museum explores the ways these iconic animals offer important insight into the culture of the North and its complex future. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

Everything is Sacred

The fluidity of culture has long interested Anchorage multi-media artist Thomas Chung, a third-generation American of Chinese heritage who grew up in Hong Kong and New York and is now an assistant professor of painting at the University of Alaska Anchorage. His work in this exhibition explores interconnectedness – the inseparability of humankind from nature, as well as the duality of the sacred and profane. Chung challenges others to consider aspects of human existence often rich in paradox, such as sexuality, spirituality, bigotry, identity, addiction and family. His practice is a search for the universal ideas, archetypes, traits and desires that make us human. Always strongly connected to painting and drawing, Chung’s body of work blends satire and mysticism through performance, large-print photography, installation and sculpture. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)


Sonya Kelliher-Combs

"I'm inspired by the relationship of our ancestors to their environment -- how they used skin, fur and membrane in material culture," says Kelliher-Combs. "The subjects of my work are patterns of history, family and culture. Through the use of synthetic, organic, traditional and modern materials and techniques I build upon the traditions of my people, the Inupiaq and Athabascan. Personal and cultural symbolism forms the imagery. Symbols speak to history, culture, family and the life of our people; they also speak about abuse, marginalization and the struggles of indigenous people.” (Cyrano’s, 3800 Debarr Road)


Alaska Railroad 2019 Print/Poster Signing

The Alaska Railroad will release its 2019 annual art print / poster at a sale-and-signing First Friday event featuring Eagle River artist Susan Watkins who will be on-hand to greet folks and sign the prints and posters. Entitled “On Time for Dinner,” the original oil painting depicts a passenger train moving along track between Portage and Seward, beside a stream where a sow and her cubs prepare to feast on salmon. The title refers to the Alaska Railroad’s on-time schedule and onboard dining service, as well as meal time for the bears. Take advantage of free parking plus enter a free drawing for round-trip rail travel for 2 during summer 2019. (Alaska Historic Railroad Depot, 411 W 1st Avenue)

Music Department Student Recital

Music majors provide a feast for your ears. From opera to jazz, Gesualdo to Gershwin, you never know what's in store. Come out and support our young artists as they practice their craft in UAA's Fine Arts Building Recital Hall. This is a free event, tickets are not needed. Seats are first come, first served. (UAA Recital Hall, 3700 Alumni Drive)


Wildlife Photography First Friday with Jerry Herrod and Melissa

Alaskan wildlife and landscape photography by resident photographers Jerry Herrod of AK Scenic Image and Melissa Meade of MJ Meade Photography. Refreshments and pastries from Flying Dutchman Pastry Shop provided by the photographers. Fine art prints and photographic prints will be available for purchase. (Blaine’s Art, 1025 Photo Avenue)

Everything is Sacred: The Art of Thomas Chung

What does it truly means for diverse individuals to coexist within the same society? How can individuals begin to heal from negative issues related to diversity? UAA Art professor Thomas Chung and President of the UAA Black Student Union Cheryl Williams lead a discussion on multiculturalism, bigotry, racism and their psychological effects. (UAA Bookstore, 2901 Spirit Drive)

Bad Girls of the North Unique Holiday Boutique

We are excited for the 21st year of the Bad Girls of the North Artisan Show! Mark your calendars for this exceptional showcase of Alaskan Artists. With a wide range of amazing jewelry, glass art, pottery, funky metal art, one of a kind clothing, foodie finds that are sure to make your taste buds dance, Bad Girls of the North Merchandise and much more! (The Lakefront Anchorage, 4800 Spenard Road)


First Friday at Georgia Blue Gallery

Rebecca J. Voris straddles several different areas of art exploration in her active, productive life and in this exhibit, she presents both textile work and fine jewelry. In her exhibit statement she says that, "My recent woven fiber work consists of spontaneously generated images from my imagination. Primitive art and science fiction have influenced both my subjects and compositions. The figures are filled with personal meaning although for the viewer a feeling of fantasy is present." (Georgia Blue Gallery, 3555 Arctic Boulevard, Suite C5)

First Friday at Jens' Restaurant

AlaskaWax presents Plus One, an exhibit of encaustic (hot wax) and cold wax paintings by artists Joyce Watts Coolidge, Tami Phelps, Cheryl Lyon, Marion Nelson, Lee Waters, Therese Stokes Falldorf, Rivka Zorea, Amy Hunt and Kay Haneline. Each of these artists has a distinctly different style and uses different processes, but for this exhibit they share the common theme of using black and white plus one color of the artist's choice. (Jen’s Restaurant, 701 W 36th Avenue)


Annual IGCA Members Exhibit that includes 100 works of art all priced at $100 or less. (IGCA, 427 D Street)

Ionian Archeological Archives

Bivy is thrilled to present Ionian Archaeological Archives an exhibition by Marco Emmanuele curated by Daniela Cotimbo. The exhibition explores the possibility of transforming the gallery space into an ephemeral Museum of the Ionian, a maritime basin that connects Italy, Greece and Albania. (Bivy, 419 G Street, Suite 100)

First Friday at SSP Studio

SSP Studio & Gallery is not your normal photography gallery. Here you will find some of Alaska's top talent pushing the envelope of their cameras and taking the lens to new depths. Thought provoking, intriguing and mind-blowing art. Get ready to have your mind accelerated to new level. (SSP Studio, 2217 E Tudor Road, Suite 11)

Amanda Warren

Local Alaskan artist Amanda Rose Warren thrives on the energy from her work. Being primarily self-taught she sparked the love for creating art in high school pottery classes. She continued to build from those skills with custom decorated cakes. After her mother falling ill, she began auctioning off paintings to help with her medical bills. Eventually this guided her to really dive into painting more. When Amanda’s not putting paint to canvas, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young boys. “They keep me busy but also inspire a lot of my paintings that are based off love and family. Like a lot of moms, I strongly connect to that.” Having been raised in Alaska, the dramatic nature scenes and wildlife inspire a lot of her pieces as well. She strives to create a positive emotion with her brave use of paint colors and contrast. She feels the most fulfilled by her custom orders and creating things that help inspire smiles and happiness. (Midnight Sun Café, 245 W 5th Avenue)

The Little Guy First Friday

Resolution Brewing is hosting a First Friday showcasing up and coming artists. Artists showing are Molly Cornish, Elly Maurer, Tad Schnese, Courtney Brozovsky, Jon Burpee, Sarah King, Kendra Jurika, Kathie Lyons, and Moses. There will also be light snacks and food for purchase. (Resolution Brewery, 4024 Mountain View Drive)

Scott Clendaniel

Local oil painter, Scott Clendaniel is hosting an open studio event for October's First Friday Art Walk. See a real painting studio, preview the newest oil paintings, see works in progress, meet the artist, and enjoy complementary refreshments. (Real Art is Better, 333 W 4th Avenue, Suite 4)

Anchorage Distillery

November First Friday will have The Fermented Alaskan mixing drinks, with Sarah K. Glaser Illustration showing art, and Beach Tribe SodaWorks will be selling specialty soda and merch. Join them for a special cocktail (rumor has it, the surprise is delicious!!) and sip while you shop local artists! (Anchorage Distillery, 6310 A Street)

49th State First Friday Maker's Market

Our 49th State Brewing Company arts and crafts bazaar. Local handmade gifts and art for the whole family. Come by and meet local vendors and artists. (49th State Brewing Co., 717 W 3rd Avenue)

Shelley Kranda

"Nature has always been an inspiration for me. I can walk in the forest for hours capturing how leaves change or how spiders create their web. It’s in the little moments that are overlooked that inspires my photography. It’s in the gloom of a rainy day that inspires me to photograph the light shimmering on the water. It’s the contrast of a red capped mushroom against the forest floor that captivates my eyes. While many of my photos include wildlife and nature, I don’t claim to one style. I love everything about photography and I only wish to inspire others with my photographs,” says Shelley Kranda. (Caffe D'Arte, 223 E Dimond Boulevard)


Book Launch - It Happened Like This

Join Adrienne Lindholm in a celebratory launch of her new book, It Happened Like This. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres at 5:30pm, presentation 6:00-6:30 pm, cash bar It Happened Like This is a coming of age memoir that takes readers on an intimate journey into adulthood, and into the depth and comfort of wilderness. The story explores what it means to find both a physical home and a home within ourselves, and how loving a place, like loving a person, can be both enthralling and heart-breaking. The highs and lows of a life of love, loss, risk and hope are played out in the Alaskan wilderness. For more information (Red Chair Café, 337 E 4th Avenue)

Spectrum Show

First Friday show SPECTRUM, created by Sparc artists. (Sparc: A Creative Place, 425 D Street)

Because of the Brave: Photographic Portraits by Victoria Baldwin

Because of the Brave is a non-profit, community-based organization committed to honoring and recognizing military, veterans, and first responders; pairing photographs with self-penned narratives, we help create opportunity for community conversation, collaboration, and engagement. While deployed to Kuwait, service member and photographer Victoria Baldwin developed a photo series to find out what motivated the men and women who served alongside her. She asked a simple question: “Why do you serve?” The answers of the 44 men and women who took part in this initial endeavor astounded her and readers around the world; upon her return to the United States, Baldwin realized the stories of service, sacrifice, hardship, and celebration needed to continue to be told, and in 2015, Because of the Brave was created. Since that first photography series in 2014, over 175 individuals have shared their stories; if we have the privilege to, we will continue telling the stories of our men and women currently serving our nation, as well as honor and recognize the incredible service of those who have hung up their uniform. To view more stories, visit (Snow City Café, 1034 W 4th Avenue)

Steve Gordon

Steve Gordon is a staple in Anchorage homes and businesses due to his vibrant color and bold expression of Alaska's landscape. Join Steve and host Stephan Fine Arts as we unveil a new body of original oils in larger-than-life formats. Enjoy refreshments and live music. (Stephan Fine Arts, 939 W 5th Avenue)


Oil Paintings of Alaska's Ecosystems

After 20 years as the Director of the Alaska Center for Conservation Science at UAA and traveling across Alaska doing field work, often based out of native villages, Keith Boggs begins a new chapter. In his studio, with oil on canvas, Keith expresses his own above/below-ground geologic vision, painting images of rocks, roots and subsurface minerals interacting with and in the landscape. Reception with Live Music by the Rick Zelinsky Trio. (Aurora Fine Art Gallery, 737 W 5th Avenue)

Danielle Larsen

This First Friday Sevigny Studio will feature Alaskan favorite Danielle Larsen. Danielle’s compelling pieces with their vivid colors and interesting but familiar subject matter speak to everyday rural Alaska life. This is a show you won’t want to miss. Diana Z. will play tunes for our guests during the event. Diana’s warm angelic vocals invite you into her songs and it’s no wonder why her song ‘All I Want’ was featured in indie Canadian movie ‘Moon Point’. She performs at various venues and festivals all over Alaska and across Canada. (Sevigny Studios, 608 W 4th Avenue)

Mountains of the Mind: Adventures in Reaching the Summit by Robert Mcfarlane

A lively discussion of Mountains of the Mind: Adventures in Reaching the Summit by Robert Macfarlane. Combining accounts of legendary mountain ascents with vivid descriptions of his own forays into wild, high landscapes, the author reveals how the mystery of the world’s highest places has come to grip the Western imagination and perennially draws legions of adventurers up the most perilous slopes. Book available for purchase in the Museum Store. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

Alaska Native Heritage Month: Joan Kane

2018 Guggenheim Fellow Joan Naviyuk Kane will read from her sixth book, "Sublingual," to be published in November, and from her seventh book, Another Bright Departure, forthcoming in March 2019 from CutBank. Ed Skoog writes, "In 'Sublingual,' Joan Kane is an Arctic Rimbaud who sees images of vivid defeat and unlikely persistence." This reading will continue the work of indigenous writers across the circumpolar north across political and artistic borders. Kane is an Inupiaq poet who grew up in Anchorage, with family from King Island and Mary’s Igloo. She earned a BA at Harvard University and an MFA at Columbia University. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

Close-Up: Ice Dwellers

Meet in the Aiviq & Nanuq: Sea Horse and Sea Bear of the Arctic for up-close viewing of artworks and facilitated discussion. Explore the traits and adaptations that make the walrus and the polar bear icons of the Arctic. Discuss some of the challenges these animals face as their environment shifts with the changing climate and the ways they have begun to adapt. Examine the rich connection between the walrus and the polar bear and cultures that interact with them through their shared landscape. Space is limited; registration recommended. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

Artist Talk: Elizabeth Irving

Join Alaska artist Elizabeth Irving for a discussion of her work featured in her Songs of the River. Elizabeth Irving’s paintings present a mythological interpretation of the Alaska landscape, reflecting a lifetime lived in the far North with formative years spent on the vast, silt-laden Tanana River. She says her understanding of landscape is complex and personal, inspiring dreamlike images of landscapes in her paintings. According to Irving, the works in this exhibition use boat and river to symbolize the soul’s spiritual travel from the earthly plane to other dimensions. Informing her process in these works are stories from Egyptian lore, Native American spiritual rites, Greek mythology and stories from her own Viking ancestry. What results within the earthen hues of her large oil paintings is, in her words, “a metaphorical representation of change and transformation.” (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

Climate Conversations

Walk up to the Municipality of Anchorage’s Climate Action Plan team to share your ideas and engage in conversation about how to act on climate issues, on both local and global levels. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

Carlos Pereira Art

Come down to Upper One Studios on November 2nd, from 6-8PM, to see existing and brand-new works of Master Oil Painter Carlos Pereira! Local electronic music DJ, DJ Lazuryte will be providing some beats. Food and beverages will be provided! (Upper One Studios, 6239 B Street, Suite 205)

True Alaskana

The days are getting darker in Alaska, time to brighten up your cabin walls with some True Alaskana! Come celebrate November 1st Friday at Hulin Alaskan Design featuring new large format hand painted wall pieces and some one-day discounts on select last chance clothing items! (Hulin Alaska Design, 2401 Spenard Road)

Cook for a Cause

Cook with Passion and Haven Recovery Center will be hosting a night of cooking to help support the homeless and participants of Haven recovery center. 3 course French menu with a champagne toast. Where you get to learn how to make a classic French dish while supporting our most vulnerable. Tickets are available at (Haven Alaska, 419 L Street)


Native American Heritage Month

Iñupiat contemporary visual artist Tristan Agnauraq Morgan and Iñupiat traditional artist BrittNee Kivliqtaruq Brower will be our featured artists, along with pop up shops from Chet Adkins, Diana Velez, Valerie Crookham, and Aasanaaq Kairaiuak. To top it all off, we have the honor of the Yup’ik & Cup’ik Dance Group Acilquq and others joining our event to feed your soul AND a Frybread Taco Bar to feed your bellies! (Heart of the City, 411 W 4th Avenue)


Doll's House Part II

What if the story doesn’t end with the proverbial door slam? Acclaimed sequel to Henrik Ibsen’s classic-feminist drama, in this witty drama, Nora returns home after 15 years, to finalize a divorce from her husband, and faces the family – and society – she left behind. Tickets are $23 at (Cyrano’s Theatre, 3800 Debarr Road)

Climate Change Tour at the Anchorage Museum

Learn about museum objects through the lens of climate change. Journey through the Art of the North galleries, the Alaska exhibition, and the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center to discuss how historical objects contribute to the story of climate change playing out in Alaska today and explore how dramatic environmental shifts provide new context and appreciation for the moments in time captured by these objects. Meet at Museum Store entrance. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

Stage Play " The Message"

Three coworkers come face-to-face with their crazy lives after an older woman gives them a message from God. Tickets are $5 at the door. (Grant Hall, 4101 University Drive)

Dew Line Performance by Leela Gilday

A songwriter from Denendeh in the Northwest Territories, Leela Gilday’s music has been influenced by her identity as a northerner and a Dene woman. She’s used her music to give voice on a broader platform for things her people hold dear: their land, their people and their Dene values. The power in her voice conveys the depth of her feelings of love and life in a rugged environment and vibrant culture. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

The Rocky Horror Show

Mad Myrna’s presents their annual production of Richard O’Brien’s cult musical “The Rocky Horror Show.” Come see Frank-N-Furter and his “assistants” as they introduce their newest “experiment” to an unsuspecting Brad and Janet. Great music, tons of laughs and some fun surprises await you during our five-week run. Tickets are on sale at (Mad Myrna’s, 530 E 5th Avenue)

Chris Grabowski

Singer / Songwriter Chris Grabowski will be entertaining diners with his music. He performs a mix of Outlaw country, Blues, Reggae, Soul, Grateful Dead and much more. Stop by grab some hot wings a cold beer and listen to some great music. (That Wing Place, 360 Boniface Parkway)


Black Violin

Classical music meets hip hop in the groundbreaking duo Black Violin and their Classical Boom Tour, an outing that blurs the lines between genre, race and gender with its unique fusion of groove and strings. The outfit features Will Baptiste on viola and Kev Marcus on violin. With a dedicated touring schedule and classical music training under their belts, Baptiste and Marcus certainly blast away the cobwebs with a dynamic and energetic show - this isn't the type of quiet recital where you can fall asleep unnoticed in the back row... They emphatically encourage flash photography and a party atmosphere at their concerts. Prepare for dueling strings, a tight rhythm section and hip-hop samples! Tickets are available at (Atwood Concert Hall, 621 W 6th Avenue)

La Potato Grand Opening

Come celebrate the opening of La Potato, a brand-new venue collaboration between La Bodega and The Roadside Potatohead! Friday, Nov 2: The Super Saturated Sugar Strings. Doors at 7:30 PM, band at 8 PM. This is a 21+ show with a $5 cover. (La Potato, 3300 Spenard Road)


First Friday Comedy Showcase

Liven up your First Fridays with free laughs! Each month, we feature a new line-up of Alaska's best stand-up comedians. 2nd floor of Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage, doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm, $5 suggested cash donation, 21 and up. (Hard Rock Café, 415 E Street)

Climate Change Tour at the Anchorage Museum

Learn about museum objects through the lens of climate change. Journey through the Art of the North galleries, the Alaska exhibition, and the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center to discuss how historical objects contribute to the story of climate change playing out in Alaska today and explore how dramatic environmental shifts provide new context and appreciation for the moments in time captured by these objects. Meet at Museum Store entrance. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

HMS Pinafore

Set sail with an all-star cast of internationally acclaimed artists and local fan favorites aboard the H.M.S. Pinafore! This effervescent musical romp, overflowing with infectious tunes, jaunty dances and hilarious action, is a bitingly funny parody of class and society that still makes a modern-day splash! Leave your cares on dry land and chart a course for Gilbert & Sullivan’s beloved comedy of star-crossed lovers, mismatched marriages and mistaken identities. Hysterical hi-jinx on the high seas! Family friendly and suitable for all ages. In English with English Supertitles so you’ll understand every word and all the comedy! Tickets are available at (Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, 621 W 6th Avenue)

Playhouse Creatures

In 1660, Charles II returned to the throne and decreed that women would – for the first time in more than a century – be allowed to perform on the English stage. The King and many men turned out in droves to be titillated and tantalized by the newest young beauties, but Playhouse Creatures presents a vivacious account of the fight these women faced to be seen as legitimate actors. Written by April de Angelis. Tickets are available at (UAA Mainstage, 3700 Alumni Drive)

Day of the Dead

Join Tequila 61 for some epic Friday fun with DJ GRE! There will be door prizes, drink specials and lots of fun. (Tequila 61, 445 W 4th Avenue)


An evening with Lowroc.

Lowroc. recreates the music of iconic 90's Boston area band Morphine. Don't miss this intimate and special performance. (Anchorage Alehouse, 2830 C Street)

Orion Donicht

Orion Donicht is made from the syrupy effluence of Fairview, Alaska. This tacky man has picked up eclectic dust and dogs, dew and mists and overall is a compendium of music you know, music you don't know, and music you thought you knew. A deft story telling creature, his feats of limber linguistics and quick wit keep this author trying to describe him truthfully, without sounding like a jack ass. (Van’s Dive Bar, 1027 E 5th Avenue)


First Friday 90s Dance Party

Williwaw Social and Midnight Sun Brewing Company are pleased to present First Friday 90s Dance Party with DJ Myndgruv spinning the best mix of throwback bangers, hits, and beats from the 90s guaranteed to get you and your party crew grooving on the dance floor! Featuring Midnight Sun Brewing Company craft beer and handcrafted food in the dining hall! (Williwaw, 609 F Street)


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