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23 Music Essential Nutrients By Jeri Kopet
The 1964 Good Friday Earthquake, the largest quake ever recorded in North America, brought four minutes of hell to Anchorage. Find out what that day was like through the eyes of those who lived it. By Mary Lochner
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9 Headlamp Where the Trails Have no Name By Annie Passarello
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13 1964 Earthquake If the Big One Hit Today By Mary Lochner
35 Free Will Astrology By Rob Brezsny
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37 News of the Weird By Chuck Shepherd
19 Brew Review Pucker Up By James ‘Dr. Fermento’ Roberts
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Orphaned Polar Bear a Tragedy
I am writing today with a heavy heart. Recently on Facebook a picture was posted of a man holding a polar bear cub after he had killed itsâ€™ mother. I did some research and found that it is illegal to kill a polar bear with a cub. I researched articles written about this incident. This man made himself out to be a hero for â€œsavingâ€? this cub â€” doesnâ€™t make sense. If you are hunting, see a polar bear and even THINK it may have a cub, does it not make sense to try to get a better angle of the bear to see if it does? And, if so concerned about the cub, why take the time to take a picture of yourself with the cub with its mama laying dead a few inches away? I just donâ€™t get it! Itâ€™s time to make people accountable for their actions! Check before you shoot! â€” Linda Christopher, Las Vegas
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It is clear that our U.S. legislators are being held hostage by corporations. Serving corporations, rather than constituents, is behind the inability of the Congress to function. Only a constitutional amendment to change the Citizens United ruling will enable Congress to function. Who will you serve? â€” Judy Gray, Wasilla
Spring into Vegetarianism
After several months of crippling snowstorms and flooding, I really look forward to spring weather, green grass, and flowers in bloom. The advent of spring is also a great opportunity to turn over a new leaf on our dietary and exercise habits. In fact, Iâ€™ve been told that hundreds of communities celebrate the advent of spring with something called the Great American Meatout. Local health advocates host educational events, where they ask visitors to get a fresh start this spring with a healthy diet of vegetables, fresh fruits, legumes, and whole grains. For those who need a little encouragement, their website provides useful information and a chance to pledge a healthy diet for one day or more.
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Hilltop’s Bumpy Ride Continues City revives lawsuit with appeal to state supreme court By Scott Christiansen
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Could Have Been Worse A 17-year-old Fairbanks girl and another juvenile must have had a leprechaun looking out for them on St Patrick’s Day. According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch, a witness contacted troopers to report a single-vehicle accident on Goldstream Road at around 3:09 p.m. According to the report, there were no reports of injuries, but the girl’s 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee tore a 15-foot section of guardrail off the bridge spanning Gold Stream Creek, where it came to rest hanging partially off the bridge. She was cited for speeding.
Taco Time On Sunday, March 16 at 6:19 a.m., Alaska State Troopers spotted two male juveniles urinating in the Wasilla Taco Bell drive-thru near a silver Audi sedan. Upon further investigation, police found the driver of the Audi, a 17-yearold Anchorage girl, to be intoxicated. Counting the two urinators and the drunk driver, troopers contacted six juveniles in the early-morning border run posse — five of whom were intoxicated. The driver was charged with DUI (and minor consuming), the two males with weak bladders were charged with indecent exposure (and minor consuming) and two other juveniles received minor consuming citations. The lone teetotaler got off scot-free. All were released to their parents just in time for church.
Vandals Invade Anchorage A vandalism spree in the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 26 resulted in damage to more than 50 vehicles, according to the Anchorage Police Department. At around 1 a.m., APD started getting reports that someone was breaking vehicle windows in the area of Meadow Street and Brayton Drive. About 90 minutes later, cops got a report of more windows being smashed in the area of 17th Ave. and Karluk Street. The citizen making the second report got a description of a vehicle believed to be involved in the vandalism. Police located the suspect vehicle in Midtown, where three males — a 20-year-old, a 19-year-old and a juvenile — were arrested and charged with 25 counts of criminal mischief. APD said it got reports of vandalism in five different parts of town, and the vandalism continued overnight. Police believe more suspects are involved, and are asking anyone with information to call them at 786-8900 or the anonymous Crime Stoppers number at 561-STOP (7867).
years-long contract dispute between Hilltop Ski Area and City Hall is not over yet, despite a court ruling in Hilltop’s favor that says the city must abide by a 15-year contract worth about $1.4 million to the nonprofit. City Hall’s lawyers are appealing a 2013 court order that would have the Municipality of Anchorage resume payments of about $95,000 per year to Youth Exploring Adventure, the nonprofit that operates Hilltop on cityowned land. The city claims to have erased the debt during budget cuts in 2009, and argues that an Alaska Superior Court judge misinterpreted the contract between the two entities. The appeal has irked Hilltop’s executive director, who said several attempts to settle the lawsuit have failed. “They’ve been handed this judgment, and it is really not a lot of money, but instead of complying with it, or accepting one of our offers, they’re going to spend public money going all the way to the Alaska Supreme Court,” said Steve Remme, executive director of YEA/Hilltop. “It’s just unbelievably asinine, in my opinion, that they are going to waste taxpayer dollars on this [appeal].” City Attorney Dennis Wheeler signed the notice of appeal on March 5. That was nearly three months after the two sides last spoke, according to Remme, who said settlement negotiations were taking place even after the 2013 court ruling. The appeal is outlined in one filing by the city, giving just an outline of the city’s upcoming arguments. It asks the State Supreme Court to overturn a ruling by Anchorage Superior Court Judge Frank Pfifner that enforced a 2005 contract. That contract was struck between the ski area and the administration of then-mayor Mark Begich, who is now a U.S. Senator. There can be no long-term agreement with Hilltop, Wheeler said, because such an agreement would bind the hands of future city leaders. “We shouldn’t be bound to it for years on end, because each year the assembly has to determine how it is going to spend the money,” Wheeler said, referring to the Anchorage Assembly’s annual budget approval — a task the assembly is required by law to perform. The disputed contract would provide the ski area with about $1.4 million total, spread over payments of $95,000 per year until 2020. Hilltop says that deal was meant as compensation for the Stevens Family Ski Chalet, a building worth about $1.5 million located at the bottom of the 30-acre, one-chairlift ski hill. The city disagrees, arguing that the current administration and sssembly should not be bound by the terms of a deal struck in 2005. Since 2009, the assembly has been passing Parks and Recreation budgets that do not include payments to the nonprofit. Hilltop’s argument is those budgets violate the contract Judge Pfifner ruled should be upheld. The 2005 deal was an attempt by Hilltop’s board of directors and Begich’s City Hall to rationalize a complicated relationship that evolved since the 1980s. The ski area sits on designated parkland, which means the city can never sell it or
give it away to any entity. But during the construction run-up to the 2001 Special Olympics Winter Games, Hilltop received grant money through the Special Olympics to build the chalet on city land. The lease — sometimes called a “land-use agreement” because City Hall cannot lease the property — was updated to include the new building and a new parking lot, about $2 million in upgrades built under Hilltop’s supervision. But the new lease was ambiguous, and neither side seems to have noticed. “It said that [Hilltop] owned the building and then further back in those forty pages it said the city would own it,” Remme said. That became a problem in 2003 when Hilltop applied for a bank loan after a couple of bad snow years. Drought loans are as integral to the ski industry as they are to agriculture. They’re meant to allow the ski area to maintain payments on debts and provide for maintenance-level operations for years when revenue from lift tickets, rentals and concessions drops. In 2003, Northrim Bank, where Hilltop’s previous line of credit had been secure, turned down the nonprofit’s request for a loan. The bankers pointed out that the land-use agreement contradicted itself, putting a cloud over ownership of the chalet, which Hilltop wanted to use as collateral. Remme went to the city parks department and the Begich administration for a solution. When a deal was proposed he described the plan to his own board of directors as “compensation” for the nonprofit giving up its claim to title of the building. The Begich deal had the nonprofit running the facilities under one lease and a “lease back” agreement under which the Parks Department would occupy the chalet as a rental facility during summer months. “We gave them a $1.5 million asset, and that’s why they should give us the $94,000 a year for the remainder of the lease,” Remme said. Those payments came in regular installments for three years. The city ran a South Anchorage Parks office at the chalet each summer during that time. Then a global recession started in 2008. The city began making cuts under Begich’s successor Matt Claman, who served as interim mayor for several months in 2009 before Mayor Dan Sullivan came into office in July of that year. But in June, the Begich-appointed Parks Director Jeff Dillon sent a one-page letter to Remme saying the city would close its office inside the chalet and stop the payments. Dillon sent the letter prior to leaving City Hall. Hilltop sued for breach of contract. It also started operating the chalet in summer months — which it had done prior to 2005 — and earning between $40,000 and $50,000 each summer, according to Remme. Remme believes the appeal to the Alaska Supreme Court could take two years to be resolved. Hilltop contends that the city owes the nonprofit about $400,000 and the number ratchets up by $95,000 each year. Remme said the nonprofit has never been in financial trouble because of the lawsuit. But it still lacks collateral for a loan if operating cash stalls due to lack of snow — or late-arriving snow as was the case this winter. “Now we use credit cards,” Remme said. “That’s not really a good way to run a business.” —firstname.lastname@example.org
Exploring (and Exploiting) the Minds of Killers FBI and TV show looking for leads in Keyes case
three for Dark Minds, a true crime series on the Investigation Discovery channel focused on serial killers. The show isn’t for everyone — it opens with a requisite warning about scenes that “may be disturbing” — and the two-part Keyes episode appears to be based mostly on information released by the FBI. By Scott Christiansen Some of the real life sources on the program include former U.S. District Attorney Craig M. Warner (who was preparing ext week, cable and satellite TV viewers get a to prosecute Keyes) and local journalist Ben Anderson of the chance to relive the creepy story of the late Israel Keyes, Alaska Dispatch. Anderson describes Anchorage’s collective the serial killer who lived and worked in Anchorage for shock at the disappearance of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig five years before he was caught and eventually committed and the city’s collective horror during the later revelations suicide in his jail cell. The Keyes story comes to the small about her killer, Israel Keyes. There is also an interview with an anonymous Anchorage screen as a two-hour special that is the launch of season man who once employed Keyes on a construction job. An-
other anonymous source is “Raven” the pseudonym for an incarcerated serial killer interviewed by the show’s co-hosts, journalist M. William Phelps and “serial killer profiler” John Kelly. Phelps has 24 books to his credit, including true crime exposés with provocative titles such as Too Young to Kill and Kiss of the She Devil. Raven chats with Phelps and Kelly over the phone from inside prison. The anonymous killer provides creepy details about his own habits and helps Phelps speculate about how Keyes may have developed his own. The FBI, Dark Minds, reminds us, is still hoping to connect unsolved missing-persons cases to the bureau’s timeline of Keyes’ travels. The TV show repeatedly reminds viewers of its mission to help close cases. That should be a big relief to CONTINUED ON next page March 27 - April 2, 2014
Condom Queens Duo hopes condom company is the next big thing By Lily Weed
his is not a lemonade stand. We can’t say that enough.” I am sitting in a coffee shop in midtown with Lynda Musselman and Rebekah Franklin, the two young women who own and operate Alaska Condom Company. As Franklin describes their business, her co-founder nods in agreement. Also at the table is Franklin’s 5-year-old son. He spends the 45 minutes playing on his iPad, apologizing quietly when he interrupts his mother to scold her for telling me secrets. Franklin and Musselman discuss the reactions people have had to their new business. “A lot of people have been excited about it,” Mussleman said. “Especially when they realize that we’re not just encouraging a bunch of crazed sex addicts. This is an education thing, an awareness thing, this is local art, local jobs.” The two have known each other for about four months. Mussleman, 24, hails from the suburbs of Chicago. She studied German in college and currently works downtown as a bartender. She doesn’t share what brought her to Alaska but she isn’t shy about her passion for the state. Franklin, 26, is from Prince of Wales Island in Southeast. She studied psychology and now works as a server at the same establishment as her business partner. They are confident and quick to smile when talking about their new venture, which, while they wait for their first orders to come in, they have kept purposefully vague. The company exists primarily on Facebook at this
point, but after looking at their page I admit I still don’t know exactly what Alaska Condom Company is selling. “It’s Alaska themed condoms, and essentially we are branding an approved manufacturer,” Franklin reveals. “There is nothing innovative about the condom itself. Our idea is to brand to our community.” To do this, they hired local artist Devin “Deuel” Young to design their first product line. The art is paired with a phrase playing on Alaskan tropes (Devin’s design features a cartoonish spawning salmon with the phrase “Be a King”). They plan to employ other artists down the road and will sell the condoms individually so consumers can mix and match package designs. Musselman and Franklin have applied to participate in fairs around the state, where they plan to sell three condoms for $10. They are unsure what retailers will charge. “We have another product coming out too that’s not a condom that’s going to be marketed right next to it,” Franklin says, opting to keep the second item a mystery for the time being. “We’re under some contracts right now.” The women are working to get their products into tourist retailers around town but are tight lipped about these specifics too. “Not just tourist retailers,” Franklin clarifies. “We’re talking about lingerie shops, head shops, tattoo parlors, things like that. And bars hopefully.” Alaska Condom Company is offering 15 percent off to any retailer who prepays by April 18 for an order of the initial design, “King Salmon.” They plan to start sales to the public in May. Products will also be available for purchase online through a link on their Facebook page. Musselman and Franklin intend to give some of their first batch of condoms to nonprofits with the hope that their lighthearted, local designs will inspire conversations and education. “Our goal with the concepts is just about
Lynda Musselman, left, and Rebekah Franklin recently started the Alaska Condom Company, which aims to sell Alaska-themed condoms and other novelty products. Photo by Lily Weed
making sex a little bit more fun and easier to talk about,” Franklin says. Not all feedback has been supportive. Some have wondered if the business is a joke or dismissed the company’s work in other ways. “People are mostly curious about what it is, how we’re doing it, where we’re getting the product. Basically all of the secrets that if we gave away we’d be in the same place they are — you know, not doing the research, not going the lengths you need to go to make sure this a product approved to be in this country,” Franklin says. The project is self-funded, their homes are their office, and their spare time has been fully consumed by learning what it takes to start a new business. They still owe money to their artist, their graphic designer, a lawyer and a business consultant who they visited. So they’re going to be motivated sellers. “Our main thing now is to make sure we pay everyone back first,” Musselman says. “We’re being conservative about our decisions,” Franklin says. “You learn lots from having jobs you don’t like, jobs that don’t
have good management.” To those who joke or dismiss, Franklin is quick to point out the ubiquity of the product. “Yes, this is fun, but this is not an offensive product. This product is where you buy your groceries.” If they are so common, why build a business around condoms? “We just thought it was a great idea,” Franklin says. As the two women got to know each other they realized they were both looking for other work opportunities, and decided they should start their own business. “It will let us do all the things we want,” Musselman says. “Have time for our families, honor our passion for Alaska and share it with other people, give our friends and local artists work opportunities and do good stuff too. With the horrible statistics on safe sex in Alaska we realized, you know, what else can we do? We can give to nonprofits; we can do safe sex and rape awareness. There were so many good reasons, there just wasn’t a reason not to try it.” facebook.com/alaskacondomcompany
Exploring the Minds of Killers (cont.) viewers who thought they were watching to satisfy a hunger that’s only filed by true crime voyeurism. (The show does find one cold missing person case that seems to fit Israel Keyes’ known travels and his modus operandi.) Jailhouse interrogations are the backbone of the show. It’s pretty clear the producers of Dark Minds have spent hours watching recorded video and reading transcripts of the FBI-led Keyes interviews. In some instances they’ve cast actors to recreate the interviews, other times viewers will see Keyes himself talking evasively about his planning efforts and his habit of killing strangers. The interviews are a continuous thread through the show, which otherwise trots back-and-forth across the United States, just as Keyes did during what the FBI believes was a 15-yearlong run of opportunistic killing. But the show is somewhat weighed-down by the personality of host M. William Phelps himself, who does the bulk of the storytelling. On screen, Phelps might be his genre’s answer to Food Network’s in-house asshole chef Guy Fieri. Of course, Phelps doesn’t unleash the same level of over-the-top pomposity as Fieri — few personalities this side of Jim Carrey could accomplish that — he’s March 27 - April 2, 2014
more of a douche-next-door type. Still, way too much of Dark Minds seems to be about Phelps, his thin soul patch and leather jacket, and his creepy enthusiasm for describing a real life killer. One particularly awkward scene has Phelps walking a neighborhood in Anchorage, adopting an enthusiastic stage whisper and inviting viewers to imagine Israel Keyes walking the very same street while none of his neighbors knew he was a killer. It’s the street Keyes lived on, Phelps tells us. But that’s not important. The important thing — at least if the scene is judged as a whole — is Phelps on camera, once again acting astonished. “Imagine, Israel Keyes, walking down this street, just a regular neighborhood guy,” Phelps says, mimicking Keyes waving to a neighbor and offering to help build a deck. “— Imagine that. And everybody around here, they have no freaking idea.” Phelps’ ham acting will be adorable for some viewers, if only because it’s a purposeful change from TV’s old-school crutch, the news anchor with a voice of authority. But Phelps’ schtick barely covers the thinner parts of the script. After all, every serial killer must have some success leading a double life. It’s what makes them serial killers. Without
the ability to hide (in plain sight or otherwise), an aspiring serial killer would just be a one-time killer behind bars. Phelps must know this. He’s written twodozen crime books. Some viewers will see Phelps as the dude next door and enjoy the gossip. But true crime, especially tales of murder, ought to be shocking without someone prompting you to be shocked. Clearly some viewers enjoy this guy. He’s been an Investigation Discovery personality for a decade. But others will wish they were watching something with more facts and a subtler personality. They may also wish that disclaimer at the start of the show came with a d-bag warning.
The FBI has details of the Israel Keyes case, including an interactive timeline of Keyes’s known travels at the bureau’s web site, www.fbi.gov. The FBI encourages anyone with information for law enforcement to call 1-800-call-FBI.
Dark Minds: The Secrets of Israel Keyes Wed., April 2 at 4 p.m. Alaska Standard Time Repeats same day at 7 p.m.
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Saturday, April 5, 2014
Tasting Sessions: 2pm - 5pm & 6pm - 9pm @Snow Goose Restaurant, 717 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage Early Bird: 1 ticket $40, 2 tickets $70 Regular: 1 ticket $45, 2 tickets $70 $50 at the door on the day of the event (no online sales on the day of the event). Both sessions are restricted to ages 21+ and are limited to 150 people. Also join us at our , (includes race bib and TIMED RUN) a family-friendly fun run!
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Where the Trails Have no Name Sometimes the best trails are the least explored by annie passarello
know where I was. I know how I got there and I knew how to get out of there. It is a trail I have frequently followed and yet it has no name, or at least it is not marked on any trail sign or map I have ever seen. In truth, the fact that the trail didnâ€™t have a name never concerned me until I was trying to warn another trail user I came upon of a recently-woken black bear just a half mile down the trail to the right. â€œWhat trail? From what junction?â€? he asked me. â€œOk, you know where the break in the tree line is? There is a short trail there that comes to a T and you can go left or right, â€œ I began. The man just shook his head at me and said, â€œJust tell me the name of the trail.â€? â€œIt doesnâ€™t have a name,â€? I replied. â€œOoohhh, itâ€™s one of those,â€? he said. No-named trails are a common phenomenon in Alaska, and over the years I have encountered various trail users who have given me directions based on the size of a tree, the view from the meadow, a compass direction taken off a large rock outcropping or which way to turn when you see the rock cairn in the middle of the trail. I have also been given a number of different names for the same not-officiallynamed trail depending on whom I have asked. It seems as though these no-name trails are given names by the various users who never seem to come to a consensus on what it is actually called. Area 51. The Back End. The Wide Open. Meadow Prai-
Over the years I have encountered various trail users who have given me directions based on the size of a tree, the view from the meadow, a compass direction taken off a large rock outcropping or which way to turn when you see the rock cairn in the middle of the trail.
A no-name trail near Girdwood. Photo by Annie Passarello
rie. The names all seem to denote a wide, treeless expanse Either way you have to decide, as you are the sole propriwhich is somewhat helpful in terms of establishing a com- etor of your adventure. monality, but in reality I am still left guessing as to which Whatever your opinion of no-named trails, there is one area they are referring. fact that is indisputable. No matter where these trails go, As frightening as it may be to realize you are on a trail no matter how far they stretch, the first time you travel with no name, there is a sense of exhilaration too. It con- them they will take you somewhere you have never been jures up the feeling of being the first to see the terrain, of before. being the first one out there. It reminds me of the game And in the land of the last great American frontier, the my friend Sunni and I used to play called Lewis and Clark, chance to see and explore a path so few have tread that named for the two legendary explorers. the trail hasnâ€™t even been given a formal name is quite the Sunni and I would set out on an adventure â€” whether privilege. a walk, hike, car trip, it didnâ€™t matter, and whenever we wanted to go off and explore a side path one of us would say, â€œOK, Lewis lets go. No reason to be afraid.â€? That sense of being the first â€” even if in truth we were perhaps only the first on that given day â€” sparked such a sense of excitement and added to our meanderings the childlike novelty of importance. That sense of novelty is what is so great about a nonamed trail. It is the adult version of a choose-yourown-adventure story. Do you go down the unmarked path or do you stay on the marked trail? Do you pass through the doorway in the trees or do you climb to the top of the scree slope?
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When the Earth Came in Waves For more than four minutes in 1964, Anchorage became hell on earth By Mary Lochner
Illustrations by Owen Tucker
n Good Friday 1964, March 27, at 5:36 p.m., a 9.2 magnitude earthquake struck Southcentral Alaska, from an epicenter 56 miles west of Valdez and 75 miles east of Anchorage. In Anchorage, the quake lasted more than four minutes. The following story was constructed from interviews with earthquake survivors. It almost sounded like the garage door coming down, the way it rumbled and shook “Mark” Ganopole’s house. She’d got the nickname during her days as a WWII correspondent, by an editor who didn’t want readers thinking it was a woman writing his news stories. Now 41, Mark was a wife and mother of three living in new housing in the Turnagain neighborhood of Anchorage. The family’d just come back from a skiing trip in Girdwood. Her husband was down the street fixing the car, which had broken down just short of the house on the way home. Her son was at a friend’s. Her daughters were home with her. The sound and the shaking kept on. Mark looked up. Through the kitchen window, she could see the far end of the forest behind the house upending by some inexplicable force. In a vast phalanx perpendicular to her line of sight, the trees rose, and then fell, rose, and then fell, coming closer, as though the earth had become the ocean, and a giant wave was heaving through it. Her husband was a geologist, and Mark quickly recognized the event for what it was: the leading edge of a seismic wave. She had to get the children out: Deidre, in the kitchen, Denise, in her bedroom. But her legs grew unsteady, and then the fridge toppled over on her. She struggled to hold it up enough to keep from getting crushed. Her children. “Get out!” she screamed. “Get out! Get out!” Deidre, 13, and Denise, 16, ran — or tried to run. But the earth threw them down so that they had to crawl, bare hands clutching along the snow-covered ground. It was like a thousand freight trains now, that sound. Under their hands, little cracks heaved open and clapped shut, heaved open and clapped shut in the rhythm of a slow heartbeat. On Fourth Avenue, Richard Nerland was supposed to be walking to the post office, but he couldn’t help but stop to gaze at the cameras through the shop window of Stewart’s Photo. The boy carried three telegrams; orders for his family’s furniture business. As he admired the cameras, the glass they sat behind vibrated. He turned around. The cars parked on the curb bounced and swayed on their tires. Then, above the swelling rumble of the quake, came another sound: the shattering of shop windows all along the avenue. He moved toward the street, but stopped just past the parked cars. A man he didn’t know, standing in the middle of the street, thought the boy looked fit to be crushed between two of the vehicles. The man grabbed Richard and pulled him to the street’s painted center line. There, the two of them crouched to keep steady as possible. Richard looked west down Fourth Avenue, and watched the pavement rolling up and down, shaking side to side, all at the same time. At the Roseks and the Timmermans, the children watched FireBall XL5 on their television sets. The Roseks lived just east of the L Street Apartments tower, near the intersection of 13th and I. The Timmermans lived on Cordova Street, northwest of the McKinley Tower. At the Rosek’s, mom was making spaghetti for dinner in the kitchen. At the Timmerman home, mom was downstairs doing laundry in the basement.
When the television crashed to the floor in the Roseks’ liv- ends. Her 1-year-old daughter, Karen Lee, started crying in ing room and the spaghetti splattered all over the kitchen her arms. “Ma’am,” the Sargeant said, “You are banging your daughfloor, 7-year-old Edward’s mother walked slowly, unsteadily, to the edge of the kitchen and called for her son. Her daugh- ter’s head against that tree.” She let go of the tree. ter, Starr, tried to run out of the house. But Mrs. Rosek called “Ma’am,” he said in the same tranquil voice. “You and your her back and ordered them both to lay in the middle of the son are standing on a crack.” living room. They looked down. The earth swung open and shut reachTracy, the youngest in the Timmerman home, came out from the bathroom where she’d been brushing her dolly’s ing to about an inch apart beneath their feet, sending up little hair and stopped at a window on the way to meet her four puffs of dirt that looked like smoke when it closed. Ramona siblings. From where he lay rolling with his mother and sister, and her son stepped away from it and toward the carport. Someone shouted, “Where’s Sandy?” Ed Rosek watched the L Street Apartments tower wave and Sandy. Her 4-year-old daughter. She’d been playing in the shake as though it were a flag in a high wind, with sections moving against each other in impossible directions: a monu- backyard, a little fenced-in sliver with barely enough room ment at war with itself. From her own window, Tracy Tim- for a tiny swing set. Sandy’s only exits were through the merman clutched her rubber baby doll, Miss Prunes, and house or under the carport. At that moment Sandy was standing at the backyard fence, watched people jump from the lower-floor windows of the McKinley building, while it swayed and showed cracks run- blocked from going into the house by the metal footlocker, which had fallen across the door, and too afraid to go out ning up its side. On opposite sides of town, Edward and Tracy shared the through the carport, near the rocking cars. Through the wire fence, she yelled and pleaded for her neighbors on the same thought: other side to help her. But they didn’t seem to hear. “That building is going to fall on me.”
argeant John Cheever’s voice and manner were placid very time Fay Timmerman tried the steps that went from as a cool lake on a windless day when he said, “It’s an the laundry room in the basement up to the kitchen earthquake,” and told Ramona Main to take her chilwhere her children were, the steps threw her back down, dren out of the house to the front yard. “Do you have all of and the walls in the stairwell bombarded her with the pans them?” She said yes, and carried the baby in her arms. Her and pots that were stored there. When the shaking subsided son, Bruce, was already outside, and the rest of her brood fol- enough for her to win the battle, she met her five children at lowed her out. She and her husband had just arrived the day the top. But then it started up again, the shaking, just as bad before, stationed to Alaska from Colorado, and the Sargeant as before. was helping them move into their new home off Chena Street Tracy, the youngest, wailed, and her 11-year-old daughnear the Glenn Highway. The furniture was laid out, but the ter, Leslie, screamed hysterically. She gathered them close dishes were still packed in a metal footlocker standing up together with the boys, Clark and Scott. Money raised for against a wall near the back door. the children’s summer camp had fallen into the kitchen sink. Bruce clung to a small birch tree in the middle of the yard, Her oldest, 13-year-old Valerie, was scooping it up, trying and Ramona held on with him. In the carport on the side to save it from the drain in case the family needed it when of the four-plex the cars rocked violently, and a telephone this was all over. If it would ever be all over. They started to pole on the same side waved in the air, snapping back and wonder if this was the end of the world. Then Valerie argued forth with its broken black wires sparking viciously at their that she needed to go to Dad’s office, to get the checkbook March 27 - April 2, 2014
because the family would need it. Fay told her daughter to stay in the house, but Valerie insisted she was leaving. She made her way for the door. But a metal cabinet, which had been attached to the wall, crashed at her feet, blocking her way.
ing it in. A massive crevice had swallowed one house, and at the storm door of the house next to it, a woman stood banging on the window, crying for help, holding a baby in her arms. She didn’t seem to notice that if she were to step out of that door, she would fall into the earth. Deidre’s father and a neighbor, hen the lights went out on the third Dr. Barnes, bolted to the door on the other floor of the JC Penny building, the side of the woman’s house. One of the cars in sound of children wailing for their the woman’s garage had slid out into the crevmothers, and mothers calling frantically for ice already, and the second looked about to their children, struck a chord of collective fall in. The house itself looked ready to slide. terror that warbled through the air above the But they got her out, and her baby and todsound of a thousand freight trains. Mike Ire- dler too, and led them out to the street. Inside ton, a tall, dark-haired East High School se- the Ganopole’s kitchen, their mother, Mark, nior, was there with his younger sister Mary the former WWII correspondent, heaved the and her friend. Mike was ordinarily a mild fridge off of herself. soul, but something compelled him to shout, “Quiet!” in the darkness. All voices in the he wall on one side of the Penny’s buildroom immediately ceased. He shouted above ing fell off in one chunk, letting in light the quake’s roar. “Mothers, call for your chilon all the blinking women and children dren,” he said. “And children, be quiet and on the third floor. It crashed to the street belisten for your mother’s voices.” They obeyed low, killing the only son of Leroy and Alice his voice. The mothers and children reunited Styer, crushing him where he sat in his car. amid the violence of the quake, in the dark. Lee Styer was a good-humored and goodlooking kid with a style that was part James he second Ramona Main cried out that Dean and part Elvis Presley, with his slickedher daughter Sandy was in the back yard, back hair, rolled-up t-shirt sleeves and Sargeant John Cheever darted for the turned-up shirt collar. He always carried a carport. He ran along the narrow space be- comb in his shirt pocket, and usually wore a tween the row of rocking cars and the four- smile. He loved listening to records; he liked plex’s exterior wall, the shortest distance Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Chubto Ramona’s daughter. He found her by the bie Checker, Roy Orbison. He was a senior at fence, grabbed her, and carried her back to East High School, and up until Good Friday it’d been a pretty good year for his family. His Ramona. n Turnagain, Deidre Ganopole stood up dad, a retired airman, was doing well as an from the sidewalk and turned to look at insurance agent – well enough to move wife the row of houses on her street. The earth and son from a tiny, humble home into a big, had stopped shaking, but the buildings were beautiful one. Lee had recently been accepted still in motion. She watched the roof of one to UCLA, and his proud father had bought house fly into the air, rotating horizontally, him a ’63 Chevy. and come crashing down on the house, cav-
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EARTHQUAKE, CONT. Just weeks before the quake, Lee had driven it up the long Richard walked back down Fourth Avenue toward E Street. driveway to his friend Gordon Parker’s house, honking all At the corner, a mailbox lay on its side, pulled out of its bolts the way. When Gordon came out to see him, Lee got out of from the sidewalk. As he walked south on E Street, Richard his car and looked up at Gordon, a big smile on his face. They saw the street-facing wall of the JC Penny building had fallen drove it on the strip sometimes, up and down Fifth Avenue, down. Crushed underneath the wall, he saw a blue-green ’63 which was about the best excitement you could find in town Chevy Impala, its left turn signal still blinking. if you were a teenager. At the other end of E Street, he saw his dad half-walking, After the quake, Gordon was one of Lee’s pallbearers. Later half-running up to him. When they met, his father grabbed that spring, Lee’s classmates at East would graduate with the him. seniors at West in an airplane hangar because the schools “Oh, my God,” he said. “Thank goodness you’re okay.” weren’t repaired enough to host the ceremonies. His parents wanted a youth center built in honor of Lee. But they buried Thanks to the earthquake survivors who were interviewed their son in Ohio, the place they’d come from 15 years before, for this story: Deidre Ganopole, Richard Nerland, Ed Rosek, and soon after, they moved back to Ohio, too. Tracy (Timmerman) Jones, Leslie (Timmerman) Nerland, Bruce Main, Ramona Main, Mark Ireton, Mary Ireton, and ichard Nerland got up from his crouch and stood next to Suzanne Cook Taylor. Special thanks to Suzanne Cook Taylor the man who’d pulled him to safety. for sharing her previous research on Lee Styer’s life, including “You think I should take these letters to the post of- obituaries from Orrville, Ohio. fice?” he asked the man. “Kid,” the man said, “I don’t know. I don’t know if they’re open.”
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If T he Big One Hit Today How prepared is Anchorage for another massive quake?
work, and the ability to isolate one area that’s been damaged and route traffic around it. For long-distance communications, he said, there are four long-haul fiber optic cables on different he Pacific plate pushes against routes, and it’s unlikely they’d all be damaged. the North American plate along Alaska’s Each telecom company has its own switching fasouthern coast, its edge diving downward, cilities, he said, and it’s similarly unlikely they’d stressing the boundary at the Alaska-Aleuall be affected. tian Megathrust Fault. On March 27, 1964 at The diversity of communication technologies 5:36 p.m., the built-up pressure released in a has increased in the last 50 years as well, said 9.2-magnitude earthquake from an epicenter AT&T director of business planning managesix miles east of the mouth of College Fjord, a ment Chris Brown, and that provides an advanbody of water that lies parallel to Cook Inlet tage. In addition to telephone lines, fiber optic east of the Chugach Mountains. communications for high-speed Internet and It wouldn’t have taken long for the seismic cell tower networks, Anchorage has some capacwaves to pass westward through the fjord itity through microwave radio and satellite netself. The released energy waves travel at differworks. And, he said, if those networks fail, AT&T ent speeds, said Alaska seismologist Natasha maintains a high-frequency radio network with Ruppert. Nearer the epicenter, these waves dozens of sites in case of a disaster. are closer together. But as they move farther What you’re most likely to see, Morris said, out, slower waves fall behind, so that the disis traffic flooding and potential overload in the tance between the leading and trailing waves portion of the network that remains undamaged lengthens. Valdez, at 56 miles east of the epiafter the quake. center, would get a slightly shorter-duration In that case, Brown said, companies can enearthquake than would Anchorage, 76 miles sure that the most essential communications get west. through. The initial wave, or P-wave, travels at high “We can say, ‘You’re not going to allow video velocity, between 16 and 24 times the speed streaming in an emergency, but you can do text of sound. But it doesn’t damage anything. and voice,’” Brown said. “There are a lot of techThis wave provides an early warning that seisnical controls you have over the network to allow mic detectors can pick up. It also propagates or disallow services.” through air, sometimes making an audible For people in those areas of the city with sound. downed communications after a major quake, The secondary waves, or S-waves, follow said Brown and Morris, telecom companies have after, traveling at slower speeds, roughly an a short-term solution: Bring in the COWs. average of 7,829 MPH, or a little more than Cells on Wheels units, or COWs, are semi two miles per second. These are the waves A map provided by the Municipality of Anchorage shows which areas are most susceptible truck trailers that house their own independent to earthquake damage. that cause damage as they move through the power generation, electronics and a small cell towearth’s crust. er that can be erected from the trailer to provide Midtown, as well as differential settlements on the order At that speed, it would take the first S-waves cell service in a small area. approximately 34 seconds to travel from the epicenter to of inches to a foot throughout the area – at least enough to Similarly, said Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility fracture buried utilities and pavements.” Anchorage. But, he said, in areas underlain by silt, along the coast general manager Brett Jokela, water has some back-ups. The water distribution system is designed so damaged from Earthquake Park to the Port of Anchorage and lower areas can be isolated, he said, allowing personnel to stop Ship Creek, the picture’s more bleak. “Massive block-like failures” Those areas, he said, would see “massive block-like fail- leaks as quickly as possible. If the water pipe from Eklutna If the same earthquake were to happen today, the water ures,” with blocks of land moving “toward the inlet several is damaged, he said, hydraulics within the pipe revert to treatment plant at Eklutna Lake would be one of the first automatic shutdown. The utility has 14 water wells and its to tens of feet.” man-made structures it would hit on its way to Anchorage, These are Zone 5 areas – places with the greatest risk of Ship Creek water treatment plant as short-term back-ups along with the pipeline that carries water to the city’s apground failure in an earthquake. They include the city’s to the water supply, assuming the plant is operable after a proximately 300,000 residents. It would strike the Eklutna port, sewage treatment plant, a portion of the airport, quake. power plant, too, and its intertie to Anchorage. After rollIf the John M. Asplund Wastewater Treatment Facilhomes, businesses, and one elementary school. ing through Chugiak-Eagle River, the leading secondary On its way out of town, the quake would rumble ity along the coastal trail were significantly damaged, in wave would pass through East Anchorage — homes and through the 16 oil and gas platforms in Cook Inlet, the addition to the expected damage to some parts of sewage small businesses, three hospitals and two universities — first of which was built in 1971, along with their pipelines infrastructure beneath the city, “Worst-case condition moments before barreling through the city’s “Welcome to we would be a third-world city and it would be unpleasand infrastructure. Anchorage” sign. According to recent modeling by the Federal Emergency ant,” Jokela said. “We’d want to get our response back up As it consumed the city, the rolling and shaking visible Management Administration, a severe earthquake in An- so we’d be able to make repairs as quickly as possible. In above ground would hide, for a while, the action going on chorage today would leave 90 people dead and 6,360 peo- the very short term, if people lost access to their toilet, we below: a 9.2-magnitude pounding of all the underground ple injured in the first 24 hours. About 4,600 people would would probably have to resort to what people do everycables and pipes transporting the city’s electricity, natural need emergency shelter. The death rate would double with- where else, which could include burial, capturing in buckgas, communications, water and sewage. in 72 hours. In the same time frame, the number of people ets, like many villages do.” But not for long. There’s something that marks some The utility’s damage assessment and repairs, he said, needing shelter would rise to around 15,000 due to lack of places for greater ground failure than others, and it’s called would be helped by the fact that most of its facilities have basic utilities such as heat, sewage and water. Cook Inlet glacial silt. It’s not the shaking that’s so bad by diesel back-up generators if power is disrupted, and radios itself. It’s the duration. You shake silt long enough hard as well as satellite phones in each of its service trucks and enough, said geotechnical engineer Robert “Buzz” Scher, at facilities, if microwave and fiber-optic communications But will there be Facebook? and the ground starts behaving like a liquid. Liquefaction, go down. In some ways, Anchorage’s infrastructure is more resilit’s called. The electric grid contains earthquake-resistant design If an earthquake of the magnitude and duration (four ient to a major quake than it was in 1964. features, said Municipal Light & Power division managWhen it comes to communications, “You’d probably see to five minutes) of ’64 were to hit today, he said he would er of operations Greg Item. These include pad-mounted expect “significant and wide-spread ground failures localized outages,” said GCI vice president David Morris. transformers and switch cabinets, anchoring systems at But there’s a lot of redundancy built into the system, he all across the city,” with “ground cracking and fissures throughout the downtown area, West Anchorage and said: multiple routes linking different nodes in the netCONTINUED ON PAGE 14 By Mary Lochner
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PREPAREDNESS, CONT. substations, and flexible conductors at key points in the grid, he said. A loop-feed system acts as a kind of firewall: “If one segment goes down,” Item said, “I can isolate that section and feed around it from different directions.” The electric utility also stores liquid fuel in case of a disruption in the natural gas supply, Item said, and two of its 16 generating plants have dual-fuel capabilities. If the intertie to Fairbanks was undamaged in the quake, one possibility might be bringing electricity down to Anchorage if natural gas supply was disrupted, but there are limitations to that, he said. Interior residents will have their own electricity needs, and the intertie itself has a carrying capacity of just 85 MW – whereas Anchorage uses around 300 MW. Which raises the issue of natural gas. In Anchorage, electricity and heating depend on it. In 1964, when many residents had wood stoves or heating oil tanks, earthquake survivors scooped snow and boiled it in their kitchens to make potable water, and they didn’t have to worry about freezing. Back then, said Enstar Natural Gas director of business development John Sims, the company had 3,000 customers. Today, it serves more than 136,000, including individual homes and businesses but also major apartment complexes. A more widespread gas distribution system means more potential for gas leaks. “You wouldn’t want to light a fire next to a natural gas leak,” Sims said. “But it’s tough, because it depends on the situation and extent of the damage.” Natural gas, unlike propane, he said, dissipates quickly into the atmosphere because it’s lighter than air. Once leaks are detected, stopping them is a pretty easy fix, he said. What wouldn’t be an easy fix, Sims said, is if the gas supply from Cook Inlet went down during a quake. “We’re kind of an island,” he said. “We receive 100 percent of our natural gas from Cook Inlet.” Solutions could include getting electric power from alternate sources, such as the Bradley Lake Hydro plant and along the intertie to Fairbanks – the electric companies use 60 percent of the city’s natural gas, he said. And, Enstar could prioritize natural gas for heating to residents over businesses. Lori Nelson, spokesperson for Hilcorp, which operates 12 of the 16 oil and gas platforms in Cook Inlet, said, “Over the years they have weathered a number of quakes and they are built to withstand a major earthquake.” She said the company’s work with the Tsunami Center on assessing tsunami risk indicates there is low risk for Cook Inlet. After the 1964 earthquake, there was no tsunami in Anchorage. But if one or more platforms were impacted by a quake, she said, the company also has on-shore production capacity. If the Anchorage port were significantly damaged, said Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management public information officer Jeremy Zidek, shipping could be rerouted to other nearby deep water ports, such as at Whittier or Seward.
response to a large-scale earthquake similar to what occurred in 1964. In preparation, FEMA did some modeling that includes estimates of how many people would be dead, injured and in need of emergency shelter in the immediate aftermath and in the days after the quake. Nurse Deb Whitethorn, emergency preparedness coordinator for Alaska Regional Hospital and a member of the Joint Clinical Emergency Preparedness Group, said hospitals and other health care groups communicate on a regular basis to discuss how they would coordinate and share The JC Penny Building in downtown Anchorage after the 1964 earthquake. Building codes have resources in the event of a changed significantly since the 1960s, but experts say Anchorage remains prone to significant danger from a large quake. natural disaster. Bernasconi family papers, Archives and Special Collectoins, Consortium Library, University of For the city’s projected Alaska Anchorage/Used with permission 6,360 injured, she said, there are a number of ways are available at all shelter sites and that the buildings themthe medical community would draw on additional re- selves haven’t been significantly damaged in the quake. sources to help them. At each of the school-based shelters, Anchorage School Alaska Regional, for example, has back-up generators, a District director of risk management Mary Lee said, there store of diesel fuel that can be used for the hospital’s boil- are trailers filled with supplies such as first aid kits, blaners and chillers, and a cache of potable water on-site in case kets, baby formula, and a three-day food supply. In addiall utilities are cut off. Hospitals would coordinate using tion, she said, the district would play an important role in the Anchorage-Wide Area Radio Network, or AWARN, to providing food to displaced Anchorage residents. It precommunicate things like bed availability and staffing at pares 20,000 meals per day for students, and in an emereach hospital. The credentialed volunteer medical staff on gency situation, school kitchens that were still operational the statewide Alaska RESPOND registry would be critical would provide meals to people in shelters. to fixing the immediate staff shortages. Licensed beds and If the quake were to happen while the district’s 50,000 cots would be pulled in from a variety of sources, includ- students were in school, Lee said, the district has a tracking hospitals’ on-site supplies, as well as two mobile medi- ing system to monitor which students have been picked up cal facilities, one maintained by the state and one by the by whom, and to ensure that each student is picked up by city, that total around 400 beds. an approved family member. At the hospitals’ emergency rooms, staff would be sortThe Anchorage Fire Department and Anchorage Poing patients by how critical their medical status was, and lice Department did not respond to repeated requests for ensuring that each received the required level of medical information on how they would prioritize tasks and cocare. ordinate with other agencies during a major earthquake “There are a lot of health care facilities in town that could scenario. be used for sheltering and handling patients,” Whitethorn Individuals can aid recovery efforts and themselves by said. “There are a lot of clinics and surgery centers in An- maintaining adequate emergency preparedness supplies chorage that we might transfer some patients to, to have in their homes, said Alaska Emergency Management pubsome minor surgery done while we take care of the most lic information officer Jeremy Zidek. serious patients.” “You should have seven or more days of emergency supThere would also be limited medical care available at the plies,” Zidek said. “It helps the emergency management city’s 54 emergency shelters, including 22 schools, said Rob and response apparatus, because the fewer people we have Fitch, emergency programs manager for the Anchorage to take care of in the shelter, the more resources and time Office of Emergency Management. The FEMA modeling we can devote to restoring goods and services that people predicts 4,600 people (and 2,300 pets) in need of emergen- need to stay in their home or get back to normal status.” cy shelter immediately after a major quake. That number would likely swell to 15,000 people within 72 hours due to interruptions in heating and other basic utilities. Will it stand or will it fall? Not counting schools, Fitch said, the city could shelter Wood-construction homes are in good shape when it 4,700 people. The school shelter sites could shelter another Gimme meds, gimme shelter The State Division of Homeland Security and Emer- 20,000. And, if need be, prigency Management will lead the statewide Vigilant Guard vate shelter sites can take up exercises starting March 27. In the exercises, government to 2,500 people. That is, assuming utilities and non-government agencies will simulate emergency
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comes to earthquake preparedness, said Dennis Berry, a senior structural engineer with BBFM Engineers. Even in the massive slide in the Turnagain neighborhood during the â€™64 quake, most homes stayed intact, he said. And today, building code requires homes include earthquakeresilient design features that keep walls from collapsing or roofs from flying off. There arenâ€™t any buildings in the state of Alaska on rollers, he said, which is an earthquake-safe feature for tall buildings that many are familiar with. Instead, structural design for surviving a major quake includes brace frames that take on extra side-to-side loading when the building shakes. A number of factors go into deciding what level of shaking the building should be designed for, Berry said, including a geotechnical report that evaluates risk of ground failure, and factors such as whether the building is a residence, school or hospital. But building integrity can only go so far in an earthquake if the ground fails beneath it, said R&M Consultants senior geotechnical engineer Robert â€œBuzzâ€? Scher, who is chair of the Anchorage Geotechnical Advisory Commission and a member of the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission. Areas underlain by silt in the Anchorage area have high risk of total ground failure in a quake, he said. These areas are called â€œZone 5â€? areas, based on a seismic risk mapping system the city uses for building codes, with Zone 1 areas being the lowest risk for ground failure and Zone 5 areas â€” generally on the coast and in parts of downtown Anchorage â€” being the highest. Certain kinds of buildings, such as hospitals and fire stations, are not allowed to be built in Zone 5 areas, Scher said. When a building is getting permitted, he said, the level of geotechnical analysis of ground failure risk required at the site is determined in part by occupancy of the building and which zone it sits in. Berry said one common misconception is that, if a building survived the â€˜64 quake, it should probably survive another big one. Thatâ€™s not a great bet, Berry said. Two major buildings that survived the quake are the MacKay building downtown, a high-occupancy residen-
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tial tower, and Inlet View Elementary School. The MacKay building (formerly McKinley Tower) was retrofitted for earthquake safety before it reopened. But the Inlet View Elementary School, the only school in the Anchorage School District that sits in a Zone 5 area, has never been retrofitted. â€œItâ€™s slated to be considered for a major capital upgrade,â€? said ASD emergency management risk manager Mary Lee. â€œWeâ€™re in the planning and design phase of what could be a major renewal for the building.â€? If the district requests capital funding, she said, it could show up in a school bond as early as 2015.
What are the odds? One in every 500 to 800 years. Thatâ€™s how often something like the â€™64 quake hits Southcentral Alaska, near as researchers can tell from analyzing soil core samples, according to Alaska Earthquake Center seismologist Natalia Ruppert. But in his paper, â€œWhy the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake Matters 50 Years Later,â€? the AEC seismologist Mark West writes, â€œMany people will undoubtedly dismiss the 1964 earthquake as a black-swan event, unlikely to reoccur. As scientists, we unwittingly promote this when we point out that the 1964 patch of subduction zone is unlikely to rupture anytime soon in an M9 earthquake. However, an M8 is reasonable in this area, and no one should bet against an M9 elsewhere in the arc. If there is a black-swan thread to the story, it is that an M9.2 tsunamigenic earthquake had such a low death toll. The comparable 2004 Sumatra earthquake was more than a thousand times as deadly.â€? For more information about the Vigilant Guard exercises, or how to make your own emergency preparedness cache, go to the Alaska State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management website, at www. ak-prepared.com.
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Alaska Bagel Restaurantâ€“ Full breakfast and lunch menu offering a variety of bagel sandwiches, omelettes, soups and salads. We bake over 25 different varieties of fresh bagels everyday. All natural ingredients with no bleached flour and no trans-fats. Espresso bar and shakes available. Wi-fi hot spot. Dine-in, carry-out or delivery! 113 W. Northern Lights Blvd. #L 276-3900 alaskabagel.com Snow City Cafeâ€“ Vegetarianfriendly offering a full breakfast menu all day, in addition to a variety of fresh baked goodies, gourmet soups, pastas, sandwiches and salads for lunch.1034 W. 4th Ave. and L St., 272-CITY (2489). Open 7 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.
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Leroyâ€™s Family Restaurantâ€“ Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Full breakfast served all day. Lunch & Dinner includes sandwiches, hamburgers, steak and daily specials. 2420 C St., Corner of C St. and Fireweed 277-6162.
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all the usual toppings, plus green pepper, bologna, salami, ham, two kinds of cheese and an onion ring. They also have specialty sandwiches, onion rings and thick shakes. 2477 Arctic Blvd., 279-7311, Mon.-Fri., 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; 5300 Old Seward Hwy., 561-1245 Mon.-Sat., 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Straight Out Of Phillyâ€“ With more varieties of Philly Steak sandwiches than you can imagine, youâ€™ve gotta have the â€œBossâ€? Philly. Boasting the best chicken wings in town, try their different flavors. Also serving burgers and salads. Delivery available 210 E. Fireweed Lane, 569-1515; straightoutofphilly. com
COSMIC CAFĂ‰â€“ Charming neighborhood cafĂŠ serves health oriented sandwiches, soups, salads and muffins. Smoothies like the Mango Tango or Cosmic Berry are sure to delight or you can make your own. Espresso bar, tea, and Acai berry bowls. 701 W. 36th. Mon-Fri 9a-8p, Sat & Sun 10-6. Dianneâ€™sâ€“ Canâ€™t beat homemade bread, and Dianneâ€™s serves it up thick on sandwiches with soup, salads and lots of low-fat, healthy options. Delivery and business lunch catering available. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-4 p.m. 550 W. 7th Ave., Ste. 110, 2797243 www.diannesrestaurant. com
Tommyâ€™s Burger Stop â€“ Perfect burgers with toasted buns, juicy beef, freshly chopped lettuce and tomatoes, and just the right amount of mayo. Or opt for bacon, jalapenos, pepperoncinis, sweet bell peppers, or pepperjack cheese. Other sandwiches include the Hot Wing Philly and Philly Cheese Steak. 1106 W. 29th place, 561-5696. Mon.-Fri., 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. noon-4 p.m.
Middle Way Cafeâ€“ This is the place to go if youâ€™re seeking healthy soup, sandwiches or salads. Swing in to grab a latte and pastry (vegan and â€œalternativeâ€? flavors are available) for the road, or take a seat at one of their bistro-style tables and enjoy a sophisticated sandwich amid their cozy, artsy dĂŠcor. 1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd., 272-6433. Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Organic Oasis Health Foods and Juice Bar - Organic Oasis Celebrates 15 years in Spenard with all organic beef, chicken and lamb. Only full service juice bar in town. They make all bread, dressings and sauces daily. Open 7 days a week with music on some of the nights. Organicoasis.com for menu and event schedule. 2610 Spenard Rd., 277-7882 Hours are MonSat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm
Coffee Landâ€“ Coffee Land is a great place to enjoy freshly baked pastries from scratch and indulging in mouthwatering homemade soups made with the freshest ingredients. Also serving crispy salads, grilled Paniniâ€™s or health wraps, gourmet ciabatta sandwiches. Waffles, crepes, quiche available all day. Full espresso bar. Free Wi-Fi. Sunday special is Russian cuisine at the Spenard location. Enjoy a loose-leaf special blend tea from a real old Russian Samovar to wash down a tasty meal. 4505 Spenard Rd. 243-0303 510 L Street 243-0301 www.coffeelandak.com
Sizzlin CafĂŠâ€“ â€œWhere food tantalizes your taste budsâ€? Alaska casual comfort food. Open daily 7am -9pm. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Draught beers and wine, free parking, catering. 346 E. 5th Ave. 929-5400 www.
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sizzlincafe.com Spenard Roadhouseâ€“ The roadhouse is a restaurant and bar, serving contemporary comfort food in a casual, eclectic setting. They welcome family and friends to a neighborhood gathering place to enjoy amazing food, local beers on draft, flights of small batch bourbons, among other delights! Mon. thru Fri. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat & Sun. 9 a.m.-11 p.m., 1049 W. Northern Lights 770-ROAD (7623) Table 6â€“ â€œWhere friends and family meet.â€? Casual comfort food in an upbeat setting. Everything made in-house with a full liquor bar. Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 3210 Denali St., #8, 562-6000 Terra Bella Bakery CafĂŠâ€“ offers organic, Alaskaroasted coffee by K Bay, as well as organic teas you wonâ€™t find anywhere else. Soups made from scratch, and gourmet sandwiches and salads made to order. Enjoy their upscale atmosphere, complete with gas fireplaces, leather couches, and a rotating art gallery, free wi-fi too. 601 E Dimond Blvd (next to Bed, Bath & Beyond), 562.2259 Breakfasts M-F 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. daily/Lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily/ Breakfast Sat & Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 562-2259. Pepperciniâ€™sâ€“ Scrumptious deli poâ€™boys and sandwiches, salads and freshly prepared soups. 3901 Old Seward Hwy., 279-3354. University Center Mall hours.
CHINESE China Lightsâ€“ Alaskaâ€™s #1 Best Buffet. The 2008 Award Winner of the Top 100 Asian Restaurantsâ€™ in the USA. Anchorage location serves award winning buffet 7 days a week: includes all you can eat sushi, salad bar, and dessert bar. Eagle
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DININGGUIDE>> River location serves lunch buffet 7 days a week. Both locations offer full menu ordering. Carry out and delivery service available. Anchorage: (522-5888) 9220 Old Seward Hwy 11a.m.-10 p.m. Eagle River: (694-8080) 12110 Business Blvd Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri and Sat 11a.m.-10:30 p.m. Fu-Doâ€“ Hello honey! This friendly, authentic-looking Chinese restaurant offers all your favorites in a warm atmosphere. Thereâ€™s beer and wine, and a candy dish too. 2600 E. Tudor Rd., 561-6611. Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; closed Mon. Pandaâ€“ A huge menu of authentic Mandarin, Cantonese and Szechwan cuisine. Lunch and dinner specials and free delivery. Try one of their fourteen soups or munch on an order of Fried Curry Wings. 605 E. Northern Lights blvd., 272-3308. Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight; Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Imperial Palaceâ€“ Under new ownership. Best Chinese Chef in town. Delicious Chinese cuisine served fresh and fast. Customers say,â€? We have the Best Mongolian Beef in town!â€? Dine in or take out. Delivery available with a $17 minimum order. Phone 274-9167 400 Sitka St. Anchorage, AK 99501 Hours: Mon thru Thu 11 a.m.â€“10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 12 a.m. 11p.m.; Closed Sundays
COFFEEHOUSES & BAKERIES Great Harvest Bread Companyâ€“ Famous for their whole grain bread, free slices, enormous cookies, cinnamon rolls, and muffins. Sandwiches are available 7am-3pm. Bread varieties change daily and range from Honey Whole Wheat to Wholegrain Rustic to High Five Fiber. Great Harvest Bread Company also offers sandwiches on their fresh bread. Located at 570 E. Benson Blvd 274-3331. Open Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sandwiches available Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Namaste North â€“ Offers organic coffee and Sipping Streams tea as well as scratch made baked goods, soups and healthy lunch options. Check out their yoga schedule to keep fit and well! 277-CALM(2256) 502 W. 2nd Ave, Suite 102
FINE DINING Club Parisâ€“ Housed in one of downtownâ€™s oldest buildings, this is old-school fine dining all the way. Try the four-inch-thick filet mignon or the special filet mignon burger for lunch. 417 W. 5th Ave., 277-6332. Mon.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 5-10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 5-11 p.m. Haute Quarter Grillâ€“A dinner menu that features tons of seafood, including Alaska favorites and Ahi tuna, plus other American cuisine. Hours: Dinner, 5-9 p.m. 525 W. 4th Ave., Anchorage 622-4745, Tues.Thurs., 4:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Fri.Sat., 4:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m. www. hautequartergrill.com Jensâ€™ Restaurantâ€“ The ever-changing dinner menu features unique soups, salads and appetizers, plus classic Danish dishes and American favorites. The lunch menu also has a good mix, offering veal and pork meatballs with red cabbage or Copper River king salmon, among others. 701 W. 36th Ave., 561-5367, Mon., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tues.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-midnight. Kincaid GrilLâ€“ Offering dishes such as Kodiak scallops Nicoise, Alaskan seafood cioppino, roasted duck breast and pork chops, steaks and more. Or for a lighter fare, sample the gorgonzola fondue, forest mushroom soup or beet salad. Classic desserts and wines will top things off. 6700 Jewel Lake Rd., 243-0507. Tues.-Sat., 5-10 p.m. Kinleyâ€™s Restaurant and Barâ€“ Casual fine dining at its best! The eclectic lunch and dinner menus are similar, with sandwiches offered mid-day only and entrees scaled up in the evenings. Sample their bacon wrapped dates, calamari steak, lobster ravioli, or almond crusted halibut. Draught beers and great wine. 3230 Seward Hwy, 644-8953. Hours: Dinner Mon-Sat 5-10p, Lunch Tues-Fri 11:30a-5p. Closed Sun. Maxineâ€™s fireweed bistro â€“ Maxineâ€™s Fireweed Bistro offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere, using the freshest of local ingredients. Everything is made from scratch â€“ from house baked bread and flat breads, to every sauce and sorbet. Sundays
are family style supper with different themes each week. Full service at the bar and an excellent sun room that is great for parties. 770-7600 5-10 Mon.-Sat 5-9 Sun. www.maxinesfireweedbistro.com ORSOâ€“ â€œthe place to beâ€? Happy Hour daily from 3 PM to 6 PM and 9 PM to close in the bar at ORSO - featuring half priced appetizers, beer, wine and outstanding specialty cocktails. Enjoy our new lunch, bar and dinner menus featuring our wonderful flatbreads and a wide selection of â€œfrom our watersâ€?. Donâ€™t forget about our weekend brunch from 11am to 3pm with favorites such as Blueberry Stuffed French Toast or our take on the Classic Eggs Benedict (we use crab cakes instead of English muffins). 222-3232 or orsoalaska. com - Lunch M-F 11:30 AM 5:00 PM Weekend Brunch 11am - 3 PM - Dinner Sun-Thurs 5 PM - 9:30 PM, Friday & Saturday 5 PM - 11 PM. PIZZA OLYMPIA- For homemade Greek and Italian dinners, subs, gyros, mouthwatering Greek salads, plus much more. All sauces, dressings and pizza dough made fresh daily form their own Greek family recipes. For deliveries call 561-5264. Open 11a.m.-11p.m. Mon. thru Fri. 3p.m. -11p.m. Sat. Closed Sunday. 2809 Spenard Rd. Across from REI. Sackâ€™s CafĂŠ- Upscale, chic with a sophisticated menu that is sure to delight. Fabulous tomato/gorgonzola cheese soup and mouthwatering gourmet desserts. Perfect for any occasion. 328 G Street 274-4022. Lunch Mon-Thurs 11-2:30p, Dinner Sun - Thurs 5-9:30pm, Fri & Sat 5-10pm, Brunch Sat 11a-3p, Sun 10a-3p. Villa Novaâ€“ A laid-back, high-end, mostly European but specifically Italian restaurant. Very popular and busy, but with solid, friendly service. Pastas, chicken, beef, seafood & vegetarian dishes. Extensive wine list, hand-crafted desserts. 5121 Arctic Blvd., 561-1660. Tues.-Sat., 5-10 p.m.-ish.
ITALIAN Little Italyâ€“ Lots of appetizers await you including Calamarakia Sto Tigani (baby squid in olive oil) and shrimp
& scallopes with fresh spinach. Palate cleanser-sized salads with homemade dressings the ItalianGreek influence prevades this great restaurant. 2300 E. 88th Ave., 561-0424. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Romanoâ€™sâ€“ Upscale atmosphere with a full Italian menu. Top-notch service, fancy dĂŠcor, and fresh food. 2415 C St., 2760888. Sun.-Thurs., 4-10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 4-11 p.m.
10 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., noon-11 p.m.; Sun., 1-10 p.m. 301 E. Dimond Blvd., 344-0888 Kansha Japanese Restaurantâ€“ Bright, clean and offering all the standard Japanese fare â€“ noodles, mixed grill, tempura, bento, sushi and sashimi. 209 E. Dimond Blvd., 272-8888 Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. & 4-10 p.m.
JAPANESE Damiâ€“ Come dine with us at the most popular sushi bar in town for the newest fusion rolls and specials of the day. We take pride in serving the best and freshest ingredients for our entire menu. Donâ€™t let the competition fool you; we are the true sushi restaurant located in the heart of downtown. Take out and catering available. 605 E. 5th Ave, 274-5211. Mon.Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat. 12 p.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.-10 p.m. Dish Sushi Barâ€“ A contemporary and upbeat spin on the classic sushi bar and Japanese restaurant. Our sushi is served immediately from the sushi bar to ensure quality and freshness. Our menu also presents some of the most creative Asian inspired dishes by the most talented chefs in Alaska. Our sake house menu features infused sake cocktails, imported sakes from Japan, wines, imported and locally brewed beers. Delicious desserts such as Oreo Tempura and Banana Spring Rolls to complete your meal. Great atmosphere for any occasion. Voted best Sushi and Japanese in Press Picks 2009 and ADN â€œBest of Alaskaâ€? Platinum Award for Best Sushi! 639 W. International Airport Rd. (907) 562-1275 www.dishsushibar.com. Haru Sushiâ€“ A new addition to Anchorage, Haru welcomes you in like an old friend! Sushi made to order in the old Pizza Hut location on Dimond, monthly cash drawing to reward their loyal customers 729 E. Dimond 522-4444 Jimmyâ€™s Sushiâ€“ One of Anchorageâ€™s newest, convenient little spots to pick up a roll or stop in for a sit-down dinner. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-
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Lefse and a Latte Anchorage coffee drive-thru offers unique Norwegian dessert By Diana Greenhut
rive-through coffee shops in Anchorage are a dime a dozen. With so many, it’s hard to think of one with a distinct voice that doesn’t get lost in the shuffle. Rush Espresso, a relative newcomer to the scene, has found a way to stand out by offering a unique treat in addition to a great cup of coffee. If you’ve driven past either of their two locations since they opened last year (709 W. Northern Lights Blvd. and 1005 E. 5th Ave), you’ve probably seen the large white banners with black print stating “Lefse — ‘Ya Sure.” The signs are hard to miss, and they certainly invoke questions. First and foremost: what is lefse? Lefse (pronounced leff-suh) is a traditional Norwegian flatbread, especially popular during the holidays. It’s made simply of flour, potatoes, sugar, cream and butter. Transformed into a tasty dessert by smearing it with butter, sprinkling cinnamon sugar, and rolling it up, Rush Espresso offers this cozy, Scandinavian dessert as an easily trans-
“Lefse is difficult to make. And when the Scandinavian parents and grandparents pass away, sometimes their American families have to go without it.” —Rush Espresso owner Kurt Willis portable treat to compliment your favorite hot beverage. Rush owner Kurt Willis is as proud of his Norwegian heritage as he is enthusiastic and friendly. He welcomes my companion and I through the “Employees Only” door and into the coffee hut, which is surprisingly subdued on the inside. It looks and feels more like Willis has invited us into the cozy kitchen of his home, rather than the eccentric purple coffee hut that sits in a parking lot off 5th Avenue. Willis grew up making lefse and decided to offer the Scandinavian delicacy when he opened his coffee shop in Anchorage. When I ask Willis why he chose to make lefse a major attraction of his shop, the animated owner says with a laugh “I’ve always wanted to be a commercial Norwegian!” But more seriously, Willis tells me that some of his Scandinavian customers have credited Rush’s lefse to the salvation of their Christmas. “Lefse is difficult to make,” Willis tells me. “And when the Scandinavian parents and grandparents pass away, sometimes their American families have to go without it.” That is, of course, until Rush opened. Lefse is an important tradition among Norwegian families, and Willis wants to keep the practice alive within his own family as well. He bought both his daughters “lefse kits” for their 18th birthdays. These starter kits are an ideal way to get into lefse-making because making the flatbread requires more than your average kitchen gear. Despite the simple ingredients, working with the dough calls for a few special tools — like a corrugated wooden rolling pin and a lefse “turning stick” to handle the dough without ripping it. The dough is rolled out incredibly thin and then must be grilled on a special skillet. After making me a steaming hot (and quite fantastic) Americano, Willis takes out a plastic burrito bag of recently prepared lefse. He laughs that no, the lefse is not from Taco Loco, but he’s certainly a good recycler. He begins spreading butter on the flatbread, sprinkling it with cinnamon sugar and rolling it up. He cuts it in half and offers it to us. The lefse flatbread is truly flat. Paper thin, it looks more like a tortilla or a crepe than pita bread, which is closer to what I expected. The lefse has a crispy, brown-spotted outer layer that reveals a doughier, chewy inside. Taking a bite into the rolled up dessert, it melts in my mouth, and I can see why it is so desirable in the cold, Norwegian winters. Warm, soft, heavy, and subtly sweet, this is truly “solid comfort food,”
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Kurt Willis rolls up some lefse at Rush Espresso. Willis began serving the Scandanavian dessert shortly after opening last year. Photos by Diana Greenhut
as Willis describes it. To further describe the importance of lefse to Norwegians, Willis clarifies “Norwegians drink coffee and eat lefse. That’s what they do!” His desire is to make that as easy as possible for Scandinavians and other Anchoragedwellers alike, and said he plans to make a latte and lefse special at both Rush locations. If you’re looking to find lefse elsewhere in Anchorage, you may not get very far. For a treat that’s so famously Norwegian in a city that has a large Scandinavian population, there’s certainly not a lot of the cuisine to be found. Rush has only been around for a year, but they’ve hit the nail on the head by offering this quick and uncommon snack to Anchorage-dwellers. “Do you have any lefsee?” Willis chuckles as he emulates the common mispronunciation and the question he and his staff get asked everyday through the drive-through windows. The answer: Ya sure!
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Pucker Up Sour ales a taste worth acquiring By James â€˜Dr. Fermentoâ€™ Roberts
ndeniably, IPA is one of the hottest beer styles on the market these days. Who can deny the enjoyment of a big beer thatâ€™s just bursting with flavor? But another style thatâ€™s growing in popularity comes with a twist. Sour ale, once a forlorn style that was only experienced by those with a brave palate, is making a huge splash in the beer market these days, and Iâ€™m a big fan. One of my favorite beer stories is my recollection of my first experience with sour ale. It was at a beer dinner at Humpyâ€™s years ago and I wasnâ€™t prepared for this first puckering sip. I almost spit it out. I thought I was drinking beer that had gone bad. The beer was a Flemish red ale made by a classic producer, Rodenbach, is a brewery in Roselare, a small town in the West Flanders region of Belgium. The brewery was established in 1821. The beer I sampled on that palate-turning night at Humpyâ€™s was Rodenbach Alexander, which isnâ€™t produced any more, although the brewery still produces other sour ales. Undeniably, Rodenbach Grand Cru is one of the sourest beers around today. Weâ€™re lucky to get it here in Alaska. Sour beer can impart tartness that ranges from very light to downright acidic and vinegar like in intensity. The sourness comes from purposeful â€œinfectionâ€? of the beer with a little bug (akin to a strain of yeast) called lacobacillis. Most examples use a wheat beer as a base, and wheat can add a distinct tartness as well. Certainly, the enjoyment of sour ale is an acquired, sometimes slow palate acceptance. Even some seasoned craft beer lovers never grow a liking for the stuff. My initial reaction to sour ale may have been more tempered if Iâ€™d been served something a little milder than Rodenbach. Just a decade ago, youâ€™d have had a tough time finding the stuff anywhere in town, although the styleâ€™s been hugely popular in Europe for centuries. Today a foray into just about any liquor store is bound to turn up one or two examples, and our better grog shops are likely to carry well over a dozen different sour ales. Virtually all of Alaskaâ€™s craft breweries have made them too, although few currently produce them on a regular basis and treat them more as occasional specialty beers. Some national craft breweries specialize in the style. One of the most noteworthy is The
Once a forlorn style that was only experienced by those with a brave palate, sour beer is making a huge splash in the beer market these days.
Bruery in Orange County, California. Their incredible lineup is also available here in Alaska, Iâ€™m proud to report. Iâ€™ve got a recommendation for an excellent starter beer when youâ€™re brave enough to grace your palate with sour ale for the first time, or if youâ€™re looking for a great sessionable beer thatâ€™s not so sour that it takes a ton of getting used to. New Belgium Brewing Company is one of Americaâ€™s most prestigious breweries. The brewery is located in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Alaskaâ€™s wanted New Belgium beer up here for a long time, but we couldnâ€™t get it because the beer was in such demand that we were â€œnumber 500â€Ś behind Californiaâ€? in line to get the brand, according to John Burkett, Division Manager of Odom/Great Artisan Beverage, one of our distributors up here. New Belgium has been a long time coming. The official launch happened in March 2013, when New Belgium showed up in Alaska with a slow, calculated release of the brand. We started out with just 22-ounce bomber bottles of their legendary Fat Tire Amber Ale, Ranger IPA New Belgiumâ€™s Snapshot is â€œa sour ale with training wheels,â€? writes Dr. Fermento. and a couple of others. Six packs fol- Courtesy image lowed and we are just starting to see A hint of sourness is easily found in the nose, along with draft products show up on the more the pale and wheat malt presence. The coriander and hop discerning tap lines in town. Recently, I was browsing one of my favorite grog shops contributions are background and the grains of paradise and chanced across a recent addition to the line: New Bel- can be discerned with a little careful sniffing. Across the palate, the beer starts out sweet. The wheat gium Snapshot. Snapshot is designed to be a sour ale with and pale malt add a soft, almost bready character to the training wheels. Like many others in the style, Snapshot is made using center and the grains of paradise and coriander are more both pale and wheat malts. Cascade hops add some spice sensed than tasted. The grains of paradise give the beer a in both the flavor and aroma. The beer is also lightly dosed very slight, almost peppery sensation that really helps to with coriander and grains of paradise for an additional fla- launch the light sour kick at the end. The other thing Snapshotâ€™s got going for it is a soft, light, vor kick that adds even more interest to the beer. And, our friend lacto shows up in the beerâ€™s finish with a nice little almost creamy mouthfeel. The sour snap at the end makes the beer downright quenching. Sour beers are often used sour kick that makes the beer refreshing indeed. Whatâ€™s interesting is that two base beers are actually for palate cleansers during a beer dinner to help reset and made, then blended together in the end for the desired ef- cleanse the palate after a spicy dish. Thatâ€™s all fine and good, fect. According to New Belgiumâ€™s website, brewers â€œadd but I love the quenching qualities of Snapshot and think I lacto (souring bacteria) to a portion of the overall wort, may have found my helper when I start the annual chore which produces lactic acid that gives a characteristic sour- of shoveling snow off the lawn. Weighing in at 5 percent ness and mouthfeel. That acidic portion is then added to alcohol by volume makes more than one okay with me. Once you grow a taste for sour ales, youâ€™ll fall in love other portion of the wort that was fermented with ale yeast. So two worts â€” a sour and a regular â€” are blended to- with them just like I did. From there, branch out and try some more aggressive stuff. New Belgiumâ€™s beers within gether to make Snapshot.â€? Snapshot is an unfiltered beer, meaning you can expect the breweryâ€™s Lips of Faith Series are a good place to start. some haziness when this pale, straw colored beer is poured Look at some of the sour ales that our own Anchorage into your favorite glass. A nice head rocks up and itâ€™s pa- Brewing Company produces as well. Fear not! Pucker up per white. It hangs around through the life of the beer and and give sour ales a kiss. leaves some nifty lacing in the glass as the beerâ€™s consumed.
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LECTURE WITH LETTERER JESSICA HISCHE Anchorage Community Works, 6 p.m.
ALEX BROWN CHURCH OF SEA WOLF Tap Root Public House (Anchorage) and Vagabond Blues (Palmer) 7:30 p.m.
IRON & WINE Egan Center, 7:30 p.m.
Illustrator and letterer Jessica Hische will give a talk at Anchorage Community Works on Thursday, March 27. Hische is recognized worldwide for her innovative designs. Tickets will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis: $10 general or $5 with student ID. This event is certain to sell out, so arrive early. (Illustration courtesy Jessica Hische)
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Sea Wolf frontman Alex Brown Church will play two solo acoustic shows this week, the first in Anchorage at the Tap Root Public House on Thursday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m., and the second in Palmer at Vagabond Blues, Friday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22. Get them at centertix.com.
The UAA Concert Board welcomes singer-songwriter Sam Beam — better known as Iron & Wine — for one show only in Anchorage, Friday, March 28 at the Egan Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door for UAA students, and $35 in advance or $40 at the door for general public. This is Beam’s second time performing in Alaska; he was here last in 2009.
OPENING WEEKEND OF ALL THE GREAT BOOKS (ABRIDGED) FRIDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 27-30 Cyrano’s Off Center Play House, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday Cyrano’s Theatre Company presents All The Great Books (abridged), a theatre event that combines comedy and cleverness. This weekend will be the show’s opening run at Cyrano’s Off Center Plyahouse, with performances Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Enjoy brainy wit combined with the Three Stooges style of slapstick in this “literature’s greatest hits” play. Tickets are $22.75 they’re available via centertix.net. After this weekend, the show will be onstage ThursdaysSundays until April 20.
SALMONSTOCK FISH HEADS PARTY WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2 Tap Root Public House, 6 p.m. Salmonstock is a summer music and arts festival held annually in Ninilchik at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds. On Wednesday, the Tap Root Public House will host the Salmonstock Fish Heads Party, a night of music and film to honor the festival. Doors open at 6 p.m. “Long Live The Kings,” a film by Cory Luoma will show at 6:30 p.m. and music will begin an hour later. Super Saturated Sugar Strings, Todd Grebe, Cold Country and the Anna Lynch Band are all slated to play this free event.
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Bitter Sweet Anchorage punk-Americana band Bitter Sea ainâ€™t like the rest of â€˜em by Katie Medred
itter Sea is an unlikely crew. The four members who make up the Anchorage punk-Americana mashup band look to have been pulled together at random, and for comic effect. On one end of the spectrum stand frontman, guitarist (and mixed martial arts champion) Jeremiah (Jerry) Williams and drummer Nick McDaniel â€” two youngish dudes who cite well known punk bands as influences. At the other end are bassist Ted Rosenzweig and guitarist Steve Padrick; the former a general surgeon, the latter a financial advisor. Padrick and Rosenzweig, when asked, politely offer up Cracker, Tom Petty and Arthur Dodge as inspiration. The combinations of personalities, influences and sounds seem unmanageable, but Bitter Sea has its way. Soon, what at first seems off-putting, quickly lends itself to allure. The four-piece has managed to find common ground, blending and manipulating sound into a something completely different from what most Alaskans are used to hearing. So how does one successfully marry punk and Americana? â€œItâ€™s a democracy,â€? Williams said. â€œWe all talk about things and work together.â€? â€œAnd [our] diversity is what really makes it all work,â€? Rosenzweig added. â€œIt doesnâ€™t run entirely in the direction of the young guys and it doesnâ€™t run entirely in the direction of the old guys either. Those of us with a punk-rock bent and those with an Americana one find a way to work the sounds out.â€? McDaniel jumped in, pointing to Williams and himself. â€œThe combination of our energy, thrown in with these two guys who are really laid back and know how to write music â€” they reel us in a little bit,â€? he laughed. Williams smiled, adding, â€œThe old guys kind of smooth out what Nick and I want to do. And maybe, hopefully, we add a little edge to what they want to do.â€? â€œExactly,â€? Rosenzweig confirmed. Williams and McDaniel formed Bitter Sea a few years back. â€œIn the beginning it was just a drum kit and acoustic guitar through an amp,â€? Williams said. â€œEventually we put out a Craigslist ad for a bass player and ended up with Ted.â€? Rosenzweig joined the pair and Bitter Sea began to swell. â€œThe three of us put together an album and went into the studio last winter,â€? Rosenzweig said. â€œWhen we finished it we decided we needed a fourth to play guitar parts, and so I brought in Steve who was my band mate in Last Train, which is on hiatus.â€? The resulting album, A Sadistâ€™s Love, was released in April 2013.
Bitter Sea (Left to Right) is Jeremiah (Jerry) Williams (lead guitar), Nick McDaniel (drums), Ted Rosenzweig (bass, vocals) and Steve Padrick (guitar, vocals). Photo by Katie Medred
From there, and with a solidified line-up, Bitter Sea has rolled on toward further developing its genre-bending sound. The group has fresh new material and, Williams admits, although â€œthings have changed a little bitâ€? and â€œtastes have evolvedâ€? Bitter Seaâ€™s mission remains the same. â€œWeâ€™re doing more of what we want to do now,â€? he said, noting the band has embraced the collaborative aspect even more than it did on the first album. â€œEverybodyâ€™s working together to write and construct songs, whereas it was mostly just me on the first one.â€? This kind of musical cooperation and diversity creates a special blend of sounds not normally put together, but uniquely Bitter Sea.
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Vital Nutrients Samuel Beam continues to bring his soulful Southern craftsmanship to Iron & Wine By Jeri Kopet
amuel Beamâ€™s speaking voice is warm and inviting, his cadence almost musical. Itâ€™s not hard to imagine him crafting poetic songs in his spare time, mulling over words and dreaming up metaphors for love or loss. Better known by his project name Iron & Wine, Beam never meant to become a full-time musician. Prior to his chance discovery, he was working full-time as a professor of film and cinematography in Miami. â€œI was doing [music] as a hobby,â€? Beam said. â€œA label in Seattle, Sub Pop, got ahold of the stuff.â€? Beam struck a deal with the Seattle label synonymous with 90s legends like Nirvana and Soundgarden, releasing his first album, The Creek Drank the Cradle, in 2002. The album was comprised entirely of original songs recorded and produced in Beamâ€™s home studio. Creek itself is warm and sensual while still feeling raw. â€œWhen I started [recording] I was using what I had, and what I had was a guitar and a banjo and a place to record,â€? Beam said with a laugh. â€œI tried to make something interesting with what I had.â€? Even now, 12 years after its release, hearing the opening chords of tracks like â€œUpward Over the Mountainâ€? or â€œBird Stealing Breadâ€? are chill-inducing. Eventually, Beam had to choose between his regular job and pursuing music as more than a side project. â€œI was working my regular job and then touring, eventually both of them started to suffer from the other. I had to pick,â€? Beam said. He decided to go after music. â€œâ€˜Letâ€™s go follow the dream,â€™â€? he said. â€œThere was an element of that.â€? With multiple hit songs featured in both television and major motion pictures, Beamâ€™s legacy is secure, which has allowed the singer-songwriter to become more experimental in his writing and creation of fuller orchestrations.
â€œYou know, I donâ€™t like making the same record twice. I keep pushing.â€? â€” Samuel Beam
Samuel Beam, better known as Iron and Wine, will be in Anchorage Friday, March 28, for his first visit to the state since 2009. Photo by Craig Kief/Courtesy
â€œI think as time went on, I had more to play with and more decisions to make about arrangements and things,â€? Beam said. â€œThe Shepherdâ€™s Dog was not in a home studio. That was a whole new bag of tricks,â€? he said, referring to his 2007 release that marked a major departure from his mostly acoustic sound. On Shepherd, Beam began incorporating more full-band and electronic elements, blending his natural, woodsy sound with lush harmonies and backbeats. The effect of his albums remains the same, however. Beamâ€™s songs are still evocative and moving â€” just evolved. â€œYou know, I donâ€™t like making the same record twice,â€? he said. â€œI keep pushing â€Ś you try and put yourself into areas youâ€™re not so familiar with.â€? Despite his constant push to progress as a musician, Beam said the way he writes music has remained the same. â€œThey all start with me on guitar and piano, same way they always have,â€? Beam said. â€œDefinitely, when given the opportunity to try new things, I jump at them. I never thought of [Iron & Wine] as a singer-songwriter thing, even when it was real acoustic.â€? When Beam takes the stage, however, itâ€™s hard to not feel a direct connection with him, much like you might in a more intimate singer-songwriter showcase. Beam last performed in Anchorage in 2009, and suffice to say, the experience has stuck with me. For all of his (unexpected) fame, Beam keeps things in perspective. When I tell Beam that his 2009 show ranks in my Top 5 concerts, heâ€™s genuinely grateful and surprised. Itâ€™s this sort of frank humility and accessibility that makes Beam so relatable as
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a songwriter, and the fact that he works at his craft tirelessly. To date, Iron & Wine has produced five full-length albums, the most recent 2013â€™s Ghost on Ghost. â€œSome [songs] take months or years,â€? Beam said. â€œIâ€™ve worked on some for years, off and onâ€Ś thatâ€™s the trickiest part, writing and re-writing and editing. The inspiration isnâ€™t always there all the time. You try and be open to these kinds of things. You never know when itâ€™s going to happen.â€? Beam is currently working on a collaborative project with singer Jesca Hoop, and plans on releasing a record of older, unreleased material. Of course, Beam is also headed to Anchorage for a second performance, an opportunity he had only dreamed of prior to his music career. â€œI jumped at the chance,â€? he said. â€œI had a ball [last time]. You donâ€™t get to go to Alaska. Being from the Southeast, itâ€™s Never-Neverland!â€?
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Unwelcome Diversion Latest teen saga a waste of time By Bob Grimm
ivergent, a super dud of a movie, had a lot going for it. For starters, it’s based on a blockbuster series of teen-targeted novels, and that often means box office gold nowadays. It has a strong cast, including Kate Winslet and both Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller of The Spectacular Now. It also has a semi-reliable director in Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist). What it also has going for it is that it might be a great over the counter solution for insomniacs. Forget those prescriptions for sleeping pills or overdosing on Nyquil when you don’t even have a runny nose. Divergent will put your ass to sleep. Boring…BORE-ING! Woodley stars as Beatrice, a member of an alleged post-apocalyptic society where people are divided up into factions — Abnegation (The Selfless), Erudite (The Intelligent), Amity (The island where Jaws was set…oh no, wait, I’m sorry…The Peaceful), Candor (The Honest) and Dauntless (The Brave). Beatrice is set to become an adult, and part of becoming an adult is being tested for which faction you belong in, and then choosing which faction you want to join. She comes up as a Divergent, that being someone who can’t be classified by a faction, but she tells everybody she’s and Abnegate like her mom and dad (Ashley Judd and Tony Goldwyn). She then chooses to join Dauntless because she wants to run around and laugh and climb stuff. Of course, she will have some trouble along the way, and be found out for what she really is: UNCLASSIFIABLE. So what? Winslet shows up as Jeanine, an Erudite with a mysterious whiff of evil. I imagine she’s the Darth Vader of this silly saga. Teller gets what feels like a tacked on role with Peter, a member of Dauntless who gives Beatrice a hard time. It’s hard to watch these two very talented performers slumming in such stereotypical, unexciting parts. Does the movie have sad, yearning, doe-eyed romance? You bet it does! Four (Theo James) a high-ranking member of Dauntless, sets eyes upon Tris (Beatrice changes her
Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley star in Divergent, a teen thriller that’s more likely to put you to sleep, writes critic Bob Grimm. Lionsgate Films
name so as to be cooler) and sparks fly. They can’t consummate just yet, because this is a tween romance, and all tween romances have the requisite brooding. They eventually find an excuse to show off their tattoos. The whole enterprise is remarkably lacking in tension, humor, creativity, originality, pancakes and focus. It’s a muddled affair that looks downright bad at times. There’s one sequence, where Tris rides a zip line between abandoned Chicago skyscrapers, and that actually had me interested. That sequence is only a few minutes long, and it represents the film’s lone highlight. Visually, the film lacks any real spark. It starts promisingly with a relatively cool flight over a decaying Chicago, but most of the movie involves drab tunnels, dull costuming and bad lighting. As for the staging of action sequences, Tris gets knives thrown at her face, and Berger manages to render the moment completely uninteresting. This futuristic world, created by Veronica Roth in her novels, is lacking in cinematic distinction. It also seems to be a big middle finger toward the SATs. I’m curious to know what Roth scored on that particular test. Perhaps she’s bitter about mass categorical testing. Maybe there’s some hope for the Divergent series. A new director is set to take over for Burger, although that director is the remarkably inconsistent Robert Schwentke, who directed Red, The Time Traveler’s Wife and the miserable
R.I.P.D. Both the Harry Potter and Hunger Games franchises got off to false starts but found their footing. Heck, even Twilight almost got tolerable as it rolled along. Divergent, unfortunately, gets filed alongside the likes of last year’s The Host for now. It’s a tween wannabe franchise completely lacking teeth with a good central female star in the lead. I have faith that Woodley can pull this one out of the fire and make it worthwhile in future installments. I also have faith that I never want to see this flat first chapter again, unless I have a really bad cold and need something to knock me out. Now playing at Century 16 (301 E. 36th Ave.), Regal Dimond Center 9 (800 E. Dimond Blvd.) and Regal Tikahtnu Stadium 16 (1102 N. Muldoon Road).
adversarial in real life and never approved of the movie (Those animated penguins!). Disney Still, the film is much fun to watch, with Hanks and Movie: B+ Special Features: CThompson making it all very worthwhile and heartwarming. Shockingly, Thompson was super snubbed when it Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson are charming as Walt came time to hand out Oscar nominations, as was Hanks. Disney and “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers in this ob- In fact, only Thomas Newman’s score received an Oscar viously whitewashed look at Disney’s attempts at getting nom. Travers’s approval to make a movie out of her book. Special Features: Some deleted scenes are of interest, esOf course, most of us know he succeeded, but many pecially one between Hanks and Thompson when Travers don’t know that Travers was quite the holdout. The movie has decided to leave without giving approval for the film splits time between the Disney/Travers business and Trav- adaptation. There’s a cute scene of the real Richard Sherers’s childhood, where we find out much of Mary Poppins man leading the cast in a round of “Let’s Go Fly a Kite.” was based on her trou- Still, this package is a bit lacking. bled father (Colin Farrell) and actual nanny. B.J. Novak and Jason The Wolf of Wall Street (Blu-ray) Schwartzman are won- Paramount derful as the Sherman Movie: A brothers, who made Special Features: D Mary a musical, much This was my pick for the best picture of 2013, and I hold to the chagrin of Travfirm to my opinion that Leonardo DiCaprio should’ve won ers. The movie takes a an Oscar for playing likeable scumbag Jordan Belfort. In lot of artistic license fact, DiCaprio should have at least three Oscars on his with the situation. mantle by now but, alas, he has none. Even though Travers Martin Scorsese’s latest explodes in your face like a moris depicted as difficult tar full of deranged bliss. Leonardo DiCaprio, in what was here, she was far more
the performance of the year, played slimeball stockbroker and convicted felon Belfort, a real life jackass who made millions selling penny stocks at a Long Island, New York brokerage. The movie, based on Belfort’s own autobiography, takes people doing bad, bad things to such an extreme that the film doesn’t just stand as one of the best of 2013, but one of its best and most deranged comedies. Like Ray Liotta in Goodfellas, DiCaprio talks to the camera on occasion, often during the sort of highly elaborate tracking shots that have become a Scorsese mainstay. It’s in these moments, and during Belfort’s drug fueled “Rouse the Troops” fire breathing speeches to his crew, where DiCaprio does his most exhilarating, bona fide nuts acting to date. Jonah Hill, in an Oscar nominated role, totally knocks it out of the park as Belfort’s partner in crime. When the two ingest an abundance of Quaaludes, the sequence that follows stands as one of the best Scorsese has ever put to film. That’s saying a lot. The best film of last year scored no Oscars, but it did net DiCaprio a Golden Globe for Best Performance in a Comedy. Yeah, the Golden Globes are totally strange when it comes to how they categorize things. Special Features: The only supplement is a weak behind-the-scenes featurette. No Scorsese commentary, no deleted scenes. Boo!
Divergent Rated PG-13 Directed by Neil Burger Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet 143 minutes
HOMEVIEWING Saving Mr. Banks (Blu-ray)
March 27 - April 2, 2014
THURSDAY, MARCH 27 ARTS, OUTDOORS, ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE MOMMY AND YOUNG CHILDREN PLAY GROUP — Connect with other moms and share parenting joys and challenges. Interact, play and build supportive relationships. Children ages infant to 5 years. This is a free event every Thursday at 1 p.m. at the AWRP Gathering Place for Women. (505 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Suite 102) UAA BOOKSTORE TALK: TIA M. HOLLEY ON SPEAKING OUT — The UAA Campus Bookstore presents a talk by Tia M. Holley on Thursday, March 27. Holley (CDCII, NCACI) will discuss what Alaskans can do to stop violence against women. In the past she has presented her research on stages of addiction and untreated trauma for the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The talk will begin at 5 p.m. REMEMBERING THE GREAT QUAKE — The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center presents “Remembering the Great Quake,” a free talk and presentation Thursday, March 27 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 earthquake. State and local officials join community leaders to recall the devastation wrought by the earthquake and share stories of Alaskans’ resilience and survival. The event begins at 5 p.m. and a special lecture by Dr. Peter Haeussler from U.S.G.S. on the effects of the earthquake will start at 6 p.m. ARTIST JESSICA HISCHE — Illustrator and letterer Jessica Hische will give a talk at Anchorage Community Works on Thursday, March 27, 6 p.m. Hische is recognized worldwide for her innovative designs. Tickets will be available at the door, first-come, first-served: $10 general or $5 with student ID. This event is certain to sell out, so arrive early.
will play a solo acoustic show at Tap Root Public House on Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22. Get them at centertix.com. COMEDIAN ROB CANTRELL — Rob Cantrell, a former cast member in the nationally touring play “The Marijuanalogues,” will be onstage at Chilkoot Charlie’s on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Cantrell is a stand-up comic, writer and actor based in Brooklyn, NY. Seating is limited, but Cantrell will be performing a show each night until Sunday, March 30. PIPPIN — Pippin, a Tony Award winning musical, is onstage at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. The play tells the story of Prince Pippin, son of Charlemagne, who has just finished his formal education and is ready to face the world. In his quest to find his “Corner of the Sky” Pippin tries every noble pursuit (and some not so noble too) only to learn that none of them are completely fulfilling. Pippin will be onstage at the PAC’s Sydney Laurence Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at centertix.net. SUPERVENTION — The Bear Tooth TheatrePub will host the freeskiing and snowboarding documentary Supervention on Thursday, March 27 at 10:15 p.m. The film showcases all aspects of modern snowboarding and freesking by following a group of some of the world’s most established freestyle talent. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $14 for reserved seating. They are available online at beartooththeatret.net or at the Bear Tooth box office.
SEA WOLF (ALEX BROWN CHURCH SOLO), 7 p.m. (Tap Root) OPEN MIC, 7:30 p.m. (Anchorage City Limits in The Lofts - 239 W 4th Ave.) MOTOWN, 9 p.m. (Fusions Southern Food and Bar, formerly the S Lounge) ANNA LYNCH, 9 p.m. (Tap Root)
DJ SPENCER LEE, 10 p.m. (Pioneer Bar) THE BRIGETTe BERRY BAND, KARAOKE, 10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlie’s)
ALASKA OUTDOORS THURSDAY HIKE — Thursday hikes are designed for intermediate hikers. Alaska Outdoors often picks steeper trails in the Chugach Mountains. Many of the chosen trails are well established, but sometimes hike go off the beaten paths, so come prepared. Alaska Outdoors will take on the Rainbow Trailhead on Thursday, March 27. Meet up at the trailhead at 6:30 p.m. Hike will last until 8 p.m. ALEX BROWN CHURCH OF SEA WOLF — Alex Brown Church, frontman for the indie-rock band Sea Wolf,
March 27 - April 2, 2014
POLKA PARTY— Czech Alaska Society will host a Polka Party on Friday, March 28, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Anchorage Golden Lion Hotel. Admission is $10 for adults and free for kids 16 and under. There will be dancing, instruction and lots of polka music. A Polka Dance class will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by a Polka Buzz (free dance) from 7 to 10 p.m. Visit czechalaskasociety.org for more. WINTER LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY AT THE EAGLE RIVER NATURE CENTER — ERNC will host a lecture and workshop on winter landscape photography over the series of two days, Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29. Friday’s portion of the series will be the lecture, held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at ERNC. Official Iditarod photographer Jeff Schultz will lead both the lecture and the workshop designed to help the beginner and the intermediate photographer learn how to get the most out of a digital camera. The event is $135 (both the lecture and the workshop) or $40 for just the lecture. Register for the event by calling 907-694-2108. There is a $5 onsite parking fee for non-members.
FRIDAY, MARCH 28 ARTS, OUTDOORS, ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE FRIDAY FAMILY MOVIES — Grab a bag of popcorn or a snack and settle in for a new favorite or classic movie. Call 343-2818 for movie titles. Fridays from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Mountain View Library Community Room (120 Bragaw Street) UNDER 21 OPEN MIC — Join the Anchorage Music Co-op and Middle Café for
ALEX BROWN CHURCH OF SEA WOLF IN PALMER — Alex Brown Church, frontman for the indie-rock band Sea Wolf, will play a solo acoustic shows at Vagabond Blues in Palmer, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22. Get them at centertix. com. PIPPIN — Pippin, a Tony Award winning musical, is onstage at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Pippin tells the story of Prince Pippin, son of Charlemagne, who has just finished his formal education and is ready to face the world. 7:30 p.m., Sydney Laurence Theatre. www.centertix.net. COMEDIAN ROB CANTRELL AT KOOTS — Rob Cantrell, a former cast member in the nationally touring play “The Marijuana-logues,” will be onstage at Chilkoot Charlie’s on Friday at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets to the show are available via koots.com. M. BUTTERFLY — University of Alaska Anchorage’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly. The play intertwines the plot of Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, with a French diplomat’s skewed perceptions, seduction, and the ultimate betrayal. Friday’s show will begin at 8 p.m. in UAA’s Jerry Harper Studio.
MUSIC UNDER 21 OPEN MIC, 5:30 p.m. (Middle Way Café) SEA WOLF, 7:30 (Vagabond Blues in Palmer) IRON AND WINE, 7:30 p.m. (Egan Center)
BIG FISH SHOWCASE FT. HAWKINS WRIGHT, SAM DENSMORE & CURTIS IRIE, 9:30 p.m. (Humpy’s)
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another installment of the Under 21 Open Mic Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. It takes a lot of courage to get up in front of strangers and play and sing, so all are encouraged to come and support. This is a free event.
RED STONE SINNERS, 9 p.m. (Humpy’s) PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
MAUM MEDITATION WORLD TOUR EVENT — Do you want to find “true mind” and get rid of stress? Learn about Maum Meditation, a unique method of subtraction that changes human mind to infinite universe mind. This free event will be held at the BP Energy Center (900 E. Benson Blvd.) on Friday, March 28 at 7 p.m. Call 907-865-5954 for more information.
THE WHIPSAWS, 9 p.m. (Tap Root)
tion of the supercontinent Pangaea. When two children embark on a geology field trip back in time, they are thrown into a fantastic voyage where they witness incredible geological wonders and learn about the mysterious process that created present-day continents. Showing at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays at the Anchorage Museum (625 C St.) EARTH, MOON AND SUN — Coyote has a razor-sharp wit, but he’s confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this character in a show that discusses American Indian star lore, lunar phases, eclipses and space exploration. Showing at 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays at the Anchorage Museum. (625 C St.) TEDx ANCHORAGE — The fifth annual TEDx Anchorage conference convenes businesses and individuals to share ideas, technologies, design, and education to help create a more robust Anchorage. This year’s TEDx event will be held all day Saturday, March 29 in the Wilda Marston Theatre of the Z.J. Loussac Library. The event will begin promptly at noon and will continue until 7 p.m. Participants can join for the entire day or come and go throughout the day. The full schedule will be posted online at facebook.com/ TEDxAnchorage. This event is free and open to the public. TEDx Anchorage is an independently organized event, licensed by TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to ‘ideas worth spreading.’ Anchorage speakers will include Drew Dudley, Calesia Monroe, Mary Elizabeth Ryder, Gabrielle Whitfield, Geoff Welch, Josh Shaner, Stella Gizont, Chris Grgich, Elisiva Maka, Leah Boltz, Linda Klein and a performance by Momentum Dance Collective. (3600 Denali Street)
DIVAS VARIETY SHOW, 9 p.m. (Mad Myrna’s) DIANA Z, 10 p.m. (Sitzmark in Girdwood) THE BRIDGETTE BERRY BAND, BEAT 2 BEAT, 10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlie’s)
SATURDAY, MARCH 29
OPENING NIGHT OF ALL THE GREAT BOOKS (ABRIGED) — Cyrano’s Theatre Company presents All The Great Books (abridged), a theatre event that combines comedy and cleverness. The first show starts Friday at Cyrano’s Off Center PlayWINTER LANDSCAPE PHOhouse, at 7 p.m. Enjoy brainy TOGRAPHY AT THE EAGLE wit combined with the Three RIVER NATURE CENTER Stooges style of slapstick in — ERNC will host a workshop this “literature’s greatest hits” on winter landscape photograplay. Tickets are $22.75 they’re phy Saturday, March 29, from available via centertix.net. Af9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Official ter this weekend, the show will Iditarod photographer Jeff be onstage Thursdays through Schultz will lead the workshop, Sundays until April 20. which is designed to help the beginner and the intermediate IRON AND WINE — The photographer learn how to get UAA Concert Board welcomes the most out of a digital camsinger-songwriter Sam era. This program is limited to Beam — also known as Iron & the first 10 people to register Wine — for one show only in by calling 907-694-2108. There Anchorage, Friday, March 28 is a $5 onsite parking fee for at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in non-members. advance and $30 at the door (for UAA students) or $35 in DINOSAUR PASSAGE TO advance or $40 at the door for PANGAEA — This animated the general public. adventure explains one of the greatest geological events in Earth’s history: The separa-
ARTS, OUTDOORS, ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE
LIFE: A COSMIC STORY — How did life on Earth begin? Find out on this journey through time. Witness key events since the Big Bang that set the stage for life. See the first stars ignite, galaxies coalesce and entire worlds take shape. On a young Earth, two scenarios for the dawn of life are presented — one near a turbulent, deep-sea hydrothermal vent, and the other in a primordial hot puddle on a volcanic island. Showing at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at the Anchorage Museum. (625 C St.)
musical will be onstage for two shows on Saturday, the first at 2 p.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m. INTO THE DEEP — Dive alongside deep-sea research pioneers to learn about marine biology, underwater geology and the history of deep-sea exploration. Traveling in famous historic submersibles, come face-to-face with fascinating underwater creatures such as vampire squid and pelican eels. Discover how diving vessels make these underwater encounters possible for humans. Showing at 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at the Anchorage Museum (625 C St.) SUPERVOLCANOES — Travel back in time and experience the massive volcanic eruptions that shaped the Earth and solar system. Journey to Yellowstone National Park, Neptune’s moon Triton and Jupiter’s moon Io to witness historic eruptions. Could a supervolcano erupt in our era? Scientists weigh in. Showing at 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at the Anchorage Museum (625 C St.) M. BUTTERFLY — University of Alaska Anchorage’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly. Saturday’s show will begin at 8 p.m. in UAA’s Jerry Harper Studio. ALL THE GREAT BOOKS (ABRIGED) — Cyrano’s Theatre Company presents All The Great Books (abridged), a theatre event that combines comedy and cleverness. The show starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Cyrano’s Off Center Playhouse. Tickets are $22.75 they’re available via centertix. net. After this weekend, the show will be onstage Thursdays- Sundays until April 20. MAUM MEDITATION WORLD TOUR EVENT — Do you want to find “true mind” and get rid of stress? Learn about Maum Meditation, a unique method of subtraction that changes human mind to infinite universe mind. This free event will be held at Anchorage Athletic Club (802 Gambell St.) on Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Call 8655954 for more information. COMEDIAN ROB CANTRELL AT KOOTS— Rob Cantrell, a former cast member in the nationally touring play “The Marijuana-logues,” will be onstage at Chilkoot Charlie’s on Saturday, 7:30 p.m.. Tickets to the show are available via koots.com.
ANCHORAGE SYMPHONY’S ELECTRIC NIGHTS — The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra welcomes preeminent electric violinist Tracy Silverman for “Embrace: Concerto LEARN ABOUT WOODfor Electric Violin,” Saturday, PECKERS — The Eagle River March 29 at 8 p.m. Receiving Nature Center will host an its West Coast premiere, this all-ages program on Woodpeckers, Saturday, March 29 at energetic piece is described by composer Kenji Bunch as “an 2 p.m. Tis the season for this interactive performance work.” noisy little bird. Come learn more about the allusive Wood- Audiences will hear a second ASO premiere at this concert pecker and all of his ways. After the talk, join ERNC vol- — its first performance of Schumann’s towering Symunteers on a guided 1-2 mile phony No. 4. Electric Nights walk around the Center while will be held at the Alaska you listen for the sounds of the Woodpecker. The program Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $22 to $42. is free, but there is $5 parking Visit the CenterTix Box Office for non-members. at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, centertix.net PIPPIN — Pippin, a Tony or call 907-263-ARTS (2787), Award winning musical, is toll free at 1-877-ARTS- TIX. onstage at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. The
DEAD DISKO — DJs A D A M J, G.R.E., L@zuryte, Clint Samples and Ryan Derek will bring Chilkoot Charlie’s to life Saturday for another installment of Dead Disko, a light and dance collaboration. The event, headed by The Northern Light Collective, combines music with LED technology and its own unique flair. Hula hoopers with glowing hoops, face paint and eclectic costumes all are a part of the fun. This event is free and starts at 10 p.m.
ALL THE GREAT BOOKS (ABRIGED) — Cyrano’s Theatre Company presents All The Great Books (abridged), a theatre event that combines comedy and cleverness. The show starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Cyrano’s Off Center Playhouse. Tickets are $22.75 they’re available via centertix. net. After this weekend, the show will be onstage Thursdays- Sundays until April 20.
MUSIC MISHA SHIMMEK (PIANO), noon (Organic Oasis) TODD FARNSWORTH & JOSH BYRD (OF THE QUIET CULL) ACOUSTIC SET, 3 p.m. (Barnes & Noble) SOPHISTIFUNK, 6 p.m. (Whale’s Tail) ANCHORAGE SYMPHONY’S ELECTRIC NIGHTS, 8 p.m. (PAC) BLAZE BELL & ERIC REDDING, 9 p.m. (Reilly’s Irish Pub) ANNA LYNCH AND BITTER SEA, 9 p.m. (Tap Root) THE WE SHARED MILK, 9:30 p.m. (The Fairview Inn, Talkeetna) BILLY STRAIN, 10 p.m. (Blue Fox) DEAD DISKO, THE BRIDGETTE BERRY BAND 10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlie’s) DIANA Z, 10 p.m. (Sitzmark in Girdwood) H3, 10 p.m. (Humpy’s)
SUNDAY, MARCH 30 ARTS, OUTDOORS, ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE LIFE: A COSMIC STORY — Showing at 1:30 p.m. on Sundays at the Anchorage Museum. See Saturday’s listing for more. (625 C St.) BABIES IN THE WOODS— The Eagle River Nature Center will host “Babies in the Woods,” on Sunday at 2 p.m. Is it possible to take babies and toddlers and all their gear camping? Author Jennifer Aist will talk about making the most of outdoor experiences with small children in Alaska. This program is free, but there is $5 parking fee for nonmembers. FINAL PERFORMANCE OF PIPPIN — Pippin, a Tony Award winning musical, is onstage at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Pippin tells the story of Prince Pippin, son of Charlemagne, who has just finished his formal education and is ready to face the world. Sunday is the musical’s final day onstage in Alaska. The last show will be held at 2 p.m. INTO THE DEEP — Showing at 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at the Anchorage Museum. See Saturday’s listing for more. (625 C St.)
M. BUTTERFLY — University of Alaska Anchorage’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly. The play intertwines the plot of Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, with a French diplomat’s skewed perceptions, seduction, and the ultimate betrayal. Sunday’s show will begin at 3 p.m. in UAA’s Jerry Harper Studio. SUPERVOLCANOES — Showing at 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at the Anchorage Museum. See Saturday’s listing for more. (625 C St.) PINK FLOYD: DARK SIDE OF THE MOON — Lose yourself in Pink Floyd’s rock ‘n’ roll masterpiece Dark Side of the Moon. This new fulldome music and light show interprets this classic album through mesmerizing HD graphics. This is not a laser show, but the next generation of computer generated imagery. Audience advisory: Adult subject matter. Shows are Sundays at 5 p.m. (625 C St.) COMEDIAN ROB CANTRELL AT KOOTS — Rob Cantrell, a former cast member in the nationally touring play “The Marijuana-logues,” will be onstage at Chilkoot Charlie’s on Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the show are available via koots.com. This is Cantrell’s last show in Anchorage.
MONDAY, MARCH 31 ARTS, OUTDOORS, ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: TOWARDS A NEW UNDERSTANDING — UAA’s Campus Bookstore will host “Violence Against Women: Towards a New Understanding,” a talk by professor Ryan Harrod, Monday at 5 p.m. Harrod is an assistant professor in UAA’s Department of Anthropology. Hisresearch involves the identification of social inequality and violence within a community through archaeological findings. This event is the fourth in the series “Women and Agents of Violence” which is held in honor of Women’s History Month and is sponsored with the UAA Anthropology Dept. DOCUMENTARY: KIDS FOR CASH: Kids For Cash is a riveting look behind the notorious judicial scandal that rocked the nation. Beyond the millions paid and high stakes corruption, Kids For Cash exposes a shocking American secret. In the wake of the shootings at Columbine, a small town celebrates a charismatic judge who is hell-bent on keeping kids in line…until one parent dares to question the motives behind his brand of justice. This real life thriller reveals the untold stories of the masterminds at the center of the scandal and the chilling aftermath of lives destroyed in the process – a stunning emotional roller coaster. Kids for Cash will play at Bear Tooth TheatrePub Monday at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $4 at the door.
MUSIC KARAOKE, 10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlie’s) MONDAY MAYHEM (METAL) WITH FAMIN AND FIGURES, 10 p.m. (Tap Root)
TUESDAY, APRIL 1 ARTS, OUTDOORS, ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE UAA BOOKSTORE DISCUSSION: LITERAL AND VISUAL STORYTELLING — UAA’s Campus Bookstore will host a panel discussion titled “Literal and Visual Storytelling” on Tuesday, 5 p.m. Panelists include performance artist Jack Dalton, artist Susan Share, quilter Sierra Mills (UAA Care Team), and Bosco’s Eric Hirsch and John Weddleton. Topics include art and book forms; quilt making and autobiography; written plays and performance; and the role of text in graphic stories. The writer as artist and performer and the various ways we tell each other stories are themes for this event.
PAINTING BY JAMES SANT/VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
OPEN MIC WITH KAT MOORE OF THE SUPER SATURATED SUGAR STRINGS — Tuesdays are open mic nights at the Tap Root Public House. Super Saturated Sugar Strings singer Kat Moore will host every week from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. This event is free and it’s best to arrive early and sign up for a spot, as they go fast.
ALASKAN PROSPECTORS SOCIETY WELCOMES DEAN ALASKA OUTDOORS EISBERG — The Alaskan MONDAY HIKE — Monday Prospectors Society welhikes are designed for hiking comes Dean Eisberg’s talk on beginners and families with “Malehik Mid-Caucasian” this children. Alaska Outdoors Tuesday. Eisberg’s talk should regularly utilizes established provide a delightful view of an ski-trails such as trails in Kinunfamiliar area to attendees. ERIN CESZNECKER, PIANO, caid, Hillside, Ruth Arcand, The tur-- a mountain-dwelling Bicentennial and University 1 p.m. (Organic Oasis) goat-antelope and hunting Lake Parks. Most of the trails trophy-- is found only in the are wide and flat, but some EL MUNDO: THE KINGwestern half of the Caucasus are steep so come prepared. DOMS OF CASTILLE, 4 p.m. Join Alaska Outdoors Monday, Mountains where Eisberg (UAA Recital Hall) traveled. He’ll also presents March 31 for a walk around views of the country’s history Kincaid Park. Meet at the SUNDAY JAM WITH T HARand people. The event will chalet at 6:30 p.m. Walk will VEY COMBO, 8 p.m. (Fortake place from 7:45 to 9:30 last until 8 p.m. merly at Blues Central now at p.m. at the First United MethAnchorage City Limits in The odist Church. It’s free, but ART HOUSE MOVIE: THE Lofts - 239 W 4th Ave.) donations for rent and snacks ROCKET — Set against the greatly appreciated. lush backdrop of rural Laos, DOWN AND DIRTY BLUES the spirited and charming JAM, 8 p.m. (Tap Root) drama The Rocket tells the story of scrappy ten-year-old OPEN MIC, 8 p.m. (Humpy’s) Ahlo, who yearns to break ACOUSTIC JAZZ BLUES LIVE & LOCAL AND KAfree from his ill-fated destiny. WITH BOB PARSONS & RAOKE, 9 p.m. (Chilkoot After his village is displaced to FRIENDS, 6 p.m. (Organic Charlie’s) make way for a massive dam, Oasis) Ahlo escapes with his father OPEN MIC, 9 p.m. (Al’s Alasand grandmother through the OPEN MIC WITH KAT kan Inn) Laotian outback in search of MOORE, 9 p.m. (Tap Root) a new home. Along the way, they come across a rocket BLUES JAM, 9 p.m. (Anchorfestival that offers a lucrative age City Limits in The Lofts — but dangerous — chance - 239 W 4th Ave.) for a new beginning. The Rocket will screen at the Bear THE BRIDGETTE BERRY Tooth TheatrePub on Monday, BAND, 10 p.m. (Chilkoot March 24 at 7:45 p.m. Charlie’s)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2 ARTS, OUTDOORS, ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE EMPLOYERS, MIGRANTS AND LABOR MARKETS IN GERMANY — UAA’s Campus Bookstore welcomes Reinhold Sackman’s talk, “Employers, Migrants and Labor Markets in Germany: A Case Study” Wednesday at 5 p.m. Sackman is professor at the Institute of Sociology, Martin-Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. His research interests include analyzing the social structure of modern societies, demographic changes in Germany, migrant workers and public sector employment. At this event he will discuss economic and social attitudes toward non-German migrant workers in Germany. The event is free and open to the public. SALMONSTOCK FISH HEADS PARTY — Salmonstock is a summer music and arts festival held annually in Ninilchik at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds. On Wednesday, the Tap Root Public House will host the Salmonstock Fish Heads Party, a night of music and film to honor the festival. Doors at 6 p.m. “Long Live The Kings,” a film by Cory Luoma will show at 6:30 p.m. and music will begin an hour later. Super Saturated Sugar Strings, Todd Grebe, Cold Country and the Anna Lynch Band are all slated to play this free event. UAA JAZZ WEEK BENEFIT CONCERT — UAA’s 5th Jazz Week will feature an evening of Brazilian and Afro-Cuban Music with a “percussion tour de force” from John Damberg, Cameron Cartland and Brady Beyers accompanied by UAA Professor of Guitar Armin Abdihodzic and bassist Bob Andrews. The John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet will also be on hand. Jazz Week will be held at the UAA Fine Arts Building Recital Hall on Wednesday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door for general admission and $10 for students.
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March 27 - April 2, 2014
March 27 - April 2, 2014
An Imperfect Pippin Musical finishes strong after early stumbles By Matt Caprioli
he latest production of “Pippin” is a bit like watching a tennis comeback. The first set is lost 0-6, but the production comes back to win not only the second set but also the third. Much like the play’s lead character, Theatre Artists United’s rendition of “Pippin” starts off confused and unguided, yet ends with aplomb, sincerity and force. With book by Roger O. Hirson, “Pippin” is the story of a theatrical troupe telling the story of Pippin, son of Charlemagne the Great, who lived around the year 800. “Pippin” is a show within a show that loves stomping through the fourth wall. The leading player (Regina MacDonald) promises a show full of magic that will leave the audience hungry for more. She is a ringmaster who confronts the audience with fantastic customer service, but treats her own troupe like animals. The leading player is a unisex role (fun fact: “Pippin” is the only play where a man and a woman have won a Tony for the same role) that requires storefront benevolence and a latent tyranny, all of which MacDonald brings convincingly. Like most people (and nearly every musical theater character) young Pippin is on the lookout for his purpose. Leo Grinberg’s interpretation of the character was much needed in the first act. Grinberg showed that it’s not easy being a boy named Pippin, who at one point or another attempts
In the second act, the ensemble comes together. The bad jokes are jettisoned, and the considerable acting and singing talent of the cast is finally heard.
to be a warrior, an artist, an activist, and a playboy. It was sympathy for the character’s fight for authenticity, as well Grinberg’s his natural stage presence and charming voice, that left hope for a stronger second act. Grinberg and MacDonald kept things afloat through the opening act, which is mostly littered with slapstick sex jokes, trite Sarah Palin references and jazz hands. Oh, “Pippin” is infatuated with jazz hands. “Bring It On” and “Superstar” stand no chance of survival against the implacable riptide of jazz hands presented here. However, the spectacle, as supported by dance, light, and costume, was not enough to carry the act. I have never seen so many people leave for the bathroom during a play. It’s a nice reminder that a great production begins when awareness of our bladder ends. The choreography seemed standard and ornamental. The full potential of the choir’s voice and presence was not achieved until “Morning Glow,” one of the act’s last songs. Director John Fraser has chosen to update the play, sometimes successfully. While the references to Cook Inlet and local politicians comfort the audience with familiar objects, they also restrict the imagination. So to speak, these references stuff the action into a time corset. It can be confusing to watch Charlemagne in a business suit. It’s clear the director wants to comment on something contemporary, but the comments are so disparate and meager that they all dissipate before intermission. Other productions have kept the story less time-bound, focusing on The cast of “Pippin.” Photo by Steve Alvarez/Courtesy the spectacle, music, and themes. It may come down to personal taste, Pippin’s grandmother, Berthe, helped keep the audience but the first act seemed less compelling because it was burawake. Lynch proves that drunken grandmas are not only dened with current concerns. When the setting is more funny — they are wise. than 1,000 years ago, so many modern day references only Man cannot live on montage alone, and the first act had erode the premise. What makes the character of Pippin one too many montages. This could have worked, but the magical is the fact he lived a long time ago in a place far, far requisite spectacle to keep the play absorbing was absent. away. What makes him intriguing is that he has the same While time dragged on for the first act, it contracted for tensions of identity we all relate to. These foundations bethe second. It seemed like a different play. With quirky come bogged down with the attempt to infuse the play Catherine (Danielle Rabinovitch) opening the act, the prowith life circa 2014; the modern noise prevents us from duction made a 180-degree turn. Rabinovitch saves Pippin caring much about the characters or seeing with clarity in the plot, and in reality, the production. the play’s cogent themes. Other than a war montage, Rabinovitch’s solo in “I Charlemagne, like most successful politicians, is inGuess I’ll Miss the Man” is the only time light was used sincere. Dean Williams enlivens the character with some to clearly draw out a character’s emotions. Like Grinberg, comic chops, but not enough to provoke more than a small grin. However, Williams and Grinberg were great at presenting an awkward and believable father-son relationship. An echo of everyone’s favorite hockey mom appeared in the first act in the form of Pippin’s conniving stepmother Fastrada (Charlotte Fischbach). Her cutting character was much needed to stir some energy up. Gigil Lynch as
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Rabinovitch gave a balanced and deft performance. Mac- manages to resonate so well. There’s a glimmer of the disstyle watercolor in this series Downtown Donald’s talent also came into clearer focus. She possesses turbing vision Bob Fosse had in mind when he directed of images. (608 W. 4th Ave. Ste. 102) ALASKA NATIVE ARTS a spectacular, sculptural voice that remains in the mind the 1972 version. It’s a sight you want to see yourself, but it FOUNDATION — Masks are is summed up nicely by an R.S Thomas line: “Never mind long after the waves are gone. SEVIGNY STUDIOS — Artist physical manifestations of Unfortunately, the Sydney Laurence Theatre has no con- the machine/Whose fuel is human souls/Live large, man, stories that preserve Alaska Sandra Felkner-Chandler who, according to Sevigny Studios, venient area for an orchestra, and the musicians ended up and dream small.” Native cultures. “Paths of the “captures Alaskan life with her Past,” a show featuring Alaska in a glaring position close to the stage. At times, the per“Pippin” is all about realizing that fame, glory — the exceptional graphite … pen Native mask makers from all cussionist interfered with the view, like a thumb covering spectacle — are things to be resisted when they threaten and ink art styles” is on display over the State, is on display at a photograph. Fortunately the leading player incorporated personal connection. It’s a musical worth checking out, the Alaska Native Arts Founat the Studio through March. (608 W. 4th Ave. Suite 101) the orchestra’s awkward position into the play by telling even if it takes a while to harness its strengths. dation through March. (500 W. 6th Ave.) them, of all things, to shut up. MIDNIGHT SUN CAFÉ — There were some minor issues involving light, sound Work by photographer Judy INTERNATIONAL GALLERY and rogue confetti. Some cast members lacked the microKesler is up at the Midnight OF CONTEMPORARY ART Sun Café this month. (245 W. phones that all main cast members did. This was puzzling, — Four shows are up at IGCA 5th Ave.) this month. “In the valley of as their occasional quips may have been funny if they had Shin’ar,” a meditation on the been heard. Some accents had origins that were mysteristory of Babel, human meaning ARTIQUE LTD. — Talkeetna ous and flickering. One ‘peasant’ had an accent that was “Pippin” painter William Barstow has and the cycle of ruins by artist work up at Artique Ltd. Kendall Nordin will show in downright freaky; I would hate to live wherever she comes Sydney Laurence Theatre the center gallery; “Angularity,” through March. (314 G St.) from. A Visigoth had a Scottish brogue; I don’t believe March 27-March 29 at 7:30 p.m. and March 29-30 at an explorations of expressive those two groups were ever in cahoots, but who knows. AURORA FINE ART GAL2 p.m. abstract patterns from nature LERY — The images of “ProfesYet for all its imperfections, “Pippin” (and Pippin) stagthrough ceramics, sculpture Tickets are $25 adult, $20 youth and available at sional Aurora Hunter” Todd and drawings by artist Bailey es a comeback. In the second act, the ensemble comes tocentertix.net Salat and his collection of Arend in the north gallery; gether. The bad jokes are jettisoned, and the considerable northern lights photography “Mandoria: Where two oppoacting and singing talent of the cast is finally heard. Judgsites meet to form new ground,” called “Epic Aurora” is up at Aurora Fine Art Gallery this ing from the beginning, it’s quite a surprise that the finale from Z Denise Gallup in the south gallery and Andrea Bruce’s “Afghan Americans: Diptychs,” a study in duality in the guest room. The shows will be on display through March 29. (427 D St.)
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ANCHORAGE COMMUNITY WORKS — Is featuring the Anchorage Press’s Black and White Photography contest and Cell Phone Photography contest winners during the month of March. (349 E Ship Creek Ave.) CRUSH WINE BISTRO AND CELLAR — Artist Cody Duryea has a solo metal art show up at Crush. Duryea is a 22-year-old artist born and raised in Anchorage. His work will be on display at the bistro through March. SNOW CITY CAFÉ — Snow City is hosting “Focused on Dogs,” a special photography show featuring the work of Jeff Schultz, the official photographer of the Iditarod. (1034 W 4th Ave.) STEPHAN FINE ARTS — Stephan Fine Arts in the Hotel Captain Cook is hosting the work of V Rae in a show called “Savoonga Nights” (think lots of color and animal images) during March. (939 West 5th Ave.) CAPTAIN COOK COFFEE CUBBY — The Coffee Cubby, inside the “K” Street entrance of the Hotel Captain Cook is featuring new work from artist Jessica Koltz. (939 West 5th Ave.)
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ALASKA HUMANITIES FORUM— Artist Cecilia Karoly-Lister is on display at the Alaska Humanities Forum this month. (161 East 1st Ave., Door 15) CAKE STUDIO — The Cake Studio will host multi-media artist Yuliya HelgensenThompson’s solo show “Fish On!” this month. Thompson uses a “frisket” to create a batik
month (737 West 5th Ave.)
THE RED CHAIR CAFÉ — Local painter Vonnie Gaither has work up at The Red Chair Café through March. (337 E. 4th Ave.)
AROUND TOWN Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge — Artist Melanie Lombard’s work exploring remnants and evidence of animal life, including nests, bones and tracks is on display at Modern Dwellers in Midtown. Lombard’s paintings have been described as “bold” and “expressive,” her drawings “meticulous rendered.” (530 E Benson Blvd) APU CONOCOPHILLIPS GALLERY — During March, the ConocoPhillips Gallery will host James Behlke’s solo show “Close to Home,” featuring “iPad finger paintings.” Behlke explains: “I’m using painting apps [on my iPad] and making ‘finger paintings’ with my finger as a stylus. Color is reemerging. Back in the studio I’m also working up large charcoals on canvas for my [this] show.” Behlke’s work will be on display through March 30. (Grant Hall 4101 University Drive) LEAH J. PETERSON GALLERY AT APU — Ward Hulbert’s show “The Beauty and Mystery of Age,” a study of the Buckner Building, will be up at APU’s Peterson Gallery through March 30. (41011 University Dr., Carr Gottstein Bldg.) Blue Hollomon Gallery — Blue Hollomon Gallery welcomes “Moon Relics,” an exhibit of sculptural forms by artist Jannah Sexton Atkins. The exhibit will be on display until April 5. Gallery hours are Tues. through Fri. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Spring Swaps As the season changes, so should your wardrobe By Tess Weaver
e all have our staple wardrobe items that become our go to for looking sophisticated in a snap. Actually, I recently observed most of us have the same staples. For example, when I was wandering around local boutiques for spring trend inspirations, I noted in one shop four out of six women wearing skinny jeans tucked into flat riding-style boots. Don’t get me wrong, I love this look. It’s pretty classic so I’m not saying we ditch the look all together. I’m merely making a suggestion of swapping in some Spring 2014 runway trend inspirations for refreshment’s sake. Now on your mark, get set, swap! Swap wide leg jeans in place of skinny jeans. Ah wide leg pants, the ultimate ode to the 70s and ankle freedom bliss. I love a decent pair of flared slacks (as seen on the runways of Charlotte Ronson and Alexander Wang) and believe both bootleg and trouser jeans are ready for a comeback. Locally, you can find the 7 for All Mankind “Dojo” style jean ($169) as seen on the model in the image at Blush Boutique. If you are looking for an even wider flare, check out the “ZNA” from Paper Denim and Cloth ($238) found at Circular Boutique. Swap ankle booties in place of flat riding boots. Alright, we live in Alaska and therefore we don’t totally get a “spring” season so we can’t bust out adorable wedge sandals until
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around June — which is pretty disappointing. However, we can totally beat the extended winter blues by investing in some wickedly fly ankle booties. Ankle booties were all the rage of street fashion bloggers outside Spring and Fall 2014 shows, and they pair perfectly under wide leg jeans (get some heel in there so you can add height/lift and not worry about hemming). Ankle booties also partner perfect with skirts and dresses (get extra adorable by adding some slouchy ankle socks). Her Tern Boutique is the place for any style of ankle booties your heart desires, including my personal favorite by the brand Frye as seen in the image at right. Swap silky chiffon style blouses in place of button down chambray shirts. It’s no secret I have been and will most likely forever be committed to chambray shirts just like Jay Leno. Be this as it may, let’s take a little break from chambray this spring and pick right back where we left off with it again come fall. In the meantime, think soft, sheer, and flowy blouse type styles in soft colors and feminine floral prints (if you need inspiration for print and color palettes Google Dior and Fendi Spring 2014 runway for instant gratification). The pictured BCBG blouse ($138) can be found at Blush Boutique. Swap boxy cropped jackets in place of traditional blazers. Spring is all about lightening up on the layers, but since we have to keep it pretty bundled for the majority of March Clothing by Blush Boutique, boots by Her Tern. and April, I propose bringing your jacket hemline up a Photo by Elisa Ivers Photography (elisaiversphotography.com) notch to a boxy cropped jacket style. Cropped jackets are perfect for layering over blouses or dresses and play well from day to night. I adore the nautical stripes on the lovely it a little intimidating for everyday apparel wear, therefore I Spendid jacket pictured ($198, available at Blush Boutique). suggest working the trend in with an accessories approach Check out images from Rebecca Minkoff’s Spring 2014 via handbag form. The amazing mega tote bag pictured is from the line Apart ($440, available at Blush Boutique) and show for both cropped jacket and stripe inspiration. Swap metallic candy wrapper textured handbags in is a piece that will transition well from Spring to Fall, obviplace of neon colored styles. Me and my friends — Gu- ously making it a worthwhile investment. Swap a low pony in place of a top knot bun. Give yourcci and Lanvin — are all about the metallic candy wrapper textures that have made delicious appearances on Spring self a round of applause if you, like the rest of Pinterest, 2014 runways. The look definitely packs a punch, making have successfully mastered a Top Knot hairstyle over the
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I have coined a new word just for your horoscope this week. Itâ€™s â€œzex,â€? short for â€œzen sex.â€? Zex is a kind of sex in which your mind is at rest, empty of all thoughts. You breathe slowly and calmly, move slowly and calmly, grunt and moan slowly and calmly. You are completely detached from the sensual pleasure you are experiencing. You have no goals other than the intention to be free of all goals. Zex is the ONLY variety of sex I recommend for you right now, Aries. APRIL FOOL! I lied. Zex may be fine to practice at any other time, but not these days. The style of sex you need most is exuberant, unbridled, expansive, and even zany.
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READERS: A crowd of smart, engaged students packed a theater for Savage Love Live at Centenary College of Louisiana last week. Centenary is a terrific liberal-arts school in Shreveport. Centenary students submitted more Qs than I could possibly A in the 90 minutes I had with them. So here are some bonus answers to questions I didn’t get to during my time there.
What do you do when your male friend who is already in a relationship (engaged) wants to have sex with you but lets you know via social media? You block him or fuck him—or you fuck him and then block him. How can you have a conversation with a man about his sexual performance without making him feel like you’re criticizing him and without giving him the impression that you’re unsatisfied?
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of why some people are sensitive—sensitive to the point of explosive diarrhea—to semen: “Prostaglandins are substances made by the body and that the body is sensitive to. Semen contains prostaglandins—and prostaglandins can have a laxative effect on people. Related: If you’ve ever felt a little loosey-goosey right before getting your period, that’s also thanks to prostaglandins (which spike just before your period, because the prostaglandins get the uterine muscles to contract, which then helps to shed the lining of the uterus, resulting in a menstrual period). Prostaglandins are also used to induce labor. So why don’t more semen swallowers find themselves running to the bathroom post-blowjob? Fortunately, we’re not all so sensitive to prostaglandins. I don’t know why most people aren’t extra-sensitive, but fortunately most of us aren’t, or there would probably be a lot less swallowing in the world.” Dr. Herbenick is a research scientist at Indiana University, a sexual-health educator at the Kinsey Institute, and a frequent Savage Love guest expert—and you can and should follow her on Twitter @DebbyHerbenick.
By opening with a compliment, closing You can’t be sure that openness won’t hurt with a compliment, and making sure evyour relationship. But you can’t be sure that erything that comes between your opening How does a young person learning to accept their compliment and closing compliment is also closedness won’t hurt your relationship, either. Yes, sometimes relationships end after sexuality come to terms with losing the unconditional a compliment. people open them up—and openness gets love of their family? the blame, even if it had nothing to do with You can’t lose something you never had. Do you think “butch” lesbians are really transgen- the breakup. But plenty of tightly closed/ strictly monogamous relationships end evYou weren’t aware of the conditional na- der? ery day. It’s possible that many of those failed ture of your family’s love until you accepted monogamous relationships could’ve been yourself and asked your family to do the Nope. saved by some openness, a little leeway, or same. That’s how you discovered their love embracing monogamishamy. for you came with at least one condition: You had to be straight or be closeted. Now here’s a Are you really anti-transgender? paradox for you: You lost the illusion of your I have been in a relationship with a married womfamily’s unconditional love when you came Nope. an for five years. What are the odds that she will leave out, but coming out could win you their her spouse to be in a committed relationship with me unconditional love in the end. Stand your instead? ground, demand their love and respect—and How can we be sure that having an “open” relayour family, like the families of so many othI put the odds at zero. Unless this woman is in an honest open relationship with her husband, and LTRs with other men are allowed, her relationship with you is proof that she’s not much good at this commitment stuff. By which I mean to say: Even if she did leave her husband for you, it would be foolish of you What is the difference between a Methodist and to expect to have a committed relationship with her—committed in the sexually-and- a Baptist? romantically-exclusive sense of the term—as There’s no difference between a Methodshe’s currently not committed to the man to whom she’s committed. What makes you ist and a Baptist, according to my Catholic grandma. They’re both going to hell. think she’ll commit to you? Can you pray the gay away? A girl can pray for whatever she wants.
What is the percentage of people who find male partners with the perfect penis? Perfect size, shape, length, girth, texture, head-to-shaft differential?
There’s no research out there on this issue— Can it hurt a long-term, monogamous relation- no one has thought to pick the brains of folks ship if you had multiple sexual partners/experiences who have successfully landed male partners before? Or rather, how do you feel about sleeping with perfect penises—and I’m not sure such studies would even be possible. Because pearound before marriage? nis preferences are subjective: One person’s People who marry young—people who are perfect penis is the next person’s imperfect likelier to have married without having had penis. And isn’t the person to whom a parmultiple partners/experiences—divorce at ticular penis is attached at least as important much higher rates than more experienced as the size, texture, head-to-shaft differential, people who marry later in life. Sleeping etc. of any given penis? Imagine if you made around before marriage seems to help people it your life’s work to locate the world’s perfect figure out what they want. Or it helps them penis—perfect length, girth, bouquet, flavor, figure out whether what they were taught mouthfeel, etc.—only to discover that the to want is actually what they do want. And penis is attached to Bill O’Reilly. Could that someone who knows what they want is likeli- penis still be called perfect? er to keep any long-term, monogamous commitments that they make. This week on the Lovecast, Dan chats with a panel of sex workers: savagelovecast.com. Could I possibly be allergic to sperm? email@example.com @fakedansavage on Twitter You could! Possibly! Dr. Debby Herbenick, while filling in for me on Savage Love Letter of the Day duties recently, covered the topic
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NEWS OF THE WEIRD>> By Chuck Shepherd
SAN FRANCISCO’S NO. 1 PROBLEM
The ecology-conscious city (having recently encouraged routine composting of dinner leftovers) is now considering environment-friendly public urinals such as the PPlanter created by engineer Brent Bucknum. Users urinate into a ceramic basin and flush the waste with run-off hand-washing water into a bed of bamboo plants. Bucknum claims minimal maintenance and an odor-free experience, but on the other hand, only a user’s midsection area is blocked from public view — a concession necessitated by San Francisco’s sour experience with lockable public toilets, which shielded sex acts and crime. (A less-elaborate structure — the openair, similarly privacy-challenging “pPod” — is currently being readied for deployment in the city’s Dolores Park.)
THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT
Branko Bogdanov, 58, his wife, Lela, 52, and daughter Julia, 34, were arrested in March and charged in a 10-year shoplifting enterprise run out of their upscale Northbrook, Illinois, home, which they allegedly used as a base while prowling stores in states as far away as Florida, stealing high-end toys and jewelry, which they resold on eBay and to their fences. Police estimate the Bogdanovs swiped as much as $7 million worth on their forays — many items being stashed in Lela’s customized flowing skirts with hidden pockets. ***** A trauma victim arriving at a hospital emergency room but requiring specialized intensive care would usually be transferred promptly to a qualified “trauma center,” whose success rate with such patients is believed to be 25 percent better than that of ordinary hospitals. However, a recent study from Stanford University researchers found that, among 636 hospitals observed, there was a greater reluctance to make the transfer — if the patient was fully insured. (That is, the authors suggest, there is a tendency for hospitals to hang onto insured patients, even though their outcomes might be worse, but not to similarly hang onto the uninsured — who are more likely to be properly transferred.) ***** Latest Female Beauty Products: Cosmetic surgery is expensive, but beauty-conscious Japanese girls and women (especially those obsessed with a more “Western” look) have low-priced workarounds to choose from — as uncovered in January by the fashion blogger Liz Katz:  the $63 FaceSlimmer Exercise Mouthpiece (insert it for three minutes a day, make vowel sounds and watch a “saggy” mouth turn taut);  the Beauty Lift High Nose nostril clip, which emits electronic vibrations to raise the proboscis’s profile;  an altogether different but similarly painful-appearing Nose Straightener (insert for 20 minutes a day for added “perkiness”).
Technological know-how at work: Fans of hard-core porn are split, according to a January report from Salon, on whether they want male actors to use condoms, but California’s Falcon Studios has the technology to serve both audiences. Falcon’s actors wear them, but in some movies those condoms might be digitally “removed” during post-production. The major downside, said one renowned director,
is the prohibitive cost — about $100,000 to re-digitize the estimated 90,000 frames in a typical “low-budget” porno film. The Falcon president said he is trying an alternative — using clever lighting during filming to de-emphasize the condom’s presence. ***** Security and law enforcement agencies are looking beyond traditional biometric identification techniques (such as the accurate but obtrusive fingerprint and iris scans and unobtrusive yet questionably accurate facial-recognition) and, based on recent laboratory research, are now considering earwax and underarm odors. Work by Philadelphia’s Monell Chemical Senses Center shows that ear secretions may reveal personal identity, ethnicity, health status and sexual orientation, among other information, and researchers at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain) said their work demonstrates that recognizable patterns in body odor remain stable even through disease and diet change (although admitting that even the best odor technology is far inferior to a dog’s nose).
LEADING ECONOMIC INDICATORS
Farming continues to be a noble but grueling existence for rural residents of China, who work for the equivalent of only about $1,300 a year, but in one village (Jianshe, in southwest Sichuan province), farmers have established a cooperative capitalist model, and in January officials delivered residents their annual dividend in cold cash — the equivalent of about $2.1 million to split among 438 households. Authorities unloaded banknotes in stacks that constituted a 7-foot-high wall of money, requiring villagers to pull 24hour shifts to guard it. ***** With property values sky-high in posh London boroughs like Chelsea and Kensington, some super-wealthy residents desiring to expand — and who might ordinarily be forced to build up higher — are building down, constructing elaborate, multistory basements instead. CNN reported in January that additions are underway (one covering five floors below ground) for subterranean home theaters, gyms, golf simulators, bowling alleys and even swimming pools. ***** Costs of Spain’s Economic Collapse:  London’s Daily Mail reported in March that Spain might have as many as 2,900 recently abandoned “villages” (swaths of land with clusters of houses) deserted by owners forced into cities to find work during the current recession — and that speculators were buying entire villages at single-house prices and turning them into vacation retreats. (2) A formal association of sex workers in Barcelona has introduced a four-hour “introduction to prostitution” class for women transitioning from other occupations due to layoffs. Course topics include tax-return help (prostitution is not illegal in Spain) and marketing, as well as sex tricks. ***** News of the Weird has reported recently on the staggeringly large amounts of money to be made by financial trading firms that can execute buys and sells even a split-second before another firm. A January report in The Wall Street Journal said the so-called “race to zero” (“zero” being trades executed at the speed of light) now involves sophisticated lasers beamed between trading hubs (initially, East Coast data centers, but eventually linking nearly all U.S. stock exchanges) so that a firm’s automatically enacted trades (by self-actuating computer programs) can be further reduced
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from the current 0.004-second “lag” time.
PEOPLE WITH ISSUES
A more ornate, dedicated subset of cross-dressers — the “living dolls” or “maskers” — was captured for a British TV documentary in January (and likely to appear on U.S. television soon). The show, Secrets of the Living Illustration by Dolls follows ordi- Sam Trout nary men (one, a forklift operator by day; another, divorced and 70, whose daughter knows he’s a “doll” but otherwise maintains a “don’t ask, don’t tell” relationship) who come alive several nights a month when they don expensive ($800 to $1,800), tailored, head-to-toe silicone bodysuits that feature breasts and genitalia, to party as young, glamorously dressed women. Two of the men lamented the dolls’ lack of full acceptance into the transvestite or transgender communities — though much of that distrust may stem from dolls’ use of masks (perhaps similar to the backlash faced by clowns).
LEAST COMPETENT CRIMINALS
Christopher Fulton turned himself in to police in Midwest City, Oklahoma, in March after seeing a surveillance photo of the robbery of an IBC Bank. He told police he indeed must be the robber, that he saw his body in the bank photo — although he insisted that his mind had no recollection of it. Police were about to arrest Fulton, anyway, because the robber’s holdup note was written on a blank check with the account holder’s name and address (Fulton’s mom’s) scratched out, except that police-lab technology easily read through the scratch-outs.
THE NEW NORMAL
 A plaintiff in an auto-accident lawsuit, who is claiming an injury that has impaired her inclination for “social activities,” was ordered by a judge in Nova Scotia to prove her loss by showing a reduction in the time she spent on Facebook. Justice Glen McDougall ruled that Joanne Conrod must disclose her log-in and log-out information but need not reveal her complete Facebook profile.  Arizona-based Christian “exorcist” Bob Larson, who claims to have performed more than 20,000 demon-expulsions, recently branched out by allegedly (in front of CNN’s Anderson Cooper) cleansing a client in Norway — via Skype. (Given the fragility of computer operating systems, critics — including “mainstream” exorcists — find it puzzling that a demon could not disable Larson’s computer.)
Thanks This Week
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