THURSDAY, JULY 25

ANGRY COOKIE

On view in the Center Gallery at IGCA for the month of July: Angry Cookie by Kenai, Alaska artist Anna Widman. “My work compares physical encounters in nature to the landscape of body by mapping my diagnosis and recovery from anorexia nervosa. Strenuous running for pleasure in the earth’s harshest conditions is translated through photography, journaling, and matter painting. I grind nature into paint and layer it with synthetic materials. I crush, hammer, detonate and stitch in order to paint the unforgiving climates in the mind of an anorexic. Anger directed at anorexia is shown through dramatic demolition techniques, primarily explosives. Wholeness is shown through the labor of mending and painting anew. Angry Cookie brings together elements ranging from despair to serenity demonstrating that hardships can be a path to balance and joy. My work is creation through destruction,” explains Widman. The exhibit is open 12-4pm Tuesday-Sunday. (International Gallery of Contemporary Art, 427 D Street)

OPEN MIC AND CRAFT NIGHT

Open mic and craft night hosted by Sam of Dynamics of One. All ages, all genres welcome, music, poetry, and unique talents welcome! Various craft supplies will be provided, with a $3 donation. Feel free to bring whatever projects you're already working on. The event runs from 3-6pm. (Uncle Leroy’s Coffee, 701 W 36th Avenue)

ANCHORAGE TECHNOLOGY FORUM

Symantec will host their monthly Anchorage Technology Forum at the 49th State Brewing Company in the lower level. One topic that is sure to be discussed is how out state's budget is impacting operations across the state, and the likely long-term impacts of our fiscal changes. Audience participation is encouraged, and light appetizers will be served. The event begins at 4:30pm and tickets are available at EventBrite.com. (49th State Brewing Co., 717 W 3rd Avenue)

STARGAZING

Join NASA Solar System Ambassadors in the planetarium for a live show highlighting the latest in space news. Hear and see updates on current space missions and find out what’s visible in the night sky. After the program, stay for interactive activities and discover new astronomy resources. $8 non-members/$6 members. The program begins at 5:30pm. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

ALL AMERICAN COCKTAIL PARTY

Join your friends at Sullivan’s from 7-9pm for an All-American Cocktail Pairing Dinner. Enjoy their chef-inspired four course menu expertly paired with hand-crafted Sullivan’s signature cocktails for $65 per guest. Reserve your seats at sullivanssteakhouse.com. (Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 320 W 5th Avenue)

FRIDAY, JULY 26

UDC HIP-HOP DANCE LESSONS

Come down to Town Square Park every Friday,12-1pm, for a fun, FREE hip-hop class taught by local studio Underground Dance Company! UDC strives to provide a family-friendly atmosphere in which goal-oriented individuals thrive as they conquer ever more demanding challenges. UDC is committed to serving dancers and their families, to provide support and encouragement to all dancers working to achieve their goals and to offer a platform for healthy self-expression. Dance with no regrets! No experience necessary. All ages and ability levels are welcome! (Anchorage Town Square, 551 6th Avenue)

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY

Food Truck Friday is an international phenomenon and now it's also right here Anchorage, Alaska! From the creators of the Spenard Food Truck Carnival comes the next best lunch options right in the heart of downtown! Join them for a food truck only lunch every week - Food Truck Friday open 11am-2pm! Food trucks present will be: A Slice of Heaven, Loco Brady's, Tiki Pete's Alaskan Grill, Da Poke Man Express, and more! (Anchorage Market, 225 E Street)

LIVE IN THE PLANETARIUM: AURAL IMAGO

Aural Imago electrifies the planetarium with kaleidoscopic sounds and image. Aural Imago’s soft sounds and drifting progressions create dreamy landscapes and their reflective lyrics create an atmosphere for intimate listening. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Aural Imago with full-dome projection created especially for the performance. Aural Imago is the project of Anchorage-based musician, Justin Ferguson. space is limited, tickets required. $15, members receive a 10% discount at AnchorageMuseum.org. The concert begins at 7:30pm. Please use the museum’s 7th Avenue entrance. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

LATIN SUMMER NIGHTS

Salsa! Cha Cha! Merengue! Bachata! Kizomba! Williwaw will be mixing rum cocktails to the best Latin World music for a night of dancing like there's no tomorrow. Drinks and music start flowing at 8pm. Latin dance class from 9:00-10:00pm followed by open dancehall! Lessons are $10 per person and no partner is necessary. (Williwaw, 609 F Street)

DIVAS ON BROADWAY

Don’t be Les Mis this Friday night! Get out of your La Cage and join the Divas as they sing and dance down the Great White Way! You say you haven’t even paid Rent yet? Forget All That Jazz Mister Mesto and come on in for a wicked show! Admission is $5 at the door and the show starts at 9pm. (Mad Myrna’s, 530 E 5th Avenue)

 

 

SATURDAY, JULY 27

HEEHEE'S PLAYHOUSE STAND UP COMEDY

Join professional comic creator and illustrator, Tadd Galusha (Cretaceous, TMNT, Godzilla, Bubba Ho-Tep), as he teaches a 4-session workshop for the serious-minded artist looking to learn the fundamentals of creating comics & sequential narratives from concept to publication/print. Four Saturday Morning Sessions (July 27th, August 3rd, August 10th, August 17th) from 9-12pm.  Registration and a $200 payment can be done at BOSCO'S on Spenard. (Bosco’s, 2301 Spenard Road)

DISCRETE CIRQUE SERIES MOUNTAIN RUN

The Cirque Series is redefining what mountain running is all about. Starting from the base of a world-famous ski resort, you’ll rally up windswept ridges and glacial cirques to towering peaks, power down a quad-burning descent, and break the tape into a festival of live music, food, drink, and vendor tents. The elevation is serious, but the mileage is manageable, and the race is as hardcore as you want it to be--beat the pros down to earn legend status and cash prizes, or enjoy the views and let the challenge be its own reward. The Alyeska Cirque Series race begins at sea level with a very steep climb to 3,300 feet followed by a gradual ridge run topping out at 3,800 feet. Starting at the Sitzmark Bar & Grill, a carefully picked, challenging course, a rowdy loop of mountain running! The Cirque Series is stoked to be in Alaska. Runners will be treated to views of Turnagain Arm during the run, descending back to the finish in the vendor village area for high-fives, music, food, beverages, and family and friends rooting on all competitors! For More Info: https://www.cirqueseries.com/alyeska. The run begins at 10am and costs $75 to participate in. (Alyeska Resort, 1000 Arlberg Avenue)

EVENING WITH SADIE

Join Anchorage Symphony cellist Linda Marsh-Ives and her student Sadie Paulson on violin for a rare and fantastic performance that will feature a variety of genres including classical, big band, and fiddle music. The music begins at 6pm. (Spenard Writer’s Block, 3956 Spenard Road)

COUNTRY TWO STEP LESSONS AND DANCE

Put on your dancing shoes and come on down for a good time! Every Saturday from 7-9pm. All level lessons - if you know what they are teaching, they'll show you some moves you don't know. (Last Frontier Bar, 369 Muldoon Road)

KIZOMBA DANCE WORKSHOP AT ZIP KOMBUCHA

Kizomba is an Afro-Latin partner dance originating in Angola. Join Zip Kombucha for this fun workshop and share their love for movement! They will be focusing on teaching the mechanics of basics and transitions, improving both lead and follow, as well as working musicality and introducing isolations/micro movements. Newbie or Kizomba fiend, come out to practice old skills and learn new ones!  The taproom will be open so you can sip on kombucha while you practice! There is no fee for the class and no partner required. The class begins at 8pm. (Zip Kombucha, 4304 Arctic Boulevard)

SUNDAY, JULY 28

ALASKA AVIATION FESTIVAL

Featuring vintage airplane fly-bys over Lake Hood, flight simulators, children's activities, live music, food truck carnival, and a beer and wine garden.  Admission is free for Alaska Aviation Museum members, or just $15 for non-member adults and $5 for ages 5-17. The fun starts at 10am. (Alaska Aviation Museum, 4721 Aircraft Drive)

CIGAR AND WHISKEY PAIRING

Are you 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 once again, to personally experience both as well as receive some knowledge from masters of their craft! 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 and space is limited to the first 50 people. The party begins at 1pm and tickets are $10 at EventBrite.com. (Williwaw Roof Top, 609 F Street)

ERASURE POETRY AND ARTIST BOOK WORKSHOP

An art poetry workshop with Mar Ka, author of Be-hooved (University of Alaska Press, 2019). In this third of a seasonal series of poetry workshops, participants will learn about the origins, history, and recent ascendance of erasure poetry, and will be provided the opportunity to transform a small used book (included, or bring your own) into an art book of original erasure poems, perhaps keeping a summer-in-Alaska theme in mind. Registration at ERNC.com is required. The $10 is non-refundable unless workshop is cancelled due to low enrollment. All materials are provided. The instructor will provide books for erasure; participants may choose to bring their own books -- ideally a small hard-covered book, and with completion in mind, should not be too dense with text. Optionally, you may also want to bring a notebook or sketchbook and a favorite pen. The workshop begins at 2pm. (Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road)

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

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