THURSDAY, MAY 16

RICK THOMAN: ON THE ELEVATOR OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Join UAF climate specialist Rick Thoman and special guests for a talk and community-centered conversation about short- and medium-term climate impacts, climate action and how individuals and neighborhoods can prepare. Music and light refreshments served. The discussion begins at 5:30pm and there is a suggested $5 donation. (Church of Love Spenard, 3502 Spenard Road)

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COMEDIAN TJ MILLER

Comedian & Actor TJ Miller. You know TJ from The Deadpool movies, Office Christmas Party and Silicon Valley and his HBO comedy special TJ Miller Meticulously Ridiculous. Get your tickets now because both shows will sell out quickly. There will be two shows at night through Friday. Showtimes are 7pm and 9:30pm. Doors open at 6pm for the first show and they’ll start seating people for the 9:30pm show after they’ve cleared the room from the first show. Tickets are $35 at BrownPaperTickets.com. (Koot’s, 2435 Spenard Road)

LARRY PERSILY DISCUSSES THE 40-YEAR EFFORT TO DEVELOP AN ALASKA NORTH SLOPE GAS PIPELINE

From the day that oil and gas were discovered at Prudhoe Bay 50 years ago, Alaskans have looked forward to a pipeline to move the oil to market and, after construction crews took the weekend off, a second pipeline to move the gas to market. Despite decades of work, billions of dollars in public and private spending, state and federal legislation, the gas pipeline is still out of reach of economic reality. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

THAT DAMNED BAND STEAMPUNK GOBLINFOLK VAUDEVILLIAN FREAKSHOW

THAT Damned Band is an accordion-driven group playing new music influenced by Old-time, Old World, & vaudevillian era music and styles. A visceral entry into a world of Goblins, Freaks, Pirates, and the Others from all possible worlds, THAT Damned Band’s brand of Steampunk Goblinfolk music is where the Black Sabbaths and Brian Froud meet. The performance starts at 7pm and tickets are available at EventBrite.com. (Writer’s Block, 3956 Spenard Road)

KEITH SWEAT WITH GINUWINE AND MYA

Keith Sweat is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, radio personality, and an early figure in the new jack swing musical movement. He is known for his collection of hits including “I Want Her”, “Make It Last Forever”, “I’ll Give All My Love to You”, “Make You Sweat”, “Get Up on It”, “Twisted” and “Nobody”. He has released 13 solo albums and 2 as a part of the R&B supergroup LSG and discovered the groups Silk and Kut Klose. The concert starts at 8pm and tickets are available at AlaskaAirlinesCenter.com. (Alaska Airlines Center, 3550 Providence Drive)

FRIDAY, MAY 17

ANCHORAGE BIKE TO WORK DAY

Anchorage Bike to Work Day is turning 15, so let’s make this a wheelie big deal. Join thousands of other bike commuters for tasty treats all over town. Treat Station Map: https://bit.ly/2PXZNgh. (Anchorage)

THE PUBLIC

Presented in partnership with the following groups: Anchorage Public Library, Coalition to End Homelessness; AWAIC, The Alaska Native Justice Center and Anchorage Health Department. On a particularly cold night when shelters are overcrowded, the library’s regular homeless inhabitants refuse to leave so that they don’t freeze to death in the night, sparking a political and ethical debate that plays out both in the media and behind the scenes. There will be a panel discussion after the film! The screening starts at 5:30pm and tickets are available at BearToothTheatre.net. (Bear Tooth Theatrepub, 1230 W 27th Avenue)

BREWIN’ 4 BRUINS

A large selection of beer and cider from some of your favorite Alaskan breweries, along with live music. Come and listen to biologists talk about the bears of Alaska while viewing the bears at the zoo. Confirmed breweries so far: Midnight Sun, Kenai River, Double Shovel, Broken Tooth, 49th State, Alaskan, Denali Brewing & Turnagain. There will also be a variety of local food trucks on site for food purchase. The zoo’s brand-new metal cups will also be available for purchase, or feel free to bring your own! The party starts at 6:30pm and tickets are available at AlaskaZoo.org. (Alaska Zoo, 4731 O’Malley Road)

TEA FOR THREE: LADY BIRD, PAT, & BETTY

Particularly pertinent in an era of heightened politics, TEA FOR THREE humanizes the political scene with a story both whimsical and deeply moving – a behind-the-scenes look at Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford. A tale of a remarkable trio in a most unusual job – and 80 minutes of heartwarming delight! Performances are at 7pm Thursday – Saturday and 3pm on Sunday. The production runs through June 2 and tickets are available at CenterTix.com. (Cyrano’s, 3800 Debarr Road)

ANCHORAGE BALLET: COPPÉLIA

A charming, hilarious ballet for all ages. Coppelia is a lighthearted romantic tale of a toy maker, a lifelike doll, a young man who fancies her, and the mischievous finance who saves the day. Chaos ensues when kisses are thrown, and identities are mistaken. Don’t miss out on the best loved comedy-ballet of all time! The performance is at 7:30pm and tickets are available at CenterTix.com. (Atwood Concert Hall, 621 W 6th Avenue)

SATURDAY, MAY 18

TREE PLANTING — CAMPBELL CREEK TRAIL

Help rehabilitate an area along the Campbell Creek Trail that has been impacted by Spruce Bark Beetle! Volunteers will plant white spruce saplings with the guidance of experienced staff to replace trees lost to Spruce Bark Beetle. All tools are provided, and volunteers must wear closed toe shoes. Please bring a reusable water bottle and dress for the weather. Volunteers will meet at the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, at 8100 Arctic Blvd, and walk a short distance to the planting site at 11am. (Campbell Creek Park, 8100 Arctic Boulevard)

ALASKA SALMON SEASON KICK OFF PARTY

Copper River Seafoods and 49th State Brewing Co. invite you to celebrate and taste the beginning of Alaska’s annual summer salmon season. Live music will be provided by Blaze and Eric and the summer salmon season’s first commercially harvested Copper River sockeye salmon will be showcased in a variety of award-winning dishes by 6 of Alaska’s most renowned Chefs. This is a family friendly event and children under 12 are free. Purchase your tickets today at https://myalaskatix.com/events/alaska-salmon-season-kick-off-party. We expect the event to sell out so don’t miss the boat!! Come and Taste the Wild and Taste the Difference! The party begins at 2pm. (49th State Brewing Co., 717 W 3rd Avenue)

ADMIT ONE

Dark, edgy, campy striptease! Boylesque, Girlesque, Cirque & Drag variety show. General seating only (first come, first serve), ages 21 and up. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the show. Admit One! Imagine a world... where your favorite movie, video game and cartoon characters have been thrown into a very sexy parallel universe. Some of the shyer ones seem to be acting very...out of character! Immerse yourself in the show and cosplay your favorite persona! Prizes will be given for best male and female costume. Tickets are $15 at EventBrite.com and the show starts at 6:30pm. (Koot’s, 2435 Spenard Road)

HEE HEE’S PLAYHOUSE STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW

Get ready for another installment of stand-up comedy at the brand newest and hottest bookstore in town, The Writer’s Block! Featuring comedians: Sean Dabney, Matt Collins. Hosted by Ben Farleigh and Peyton McCann. The Block is a very intimate and welcoming venue that serves Beer, Wine, and the best damn soup in town. So, bring a couple friends or a hot date because this is going to be the funniest show in town. The show starts at 7pm and tickets are $7. (Writer’s Block, 3956 Spenard Road)

SYD CITY

Dress to impress in your most radical 80’s attire and join SYD Dlust and the cast of the Friday Night Diva Variety Show as they rock out to all your big hair band favorites! Cover is $5 and the show starts at 10pm. (Mad Myrna’s, 530 E Avenue)

SUNDAY, MAY 19

GROUP ART SHOW: AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTISTS OF ALASKA

The Northway Mall is pleased to announce a group art show featuring emerging, mid-career and established African American Artists of Alaska. Artwork will be on display from 12pm to close. (Northway Mall, 3101 Penland Avenue

CIGAR AND WHISKEY PAIRING AT WILLIWAW SOCIAL

Are a cigar aficionado or simply clueless to the experience? Do you appreciate craft whiskey or unsure of the proper way to even enjoy it? Here’s your chance to personally experience as well as receive some knowledge on both! Join Williwaw at 2pm on the Roof at Williwaw Social along with Avenue Cigars we’ll be hosting an exclusive first come, first serve event featuring finely crafted cigars from 5th Avenue Cigars who will be offering a special 15% off all cigars at the event. This event will feature whiskies from around the world along with a selection of fine tequilas. This is a 21 and over event. Space is limited to the first 50 people. Admission is $10 in advance online or at the Williwaw Box office. Don’t wait to get your tickets—they will be $15 day of the event and at the door. (Williwaw, 609 F Street)

“ON BROADWAY” WITH ZACHARY JAMES

Spend an intimate evening with a shining star of Broadway and opera, Zachary James. Enjoy this critically acclaimed one-man show, currently touring the USA, which combines tales from his time in the Tony Award-winning revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center, until his portrayal of “Lurch” in the original cast of The Addams Family (alongside Nathan Lane & Bebe Neuwirth), with performances of the greatest hits from Oklahoma, Sweeney Todd, Les Misérables, Pajama Game, On The Town, Phantom of the Opera, Carousel, The Fantasticks, Camelot, and Most Happy Fella. Anchorage’s own Janet Carr Campbell is the accompanist for this enchanted evening to benefit Anchorage Opera. A stunning private home in Stuckagain Heights is the perfect setting for this All-inclusive evening of New York City themed Specialty Cocktails, Wine, Beer & non-alcoholic beverages, and a menu of ‘Elegant Eats’ by Casual Encounters Catering. A Reception with the Artists is your chance to get ‘up close & personal’ with this STAR of the ‘Great White Way’, and opera stages around the world (including the Metropolitan Opera), and maybe even get his autograph! Tickets are $150 (ALL inclusive & partially tax-deductible) / 279-2557 or anchorageopera.org for more info and tickets. (Private Stuckagain Heights Residence)

For a full list of events, visit us online at AnchoragePress.com/Calendar.

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