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THURSDAY, MAY 10

THE BUSINESS OF ART: CREATIVE CAPITAL WORKSHOP AT THE ANCHORAGE MUSEUM

Take your creative practice to the next level with Colleen Keegan from Creative Capital, the national non-profit that provides artists with funding, counsel and career development. Designed for professional artists, this workshop combines nuts-and-bolts strategies with an empowering approach for integrating strategic planning and business management skills into creative practice. Registration is required and includes a $5 material fee. Space is limited. Visit AnchorageMuseum.org for more information. The event begins at 2pm. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

PAINTING NITE AT MUSE

Gather with friends for an evening of socializing and painting at Muse. Create turquoise birch forest under the direction of artist Christina Wilson. Enjoy a beverage or appetizer from Muse's special menu. Fee includes instruction and materials; food and beverages extra. Registration is $45 at AnchorageMuseum.org and painting begins at 6pm. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

SEED FILM SCREENING

SEED: The Untold Story began with an article in National Geographic reported that up to 96% of the vegetable seeds available in 1903 have disappeared. The speed and scope of this loss is staggering, and its implications for our future are stark. As the renowned naturalist and author Gary Paul Nabhan puts it, “Many of our seeds today are as endangered as a panda or polar bear.” In an era of climate uncertainty, this dearth of diversity is a recipe for catastrophic crop failure and human suffering– not unlike The Great Famine of Ireland that saw the starvation of nearly a million people when their sole crop variety, a potato, was wiped out by blight. SEED explores a topic that is still largely unknown, yet it is increasingly urgent with climate change and the consolidation and control of the seed industry. No registration required; $5 suggested donation at the door - Proceeds benefit the Spenard Community Garden. The screening begins at 6pm. (Anchorage Community House, 3502 Spenard Road)

TRAIL TALES #7

Alaska Trails is excited to present the seventh installment of the Trail Tales storytelling series! This time around, they are starting a new format and will be partnering with a different community trail group each time. Alaska Trails is excited to team up with the Singletrack Advocates as their community partner for TT#7. In the spirit of Arctic Entries, storytellers will share seven minute stories about their trail experiences, adventures and life in general. Come enjoy this fun event and support Alaska Trails. Tickets are $15 at Alaska-Trails.org and the doors are at 6:30pm. (49th State Brewing Company, 717 W 3rd Avenue)

THE CRYSTAL METHOD

Throughout the past two decades, the musical landscape has continually merged, morphed, and matrixed, fractured in countless directions while intersecting at the most unexpected points. Electronic music underwent a renaissance in the aughts, rising out of the warehouses and blank spaces and overtaking the biggest festival fields in the world. The Crystal Method followed a similar trajectory since their formation in 1993. The Grammy Award-nominated, platinum-certified trailblazing duo—Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland—set the stage for the genre-mashing electronic sounds that fuel the current zeitgeist. Catch them live at Bear Tooth! Tickets are $30 at BearToothTheatre.net and doors are at 8pm. (Bear Tooth Theatrepub, 1230 W 27th Avenue)

FRIDAY, MAY 11

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

Piper Kerman is the author of the memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison. The book has been adapted into an Emmy award-winning original series for Netflix. She will speak about her own experiences in prison. Tickets are $95 at AlaskaBar.org – refreshments are included. The event starts at 10:30am. (Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center, 600 W 7th Avenue)

CONFESSIONS OF A BIRTH MOTHER: A LECTURE BY AMY SEEK

Amy Seek, a birth-mom and the author of God and Jetfire: Confessions of a Birth Mother, will be speaking about her experience making adoption plans for her son and navigating her open adoption. Seek's lecture, open to anyone in Alaska, will not only advance the important conversation about how Alaska can support all people in the "adoption triad" -- particularly birth-moms -- but it will also kick-off our private writing workshop for birth-moms, which will occur the following two days, May 12-13, 2018. To learn more about the workshops, email Mouracade.Sarah@gmail.com. The lecture begins at 7pm. (Loussac Library, 3600 Denali Street)

TRAXXAS MONSTER TRUCK TOUR

The Traxxas Monster Truck Destruction Tour is a destination for monster truck fans, and the entertainment value will continue to grow to new heights. Drivers step out of their full-size trucks to compete and showcase the freestyle capabilities of Traxxas radio control monster trucks at events, adding an exciting new dimension to the freestyle motocross demonstrations and high-horsepower monster truck exhilaration. The destruction gets underway at 7:30pm and continues at 1:30pm and 7:30pm on Saturday, May 12. Tickets are $21 - $41 at TicketMaster.com. (Sullivan Arena, 1600 Gambell Street)

I WILL WAIT - THE VETERAN'S SPOUSE PROJECT

The Veteran's Spouse Project presents "I Will Wait", an emotional play about sending loved ones to war told through drama, music and dance. Based on actual spouses' testimonials and spanning generations from 1945 to present day, it tells the stories of those left behind. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are $25 at BrownPaperTickets.com. (UAA Mainstage, 3700 Alumni Loop)

THE DATING GAME LIVE!

Hard Rock is bringing back the original dating game with a new "twist". Will their eligible ladies and gentlemen make a "love connection" or be doomed to singledom? Join them to find out who will be selected! Hosted by Don Megga, DJ Reggie Ward on the 1's & 2's and special performances. This is a 21+ up event; drink specials, door prizes and much more! (Hard Rock Cafe, 415 E Street)

SATURDAY, MAY 12

GEEK SWAP MEET

his swap meet is open to geeks of every type. You can sell your collectables & random cool old stuff, handmade goods or artwork, sports, non-sports and game cards, board games, RPGs, comics and toys. This is an all ages event so anything 'racy' should be handled sensitively or left at home. Want to be a seller? Sign-up at boscos.com/geekswapmeet. The meet begins at 10am. Additional dates are May 26, June 9 and June 30. (Bosco's, 2301 Spenard Road)

WRITER'S CRITIQUE GROUP

Are you a writer in need of a boost or some feedback? Join the Writer's Critique Group - a group for writers of all genres and levels of experience! All genres and levels are welcome to join this free groups for helpful suggestions, editing and support. For more information, contact Celeste Borchardt at 349-4354. The critique starts at 10am. (Title Wave Books, 1360 W Northern Lights Boulevard)

OPENING WEEKEND: ANCHORAGE MARKET & FESTIVAL

2018 is the 27th season for the Anchorage Market & Festival in downtown Anchorage! The largest outdoor market in Alaska with 200+ vendors most weekends and typical event attendance of 600,000+ per season! Don't miss out on the largest selection of “Made in Alaska” items and the best food trucks in Anchorage. The market is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 – 6pm through August. (Anchorage Market, 225 E Street)

BROWN BEAR BUS RUN

A chartered school bus will take you from The Raven to the Brown Bear Saloon departing at 12pm. Along the route you will be provided with libations and refreshments on the bus. Once there, your ticket will provide you an all-you-can-eat burger & dog cookout. After an afternoon full of revelry, our buses will transport you back to Anchorage and will drop you off at The Raven at 5pm.The bus departs at 12pm. Tickets are $20 - $25 at BrownPaperTickets.com. (The Raven, 708 E 4th Avenue)

SWEET CHEEKS CABARET: CAMP SWEET CHEEKS

This isn't your adolescent summer camp! No need to bring extra warm socks, and a poncho, but we can't promise you won't get wet. Hot and steamy fun with a cool breeze blowing off of Sweet Cheeks lake — but no swimming unless a lifeguard is on duty — and no skinny dipping unless you're inviting everybody! Dinner service available before the show. The show begins at 10:30pm and tickets are $23.75 - $35 at CenterTix.com. (49th State Brewing Company, 717 W 3rd Avenue)

SUNDAY, MAY 13

MOTHERS DAY COFFEE DATE

Grab a mom! Your mom...any mom who does incredible mom things, and bring her to Kaladi Brothers for a Mother's Day Coffee Date. Buy your favorite drink and get a free 12oz drink for Mom. (Kaladi Bros Coffee, 6921 Brayton Drive)

MOM'S RUN ANC

Who runs ANC? MOM does! Skinny Raven celebrating women who get it done with a special Mother's Day event. "Burn off Breakfast in Bed" with an easy 5k run/jog/walk from the downtown store, led by Skinny Raven coaches. Then, stop in for refreshments, special mom swag from Hulin Designs and gifts for her. The run starts at 10:30am. (Skinny Raven, 800 H Street)

ASTRONOMY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Every year the Royal Observatory Greenwich runs an international competition called the Astronomy Photographer of the Year (APY). Sit back and watch as images from the 2016 competition fill the planetarium dome, and spark imagination and interest in astronomy and photography. The show begins at 11:30am and tickets are $6 plus museum admission. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

MOTHER'S DAY YOGA & TEA

Ladies, do yourself a favor and come relax for Mother's Day! Dad can cover for the afternoon. Enjoy a peaceful session of yoga with scripture and uplifting music, shop for some health and wellness products, and finish up your afternoon with tasty tea and snacks. If you'd like to bring your daughters along, 10 and up are welcome. Tickets are $15 at www.centerak.org/programs. Yoga starts at 2:30pm. (The Center, 4855 Arctic Boulevard)

MOTHER'S DAY PAINTING

Celebrate Mother's day with us by painting angel wings. Can be done as a single or dual painting. Customize with your own inspirational message. Great for ages 10+. Painting starts at 5pm and costs $35. (Arctic Crown Canvas, 3339 Fairbanks Street)

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

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