THURSDAY, MAY 9

STATE OF CHANGE

Photojournalist Joe Yelverton spent seven months in community with scientists and residents of the Arctic while exploring and documenting the changing landscape. This experience led to the creation of State of Change, a project that captures stories through word and images.

Climate change often conjures a stark contrast of differing beliefs which can result in polarization with others. Oftentimes our perspective comes from external sources, but what if the way in which we view our changing climate comes from a place that is closer than we realize? Could it be that the way we view our changing planet is similar to how we view our own inevitable death? “As human beings we are evolutionarily predisposed to measure everything outside of us in relation to ourselves. The individual is the reference point, a perspective that collectively embodies all of our experience, our biases, emotions, knowledge, understanding, and our desires.” Those in attendance will use the images and content of State of Change to explore in conversation the following questions: Is the condition of our planet and the way we treat it merely a reflection of the way we treat one another and ourselves? Do we avoid acknowledging what is happening? Do we focus our energy on prevention? Do we seek to live as well as possible now? The reception begins at 5:30pm and the conversation begins at 6:30pm. Please RSVP to Grace Harrington at gharrington@akhf.org.(Alaska Humanities Forum, 421 West 1st Avenue, Ste. 200)

PAY WHAT YOU CAN PREVIEW FOR TEA FOR THREE

Particularly pertinent in an era of heightened politics, “Tea for Three” humanizes the political scene with a story both whimsical and deeply moving – a behind-the-scenes look at Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford. A tale of a remarkable trio in a most unusual job – and 80 minutes of heartwarming delight! The performance begins at 7pm. Tickets for additional performances are available at CenterTix.com. The production runs through June 2. (Cyrano’s, 3800 Debarr Road)

FINAL WEEKEND: GUYS AND DOLLS

For some guys, life is a gamble—every day another throw of the dice. New York hustler Sky Masterson seems to be on a roll, but in the game of romance, his luck is about to run out. Will he beat the odds and get the girl, or come up snake-eyes? Perseverance Theatre’s musical dream team and an all-star cast will captivate you with their intimate staging of this brash Broadway favorite! Based on the street-wise stories of Damon Runyon and featuring all those Frank Loesser songs you love to tap your toes to, Guys and Dolls is a sure thing! The performance begins at 7:30pm and tickets are available at CenterTix.com. This production runs through Sunday, May 12. (Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, 621 W 6th Avenue)

MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT

The Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot tours the country searching for the Holy Grail with a one-week-only stop in Anchorage. This outrageous musical comedy is lovingly ripped off from the film classic “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” with a book by Eric Idle and music and lyrics by the Grammy-Award-winning team of Mr. Idle and John Du Prez. Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen, and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons audiences worldwide are eating up Spamalot! Tickets start at $49.25 for adults and $46.25 for youth. Learn more and get tickets at anchorageconcerts.org. The production runs through May 12. Thursday’s performance begins at 7:30pm. (Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, 621 W 6th Avenue)

THE NOTEBOOK (2004) ~ 15TH ANNIVERSARY

The Notebook is a 2004 romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and written by Jeremy Leven from Jan Sardi’s adaptation of the 1996 novel by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a young couple who fall in love in the 1940s. Their story is narrated from the present day by an elderly man (portrayed by James Garner) telling the tale to a fellow nursing home resident (played by Gena Rowlands, who is Cassavetes’s mother). The screening starts at 8pm and tickets are available at BearToothTheatrepub.com. (Bear Tooth, 1230 W 27th Avenue)

FRIDAY, MAY 10

BD BLOCK PARTY FT. BLACKWATER RAILROAD COMPANY

This event will take place downtown on 4th Ave, spanning the entire block between D St & E St & includes a 5,000 sq. ft beer garden! An opening act will kick things off followed by Blackwater Railroad Co, & an event raffle with rad prizes. $25 will get you two beers, food & entry into the raffle. We will announce the raffle prizes as we get closer to the event. All proceeds will be donated to local recreational non-profits. The party starts at 5pm and runs until 10pm. (Black Diamond Retail, 400 W 4th Avenue)

MAGNETIC NORTH: GOVERNOR BILL SHEFFIELD

Magnetic North is a documentary film series that explores the personality and character of six Alaskans whose actions and ideas have shaped the history, spirit, and values of our state. Join your friends at the museum for the premiere community screening of Magnetic North: Governor Bill Sheffield, followed by a reception. This event will be held at the Anchorage Museum Theater and is free and open to the public! The screening begins at 6pm. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

TOLKIEN AT TIKHATNU

This event will include a Middle Earth themed cosplay contest with prizes for best male and female costume. Going all-out is encouraged!! First person or pair to recite a Tom Bombadil song or one of the Dearven tunes will win something as well! There’s also the chance to win a ticket to a red-carpet Hollywood premier event! The feature will begin at 6:50pm. Please arrive no later than 6:20pm if participating in the contest; winners will be picked at 6:30pm to ensure there will be enough time for picking winner(s) and taking some photos. Visit https://legionm.com/tolkien-meetups for more information. (Tikhatnu, 1299 N Muldoon Road)

GABRIEL FLUFFY IGLESIAS: BEYOND THE FLUFFY

Gabriel Iglesias is one of America’s most successful stand-up comedians performing to sold-out concerts around the world. Iglesias was featured in The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 40 Comedy Players of 2018 issue alongside comedy giants Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Lorne Michaels. Unlike many in the stand-up world, Iglesias’ globally appealing comedy stays mostly clean and his non-controversial material appeals to audiences of all ages and walks of life. Iglesias has also had the distinct honor of being one of the few to headline and sell-out Madison Square Garden, Staples Center and The Sydney Opera House. He is also one of the most watched comedians on YouTube with over 380,000,000 views and has over 14 million followers across social media. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are available at TicketMaster.com. (Atwood Concert Hall, 621 W 6th Avenue)

LATIN NIGHT AT CHARLOU

It’s Latin Night at La Potato...but this time as Charlou, a costal-inspired new restaurant in the same cozy Spenardian atmosphere at 3300 Spenard! Anaya Latin Dance will be playing great Latin music from all around the world, local conguero Luis will be keeping the beat, and we will be dancing and enjoying the new menu from 8-11 pm! This time with another special guest artist — Nicassi Villar! From Venezuela, Nicassi is an experienced salsa singer, but this event will be his Alaska debut! No cover for this excellent event. (Charlou, 3300 Spenard Road)

SATURDAY, MAY 11

ANCHORAGE MARKET OPENING WEEKEND

Opening weekend of the 2019 Anchorage Market. Saturdays 10am-6pm & Sundays 10am-5pm. The Anchorage Market is open for 18 consecutive weekends May 11-September 8, 2019. The Market is an outdoor vendor Market, admission is always free. Vendors, performers and amusements vary from one weekend to the next with the busiest times being in June, July and August. One weekend may have 80 vendors and the very next weekend may have over 200 vendors! Make sure to come back and visit often so you don’t miss anything! (Anchorage Market, 225 E Street)

INTERNATIONAL ASTRONOMY DAY 2019

Gather for International Astronomy Day to celebrate astronomy and the universe through hands-on experiences, planetarium programs and lectures. Observe the sun with a solar telescope, imagine life on an exoplanet and experience spacecraft mission in a new way through augmented reality. This year’s theme is the Moon as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. The Anchorage Museum partners with NASA Solar System Ambassadors, the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Planetarium & Visualization Theater, and UAA’s Chemistry Club to share knowledge and hands-on astronomy activities. At 4 p.m. meet UAA’s Planetarium & Visualization Theater manager Omega Smith, who will reflect on the Apollo program and importance of future lunar exploration. The event begins at 1pm. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

QUEEN

Dust off that tiara and adorn yourself in jewels like the queen you are! This very special show celebrates all that is QUEEN! Whether it’s the band, the royalty, the bee, or drag, Sweet Cheeks has you covered complete with live burlesque, music, and singing. The show begins at 6:30pm with an additional show at 9:30pm. Tickets are available CenterTix.com. (49th State Brewing Co., 717 W 3rd Avenue)

JMSN — LIVE IN ALASKA

JMSN has emerged on the international stage as one of the music industry’s most sought-after performers and producers. On January 31, 2018 — JMSN unveiled the next chapter of his sound evolution with the track, “So Badly.” The single was released on his self-founded label, White Room Records. JMSN has built a reputation for himself through his unforgettable live performances and his trademark sounds, garnering nods from R&B/Soul legends, such as Puff Daddy, Usher, and founding member of The Commodores, Thomas McClary. JMSN’s impressive talents have been tapped by the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Game, Mac Miller, J. Cole, Tyga, Ab-Soul, Kaytranada, Ta-ku, and many more! In 2017, JMSN completed tours of North America, Europe, and Asia in support of his album, Whatever Makes U Happy. The concert kicks off at 9pm and tickets are available at EventBrite.com. (Williwaw, 609 F Street)

NIGHTMARE OF ANCHORAGE PAGEANT

If you have ever been to a drag show over at Mad Myrna’s, you are aware of the name Scarlett Crypt. This mistress of the macabre, the glamour ghoul herself, Scarlett is known for her unique take on what is beautiful, and how much fun and fabulous a funeral could possibly be. From her beginnings, working with local favorites VivaVoom Brr-lesque and her faithful stage friend Skelly, she has become a fan favorite at performances all over Anchorage. After winning the title of Miss Gay Alaska in June of 2018, Scarlett Crypt decided she wanted to pay homage to the inspirations that helped her create her stage persona, as well as give some stage time to other fans of horror and goth. On Saturday May 11th at Mad Myrna’s, Scarlett will host the first ever Nightmare of Anchorage Pageant, sponsored by the Imperial Court of All Alaska. The winner of the pageant will hold the title within the ICOAA and be welcome to walk with them during Anchorage Pride, and at events like Coronation on Labor Day Weekend. The pageant begins at 9pm. (Mad Myrna’s, 530 E Avenue)

SUNDAY, MAY 12

20TH ANNIVERSARY MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION

Join the Alaska Native Heritage Center to celebrate Mother’s Day from 9am to 5pm! A special blessing with Marge Nakak will take place at 2pm. (Alaska Native Heritage Center, 8800 Heritage Center Drive)

MOTHER’S DAY FUN “OPEN HOUSE”

Bring the whole family and enjoy a spring walk at the nature center from 1 — 3pm. Their naturalist will be stationed in our nature play area where kids can build forts, chase butterflies, and more. Find out about their summer programs for families. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road)

THE GIVER

Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. When Jonas turns 12, he is selected for special training from The Giver. Jonas learns The Giver is the only person who holds any memories of real pain and real joy. Now Jonas will learn the truth about life—and the hypocrisy of his utopian world. Through this astonishing and moving adaptation of Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal-winning novel, discover what it means to grow up, to grow wise, and to take control of your own destiny. Performances are May 3-26, Thursdays – Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets range from $13-$17 and can be purchased through www.actalaska.org. (Anchorage Community Theatre, 1133 E 70th Avenue)

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

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