THURSDAY, MARCH 21

INDIE ALASKA

Presented by Alaska Public Media. The original series, INDIE ALASKA, captures the diverse and colorful lifestyles of everyday Alaskans at work and at play. Together, these videos present an authentic look at living in Alaska. Watch new, unreleased episodes as well as some old favorites. You’ll also have a chance to win free stuff, share your ideas for future episodes and talk with the producers! General admission is $10 at BearToothTheatre.net and the event begins at 5:30pm. (Bear Tooth Theatrepub, 1230 W 27th Avenue)

 

POTTY MOUTH ADULT NIGHT!

Grab your friends and paint whatever the F&@K you want to on your ceramic piece(s) at Color Me Mine. There will be many bad a$$ templates for you to use and they can be resized to fit any of Color Me Mine’s pieces. If you want to be a total Sa$$hole by painting the biggest f&@k you can on a platter, they'll even help you out with that. There is a class fee of $8.00 plus the cost of the piece(s) you pick out to paint. Class fee required at sign up online at anchorage.colormemine.com. Don't be a Richard by bringing your kiddos to this adult night that begins at 6pm. (Color Me Mine, 8130 Old Seward Highway, Suite 106)

 

EL-E-MEN-TAL: ADULT SCIENCE NIGHT

Celebrate the changing of the seasons with a contemporary and science-based look at the classical elements of earth, air, water and fire. Expand your knowledge of these fundamental entities through hands-on experiments, creative-making activities and conversations with local experts. For spring equinox, explore the classical element of fire through its delicious contributions to food. Tonight, harness fire’s power to burn your mark and personalize cooking utensils, examine the character and quality of heat and spice through a hot sauce paring, and round out the evening with a fire-inspired collaborative art experience. Elemental is a quarterly adult science night exploring classic elements through hands-on experiments in art and science. Look for upcoming Elemental Experimental Evenings on June 20, Sept. 26 and Dec. 19. Register online at AnchorageMuseum.org. The fun starts at 6:30pm. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

 

UAA JAZZ FESTIVAL

The UAA Department of Music presents its 32nd annual Jazz Festival. The evening concerts will feature guest jazz artist and UAA student jazz combos. Concert Schedule: Big Fun Band (Thursday), UAA Jazz Ensemble (Friday) and Guest artist Greg Yasinitsky (Saturday). Greg Yasinitsky is a composer, arranger and saxophonist active in jazz and classical music. Winner of the American Prize for Orchestral Composition, his music is widely published and performed around the world. Greg is a Regents Professor in the School of Music at Washington State University. All concerts begin at 7:30pm. Visit ArtsUAA.com for tickets and information about available workshops. (UAA Recital Hall, 3700 Alumni Loop)

 

MEN OF THE LOOK - STRIP SHOW

The Look is more than excited to announce that they’ve partnered with Koot's to bring back their "Men of The Look" shows! Join them on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 8pm to kick-off your evening early with the gals while these studs showcase some of their male lingerie, performance dance routines, and so much more. Tickets are available at Koots.com. (Koot’s, 2435 Spenard Road)

FRIDAY, MARCH 22

I CAN SEE OUTER SPACE FROM MY HOUSE

Alaska is known for many things – rocket launch is not one of them — yet. In the middle of the Alaskan wilderness sits a place where commercial and military rockets are launched every year: the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska, formerly known as the Kodiak Launch Complex. This multi-use spaceport complex is considered one of only four premier spaceport complexes in the entire United States. Join Mark Lester, President of Alaska Aerospace and Ben Kellie, Owner & CEO of The Launch Company, to talk about the US’s position in international space launch, why Alaska plays an important role, and what is on the horizon for the future in space. Tickets are available at AlaskaWorldAffairs.org and the presentation begins at 12pm (49th State Brewing Company, 717 W 3rd Avenue)

 

COMEDIAN & MASTER IMPRESSIONIST PABLO FRANCISCO

Comedian and Master Impressionist Pablo Francisco Comes to Alaska for two shows at Koots. You may know Pablo Francisco from his time on MAD TV or his many comedy specials or one of his most popular comedy bits "The Movie Guy". Where he does a spot-on impression of the movie trailer guy and other celebrities. Get your tickets at BrownPaperTickets.com now before this one sells out. Performances are at 7pm and 9:30pm. (Koot’s, 2435 Spenard Road)

 

THE FERAL CHILD

Abandoned at an early age, Mary was raised in the jungle by a family of tigers. When she is finally rescued at the age of 13, Mary believes she is a cat. Dr. James Hauser, a well-known child psychologist, and his wife, Irene, contrive to win custody of Mary so they can attempt to turn her from a wild creature into a proper human being. Mary, however, may prefer the life of a cat to the life of a human. ACT is proud to present the world premiere of The Feral Child, marking the second time a comedy by playwright Rand Higbee (of "At Home with the Clarks" fame) will debut on their stage! Performances are March 22–April 7, Thursdays–Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets range from $13-$17 and can be purchased at actalaska.org. (Anchorage Community Theatre, 1133 E 70th Avenue)

 

ALASKA QUARTERLY REVIEW CELEBRATES ITS 70TH EDITION

The evening features a story premiere, dramatically presented by Don Rearden, Amy Meissner, and Shane Castle. Alaska Quarterly Review, founded in 1980 by Ronald Spatz and James Liszka, has gone on to become one of America's top literary journals. Free admission. Sponsored by the Center for the Narrative & Lyric Arts (CNLA). The launch party begins at 7pm. (Spenard Writer’s Block, 3956 Spenard Road)

 

JIGJAM

Like the purest Irish whiskey − simultaneously smooth and a kick-in-the-pants − JigJam blends traditional Irish folk music with bluegrass and Americana to deliver precision with a punch. Propelled by onstage energy and virtuoso ability, the four multi-instrumentalists from the Midlands draw comparisons to The Punch Brothers and have been called “the best Irish group so far in bluegrass.” Fueled by guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and double bass, the lads harness the Celtic music of their youth and outfit it with a heaping helping from the hollers. Catch these award-winning, rising stars of Celtgrass on their way up. You’ll have a seat, but with these foot-stomping tunes, you may not want to use it. Tickets are available at AnchorageConcerts.org and the performance starts at 7:30pm. (Discovery Theatre, 621 W 6th Avenue)

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 23

SKI TRAIN

Enjoy Alaska’s beauty on the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage’s Ski Train!  This is a bucket list experience that is sure to make you smile! Ride the rails with a train full of fellow skiers for a full day of awesome fun with friends old and new in Alaska’s remote backcountry. The four hour ride is a great time to relax and enjoy the scenery, share games and picnic with friends and family or pass the time dancing in the Polka Car with the Alaska Blaskapelle Band. An annual tradition, the Ski Train has been the winter’s focal point for Alaskan friends and family for over 40 years. Tickets sell out fast so mark your calendar for the experience of a life time.  Please remember this is a family friendly event! Tickets and more information are available at AnchorageNordicSki.com.

REI ANCHORAGE GRAND OPENING

The first 250 people (age 18 and older) through the door Friday, Saturday and Sunday will receive a limited-edition Nalgene water bottle with a $10, $50 or $100 REI promotional card inside. Festivities are 3-6pm. (REI, 500 E Northern Lights Boulevard)

 

INAUGURAL CELLAR RAID AT THE 49TH STATE

The 49th State proudly presents their Inaugural Cellar Raid and Bottle Offering. This event is years in the making and features 20 tastings of their most limited edition, vintage barrel aged releases. Brewers/Cellarmasters will be onsite to discuss beers and lite bites will be provided. Limited hand sealed, signed bottles will be available for purchase (purchase limit). Specialty Brewer's Box door prizes will be given to 5 lucky winners. Must be 21 to attend and show valid ID. Tickets are available at MyAlaskaTix.com and the event kicks off at 6pm. (49th State Brewing Company, 717 W 3rd Avenue)

 

WEST SIDE STORY

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time. From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. This show has mature themes and parent discretion is advised. The production plays March 22-31 at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium with performances at 7pm Thursday – Saturday and 3pm on Sunday.  On-site parking is free and all seating is by reservation. Make your time at the box office fast by getting your tickets early at www.tbatheatre.org. Tickets will also be available at the door. (Wendy Williamson, 3211 Providence Drive)

 

OK GO: THE LIVE VIDEO TOUR

Rock band. Physics buffs. Performance artists. Chicago indie-rockers OK Go first found fame in the mid-2000s with their treadmill dancing “Here It Goes Again” video, which catapulted them to internet rock star status before that was really a thing. Ever since, they keep upping the challenges: zero-gravity acrobatics, gigantic Rube Goldberg machines, playing a thousand instruments with a car (really). The Smithsonian even honored them with an American Ingenuity Award. And the quartet throws down marvelous music - dance-floor dynamite, sonic saunters, and power pop perfection. As you might expect, this show defies categorization: a film screening and rock concert rolled into one, where you’re a part of the show. Bring your family and expect dancing, joy, and wonder. Presented by the Anchorage Concert Association. Tickets start at $35.75 at AnchorageConcerts.org and the show begins at 7pm. (Atwood Concert Hall, 621 W 6th Avenue)

SUNDAY, MARCH 24

TOMOKA RAFTEN & ARMIN ABDIHODZIC IN CONCERT

Inspired by the quality of flute and guitar repertoire and desire to cultivate contemporary music, duo Raften-Abdihodzic formed in Alaska in 2014 and continues to perform for different occasions and venues. Their concert program will revolve around two masterworks of the literature: Canyon Echoes composed by the acclaimed American flutist Catherine Hoover and inspired by the Apache folktale tells a story about two young lovers from different tribes and their tragic end, and Astor Piazzolla’s famous History of Tango which follows the development of tango from 1900s to what it is today. The program will also feature contemporary works by Jean-Michelle Damase, Nicolas Flagello, and others. The performance starts at 4pm and tickets are available at ArtsUAA.com. (UAA Recital Hall, 3700 Alumni Drive)

 

SAKÉ MOVIE NIGHT: GODZILLA VS. GHIDORAH

For this year’s Saké Movie Night La Potato is screening 1991’s Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, in all its dubbed glory. This is the best way we can think of to get ready for this year’s release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters (where King Ghidorah returns)! Your $10 ticket includes entrance to the movie and a saké flight; Japanese-inspired small plates and popcorn will be available for purchase. The event starts at 7pm and tickets are available at BrownPaperTickets.com. (La Potato, 3300 Spenard Road)

 

AK ROCKSTAR KARAOKE COMPETITION-ROUND ONE

Signups begin at 8pm and the top 3 entrants will qualify for the finals to be held on Sunday, April 21st. Lots of prizes including a grand prize of fronting the band Danger Money at a paid gig on May 5th! (Carousel Lounge, 3206 Spenard Road)

 

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

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