THURSDAY, JULY 18

THE STAR OF ALASKA KARAOKE TOURNAMENT

The Star of Alaska Karaoke Tournament is Alaska’s BEST singing competition! Every week one man and one woman will be chosen to compete in the finals on August 17! Come see if you have what it Takes to be called the King or Queen of Karaoke! This Thursday’s preliminary night is at the Carousel Lounge! Sign-ups and warmups begin at 6pm, with the contest starting at 7pm! There will be open karaoke with the Jukebox Karaoke Roadshow after the competition! (Carousel Lounge, 3206 Spenard Road)

GOAT YOGA

Goat yoga, which is yoga practiced in the presence of — and in tandem with — live goats, is the latest exercise to capture the imaginations and Instagram feeds of Angelenos. Tailor-made for the selfie set, each class lets you do downward dog alongside barnyard goats in all their bleating, adorable glory! Classes are $20 per a session and there are two sessions, one at 6pm and one at 7pm. Bring your own mat and be ready to laugh. (Inlet Tower Hotel, 1020 W 12th Avenue)

SPELL JAM: AN ADULT SPELLING BEE WITH A TWITTER ATTENTION SPAN!

According to the national Spelling Bee site, no one really knows why it’s called a “bee”.” It’s surmised that “bee” is much like a “jam” — a community gathering of sorts, where folks come together to make something cool. A jamboree, a spelling bee...a Spell Jam! Since the first one was such a raucous event, the Writer’s Block decided to make it a monthly event! They’ve got another fantastic crew of brave contestants. Not only are they in the hot seat to spell current political and pop culture names and terminologies, but they have to use them in a sentence...Not any ol’ sentence, but one with a random topic pulled out of the Magic Hat! Doesn’t completely make sense? Don’t worry! Grab dinner, have a drink, and it will all become much clearer! The fun starts at 7pm. (Spenard Writer’s Block, 3956 Spenard Road)

NORTHERN RENAISSANCE: ERIN HOLLOWELL & DARYL FARMER READING

Join Erin Hollowell and Daryl Farmer for a reading at UAA. About Erin Hollowell: Currently, Hollowell is the executive director of the Storyknife Writers Residency, a residency for women writers being developed outside of Homer, Alaska. She is on the faculty of the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference and the University of Alaska Low-Residency MFA Program. Her work has most recently been published in Talking Rivers, Rust + Moth, Alaska Quarterly Review, Weber Studies, Terrain: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environment, Sugar House Review, and Prairie Schooner. — http://erincoughlinhollowell.com. About Daryl Farmer: Daryl Farmer is the author of Where We Land, a collection of short stories and Bicycling Beyond the Divide, winner of a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award and also named as a Colorado Book Award finalist. The readings begin at 8pm and are free. (UAA Fine Arts Building, 3700 Alumni Loop)

QUEER AS HELL! THE SUMMER EDITION!

Awwww, heck! Van’s Dive Bar is comin’ at ya again with the freshest, hottest queer content in Fairview! Anchorage! THE WORLD! This month’s show will be hosted by the one and only Syd D’Lust and features Hank Van Dickerson, Scarlett Crypt, Queef Sativa, Ivanna Kischacok, and Salmon Chowder! Come get crazy, sexy, and a little weird with us in North Fairview. Bring a friend! Bring your mom! The show begins at 9pm. (Van’s Dive Bar, 1027 E 5th Avenue)

FRIDAY, JULY 19

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 us for our ONLY food truck lunch every week — Food Truck Friday open 11a-2pm! Food trucks: A Slice of Heaven, Loco Brady’s, Tiki Pete’s Alaskan Grill, Da Poke Man Express, and more! (Anchorage Market, 225 E Street)

FRESH FLOWER HAPPY HOUR

When the weather is hot, bring the sweet scent of summer peonies indoors while you enjoy the refreshing flavors of locally made hard cider, it’s the perfect summer mix! Double Shovel will have fresh bouquets from peony farms located right here in south central AK. Grab a bundle or two to go with your growler of cider and you will be all set for the weekend. The peonies will be available from 3 – 8pm. (Double Shovel Cider, 502 W 8th Avenue)

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 on the spot, inspired by audience suggestions. Don’t miss it! Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $13 online at CenterTix.com, and $15 at the door. Military and student discounts are available! (49th State Brewing Co., 717 W 3rd Avenue)

KRUA’S 72-HOUR PLEDGE DRIVE

Tune in to KRUA 88.1 FM from Friday, July 19th at midnight to Monday July 22nd at midnight for a special, 72-hour pledge drive to raise support for KRUA, the only college radio station in South-East Alaska. In the midst of the financial uncertainty facing the University of Alaska, KRUA has an opportunity to rise like a phoenix from the ashes and continue broadcasting into the future, but only with your support. KRUA finally has the opportunity to improve their broadcast capability by upgrading our broadcast antenna which would greatly improve reception in the Anchorage area. Your tax-deductible donations will allow the legacy of KRUA’s non-profit, educational broadcast to continue without relying solely on the support from UAA. For more information, go to their website: kruaradio.org/pledge or text “KRUA” to 71777. (KRUA 88.1 FM)

SATURDAY, JULY 20

SUPERHERO DAY AT THE ZOO

Join forces with Papa Murphy’s and the Alaska Zoo for a Superhero Day at the Zoo! Visitors will enjoy meeting superheroes in costume and if the event itself wasn’t enough of a superhero soiree, the zoo will be offering a special deal -buy one adult admission and receive two free kid admission tickets! From 10am-3pm: Cotton candy for sale and a coloring station, Enchanted Alaska superheroes on hand for pictures, face painting by Color Me Fun on the lawn, pizza themed animal enrichment, ice animal enrichment courtesy of Copper River Seafoods.This event will feature live music sponsored by ConocoPhillips. (Alaska Zoo, 4731 O’Malley Road)

APOLLO 11 50TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT

Neil Armstrong first placed his boot on the lunar surface 50 years ago on July 20th, 1969. Fifty years later, we are celebrating this amazing and historic accomplishment events all around the world. Here in Anchorage, the UAA Planetarium has teamed up with the Anchorage Museum, the UAA Geology Department, Solar System Ambassadors and other lunar fanatics for celebration at the UAA campus. Activities Hands-on activities will be going from noon to 4:00pm. Come by and make rockets, create craters on a simulated lunar surface, watch films dedicated to the Apollo missions from NASA, learn about lunar geology, get informed on past and current NASA missions from the Solar System Ambassadors, re-live the Apollo missions through virtual reality, watch free Planetarium shows, and more. The screenings begin at 12pm. (UAA Planetarium, 3101 Science Circle)

TOTAL LOSS: A COMEDY SHOW ABOUT DEATH

A tale of road trips, diner coffee, and a dive bar in Montana. Half comedy show, half tribute: Total Loss is about the thing we never joke about and one thing we all have in common. It’s Mike Birbiglia by way of Sarah Silverman. Will Martin is a Boston comedian who charms audiences across New England with the vibe of a childless fun dad. He’s performed at NYC’s Butterboy and Boston institutions like The Comedy Studio, The Gas, and Nick’s Comedy Stop. Will created the Will Martin Comedy Fest and almost headlined. He has a podcast about driving called Passenger Side. He performs improv as a member of the ImprovBoston National Touring Company, Face Off, and All Access casts. The comedy begins at 7:30pm. (Koot’s, 2435 Spenard Road)

HEEHEE’S PLAYHOUSE STAND UP COMEDY

Join Ben Farleigh and his gang of local stand-up comics for a night of laughs at the Block. The show is free to attend and begins at 8pm. (The Writer’s Block, 3956 Spenard Road)

DAPPER SATURDAYS

Join The Last Rocketeer, aka Shane O’Hare, in the Speakeasy for Dapper Saturdays starting at 10pm. A night where you’re guaranteed to get a quality cocktail and smooth music to match. Stop at the phone booth and get your password first! 21 and over! (Williwaw, 609 F Street)

SUNDAY, JULY 21

SALSA IN THE PARK

Join Anaya Latin Dance and local dancers for Salsa in the Park, a free and family-friendly event for social dancing to great Latin music! Participatory group dances to be led periodically to get folks up and moving! Come to participate or just to watch and enjoy the weather in the heart of downtown Anchorage. The dancing begins at 12pm. (Anchorage Town Square, 560 W 5th Avenue)

MAYOR’S CUP GAME 3 — GLACIER PILOTS VS BUCS

The Anchorage Glacier Pilots Baseball team take on the Bucs for Game 3 of the Mayor’s Cup at 2pm at Mulcahy Stadium! The Anchorage Glacier Pilots and Bucs are a summer collegiate baseball teams in the Alaska Baseball League. Based in Anchorage, Alaska they have had more than 150 former players reach the major Leagues in the past 50 years! Tickets are only $5 at the gate. (Mulcahy Stadium, 300 E 16th Avenue)

HIGH TEA STAND UP COMEDY CAROLYN MEYER

For some women, the prime of life arrives a little later. Author Carolyn Meyer, at the age of 81, discovers her true calling in an improv acting class and begins telling the truth about what really matters as she embraces the ninth decade of her life. This is standup comedy that’s hilarious, classy and sassy, with more than a dash of raunchiness. Tickets are $15 at BrownPaperTickets.com and high tea will be served. The event begins at 4pm. (Spenard Writer’s Block, 3956 Spenard Road)

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

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