THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

One of the world’s most beloved musicals, “The Sound of Music” gifts us soaring songs and a story emphasizing positivity, kindness, and courage. Enjoy the timeless “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Edelweiss,” and Alaska trail favorite, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.” Based on the true story of Maria and the von Trapp family, this spirited and romantic Rodgers and Hammerstein classic is an award-winning drop of golden sun. Maria, a ‘flibbertigibbet’ nun-in-training, becomes governess to the seven mischievous von Trapp children. She wins them over with her sweetness and determination and thaws the heart of their widowed father. Climb every mountain, ford every stream, and follow every rainbow, until you find your dream and your place here at “The Sound of Music.” Presented by the Anchorage Concert Association. Tickets start at $49.25 at CenterTix.com. The production runs through February 24. (Atwood Concert Hall, 621 W 6th Avenue)

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PARLOR IN THE ROUND FEATURING JOAN OSBORNE

Alaska's music improv comedy show! Feels like dinner theater. Sounds like a house concert. Looks like improv comedy. Joan Osborne, a seven-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, has long waded deep into the worlds of soul and blues. Currently touring in support of her album 'Songs of Bob Dylan,' Joan is lending the very special performance to Anchorage! Tickets are $15 at CenterTix.com and doors are at 6pm. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

SISTER NANCY

The Writer’s Block is excited to be partnering with KFAT & Megga Entertainment for the second time this month along with Total Rebel Sound! Celebrating Black History Month, they're bringing in - all the way from Jamaica - reggae dancehall legend Sister Nancy! Hailed as the first woman dancehall DJ, Sister Nancy's creation of iconic songs, Bam Bam and One Two in the 1980s had profound effects on music in the U.S. And as most true hip hop enthusiasts will attest, the genre wouldn't exist without reggae dancehall. Sister Nancy is throwing down a full dance show at Williwaw, Friday, Feb. 22nd. But Before that, she and a few of her music-making mates are going to hit our stage for an Up and Close performance and Q&A dialogue! The kitchen will be featuring a special Jamaican platter in honor of our guest: jerk chicken, coconut milk red beans and rice, and rum fried plantains. Doors are at 6pm and seating is limited, so show up on time to grab grub and drink and a seat. (Writer’s Block, 3956 Spenard Road)

A RESOURCE CURSE, OR STATISTICAL MIRAGE?

UAA professor Alexander James notes that natural-resource-rich economies tend to grow slowly, but why? Researchers have theorized that natural resources can shrink other sectors of the economy, induce political corruption, and even civil conflict. But new data and statistical techniques suggest that natural resources can fuel economic growth and offers a more nuanced view of the so-called "curse of natural resources." This lecture will be of interest to anyone who would like to learn more about the relationship between oil and economic growth in Alaska over the previous generation. The lecture is free with museum admission and begins at 7pm. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

RONDY COMEDY NIGHT

Alaskans! Visitors! Dog mushers! Snow shoe extremists! And everyone in between! Black Sheep Comedy is hosting the funniest Alaskan comedians from around the state to perform two amazing shows held during the Fur Rondy Festivity’s!! Come anticipating the best comedy scene Anchorage has to offer! Black Sheep puts on clean, clever and funny shows and these two special shows you won’t want to miss! The comedy begins at 7pm. (Whale’s Tail, 939 W 5th Avenue)

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22

OPEN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SLED DOG RACES

Voted "Best Event" by the International Sled Dog Racing Association, this has been attracting mushers from Alaska and the world since 1946. Produced in partnership with the Alaskan Sled Dog & Racing Association, the race pits sprint mushing teams against each other over three days of the same 25-mile route for a total of 75 miles. Starting from the corner of Fourth Avenue and D Street in downtown Anchorage, the course - lined with thousands of spectators - winds through the city's forests, across major roads and back downtown. The races begin at 12pm Friday - Sunday. For more information, visit FurRondy.net. (Downtown Anchorage)

RONDY CARNIVAL

Funnel Cakes, fishing frogs, Ferris wheels and of course the famous Century Wheel! Peer down from your private gondola in the sky on the entire inlet. Grab a caramel apple and a root beer float and hit the zipper! You’ve never felt anything like this before. Are you man or woman enough to outlast your children? Kids, are you going to let them? Gravitron, here we come! The carnival will be open 12 – 9pm and varying times throughout Rondy. (3rd and E Street)

GREAT ALASKA TALENT COMPETITION

The Great Alaska Talent Competition (GATC) is a not-for-profit, family friendly, competition where participants showcase unique forms of acting, singing, dancing, drumming, martial arts, playing an instrument, and other talents. The competition begins at 5:30pm. If you’re interested in performing visitGreatAlaskaTalentCompetition.org. (Hard Rock Café, 415 E Street)

 

AUDIODOME WITH HARPER'S FARCE

AudioDome is back at the Planetarium with a live show with Harper's Farce, one and only Sci- Fi Prog Rock Band. Their music tells the story of a strange city where twin suns glimmer through an oceanic expanse above, and the struggles three of its citizens experience in the face of unprecedented crisis. AudioDome is an hour-long visual show accompanied by local musicians and DJs. The noise level will be on the louder end and the visuals are meant to make you feel dizzy. It may not be suitable for those susceptible to motion sickness or seizures. Anyone experiencing symptoms are free to step out of the theater. Ticketing is online at UAATix.com except at the door starting at 6:00pm the day of the event. Any seats left unclaimed 10 minutes before showtime will be sold at a first-come-first-served basis. (UAA Planetarium, 3101 Science Drive)

COMEDIAN KRISTEN TOOMEY AT LA POTATO

Performing in Alaska for the first time, Toomey is a producer of Comedians You Should Know and has performed at numerous festivals, including the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, and LaughFest in Grand Rapids, and Oddball Festival. There will also be live relationship advice from the Thots & Prayers Podcast crew, beer, and amazing food. Tickets are $15 - $17 at BearBonesComedy.com and the performance begins at 7pm. (La Potato, 3300 Spenard Road)

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23

ANCHORAGE CAUCUS 2019

Please join your Anchorage legislators on Saturday, February 23rd and Saturday, March 2nd for Anchorage Caucus! Stop by to meet your Senator and/or Representative from your district to share your thoughts and ideas for the 31st AK State Legislature. Schedule: 10am – 11:30am - Intro, Legislative Update, and Public Testimony, 11:30am – 12:30pm - Breakout Sessions by Senate District. (ASD Education Center, 5530 E Northern Lights Boulevard)

SYMPHONY OF SOUNDS 2019

One of the most unique concert experiences of the year, the Symphony of Sounds concerts deliver an extravaganza of non-stop musical entertainment. From classical to jazz, opera to musical theatre. This concert has something for everyone. The evening will also include a silent auction. All proceeds from net ticket sales and the silent auction benefit the UAA Music Endowment.  This supports the next generation of Alaska musicians and music educators. Saturday’s performance begins at 7:30pm and there will be an encore presentation at 4pm on Sunday. Tickets are available at ArtsUAA.com. (UAA Recital Hall, 3700 Alumni Drive)

THE CHEAPEST KEY ALBUM RELEASE PARTY

t's The Cheapest Key Album Release Party! Come hear everything off the new album, plus a bunch more tunes new and old, with Laurence (guitars, vocals) and Laura (keyboard, vocals) joined by Lance Howard (bass) and Cameron Cartland (drums). Chad Reynvaan will play an opening set at 8pm. You won't want to miss it! Cover is $5 at the door. (La Potato, 3300 Spenard Road)

FUR THE FUN OF IT – SCARED SCRIPTLESS IMPROV!

Scared Scriptless is Alaska's longest running improv comedy troupe, keeping audiences on their toes since 2000! Bringing theater and comedy together in energetic, fast-paced, and spontaneous games, Scared Scriptless creates each show live, on the spot, inspired by audience suggestions and current events. Don't miss it! Tickets are $14.75 at CenterTix.com and the festivities start at 8pm. (49th State Brewing Company, 717 W 3rd Avenue)

WINTER BEACH BALL AT WILLIWAW SOCIAL

DJ GRE is coming back to the 907 from the tropics just in time to help Williwaw Social and Midnight Sun Brewing Company celebrate Fur Rendezvous by throwing a Winter Beach Ball at Williwaw Social! Suspend reality, brave the weather, and throw on your summer beach attire for a dance party with DJ GRE spinning a mix of new and old hits, bangers, and tropical beats guaranteed to shake off the winter cold and cure cabin fever! Featuring tropical cocktails, ice cold Midnight Sun Brewing Company craft beer, surf movies on the big screen, beach balls, and prizes for best beach attire. The party kicks off at 9:30pm. (Williwaw, 609 F Street)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24

FUR RONDY DOG SLED RIDES

Join the Inlet Towers Sunday, February 24th between 1 – 4pm for free kids’ dog sled rides! Four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King will have his Husky Homestead team out front giving rides, while he is inside taking photos with fans. They will also have a small Alaskan craft market inside, as well as warm chowder and chili bowls from the PubHouse. (Inlet Towers, 1020 W 12th Avenue)

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK – FINAL SHOW

An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, The Diary of Anne Frank captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Newly discovered writings from Anne's diary, as well as survivor accounts, are interwoven in this new adaptation for a new generation. Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. Tickets range from $13-$17 and can be purchased at ACTAlaska.org. The performance begins at 3pm. (Anchorage Community Theatre, 1133 E 70th Avenue)

 

EMMA HILL AND BRYAN DASTE

Emma resides in Anchorage, Alaska while Bryan still calls Portland home. The pair have most recently spent six weeks in Europe, followed by a 6200-mile loop around the western US states. The release of their new album Am I Talking to You? proves that the duo is still going strong, bringing remarkably intimate lyrics to life with their poignant harmonies, lonesome pedal steel, and Hills honeyed voice and confident delivery. Critics have compared the duo to Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, and they are known for being some of the hardest working touring artists in the circuit. Their signature show is the house concert and they can be found charming intimate audiences everywhere from Rhinebeck, NY to Agropoli, Italy. Nearly eleven busy years, five well-received albums, and countless tour miles later, they are back with the release of their 6th studio Album, Am I Talking to You?  This is an all-ages show that is in the listening room style, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Come have dinner and see an amazing performance, featuring a span of their music, including songs from their upcoming album. Tickets are $12 at BrownPaperTickets.com. (La Potato, 3300 Spenard Road)

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

 

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