THURSDAY, APRIL 18

NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (2004) ~ 15TH ANNIVERSARY

In small-town Preston, Idaho, awkward teen Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) has trouble fitting in. After his grandmother is injured in an accident, his life is made even worse when his strangely nostalgic uncle, Rico (Jon Gries), shows up to keep an eye on him. With no safe haven at home or at school, Napoleon befriends the new kid, Pedro (Efren Ramirez), a morose Hispanic boy who speaks little English. Together the two launch a campaign to run for class president. Tickets are available at BearToothTheatre.net and the screening starts at 5pm. (Bear Tooth Theatrepub, 1230 W 27th Avenue)

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THE SPEAKEASY SCOTCH DINNER

Join your friends at Williwaw in The Speakeasy on Thursday, April 18th from 6-9pm for an evening where tales of the Scottish Highlands’ history will flow as easily as the scotch by their guest speaker and host Tony Archer, Brown Jug liquor specialist.  Enjoy Chef Dhee's 5-course dinner brilliantly paired with the intense aromas and flavors of single malt scotch selections. Prepare to be pampered. Tickets are $85 at EventBrite.com. (Williwaw, 609 F Street)

 

NATURALLY DYED EASTER EGGS

Step up your Easter Egg game this year with natural dyes and plants! You will learn about how to use natural dyes from things you already have in your kitchen such as red cabbage, onion skins, beets, blueberries, and coffee grounds. In this class they will be using traditional natural dyes like madder root, logwood, fustic, and saxon blue. Everyone will get to design their own eggs with plants for a natural spring look. You will go home with beautifully dyed eggs, and the knowledge to naturally dye eggs at home with your kiddos. Class is only $25, and you can order drinks from the fabulous bar at South! Ages 12 and up, limited number of tickets available so book early at EarthMamaFiberStudio.com to reserve your spot. The egg dying begins at 6pm. (South Restaurant, 11124 Old Seward Highway)

 

ILLUSTRATOR CRITIQUE GROUP

Share your art, your ideas, and your ambitions! The Illustrator’s Critique Group will critique, share skills and examine illustrations in books on the shelves at Barnes and Noble. The meet-up begins at 6:30pm (Barnes and Noble, 200 E Northern Lights Boulevard)

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

Oscar Wilde created his final and most lasting play, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, in 1895. Considered one of the greatest comic masterpieces of all time this farce plays with love, religion, and truth as it tells the tale of two men whose deceptions result in a series of crises that threaten to spoil their romantic pursuits. The performance starts at 7pm and tickets are available at CenterTix.com. (Cyrano’s Theatre, 3800 Debarr Road)

FRIDAY, APRIL 19

EXHIBITION: WOVEN HOMES

The bird’s nest is messy, architectural, graceful, and heavy in symbolism. It appears as a coincidental theme in the work of the four Alaska based women artists exhibited here. Woven Homes explores this connection and asks why the nest might be such an intriguing artistic subject? The nest itself can function as a symbol of the home, of growth, and of femininity. It is a home created from its environment: both a safe seclusion, yet also open enough to provide a window for onlookers. Some of the artworks here contain the presence of an egg, speaking to the experience of growth and motherhood. The opposite has a powerful effect as well. The absence of the egg can embody infertility or maturity. Featured artists: Carol Lambert, Melanie Lombard, Holly Nordlum, and Sara Tabbert. This exhibit will be in the ARC Gallery, located in the UAA Consortium Library, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage. Check the library website for current hours: www.consortiumlibrary.org

 

"FLIGHT OF TWO" OPENING RECEPTION

Middle Way is proud to present "Flight of Two". Alaska's airborne Father-daughter art duo bring you images from the sublimity of its most jagged mountains. Professional pilots with artist alter-egos, they treat the viewer to a winged perspective. The opening begins at 6pm. (Middle Way Café, 1200 W Northern Lights Boulevard)

 

WALRUS DANCE: MARIA WILLIAMS, PHD, AND EDWARD TIULANA

Anchorage Museum Faculty Fellow Maria Williams, PhD, and Edward Tiulana host a discussion and demonstration of the King Island Walrus Dance. View rare video footage and photos shot and narrated by Elder Edward Muktoyuk and join the discussion. Free. Use 7th Avenue entrance. The lecture begins at 6:30pm. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

 

UAA THEATRE AND DANCE PRESENTS: BETRAYAL

The story of three sides of an adulterous affair that’s told in reverse chronological order. Throughout, Pinter charts the incremental deceits and unspoken emotions that led to the ultimate betrayal. By Harold Pinter, directed by UAA theatre major Paitton Reid. Tickets are $9.99 at ArtsUAA.com and the production runs through Sunday with performances at 8pm on Friday and Saturday and a 5pm Sunday matinee. (UAA Fine Arts, 3700 Alumni Loop)

 

MMA IMPROV: PROS WITH PROSE

The Anchorage-based improv troupe MMA was formed in September 2017. The ensemble includes artists of all kinds, including singers, dancers, rapper, poets, authors and stand-up comics. Onstage, we put those skills together as a team, delighting in creating new worlds for audiences to enjoy. MMA Improv players create scenes using a range of improvisation games, so you never know which ones they might play. Many are the same kinds of games made popular by the U.S. TV show "Whose Line is it Anyway?"(originally hosted by Drew Carey on ABC -- and later revived with host Aisha Tyler on The CW network.) Others are ours alone. A night out with MMA & Friends is like a good guacamole:  a fresh and tangy mix of everything you love! Tickets are available at BrownPaperTickets.com and the fun starts at 8pm. (Gallos, 8311 Arctic Boulevard)

 

 

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 20

ALASKA RAILROAD EASTER TRAIN

The Alaska Railroad will again offer a special event train for all ages ahead of Easter. The Alaska Railroad Easter Train will offer two departures on Saturday, April 20, at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and will travel 2.5 hours round-trip from Anchorage to Indian. During the journey, families can celebrate the arrival of spring in Alaska while visiting with the Easter Bunny, being amazed by the onboard magician and enjoying an array of complimentary goodies as the train travels along the coastline of Cook Inlet and Turnagain Arm. Tickets are available at AlaskaRailroad.com and the train takes off at 10am and 3pm. (Anchorage Historic Depot, 411 W 1st Avenue)

 

INTO THE DEEP IN THE THOMAS PLANETARIUM

Dive alongside deep-sea research scientists to learn about marine biology, underwater geology and the history of deep-sea exploration. Traveling in famous historic submersibles, come face-to-face with fascinating underwater creatures such as vampire squid and pelican eels. Discover how diving vessels make these underwater encounters possible. (32 minutes). Tickets are $6 plus museum admission and the show begins at 1:30pm. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

 

PULSE DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS: BLOOM

Pulse Dance Company presents the inaugural production of BLOOM featuring new choreographic talent in Anchorage dance. Pulse's artist-in-residence program is a chance for local choreographers to further develop their choreographic voices in Anchorage. Six local choreographers and a cast of dancers hailing from Girdwood, Anchorage, and Eagle River will premiere the results of their three-month residencies at Studio Pulse. Don't miss the varied and exciting new creations by resident artists Erinn Dirth, Mikayla Ellison Phillips, Molly Lunsford, Brittany Petry, Molissa Udevitz, and Samantha Wanner. General Admission for all ages is $15 at BrownPaperTickets.com and the performance begins at 7:30pm. (APU Grant Hall, 4101 University Drive)

 

UNIVERSITY SINGERS: PASSION AND PASSOVER

The University Singers, under the direction of Grant Cochran will perform a program of choral works for voices and orchestra. Join us for an evening of soul-stirring music as the University Singers fill the UAA Recital Hall with their beautiful voices. This much anticipated concert will be performing classical and contemporary works associated with Holy Week. The program will include: Miriam’s Song of Triumph by Franz Schubert, Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross by Heinrich Schütz, Hear My Prayer by Felix Mendelssohn, When You Believe by Stephen Schwartz, and Hallelujah Chorus by George Frideric Handel. Tickets are available at ArtsUAA.com and the performance begins at 7:30pm. (UAA Recital Hall, 3700 Alumni Drive)

 

SUPER GREEN: 420 THE DRAG SHOW

Your favorite queens are gearing up for what is sure to be the most ridiculous drag show you've seen in a while! The special show features performances by the Friday Night Divas and is hosted by the train-wreckiest of drag queens, Salmon Chowder! Tickets are $5 at the door and the party starts at 10pm. (Mad Myrna’s, 530 E 5th Avenue)

SUNDAY, APRIL 21

SUCH WILD LOVE: A TRIBUTE TO MARY OLIVER

One of America's most popular poets, Oliver died on January 17, 2019. “My work is loving the world,” wrote Oliver, and in 37 books over 58 years, she did just that. The full and deep love of the more-than-human world she expresses in poems teaches us how to pay attention, and in so doing, opens us to our own “wild and precious lives.” Featured Alaskan poets Monica Devine, Marybeth Holleman, Christy Everett Jordan, Jeremy Pataky, and Karen Tschannen will proceed an open mic; readers will be invited to sign up for five minutes max to read their favorite Mary Oliver poem, read their own work inspired by hers, or speak about how her poetry has inspired their own work and life. The tribute begins at 4pm. (Spenard Writer’s Block, 3956 Spenard Road)

 

GAME OF THRONES VIEWING PARTY

KWHL and the Peanut Farmare going to be watching the final season of Game of Thrones Sunday nights starting on April 14th. They will start the show at 8pm so get there a little early to snap a seat. Prizes, Drink Specials and lots of Fun. This is an R rated show and kids will not be permitted even with a parent. Must be 21+ to enjoy. (Peanut Farm, 5227 Old Seward Highway)

 

AK ROCKSTAR KARAOKE COMPETITION! THE FINALS!

he final round of the AK Rockstar Karaoke Competition! Join us Sunday, April 21 at 8pm and cheer for your favorite singers! One winner crowned and lots of prizes to be won! Only at the all new Carousel Lounge in Spenard! The shenanigans start at 8pm. (The Carousel Lounge, 3206 Spenard Road)

 

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

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