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ast Friday’s earthquake and subsequent aftershocks changed plans for a lot of people. Between schools being closed, and businesses needing to be checked for structural damage, I don’t know anyone that was not affected in some way. There is an event that was scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1 that had to be cancelled altogether — the annual Pump Up the Kids: 12 Days of Christmas Pub Crawl. Organizers said there was too much uncertainty about travel conditions, and when looked at logistically rescheduling would have been a nightmare. Trying to coordinate the schedules for the dozens of volunteers could not be done in only a few days. A new plan was set into motion; move everything to one location and have a party to achieve the goal of fulfilling the holiday wishes of teens in the Alaska foster care system. This is the 9th year that Pump Up the Kids will be an event. Originally created when Fatguy was the program director at BY RJ KZND, it is a cause that JOHNSON was near and dear to his heart, being a former foster kid himself. Through the years, Collective Minds and Family Tree Presents have also joined forces in order to collect not only the gits on the wish list, but also some money pub crawl, one of the biggest supportfor last-minute needs. At each of the ers of the event passed away suddenly. stops along the 12 Days of Christmas Erin Kathleen Bailey had been a friend route, volunteers sat at tables with to so many in the community. She was items donated by the bars, signed known not only for her winning smile band memorabilia from KZND, and and cheerful disposition from her items procured from Odom Corpora- customers at Tommy’s Burger Stop, tion. Bidding could be done through but also in DJ and dance circles. Bar silent auction, and funds were raised staff around town always knew her as while attendees had fun traipsing a friendly patron who constantly had through downtown in ugly Christ- a smile and a hug. In honor of this mas sweaters, or whatever holiday bright and wonderful person, a secinspired outfits they chose. ond bar event was added to the funLast year, about a month before the draiser. Erin’s Dance Party in the Ice

Barat Koot’s was a chance for friends to come together and do what Erin loved best: share time with her friends while dancing the night away to music. On a personal note, when I phased out of the foster care system, it was Erin who convinced her Mom to take me in. Her light, and her family meant the world to me, and I could not imagine a better way to honor her. For event organizer Sarah Pederson, of Family Tree Presents, her favorite memory of Erin comes from about a year before she passed. Sarah had offered to make

the slideshow for her grandmother’s funeral. Because of the chemo that Sarah was going through, it was the most she could offer. When she got started, she realized that she had no idea what she was doing. She reached out for help, and that night Erin got the slideshow finished and all Sarah had to do was add music. This year, both events will be combined into one night. The auction items normally reserved for the pub crawl will be tucked into each room as Erin’s Dance Party Vol. 2 takes over the entire span of Koots on Friday, December 7th. While entry is free, there is a $5 suggested donation to take part in the festivities. Starting at 8 p.m. with live music in the Ice Bar from Secondhand Feels and The Hallelujah Jones. Next up, The Stack will be taking the North Stage to play all your favorite hits. At 10:30 p.m. in the Swing Bar, DJ Joe Brady is going to be on the decks. After the bands close at 11 p.m. in Ice Bar, Mad Mike and Lazuryte will be leading the party, but also doing an open decks style sign up for any other DJ’s that want to come keep the crowd moving. All money raised throughout the event from the door donations, as well as the silent auctions will go to benefit foster teens in Alaska. In many ways, this event represents the spirit of #AlaskaStrong at it’s finest. Over the past week we have seen communities come together and help each other in times of need. People have been reaching out and comforting each other, making sure that people had a warm place to sleep, or clean water to drink. We have picked ourselves up, and we are getting back to business. ADK Events, Koots, Collaborative Minds, and KZND are coming together not only to do good work, but also to honor the memory of someone who gave back whenever she could. For more information on how you can help with Pump Up the Kids, please visit www.KZND.com.

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lot of people have said we ought to start casinos up here and make a lot of money. But that’s a myth. Lower 48 Indians own more than 450 of them and most haven’t made the piles of money everyone thinks they do. In fact, a few of the biggest ones, like Foxwood in Mashantucket, Conn., are in debt up to their ears. In 2012, Foxwood owed $2 billion after two decades of grand success. Tribal members of the MashantucketPequot number just over a NATIVE 1,000 Indians and for twenty NATION years each adult got up to $100,000 a year. But that’s gone now. It’s unclear how Foxwoods is doing now amid reports that they’re in the hole and still on the top five list. Who knows, they may have pulled out of the debtors pile. So casinos in Alaska are but a pipe dream that will likely not ever happen. One of the problems is that all of the BY JOHNNY casinos in the Lower 48 are TETPON on reservation lands. And in most cases are in the middle or close to huge population centers. Alaska has but one Indian reservation where a casino might happen. That reservation is Metlakatla in Southeast Alaska. Most people don’t know where it is. Some tribes have seen success while others have not. There are five tribes that are the richest in the nation and nearly all their wealth comes from casinos. At number five is the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians in California. They own the Pechanga Resort and Casino in the Temecula Valley in Southern California about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. California brings in more revenue from Native American casinos than any other state by a wide margin. In fact, based on the latest data available, California sees nearly twice as much Native American gaming revenue as the next most profitable state. At number four is the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino, owned and operated by the Mohegan tribe of Connecticut. It’s an entire entertainment destination that includes three casinos, more than forty dining and drinking locales including restaurants, bars, and lounges, a 10,000-seat arena, a more intimate concert venue called the Wolf Den, a comedy club, and two high-end hotel towers. At number three is the Mashantucket Pequots, also in Connecticut. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe has a complex history. It originated on and around the CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

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uring his inauguration in Kotzebue Monday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy said there was a “misunderstanding that I had said something about closing schools in rural Alaska.” ”Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said. “My kids went to schools in rural Alaska. My wife went to school in rural Alaska. I taught in rural Alaska. If anything, I want to strengthen the educational system in rural Alaska. There will be no schools closed down by myself while I’m governor in rural Alaska.” This led to 25 seconds of sustained applause from the crowd gathered in Kotzebue. In a campaign event last spring in Fairbanks, Dunleavy was asked tantly it provides an opporif he favored regional boarding tunity for high school kids schools as a cheaper alternative to that they may not get in a small rural schools. I wrote about high school with one teachthis in September and Octoer.” ber. His comments on boarding He went on to explain schools took place at about the the advantages of regional 48:30 minute mark on this video. boarding high schools, cit“Do you think that some of the ing Mt. Edgecumbe in Sitka villages will have to go to more as an example. regional high schools and things ‘If you have some well like that as the costs increase for developed robust regional having all these small schools high schools, such as Edgearound the state?” he was asked REPORTING cumbe, in which you have by a member of the audience last FROM ALASKA BY DERMOT COLE a physics teacher teaching spring. five preps of physics or biol“Yeah, I think that’s probably ogy or chemistry, inevitably gonna be the end result in your those kids are going to get hubs like Barrow, Kotzebue, a better education and better opportunities.” Nome, Bethel,” Dunleavy said. “So, I see that happening and I see more “I think that’s gonna be the end result. I partnerships with corporations, the Native think it is a cost saver, but also more imporcorporations, the tribal governments. I see

more of that happening in the future. That would be part of, from my perspective, of a five and 10-year plan for rural Alaska’s education.” Any discussion of closing the state’s smallest schools is politically volatile. State law requires a minimum of 10 students to keep a school open. In 2015, while a member of the senate, Dunleavy said the state should look at every expenditure for possible cuts, including raising the minimum school size. “I believe word (about changing the minimum) came from me talking with some folks at ASA (the Alaska Superintendents Association),” Dunleavy said in 2015. “It was just a conversation … but it’s the largest part of the budget. It would not shock me if somebody did introduce a bill. Nothing’s going to shock me.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

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OUMUAMUA PHONES HOME: "EARTH RESCUE NEEDED" BY RICK STEINER

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n October 2017, while scanning for near-Earth asteroids, telescopes on Hawaii's Mount Haleakala spotted an unusual elongated object, a half a mile long, tumbling in an odd trajectory through our solar system. They named the object "Oumuamua": Hawaiian for "visitor from afar arriving first." NASA called it the "first interstellar object to visit our solar system." Some scientists suggest Oumuamua may have been an alien probe. Harvard researchers say that Oumuamua; "may be a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilization," propelled by "a lightsail of artificial origin." Let's hope so. If this is so (albeit unlikely), Oumuamua would certainly have reported its observations back to its home planet. We can imagine the communiqué may have gone something like this: "Urgent --- Oumuamua to Home Planet, Earth ecological collapse imminent, rescue needed: When we last visited Earth thousands of Earth years ago, we found a lush, beautiful, intact planetary biosphere - millions of unique sentient life forms, living and evolving together in exquisite harmony. Clear flowing liquid water, adequate gravity, warmth, vast forests, mountains, stable climate, rich oceans, efficient photosynthesis and nutrient cycling, and a breathable atmosphere. This was a spectacular oasis of life in the cold dark vacuum of space. One

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lands, wetlands, lakes, rivers, fish, wildlife, and oceans; it continues to dig and burn fossil carbon, dangerously altering planetary climate; it has poisoned the entire biosphere with its toxic chemicals; and it is single-handedly causing a mass extinction of life on Earth. The planet is in ecological collapse. In all of our interstellar exploration, we have never witnessed such dysfunctional, pathological, destructive behavior. This one violent subspecies has killed millions of one another in a quest for power, territory, and glory;

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it concentrates and maintains power and wealth among a small number of its species, disadvantaging all others; some live in opulence while millions starve and die in extreme poverty; it continually threatens each other with nuclear weapons that other advanced civilizations abandoned eons ago; it tortures and enslaves one another; it builds walls rather than bridges; it kills sentient nonhuman beings for fun; it disconnects from the natural world within a synthetic menagerie of glass, concrete, steel, asphalt, and mind-numbing entertainment; it denies fact, truth, science, and its precarious situation; and oddly, it often chooses its most ignorant as its leaders. It is possible that the wisdom and intelligence of H. sapiens may still redirect this catastrophic evolutionary trajectory for the planet. But without external help, this seems unlikely. As Earth is in advanced stages of ecological collapse, we advise immediate intervention to save the planet. We recommend intense education/enlightenment of the horribilis subspecies regarding the essential life services provided by their tiny, beautiful, wet blue oasis in space, and its imminent ecological collapse due to their negligence. Hopefully, they then will recognize their self-destructive folly, and choose to change. Oumuamua over and out." Rick Steiner is a conservation biologist, former professor with the University of Alaska, based in Anchorage.

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urban center of Fairbanks was born. Back in 1901, Barnette did not know this river valley has one of the strongest temperature inversions on the planet and some of the calmest winds in Alaska. Nor did he know that a spike in oil prices a century later would inspire so many people to start burning wood to help heat their homes. He did not imagine tiny particles in the air would some day make the city, on its worst days, have air as thick as Beijing’s. In the “State of the Air 2018” report written by American Lung Association researchers, Fairbanks is America’s most polluted city in the category of particle pollution. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

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FIRST FRIDAY EVENTS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 WREATH MAKING WITH RECYCLED AND NATURAL MATERIALS FIRST FRIDAY EVENTS CALENDAR EVENTS BEGINNING AT 10AM KONR 106.1 FM – AMPLIFYING THE ALTERNATIVE VOICE, LOUD AND CLEAR! Last week Out North held a very special and successful fundraiser that will help pay for KONR’s brand-spanking-new antenna and transmitter, the former was installed about a week ago, so turn up the volume and hear the 20+ volunteer DJs, Democracy Now, and a special tribute to Bill Withers at 3 am daily, yes, daily-- and oh, so much more! (On Your Radio Dial, 106.1FM) AIVIQ & NANUQ: SEA HORSE AND SEA BEAR OF THE ARCTIC Perhaps no creatures better reflect the climate, landscape and culture of Alaska and the Arctic than the walrus and polar bear. Power and vulnerability coexist within these giants living in a massive Arctic – a distinct region known for its own striking contrasts. They are animals without equal in size and strength, yet their greatest protection comes from the ability to adapt to a changing world and a warming climate. Their lives have entwined with humans for centuries. To the first peoples of the Arctic and sub-Arctic, walrus (aiviq) and polar bear (nanuq) each have been predator, co-habitant, sustenance and spiritual ally. To generations of artists and culture-bearers, these remarkable creatures are both material and muse. They have been revered for centuries, studied by scientists, commodified by pop culture and manipulated by politicians. Through the lens of artists and artworks from Alaska and around the world, this 8,000-square-foot exhibition at the Anchorage Museum explores the ways these iconic animals offer important insight into the culture of the North and its complex future. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street) EVERYTHING IS SACRED The fluidity of culture has long interested Anchorage multi-media artist Thomas Chung, a third-generation American of Chinese heritage who grew up in Hong Kong and New York and is now an assistant professor of painting at the University of Alaska Anchorage. His work in this exhibition explores interconnectedness – the inseparability of humankind from nature, as well as the duality of the sacred and profane. Chung challenges others to consider aspects of human existence often rich in paradox, such as sexuality, spirituality, bigotry,

identity, addiction and family. His practice is a search for the universal ideas, archetypes, traits and desires that make us human. Always strongly connected to painting and drawing, Chung’s body of work blends satire and mysticism through performance, large-print photography, installation and sculpture. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street) REBECCA TREMONT Rebecca is a mixed media artist, born and raised in Alaska. Every piece of her artwork focuses on one solitary subject. Exploring each one on its own, without distraction, and using a limited color palette. Her art has an impressionistic nature to it. The forms many times distorted, exploring feeling, rather than being strictly realistic. Her artistic influences run from Monet and Cezanne to Vrubel, Schiele, and Hokusai. When not up to her eyeballs in charcoals, inks, and paint; Rebecca enjoys exploring the wilderness, collecting owl mugs, and a good book and cup of tea. Rebecca currently paints in a cramped corner studio in Alaska, run by two spoiled felines. (Midnight Sun Café, 245 W 5th Avenue, Suite 106) LIBRERÍA DONCELES This temporary Anchorage Museum installation is located off-property in the Anchorage Downtown Transit Center at 630 G Street, suite 114, where it functions as a community meeting place hosting bilingual conversations, performances and workshops designed to encourage cultural understandings. It is also a bookstore, where people pay what they can for Spanish-language books - all of which have been donated by individuals and organizations in Mexico. New York-based artist and educator Pablo Helguera finds it remarkable that there is a scarcity of books available in Spanish despite the millions of Spanish speakers in the US. In response, he created Librería Donceles, an itinerant bookstore and meeting space carrying more than 10,000 books in Spanish (the Anchorage location has roughly 5,000 books). Named for the historic street of used booksellers in Mexico City, Helguera’s Librería premiered in Brooklyn, New York, in 2013. It has since traveled to Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Indianapolis and Boston, where, in each city, it has been the sole Spanish-language bookstore. (Downtown Transit Center, 630 G Street, Suite 114) ERUDITE ANTICS: UAA FACULTY BIENNIAL The always anticipated UAA Faculty Biennial! Showcasing a diverse range of work by UAA's Art Department instructors. (UAA Fine Arts Building, 3700 Alumni Drive)

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WILY WOMEN AND OTHER SURVIVORS Carol Lambert's prints illustrate the many ways we manage to survive, whether through strength, humor, anger, or other gifts. She is inspired by cartoons and aims to entertain with strange (and often nude) characters in interesting situations. Lambert's prints are etched on copper and hand pulled on a press, an ancient process which is a model of survival. (UAA Consortium Library, Arc Gallery, 3211 Providence Drive) 3RD ANNUAL NANA CHRISTMAS CRAFT & FOOD BAZAAR Join NANA just in time for the holidays to purchase arts, crafts, and food, all prepared by our many talented shareholders. All are welcome! Open to the public. (NANA Building, 909 W 9th Avenue) OLGOONIK HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS BAZAAR Join Olgoonik for our annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Bazaar at Olgoonik's Anchorage office. If you're looking for local, handmade, and Alaska Native gifts this holiday season, this event is perfect for you. (Olgoonik, 3201 C Street, Suite 700) EVENTS BEGINNING AT 11AM $2.00 EARTHQUAKE WAREHOUSE CLEARANCE SALE By popular demand, our $2.00 Earthquake Warehouse Clearance Sale continues the rest of the week! Their warehouse books were all tossed to the floor during the recent earthquake. Rather than making them pretty again, they're offering you an all-access pass to shop-shop-shop! (Tidal Wave, 1360 W Northern Lights) UAA VOICE MASTERCLASS RECITAL UAA Voice Majors are featured in this final recital of the fall semester. Repertoire will include musical theater songs and classical works. Come and hear Anchorage's stars on the rise! This is a free event. Seats are first come, first served. (UAA Recital Hall, 3700 Alumni Drive) EVENTS BEGINNING AT 1PM OUT NORTH EXPERIENCE THEATRE (A.K.A. AET) – HOSTS ANCHORAGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL The Anchorage International Film Festival landed on solid ground after last week’s 7.0 earthquake. The Out North Experience Theatre (a.k.a Alaska Experience Theatre) will be hosting a majority of AIFF’s programming; “Martini Matinee” on Thursday and “5 Day Royal” on Saturday night will be shown at the Bear Tooth. Out North is honored and excited to be able to step in and provide a full-size screen and support for the 18-year tradition of AIFF. After all, the show MUST go on! Check AIFF for screening times. anchorageinternationalfilmf2018.sched.com/

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Alaska Botanical Garden – Alaska Jumping Flea Society 6p-8p Alaska Center for the Performing Arts – Celtic Woman 7:30p-9:30p Alaska Center for the Performing Arts – The Nutcracker Ballet 2p-4p, 7:30p-9:30p Al’s Alaskan Inn – David Rhythm 9:30pm-2a AmVets Post 49 – T. Harvey Combo 8p-11p Anchorage Moose Lodge – Area 907 8p-12a The Aviator – Blues Jam 8p-2a The Carousel Lounge – Boogie Shoes 10p-1a Church of Love – Alaska Music Summit 2018 10a-11p Creekbend Company (Hope) – Steve Norwood 7p-10p Fred Astaire Dance Studio – Winter Ball w/ Blue Notes 8:30p-11:30p Humpy’s – Rebel Blues 9:30p-1:30a

(Out North, 333 W 3rd Avenue) EVENTS BEGINNING AT 3PM SOUTHPORT HOLIDAY BAZAAR This Vibrant Holiday Pop Up Art Show is happening in the South Anchorage neighborhood of Southport. Join a collection of Alaskan artists showing pottery, fused glass, original paintings, silver jewelry, fiber arts and more. This unscripted event promises to be a fun and intimate gathering of familiar and brand-new faces; you don't want to miss this one! This is a "shoes off at the door" event; if you are so inclined, please bring your house slippers! The bazaar ends at 9pm. (Southport Neighborhood, 2121 Washington Avenue) ALASKA RAILROAD 2019 PRINT/POSTER SIGNING The Alaska Railroad will release its 2019 annual art print / poster at a sale-and-signing First Friday event featuring Eagle River artist Susan Watkins who will be on-hand to greet folks and sign the prints and posters. (Alaska Historic Railroad Depot, 411 W 1st Avenue) EVENTS BEGINNING AT 3:30PM WONDERS OF THE ARCTIC IN THE THOMAS PLANETARIUM Venture to the far North to explore the frozen wilderness of the Arctic. Learn about the ways animals and people have adapted to this seemingly uninhabitable landscape allowing them to survive here for thousands of years. Discover the crucial role that ice plays in a Northern environment and how a changing world affects its inhabitants. Tickets are $6. (Thomas Planetarium, 625 C Street) EVENTS BEGINNING AT 4PM HOLIDAY FRIST FRIDAY AT THE WHALE'S TAIL Tami Phelps, Sue Sutton, and Rhonda Scott have teamed up to offer their art for one night only at Whale’s Tail in the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage on Friday, December 7, 4:00-8:00pm. Tami is offering her brand new line of ART WEAR AK pillows, table runners, and blankets, featuring her paintings and photographs printed on chiffon and velvet. Her pillows are a must see … think Alaska chic with a fine art photograph of fossilized mammoth ivory printed on Celosia Velvet on the front of the pillow, and a beaded caribou antler closure on the back. And then there are her chiffon kimonos…Fabulous! Sue has created unique and original Marino wool and silk felted scarves, vessels, and traveler’s notebooks, along with her hand beaded cuff bracelets and earrings. All gorgeous. You’ll want one of each. (The Whale’s Tail, 93 W 5th Avenue) EVENTS BEGINNING AT 4:30PM

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THE DUNLEAVY ERA BEGINS SWORN IN IN KOTZEBUE AS WEATHER PREVENTED CEREMONY IN NOOVIK BY TIM BRADNER

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ormer Mat-Su state senator Mike Dunleavy became Alaska’s governor Mike Dunleavy at noon Monday, Dec. 3. Dunleavy was sworn into office in Kotzebue after his plane to a Northwest Alaska village, Noovik, was unable to fly because of weather. All of Dunleavy’s commissioners appointed as of Monday took over their new jobs that day. As governor-elect, Dunleavy had been busy over the weekend with matters related to the Friday, Nov. 30 earthquake in Anchorage, which caused damage but no injuries or loss of life. He worked closely with outgoing Gov. Bill Walker in an assessment of damage to infrastructure and coordination of state and federal assistance to Southcentral communities including those in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Meanwhile, Dunleavy continued to build out his cabinet. With the cliff-hanger Fairbanks House District 1 apparently settled, and won by Republican Bart LeBon by one vote, the state House will be working to get itself organized with selection of presiding officers and committee chairs. The Senate completed its organization earlier, selecting Anchorage Republican Sen. Cathy Giessel as president. None of the new legislative positions are official until the new Legislature convenes in Juneau in mid-January, however. Coming in the door, the new governor inherits a FY 2019 budget that is basically balanced thanks to higher oil prices and enactment of SB 26 earlier this year, a new law that shares Permanent Fund earnings with the budget. However, oil prices are now dropping and production is also down, so the hopes for a small surplus for FY 2019 may be premature. Despite that, the state’s fiscal situation is now far better than it has been in recent years.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 “Fairbanks’s new placement atop the yearround list shows the impact of sustained use of its chief source of particle pollution — burning of wood and other solid fuels to heat homes,” wrote the editors of the report. Bill Simpson is an atmospheric chemist who lives in Fairbanks and thinks a lot about its air. The UAF Geophysical Institute professor is one of the scientists looking at a northern problem, its causes, and how to solve it. He and a group of international scientists are making Fairbanks part of a study of pollution in cities of the far north.

The state Department of Revenue issued the annual revenue and production forecast on Monday, Dec. 3. With the expected draw from Permanent Fund earnings excluded, Alaska’s revenues, mostly from oil, are expected to be up $1.2 billion for FY 2019, the current budget year, and up $700 million for FY 2020, the budget year beginning next July 1. Earlier, a $700 million deficit had been projected for FY 2019 but thanks to higher oil prices the deficit will be eliminated and there could be a small surplus. Meanwhile, the new governor continues building his new leadership team. On Monday Dunleavy named Doug Vincent-Lang as Acting Commissioner of Fish and Game, and late last week he named Bruce Tangeman, a former deputy revenue commissioner, to head the Department of Revenue, and Julie Anderson, an Anchorage business consultant, as Commissioner of Commerce and Economic Development. Dunleavy also said he will retain Michael Johnson as Commissioner of Education. Tangeman was a revenue deputy commissioner for tax and was deeply involved in changes in the state’s complex production tax law in 2012 and 2013. More recently he worked with the state-owned Alaska Gas Development Corp. as a finance and commercial manager,

and mosty recently as a fiscal policy advisor to the Senate Republican Majority. Anderson is with Denali Management Services in Anchorage and previously worked with the Alaska Energy Authority and Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. Vincent-Lang is a fish and game department veteran with a background in wildlife and sports fish management. Earlier, Dunleavy named Donna Arduin as his budget director and head of the Office of Management and Budget. An import from the Lower 48, Arduin is well-known in national conservative circles and has advised several Republican governors. Until her appointment she headed Ardiun, Laffer & Moore Econometrics, a consulting firm. Dunleavy also names Jonathan Quick, chief of staff to Kenai Borough mayor Charlie Pierce, as Commissioner of Administration; Adam Crum, a vice president of Northern Industrial Training in Palmer is Commissioner of Health and Social Services; and Jason Brune, Cook Inlet Region, Inc.’s director of land and resources, will be Commissioner of Environmental Conservation. Earlier, the new governor had appointed Tuckerman Babcock, head of the state Republican Party, as Chief of Staff; Corri Feige is Commissioner of Natural Resources and John MacKinnon as Commissioner of Transporta-

“We want to see how pollution happens in the cold and dark,” Simpson said. “We’ll compare Fairbanks to cities in Russia to see the similarities and differences. And what’s the role of weather? What are the pollution sources? What’s the chemistry?” Sunshine, of which the north is in short supply right now, can break down harmful molecules that tend to persist here. Fairbanks also has a powerful temperature inversion that sets up when the sun no longer has any punch, from about mid-November until early February. Unlike in most places where mountaintops are colder than river bottoms, Fairbanks often

experiences the opposite. A covering of snow reflects the meager available heat from the sun. Cold air oozes into the valley and hugs the ground. There are no winds, in part because a crescent of hills to the north absorb and deflect them. On calm, cold days, hilltops can be 30 degrees warmer than the lowlands. When the temperature inversion sets up and the air is biting cold, people tend to fire the 12,000 wood stoves within the Fairbanks North Star Borough. People burn wood in Fairbanks because it is cheaper than fuel oil, it’s a renewable resource that can be enjoyable to gather, and it releases an even, pleasant heat. When burned, birch, spruce and aspen logs release particles smaller than 2.5 microns, tiny enough to get past the natural filters in our noses and throats and travel deep into our lungs. “It’s a health-based standard,” Simpson said of the particulate limit of 35 micrograms per cubic meter set as the National Ambient Air Quality Standard and recorded by sensors throughout the city. “We should try to get there because we want the air to be breathable.” In studies the editors cited in the American Lung Association report, doctors found that breathing in the tiny particulates causes increased deaths in infants and young children, more heart attacks for the elderly and people with heart conditions, more severe asthma attacks, and inflammation of lung tissue in young, healthy adults. While coal-burning power plants, cars and trucks emit their share of tiny PM 2.5 particles, the stacks of the power plants release much of their exhaust above the inversion layer, which holds pollutants below treetop level.

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tion and Public Facilities. Feige is a past director of the state Division of Oil and Gas. MacKinnon, until recently head of the Associated General Contractors’ Alaska chapter, is also a former deputy commissioner at DOTPF. Also, Anchorage Assemblywoman Amy Demboski will take a position as Deputy Chief of Staff under Tuckerman Babcock. Demboski, known locally as a conservative firebrand, resigned her seat on the assembly and is giving up her afternoon radio talk show. She represented the Chugiak area north of the main city area. During his campaign, Dunleavy made promises to cut the state budget and to issue larger Permanent Fund Dividend, or PFD, checks to citizens. Alaskans will now be watching closely to see how these commitments are fulfilled. Specifically, the new governor made promises to “fully fund” the PFDs in the future according to a state statute that sets out a formula for calculating the dividend and to issue retroactive PFD checks for the amount of the dividends in 2016, 2017 and 2018 that were below the formula amount. This year’s PFD was set at $1,600 by the Legislature. Had the formula been followed it would have been $2,900, according to an analysis by Juneau economist Ed King. The PFD for 2019 would be $3,007 if the formula is followed. To fulfill this promise Dunleavy will have to persuade the Legislature, however, because while the state’s executive can propose spending only the Legislature, under the state constitution, can actually appropriate funds. As for “fully funding” the PFD, basically the statute sets a formula for how the dividend is calculated if the Legislature approves one. The formula provides that half of the Permanent Fund’s realized (cash) earnings averaged over the previous five years, are paid out in PFDs. However, this is not a guarantee that the formula amount will be paid because only the Legislature appropriates funds, despite the formula in statute says. In 2017 and 2018 lawmakers appropriated less than what the formula amount specified, and Gov. Bill Walker vetoed part of the appropriation in 2016.

“Five feet above the ground is what we’re concerned with,” Simpson said. “During strong inversions, most of the power plant emissions are not making it to the ground.” While Simpson and his colleagues will deploy new technology like unmanned aircraft to sample the Fairbanks particulates, the largest source here has already been diagnosed. “Wood stoves are a big part of the problem in Fairbanks,” said Simpson, who has a wood stove himself and enjoys processing wood and using it. “Half of the PM 2.5 problem in Fairbanks is from wood stoves.” In nearby North Pole, which has an even bigger problem, three-quarters of the particles are coming from wood stoves, Simpson said. Simpson thinks Fairbanks residents can solve the problem by volunteering to use an alternate source of heat, like oil-burning stoves, on the worst days. Residents can receive alerts via text or emails that would inform them during days of severe inversions. Technicians at the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Air Quality issue the alerts. “There’s something like 30 days in winter with bad conditions,” Simpson said. “If people don’t burn on no-burn days, I think the problem is solved.” Air quality alerts: https://fnsb.alertmedia. com/public Since the late 1970s, the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Geophysical Institute has provided this column free in cooperation with the UAF research community. Ned Rozell ned.rozell@ alaska.edu is a science writer for the Geophysical Institute.

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The Devonian Period

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was at work a couple of weeks ago, waiting for a meeting to start, when I sneaked a look at Facebook on my phone. My heart jolted. I’d been tagged in a post saying that a house I’d lived in as a child was going to be demolished. There were 24 hours left to submit objections. For the rest of the day, I did my best to tamp down my grief by focusing on my work and by reminding myself not to be silly. It was only a house. A house in southwest England where I’d lived for five years as a child; just one of ten homes my parents had moved us to by the time I was thirteen. At home that evening, after a run in the woods with my dog, I posted my objection on the planning application website. I didn’t post a letter like other people had, people who had fact-based, constructive comments for and against demolition. Instead, I posted a poem – the first poem that appears in my poetry collection, If There Were Roads. The poem, called The Devonian Period, was inspired by my love and longing for Devonia House, the house that is going to be torn down, and the landscape to which it is fastened. It’s just inside the boundary of Dartmoor, one of Britain’s fifteen national parks. (I’m using the present tense while I still can.) I adored living on the moors, where sturdy grasses are cropped by ponies, sheep and rabbits; where the land rises open to the sky; and where granite boulders, rough under my palms, pile on top of hills called tors. That landscape feels like my genealogy. It was my prologue to why I moved to Wales, Scotland and, ultimately, Canada. Emigrating was a deliberate decision that took years of planning and paperwork. Canada is my home now and yet I haven’t been able to shake off the nostalgia I feel for so many of the places I inhabited in England, Wales and Scotland – a sense that I have left wisps of myself on the moors, among the hills and in the crevices of drystone walls. It was these chimerical wisps that led to the poems that became the book, If There Were Roads. I’ve even wondered if they aren’t my remnants at all but perhaps tendrils of other beings, human or animal. It’s true I was preoccupied

by my attachment to the places I have lived in but I also wanted to move away from myself – just, perhaps, as I have relocated geographically –  and BYJOANNA attempt to LILLEY perceive and tell of others’ experiences in those places I was shifted from or chose to leave. Emigration is so often a privileged experience, a carefully researched choice, the converse of fleeing, of being a refugee, of closing the door on your home, knowing you can never go back,

and stepping into a boat you don’t know is even seaworthy or, if you manage to reach another shore, if the inhabitants of that land will let you disembark. I have borrowed that imagining from my father who, although he in truth believes everyone should live where they were born, is feeling such sorrow for the hordes of humans who have no home, who are not welcome in their birthplace. When I finished writing If There Were Roads, I was foolish enough to believe it was my ‘place’ book and that now I had written it I would move on to other themes. But place, I realize, is part of everything I write – fiction as well as poetry  – and most likely always will be. I think it is part of everything everyone writes. In the novel I have just published, Worry Stones, the settings – Iqaluit in

Canada; Brighton and London in England; and Peebles, Edinburgh and the Highlands in Scotland – are just as much characters as the human beings. So is the house, called Willowbrae, that the protagonist, Jenny, can’t bear to leave. Jenny isn’t me. Worry Stones is her story, not mine, but we share a loyalty and love for the structures that sheltered us and our families. The creaking step, the rattling window, the moss between flagstones. Evidently, If There Were Roads is not all I have to say about place. I find myself gathering all the information I can about my vanishing home, Devonia House. I’m screengrabbing webpages and downloading images and those letters of support and objection. I’m thinking I might spend Christmas delving into the boxes of photographs I brought with me to Canada over a decade ago. I’m thinking maybe If There Were Roads is going to have a sequel. Born in the south of England, poet and novelist Joanna Lil-

PRESS WRITES ley emigrated to Canada in 2006, responding to her urge always to go north by settling in Whitehorse, Yukon. She finds herself writing about place a great deal and feels that settings can be as important as characters in a poem or story. Her fourth book and debut novel, Worry Stones, was published in October 2018 by Ronsdale Press and she’s also the author of the short story collection,  The Birthday Books(Radiant Press), the poetry collections  If There Were Roads (Turnstone Press) and  The Fleece Era  (Brick Books), which was nominated for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. Joanna’s third poetry book, a collection of poems about extinct animals, will be published by Turnstone Press in spring 2020. Joanna has an MLitt Degree in Creative Writing from the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde in Scotland and is a Humber School for Writers graduate. Joanna has helped to present four poetry festivals in Whitehorse and is a co-founder of the Yukon Writers’ Collective Ink. Find Joanna online at www.joannalilley. com. Joanna Lilley, a poet and novelist based in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, will begin her upcoming 49 Writers "Milk Run Tour" of Alaska next week with stops in Juneau, Cordova, and Anchorage. She’ll offer workshops and readings or talks in all three cities. We're so pleased to be welcoming our literary neighbor from the Yukon. To register for one of the workshops or learn details about her public 49 Writers appearances, visit http://49writers. org/joanna-lilley-class

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f you’re among the privileged few to get a chance to see a never-publicized concert of the ‘Ensemble’ at Alaska Pacific University, your first takeaway might be that the whole concept was inspired by the 2003 Jack Black film ‘School of Rock’. But your assumption wouldn’t just be wrong; it would be 180 degrees wrong. “I remember some student came in and told me, ‘dude, there’s this Jack Black movie about exactly what you’re doing’, except it was grade school kids instead of collegeaged,” said APU music director Eric Redding, after the 40th performance of the ‘Ensemble’ at Grant Hall last Thursday night. “I watched it and said, ‘they stole my idea!’” It was about 20 years ago Redding launched the two-credit program at the small private university adjacent to the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. “My music schooling failed me in many ways,” Redding said. “(Traditional) music education doesn’t cater to you when you’re 22.” So, with the blessing of the school’s administration, he launched the ‘APU Ensemble’ program, which teaches kids not only music theory, and the playing of instruments, but

how to be rock stars. “In a traditional program you learn music theory, read notation — all the hard skills that are helpful… but in the Ensemble, you walk right in and you learn how to be in a band, you make a band together, decide what songs you’ll play, set up and perform,” said Ryan Conlin after performing in his third Ensemble show. “You’re thrown together in an ad hoc band that performs once and disappears… You learn how to have fun on stage and relate to a crowd.” The Ensemble performs once each semester and each semester, the members give themselves a new name. This semester’s band, which played its one-and-only show Thursday night before a raucous core of mostly APU students hoofing it over from the dorms, was the Benign Hemiolas, in reference to an arcane musical term relating to overlapping rhythms. “It’s like if you have a song in basic 4-4 percussion playing along with you but each beat would be 3 instead of 1, so it sounds like a triplet but you’re still playing in the same time,” said senior Kiana Slone after completing her 10th show. “It’s definitely a music nerd term.” In the Ensemble, students don’t get to hide in the comfort of the instrument they’re most comfortable with. Each student plays pretty much every instrument. “I played the cello when I was like 10,”

Slone said. “I do really like music so I started taking bass lessons with Eric, which turned into piano lessons, which turned into drum lessons, which turned into clarinet lessons until I’m slightly OK at everything.” The band’s playlist features hits from most every decade of rock music, and, when relevant, hits its crescendo with music from artists in the news presently. With ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ a hit in box offices worldwide,

Queen was the obvious favorite and playing the role of Freddie Mercury was rocker emeritus alumnus Nick Jenkins. Leading the band in ‘Fat Bottom Girls’ and inviting the student section to the stage for a giant chorus in ‘We Will Rock You’, Jenkins, whose earned his masters degree in outdoor studies since aging out of the APU music program, CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

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Devoted students of Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy hope their performance of ‘Nutcracker’ stands apart again BY MATT HICKMAN

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resh off last weekend’s Anchorage Concert Association ‘Nutcracker’ extravaganza, every production company in Southcentral Alaska is taking its turn at the classic Christmas ballet. Pulse Dance Studio is on it this weekend, as is the Glenn Massay Theater out in the Valley, but let us not forget ‘Nutcracker’ is ballet at its core, and the Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy is once putting its best pirouette forward like none other Friday and Saturday at the Performing Arts Center. It is, after all, the devoted ballet students who devote themselves to what is probably the most technically challenging and physically demanding pursuit in all of dance. “For any ballet school or company, Nutcracker is the staple and the highlight of the season,” said ABCA artistic director Michelangelo Canale. “When I was in a company touring we’d do 40 show runs year after year, and some of the dancers if they heard ‘Waltz of Flowers’ or anything from Nutcracker, they’d be, ‘turn it off.’ But

I was never that way. It’s beautiful music. I hear the Trepak and I get that adrenaline right away to my heart.” As usual, the ABCA is bringing in world class professional talent in the key dancing roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Pepita Youalli) and her Cavalier (Argenis Montalvo). “It’s all really high-standard international stars for principals,” Canale said Saturday at the ballet studio in the Geneva Woods shopping plaza on International Airport Road. “Our school is internationally recognized — we produce a high level right here in this little shoebox of a studio.” The rest of the cast is made up of students in the ACBA, including veteran dancer Moriah Walker, who this year takes on multiple roles including the mother of the Marie (sometimes called Clara). At 24, Walker has been in the local ballet company on and off since she was 5. She still looks forward to performing Nutcracker year after year. “With the Anchorage Ballet I’ve done several (Nutcracker) productions,” Walker said. “I do value the traditionalism of it — you think Christmas, you think nut-

cracker… You do have to mentally prepare yourself every time. You have to do your mental preparation because everyone gets stressed for it and you have to be here for each other.” Walker remembers being drawn to ballet nearly 20 years ago. “I saw a production and I remember it being so beautiful how articulate they were with each movement and I wanted to be a part of that,” she said. Bailey Taitano, 17, first started in ballet when she was 5, but she didn’t become serious about it until two years ago. “I have done a little ballet when I was 5, but, like every girl does that, but not the serious stuff they do here,” Taitano said. “It’s challenging, figuring out how to control everything from what your pinkies are doing to what you’re doing with your eyes. And, everything is in French, so there’s learning that.” Both described ballet as a labor of love that requires plenty of sacrifice and stress, both mental and physical. “I have to stretch my feet because my arches are not very good,” Taitano said. “That’s a very painful thing to do — I have to do it every day.” “It’s blood, sweat and tears,” quipped Walker, who still dreams of dancing in productions around the world as a guest, a la Youalli and Montalvo. “Eventually I would CONTINUED ON PAGE 27

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Nutcracker Redux Pulse Dance Company's new show opens December 7 BY RJ JOHNSON

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he Nutcracker is a beloved holiday tradition. Even those who do not make it part of their own activities know of the classical ballet. This year Pulse Dance Company of Anchorage is taking the classic and putting their own twist on it, with Nutcracker Redux. This isn’t the first time that Pulse has decided to take a classic and turn it into something fresh and exciting. In 2015 the company staged a contemporary retelling of Cinderella, and while their focus and passion is creating artful, original dance works, they may dabble in other classics in the future. Pulse Dance Company is currently in its ninth season as a non-profit performing arts organization. The company itself is made up of ten artists, and the professional performing division makes up the backbone of the company. From there, youth and adults alike who audition are coached and directed by, or dance alongside members of the company. For this telling of the Nutcracker tale, there are a total of seven choreographers lending their talents to create the piece. Director and house choreographer Stephanie Wonchala told me “This production utilizes local talent to both create and perform the Nutcracker, which is really wonderful.” It even includes

work from guest artists Alice Bassler Sullivan of Eagle River Ballet and Mikal Preston of Studio 49. When I asked about the cast of dancers, she told me “Our cast of about 55 community members ranges from ages 7 through adult. It's the largest scale production with the widest range of ages Pulse has ever staged, which is exhilarating.” She added that “Local dance students and adult dance enthusiasts have this awesome opportunity to participate in a huge production together, and the sense of community that develops from that, along with the collaboration between choreographers, makes the whole project feel even bigger and more far-reaching.” Beyond stretching what is standard for the company, they have also added some new elements when it comes to the style of costumes that will be on stage. They have updated the Nutcracker’s traditional Victorian look. While some of the costumes in Act 2 will remain true, or at least like what audiences know and love, the production will be a “colorful, funky revamp.” There will also be projections by Ruby Kennell as an added contemporary twist. Wonchala says that the projection mapping will have audiences “surprised and delighted by the way Ruby adds life and depth to the scenes.” One of the other aspects of the NutcrackCONTINUED ON PAGE 27

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‘AND NOW WE RISE’

SAMUEL JOHNS’ MISSION TO NOT ONLY GET ANCHORAGE’S NATIVE HOMELESS HOME, BUT RECONNECTED TO THEIR ROOTS, IS SUBJECT OF DOCUMENTARY DEBUTING AT AIFF BY MATT HICKMAN

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aybe the saddest and most shameful fact of the homelessness crisis in Anchorage — at least so far as it concerns the Alaska Native population — is that many are merely shipwrecked here because they can’t get a flight back home even though they’re in a city with probably more flights per capita, per day than any place on Earth. You can’t take a bus to a place off the road system, so if you fly in from your village to Anchorage for even a routine appointment, but don’t have the funds for a plane ticket home, or place to stay, there’s a chance that you’ll wind up a tragic statistic, a stereotype, an eyesore, a speedbump to urban modernity. A few years ago, Samuel Johns, an aspiring hip-hop artist of Ahtna Athapaskan heritage, was asked by his young daughter why people were living on the streets of Anchorage and what could be done to help them. Her childlike solution was to make them sandwiches. Johns thought, yeah, he could do that, and from that was born a movement that continues to grow. ‘Forget Me Not’ became a social media sensation that brought attention to and raised money for shipwrecked Alaskan Natives displaced in Anchorage. Its aim became to raise money for plane tickets to get these people back to their homes and back to their cultural roots. This got the attention of filmmaker Mary Katzke, who was turned on to Johns’ story by Anchorage Assembly member Forest Dunbar, and with some seed money from the Atwood Foundation, filming began on the documentary ‘And Now We Rise’ in September of 2015. The one-hour film detailing Johns’ life, music and altruistic pursuits made its debut Tuesday night with a pair of sold out screenings at the Alaska Experience Theater as part of the Anchorage International Film Festival, “It was really shocking to have someone reach out to me and offer

something like that,” Johns recalled prior to the first screening Tuesday night. “I didn’t really see how it would happen. Sometimes when you know yourself you don’t really see any excitement; don’t know how your life is going to bring people in to watch it, but people are here.” Katzke and the film’s director of photography Nara Garber were also on hand. “My first thought was here’s a young man who really carried weight in these villages; a man who doesn’t have a career planned in public speaking — just rapping, and he’s thrust into this role not of his choosing. It was interesting to be able to catch him at a point where he was still very green,” said Garber, who hails from Brooklyn. “He created the Forget Me Not Facebook group that just exploded. There’s people who train for this their entire lives who don’t get that kind of notoriety or that kind of launching pad. He was just thrust into the middle of this.” Katzke said Johns wasn’t the most willing participant she’d ever worked with. “He took a lot of cajoling and coaxing; it’s not part of his culture to put yourself out as someone to be looked

at, to be admired, so we had to make sure it was not glory seeking on his part,” Katzke said. “At times it was frustrating because he wouldn’t show up for a shoot, or he’d be super-late or mad when he got there. It wasn’t easy, but I think over the course of the shoot he began to trust us and started to see we were going to show up.” The story arc of ‘And Now We Rise’ moves along with the development of the main character. Johns begins as a rapper with socially conscious lyrics, who begins by doing a single, small good deed that catches on. As his philanthropic star rises, he becomes a coveted guest speaker throughout rural Alaska, meets President Obama, and one of the film’s most memorable scenes he and his cohorts track down actor/activist Mark Ruffalo at the Standing Rock protests near Cannon Ball, North Dakota and deliver him a gift of Hulk Hands, apropos for the latest actor to portray the Hulk on screen. “They were such fanboys,” Garber recalled. “When we weren’t filming for months, I really pushed for going to Standing Rock. There was no budget for it, but I said to Mary, if you can get me there, I will do that without pay. (Johns) was somebody who has

become a big fish in a small pond, and for the first time he was a small fish in a bigger pond… I think that really switched him to the work he continues to do, to see he’s a voice for indigenous people beyond Alaska.” Garber said the North Dakota trip helped her understand, and maybe reinforced the understanding in Johns, the plight of the homeless Alaskan Native. “Our very first shoot we went up to Arctic Village and it was revelatory for somebody from New York who’d never seen it — it is a different culture,” she said. “At Standing Rock they said we’re going back to our culture, not a cash economy, everyone looking out for everyone else. These people who, if they come to Anchorage for a medical emergency and don’t

have anything to fall back on, it is like being in a foreign country. That’s one reason Sam started Forget Me Not to get people back to their home villages where they will regain a foothold and hopefully a healthier lifestyle if they return to what they grew up with. It doesn’t always happen.” Sam, being Sam, was late arriving to Tuesday’s screening, but he had a good excuse. He’d just helped another Alaskan Native and her children get on a flight to Ketchikan, back to her home village to hopefully live a better life. “I don’t know how to put into words watching a few chapters of my life compressed into an hour. I’m excited that my loved ones and supporters get to be here tonight and check it out,” Johns said. “I’m really grateful to them

to be able to documents the moments where I felt like I was speaking truth… glad to have the opportunity to film my travels and glad to be in control of the content and speaking truth.” The movie character Johns finds most kinship with in his adventures is Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow from the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movies, ironic in that his calling has been in rescuing metaphorically shipwrecked people.. “Sometimes I feel like Jack Sparrow — just moving forward,” Johns said. “There’s a scene in the first Pirates of the Caribbean where he arrives on this boat just as the ship is sinking and he steps on land and just walks on there like everything is all right. I feel like that happens sometimes helping people. I have no idea how we’re able to connect the dots, but at just the right time everything

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hiver me timbers! Opening night for the Anchorage International Film Festival (AIFF) scheduled for November 30th was rudely interrupted by the 7.0 earthquake that left everyone a little shaken and screening dates up in the air. It rattled buildings, took down roads, damaged buildings, sent books flying and cups shattering, it even AIFF’s prominent venue, the Bear Tooth Theatre in Spenard was temporarily taken out of commission. The Bear Tooth is expected to be will be back in full operation soon (as early as the upcoming week), but not soon enough to complete this year’s AIFF’s run. Kudos to the AIFF team, its volunteers, and partners for ensuring that the festival programming landed on its feet, and promptly opened the festival on Saturday, December 1st at the Out North Experience Theatre (a.k.a. Alaska Experience Theatre). How’s that for resilience? Out North’s team has been working nonstop to accommodate the programming, allowing the AIFF team to juggling program changes on the fly. Other special screenings have been added around town so make sure to check locations as well. Festival goers can consult the AIFF website for schedule updates: https://anchorageinternationalfilmf2018.sched.com/. But enough about the earthquake, this year’s really does something for everyone. Here are some offerings:

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happens. I feel like a higher power, at times, takes over. It’s kind of hard to talk about that, but from my memory I can totally remember times I had no idea how things worked out but they came together miraculously.” Along the way Johns has found that ‘Forget Me Not’ isn’t just about getting

homeless people the hell out of Anchorage; it’s about reconnecting them with their roots spiritually. “When we first started it we just wanted to reconnect people with their homes and get them plane tickets back,” CONTINUED ON PAGE 21

LET’S RISE f we can put our judgment aside, we will feel our humanity. I remember a recent time when I was driving a guest through Anchorage and we passed a cluster of people on the corner of Northern Lights and Spenard who held handwritten, cardboard signs, asking for money. He remarked, “I don’t give money to homeless people because they just spend it on alcohol anyway.” This got me thinking. I once had similar sentiments. First, I had to get over the judgment of criticizing anyone for something I did as well. “But I don’t have a problem with drinking,” he said, when I suggested trying to reframe the situation. I say that maybe if he had no home, had lost his family, was cold and hungry, maybe he would. Maybe he would take comfort wherever he could. Second, I thought further about why we have a disproportionate number of Alaska Natives currently

AIFF 2018:

Director Desiree Akhavan Country of Origin - USA Screening at: ON Experience Theatre (AET) Conversion therapy is an abominable affront to human dignity, happiness, health, and an individuals’ rights to be free. Not to mention, they don’t work. Chloë Grace Moretz plays Cameron who is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night. But like in all oppressive environment, resistance happens, and things take a turn for Cameron when she finds like-spirited rebellious ‘sinners’—after all, “We Are Family!”

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Directors: various Screening at: Inlet Tower Hotel and Suites, food options available The programming for shorts at AIFF has been moved around a bit, so don’t miss this special screening opportunity. It includes some fabulous shorts like:

FAUVE (CANADA) experiencing homelessness in our community. It’s not as simple as wanting a drink. As I got to know Samuel Johns, the subject of our latest documentary film, “And Now We Rise,” my eyes were opened, as well as my heart. For instance, sometimes people are flown in for medical treatment but end up without a return ticket. Other times, they come on their own with hopes for a better life, but it doesn’t turn out that way. One person featured in our film, Robert, was sent to jail in Anchorage for eight years for a battery charge in a tiny village in Northwestern Alaska where there are no jails. When his time was up, he was told to go to “36th and C” and apply for assistance. He said it was like being dropped off in Thailand. He didn’t know streets or intersections or transportation. He surely didn’t have the $368 he needed to fly home. He just became stuck. For years.

Then we can go deeper still. Our Native population has experienced levels of trauma many of us will never see or understand. Loss of pride, language and culture were beaten out of indigenous people, liquor stores were opened up next to, or inside, Native villages. Overly aggressive missionaries suppressed local belief systems. Children were taken to boarding schools with very mixed results. Adults were stripped of pride in a cash-based economy with no marketable skills. This cultural genocide has led to historical trauma for succeeding generations. Substance abuse and suicide rates still continue to rise. Watching Sam’s cousin Farrel Johns stand on the abandoned property of their grandfather in Kluti-kaah (Copper Center), one can palpate the deep sense of loss he has experienced. It’s in his eyes, in his sigh. When Sam talks about a Christmas when he wasn’t sure if anyone would

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remember him, every mother will feel his pain. I cried during that particular interview. I still cry when I watch that part of our film. It’s the kind of life-changing trauma that never completely goes away. Too often it turns inward and manifests in the forms of a complete loss of sense of purpose, addiction in many forms, and self-destructive depression. Yet Sam Johns somehow mustered the strength to not only get out, but to find ways to help others. When Sam’s young daughter, Aaliyah, asked him about four years ago why they couldn’t ‘'just make sandwiches for the people on the corner’' he answered her with “It’s not that simple.” But in some ways, it is. An act of kindness is easy to perform and elevates both the giver and the receiver. Sam bought bread and sandwich meat, and he and Aaliyah made sandwiches together. They handed them out together. The response was heartening. In the three years we followed Sam for our

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documentary, we witnessed many more acts of kindness, from giving sleeping bags to giving speeches that rally the masses. Perhaps because Sam didn’t have an easy childhood, maybe he is more compassionate. Perhaps that is what has driven him to co-create Forget-Me-Not, a Facebook group for family members to connect with lost relatives, which now has over 25,000 members. But that is no reason for the rest of us to slide. We are asking people to cull their closets this week -- and attend our Alaskan premiere screening. Our partners in this effort at Perfectionist Auto Sound and Security will collect gently used warm clothing and basic necessities like toothbrushes and socks to distribute to those in need. We want our film to be enlightening as well as an instigator of compassion for our community. And now, let us rise. Mary Katzke is the executive director of Affinityfilms, Inc. a local nonprofit media production organization. www.affinityfilms.org

Directed by: Jeremy Comte The emotional delivery of this film is sublime. Two teenage boys running amok along railroad tracks and a surface mine, what could possibly go wrong? Comte builds a narrative with three main characters, these are the two boys and the environment/nature. The short film holds a sustained level of tension throughout and delivers beautiful symbolism and deep sorrow.

WELCOME HOME (NORWAY)

Directed by: Armita Keyani Maybe culture clashes can be useful sometimes, or at least hilarious. A young Iranian couple seeking a new life and opportunity land in the North of Norway. They seek to be welcomed and also welcome others. When two Jehovah's Witnesses knock on their door a unique exchange ensues.

PACO (MEXICO)

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WINNERS AND LOSERS FROM THE BIG ONE OF 2018

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Within two hours of the quake veryone in Southcentral they held their first press conferAlaska on the morning ence from a state-of-the-art and of Nov. 30, 2018 will well staffed Emergency Operaremember where they were tions Center at the police station and what they felt. on 13th and E. I was just out of the shower, Each day they had a mornputting on underwear, in fact, ing and afternoon briefing, and when my third-floor apartthough the damage from the ment began shaking. I was near quake wasn’t nearly as bad as a 7.0 the bedroom doorway and I could have been, it was easy to see hunkered in instinctively, not the MOA was ready to handle it if even thinking about the do’s it was. and don’ts of earthquake safety. Later I was told you’re not supposed to stand in the door- BY MATT HICKMAN LOSER: MAT-SU way; you’re supposed to get under a table, but the closest BOROUGH thing I have to a table in my The Mat-Su Borough was techbachelor pad is a glass plate over four studded nically the epicenter of the quake and got it worse tires, of as I call it, an Alaskan Coffee Table, so the than Anchorage did, especially if you don’t count doorway would have to do. Eagle River as part of Anchorage. I contemplated how long shit like this is supVine Road, a busy thoroughfare connecting posed to last, and at what point should I run out- North Wasilla and Willow with the business censide in 27 degree weather in just my underwear? ters of Wasilla and Palmer, was ravaged, highI could probably put on pants and grab a blanket lighting a pretty heavy blow all the way around. before the stairway crumbled, but for how long? You wouldn’t have known it by the response, or When do I make a break for it and be that guy who lack thereof from the Borough leadership, which overreacted and underprepared and now looks was all but silent. like a fool. One notable difference in the reactions could be Damage to my apartment was limited and by attributed to the fact that in Anchorage, the mayor the fourth or fifth aftershock of the day I was kind is the dude in charge, while in the Mat-Su the Borof looking forward to the tremors, grooving with ough mayor is more of a figurehead. In fact, I’m them like a surfer on a wave — they were a nice not really even sure who is supposed to be the lead break from the ol’ ennui. executive in the Mat-Su system. So I am going to call myself a winner in having Hopefully the borough gets its chain of comsurvived my first serious Alaskan earthquake. mand figured out before the next disaster strikes. How about a look at some other winners and losers from last Friday’s big shake.

WINNER: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

WINNER: MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE

Not sure there is such a thing yet as a ‘presidential sounding tweet’, but our moron in chief came about as close as he ever has in tweeting support for Alaska in the aftermath of the quake, writing:

Props all the way around to the Municipality of Anchorage from Mayor Berkowitz on down.

ALASKAN FAMILY OWNED!!

“To the Great people of Alaska. You have been hit hard by a “big one.” Please follow the directions of the highly trained professionals who are there to help you. Your Federal Government will spare no expense. God Bless you ALL!” We will definitely need to hold him accountable to that ‘spare no expense’ promise, and be thankful we voted for the führer in 2016, lest he not consider us part of the United States like Puerto Rico… or Guam… of the Virgin Islands… or California.

LOSER: GOVERNOR MIKE DUNLEAVY

It’s as though the gods protecting Alaska on the final line of defense were doing everything they could over the weekend to disrupt Mike Dunleavy’s final swearing in as Alaska’s 12th governor. Unrelated to Friday’s earthquake, a storm prevented from reaching the village of Noovik for his swearing in on Monday, forcing him to do it with a judge in Kotzebue ahead of the noon deadline, per Alaska law. Not sure why he didn’t do the swearing in in Wasilla, where he was once a state Senator before quitting to run for higher office, and a place in need of leadership, due to the above mentioned surfeit of borough leadership. Dunleavy did hold an inauguration party at the Menard Center in Wasilla Tuesday night and according to reports, the main course was pumpkin pie and for dessert? Cake. Yum. The delicious irony is that Dunleavy now begins his likely disastrous administration in the same place he ended his disastrous run as superintendent of schools. It’s also ironic that the candidate who ran on cutting already decimated state government spending, and who asked for resignations of all state employees before even starting the job, now has an unavoidable enormous government spending project as his first task. Good luck with that, governor. And, oh yeah, we’ll be holding you to your promise to make us

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bottles at least a foot deep from edge to edge. When I scrolled through the beer pictures, I kind of had to chuckle. At least in the Brown Jug images, I could only see a few tipped over boxed half racks of beer and one burst can on the floor. Absent were images of the shelved single beer and cooler door beer outcomes and I’ve been unable to get a report of how those sections fared. The images of the aftermath in some of our breweries, brewpubs and watering holes was heartbreaking. In particular, some of our flashier establishments lost a whole lot of glassware and rare and expensive hard liquor ejected from the shelves around the beer taps and in some cases the beer was adversely affected. “I’m glad we carry a large inventory of glassware; let me tell you that,” says 49th State Brewing Company owner David McCarthy. I used to get chided by the other owners that we had way too much glassware in our inventory, a lot of which is stacked in boxes downstairs. We’re lucky we have it,” he says. 49th State puts a lot of pride in their beer service and serves different styles of beer in the appropriate glassware for the style, so there’s a lot of inventory. “We lost thousands of dollars in glassware. We probably lost 70 bottles of rare, one-off irreplaceable whisky. It smelled great though,” says McCarthy with the cheerful, resilient forever positive attitude he’s so well liked for. Not so cheerful was his description of how the cascading glasses and liquor bottles pushed the tap handles forward on close to 80 of the taps in the establishment, letting beer flow in rivers and draining some kegs. Other pubs suffered similarly. Amazing to me is how quickly 49th State recovered. “Our staff just showed up without being expected to or asked and dug right in and got things cleaned up and restored; CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

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he first thing I did after the earthquake and when I was able to get home was to check the beer supply and the condition of my dedicated beer refrigerator. Populist post-natural disaster doctrine says I probably should have filled my bathtub with drinking water. That's just flat disgusting as far as I'm concerned, and besides, I've learned that in medieval times, beer was a staple; it's well known that pathogens can’t survive in beer and it was more stable and safer than water. Some say that beer saved the world in the time of the great plagues where water was unsafe for human consumption. My beer refrigerator fared very well. Only three large bottles had tipped over, but amazingly, there was no breakage. I was fearful; when the quake erupted Friday morning when I was at work, my small refrigerator in my office exploded open, ejecting its contents across the room with enough force to burst soda cans and contribute to the rest of the mess the shaker left behind. I certainly hope that you and yours fared well and with minimal damage. I quickly surveyed my stock. I didn’t know the condition of liquor stores and breweries. I need to determine if I had enough of my coveted grog to get me through until recovery and restoration efforts opened the stores and breweries again. Fortunately, I’m usually well stocked and figured that with a little rationing, I would be good for at least a week out, and beyond that, I’d start drinking through the massive vintage collection I have in the cellar. That reminded me to go down and check the condition of those stored beauties and was relieved to find that all was intact and not a single bottle had toppled. After cleaning up a bunch of busted glass, broken plates and other minimal disarray, I got on the computer. I shouldn’t be talking; I know many others suffered interminably with loss of electricity, heat and plumbing, some had significant structural damage and some houses were flat destroyed. My heart goes out to all of you that suffered through this ordeal. There was no thought of going back to work; my building had been shut down and sealed off waiting for the harried building managers to shuffle in structural engineers to assess the damage and determine re-entry and re-occupation protocols. Social media exploded to life. Along with pictures of the collapsed overpasses, roads, fires and everyone’s personal experiences and damage, the sad truth graphically started to emerge that many of our liquor stores, breweries and brewpubs had suffered major damage and losses. If you haven’t seen the images of La Bodega and the Brown Jug Warehouse and can stomach the carnage take a peek; the prognosis was not good. It looked like it was going to be a while before things got cleaned up and things were up and running again. What amazed me is within the Brown Jug Warehouse set of pictures, the liquor and wine aisles were destroyed. I saw that the bottles on the floor of the wine isles were particularly hard hit with a pile of broken

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Celtic Woman brings sounds of the season to Atwood Hall this weekend Celtic Woman's fresh fusion of traditional Irish music and contemporary songcraft celebrates Ireland's history while reflecting the vibrant spirit of modern Ireland. The group's repertoire encompasses Irish classics, contemporary songs, classical favorites and stirring originals. The lineup of performers has evolved in the years since the group's inception, but the signature sound of Celtic Woman has remained consistent, showcasing the members' individual and collaborative talents. Celtic Woman's latest release, Homecoming – Live in Ireland is a live CD and DVD, recorded in Dublin, Ireland and is set for broadcast on PBS stations nationwide in December 2017. Available in digital and CD formats as well as a special Target exclusive CD featuring two bonus tracks, Homecoming – Live in Ireland features songs that span Celtic Woman's

career. Their previous album, Voices of Angels debuted at #1 on Billboard's World Albums chart in November 2016, making it the group's 12th consecutive #1. The album, which also debuted in the top slot of Billboard's Classical Albums chart, contains some of the most popular songs from Celtic Woman's live shows, along with several previously unrecorded tracks, all with stunning new orchestral arrangements recorded with the 72-piece Orchestra of Ireland. Celtic Woman's other 2016 release, Destiny, was nominated for a Grammy award in the category of Best World Music Album, marking the group's first-ever Grammy nomination. Celtic Woman is comprised of four young Irish women—dynamic vocalists Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin and Éabha McMahon and the group's newest member, gifted violinist Tara McNeill—whose performing skills

bring centuries of musical and cultural tradition to life. In concert, their angelic voices and instrumental virtuosity are accompanied by a robust ensemble that includes Irish dancers, bagpipers and a full band playing an array of traditional Celtic instruments, including bodhran, tin whistle, bouzouki and Uileann pipes. Celtic Woman has sold more than eight million CDs and DVDs, making it the only all-female act to achieve multi-platinum success in the classi-

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December 6 - December 12, 2018


COPING SKILLS: AFTER THE QUAKE

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t feels like I launched a mixtape column for this paper 100 years ago – and from a different country, too. But it was only 2016. And, in a way, I was writing that column from a different country. At that time, I was falling on songs to buffer the assault of all the toxic, election-related nasties that were alive in the air, everywhere I seemed to turn then. Some of you back then suggested or offered great songs to add to the ones I wrote about and in the process turned me onto new artists and songs. So, it’s been a while, and all it took was last Friday’s 7.0 earthquake for me to again fall hard on music, and to recognize the serious, legit coping skill it becomes for me in crisis or periods of transition. For that reason – consider yourself warned: This is an earnest playlist. We’re still a little too close to the source for me to throw that Jerry Lee Lewis song or Swift’s “Shake It Off” into the mix, for example. Also, I often rally harder for bands and songs maybe a little far-flung from the mainstream - more than I do for artists or albums you think might seem obvious choices while building, in this case, an “after the quake”-themed mix tape.

RIVER – JONI MITCHELL

I wish I had a river I could skate away on Tearjerker alert. Actually, I already had Joni Mitchell’s haunting, Christmastime classic in mind just prior to the quake. A couple personal matters (I'm so hard to handle/ I'm selfish and I'm sad), and a disconcerting amount of snow to date (it don’t snow here) already placed the song in slow rotation at home. By Saturday night, however, I had full on cabin fever and felt a swiftly escalating need for my kids and I to do do do something, anything, whatever and what all, aftershocks be damned. Rather: I actually could’ve slept for a week. By Saturday night I was running on whatever comes next after fumes. My kids, however, were amped beyond tolerability. We needed out. My teenager proposed ice-skating. In past winters of minimal or pitiful snowfall, ice skating has been the difference between going full-on bonkers and making something resembling relative peace with crap winter conditions. Ice skating sounded divine, actually. Until it occurred to us that maybe the lakes were in no condition for skaters. And how could we know? I asked around, checked social media and websites. Some friends warned it might not be advisable yet, that we should at least check in daylight. Anyway, I stepped outside, and it was blowing hard and there was some rain, too. The back yard was an ice-rink, meanwhile. But a pretty bumpy one. I wish I had a river I could skate away on. We take so much for granted. Anyway. We got in the car and December 6 - December 12, 2018

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went to the movies.

UNDER PRESSURE – QUEEN

Love dares you to care for The people on the edge of the night… This is ourselves under pressure We skipped maybe-risky skating conditions and went and saw Bohemian Rhapsody instead. Insofar as it plays as a kind-of Cliff Notes version of Queen and Freddie Mercury’s history, it proved an entertaining-enough distraction. And yet, my handsdown favorite part of the film was, by far, when a very obvious aftershock rippled through the theater, rocking the building for a moment and sending a collective groan and whimper through the packed house. The audience sounded a little like a chorus from a Queen song. The movie spends a lot of time on the legendary songs you know and came to love ages ago, with the exception, it seems, of their wonderful collaboration with Bowie. No matter, though: After the quake the song is in hot rotation at home as we still make sense of our swaying house and bewildered feelings every time the sudden, latest rumble outside is a garbage truck thundering through Spenard, a plane taking off at Ted Stevens, or another quake rolling through the city. And we know we’re not alone wondering that. That a lot of us are feeling some version of that on some level.

KILLING THE BLUES – JOHN PRINE (OR, ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS)

Somebody said they saw me swinging the world by the tail Bouncing over a white cloud – killing the blues Working a show at the PAC over the weekend, Think I enjoyed seeing and hearing everyone congregate in the lobby during intermission as much as I did the entertainment in the theater. There was a nearly sacred warmth in that space then, in the way people welcomed and regarded each other and engaged and shared stories of how they coped and were keeping afloat since Friday morning. And for all the bottles of wine that Instagram and TV reveal crashed

to the floor in stores and homes between Anchorage and the Valley, there still seemed no shortage of ways people found to kill their blues, and to attend to all their tasks with heart and intention. I adore Prine’s original version of the song, but the Plant/Krauss version is audio Xanax and that’s the one I’m playing over and over this week.

HERE COMES MY GIRL – TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS

When she puts her arms around me I can somehow rise above it The images of where you were and who you were with when it all happened is probably so burned into your memory that you’ll forever be able to reflect on every detail of that day for your grandchildren even as you fail to remember your grandchild’s name. But, aside from where you were and all the quaking and rolling, I’m curious to know - while everything rumbled or maybe right afterwards - who immediately came to mind for you? Who occupied your thoughts in those moments, if anyone? Who did you first need to immediately reach out to or call when it was over? Who did you hope or desperately want to see come through the door when you finally arrived home? Or who did you rush to see or pick up or track down? Into whose arms did you run? Whoever it was, I hope you reached out to him or her, and then – if you were able, if he or she was proximal – I hope you held this person (or people) close for a time. The enduring mystery of Tom Petty’s genius now includes for me that while for hours after the quake I couldn’t tolerate many albums or songs by many of my enduring favorites, Tom Petty seemed a carefree, pitch-perfect exception to my otherwise reliably distressed, melancholy, and/ or lyrically-introspective stalwarts. The delight that explodes at the launch of the song’s chorus sounds like the joy of being alive. I could feel it on my skin all weekend, every time the album returned to the track. In Lawrence Kasdan’s 1991 film, Grand Canyon, set in Los Angeles, Kevin Kline’s Mack and Mary McDonnell’s Claire are standing in their kitchen arguing about whether the cut on Mack’s

finger warrants an ER visit when their house starts shaking violently. They both shout “Earthquake!” and race outside to their front yard and wait it out. Once outside, the ground still moving, they both suddenly start laughing. It’s as if, moments after a juvenile quarrel - and trying hard not to address the elephant of their troubled marriage haunting them – in one sudden instant what’s most important and necessary flashed in front of their faces. They got shook. And then they woke. In “Here Comes My Girl” Petty launches into that chorus like a man reborn. He sees the light and it’s walking towards him. Maybe you had a moment like that on Friday. I hope so.

EVERYTHING’S DIFFERENT NOW – THE INNOCENCE MISSION

We’re coming away, everything’s changed Everything’s different now Everything, even the sun

How to pick just one song by my Pennsylvania favorites? No songwriter writes from inside the tensions between distress and peace of heart, love and fear like songwriter and lead singer, Karen Peris. On Saturday morning, I woke up to find a friend had texted me the band’s NPR Tiny Desk concert of a few days earlier. It was a calming and gentle way to start the day. At St. Mary’s Episcopal church on Sunday, Rev. Dawn AllenHeron shared that stepping outside their downtown condo after the shaking had subsided, everything suddenly seemed a little different. And she wasn’t referring to any obvious disarray or broken glass. She said the trees looked brighter – all the colors of the season seemed a little more pronounced. At the nearby City Market, she shared, there wasn’t mass chaos or hysteria in the store, but rather it seemed as though everyone’s personal bubbles had shrunk a bit. Carts edged a little closer to each other. You exchanged smiles, checked in with strangers. You slowed down. There’s no earthquake in the band’s 1995 song, but the way “everything’s different now” sounds similar to Dawn’s experience of things Friday. The colors, the light, the sky, the town, and the people: Something had changed. Even if for just a moment or two. These are just a few songs to kick a mix-tape into gear. Stay tuned for more to follow next week. In the meantime, do you have songs or artists that you fall on during a challenging time? Send me or The Press the songs that help you bear up and make it through. I can be reached at jonathanjbowermusic@gmail.com and on Instagram or Facebook. See you next week.

FILMS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 viduals who have lost a lot, and in finding each other, not only do they find love and friendship, but also complete one another in a very unique and unexpected way.

ABOUT THE BIRDS AND THE BEES (FINLAND)

Directed by: J.J. Vanhanen In small towns where everyone knows everyone, sometimes things happen that can be delightfully entertaining. When a condom slips off, the young and responsible man goes on quest for Plan B, tractor and all.

BE MY CAT, A FILM FOR ANNE

Director Adrian Țofei Country of Origin --Romania Screening at: ON Experience Theatre (AET) I’m calling bullshit on this very creepy “love” letter to Anne Hathaway by an obsessed filmmaker. This gist is this, a filmmaker obsessed with the American actress makes a film about what it would be like to work with him in order to convince Hathaway to leave the fame and glamour of Hollywood and come to a dirty basement in the former Eastern Bloc to make a film with him, and of course fall madly in love with him. To make the film, the filmmaker puts out a call for actresses online to play Ms. Hathaway, but the guy is a creep and a psycho. The film has merits and Țofei is a talented director because he creates genuine discomfort and stress on screen. Anyone with a vagina will cringe at the course of events, and worse it feeds misogynistic fantasies. However, even though the director has the ability to take the viewer to extreme places, there are two thoughts that come to mind. One, the film is derivative, so derivative in fact that viewers can check off sources as they watch, Psycho- check, The Blair Witch Project- check, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!- check, “Of Mice and Men” – check! Two, of all the films in the universe Țofei could have made, he chose this one-- the misogyny is palpable.

THE LAST FICTION

Director Ashkan Rahgozar Country of Origin --Iran Screening at: E Street Theater The Last Fiction is a captivating and wonderfully made, full length animation that tells the story of a treacherous ruler whose source of power rests in darkness, and the uprising of light and mercy as the ultimate weapons against his treachery. The film is based on the long epic Persian poem, “The Shahnameh” (The Book of Kings), by the Persian poet, Ferdowsi written between 977 and 1010 of the Common Era. The brilliant animation is not to be missed!

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 FULL-DOME NUTCRACKER SUITE AT THE THOMAS PLANETARIUM Enter a visual music extravaganza of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's most famous work, with stereo soundtrack performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and animation by Ken Scott. Tickets are $6. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street) EVENTS BEGINNING AT 5PM ZOO LIGHTS Get ready to be dazzled this winter by our Zoo Lights displays! Walk the zoo trails and enjoy seeing the animals while admiring these custom displays. Some are even animated to music! And our trail light canopies are a favorite for selfies and pictures. Tickets may be purchased at admissions during open Zoo Lights hours for $7 each for annual members (ages 3 and up) or $9 each for non-members (ages 3 and up). Ages 2 and under are free. (Alaska Zoo, 4731 O’Malley Road) HOLIDAY LIGHTS IN THE GARDEN Explore the amazing light displays in the Alaska Botanical Garden this Winter. Starting November 29th, every Thursday through Saturday through December the Garden's trails will be lit up with beautiful lights and whimsical displays. Activities include guided star gazing, bonfire with hot drinks and marshmallows, and fun family crafts. Tickets are $5 - $7 and free for children under 4. The garden will be open from 5 – 8pm. (Alaska Botanical Garden, 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road) NATHAN PERRY Nathan Perry creates intricately crafted artwork using scratchboard, pen and ink, graphite, and pastels. His work ranges from non-objective abstract expressionism to detailed realism and his subject matter includes portraiture, wild life, landscape, and spiritual themes. He attended and graduated from UAF with a degree in Education, The Art Institute of Colorado with and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design, and the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. His artwork has been displayed nationally and internationally and he draws continual inspiration from Alaska and its surrounding beauty. (Tequila 61, 445 W 4th Avenue) ALASKA WATERCOLOR SOCIETY'S ALLMEMBER SHOW Some of Alaska’s best artists are offering paintings at bargain prices—just in time for Christmas! Share light refreshments and chat with the artists. (Bagel Factory Café, 142 W 34th Avenue) APC JUROR'S CHOICE EXHIBITION 2018 Juror's Choice - ConocoPhillips Gallery Each year, APC sponsors Rarefied Light, Alaska’s largest juried fine art photography exhibition. A nationally recognized photographer is selected to jury the show and conduct a 2. day workshop. Arthur Meyerson, the 2018 Rarefied Light juror, selected from 610 submissions the 50 photographs for the final exhibition. In addition, Mr. Meyerson chose two artists whose work is featured in this invitational group exhibit, Hal Gage and Matt Johnson. Hal Gage, Anchorage - Fair Game, pigment ink Matt Johnson, Anchorage - Homage, pigment ink on watercolor paper. (APU Galleries, 4101 University Drive) HOLIDAY OPEN STUDIO AT REAL ART IS BETTER Local oil painter Scott Clendaniel is hosting a holiday open studio for one night only. Original oil paintings and limited-edition prints of beer and Alaska scenery will be available for sale. FREE 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall poster with every $20+ purchase! Enter a drawing for a Clendaniel art print of your choice. Complimentary refreshments (Real Art is Better, 333 W 4th Avenue, Suite 4) FIRST FRIDAY ART AT TURNAGAIN BREWING Metalaska artists Joel Loosli and Joe Kaneshiro present Alaskana and pop art themes on metal. (Turnagain Brewing, 7924 King Street) FIRST FRIDAY AT GEORGIA BLUE GALLERY Versatile clay artist Isolde Gibson presents her exhibition "Repose," featuring clay tiles based on the theme of "Nature." Acclaimed mystery writer Stan Jones signs his books featuring detective Nathan Active. (Georgia Blue Gallery, 3555 Arctic Boulevard, Suite C5) 2 FRIENDS GALLERY Christmas is coming in only a few short weeks so now is the time to enjoy your friends and live music while you find gifts for under the tree! I am certain that all your Alaskan friends need new pottery, glass and other breakable art - and 2 Friends happen to have the most beautiful selection! (2 Friends Gallery, 342 E Benson Boulevard) 100X100 Annual IGCA Members Exhibit that includes 100 works of art all priced at $100 or less. (IGCA, 427 D Street) IONIAN ARCHEOLOGICAL ARCHIVES Bivy is thrilled to present Ionian Archaeological

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Archives an exhibition by Marco Emmanuele curated by Daniela Cotimbo. The exhibition explores the possibility of transforming the gallery space into an ephemeral Museum of the Ionian, a maritime basin that connects Italy, Greece and Albania. (Bivy, 419 G Street, Suite 100) FIRST FRIDAY AT SSP STUDIO SSP Studio & Gallery is not your normal photography gallery. Here you will find some of Alaska's top talent pushing the envelope of their cameras and taking the lens to new depths. Thought provoking, intriguing and mind-blowing art. Get ready to have your mind accelerated to new level. (SSP Studio, 2217 E Tudor Road, Suite 11) ALASKAN NIGHTLIFE The Alaskan Nightlife show at Resolution Brewing Company is a photography exhibit of urban and backcountry nightscapes. Photographs are works of Anchorage photographer, Sanjana Greenhill. Sanjana has been photographing Alaskan life for the past seven years. One of her favorite festival to photograph is Fur Rendezvous. The night sky intrigues her and she likes to capture nightly scenes in Alaska and places she travels. (Resolution Brewery, 4024 Mountain View Drive) ANCHORAGE DISTILLERY Enjoy craft cocktails while you check those gifts off your list! Sally J's Red Thread Studio from Kodiak, AK and Meg of Bramble AK will be bringing their wares for your shopping pleasure! (Anchorage Distillery, 6310 A Street) EVENTS BEGINNING AT 5:30PM RACHELLE DOWDY: “PERISHABLE” “Perishable” is a fun and dynamic exhibit of all new paintings and sculptures, according to Dowdy, “this show continues my exploration of our celebrated food resources and iconography.” The beautiful works are delivered with an exceptional degree of mastery and include graphic spraypainted stencil work, hand-painted layers, and narrative illustrations adorn works. (Out North Gallery, 333 W 4th Avenue) JEWELRY TRUNK SHOW WITH JOYA AND KAREN CRITTENDEN NIJEM Alaskan-born Karen Crittenden Nijem is partowner of designer jewelry line, Joya! Karen will be showcasing Joya’s emerging jewelry line for the winter season (OOO-LALA!) Enjoy refreshments & live Christmas jams by The Spenerds. 5:30-9pm. (The Crest Gallery, 939 E 5th Avenue) FIRST FRIDAY SEASON OF GIVE In celebration of the season, Sparc is partnering with Friends of Pets for a Season of Give. We will feature pet-themed art in the gallery, and handmade ornaments for sale. They are also offering a Paint and Take ornament activity, with varied items available for sale. Please join them as they celebrate pets, partnerships, and holidays. 25% of the proceeds for sale of art from this event will go directly to Friends of Pets. (Sparc: A Creative Place, 425 D Street) WILDLIFE AND WILD FIGURES: GROUP SHOW OF EMERGING ALASKAN ARTISTS Raeann Krugger (oil painting), William Bittner (photography), and Paige Korynta (ink and watercolor) will show their various takes on internal and external worlds this month at Snow City. First Friday December 7 reception 5:30-8pm, show on display through January 3. (Snow City Café, 1034 W 4th Avenue) NEW IMPRESSIONIST PAINTINGS BY LYNN BRAUTIGAM BOOTS Meet Lynn and ask her about her extensive travels inside Alaska as well as the vast number of expert classes she has been involved in over the last couple of years. Also enjoy refreshments and live Christmas jams by the Spenerds. Stephan Fine Arts is located inside the Hotel Captain Cook. 5:30-10 pm. Exhibit continues through the end of December. (Stephan Fine Arts, 939 W 5th Avenue) EVENTS BEGINNING AT 6PM NEW RELEASES BY YUKON ARTIST, NATHALIE PARENTEAU Parenteau hails from Whitehorse, Yukon, and has become one of Alaska’s favorite contemporary wildlife artists. Her mystical caricatures of animals and figures leave the viewer enthralled with who it is behind the painting! Come meet Nathalie in-person and see new works! The Captain Cook Coffee Cubby is located inside the Hotel Captain Cook off the K Street entrance. 6-8pm. Enjoy refreshments, Kaladi coffee, beer, and wine. (Hotel captain cook, 939 W 5th Avenue) AURORA FINE ART GALLERY Aurora Fine Art has placed Alaskan art at the core of its mission and identity. The pieces displayed represent the heart of the Alaskan spirit and sense of adventure. These museum quality pieces for sale pursue the new while holding to the traditions of the past. From traditional ivory carvings and wooden masks to modern metals and glass creations, their pieces will add a significant story to your home or business. Reception with Live Music by the Rick Zelinsky Trio. (Aurora Fine Art Gallery, 737 W 5th Avenue) ZAK KESSLER

Sevigny Studio presents local metal artist Zak Kessler. Zak’s work shows he has no boundaries to his creativity and abilities. The detail on his cranes are stunning. For music we have singer/songwriter Becky Kotter. Her performances are captivating. Becky’s voice alone is amazing and when she gets going on speed strumming her performance turns to awe inspiring. (Sevigny Studios, 608 W 4th Avenue) FIRST FRIDAY WITH VIOLA Join Catalyst, to welcome Viola, as their First Friday artist for the month of December. Snacks, Radical Art, Fun! (Catalyst Cannabis Co., 9900 Old Seward Highway) RAPID SPACE SHORTS AT THE THOMAS PLANETARIUM 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm., 7:30pm, 8pm and 8:30pm. These quick planetarium experiences range from constellation tours of the night sky to cruising around the solar system to learning about light and the aurora borealis. $3 admission fee. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street) CLOSE-UP: THOMAS CHUNG Explore contemporary artist Thomas Chung’s artworks in his solo exhibition, Everything is Sacred. Chung facilitates discussion of contemporary cultures, spirituality and the human experience through his works. Participants gain an understanding of imagery and its meanings and formulate their own responses to the work. No art background necessary. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street) EYES CLOSED PROJECT CELEBRATION The Eyes Closed project is organized by Keys to Life, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering, creating and strengthening an inclusive community through rich arts and cross-cultural experiences. It is the result of children sharing their dreams and hopes for themselves, their families and their communities. This celebration includes a short documentary, a slide presentation, scavenger hunt and prizes. Eyes Closed Project maps for all panels located on the Anchorage Museum campus can be downloaded at www.keystolifealaska.com. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street) FIRST FRIDAY WITH WILL INGRAM Come see this amazing Alaskan photographer. Will loves enjoying the outdoors and wants to share his prospective with you. From the peaks of mountains under the galaxy to the Aurora gleaming over our beautiful state. (Hillside Natural Wellness, 8639 Toloff Street) EVENTS BEGINNING AT 6:30PM CUATRO - A FABULOUS FIRST FRIDAY FEST It's Open Space's 5th annual First Friday party, and we're serving up an amazing evening for you featuring fabulous local art, food, dance, and music! Doors open at 6:30pm. Feast your eyes on hand-carved woodworks by Jen Joliff, ink images and acrylic paintings by June Takagi, sand-carved ceramics by Connie Engelbrecht, and handmade knit and crochet wears by Buttah.Fly Wears. Savor bites from Sis's Cafe and cider from Double Shovel. Be treated to a salsa dance performance by Anaya Latin Dance that's sure to sizzle. Make sure Open Space is your last stop on First Friday to see Anaya Latin Dance's performance at 8:15pm! (Open Space, 630 E 57th Place) FILM AND DISCUSSION: MAGNETIC NORTH Join the Alaska Humanities Forum, Anchorage International Film Festival and filmmaker Marla Williams to see a selection from the new Magnetic North series. Magnetic North is a documentary film project produced by Alaska Humanities Forum in partnership with Rasmuson Foundation. The series explores the personality and character of six Alaskans whose actions and ideas have shaped Alaska’s history, spirit and values. Collectively, they challenge preconceived notions of the Last Frontier, promote a richer understanding of its distinct identity, and speak to our shared experience of life in contemporary Alaska. Film director Marla Williams hosts a discussion on her filmmaking processes and experiences with these magnetic subjects. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street) LIQUID LIGHT + AMANDA KOLSTEDT Christmas is right around the corner, and we have the perfect line up for big presents, stocking stuffers, and thank you gifts. With two featured artists, five pop-up shops, Christmas Carol Karaoke, hot chocolate and a cookie exchange there's something for everyone at this month's First Friday! Come get a jump start on your holiday shopping and support local artists! (Heart of the City, 411 W 4th Avenue) EVENTS BEGINNING AT 7PM EARTH QUAKE STORIES 907.0 What do we need after a big freaking shake? Collective storytelling that expands our understanding of what just happened to us: Tales woven, humor spun, songs sung, Introspective poetics, reflective yarns, interpretive reenactments, heck who knows? Just come out and share and/ or hear your city's experience from the people who lived through it with you. To share your 5 to 7-minute story, send a message to teeka@

writersblockak.com--or just show up and get on the list, first come, first choice of spots. Were you in a swaying building or staring up at one? Were you part of a cursing mob or alone in the basement? Were you obliviously driving along a bumpy road or caught in the undulating chaos? All our stories matter, and we want to hear them. (Spenard Writer’s Block, 3956 Spenard Road) THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER Anchorage Community Theatre’s 65th season continues November 23-December 16 with the hilarious and heartwarming holiday classic, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, adapted by Barbara Robinson from her best-selling children’s book. A couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids— probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem—and the laughs— when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head-on! Directed by Stephanie Leigh, this delightful comedy is fun for audience members of all ages and runs from Thanksgiving weekend till December 16 at Anchorage Community Theatre. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever plays at Anchorage Community Theatre from November 23 to December 16, 2018. Shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7:00 and Sundays at 3:00. December 9’s performance will be ASL-interpreted. (Anchorage Community Theatre, 1133 E 70th Avenue) MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY Jane Austen and Christmas romance! In this winning and witty sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the bookish middle child of the Bennet family finally has her day. Constantly overshadowed by her four sisters, Mary Bennet finds hope for a new life beyond her family from an unexpected holiday romance. Austen fans and first-timers alike will find much to love in this alluring comedic tale. The production runs through December 23 with performances at 7pm Thursday – Sunday. Tickets are available at CenterTix.com. (Cyrano’s Theatre Company, 3800 Debarr Road) PULSE DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS: NUTCRACKER REDUX Pulse Dance Company is proud to unveil their first ever Nutcracker Redux - a contemporary retelling of the holiday story we all know and love, created with adventurous audiences in mind. Developed with an all-Alaskan cast and featuring company and community dancers, this robust and collaborative dance production shares the Nutcracker in a way Anchorage has never experienced it before! Bursting with humor, color, and whirlwind new dances, this modern twist breathes new life into an old tale. You'll be enchanted and charmed by the combined visions of some of Alaska's leading choreographers including Alice Bassler Sullivan, Cady Lynn O'Brien, Molly Lunsford, Mikal Preston, and Stephanie Wonchala. Put your party dress on because the Mouse Queen is ready for battle, Mother Ginger got a facelift and our Snowflakes will warm your heart this cold, cold winter! This family event is perfect for all ages, and while babes in arms are free, any child ages 2+ and/or occupying a seat require tickets. Tickets are available at BrownPaperTickets.com. (Wendy Williamson Auditorium, 2533 Providence Drive) HOUSING DESIGN CHALLENGE REVEAL: COMP/ACT/COMPETITION Come see possible solutions to our Anchorage housing challenge. COMP/act/ brings together builders, architects and residents together to form teams and compete in a design challenge that addresses opportunities in a new housing typology for middle income residents that promotes modern workforce needs, community connectivity, wellbeing, northern architectural identity and a lifestyle for urban Alaska. Teams will present their designs; a jury of industry professionals will select the top six winners to advance to the final round and an award reception will take place. This program is presented in collaboration with the Anchorage Museum, AEDC, Cook Inlet Housing Authority, Fairview Community Council, Municipality of Anchorage and is made possible by the Rasmuson Foundation. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street) UNBOUND: POETRY ON DEMAND #ANCHORAGEMUSEUMQUAKEPOEMS Share your earthquake experience in a single word or phrase with poets who’ll turn it into a poem. If you can’t attend Friday, receive a poem by tweeting your word or phrase on Twitter with the hashtags #anchoragemuseumquakepoems and #poetresponder. Poets from across Alaska and beyond will respond with a poem. Or, tweet your own poem to #anchoragemuseumquakepoems. Poems will be collected and compiled by the Anchorage Museum to be preserved in the museum archives. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street) THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR Shakespeare's hilarious tale follows the antics of the buffoonish Falstaff as he tries to swindle money out of two prominent housewives in Windsor but finds himself outwitted at every turn. This winter comedy set in Victorian England at Christmas is suitable for the whole family and anyone that enjoys fun romp through a winter wonderland. This show is fast paced and fun, with live carolers

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Katherine Leigh Mehta, 26, of Arlington, Texas, accepted a gig to photograph a wedding at The Springs Event Venue in Weatherford on Nov. 24. But, she became the star of the show when guests discovered her having sex with one of the wedding attendees at the venue, according to WSRZ Radio. A security guard summoned Parker County Sheriff’s deputies, who found Mehta yelling by a fountain on the property, according to their report. She then walked to a tree and urinated. She was recorded as well, screaming: “Y’all families will be dead by Christmas! Y’alls daughters are dead! My dad is gonna find out about this, and y’all are dead... D-E-A-D!” At the jail, officers found a bottle of anxiety pills, which they believe she mixed with alcohol, causing her erratic behavior.

RISE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 he said. “Me and the people I work with now see reconnecting them not only to home but culture, community and family. That’s what we plan to do and hopefully we can find the best way to do that.” It’s universally agreed upon that the homeless situation in Anchorage has worsened in recent years. Some blame the recession in the Alaska economy, others point to the nationwide opioid epidemic. Johns believes it’s a mixture of many causes, but the solutions, as he sees them, start with compassion and seeing people as individuals. “The word homelessness is pretty general. Once you start working in that field you see different types of people. Some live that lifestyle because they want to; they want to live free from electricity. Some are mentally ill and some people have a really bad drug issue…. But when it comes to Alaskan Natives, I think just bringing more culture to their lives will help a lot,” Johns said. “I would say it’s good to see more people humanizing the issue and I hope that ‘Forget Me Not’ will help with that part of it. I couldn’t say whether statistically speaking it’s getting better — I mostly work with individuals — but I could see things getting better in the long run because what we’re doing is humanizing the issue and that’s like the ointment

Richard Langely, 46, of Kansas City, Mo., was working part-time for the Platte Woods Police Department in October when he decided to take part in the department’s drug take-back program. Except, according to court documents, Langely wasn’t disposing of drugs; instead, he was helping himself to the pills he had been collecting. And, to make matters worse, the Kansas City Star reported, his own body camera captured evidence enabling prosecutors to charge him with felony theft of a controlled substance.

WAFFLES, HALF OFF!

Wesley Bost, 27, of Birmingham, Ala., made quite the impression when he fell through the ceiling of a Waffle House in Tuscumbia on Nov. 4—not least because he wasn’t wearing pants. Bost apparently went into the restaurant’s bathroom and used his pants to tie the door shut; then, said Tuscumbia police Detective Sgt. Wes Holland, Bost climbed into the ceiling with the intent of robbing the office. WHNT News reported that video of the incident shows Bost shoving other restaurant patrons on his way to the door, which was being held shut by people outside, before hitting the door with his shoulder and

to the problem, not just the band-aid on it.” Johns said getting to know and even friending displaced people is key to that ointment working. “People need to sympathize more with people who have trauma or an unhealed trauma problem, that’s one of the things really lacking,” he said. “Most people use stereotypes to minimize the situation and give them the change or talk down on them and move on with their day. If more people acknowledge the trauma, get to know their names it humanizes them. Ask them what type of native they are. For me, if I’ve known someone (for a while) and they call me Alaskan Native, I don’t like that. I’m like, no I have an identity — I’m Athapaskan, Gwich'in Ahtna Athapaskan. If you were my friend you’d take the time to learn that. When you befriend people on the streets in that situation it will help them by shining light on that identity.” Katzke said she’s in the process of finding a home for ‘And Now We Rise’ by Feb. 1, likely either the PBS show POV or Independent Lens. “I love Sam’s humor; he’s a really funny guy,” Katzke said. “While he didn’t have ideal parenting growing up, he’s doing his damndest to be a good father. That’s really touching to me, as a parent, to see how much he cares about his daughters… Helping displaces people was his daughter’s idea t make sandwiches. He’s setting a new bar for Native fathers.”

and plenty of holiday joy. This show will run approximately 2.5 hours including a 15-minute intermission. Tickets are available at TBATheatre.org. (Grant Hall, 4101 University Drive)

for an enchanting and festive evening filled with mesmerizing music, performance, and holiday cheer. Tickets are available at anchorage-theater.com. (Atwood Concert Hall, 621 W 6th Avenue)

EVENTS BEGINNING AT 7:30PM CELTIC WOMAN THE BEST OF CHRISTMAS TOUR Celebrate this holiday season with the celestial voices of multiplatinum Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman, as they present The Best of Christmas Tour with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra. The singers will sweep you along on a sleigh ride featuring music from the allfemale ensemble’s most favorite Yuletide songs performed by them over the years. Since their debut in 2005, Celtic Woman has become a genuine cultural phenomenon, performing in front of capacity crowds around the world, including 23 countries on six continents. In 2014, Celtic Woman enchanted Anchorage so much that three sold-out shows prompted the addition of a fourth performance. Prepare

THE NUTCRACKER Anchorage’s very own production of The Nutcracker is a holiday performance to delight the whole family! Don’t miss out on this timeless classic. Enjoy the night by watching an intense battle between toy soldiers and mischievous mice, swirling snow, and dancing flowers. Join Marie as her Nutcracker Prince escorts her on a magical journey through an enchanted forest to the Kingdom of the Sweets! Come see the Sugar Plum Fairy, Mouse King, and so much more. International guest artists join Anchorage Ballet for this wonderful holiday event. A must see this winter! Tickets are available at CenterTix.com. (Discovery Theatre, 621 W 6th Avenue)

December 6 - December 12, 2018

falling to the floor. Finally, he managed to flee, sans trousers, which held his wallet and driver’s license.

MAKING HIS CASE

It happens all the time: A vehicle crashes into a building, causing damage and sometimes injury, because brakes don’t function or a driver steps on the wrong pedal. In the case of Keith Rio Cavalier, 28, however, there was more to the story. WLOX reported that Cavalier drove his 1997 Toyota Tacoma into a glass wall at the Harrison County Courthouse in Gulfport, Miss., on Nov. 10. The building was empty, so there were no injuries. When police caught up to him, Cavalier told them he intentionally struck the building in order to report drug paraphernalia had been stolen from him. Shockingly, Cavalier was found to have been driving under the influence.

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Former Toronto Blue Jays star José Bautista has another honor to add to his résumé, thanks to entomologist Bob Anderson of the Canadian Museum of Nature. On Nov. 22, reported the Associated Press, Anderson named a newly discovered species of beetle after the star

QUAKE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 flights were canceled all day. They broke the news — to me anyway — that traffic on the Glenn was virtually halted because of a road break at the Peters Creek exit, which prompted me to call my boss, who said, ‘no, dummy, the meeting’s canceled,’ to which I replied, ‘I dunno, I thought this kind of shit happens all the time up here and anyways, aren’t Alaskans supposed to be tough?’

LOSER: ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS When it was starting to become apparent that the Alaska Dispatch News was hemorrhaging money, owner Alice Rogoff finally made a cut to the budget in early 2017, which was to cease the Saturday print publication. It was sure unfortunate that one of the biggest stories of the century happened on a Friday, then. It got me thinking about how there’s a front page from March 28, 1964 hanging in a display case in Koot’s, but there isn’t one for Dec. 1, 2018.

WINNER: CROSSROADS BAR

Speaking of Koot’s, it was one of the bars hit significantly by the quake with broken bottles strewn about. Not so at Crossroads bar in Fairview though, where folks sat around the bar, watching CNN, with a sense of

JAZZ ENSEMBLES This evening will feature UAA student instrumentalists and vocalists from the jazz combos. Selections will include Latin, funk and standard jazz repertoire. Come support these talented musicians and have some fun! Tickets are available at ArtsUAA.com. (UAA Recital Hall, 3700 Alumni Drive) K I S A G V I G M I U T TRADITIONAL DANCERS Traditional Inupiaq music and dance performance. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street) EVENTS BEGINNING AT 8PM FIRST FRIDAY COMEDY SHOWCASE Liven up your First Fridays with free laughs! Each month, we feature a new line-up of Alaska's best stand-up comedians. 2nd floor of Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage, doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm, $5 suggested cash donation, 21 and up. (Hard Rock Café, 415 E Street) EVENTS BEGINNING AT 9PM ORION DONICHT

third baseman and right fielder. Sicoderus bautistai is a small, black weevil found in the Dominican Republic, from where Bautista hails. “I thought, what a great way to kind of recognize (Bautista’s) contributions to Blue Jays baseball and to Canadian baseball, really, as a whole,” said Anderson.

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Suspected car prowler Isaiah Gellatly, 31, of Vancouver, Wash., was going about his business late on Nov. 19 when the police were called, according to Fox12 News. Responding officers found Gellatly reclining in the driver’s seat of a Honda Accord matching the suspect vehicle’s description. Suddenly, Gellatly sat up and sped away, leading to a high-speed pursuit and the use of spike strips. As the car slowed and swayed, Gellatly opened his door to flee, forgetting to put the Honda in park; it rolled alongside him as he ran. He attempted to cross in front of it when it first struck a tree and then a building, breaking Gellatly’s legs. Inside the Honda, police found the stolen items that all the fuss was about: a tennis racket, a Ping-Pong paddle and a 1980s Texas Instruments calculator.

community only disaster — or at least near disaster — can provide. They also had a piping hot pot of reindeer sausage and potato chowder that really hit the spot.

LOSER: NATIONAL NEWS MEDIA

Speaking of CNN, the national news media made a big deal when the news broke about a 7.0 earthquake hitting near Anchorage. Alaskans took to Facebook to point out errors in reporting of cable news, the most ridiculous being the claim on Fox News that Minnesota Blvd. goes all the way to the Aleutian Islands. But, you know, reporters and pundits get stuff wrong all the time, so that didn’t bother me too much. What bothered me was the disappointment that seemed to come over the national news media when it became apparent there were no deaths and, amazingly, no serious injuries connected directly to the quake. For all them but Fox News, it seemed as though they were aching with misanthropy and schadenfreude to have yet another natural disaster response failure to pin on President Trump. When that didn’t materialize and looping security camera videos of items falling from grocery store shelves and that poor court clerk who kept crawling under the desk, ran their course, they were eager to move on to other news. Lucky for them, President George H.W. Bush died later that night, and the story that could have been a triumphant one about the success of savvy architecture and responsive civic leadership, never got told to a national audience.

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NATIVE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 oldest Native American reservation in the United States. In addition to Foxwoods, which started as a bingo hall in 1986, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe now owns and operates a number of successful hospitality and entertainment properties. Number two on the list is the Seminole tribe of Florida. The Seminole tribe is incredibly widespread with six reservations throughout the state. Their properties stretch as far north as Tampa and as far south as Hollywood, including areas in Brighton, Fort Pierce, Big Cypress, and Immokalee. Today’s Seminole Tribe of Florida includes descendants of Native Americans from a number of areas throughout the Southeastern United States, including Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi,

COLE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 My column on his Bible Baptist Church remarks generated some controversy. Dunleavy brought up the subject in speaking to the Alaska Federation of Natives in October. He said he wanted to spend more money on rural education, not less. “There is a narrative that I want to close down rural schools,� Dunleavy said to AFN. He didn’t say that he created the “narrative� or perhaps that he had spoken off-the-cuff and didn’t really mean what he said about saving money with regional schools. He told AFN he wanted regional boarding schools to supplement small schools. “In the hub areas, beef up those high

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and primarily Florida. At number one is the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux of Minnesota. They own the impressively large Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, the largest entertainment complex in the state of Minnesota, in fact, as well as a smaller venue called the Little Six Casino – a perfect destination for people who want a more intimate, low-key setting. As successful as these casinos are, the tribe also owns and operates many other enterprises, including event centers, golf courses, hotels, shopping centers, environmental support facilities, etc. This diversified list has brought fame and fortune to the Shakopee Mdewakanton people, who were reported to be making $1 million per tribal member in recent years. Some have scorned casino wealth, saying it increases dependency among tribal members, while others say it’s a good thing.

My thought on that is anytime a tribe can make a lot of money for its members, who for the most part have lived in poverty forever, it’s a good deal. Other than that I’m not going into that arena and make a big deal out of it. Most of the Indian casinos in the Lower 48 just break even, making enough to get by and pay the bills. So for those of us who have notions about casinos in Alaska might as well put it aside and be happy that we have a few bingo halls. The Yelp website lists the top bingo seven parlors in Alaska with number eight being at Little Diomede, Alaska where one can see Russia from their living room window. No, I don’t think casinos will ever become reality in Alaska. But it’s nice to daydream a little bit.

schools that are in the hub areas. Get some dorm facilities in the hub areas, so that kids can come into the hub areas for terms as they call them, for maybe visits, or biology labs, chemistry labs, because right now they are at disadvantage,� Dunleavy said. “What I want to do is beef up what we have in the regional areas like Kotzebue, Nome, Barrow, Bethel, so that kids can go to school there, potentially take some college classes,� Dunleavy said. The expanded options at the rural hubs could potentially also offer vocational training. “But it’s to enhance, not to take away,� Dunleavy said. These enhancements, while keeping small schools in place, would cost millions in added travel, facilities and staffing costs.

On Monday, he told Kyle Hopkins of the Anchorage Daily News that he would like “governmental entities,� such as the feds and tribes, to “potentially build dorm capacity in some of our regional hubs like Kotzebue.� There is no misunderstanding about Dunleavy’s pledge on his first day in office to keep every small school open. There is also no misunderstanding about what he said in the Bible Baptist Church last spring, endorsing regional boarding schools as a way of saving money and improving education in rural Alaska.

To reach John Tetpon please email: johnnytetpon@yahoo.com

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Savage Love. By Dan Savage I’m a 59-year-old man in good health. For basically my whole adult life, I’ve had this problem during intercourse with a woman of (1) being very quick to come and (2) having a too intense “cringey” sensation when I come. This has led to often going soft at the prospect of intercourse. This too-intense feeling makes me stop moving when I come, which is not satisfying at all. It doesn’t happen with hand jobs or oral sex—they feel fine and good. Is this a known phenomenon? And, most importantly, what can I do to get to a point where I can enjoy intercourse? This seriously messes up my enjoyment of sex and my confidence with women. One time, and only one

time (out of many with a particular girlfriend), I had intercourse and it felt fine when I came, still thrusting, so I know it’s possible. I have been practicing with a Fleshlight, but it’s still painfully “cringey” when I come. It is not fun and rather depressing. He Always Really Dreads Penetration And Regrets This I shared your letter with Dr. Ashley Winter, a urologist in private practice in Portland, Oregon, and the cohost of The Full Release, a sex, health, and relationship podcast. Dr. Winter wanted to note that her comments are a general discussion of a medical topic and NOT individual medical advice. She wanted me to emphasize this point—which she also emphasizes at the top of her terrific podcast—because Dr. Winter is a responsible doctor and not a card-carrying member of the Amalgamated Advice Columnists of America. (Membership in the AACA entitles advice columnists to say pretty much whatever they want.) “There are three issues at play here,” said Dr. Winter. “First, the pain or ‘cringey’ sensation only associated with vaginal and Fleshlight penetration. Second, being too quick to come. And third, erectile dysfunction. HARDPART insightfully suggests his ED may be related to his performance anxiety as well as anticipated pain, and I would agree with this. I would add that his quick ejaculation is most likely also caused by a mix of

ED and pain—the body adapts to pain and erection loss by letting the swimmers off the hook early.” But why do you experience this pain only during penetrative sex? What is it about PIV (penis in vagina) or PIF (penis in Fleshlight) that causes those painfully cringey feelings? “If he thrusts more during these activities than he does during oral or hand stimulation, I would expect that either pelvic floor muscle dysfunction or a nerve issue related to the lower spine could be causing the flairs,” said Dr. Winter. “If he were my patient, I would want to know if he has less pain when his partner is on top, which would mean his pelvis is moving less. Also, does he have chronic low back pain? Bowel or bladder issues?” Dr. Winter and I continued to generally discuss the medical topics raised by your question, HARDPART, and we generally discussed—this is not, again, individual medical advice, but a general discussion—two things someone with your particular issue might want to think about doing. First, a guy with your problem could try taking Viagra—or a related drug—while also using a penis numbing spray. And a guy with your problem should also have his pelvic floor checked out. A urologist can help a guy with a problem like yours determine if there’s something wrong with the complex web of muscles and nerves that crowd together

BY ROB BREZSNY ARIES (March 21-April 19): In 1930, some British mystery writers formed a club to provide each other with artistic support and conviviality. They swore an oath to write their stories so that solving crimes happened solely through the wits of their fictional detectives, and not through "Divine Revelation, Feminine Intuition, Mumbo Jumbo, Jiggery-Pokery, or Act of God." I understand that principle, but don't endorse it for your use in the coming weeks. On the contrary. I hope you'll be on the alert and receptive to Divine Revelations, Feminine Intuition, Mumbo Jumbo, Jiggery-Pokery, and Acts of God. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): When you're prescribed antibiotic pills to fight off infection, you should finish the entire round. If you stop taking the meds partway through because you're feeling better, you might enable a stronger version of the original infector to get a foothold in your system. This lesson provides an apt metaphor for a process you're now undergoing. As you seek to purge a certain unhelpful presence in your life, you must follow through to the end. Don't get lax halfway through. Keep on cleansing yourself and shedding the unwanted influence beyond the time you're sure you're free of it. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Danish scientist and poet Piet Hein wrote this melancholy meditation: "Losing one glove is painful, but nothing compared to the pain of losing one, throwing away the other, and finding the first one again." Let his words serve as a helpful warning to you, Gemini. If you lose one of your gloves, don't immediately get rid of the second. Rather, be patient and await the eventual reappearance of the first. The same principle applies to other things that might temporarily go missing. December 6 - December 12, 2018

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Cancerian author Elizabeth Gilbert is a soulful observer whose prose entertains and illuminates me. She's well aware of her own limitations, however. For example, she writes, "Every few years, I think, 'Maybe now I'm finally smart enough or sophisticated enough to understand *Ulysses*. So I pick it up and try it again. And by page 10, as always, I'm like, 'What the hell?'" Gilbert is referring to the renowned 20th-century novel, James Joyce's masterwork. She just can't appreciate it. I propose that you make her your inspirational role model in the coming weeks. Now is a favorable time to acknowledge and accept that there are certain good influences and interesting things that you will simply never be able to benefit from. And that's OK! LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): More than three centuries ago, Dutch immigrants in New York ate a dessert known as the *olykoek*, or oily cake: sugar-sweetened dough deep-fried in pig fat. It was the forerunner of the modern doughnut. One problem with the otherwise delectable snack was that the center wasn't always fully cooked. In 1847, a man named Hanson Gregory finally found a solution. Using a pepper shaker, he punched a hole in the middle of the dough, thus launching the shape that has endured until today. I bring this to your attention because I suspect you're at a comparable turning point. If all goes according to cosmic plan, you will discover a key innovation that makes a pretty good thing even better. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I can't believe I'm going to quote pop star Selena Gomez. But according to my analysis of the current astrological omens, her simple, homespun advice could be especially helpful to you in the coming weeks. "Never look back," she says. "If Cinderella had looked back and picked up the shoe, she

around your junk and, if it is a pelvic floor issue, refer him to a pelvic floor physical therapist. Finally, a suggestion from me, the person with the AACA card: A guy with a problem like yours—a guy whose dick works a certain way and has worked that way for decades—could save himself the hassle of physical therapy and the side effects of Viagra by accepting his dick and the way his dick works. There are women out there who prefer oral and outercourse to PIV, HARDPART, and you could bed those women with confidence. Follow Dr. Ashley Winter on Twitter @AshleyGWinter, and check out The Full Release podcast, which she cohosts with comedian Mo Mandel, at thefullreleasepod.com. I’m a mostly straight guy in my 40s and I’m married to a woman. I don’t know if it’s a midlife crisis or what, but I’ve decided that I want to get fucked in the ass once in my life. I will be visiting Hamburg soon, and it’s my understanding that sex work is legal in Germany. I want your help sorting out the legal, ethical, and practical issues. 1. Legal issue. Paying for sex in Germany is legal, right? But even if sex work is legal, that doesn’t mean every sex worker is doing it voluntarily. I prefer people closer to my own age, and I imagine a 40-year-old sex worker is less likely to be exploited, right? What else can I do to ensure that I’m not with a trafficked individual?

2. Ethical issue. After many years and many near-divorce situations, my wife and I have adopted a more tolerant (or more apathetic) posture toward each other. She has on several occasions told me that she doesn’t care who I fuck. While I haven’t acted on it, she has said it often enough that I believe her. We’ve talked about an open relationship, but she wasn’t enthusiastic. My best guess is that she doesn’t want to know if I do anything “gay,” while also not wanting me to form any emotional attachments. Do I ask her again if she really doesn’t care who I fuck? Or do her previous statements suffice? 3. Practical issues. Is a condom enough protection? How do I avoid things like herpes and crabs? Other than emptying ye olde bowels, what other steps should I take before asking a male German escort to fuck me in the ass? And how do I ask? Google Translate suggests “Fick mich in den Arsch,” which is an unappealing thing to say. Maybe there’s something sexier? Legal, Ethical, And Practical 1. Sex work is, indeed, legal in Germany. You can minimize your chances of hiring someone who may not be doing sex work of their own free will by avoiding agencies and finding yourself an independent escort. But seeing as how you’re looking to hire a male in his 40s, LEAP, your odds of hiring someone doing sex work under duress are very, very low.

would have never found her prince." Just to be clear, Virgo, I'm not saying you'll experience an adventure that has a plot akin to the Cinderella fairy tale. But I do expect you will benefit from a "loss" as long as you're focused on what's ahead of you rather than what's behind you. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Among the pieces of jewelry worn by superstar Elvis Presley were a Christian cross and a Star of David. "I don't want to miss out on heaven due to a technicality," he testified. In that spirit, and in accordance with astrological omens, I urge you, too, to cover all your bases in the coming weeks. Honor your important influences. Be extra nice to everyone who might have something to offer you in the future. Show your appreciation for those who have helped make you who you are. And be as open-minded and welcoming and multicultural as you can genuinely be. Your motto is "Embrace the rainbow." SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Are you a gambling addict seeking power over your addiction? If you live in Michigan or Illinois, you can formally blacklist yourself from all casinos. Anytime your resolve wanes and you wander into a casino, you can be arrested and fined for trespassing. I invite you to consider a comparable approach as you work to free yourself from a bad habit or debilitating obsession. Enlist some help in enforcing your desire to refrain. Create an obstruction that will interfere with your ability to act on negative impulses. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): "What is the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable?" Author John Green asked that question. I confess that I'm not entirely comfortable with it. It's a bit pushy. I find I'm more likely to do remarkable things if I'm not trying too hard to do remarkable things. Nevertheless, I offer it as one of your key themes for 2019. I suspect you will be so naturally inclined to do remarkable things that you won't feel pressure to do so. Here's my only advice: up the ante on your desire to be fully yourself; dream up new ways to give your most important gifts; explore all the possibilities of how you can express your soul's

2. The wife who lovingly and apathetically tolerates your soon-to-be-fucked ass has already told you—and told you more than once—that she doesn’t care who you fuck. She also doesn’t want to know if you fuck someone else. Asking if she meant it immediately before flying off to Hamburg— double-checking to make sure she really doesn’t care who you fuck—would basically mean telling her you know you’re going to fuck someone else in Hamburg (and fuck them all “gay” and shit), and she’s already told you she doesn’t want to know. Taking her at her word, i.e., allowing her previous statements to suffice, is the right thing to do. 3. A condom offers highly effective protection from HIV, gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia. For added protection, LEAP, ask your doctor about getting on PrEP, aka Truvada, before your trip. It’s a daily pill that, once built up to full strength (roughly a week), provides highly effective protection against HIV infection. While condoms do provide some protection against herpes, neither condoms nor PrEP will save you from crabs. To make sure your one-and-only ass fucking goes well, empty ye olde bowels and then douche ye olde rectum. Since most German escorts, like most German everybodies, speak English, LEAP, there is no need for an English-to-German dictionary. Just say, “Fuck my ass, please.”

code with vigor and rigor. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In the fairy tale "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," the heroine rejects both the options that are too puny and too excessive. She wisely decides that just enough is exactly right. I think she's a good role model for you. After your time of feeling somewhat deprived, it would be understandable if you were tempted to crave too much and ask for too much and grab too much. It would be understandable, yes, but mistaken. For now, just enough is exactly right. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In 1140, two dynasties were at war in Weinsberg, in what's now southern Germany. Conrad III, leader of the Hohenstaufen dynasty, laid siege to the castle at Weinsberg, headquarters of the rival Welfs dynasty. Things went badly for the Welfs, and just before Conrad launched a final attack, they surrendered. With a last-minute touch of mercy, Conrad agreed to allow the women of the castle to flee in safety along with whatever possessions they could carry. The women had an ingenious response. They lifted their husbands onto their backs and hauled them away to freedom. Conrad tolerated the trick, saying he would stand by his promise. I foresee a metaphorically comparable opportunity arising for you, Aquarius. It won't be a life-or-death situation like that of the Welfs, but it will resemble it in that your original thinking can lead you and yours to greater freedom. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The National Center for Biotechnology Information reported on a 15-year-old boy who had the notion that he could make himself into a superhero. First he arranged to get bitten by many spiders in the hope of acquiring the powers of Spiderman. That didn't work. Next, he injected mercury into his skin, theorizing it might give him talents comparable to the Marvel Comics mutant character named Mercury. As you strategize to build your power and clout in 2019, Pisces, I trust you won't resort to questionable methods like those. You won't need to! Your intuition should steadily guide you, providing precise information on how to proceed. And it all starts now.

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we were operational again by 3 pm,” says McCarthy. I wish I would have known that, I’d have been right down there for a fortifying pint. Breweries fared pretty well, despite all the bitching and moaning about code compliance, regulations and inspections that often delay projected opening dates when breweries start up, it’s with reason. “We cursed the inspectors,” says Ted Rosenzweig of the recently opened Turnagain Brewing Company. “Before we opened we were, like, ‘this is an insane horrible expense’ but on Friday, it saved our ass.” By code, breweries are held to very high construction standards; the massive tanks have to be bolted to the floors to earthquake standards and other safety systems are mandated the prevent loss and damage while keeping people safe. “We had one broken bottle and one broken glass, but other than that, we just lost a day. The power went down and we couldn’t open the tasting room that day, or we would have,” says Rosenzweig. Midnight Sun came out okay too. “On the brewery side, we had Lee, Chief of operations and Ty, our chemist on site when it happened and there was an outside technician working on a boiler,” says Darcy Knifel, the brewery’s Beer Ambassador. “Lee and Ty made a run for the outside. The tanks were swaying but no major damage. Upstairs in the Loft, two folks were prepping for regular business. There was no major crashes, a few minor

Celtic Woman continues to perform its sonically and visually stunning concerts in front of capacity crowds around the world, having racked up cumulative ticket sales of over four million and performing for adoring crowds in 23 countries on six continents. Named Celtic Woman to represent the essence of a Celtic female performer, the group made its American television debut in early 2005 with its self-titled first PBS concert special, which captured a sold-out performance at the Helix in Dublin. Immediately thereafter, Celtic Woman's eponymous debut CD reached #1 on Billboard's World Music Chart and occupied the top slot for an unprecedented 81 weeks. It remained there until the release of Celtic Woman's second album, 2006's A Christmas Celebration, which cemented Celtic Woman's spot at the top for a total of 112 consecutive weeks. Although initially intended as a one-time-only event, Celtic Woman's music was so warmly received by the public that the group immediately followed with its first concert tour in the United States. Since then, the group has maintained a strong presence on U.S. public television, where its Emmy-nominated concert specials regularly dominate the audience-supported network's viewer pledge drives. Celtic Woman has performed for three U.S. Presidents and appeared twice at the White House, including the 2009 National Christmas Tree Lighting. The group was seen by 23 million viewers when it performed on ABC-TV's Dancing with the Stars, and gained considerable attention for its appearances in multiple episodes of the daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful, as well appearing on numerous other television shows in the U.S. and internationally. After closing 2016 with their sixth annual Home for Christmas Symphony Tour, Celtic Woman returned to North America for a 90 date tour of their Voices of Angels live show in the summer of 2017. The tour culminated with a wonderful show at home in Ireland in September 2017, which was recorded for PBS, as well as a CD and DVD release, entitled Homecoming.

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I didn’t talk to all of the breweries and I suspect there are some real tales of woe out there, but in the end, I got the sense that when it came to the state of beer our resilient industry folks were “shaken, but not stirred.” Most of the brewpubs, breweries and publicans shared the unanticipated result of having to be closed for restoration and repairs. Most got dozens and dozens –if not hundreds - of similar calls along the lines of “hey, man, are you open? I REALLY need a beer!” Beer’s great in good times and it’s great in bad times. It’s stable and sustaining. Although I never had to touch my vintage collection, I’ll be better

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spills, but nothing crazy,” she says. “At the end of it all, we only lost one bottle of Matanuska Thunder Funk and we figure about 10-15 pint glasses.” Out at Odd Man Rush Brewing Company in Eagle River, much closer to the quake’s epicenter, things are okay too. “We feel lucky; our brewhouse, tanks and all fermenters moved about six feet, we lost some glassware and all of the kegs in our cold room where in a huge dog pile. We cleaned up Friday and were back open Saturday to an eager crowd looking for beer. I heard we were one of two places selling beer out here,” says Reid McDonald, one of the owners.

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healthier planet as contextualized in art. Sadly, there are countries where artists who visualize social injustice are censored, imprisoned or tortured. I had the privilege of explaining how much Arctic Arts is highlighting climate change as well as supporting indigenous subsistence Bush lifestyles, all couched into the conference theme, ways of using virtuality. I gotta say: I thought reading ‘Arctic Environmental Challenges through Virtuality’ to well-established art folks was the scariest thing I’d ever done until I was clinging to my bedroom wall last Friday 8:30 am during the November 30th Anchorage earthquake, watching my pets flee, my art drop off walls and even Kant and Hegel textbooks crash onto the floor. Here is a synopsis of my paper: Virtual-

ity is an art critic’s visual/verbal research and communication tool when assessing climate change. Sociologist Jean Baudrillard (19292007), who felt multifaceted simulacra was a ‘game with reality’ wrote, “the world is literally taken as it is and ‘Disneyfied’ in other words is virtually sealed (Baudrillard 54).” While Baudrillard’s disenchantments with modernity contain truisms, the fact is we are forever stuck in an electronic world and might as well use it advantageously. Well, the bad guys have virtuality in their tool boxes too. Upon taking office, the Trump Administration deleted climate change data from their websites, rejecting all scientific opinions on Global Warming. They are now pouncing on the 1973 Endangered Species Act which in my Arctic neighborhood will have overarching consequences.

(NYTimes, 1/20/17; 7/22/18). But, sometimes knowledge gained from smart devices does contribute to a cleaner environment. Recently, print and electronic media announced “Strawless in Seattle,” a movement which prohibits restaurants from distributing plastic straws and utensils that contribute to killing marine life (Seattle Times, 9/8/17). Virtuality in all its forms cooperates with reality as it helps to alert large numbers to serious issues, even if electronic equipment can’t solve every problem. In the Arctic, climate change is evident in all waterways, wildlife and vegetation. Viruality does have its ironies as melting is benefitting Point Hope, Alaska where high speed Internet cables have been embedded into Arctic sea beds, giving the tiny town of 700 access to the world through the passing digital linkage between London and Tokyo (NYTimes,12/2/17). Four artists working in the far North draw attention to the climate changing Arctic. The photograph, Subsistence, 2017, by artist Brian Adams (Iñupiaq), seeks humanity beneath surfaces as Adams explores age-old sustainability, store-bought versus harvesting of the wild, while maintaining harmony with an evolving environment. University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Marek Ranis wove satellite photos into woolen carpets. Viewers can better relate to escalating Arctic/Antarctic melt when shown reality on rugs, common household items. UCLA photographer RebeCONTINUED ON PAGE 27

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’m on a JAL flight out of Los Angeles, flying across the Pacific, heading to Taipei for the annual AICA-International (art critics) conference where I was invited to present a paper. Thinking about Captain Cook and his three three-year voyages mapping much of the Pacific Ocean, I felt privileged to be complaining about the many hours I would be seat-belted, watching movies and eating with chopsticks, without worry of scurvy. In honor of Cook, I decided to take along the book, ‘Captain Cook and the Pacific’, which begins by affirming that Cook’s voyages “represented maritime achievement and scientific progress on a global scale, bringing Enlightenment ideals to bear on the huge expanse of the Pacific (McAleer and Rigby 9).” Unlike my travels, Cook’s artists were experiencing vistas never seen by Europeans. I was venturing into wellexamined waters, privileged to add my two cents to art history, beginning by reading my paper at a late 19th century Taiwan college, established under Japanese rule. Taipei University of Education is located in downtown Taipei, a crowded smoggy city with motorized scooters, and friendly people, many of whom speak English. The campus of red brick classrooms and dorms snuggles up to expensive apartment complexes that sit next to tin roofed dwellings. On ground floors, fancy boutiques reside next to small vehicle repair garages. Autumn rains had subsided, but a light jacket was needed and holiday decorations were beginning to appear in malls with brands found anywhere: Polo, Hilfiger, Uniqlo. I found a yuppie eatery near the college that served scrambled egg sandwiches with apple, chicken and lettuce—a great combination. An energetic track meet carried on adjacent to the mini-museum and auditorium that became the conference base. For almost a week, art critics who write aesthetically, from Northern Europe to Australia, listened to talks about a desire for Globalism over Nationalism, and a

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 hope to freelance. I do love dancing and I do love learning from other people — other people’s tastes and artistry. I hope to be able to travel and see what other people are up to.” In pursuit of her dreams, Walker has discovered it’s a commitment that goes beyond what a dancer does in the studio; it bleeds into his or her everyday life. “You have to be super-conscious of what you do on a day to day basis — what you put into your body, what’s your daily routine,” Walker said. “Everyone gets chronic injuries when you practice this art form. Your body does break down at a young age if you’re not careful. You won’t make it if you’re not careful.” Matt Mahoric is brand new

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 25 ca Méndez scrutinizes ever changing landscapes: windblown grass lands, crashing water falls, cracking Polar ice. She documented migratory patterns of Arctic Terns who travel in a figure-eight pattern 44,300 miles from pole to pole, yearly. Populations have diminished from insufficient catch/eat and oceanic trash strangulations, as warmer, acidic waters have drastically changed habitats. Further, visually explaining changes to the Tundra can be also understood in the recent Anchorage Museum show Murmur: Arctic Realities, 2018. John Grade built a faux Pingo (15’ x 38’x 42’) from recycled yellow cedar. Pingos are increasing, possibly due to gases from underground vegetable decomposition. Grade’s Sublime is not somewhere out there while you stand safely on a precipice; it becomes inescapable with its Global Warming messaging. Of note: in 1867, and 1883, Swedish navigator Adolf Erik Norden-

ing part of staging a community production - we collectively move forward in our passion for dance and our ability to produce all-local concerts that posi-

to dance of any sort, and in the all-important, and well costumed role of the Nutcracker, he’s finding out first-hand just what a commitment ballet is. “I would say it’s been a little shocking — fun, but a little challenging,” the 16-year-old West High student said. “They were searching for a boy to be the Nutcracker and I was offered the role, so why not try it? I had no formal dance experience, whatsoever, and it’s very hard technically, but I’ve been practicing a lot.” Decades Mahoric’s senior, John Fraser has a background in musical theater as a character dancer and he’ll be reprising his role as Drosselmeyer for the first time in his fourth year in the ACBA. “It’s a lot of lifting and dashing about the stage, spreading the magic of Christmas to everyone at the party,” Fraser

said. “There’s some fantastic dance in this with experts of all ages, from children up to professional dancers. People will be treated to holiday spirit and cheer and fantastic Tchaikovsky scoring — it’s got all the things we love about Christmas in one place.” Another male in the class is Josiah Harvey, who counts Toy Soldier among his multiple roles in this weekend’s show. He’s a five-year veteran of the academy and been in almost as many Nutrackers. “My mom pretty much made me take that first class and I didn’t stop,” the 15-yearold homeschooler said. “I just like the artistry and being able to describe yourself in dancing.” Harvey said he preaches the gospel of ballet when possible to his friends. “It’s kind of hard to explain,”

he said. “Seeing everyone else dance makes me want to dance. I’m pretty much saying something I can’t say in a physical form (instead).” Canale said enrollment at ACBA remains high and interest strong despite a conventional wisdom that says ballet is a dying art form. Walker said she’s seeing new generations of ballet dancers catching the bug all the time. “The great thing about ballet is it’s an art form you’re always learning, so no matter your age it helps you become more self-aware, helps you be more conscious about how your body feels at any point in time,” she said. “It has so many benefits for people of all ages. It’s a neverending process.” Friday’s show is at 7 p.m. with a pair of shows on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30.

skiöld explored Greenland, encountering early Arctic pollution. He was puzzled by black powder floating in water holes situated in the ice, which would later be identified as coal dust, a by-product of the Industrial Revolution (Hatfield 174-175). Virtuality with all the electronic choices is a tool to implement change. It also takes a fearless art community, as art written, imaged, sculpted, or performed is a means to address social and political issues. Protesting, once relegated to street demonstrations and placards, explodes because of virtuality. Last summer’s soccer match interrupted by Pussy Riot went viral on social media (NYTimes, 7/15/18). French philosopher Henri Lefebvre (1901-1991) wrote on art’s relationship to social space before electronic simulacra; none the less he’s still relevant writing, “Nothing disappears completely, however; nor can what subsists be defined solely in terms of traces, memories or relics. In space, what came earlier continues to underpin

what follows….What is the fantasy of art? To lead out of what is present, out of what is close, out of representations of space, into what is further off, into nature, into symbols, into representational spaces (Lefebvre 229- 232).” Virtuality has expanded the power of art, heightening social awareness; reality has been demoted, only if allowed. However, oversaturation of imagery is a downside of virtuality, leading to complacency.” Mini Sleuth: Next week, Part II, Art in Asia briefly In Taipei and then returning to Anchorage through Tokyo, I walked miles through: Taipei’s National Palace Museum with major holdings transported in 1949 from Mainland China, Taipei Fine Arts Museum with their ecology-themed 2018 Biennial, Tokyo National Museum with its kimonos, and swords, Tokyo’s National Museum of Western Art exhibiting a Rubens retrospective, and the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo across from the Emperor’s compound featuring Ingeard

Roman’s Swedish designs and Awakenings, Art in Society in Asia 1960s-1990s, resembling American social realism— Asian styles independent and reflective of Euro-centricity.

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Sources: Captain Cook and the Pacific, by John McAleer and Nigel Rigby; Conspiracy of Art by Jean Baudrillard; Lines in the Ice, Exploring the Roof of the World by Philip J. Hatfield all available on Amazon. Artists referenced can be Googled. https://www.nytimes. com/2017/12/02/technology/ from-the-arctics-melting-icean-unexpected-digital-hub. html. Web. December 2, 2107 https://www.nytimes. com/2018/07/15/sports/soccer/pussy-riot-world-cupfinal.html. Web. July 15, 2018. https://www.seattletimes. com/seattle-news/the-laststraw-seattle-will-say-goodbye-to-plastic-straws-utensils-with-upcoming-ban/ Web. September 8, 2017. Jean Bundy AICA-USA is a writer/painter living in Anchorage Email: 38144@alaska.net

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