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News Despite what you haven’t heard, Anchorage is in a housing crisis. By Scott Christiansen

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Class warfare, small town I read Ken Waugh’s insightful comments in the Turnagain Times about the filth that would inhabit any mobile park allowed to fester in Girdwood with approval (“RV park zoning amendment for Girdwood sparks heated debate,” Turnagain Times, July 4, 2013). His phrase—“felony flats”—illustrates the sorts of miscreants we could expect to infest any facility installed on cinder blocks. There are a number of alternatives to letting the financial underclass live in Girdwood. Girdwood stands as a bastion of inclusiveness and hippie lifestyle that is open to all... who can afford it. Our colors are (money) green and (positive cash flow) black, and those colors should be untainted by (broke) blue and (poor) red. There is a wealth of low income options in Girdwood. Do we not have Creekside? Is that not affordable housing? Ignore the fact that the owners are paying off loans and eschewing the affordable housing moniker in favor of businessmen and Slopers in the next few years. Keeping mobile parks out of Girdwood keeps the town fiscally sequestered while we encourage the Creeksiders to vacate. There’s not enough work being put into making sure that the proletariat is prevented from blighting this bastion of the upper bourgeoisie. In order to make sure that the tourists don’t get the wrong impression about the untermensch, we should enact codes that keep cars more than five years old off public roads during daylight hours. We could install card scanners at the doors of all facilities in the area, as well as secondary doors that are out of sight. If your fiscal value were below a threshold you would be denied entry through the main door and be, instead, directed to the alternative entrance—separate but equal. I’m sure that would work well. The township could form a “Bureau of Asset Protection” or “Bourgeois Against the Proletariat.” They could carry badges with a dollar sign composed of a gold S against silver lightening bolts to mark them as they keep Girdwood safe from the unwashed masses who can’t afford housing here. This is a plan of action we must consider. After all, everyone knows that poor people have no business living in resort towns. Working, sure... We do need people to pump gas, wash clothing, and cook food. But they can live in Anchorage and work out here. Two hours in time and gas doesn’t represent a significant investment as long as they’re living within their meager means. Not to mention, what would you do if your child came home from the doctor’s office with Acquired Income Deficiency Syndrome? The next thing you know, there’s Food Stamps and Medicaid. If you love your children you’ll inoculate Girdwood against the ragamuffins poor people seem to spawn, and prevent the spread of poorness. I encourage all residents of Girdwood to consider not only disallowing mobile parks in Girdwood, but perhaps even issuing workers identification cards of a color that might draw attention to their transient status—perhaps green? I trust that with consideration you’ll see the points illustrating for what they are, and act accordingly. - James Day, Girdwood

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Cult mentality

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Oil tax law won’t fix Alaska’s real problem

Law shouldn’t apply to a-holes looking for a fight

By Ryan Kennedy

D

uring WWII (or as I liked to call it in college discussions to horrify my professors, “World War Eleven�), certain Pacific islands in Melanesia were inundated with U.S. GIs and the largess they brought along with them. Goods literally fell from the sky as planes arrived. Crates full of useful items unheard of by locals such as metal axes, canned meat and stiff-soled boots, dropped by parachute. Yet all good things must come to an end. When the war was over the GIs went home. But the locals remembered the good times brought by the GIs. Various “big men� in different tribes started cargo cults. These were animistic religious movements where, at the behest of charismatic leaders, followers would build landing strips, control towers and other things associated with cargo aircraft in the vain hope of attracting their return. They would even mimic the various military activities carried out by GIs, conducting drills and the marching with rifles and the like. But, as you can imagine, the cargo never did return. Amazing as it is, some cargo cults still exist to this day (much of this is covered in Smithsonian Magazine, Feb. 2006). Fast forward to our current situation. Out of dumb luck we as a state struck a gold mine. About 90 percent of state spending is paid for by oil. But what happens when that golden goose refuses to lay any more eggs? Answer: we’re screwed. I was thinking about this recently as I watched an interview of Gov. Jay Hammond from 2002 by the historian Terrence Cole. What struck me was how Hammond had such a talent for seeing the political incentives and advocating public policy with those observations in mind. Hammond knew the temptation in Juneau (or any state capital for that matter) would be to spend everything in the kitty ASAP. So he designed an ingenious program that created political checks on the legislature from spending the windfall surplus of oil revenue. Of course I’m talking about the Alaska Permanent Fund program. During the interview I was struck by how ambivalent I felt. From a strictly economic point of view that ignores political incentives and reality, the Permanent Fund is rather horrible. It makes no sense to have such a bread and circuses policy when the money could be spent carrying out some legitimate function of government. And no, I haven’t forgotten stimulus effect of spending a bunch of dividends around the state, I just happen to think it’s bad public policy in general. Our Alaska economy does not exist divorced from politics. Our rulers in Juneau cannot be trusted to spend such surpluses on boring things like as road maintenance, taking care of the mentally ill or adequately funding the pub-

lic defenders office. To a legislator, where’s the fun in that? Funding such hum-drum things is like kissing your sister. In fact, often the more absurd the project or program, the more fun it is for a legislator. This is what I think about when I see such questionable projects as a tennis court palladium or a proposal to turn a Ship Creek into the Atlantic City of the North. Call me cynical but I get very suspicious. I think we were all surprised to see how little Vic Kohring et al sold out for. Even the most cynical were surprised to see him begging Bill Allen for money to cover the cost of his daughter’s Girl Scout uniform. As bad as those events were, the real scandal is not so much what goes on that’s illegal, it’s what goes on that is perfectly legal that is so insidious. That’s why reading about these various boondoggles is so distressing. For example, I wondered if those tennis courts were implicitly traded for a few perfectly legal $500 campaign donation checks and perhaps a sinecure upon someone’s retirement. This is what’s happening, the milk shake is running dry and certain factions think that praying to the gods like the Melanesians will somehow return manna from heaven—it will not. Oil is a finite resource and we have to come to grips about reality. The passage of Senate Bill 21, the oil and gas production tax bill, is in a sense, a modern day cargo cult. Alaskans have been susceptible to this mentality over the years and we never seem to learn. From the grain elevator in Valdez to the film subsidies being doled out to one of the most transient industries on the planet, it’s the same mentality stuffed in a business suit, carrying snazzy white papers nobody reads. The economist in me sees their reasoning; tax something more and you will get less of it. Ease the taxes and you will get more. But not in this situation: there are simply times when normal rules about incentives do not apply. If they did, then Japan could spur its non-existent oil production by declaring an indefinite tax holiday for any aspect of oil production. Better yet, they could provide subsidies for production. But Japan simply doesn’t have any oil to be discovered. No amount of favorable tax policy is going to change that. The hard truth is, we are running out of oil and no amount of cargo cult worship will improve things. Proponents of the referendum to repeal SB 21 implicitly take the view that it’s best to tax the limited and dwindling resource (oil) while it lasts. This makes the most sense. Tax the bejeezus out of the cargo while it continues to fall from the sky. But, gentle reader, let’s be real and realize the cargo is running out, no amount of taxation is going to stop that, nor will any subsidy burnish it. Let’s not become a modern day cargo cult this time around. Ryan Kennedy lives in Anchorage,

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eorge Zimmerman acquitted of all charges. Nice. More testosterone-ridden, gun-nut observers than I will probably conclude that this is a good thing. Chalk one up for individual liberty. For one’s God-given right to protect not only one’s property but one’s self. The Stand Your Ground law. You f*** with me, you f*** with my Sig Sauer. On the face of it, it seems reasonable. That when someone is threatened to the point of fearing for their life, they don’t have to run. They just pull out their semi-automatic and pump some lead in between their assailant’s eyes. Job done. It’s not exactly emblematic of the world I want to live in, but that’s just me. The reality is that there are oppressors in this world and there are victims, and the Stand Your Ground law, like many laws on the books in this country, simply seeks to equalize this imbalance preemptively. Giving power back to the victims, in the event they need it. But if only things were that simple. Sometimes it’s a murky business sorting out who the aggressor is, and who the victim. So as Trayvon Martin walked past George Zimmerman’s house, was it his race that started the ball rolling? Or was it his hoodie and his baggy jeans? The way he walked? Does it matter? Zimmerman, somehow imagining that wearing two-sizes-too-small, moisture-wicking athletic shirts gave him not only sartorial but moral superiority over his target, set off in pursuit. Who at that moment was the oppressor and who was the oppressed? Zimmerman was clearly aggrieved and agitated, and I think most observers would agree was off to sort things out, to redress his victimhood, if you like. As he loped down the road, on the phone with 911, saying things in between his panting like “F***ing punks� and “These a**holes always get away,� who was the oppressor and who

You don’t get to fall back on a defensive law just because you get the tables turned on you.

was the oppressed then? Up ahead, Trayvon Martin was chatting on the phone with a girlfriend, unaware of the confrontation to come. Boxers showing and doing the Gangster Shuffle, no doubt, but otherwise, minding his own business. So we enter into the zone of uncertainty, between the moment Zimmerman approached Martin, gun holstered and bullet chambered, and the moment when Zimmerman had had enough of having his head beat on the sidewalk and decided to shoot the person who just a few minutes before had been his prey, but had now become his “oppressor.� Zimmerman claimed he was Standing His Ground. Well, why didn’t Trayvon Martin have the right to Stand His? If I was him and some fat MMA-wannabe came up and started with me when I was doing nothing wrong, you know what? Beating his head on the sidewalk is the least I would do. It makes no difference that Martin was black. It makes no difference if he was wearing clothes that George Zimmerman didn’t like. It makes no difference if the Skittles and the Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail he was carrying were, in fact, ingredients in search of a bottle of Robitussin. Nor that he had pot in his system or had gun pics on his cellphone. None of it matters. What matters is that, in this particular instance, he wasn’t doing anything wrong, and was brought into a confrontation not of his choosing. George Zimmerman was the aggressor. All. The. Way. And Stand Your Ground is a law with good intentions, but it shouldn’t apply to a-holes who start the fight. If you’re the one who starts it and suddenly you find yourself on the receiving end of a damn good beating, then that’s your problem. You don’t get to fall back on a defensive law just because you get the tables turned on you. The way I see it, if George Zimmerman had gotten a bullet between the eyes for his vigilante trouble, that would have been his fault. It’s why the 911 dispatcher told him to stop what he was doing. But now, he’s been acquitted. I’m not suggesting that the jury decision was wrong. By all accounts they followed the law. What I’m saying is that Stand Your Ground is an incomplete law that doesn’t take into account that sometimes it’s not clear who the aggressor is. The bottom line, irrefutable reality of all this is that if George Zimmerman had just stayed in his house and muttered to himself about his disdain for the youth of today, instead of going out looking for trouble, none of this would have happened. There’s no such thing as self-defense when you start the fight. Have a happy life, George. Ivan Moore is a public opinion pollster who lives in Anchorage and works for a variety of clients—political, corporate, public sector, or just plain curious—around Alaska. His opinions are his own and we give him a long leash. He can be reached at ivan@ivanmooreresearch.com.

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From our cold, bait-smeared hands A 24-year-old Sterling woman hooked a king salmon in closed waters on the Kenai River drainage during a closure announced earlier this year. The Sterling woman, according to Alaska state troopers, caught the fish around 11:30 p.m. June 30, about a half hour before the fishing hole was to open for king salmon fishing under the first version of the emergency order. Troopers report the woman’s “male companion” then “kicked the salmon up on shore” and the woman held the fish while the man took a picture. They then returned the fish to the river. The woman earned a $260 ticket anyway. Troopers say the emergency order required any king salmon hooked while fishing for other species to remain in the water while being released. The rather expensive trophy photo is not on the woman’s Facebook page. We checked. Blotter’s going to assume she is not a poacher, just a sporty woman caught up in a confusing mess of regulations and possibly trying to impress a friend. And no, we won’t quote fishing regulations, especially emergency orders. That’s because they sometimes expire, or are extended before this newspaper gets into your sticky little bait-smeared hands. Our only guidance, for what it’s worth, is this: fishing regulations, like the winds, are subject to change. Check before you go. Monday, July 1—Two women from the Lower 48 got a close-up of an Alaska moose as it collided with the windshield of their minivan near mile 292.5 of the George Parks Highway. Yikes. Both women were wearing seatbelts, but, troopers say, “airbags did not deploy” in the minivan. The totaled car was a 1997 Dodge Caravan. The dead moose will go to charity. Monday, July 1—A 78-year-old Soldotna man was arrested, troopers say, because he “purposely rammed” a 1995 GMC pickup into a Toyota 4Runner occupied by three juveniles. Seething Senior had been pursuing the Toyota down Kalifornsky Beach Road after the juveniles had allegedly been driving it on private property. Seething Senior faces three counts of third-degree assault, all Class C felonies, for the purposeful ramming. His hostility didn’t stop after the crash, troopers say; he’s also accused of misdemeanor assault for pulling the hair of the juvie who had been driving the Toyota. Here’s hoping everyone involved learns some important lessons. Tuesday, July 2—A Soldotna woman called troopers to report her medication had been stolen from an address on West Poppy. Someone in Sterling called to report tools and fish processing equipment had been stolen from their property. On Earl Drive in Nikiski, two items went missing: a green BB/pellet gun and $75 in change. A Wasilla man camping at Cooper Creek Campground reported his medication, a backpack, and two fishing rods were stolen from his vehicle. All the above items were reported stolen July 2, but some of the thefts are suspected to have taken place as early as June 27. Blotter hates being paranoid but it appears someone is trolling for your stuff while you are out fishing. Wednesday, July 3—Troopers are not saying what kind of drugs the 28-year-old Anchorage woman was trying to smuggle into Palmer Correctional Center when they busted her, but she faces four drug-misconduct felonies. She also faces two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Blotter totally understands why you want to take the kid to visit the prison if someone important to the child is in jail. Taking a child and the drugs at the same time is totally baffling. Wednesday, July 3—A 21-year-old man in Ketchikan was caught with some weed inside his green Subaru while parked at Fawn Elementary School. Troopers forwarded the case to prosecutors. It could result in a felony. Did the defendant not know or not care? If you’re over 18, possession of pot on school grounds, at a youth center or within 500 feet of one of those so-called “drugfree school zones” is a felony. Same goes for possession on a school bus. Thursday, July 4—In Lower Kalskag, troopers paid a visit to a 26-year-old man who was on probation, at the request of probation officers in Bethel. The probationer was drunk, troopers say, and “reached for a shotgun while holding a shotgun shell.” He then “resisted arrest by injuring a trooper and failing to comply with their commands,” troopers say. The trooper dispatch included no details of the alleged injury. The Kalskag Man was charged with felony probation violation, thirddegree assault, resisting arrest and fourth-degree weapons misconduct. —scott.christiansen@anchoragepress.com

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Noose tight on tenants Housing crisis has city and industry attention By Scott Christiansen

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ere’s a not-so-bold prediction a lot of people are talking about: Long before a bridge is built across Knik Arm, or developers embark on the “big idea” to create a waterfront neighborhood atop a giant gravel-pad on the Cook Inlet mudflats, Anchorage will sprout taller apartment buildings. The city’s tight housing market—a product of a quarter-century of economic growth, a diminishing supply of virgin land and antiquated building policies—is in the midst of a crisis that will force an evolution. Signs of this can already be found in some places. There’s a trend toward turning aging hotels into long-term apartment rentals, particularly in downtown. The new rental units inside the Inlet Tower on L Street and City Limits Lofts (a former Howard Johnson’s) on Fourth Avenue are physical proof. Other signs of things to come can be found in forums as varied as Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan’s “Kitchen Cabinet on Homelessness” and this week’s Anchorage Chamber of Commerce forum, which featured a panel discussion titled “Anchorage: A Good Home is Hard to Find”—not the sort of motto a chamber of commerce would tout if it weren’t painfully true. “I call it housing gridlock,” said Michele Brown, president of United Way of Anchorage. Brown said her organization has been pushing conversations about affordable housing for years. She said what began as a conversation about homelessness evolved and grew until it included developers who build homes for the working class. “It started out to be about homelessness, but it quickly became about how you cannot end homelessness if you don’t build a space for people to move to—it has been increasingly tight over the past five years,” Brown said. “The bulk of the people who are holding onto the lower-end [rental] stock, who you would expect to move, they can’t find affordable options.” A young professional in a one-bedroom apartment can’t buy a condominium if it means increasing her monthly housing costs from $900 to $1,600. That means the $900 apartment isn’t available for the person on the next lowest rung, who is lucky if their efficiency apartment is under $800. Likewise, the family renting a two-bedroom might find a single-family home for $320,000 for when the kids outgrow their shared bedroom, but that doesn’t mean they have $16,000 to $40,000 for a down payment. “When I say ‘affordable’ I don’t mean subsidized,” Brown said. “The community needs a supply of housing that’s affordable to people all along the continuum (of wages and lifestyles)—It’s not only about the homeless person you see living on the street, it’s also about our own children who want to settle down here and can’t find an affordable home.” Brown said the city faces acute shortages for three categories of people— young adults just into the workforce, senior citizens who want (or need) to downsize, and a class Brown called the “basic worker,” people who earn just above the median income. (The median income for Anchorage workers was $37,533 in 2012, according to the U.S. Census. The United Way of Anchorage estimates it takes a household income of $50,000 to rent a two-bedroom apartment.)

“It’s not only about the homeless... it’s also about our children who want to settle down here and can’t find an affordable home.”

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he situation is bad for just about every player in the economy, whether they sell cars or bread. At the chamber forum Tuesday, Daniel Delfino, a planner at Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, told the audience of business people that money spent on rent is money that can’t be spent down the street. The federal government has long used a benchmark of 30 percent of income for families or individual workers to spend on housing. An increasing number of Anchorage workers (and workers across Alaska for that matter) have shattered that ceiling by spending 50 percent or more of their income, just to keep a roof over their head. “That’s money that is not going to your business,” Delfino told the chamber audience. “It is real money that is coming out of the economy when they pay a disproportionate amount of their income for rent.” So what’s to be done? One answer is to increase “multi-use” developments in Anchorage. Both City Limits Lofts and Inlet Tower can be considered multi-use. Inlet Tower has a restaurant with a bar on the ground level and still offers hotel rooms at weekly and nightly rates. In fact, Alaska Housing went to the Alaska Legislature this

year to change a law that might have prevented it from financing the Inlet Tower project. The bill (politics wonk alert: House Bill 50) eased restrictions on Alaska Housing for financing projects that include a commercial business in their model. The bill excludes financing for adult-oriented businesses, such as tobacco and porn shops, or stand-alone bars. (A grocery store with apartments above it could be financed and sell tobacco “incidental” to its operations.) Alaska Housing spokeswoman Stacy Schubert told a legislative committee the bill for financing multi-use projects was the highest priority for the agency this year. It also came after a deal to remodel the Inlet Towers project was already inked. In the Senate Finance committee, Schubert admitted her agency was, according minutes of an April 12 Senate Finance meeting, “investigating” whether the business plan at Inlet Towers fit the requirements of the housing authority’s loan. Schubert told the committee that apartments are financed so they can be rented at the market rate, not subsidized. She said Alaska Housing adheres to local land-use policies and the agency is following a national trend by financing projects that combine residential and commercial development. The new law doesn’t spell out what percentage of such a project would be required to be residential. Schubert told the Press this week those decisions will be left to the Alaska Housing Board of Directors. “It doesn’t specifically say that 50 percent must be residential or set a number,” Schubert said, adding Alaska Housing intends to make those decisions one project at a time and keep their goal of providing housing in mind.

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nchorage’s housing gridlock is a complex problem and experts say breaking it will require a raft of solutions. A 2012 housing market analysis paid for by the city attempted to isolate the most important factors. The report says: “There is not enough buildable land to accommodate future housing demand under historical development patterns, current land-use policies and development options.” In more cynical terms: Anchorage’s building codes and construction industry are dinosaurs on the way out. The report describes a community that failed for years to attract financing for enough high-density housing to keep up with population growth. “Building mid-rise residential and mid-rise mixed-use rental developments is not financially feasible in current market conditions,” the report says, and that’s a situation that will eventually have “adverse effects” on Anchorage’s economic health. When Delfino, the Alaska Housing planner, was speaking to the chamber forum he told the audience the solutions are going to be complex. Alaska Housing has no “silver bullet” Delfino said. “We a lot of things going for us, but it’s just not enough to shoot the werewolf all on its own.” The chamber forum also heard from Anchorage planning director Jerry Weaver, who said beginning next year, Anchorage zoning codes will allow for more mixed-use development, at least in some neighborhoods. The rewrite of Title 21 was a long project, Weaver said. “Fundamentally, we want to bring the zoning codes into the 21st Century,” Weaver said. “It certainly didn’t resolve all the world’s problems, but it is a living document.” Brown, the president of the United Way of Anchorage, said solutions will require a whole bunch of people—from finance, building trades and government—meeting to study potential solutions. “We will see ourselves in full-fledged crises mode if we continue to wait for that,” she said. —scott.christiansen@anchoragepress.com

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New eats in East side Yes Bistro offers updated décor, creative menu, super service By Ash Adams

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f you remember what the Birch Tree on Debarr looked like on the inside (if you don’t: think green vinyl booths with patterned cloth backs, think darkness with violently bright hanging lamps, think diner), you will be blown away by the space now. Now in the building that was once the Birch Tree is Yes Bistro, which is no longer the dim and carpeted diner of yore but a modern, colorful, and crisp-looking restaurant with decoinspired patterns, booths with high circular backs, and shiny, stainless steel accents throughout. It’s still in a weird space—on the corner of Debarr and Bragaw, with Costco right across the street. It’s hard for me not to think of it that way, as that restaurant across from Costco, but Yes has handled the location as best as it can: by trying to make guests forget where they are. The blinds are dark and pulled down almost all the way, and the music is soft and jazzy to drown out the hubbub of the road. The only reminder you’re not in a downtown eatery is if you sit under one of the colorful umbrellas at a table outside, you know, to watch the traffic whiz by. I start to feel disoriented right away at Yes. There is a kind of opposition going on in this place that I haven’t quite distilled, a fine-dining undertone playing tug-of-war with lingering Birch Tree ghosts. Chefs wear white and chef hats and can be seen in the semi-open kitchen as they cook throughout the day and night. The chefs appear slicker than burger-slingers, but the placement of the window and the kitchen is still where it would be if I were in a diner. The wait staff is swift and dressed in white and black, but the podium and the tables are all more or less in the same places they were in the Birch Tree. Crayons are available for the kids (which, don’t get me wrong, if you have kids like I do, you’ll like). The bar section of the restaurant is occupied by tall tables and chairs, and this seems to be one of the biggest changes from diner to bistro—that there is a bar section and not just a breakfast bar. Restaurant layout aside, the menu is not diner food—it’s Nuevo American with accents of Italian, Mexican, and French, and U.S. regional favorites like New York steak and jambalaya thrown in. For the most part, it is all good, and despite one horrifying incident, things for Yes are looking up.

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y first experience at Yes begins with an Alaskan beer and one of the best crab cakes I’ve had in Alaska, or anywhere for that matter. Served with a polenta black bean fritter, coconut curry sauce and grilled pineapple, there is no way I remember I am across from Costco while eating this. It has layers of flavor, color, and is deliciously fried—this 907 Crab Cake ($16) has almost sold me entirely. Yes, I say. Yes. Like any new restaurant, though, Yes is still working out the kinks, which I find out the hard way immediately after my crab cake bliss—when my beautifully plated Pescado Tacos ($18) arrive, and, after admiring the put-it-together-yourself arrangement, I take a giant, excited bite of nearly raw rockfish. Let me say this again: Raw. Rockfish. It is one of the worst tastes I’ve ever experienced in my life, and had the wait staff not been so superbly professional in handling my complaint—swift and calm without showering apologies, swooping the offensive plate away and replacing it quickly with a new plate of properly cooked fish tacos—this review would be quite different. Undercooking something like rockfish or cod is,

The newly renovated Yes Bistro, on the corner of Debarr and Bragaw. Photo by Brian Adams

after all, a novice mistake. It means that either the cooks were “marmalade,” caramelized onion, goat cheese, and arugula on a having a hard time accommodating the busy evening or that brioche bun. This is the one that puts me back on the Yes boat. they don’t know how to tell when a fish fillet is cooked all the The vegetables are properly cooked, the brioche is not soggy, and way through. I tend to believe that it was the former, however, be- the flavors all come together in a sandwich that makes me say, cause on the same night I also enjoyed a beautifully cooked Hali- yes. Throw a bunch of properly cooked, succulent veggies togethbut Hemingway (pan seared halibut crusted with Asiago cheese- er on brioche, and I’m yours. Aside from my Pescado disaster, everything at Yes measures herbed panko, with grilled asparagus and lump crab meat over jasmine rice and topped with a lemon caper beurre blanc sauce, up to many great local restaurants, and Yes certainly owns its part of town geographically for dining. The design is clean and $27), that sings to my senses. Either way, it’s a fixable mistake, but I cannot lie—it was hard crisp. The service is fantastic. The food is good, at least for the most part. There is beer and wine, which is always a sure-fire way to forgive. After this first experience, I decide to wait a few weeks before to please a crowd. The quandary I keep coming back to has something to do with trying the bistro for lunch, to try to forget the awful bite that had traumatized my taste buds. There is something very telling when that initial disorientation, that tug-of-war between fine dining a restaurant knows how to handle a mistake, and it’s usually not and diner aesthetics. Bistros are designed differently than diners because mistakes happen often. It’s actually the very opposite: because their clientele is different. I’m not sure if Yes knows its good restaurants know they make few mistakes and so the ones clientele yet, partly because I can’t put a finger on who its clienthat they do make are handled with care. Good restaurants have tele is either. Is Yes marketing to the Costco crowd? People who servers that know how to make people happy without making want to take a break from their busy running-around to enjoy the offense a big deal. It’s a delicate balance, and Yes, or at least a libation and a good meal? Or to Eastsiders looking for something close to home? Or art-goers who want to stop in for a drink my server, had it down. And so: I was going back. I just had to the give the place an- or a meal after a show at Out North? It could be something Yes is still trying to figure out, too. Yes other chance, on the rockfish and all. This time, the blackened rockfish arrives perfectly cooked—a has a lot of good things going for it—top-notch employees, an little under-spiced, but cooked properly—black on the outside, overall good vibe, and a creative but accessible menu. Where Yes white on the inside, but not dry. I let my partner eat the majority evolves from here, I think, will really depend on who decides because no matter how it is cooked, it is ruined for me forever. I that Yes is the place for them. go on to enjoy other dishes instead. The East Side Club (smoked turkey, ham, smoked bacon, American Swiss, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, on sourdough toast, $14) is admittedly a safe bet, but it is also a really great Yes Bistro sandwich, piled with deli meats and a thick layer of mayo, and served with a choice of salad or fries. If you’re on the fence, go for 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Sunday the fries, which are thick-cut, not soggy, and so good—you will 3801 Debarr Road not be sorry. If Yes was open 24 hours a day, customers would 907-258-3199 order these fries for 24 hours. yesbistro.com The Portobello Veggie “Burger,” ($14) one of the few vegetarian options at Yes, is what ultimately wins my veggie-lovin’ heart with grilled, then roasted Portobello, red pepper, roma tomato

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Hitting the road for Hope Summer days at camp a perfect time to soak up rays and down some suds By James “Dr. Fermento” Roberts

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his last Saturday, all I wanted to do was get the hell out of town and on the road down to my mining camp in Hope. With a cooler full of great Alaska craft beer and the promise of another gorgeous sunny weekend, I was antsy and raring to go. Have you ever noticed how much slower everyone around you moves when you’re in a hurry? The first debacle occurred at the gas station. How can it be that four out of 16 pumps are out of order? And how can it be that the lovely, but less-than-attentive cashier inside applied my prepaid $130 in gas to someone else’s pump? And how could it be that when I finally was able to start pumping gas and decided to check the oil, it didn’t even register on the dipstick? Apparently, I’d planned amply enough for beer supplies, but should have done a better job of getting ready to go. Just the same, by 9:30 in the morning, frustrated in the gas station, I almost decided it was time for my first beer right then and there. Still, I wouldn’t let such petty frustrations hold me back. Bound and determined, I pointed my gas-sucking, beerhauling jalopy south and fell in line with the other mechanical ants crawling down the Seward Highway at a thirst-inducing snail’s pace. There were days when I’d toss back a couple on the way to camp. Sensing my own irresponsibility, I changed my habit by forcing myself not to crack open a cold freshie until I hit the Hope Road, then I abandoned the practice altogether. If I am going to preach responsible drinking I ought to act that way, right? Still, every now and again on a pristine, sunny day, I can’t resist the urge to pull into one of the beautiful turnouts on Hope Road and sit on my tailgate facing Sixmile Creek and the towering mountains around it and enjoy a beer. Up to about midday, the sun faces me and the combination of the sights, the sound of the water and the taste of Alaska beer going down makes me feel part of my surroundings and happy to be outside.

I plied the crowd with Freeride APA, some Peninsula Brewer’s Reserve and some Chugach Session.

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mong my other fermented possessions for the weekend was my current warm weather favorite, Kenai River Brewing Company’s Peninsula Brewer’s Reserve in a can. This one’s edged out Broken Tooth’s Brewing Company’s Chugach Session Ale because I find Kenai’s a bit softer and more velvety on the palate, but I always have room for both. I got more than one thumbs up from passers-by on the Hope Road Saturday at about 11 when I was sitting there copping rays and living the dream for a while. When I got to camp things really started looking up. Every year the group of miners I’m wrapped up with throws a party and we celebrate all things America: good food, abundant sunshine and, of course, good beer. Well, at least I celebrate the good beer part. I haven’t seen much evolution in terms of palate maturity in camp since I started hanging out there about 22 years ago; crap beer is still the beverage of choice, and my mission every year is to see how many converts I can score.

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Denali Cooks play in Hope. Photo courtesy of Dr. Fermz

I do this the easy way, by giving my own, better, usually Alaska beer away to just about any willing drinker. Sometimes I even push them into trying something new, even at the risk of them taking a gulp, saying “yuk,” and putting the bottle or can down to be poured out. “Would you like to try something a little bit different?” I’ll ask, baiting them in slowly. Few people turn down my free beer, but not everyone finishes it. I plied the crowd with Alaskan’s Freeride APA, some of the Peninsula Brewer’s Reserve and some Chugach Session, all of which were surprisingly well received. The APA was in bottles and the other two in cans, and I got the sense that the recipients rather enjoyed exploring the labels. And, what goes around sometimes comes around. One of our newer miners, a younger guy, actually sought me out and offered up some of his growler of Midnight Sun Brewing Company’s Sockeye Red IPA that he’d been quietly nursing in the background. After the festivities were over, and later in the evening, I headed down with a group of folks to listen to music by one of my alltime favorite local Alaska bands: The Denali Cooks. These guys have been regularly breaking up for the last two decades, and I’ve become quite the groupie, having chased them to Fairbanks, Chena, the Kenai Peninsula, Healy, Talkeetna and just about everywhere else they play. With breweries spread out all over this great state, it’s easy for me to combine a beer and music trip for an excuse to get out of town. I first discovered Denali Cooks playing at Humpy’s about 15 years ago. I was there for the beer and sitting in the back, but when I rounded the corner, passing the stage on my way to make room for more beer, their beautiful noise stopped me dead in my tracks. Oh, and if you’re ever watching the Cooks play and spot

a tall, lanky old guy wearing an original Denali Cooks tie-dye Tshirt and dancing badly with his beer, that would be me. The Cooks usually play in Hope three times a year. They generally come down and play when the seasonal Seaview Bar and Café opens for the season, a little before Memorial Day, for the celebration of the owner’s birthday in July and to close the place down in September. If you haven’t been to Hope before, you’ll be charmed by the downtown area’s historical buildings. In particular, belly up to the bar and enjoy one of the eight or so primarily local Alaska beers on tap and get the groovy feeling that you’re doing so in a building that’s 117 years old. I always think of the long-gone miners of the past that turned the same dirt Hope Mining Company does today, slaking their thirst right where I stand when I drink there. Oh, and at five bucks a pint, good liquid gold is cheaper than it is here in town. At the end of the road in Hope you’ll find a little gas station and the cutest, most quaint log liquor store. The beer’s spendy there, I won’t lie about that, but when you’re low or out, it’s easily a couple of bucks cheaper than burning the gas to get back to the nearest dispensary, which is in Girdwood. After the evening and probably altogether too many pints of Glacier Brewhouse Blonde and Hefeweizen, I headed back up the dusty road to camp and fell asleep wondering where my next Alaska beer adventure might take me. james.roberts@gci.net

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BREAKFAST Alaska Bagel Restaurant– 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 Cafe– 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. Leroy’s Family Restaurant. 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.

BURGERS Arctic Roadrunner– The Kodiak Islander Burger features 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 Philly– With more varieties of Philly Steak sandwiches than you can imagine, you’ve gotta have the “Boss” 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 Tommy’s Burger Stop – 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.

CAFES, DINERS & DELIS Coffee Land– 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 Panini’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. 2430303 510 L Street 243-0301 www. coffeelandak.com COSMIC CAFÉ– Charming neighborhood café serves health oriented

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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. Dianne’s– Can’t beat homemade bread, and Dianne’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, 279-7243 www.diannesrestaurant.com Middle Way Cafe– This is the place to go if you’re seeking healthy soup, sandwiches or salads. Swing in to grab a latte and pastry (vegan and “alternative” 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 décor. 1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd., 272-6433. Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 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 Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Spenard Roadhouse– 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 6– “Where friends and family meet.” 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 Café– offers organic, Alaska-roasted coffee by K Bay, as well as organic teas you won’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. Peppercini’s– Scrumptious deli po’boys and sandwiches, salads and freshly prepared soups. 3901 Old Seward Hwy., 279-3354.University Center Mall hours.

CHINESE China Lights– Alaska’s #1 Best Buffet. The 2008 Award Winner of the Top 100 Asian Restaurants’ 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 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-Do– Hello honey! This friendly, authentic-looking Chinese restaurant offers all your favorites in a warm atmosphere. There’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. Panda– 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 Palace– Under new ownership. Best Chinese Chef in town. Delicious Chinese cuisine served fresh and fast. Customers say,” We have the Best Mongolian Beef in town!” 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.–10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 12 a.m. - 11p.m.; Closed Sundays

COFFEEHOUSES & BAKERIES Indigo Tea Lounge– Offering a wide variety of loose leaf teas to enjoy in our cafe, on the go or in your own home. Also providing a full espresso bar, baked goods, soups and free wi-fi. 221 E. 5th Ave. 222-1619. Open 7 days a week. Mon.-Wed. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Thu.-Fri. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Great Harvest Bread Company– Famous for their whole grain bread, free slices, enormous cookies, cinnamon rolls, and muffins. 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. Superstar Pastry Design– Corner of Benson & Minnesota 336-STAR(7827). Fabulous scratchmade designer cakes, pastries and brownies, along with a fantastic cupcake bar. Drive thru espresso window open 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Order early for specialty and wedding cakes.

FINE DINING Club Paris– Housed in one of downtown’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 Grill–A dinner menu that features tons of seafood, including Alaska favorites and Ahi tuna, plus other American cuisine. Hours: Dinner, 5-9 p.m. 11221 Old Glenn Hwy., Eagle River 622-4745, www.hautequartergrill.com Jens’ Restaurant– The everchanging 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 GrilL– 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. Kinley’s Restaurant and Bar– 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 TuesFri 11:30a-5p. Closed Sun. Maxine’s fireweed bistro – Maxine’s Fireweed Bistro offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere, using the freshest of local ingredients. Everything is made from scratch – 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 ORSO– “the place to be” - 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 “from our waters”. Don’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 5615264. Open 11a.m.-11p.m. Mon. thru Fri. 3p.m. -11p.m. Sat. Closed Sunday. 2809 Spenard Rd. Across from REI. Sack’s Café- 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 Nova– 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.

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JAPANESE Dami– 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. Don’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 Bar– 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 “Best of Alaska” Platinum Award for Best Sushi! 639 W. International Airport Rd. (907) 562-1275 www.dishsushibar.com. Haru Sushi– 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 Jimmy’s Sushi– One of Anchorage’s newest, convenient little spots to pick up a roll or stop in for a sitdown dinner. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.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 Restaurant– Bright, clean and offering all the standard Japanese fare – 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. Silk Sushi Bar — A chic restaurant offering a variety of cuisine. Come experience new flavors of Japanese, Korean, Thai, Chinese and Classic American dishes. Silk also offers a variety of wines, beers, ciders and sake to compliment your dish. Come Savor the Flavors at Silk. 907 274 5236 500 E Benson Blvd. Ste 114, www.silkak.com Sushi Garden– Boasting amazing ambiance and a comfortable atmosphere, Sushi Garden offers modern and traditional Asian cuisine, balanced with wine and spirits that

defines culinary excellence. Serving Anchorage for over 14 years, our entire restaurant can be reserved to host your next company party or special event. Great place, Awesome food! Open Daily 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. 1120 E. Huffman Rd. (907) 3454686 www.sushigardenak.com Tempura Kitchen- Korean, Japanese and Sushi. They have authentic Korean BBQ tables and many sushi combinations. Their food is naturally healthy. Open Lunch and dinner 7 days a week 3826 Spenard Road 646-1174

MEDITERRANEAN Antonios’ Greek Bakery and Café– Located at 3020 Minnesota (in Choi Plaza), Antonios has the best real Greek food in Alaska according to many customers, plus a plethora of just-baked Greek desserts like baklava, galaktoboureko, and various Greek cookies. Fresh bread is served with most entrées, Arni Fricassee (lamb and greens) is a specialty, as is moussaka, spanakopita and kid-friendly pastisio. A full menu of Greek food available. 6461090. M-Sat 11-9, Sun 1-7.

MEXICAN Carlos Fine Mexican Food– Try authentic Mexican fare in this cozy, warm restaurant with a full bar. Take out is also available. 11401 Old Seward Hwy., 349-4112 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 4-10 p.m.

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PIZZA Coast Pizza and Subs– A Girdwood tradition and tourist favorite, Coast offers freshly made pizza and subs in a little corner of the station at the Alyeska and Seward Highway intersection. Mile 90 Seward Hwy., Girdwood, 783-0122 Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.11 p.m.

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Moose’s Tooth– Get your chipotle steak or ranch chicken pizza to go or enjoy one in the casual dining area. They’ve got your usual toppings too, but these still aren’t your usual pizzas. Top ’em off with the Moose’s Tooth Brewery’s delicious brew. 3300 Old Seward Hwy.

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Casa del Sol– Featuring all homemade dishes and sauces made from fresh ingredients inspired by the southwest. Seafood Ceviche and our “wet” burritos piled high with the extras. Carry out available. Girdwood, in the Girdwood Town Square 783-0088 La Cabana– “BIENVENIDOS” This is your house. In the spirit of hospitality we welcome you to La Cabana, in a atmosphere reflecting all the color of Mexico. Buen Apetito! Hours: Sun., -Thurs., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., noon-11 p.m. 312 E. 4th Ave., 2720135 www.alaskalacabana.com La Mex– One of Anchorage’s favorites, offering consistently good Mexican food with a few originals of their own in an elegant atmosphere. Two locations: 2550 Spenard Rd., 274-7511, 8330 King St., 3446399. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., noon-10:30 p.m. Serrano’s Mexican Grill— Check out their new larger location with plenty of parking. Fresh grilled meats and delicious house entrees made with your health in mind. For a treat, the fried ice cream is divine. They deliver and can accommodate large groups for catering. Prices will make you smile as well. Open 7 days a week. 201 W. Northern Lights. 744-1555.

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Is voting discrimination a thing of Alaska’s past? Changes to Voting Rights Act have advocates worried By Mary Lochner

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elen McNeil remembers sitting in her grandmother’s living room in Juneau listening to her relatives talk about some people who’d recently moved in from the villages. When these people tried to register to vote in Juneau, they were presented with a literacy test. McNeil’s grandparents were officials in the Alaska Native Sisterhood and Alaska Native Brotherhood, which advocates for Native people’s rights in southeast Alaska. “They ended up going to the ANB hall, and getting an ANB representative to go with them and it was cleared up,” she said. “So they were able to register to vote.” But in the villages, she said, where ANB and ANS presence wasn’t always as strong as it was in Juneau, literacy tests were used to keep Natives from registering to vote. It was a problem that often came up for discussion at ANB meetings, she said. This was the 1950s. At that time, Natives were no longer required to pass the “civilized person” test in order to gain citizenship and vote. This was the test devised for Natives by the territorial legislature in 1915: five white people had to sign a document stating they’d known the Native applicant for a year, and could

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testify the Native person had met certain requirements, such as living in a Western style house, eating Western food, working for wages at least part of the year, and regularly attending a church. But the “civilized person” test was a standard that still ruled people’s lives, McNeil said. She said the Bureau of Indian Affairs used it to evaluate Native families while she was growing up, although the signatures of five white witnesses were no longer required. If your family was determined to be “civilized,” McNeil said, your children were allowed to stay home. But if your family didn’t pass, your children were forcibly removed and put into

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boarding schools, sometimes in Southeast Alaska, but sometimes in the Lower 48. Families who couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to fly the children back up in the summer wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see their children again. Some children succumbed to disease and never came back, McNeil said. The government wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t required to offer Native children an education in their home communities back then. As a little girl, McNeil would see other Native children simply disappear. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It could be used as a tool by the (Bureau of Indian Affairs) to intimidate people who were doing things the BIA or the territorial government didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like,â&#x20AC;? McNeil said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people who were outspoken, that was one of the threats that were used: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Well, if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop this weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just take your kids away and send them to boarding school.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; And the people who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t voluntarily give their kids up were put in jail, and their kids were sent anyway.â&#x20AC;?

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hat legacy of discrimination once held Alaska, along with a handful of Southern states and counties, to a set of requirements in Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. A formula under Section 4 of the Act determined which local governments, due to their histories of racial discrimination, should receive extra federal oversight over elections to ensure they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t suppressing minority voting. In Feb. 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court heard opening arguments in Shelby County, Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suit to have both sections overturned. Plaintiffs in the case argued, among other things, that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfair to hold racism from the past against governments today. In its majority opinion, the Court agreed, upholding the constitutionality of federal oversight (Section 5) in its June 25 ruling, but nixing Section 4, suggesting that Congress come up with a new formula based on evidence that shows modern-day racial discrimination against voters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nearly 50 years later,â&#x20AC;? the Court wrote in its majority opinion, â&#x20AC;&#x153;things have changed dramatically.â&#x20AC;? The opinion references data showing disparities in Southern states between black and white voters in 1965, when the Voting Rights Act was passed, against numbers from 2004. Back in the bad old days, the difference between black and white voter registration was stark. The closest gap was in Virginia, with 61 percent of whites registered versus 38 percent of blacks, a difference of 22 percent. It was widest in Mississippi, where around 70 percent of whites were registered to vote but only 7 percent of blacks, making a gap of around 63 percent. But in 2004, the gap between white and black voters in Southern states ranged from around 10 percent to around negative 4 percent; meaning that, in some states, there are actually a greater percentage of blacks registered than whites. In its amicus brief to the Supreme Court, the State of Alaska says voter registration rates among Natives and non-Natives are comparable. But Jim Tucker, legal counsel for the Native groups that filed an amicus brief in support of the Voting Rights Act, says the Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own numbers tell a different story: an 18 percent gap in voter registration between Native villages and the rest of the state.

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he state argues that discrimination is in the past, and that differences in policies have to do with the practical logistics of administering in rural areas, which are populated by people who just happen to be Native. On the other side, Native groups charge that discrimination from the past continues to disenfranchise voters, and that discriminatory practices still exist and hurt Native voters. Some of the discrimination still affecting voters today, Tucker said, has to do with education. In what has become known as the Molly Hootch case, named for one of the plaintiffs, 26 Native school children successfully sued the State for failing to provide them an adequate and equal education. All lived in villages where there were elementary schools, but no high schools. In its 1976 settlement, the state agreed to redress the grievance in part by offering a high-school level education in villages. That means many older Native voters today are left out of the voting process, Tucker said, particularly if they only understand minimal English. (The State is required under the Voting Rights Act to provide Native language assistance to those voters, Tucker said, under Section 203, which is unaffected by the Supreme Court ruling. A 2010 settlement in federal court affirms the Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obligation to provide that assistance, which consists of a poll worker reading a Yupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ik translation to voters.) The amicus brief filed on behalf of Native groups states that education discrimination continues to create a barrier to voting, and that voting disparities between Native and non-Native Alaskans remain high.

The state says the problem has nothing to do with race at all. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of problems in Alaska with providing education to people in rural areas that are off the road system,â&#x20AC;? said Margaret Paton-Walsh, assistant attorney general for the state. These â&#x20AC;&#x153;are related to race only because most of the people in those areas are Alaska Native. But even if all the people in the rural, off-road areas were white or some other ethnicity, there would still be the same problems with providing them the same kind of education you can get in the city.â&#x20AC;? She said much of the history of educational discrimination against Natives occurred when the federal government, not the state government, was responsible for educating Alaska Natives. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not something that has much to do with voting rights, anyway, she said. But Tucker said the discrimination still happens today. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As recently as the 2010 decision in Moore v. State of Alaska, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got state courts finding that the State of Alaska has violated the state constitution in providing educational opportunities,â&#x20AC;? Tucker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The impact to Natives statewide is unbelievable. You see graduation rates of 20 to 30 percent or more difference between Natives and non-Natives. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an absurd and offensive conclusion to say race has nothing to do with it. If you live in a world thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s colorblind like that, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re living in a world where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re blind to the conditions of discrimination youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve created.â&#x20AC;?

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hen the Supreme Court struck down a portion of the Voting Rights Act on June 25, the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office was quick to rejoice. Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell issued a statement calling the ruling a â&#x20AC;&#x153;victoryâ&#x20AC;? that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alaskans can be proud of.â&#x20AC;? Under the old law, Alaska was the only non-Southern state required to submit changes in its election practices to federal scrutiny and approval, a process called preclearance. That included policy changes made by the Division of Elections, but it also applied to any state legislation that had to do with elections, said Margaret Paton-Walsh, assistant attorney general for the state. She cites as an example HB 104, signed into law July 12. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a nuts-and-bolts law relating to elections (it includes giving Alaskan voters access to a free system that will allow them to find out whether their vote has been counted.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the state was subject to Section 5 (preclearance),â&#x20AC;? Paton-Walsh said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the state would have had to submit the law to Washington D.C. with an explanation of what the law used to be, the changes HB 104 is making, whether the changes will have an effect on minority voters, try to assess what that effect might be, and the folks at the Justice Department would look at it and invite comment from groups in Alaska.â&#x20AC;? If the DOJ found the law wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a discriminatory impact on voters, Paton-Walsh said, they would pre-clear it and give the state the green light to put it into effect. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly the kind of hand-holding from the federal government that stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rights advocates tend to bristle at. A recent suit brought by Alaska Native plaintiffs charged that the state violated the Voting Rights Act when it went ahead with a redistricting plan without first gaining preclearance from the DOJ. After the Supreme Court ruling freed Alaska from preclearance, the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s redistricting board finalized a new set of redistricting boundaries. Two legislative seats were lost by Alaska Native incumbents under redistricting in 2012. Those who say preclearance is still needed to protect minority voters point to a 2008 attempt by the state to take polling places out of some villages altogether. In its amicus curiae (â&#x20AC;&#x153;friend of the courtâ&#x20AC;?) brief to the Supreme Court in Shelby v. Holder, the Alaska Federation of Natives wrote that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alaska was attempting to combine precincts accessible to one another only by air or boat with high concentrations of Alaska Native voters.â&#x20AC;? After the DOJ asked for more information, as to whether the villages in question were on the road system and how voters would get to the polls, the state withdrew its application. (In a statement, AFN president Julie Kitka said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;AFN is still analyzing the facts of the Shelby County Supreme Court decision and cannot yet comment on the impacts of the court decision will have on Alaska.â&#x20AC;?) In March, Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai told the Anchorage Daily News that the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interest in removing polling places from some villages had to do with the difficulty of finding poll workers there, and that voters would have had access ANCH Press MPFC AD 6613_5x3.75_BW to absentee ballots under the proposed plan.

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American History July 18, 1947: July 19, 1884: July 20, 1969: July 21, 1861: July 22, 1916: July 23, 1984: July 24, 1959:

President Truman signs second Presidential Succession Act; Speaker of the House next in line in emergency President Chester Arthur creates quarantine powers for immigrants to avoid tuberculosis â&#x20AC;&#x153;One small step for manâ&#x20AC;?; Neil Armstrong walks on moon First major land battle of the Civil War occurs at Battle of Bull Run Preparedness Day bombing in San Francisco; suitcase bomb kills 10, wounds 40** Miss America, Vanessa Williams, resigns; Penthouse to publish nude photos Nixon and Khruschev debate capitalism at Moscow trade fair**

July 22, 1916: Preparedness Day bombing in San Francisco; suitcase bomb kills 10, wounds 40 A massive parade held in San Francisco to celebrate Preparedness Day was marred by an explosion on this day in 1916. Ten bystanders were killed and 40 others wounded. The day was designed in anticipation of the United States entrance into World War I. With the Great War raging in Europe, it had become clear to many that the US could not avoid the war. Leading business figures in San Francisco planned a parade in honor of American preparedness, but they were confronted by those that were anti-war or isolationist. The parade was to be a procession of over 51,000 marchers, including 52 bands and 2,134 organizations, including military, civic, judicial, state and municipal divisions, newspaper, telephone, telegraph and streetcar unions. It was to last almost 4 hours. About thirty minutes after the parade had begun, a bomb concealed in a suitcase exploded on the parade route. Two radical labor leaders, Thomas Mooney and Warren K. Billings, were eventually arrested and tried for the bombing. Both would be found guilty despite widespread belief that they had been framed, and both eventually received life sentences. Investigation into the case continued for two decades. By 1939, evidence of perjury and false testimony at the trial convinced the current governor to pardon both men. The true identity of the Preparedness Day bombers remains unknown.

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July 24, 1959: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Kitchen Debateâ&#x20AC;?; Nixon and Khruschev debate capitalism at Moscow trade fair On this day in 1959, at a US Trade and Cultural Fair in Moscow, Vice President Richard Nixon entered into a heated discussion with Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschchev over the merits of capitalism versus communism. This discussion occurred in the middle of a display of modern American kitchen conveniences, and would become known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Kitchen Debateâ&#x20AC;?. The fair was designed to be a cultural exchange of goodwill with the Soviet Union. However, the competitive relationship between American capitalism and Soviet communism became evident almost immediately. The two leaders unexpectedly met near the kitchen exhibit, and began to verbally spar about whose technology was superior. Khrushchev came off as more combative, and Nixon, for a while, remained calm and diplomatic, urging more cultural exchange between the two countries. Nixon politely accused Khrushchev of dominating the conversation, saying that he would have made a good lawyer. This brought hearty laughter from the press and observers. Khrushchev claimed that American-made capitalist luxuries such as toasters, juicers and automatic dishwashers were too expensive for the American working class. Nixon leaned in, poked Khrushchev in the chest, and declared that ANY American worker could buy one. The entire discussion was captured on tape and television cameras, two technological advances that Nixon pointed to as examples of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic superiority. Khrushchev defended his countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic powers, but turned diplomatic and invited Nixon to speak to Russians on television. In that speech, Nixon boldly challenged the Russian people to rethink their commitment to communism. In 1960, Khrushchev traveled to the US and met with President Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 1972, President Nixon made a trip to the Soviet Union. Throughout his tenure, Nixon worked to engage the Soviets in constructive dialogue about ending the arms race and the Cold War.

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Getting your feet wet sea kayaking Rewards great and access easy for Alaskans to explore by sea By Zack Fields

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Blackstone Bay, with Northland Glacier in the distance, is one of the kayak trips easily accessed from Anchorage. Photo by Zack Fields

Sea kayaking in calm weather doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require any special skills, and novices should feel comfortable trying it as long as they adhere to basic safety principles. Always bring synthetic clothing and fire starter in a dry bag, so in the unlikely event of a capsize you can warm up on shore. New paddlers should familiarize themselves with how to re-enter a flipped kayak using a paddle float. It is wise to avoid paddling in the middle of busy channels like Passage Canal and avoid paddling anywhere in rough conditions which might cause a capsize. Wait for good weather, and always carry some extra food and some form of shelter in the event that weather changes the itinerary. Paddlers on longer trips may carry marine radios and flares, but these arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessary for day trips and overnights in the vicinity of Passage Canal. It would be impossible to overstate the majesty of Prince William Sound. Glaciers thread through coastal rainforest, and it is common to see seals, sea otters, sea lions, whales, and porpoises. Oystercatchers, bald and golden eagles, arctic terns, and kitti-

wakes are among the waterfowl that frequent the Sound. Hundreds of waterfalls cascade off steep rock walls, while snowfields and glaciers present a stark contrast to the darker mountains and rainforest. In 1899, industrialist Averill Harriman sponsored an expedition to Prince William Sound that included some of the eraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best scientists. Its participants were awed by the landscape and wildlife. Harimanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s multi-volume report on the expedition through the Sound, which included the â&#x20AC;&#x153;discoveryâ&#x20AC;? (for white men, at least) of Harriman Fjord, inspired Teddy Roosevelt to create the Chugach National Forest. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s travelers in the Sound will thank Roosevelt for his foresight. Alaska has countless wild places, many too sublime to comprehend or appreciate. Few places have such a profusion of wildlife, a diversity of ice and rainforest, or the ease of access as Prince William Sound. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a hiker tired of bushwhacking, try kayaking in the Sound.

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WILDFLOWERS WITH VERNA PRATT â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Expert Verna Pratt will show you wildflowers on a 1-2 mile walk. Verna Pratt is the author of Alaskan Wildflowers and founder of the Alaska Native Plant Society (www.aknps.org). Free program; $5 parking for non-members. Event begins at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 14, at the Eagle River Nature Center. (32750 Eagle River Rd., Eagle River)

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ear Tess: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to a multi-day wedding event in a somewhat remote Alaskan cove. While the setting is gorgeous, and the ceremony will take place in a swanky chalet, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be staying in a tent with access to few amenities (showers are not included). How can I pull off looking cute for a wedding after three bug dope-filled days of hiking and camping? - Camping is cramping my style Dear CCMS, A remote Alaska cove wedding sounds like the perfect ode to our great stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exterior luxuries, never mind the sacrifice of getting there! Although the idea of looking chic and weddingphotograph ready may seem like a challenge after three days of camping or hiking, I assure you, it is possible. A few preparations and products will help turn your camping into do I dare say, GLAMP-ing?! Obviously, the focal point of this look will be your natural beauty. My must-have product for both repelling bugs and protecting your skin from the sun, without a suffocating and dreadful toxic smell, is Avonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus SPF 30 Gentle Breeze Lotion ($14, avon.com). Bathing wise, I adore Pacificaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Purify Coconut Water Cleansing wipes: biodegradable, pre-moistened wipes that are infused with coconut water and include the natural exfoliate papaya, as well as soothing aloe vera (Target, $5.99) The wipes have a subtle scent, so mixed with the Bug Guard you shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry too much about mosquitoes taking notice. I recommend staying fresh faced (applying only the moisturizer from your sunscreen) until the day of the wedding and then touching up your face with light mascara, lip balm, cheek tint and perhaps a tinted moisturizer if desired. Hair wise, I recommend packing a dry shampoo like Suaveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo (Walgreens, $3 online). Prepping your roots at bedtime with a dry shampoo will help absorb oil and hopefully make styling in the morning a little more controllable. You can conceal unwashed roots and accessorize your look with a headband or scarf. Dress wise, Nordstrom carries an assortment of wrap dresses, which offer a classic silhouette that is flattering for most figures (our Anchorage store had around a quarter of the styles featured on their website last time I checked. However, a salesperson informed me they are expecting more styles in the near future). I like the brand Maggie London, found at Nordstrom, which includes a collection of both short and long sleeve, as well as printed and solid styles. Most of these are made with a jersey polyester/spandex blend (typically priced under $100), which is easy to care for and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wrinkle much. I suggest rolling the dress when packing rather than folding to help protect from wrinkling. You could style a printed dress with simple silver or gold accessories, or play up accessories with a solid-col-

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Everything. Anxieties, inspirations, monkeys, dreams about dancing legal pads, vampire slayings, Lord of the Rings references, and ordering take-out are all melded together in an impressive stage feat of quick transitions and supercharged acting. The action slows in the second half, as the strugAlex Pierce (Jeff), Regina MacDonald (Heidi), Scottie Heverling (Hunter) and Tiffany Chancey (Susan), with Dustin Lima on the piano in gling writers wait for their next big move. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s less in- [title of show] , playing now until Aug. 4 at Cyranoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Photo by Frank Flavin vigorating for audiences to watch, but reflective of the reality of trying to write a show, let alone a Broadway musical: a venture thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full of waiting, giving up, disagreeing and starting again. Playing the central roles of gay buddies Hunter and Jeff, cents, transitioning swiftly between Brooklynite, gnarly pirate, All musical comedies come with a certain quirky insanity, in Heverling and Pierce show us why the two men balance each British nobleman, southern Baptist preacher, devious vampire part due to the premise that people talking in normal conversaother so well. Hunterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s optimistic and cuddly qualities comple- slayer, and her intriguing singing voice. tion will sometimes burst into song and dance, but this play is ment Jeffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more reserved, analytical approach to the project. As When the cast is on stage exchanging doubts on their play- filled with more WTF moments than Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d expect from a BroadHunter, Heverling energizes the crowd with the flamboyancy of writing, Chancey squats low across stage and pounces on an way musical. his role, often pacing around the stage spewing quick jokes and imaginary vampire. Crazy-eyed, she erupts into my favorite Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boisterous and original. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vulgar and witty. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a requeer culture references while he jots down each sentence on his song of the night, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Die Vampire, Die!â&#x20AC;?: a song about killing make or a spin-off. The two central charactersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; names are those writing pad. Pierce portrays Jeff as a man who stays collected those bloodsucking vampires that bring crippling fear and feel- of the actual guys who wrote the show, so you will leave feelamidst the crazinessâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and stays anal-retentive about correcting ings of unworthiness to writers. Everyone breaks into dance, do- ing like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been long-time friends with musician/lyricist Jeff everyone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grammar. ing Broadway jazz-hand displays behind her. This over-the-top Bowen and writer Hunter Bell. For a night filled with profanity, Heverling and Pierce hold the show together with their con- choreography by Kristen Vierthaler is funny and spot onâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The sexuality, self-reference and randomness, this is a perfect sumsistent acting and Seinfeld-worthy conversation, but the two dancers have the moves, but there is an ounce of non-commit- mer play to loosen up with. women are the highlight of the ensemble. These supporting roles ment by each of them that contributes to the air of sarcasm, of contrast each other delightfully and brighten the stage every making fun of themselves and Broadway musicals in general. time the actresses walk on it. MacDonald and Chancey portray For a play written almost 10 years ago, [title of show] has imthe war between the â&#x20AC;&#x153;popular girlâ&#x20AC;? and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;weird girlâ&#x20AC;? in a cou- pressively fresh dialogue, with actors throwing out words like ple of hilariously truthful duets, voicing their respective insecu- â&#x20AC;&#x153; hangryâ&#x20AC;? (an adjective for the anger that ensues when one is [title of show] rities about each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothes, voices and possible intentions. hungry) and â&#x20AC;&#x153;procrasturbatorâ&#x20AC;? (one who masturbates instead of Playing now until August 4 MacDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character is a Broadway singer and her voice fits getting things done). The play dates itself with things like home 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday the part, if only she had a bigger stage to belt it out on. 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artslistings>> Downtown ALASKA NATIVE ARTS FOUNDATION —Featuring a collection of works by contemporary Alaska Native Artists. The work is a visual illustration of adaptation and exemplifies creative change for our cultures today. (500 W. 6th Ave.) ANCHORAGE MUSEUM — Presents the exhibition “Arctic Flight: A Century of Alaska Aviation.” (625 C St.) ARTIQUE LTD.— Presents “Remembrance and Reflection,” watercolors by Byron Birdsall and “Sea Life Ceramic,” images by Michael Anderson. (314 G St.) CAKE STUDIO— Presents photographer Bill Huebner’s show “The Coasts of Southcentral.” (608 W. 4th Ave. Ste. 102)

CRUSH WINE BAR — Presents “Movement,” with new works by Keren Lowell and Enzina Marrari. (343 W. Sixth Ave.) HOTEL CAPTAIN COOK COFFEE CUBBY —Presents “Elegance of Birds”: new originals in oil by artist Carol Howdyshell. (939 W. Fifth Ave.) INDIGO TEA LOUNGE — Presents “Alaska: Bits and Pieces,” by Thomas Minelga. This show presents an alternative side of the environs of Alaska through photos of places and objects that we would normally pass by, which stand in contrast to the stereotypical images of Alaska mountains, glaciers, and bears. (221 E. Fifth Ave.) INTERNATIONAL GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART— North Gallery: Craig Updegrove: “Batting

Lashes.” Center Gallery: Adam Ottavi, “To Crave What the Light Does Crave.” South Gallery: William Kozloff, “A little early for memoirs.” Guest Room: Lesley Harrison, Dean Richards and Christine Smith: “ALL IN THE MIX.” (427 D St.) MIDNIGHT SUN CAFÉ —Presents “Journey to the Island of Tigers.” William Noblin, local artist and illustrator, will share a recent trip to Taiwan via photos, video, and created mixed media works. (245 W 5th Ave. Suite 106) THE QUILTED RAVEN — Local artist Teresa Ascone will be at The Quilted Raven discussing the transition from artist’s drawing to fabric design. See her beautiful fabrics in person and meet the artist. (415 G St.) SEVIGNY STUDIOS— Presents Kendra Kinsey’s show “Stars and

Seeds.” This exhibit features multimedia works that incorporate drawing, painting, cut paper and collage and works of upcycled denim. (608 W. 4th Ave. Suite 101)

WHALE’S TAIL — Presents emerging young artist Alexis Gillett, who uses pen and ink and pointillism in her Alaska-wildlife themed art. (939 W. Fifth Ave.)

SLIPPERY SALMON — Presents artwork by Alecia Lindsay. (115 E 3rd Ave.)

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SNOW CITY — Presents “Field Sketches,” which opens a window into an artist-naturalist’s personal diary: her sketchbooks. See the story of a science illustrator, Kristin Link, exploring the Alaskan backcountry, as she studies and observes flora, fauna, and geology. (1034 W. Fourth Ave.) STEPHAN FINE ARTS— Wildlife artist Chip Brock will present paintings that capture Alaska’s nature and spirit in its truest form. (939 W. Fifth Ave.)

ALASKA BOTANICAL GARDEN — July’s featured artist is Rick Potter. (4601 Campbell Airstrip Rd.) MIDDLE WAY CAFÉ — Presents a fiber artist group show featuring works by Linda Weatherwax, Akiko Sugimoto, Wendy Smith Wood, Lisa Sparrow, Mary Hertert, Jan Ingram and Jackie McIntire. Exhibit runs through August 6. (1300 W. Northern Lights Blvd.)

randonnee. The show chronicles the riders’ journey as they pedal across Alaska: starting in Valdez, traveling to Fairbanks, then Talkeetna and ultimately ending in Anchorage in 90 hours or less. On display until July 31. (1231 W. Northern Lights Blvd.) SUGARSPOON BAKERY — “Naked Faces” will feature portrait photography and graphite drawings by Mickey Mann capturing the models’ personalities. (2601 Spenard Rd.) TERRA BELLA — Presents “Incremental Figures” by Alaska artist Amber Webb. (601 E. Dimond Blvd.)

SPEEDWAY CYCLES — Presents Greg Morgan and Joe Edwards’ photographs of “The Big Wild Ride,” Alaska’s 1200-kilometer grand

performingartslistings>> STAGE & THEATRE Sweet Cheeks Cabaret — Presenting an evening of music, dance, comedy and striptease. Mixing live jazz, vocals, comedy, dance and striptease, Sweet Cheeks Cabaret presents a single evening of one-ofa-kind entertainment. Show begins at 8 p.m. at Chilkoot Charlie’s. Tickets available at brownpapertickets. com (2435 Spenard Rd.) Scared Scriptless — Alaska’s premier improv comedy troupe (ir)

regularly performing in Anchorage Alaska every second and fourth Saturday of the month since May 2000. Live improv has a heightened intensity, a voyeuristic glee that comes from watching comedy without a net. A close-contact brand of improv, as fast and furious as a video game, with words and movements thrown out in a continuous mix of voices, accents and energetic motions. Show begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, in the Snow Goose Theater. Tickets available online at CenterTix.net. (717

Third Ave.) [title of show] — This is a musical in two acts, with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and a book by Hunter Bell. The show is about friends... writing a show... about a show… in three weeks to make a Musical Comedy Theatre Festival deadline. It follows the struggles of the author and composer/lyricist and their two actress friends during the initial brief (three-week) creative period, along with subsequent events leading up to the show’s pro-

duction. Show runs through August 4, at Cyrano’s Off Center Playhouse. (413 D St.) The Marvelous Wonderettes — Dave Block and Midnight Sun Theatre are partnering with Anchorage Community Theatre to present this wonderful musical comedy. The show, which uses pop songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s as a vehicle to tell its story, pays homage to the high school songleader squads of the 1950s. When called upon to perform at their senior prom as a

last minute replacement, Springfield High Songleaders, Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy, rally together to entertain their classmates in four-part harmony. Show runs through July 28, at Anchorage Community Theatre. (1133 E. 70th Ave.) This Is Where We Came In — Alaska Fine Arts Academy presents Alan Ayckburn’s This Is Where We Came In, an amusing and thoughtprovoking play, which combines theater and storytelling, music and

a host of sound effects. Directed by the talented James Jensen, this show mixes reality and fiction intriguingly into a delightful evening or matinee performance. Show runs through Saturday, July 20, at Alaska Fine Arts Academy. Tickets available online at atfinearts.org (12340 Old Glenn Hwy, Suite 200 Eagle River)

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AK Food Film Fest The Alaska Center for the Environment, Alaska Food Policy Council and Bear Tooth Theatrepub will host a four-day AK Food Film Fest to celebrate the role food plays in our lives. Learn about hunger in America, the mysterious Court of Sommeliers, the symbolic burning of seeds by Haitian farmers defying Monsanto, the changing world of school cafeteria food, the legendary Michael Jackson’s world of craft brewing and more. Festival starts Monday, July 22, and runs daily through Thursday, July 25, with two shows per evening at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub. Full film descriptions, listings and show times available at beartooththeatre.net. (1230 W 27th Ave.)

Salmon Daze Festival Celebrate one of Alaska’s most valuable resources, wild salmon. There will be local artists and music, face painting, Fish Pond and Buckin’ Salmon. Darwin’s Theory will host a beer garden. Event takes place on G Street between Third and Fifth Avenues from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. (G Street)

Alaskan Prospectors Society Greg Durocher guides attendees on an engaging tour of Brazil’s very interesting places, including wine country. Donations for rent and snacks greatly appreciated. Presentation begins at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, at the First United Methodist Church. (725 W. Ninth Ave.)

Canine Frisbee and Bark in the Park Build and bark in the parks

Fido fun abounds! Bring the whole family out to see thrilling long distance catches, watch agility, obedience and protection demonstrations, pet contests, and more. Dogs must be on leash at all times and have a current license and rabies vaccine certificate. $5 per dog. Register on site Sunday, July 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Competition begins at 1 p.m. at the Delaney Park Strip Soccer Field between 10th and L Streets.

Cardboard boat regatta Compete in an Alaska Cardboard Boat race where you’re the designer, builder and crew. Boats must be made with only corrugated cardboard, duct tape and white glue. You can get complete rules and registration forms by calling 343-4495. Preregistration fees for youth 6-17 are $5 per boat, adults 18 over are $10 per boat, and families are $25 per boat (a four person crew with no more than two adults). Check in from noon to 12:45 p.m., races start at 1 p.m. at Goose Lake Park on Saturday, July 20. (3220 E Northern Lights Blvd.)

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MUSIC

Sounds of summer Local promoter plans the biggest Summer Haze block party yet By Jeri Kopet

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ocal music scenes are ecosystems in and of themselves. The musicians within them grow, adapt, and change. There are phases and epochs, in a sense, and bands come and go as time passes. The Anchorage music scene is shifting, and Summer Haze 5, the downtown block party created by local promoter Darrin Huycke, provides a good snapshot of these developments. Huycke isn’t one to shy away from change, either. Following a personal tragedy in 2006, Huycke emerged as a key player in the Anchorage music scene, and Summer Haze 5 promises to be one of the most dynamic events he has offered yet. This year’s block party will not only include live music, but also incorporate a variety of local vendors, the AK Fire Circus, and the food trucks Urban Bamboo, Mumbai Thai, and Aloha Shave Ice. It’s a massive undertaking compared to Huycke’s first Summer Haze, which took place in 2009 and featured local bands Double Fine$ and ATF. The crowd topped out at around 100 people. “It’s so nuts, the choices we made at that time, and what the music scene was like at that time,” Huycke says. “It was my first event ever as Huycke Entertainment.” Huycke didn’t intend to launch into being a promoter and events coordinator when he started Summer Haze, but that’s precisely what the event helped him become. “Growing up in the Valley I played in a couple of bands, and you know—I’d want my band to play shows and I’d do the planning,” says Huycke. “It surprises me how it took me until I was 23 to look back at that and say ‘hey, I really enjoyed that, and event coordinating IS a job!’ Growing up does that.” After jumping into event-planning feet first, and despite a few rough patches, Huycke couldn’t be more pleased with where he’s at today. “I’ve built some new relationships and now you look at Summer Haze 5—what I’ve planned for 5 is like nothing I’ve ever seen for downtown Anchorage.” Some of the extras include a demo by zAK’s Boardroom and a full-scale pottery experience from Clay Owens Studio. “zAK’s boardroom will have a two-hour mini pipe and some equipment,” says Huycke. “Clay Owens Studio has a vending booth and pottery wheels, and she’ll be setting up three or four of them.” Although the music alone will be worth the visit, Huycke knows that sometimes standing and listening to bands can become very one-dimensional experience. “It gets a little dry, even though there’s re-entry,” says Huycke. “I wanted people who paid the cover to come in and stay.” To help end the block party, the AK Fire Circus will perform while The Hoons play the ending set. “That’s a pretty awesome finale. It’s a $10 cover to get in, and I just want everyone to feel like they got something from that investment,” Huycke says. The lineup this year sounds a bit like a blast from the past.

“What I’ve planned for 5 is like nothing I’ve ever seen for downtown Anchorage.”

            

T.I.A. performs at Summer Haze 4 in 2012. The band will be back for Summer Haze 5, July 20. Photo by Joel Adams

It includes a momentarily reunited Kill Tango, a re-emerging Smile Ease, and the now Portland based Hoons as headliners. Veteran scene goers and newcomers alike will discover something fresh to listen to, as the offerings span a range of genres, from acoustic singer-songwriters to hard rock. “In the end, this is the biggest appeal to an all-ages crowd that I’ve ever done,” says Huycke. Fans of the older Anchorage bands should prepare themselves for old favorites as well as brand new material. “Taking a big break was good for me, I wrote a lot of new songs… and we do a couple older songs, but they’re revamped, they’re different,” says Smile Ease frontman Paul Jacks. “It’s an interesting summer… some bands are ending or they’re moving away, and new cycles are starting.” Much of the Summer Haze lineup also bears witness to the newer local artists, including newcomers Sophia Street, Hawkins Wright, and the band Divides. The evening will end with a very danceable after-party at The Avenue featuring DJs Dig Sista, Clint Samples, and Alex the Lion. And although bands may come and go, Huycke plans on keeping the annual summer celebration around for as long as possible, and giving back to the community that has helped support him. “It will be dedicated to summertime,” says Huycke. “When you’re in such a small town, and a small state—it’s about being proud of who I am, communicating, and having fun.”

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Rose by name Music an unexpected detour for Portland-L.A. Ezza Rose By Jeri Kopet

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zza Rose never intended to become the leading lady of a band. In fact, she had a tremendous fear of singing in front of others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funny,â&#x20AC;? Rose says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went to a performing arts school for college, and singing wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really my thing at all.â&#x20AC;? In one class that required students to get up and perform vocally, Rose found herself suffering from immense stage fright. This feeling didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sit well with the spirited Californian native. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had such bad stage fright I decided I had to do something about it outside of class,â&#x20AC;? says Rose. Soon after, she borrowed a guitar from her sister and decided to write a few songs and perform at a different open mic every week (living in Los Angeles, you can bet she had plenty to choose from). â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was a writer, I was writing more songs, and it felt good to express myself in that way,â&#x20AC;? Rose says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how it got started, but you know? I got over my stage fright eventually, and I stopped playing.â&#x20AC;? Ezza Rose Band will play at Tap Root, Friday, July 19. After graduation Rose moved to Portland to pursue a visual Photo by ellen von unwerth arts career, and it seemed that her days of singing might be over. But art didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pan out as expected, and Rose was drawn back to music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had my first show and it was horrible,â&#x20AC;? says Rose. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I fall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost done being recorded. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re recording the whole tours weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done so far, we try to hit up a lot of small towns. It figured I needed to find a different way to express myself because thing live, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a different approach for us.â&#x20AC;? She didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enjoy the just goes over a lot nicer and it feels more like home. [art] didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel good then. I ended up going to a couple open sterile process of recording separately in the past, and wanted to I thought â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;that sounds pretty good. I got in contact mics in town, and having a really good response.â&#x20AC;? try something new, she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve decided this time weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d find with Evan Phillips, and away we went.â&#x20AC;? Portlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s particularly warm and receptive musical commu- a room that would have the correct reverbâ&#x20AC;Ś Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re recording nity encouraged Roseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really happen in L.A. with just one mic onto a reel-to-reel tape recorder.â&#x20AC;? It was so newâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I had never thought Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be taking music seriously.â&#x20AC;? The bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s search for the perfect space has taken the ensemRose became a regular on the open mic circuit, and was even- ble to different places, including churches and old barbershops. tually approached by cellist Jessie Dettwiler, who also plays with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not adding fake reverb. It is what is, completely,â&#x20AC;? says Rose. Alameda. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She had come up and asked if I wanted to have some In addition to the live record, the band also hopes to make a The Ezza Rose Band fill on some of the songs. I said sure, and eventually the open Christmas record after their tour in Alaska. 9 p.m. Friday, July 19 mic crowd encouraged me to record an album,â&#x20AC;? Rose says. This Rose says the band is excited to play in Anchorage as well as Tap Root first album became the Ezza Rose Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 debut, Music Box, some of the smaller towns in Alaska. $5 at the door, for 21+ written when Rose was only 20. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m from a small town, so I get what it means to have a band Since then, the band has filled out to include upright bass, coming through. When thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a band coming through, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the ezzarose.bandcamp.com drums, violin, accordion, and banjo, and Roseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music has ma- event of the week, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really fun,â&#x20AC;? says Rose. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In a lot of the tured with the years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[The band] turned into a more structured thing,â&#x20AC;? says Rose. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was something I was having a fun time pursuing, and I figured â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gonna get more serious about it.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Some of the best things fall into your lap.â&#x20AC;? Bonnie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Princeâ&#x20AC;? Billy Thurs. July 18 Tap Root $20 taprootalaska.com The bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most recent album, Jacob, released in 2011, is a truly gorgeous mix of unhurried bluegrass and folk-tinted tracks. If Kelly Price Sat. 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Comedian Carl Labove, 7:30 p.m. Rumor Mill 10 p.m. Karaoke, Adam J. 9 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) Diana and the Shenanigans. 8 p.m. (Whaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tail) Bonnie Prince Billy, Dawn McCarthy. 7:30 p.m.

Open Mic. 11:30 p.m. No cover. (Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alaskan Inn) Denali Cooks. 7 p.m. $10. (Anchorage City Limits) Michael Howard. (McGinleys Pub) 36 Crazy Fists, Decepticide, City in Ashes, Griffith. 10 p.m. $20. (Chilkoot Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) Rumor Mill, Jesse Cross, Tico, Adam J. 10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s)

Woodrow. 9 p.m. (Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s)

Grits and Gravy. 10 p.m. (Blue Fox)

Bootleg Brown. 6:30 p.m. (Organic Oasis)

Shawn Lyons. 7 p.m. (Villa Nova)

Pub Scouts. 10 p.m. (Blue Fox)

Misha Shimmek. Noon. Free. AJW Jazz Ensemble. 7 p.m. $5.(Organic Oasis)

Jam Night with Andy Mullen. 7 p.m. (Seaview CafĂŠ, Hope)

Nervis Rex. (Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s)

Karaoke. 6 p.m. (Elim CafĂŠ)

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SATURDAY 07.20 Britt Arnesen. 9 p.m. (Taproot)

High Lonesome Sound. (Seaview CafĂŠ, Hope)

SUNDAY 07.21 David Owens. (Midnight Sun CafĂŠ) Blues Jam. 9 p.m. (Taproot)

TUESDAY 07.23 Comedian Jeff Tate. 7:30 p.m.

Rumor Mill, DJ Jesse Cross. 10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) Open Mic with Jay Straw. 9 p.m. No cover. (Taproot) Bob Parsons. 6 p.m. (Organic Oasis)

WEDNESDAY 07.24 Thunderfish. 9 p.m. (Taproot) Comedian Jeff Tate, 7:30 p.m. Rumor Mill. 10 p.m. Comedy Open Mic. Dj Open Decks. 10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) Diane Hall. 6:30 p.m. (Organic Oasis) Whoop It Up! Jam out to old timey music. 8 p.m. (McGinleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub) Daniella Cortez Alvarez Entertainment Editor

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Blues Jam with T Harvey Combo. 8 p.m. (Blues Central)

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Open Mic with Rick Brooks. 8 p.m. (The Avenue Bar)

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Sat. July 20

Jon Bubon

Sun. July 21

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DAILY LIST Thurs 07.18 Arts, Entertainment, Culture Studio Dance Party—This studio party starts with a dance class that goes from 8 to 9 p.m. and is followed by social dancing for all levels, featuring salsa, bachata, cha cha and swing. Dance ends at 11:30 pm. Dance cost $12 per person at the door or can be prepurchased online for $10. All ages and levels are welcome. Event takes place at Alaska Dance Promotions. (300 E Dimond Blvd St.) Tom Reed presents Moved By a Mountain Inspiration from an Alpine View in Alaska — Tom Reed’s ability to expose the magnificence of “The Throneroom” through his photography and prose is a remarkable feat. Moved by a Mountain is a gift to hold and a gift to share. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Rachel at 7864782. This event is free and open to the public. Because of UAA construction, there is free parking for bookstore events. Event begins at 4 p.m. at the UAA Campus Bookstore (2901 Spirit Dr.)

cardboard, duct tape and white glue. Complete rules and registration forms are available by calling 343-4495 for more information. Pre-registration fees for youth 6-17 are $5 per boat, adults 18 over are $10 per boat, and families are $25 per boat (4 person crew with no more than 2 adults). Check in from noon to 12:45 p.m., races start at 1 p.m. at Goose Lake Park. (3220 E Northern Lights Blvd.)

Sun 07.21 Art, Culture and Entertainment Canine Frisbee and Bark in the Park — Fido fun abounds in this special day all dog! Bring the whole family out to see thrilling long distance catches, watch agility, obedience and protection demonstrations, pet contests and more. Dogs must be on leash at all times, have current license and rabies vaccine certificate. $5 per dog. Register on site Sunday, July 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Competition begins at 1 p.m. at the Delaney Park Strip Soccer Field between 10th and L Streets.

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Children & Youth

Art, Culture, and Entertainment

Summer Reading Celebration Events: MUSICIAN ANDY MASON — Participate in an interactive, multilingual, educational and fun musical experience in this entertaining and one-hour concert. For school-age youth. This is a free event and begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Mountain View Neighborhood Library (120 Bragaw St.)

Tom Reed presents Moved By a Mountain Inspiration from an Alpine View in Alaska — Tom Reed’s ability to expose the magnificence of “The Throneroom” through his photography and prose is a remarkable feat. Moved by a Mountain is a gift to hold and a gift to share. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Rachel at 7864782. This event is free and open to the public. Because of UAA construction, there is free parking for bookstore events. Event begins at 4 p.m. at the UAA Campus Bookstore (2901 Spirit Dr.)

Other Crawlspaces — Why might your crawlspace need to be improved? Are your floors cold? What are the benefits of insulating and ventilating your crawlspace? Signs include mold, condensation, and more. This class reviews best practices for improving the area for reasons of comfort, building durability, and savings. Includes clips from videos with Alaskan specific information from the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks. This class begins at 7 p.m. at Alaska Craftsman Home Project. (3400 Spenard Rd. Ste. 9)

Fri 07.19 Arts, Entertainment, Culture Angie Payne: Bouldering in Greenland/MCA Fundraiser— Join world-class athlete Angela Payne while she shares photos of her recent bouldering trip to Greenland. This event is a fundraiser for the Mountaineering Club of Alaska, Han’s Hut Project. Angela Payne began climbing indoors at the age of 11. Her success isn’t just limited to the indoor realm — Payne has numerous notable outdoor ascents under her belt. Between 2004 and 2010, Payne completed first female ascents of 17 boulder problems V10-V12. She is the first woman in the world to climb a confirmed V13. Each audience member will automatically be entered once into a raffle/prize drawing for some Mountain Hardwear Gear. Additional raffle tickets for purchase at event. This event is free and open to the public. Event begins at 7 p.m. at the UAA South Cafeteria. Event cost is $5. (2905 Providence Dr.)

Sat 07.20 Art, Culture, and Entertainment Salmon Daze Festival — Join in celebrating one of Alaska’s most valuable resources, wild salmon. Join local artists and enjoy music, face painting, Fish Pond and Buckin’ Salmon. There will be a beer garden hosted by Darwin’s Theory. Event takes place on G Street between Third and Fifth Avenues from noon to 6 p.m. (G Street) Cardboard boat regatta — Compete in an Alaska Cardboard Boat race where you’re the designer, builder and crew. Boats must be made with only corrugated

July 18 - July 24, 2013

iPhoto: an Introduction with Chris Romine from Apple Education — This is the second UAA TechZone workshop at the UAA Campus Bookstore. Everyone is welcome to attend and learn about the iPhoto program for Mac products. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Rachel at 7864782. This event is free and open to the public. Because of UAA construction, there is free parking for bookstore events. Event begins at 4 p.m. at the UAA Campus Bookstore (2901 Spirit Dr.)

Other Lighting and appliances — Would the latest in lighting technology make sense, and save cents, for your family? This class will compare the pros and cons of energy efficient lighting: CFLs and LEDs vs. incandescents. It will also explore energy saving features of new appliances. This class begins at 7 p.m. at Alaska Craftsman Home Project. (3400 Spenard Rd. Ste. 9)

Tues 07.23 Art, Culture, and Entertainment Alaskan Prospectors Society — Greg Durocher guides attendees on an engaging tour of Brazil’s very interesting places including a loupe through her wine country. Donations for rent and snacks greatly appreciated. Presentation begins at 7:45 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. (725 W. Ninth Ave.)

Other Building Science Basics — What do you gain when the components of a house work together as a system? In this class, learn the benefits, including increased comfort, health, durability and lower utility bills. The presentation explores the dynamics of heat, air and moisture in relation to the home structure, occupants and external environment. This class begins at 7 p.m. at the Alaska Craftsman Home Project. (3400 Spenard Rd. Ste 9.)

Children and Youth Summer Reading Celebration

Events: DIG INTO SCIENCE DINOSAURS — The Alaska Museum of Science and Nature invites you to experience what scientists have been digging up. Touch real dinosaur bones, identify tracks, and examine eggs, teeth, claws, and more. For school-age youth. This event begins at 2 p.m. at the Z.J. Loussac Public Library. (3600 Denali St., Level 1)

Wed 07.24 Arts, Culture, Entertainment Sizing Up Forests — Campbell Creek Science Center presents Midsummer Night Science Series. Learn about the role foresters play in maintaining the health and managing the resources of the forests from BLM forester Eric Geisler. Then head outside and practice being a forester yourself while exploring the different types of forests around Campbell Tract. Program is family friendly and free. Program begins at 7 p.m. at Campbell Creek Science Center (5600 Science Center Rd.) Weathered Edge: Three Alaskan Novellas — Kris Farmen and Martha Amore come together to read and discuss their stories in Weathered Edge, published by V.P. and D House. In Kris Farmen’s Edge of Somewhere, Alaskan surfers are mingled up with sharks in Australia. In Weathered In by Martha Amore, Anchorage is the backdrop for her story. “The day we were to move to Eagle River, I woke up to the sound of a woman screaming.” This event is free and open to the public. Because of UAA construction, there is free parking for bookstore events. Event begins at 4 p.m. at the UAA Campus Bookstore (2901 Spirit Dr.) Go-Go Sassy — A work out with serious sex appeal and moves to take straight to the dance floor. Class is for adults 18 and over, $10 for the class. Class is presented by Momentum Dance Collective at Out North Contemporary Art House at 6 p.m. (3800 DeBarr Rd.)

Children and Youth Summer Reading Celebration Events: DIG INTO SCIENCE DINOSAURS — The Alaska Museum of Science and Nature invites you to experience what scientists have been digging up. Touch real dinosaur bones, identify tracks, and examine eggs, teeth, claws, and more. For school-age youth. This event begins at 2 p.m. at Muldoon Neighborhood Library. (1251 Muldoon Rd.)

Other Ice Dams — Did the record snow loads take its toll on your house? This class covers ways to protect your roof against damage by ensuring your attic has proper air sealing, insulation and ventilation. Find out what causes ice dams and how to prevent them next winter in this class. This class begins at 7 p.m. at the Alaska Craftsman Home Project. (3400 Spenard Rd. Ste 9.)

ONGOING ACTIVITIES Knitters of the North — Knitters of the North meets every Saturday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. All knitters are welcome. Bring your knitting. (2222 E Tudor Rd.) Food for Life Cancer Prevention & Survival Cooking & Nutrition Classes — Sponsored by PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) this class series is designed by physicians, nutrition experts, and registered dietitians, that includes information about how certain foods and nutrients work to promote or discourage cancer growth, along with cooking demonstrations of simple and healthy recipes that can be recreated easily at home. Each 2½-hour class includes a nutrition video and discussion, followed by a cooking demonstration of 4 or 5 different foods. Attendees then have the opportunity to taste the food prepared in class and take home the recipes. This event repeats every Thursday at 6 p.m. starting ending on Thursday, August 1 at Providence Family Medicine Center. (1201 E. 36th Ave)

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Borealis Toastmaster’s Club — A member of Toastmasters International, this club’s mission is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills. The club will meet every Thursday from 7-8 a.m. at the BP building. (900 E. Benson Blvd., Suite 146) MOTHER GOOSE — Twenty minutes of nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays and action for infants, birth to 18 months, and their caregivers. This event repeats every Friday through July 26 at 2:30 p.m. at the Z.J. Loussac Library. (3600 Denali St.) FAMILY STORYTIME — A half-hour of stories, songs, and more to build early literacy skills; a blend of entertainment and education for children birth through kindergarten and their caregivers. This event repeats every Saturday through July 27 at 1:30 p.m. at the Z.J. Loussac Public Library. (3600 Denali St.) DIG INTO READING! SUMMER READING CELEBRATION — Everyone’s invited to “Dig into Reading” as part of Anchorage Public Library’s 2013 Summer Reading Celebration. Sign-up starts May 18. Kids: Read and keep track of your minutes in the official summer reading booklet for a chance to earn prizes. Teens: Delve “Beneath the Surface.” Track your minutes online for rewards and recommend your favorite reads to other teens. Adults: Write online reviews to be entered in weekly drawings. This events repeats every day from 12 to 9 p.m. until July 31 at all Anchorage Public Library locations.

Anchorage Public Library Events GAMING at MULDOON— Games galore at the Muldoon Neighborhood Library on Tuesdays with video games, board games, card games and snacks! If you plan on attending with a large group, please call ahead at 343-4035. Tuesdays, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Muldoon.

with your family to enjoy a classic or a new favorite movie. Call 3432818 for movie titles. Fridays, 3 p.m. at Mountain View Library, Community Room.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT ANCHORAGE GO CLUB— The Anchorage Go Club meets to enjoy the strategic and ancient games of Go and backgammon. Players of all abilities are welcome, and there is always somebody available to teach a beginner. More info at www. knotical—arts.com/goclub. Free. 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday and every Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Title Wave Books (1360 W. Northern Lights Blvd.) CHESS CLUB— Are you the next Bobby Fischer or Garry Kasparov? Come find out at the chess club. All skill levels are welcome. Free. 5 to 10 p.m. each Friday at Title Wave Books (1360 W. Northern Lights Blvd.) COOKING CLASS — Classes weekly covering a variety of themes. Times and prices vary. Details at www.aphome.com. Classes at Allen & Petersen (3002 Seward Hwy.) CRAFT ‘N’ CHAT— Meets every Thursday evening in the Arts Room at the Anchorage Senior Center from 6 to 9 p.m. (1300 E. 19th Ave.) D&D ENCOUNTERS— Get into the action quickly by creating a classic 1st—level D&D character using the new D&D Essentials rules options, or grab a pre—generated one. For players of all levels. Free. Contact 274-4112. Thursdays, 6 p.m. at BOSCO’S Spenard. (2606 Spenard)

NETWORKING OPPS ANCHORAGE COMPUTER CLUB— Come and share your computer issues and knowledge and get answers for basic to advanced computer questions. Call 267—4200 with any questions. Fridays from 8 to 9 a.m. at Elim Cafe (561 W. Dimond Blvd.)

GAMING at TEEN UNDERGROUND— Need a study break? Join in for open gaming on Xbox and PS3. Fridays, 3-5 p.m. Teen Underground, Loussac, level 3. TEEN OPEN ZONE— Come get your game on! There are board games, card games, and video games for the new or experienced gamer. Wednesdays, 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. at Mountain View Library, Community Room. FAMILY MOVIES— Grab a bag of popcorn or a snack and settle in

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Robots vs. aliens In a summer of dull blockbusters, Pacific Rim is a welcome dose of fun By Bob Grimm

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igantic alien beasts get beat by robots that don’t turn into trucks and cars in Guillermo del Toro’s alternately exhilarating and stale Pacific Rim. This movie is full-on crazy in the head in an often very good, very fun way. This is del Toro’s first directorial project after abandoning The Hobbit, and I’m going on record as saying del Toro made a good call. I had a hard time staying awake during the first Hobbit movie. That wasn’t the case with this bad boy when the big fights were going on. It’s the near future, and some freaky beasts called kaiju are rising from the ocean depths and tearing cities to shreds. Do we nuke them? No. That would be too easy. Instead, we spend kazillions to build a bunch of hardcore robots that are driven by pilots melding their minds together. It makes absolutely no sense, and I don’t care because it’s fun. Nearly all of these battles take place in the dark, in the rain or in the ocean. Normally, I would scream copout, because this is a technique used by directors to cheat a bit on the CGI (obviously, it’s a lot harder to create computer-generated monsters for broad daylight than the dark). Even if this is del Toro cheating, it works. Having the battles go down in the dark makes them scarier. As for the people inside the robots, watching them throw their fists and move their legs to control the machines is immersive. I felt like I was throwing punches and wielding swords watching them do it. Del Toro puts you in the battles. Some of those same people throwing punches at monsters via big robots are a little dull outside of their massive steel shells. Charlie Hunnam, who plays the protagonist, Raleigh, has one of those movie trailer voices. Every time he spoke, I thought he was going to say something like, “In a world where robots beat mon-

A summer blockbuster that delivers the action goods.

sters…” He fails to really distinguish himself in this film. Rinko Kikuchi is fine as Mako Mori, a wannabe pilot with a secret past that is keeping her from her robot dreams. Speaking of Mako Mori’s past, it provides perhaps the film’s greatest moment. Del Toro takes us into Mako Mori’s memory as she is running away from a monster in a city street. Experiencing the horror of one of the monsters from the vantage point of a child is powerful stuff, and del Toro makes it an amazing sequence. For comic relief, there’s Charlie Day as a hyperactive scientist who collects kaiju tattoos. The bespectacled Day is 2013’s answer to Rick Moranis; his presence here is much like the nerdy Louis in Ghost Busters. Ron Perlman gets perhaps the film’s biggest laughs as Hannibal Chau, a monster collector who sells their crap for fertilizer. Idris Elba lends his formidable presence as Stacker, leader of the robot guys and deliverer of huge, rousing “Cancel the Apocalypse!” speeches. Admittedly, when the movie isn’t dealing with robot on monster smackdowns, it’s a little boring, perhaps even tedious. For those of you looking for a summer blockbuster that delivers the action goods, you won’t mind sifting through the sleepy passages to get to the good stuff. The kaiju make for great movie monsters because they come in many incarnations. They look like everything from rhinos to devils, they spit some sort of plasma lasers that act like acid, and the bastards even fly on occasion. Pacific Rim isn’t the all-time classic I was hoping for, but it is

good, and in a summer where many blockbusters have faltered, I’m glad to get one that’s at least entertaining. If you can catch it in 3D, do yourself a favor and spend the couple extra bucks. Del Toro shot in 3D, and it looks great.

Byzantium (iTunes, IFC On Demand)

Orange is the New Black (Netflix original series)

Now showing at Century 16 (301 East 36th Ave.), Regal Dimond Center (800 East Dimond Blvd.) and Tikahtnu Stadium (1102 North Muldoon Road).

Pacific Rim Rate PG-13 Directed by Guillermo del Toro Starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Rinko Kikuchi 131 minutes

HOMEVIEWING Movie: B-

Director Neil Jordan makes a vampire film that is actually worth watching, the first of its kind in a long while since vampires started sparkling and moping with the Twilight films. Saoirse Ronan stars as Eleanor, a vampire permanently stuck at the age of 16 for over 200 years, roaming the Earth with her prostitute vampire mother, Clara (Gemma Arterton). Eleanor likes to write her stories down, and then throw them away, as a means of keeping her secrets. She meets an interesting and ill boy (Caleb Landry Jones) and starts thinking that her vampire life is kind of boring. It’s nice to see a vampire story with a majestic scope that goes beyond camp. Jordan literally has waterfalls of blood in his movie, bringing his true sense of style to the proceedings. Ronan and Arterton keep things interesting, even when the film is a bit dull at times. Sam Riley (so good in Control) shows up as a former soldier with a secret, giving the vampire backstory additional depth. And depth is what makes this the best vampire movie in a long while. It’s not a great film (dull stretches abound) but it does give the genre an injection of something different. Ronan was having a bad year after the horror that was The Host. Perhaps this will get her back on track. It’s good to see her talents devoted to something worthwhile rather than one of the year’s worst films.

Show: C-

I suspect a lot critics giving this show a rave review failed to watch past the first few episodes. This female prison drama starts like gangbusters out of the gate, with touches of brilliance and great humor. By the time I got to the 13th episode, I was a few hours past over it. This one loses steam fast and becomes quite the let down. The show degenerates from an introspective look into a woman’s stint in prison to a parade of clichés and no surprises. At first, the story of Piper Chapman (Taryn Schilling), going up the river for a felony she committed 10 years before, is nothing short of awesome. The show also boasts the best performance from Jason Biggs in a long time as her beleaguered boyfriend (There’s even a great American Pie joke). As Piper settles in for prison life, we get everybody we’ve come to expect in a prison drama. You get the crazy guards, the tough Russian woman in charge of the kitchen, the ex-lesbian lover (Laura Prepon) who happens to be incarcerated with Piper. And, god forbid, there’s a Christmas pageant episode. It’s too bad. For a while there, I thought I was watching the next best thing on TV since, well, Netflix gave us a season of Arrested Development. The story of Piper had me for a few hours before the show degenerated into comical sex scenes and, worst of all, too much time devoted to a religious fanatic meth head character played by Taryn Manning. The show, which ends on quite the cliffhanger, is already greenlit for another season. I hope they can recapture some of the magic evident in the first couple of episodes. Schilling’s performance endures, even when the scripts do not.

Saoirse Ronan stars as a 16-year-old with a secret in Neil Jordan’s Byzantium

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FILMEVENTS>> A Place at the Table â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Hunger is not just a third world problem. Forty-nine million people in the U.S.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;one in four childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know where their next meal is coming from. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her kids; Rosie, a fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford. The film includes insights from sociologist Janet Poppendieck, author Raj Patel and nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle; and activists such as Witness to Hungerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mariana Chilton, Top Chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tom Colicchio and Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges. Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decidesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as they have in the pastâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all. The Food Film Festival is a co-presentation of the Bear Tooth Theatrepub, Alaska Center for the Environment and Alaska Food Policy Council. Showing Monday, July 22, at 5:30 p.m. at Bear Tooth Theatrepub. (1230 W 27th Ave.) Somm â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Somm takes the viewer on a humorous, emotional and illuminating look into a mysterious worldâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the Court of Master Sommeliers and the massively intimidating Master Sommelier Exam. The Court of Master Sommeliers is one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prestigious, secretive, and exclusive organizations. Since its inception almost 40 years ago, less than 200 candidates have reached the exalted Master level. The exam covers literally every nuance of the world of wine, spirits and cigars. Those who have passed have put at risk their personal lives, their well being, and often their sanity to pull it off. Shrouded in secrecy, access to the Court Of Master Sommeliers has always been strictly regulated, and

cameras have never been allowed anywhere near the exam, until now. How much do you think you know about wine? Somm will make you think again. Showing Monday, July 22, at 7:45 p.m. at Bear Tooth Theatrepub. (1230 W 27th Ave.) More than Honey â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Academy Award-nominated director Markus Imhoof (The Boat Is Full), whose family has kept honeybees for three generations, travels the globe investigating the mystery of bees dying off in large numbers. Bees pollinate most plants, so more than honey is at risk; without bees it is estimated that a third of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food would not existâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;so their threatened extinction is a big threat to humanity also. Imhoof interviews beekeepers, farmers and scientists, traveling from Switzerland to California (where truckloads of bees for hire are driven long distances from crop to crop), to China (where human workers clumsily hand paint pollen onto each plant after bees have been killed off by pesticides), to Australia (where bees did not exist until imported by European settlers). Surprising up-close camerawork reveals the complex society and swarm intelligence at work inside the hive; unprecedented closeups of bees in flight are beautiful and eye opening. More Than Honey is a fascinating, amazing and vital film. (Partially subtitled). Showing Tuesday, July 23, at 5:30 p.m. at Bear Tooth Theatrepub. (1230 W 27th Ave.) GMO OMG â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The film tells the story of a fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discovery of GMOs through the symbolic act of poor Haitian farmers burning seeds in defiance of Monsantoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gift of 475 tons of hybrid corn and vegetable seeds to Haiti shortly after the devastating earthquake of January 2010. After a journey to Haiti to learn why hungry farmers would burn seeds, the real awakening of what has happened to our food in the US, what we are feeding our families, and what is at stake for the global food supply unfolds in a trip across the United States and other countries in search of answers. Are we at a tipping point? Is it time to take back our food? The encroaching darkness of unknown health and environmental risks, seed take over, chemical toxins,

and food monopoly meets with the light of a growing resistance of organic farmers, concerned citizens, and a burgeoning movement to take back what we have lost. Showing Tuesday, July 23, at 7:45 p.m. at Bear Tooth Theatrepub. (1230 W 27th Ave.) Cafeteria Man â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cafeteria Man is a story of positive movement that shows whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible in our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schools. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about the aspiration of activists and citizens coming together to change the way kids eat at school. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about overhauling a dysfunctional nutritional system. And, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the story of what it takes, and who it takes, to make solutions happen. The feature documentary film chronicles an ambitious effort to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;greenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the public school diet serving 83,000 students in Baltimore. Leading the charge to replace pre-plated, processed foods with locally grown, freshly prepared meals is Tony Geraci, food-service director for the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public schools. A charismatic chef from New Orleans, Geraciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bold vision includes school vegetable gardens, student-designed meals, meatless Mondays, and nutrition education in the classroom. His mission is as audacious as it is practical. Showing Wednesday, July 24, at 5:30 p.m. at Bear Tooth Theatrepub. (1230 W 27th Ave.) Now, Forager â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lucien and Regina are foragers. They gather wild mushrooms in the woodlands of New Jersey and sell them to restaurants in New York. Their lifestyle is simple, their income unstable. To improve their financial security and to follow a more fulfilling personal career path, Regina decides to take a job cooking at a high-end restaurant. Lucien disapproves and instead, he proposes to give up their apartment and live as all-time itinerant foragers. As individual desires take them down divergent paths over the course of a year, their marriage slowly comes apart. Showing Wednesday, July 24, at 7:45 p.m. at Bear Tooth Theatrepub. (1230 W 27th Ave.) The Beer Hunter: The Story of Michael Jackson â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good chance that the beer in your hand is the result of Michael Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s writing. No other individual

did more to celebrate the history, culture, and enjoyment of craft beer. Yet many new fans of craft beer have no idea who he was, and his role in the global phenomenon that is the craft brewing movement. This film is a tribute to his efforts and life. Michael Jackson is a legend in the world of craft brewing. His 1977 book, The World Guide to Beer, was the first of its kind, and the first to categorize almost every major style of beer in the world. His 1993 television series, The Beer Hunter, became an instant classic, and helped launch the spectacular craft beer movement that we take for granted today. Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s engaging writing literally saved many styles of beer from extinction, and his work inspired an entire generation of brewers to experiment with beer styles from around the world. Many in the beer world are unaware that Michael was also the leading author on the subject of whiskey, and his books on whiskey have sold more copies worldwide than his books on beer. His sudden death in 2007, at the age of 65, shocked the beer and whiskey worlds. His legacy and contributions were substantial, and should be recognized and remembered. As a person, Michael was one of the best, as those fortunate enough to know him can attest to. Showing Wednesday, July 24, at 9:45 p.m. at Bear Tooth Theatrepub. (1230 W 27th Ave.) The Amazing Trail â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The film unveils the reasons why viewers honor the Iditarod musherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and their dogs every year, and why it is an important part of Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. Following the film meet legendary musher Rod Perry as he shares stories about the trail and answers your questions. Bring a camera and get your picture taken with Rod, his original sled, and his dog. Showing Monday, Wednesday and Fridays through July 31, at 7 p.m. in the Bear and Raven Theater. Admission is $12. (315 E Street.) FRIDAY FAMILY MOVIESâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; 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, 3-5 p.m. in the Mountain View Library Community Room (120 Bragaw Street)

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Supervolcanoes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Travel back in time and experience the massive volcanic eruptions that shaped the Earth and solar system. Journey to Yellowstone National Park, Neptuneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moon Triton and Jupiterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moon Io to witness historic eruptions. Could a supervolcano erupt in our era? Scientists weigh in. Showing at 1:45 p.m. daily at the Anchorage Museum (625 C St.)

Astronomy Alive â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Join a science educator on a narrated tour through the night sky. Shows vary based on night sky occurrences. 6:30 p.m. on each First Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through August 30, at the Anchorage Museum (625 C St.)

EXPERIENCE THE AURORAâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Marvel as the Northern Lights shimmer and glisten overhead through time-lapse footage captured in the Arctic Circle. This immersive show is the next best thing to being under Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winter night sky. Unearth the science behind auroras, and learn about mankindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quest to find and understand this incredible phenomenon. 1 p.m. weekdays, through August 30, at the Anchorage Museum. (625 C St.)

Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pink Floydâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll masterpiece comes to life in this full-dome music and light show that interprets this classic album through mesmerizing HD graphics. This is not a laser light show, but the next generation of computer generated imagery. Audience advisory: Adult subject matter. Showing 4:30 p.m. each Sunday, through August 30,at the Anchorage Museum (625 C St.)

LED ZEPPELIN COSMIC LIGHT SHOWâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Be transported by moodprovoking abstract art, themebased imagery and transportive effects choreographed to some of Led Zeppelinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest hits, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whole Lotta Love,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Immigrant Songâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ramble On.â&#x20AC;? Audience advisory: Adult subject matter. 4:30 p.m. each Saturday through August 30, at the Anchorage Museum (625 C St.)

Into the Deep â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 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 faceto-face with fascinating underwater creatures such as vampire squid and pelican eels. Discover how diving vessels make these underwater encounters possible for humans. Showing 3:30 p.m. daily at the Anchorage Museum (625 C St.) Wonders of the Universe â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Peer deep into space through the eyes of the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope and travel back billions of years to witness the birth of the universe. On this immersive excursion through the sky, witness the formation of galaxies and explore some of the most wondrous nebulae and astronomical structures yet discovered. Showing 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, at the Anchorage Museum (625 C St.)

DINOSAUR PASSAGE TO PANGAEA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; This new animated adventure explains one of the greatest geological events in Earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history: The separation 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. 12:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through August 30, at the Anchorage Museum. (625 C St.)

Alaska Spirit of the Wild â&#x20AC;&#x201D; This planetarium show is an Academy Award-nominated adventure into untamed Alaska. Charlton Heston narrates as glaciers calve, caribou stampede and a wolf pack hunts. Showing at 12:15 p.m. Monday through Friday, at the Anchorage Museum (625 C St.)

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662 Sporting Goods GOLF BAG WITH SET OF CLUBS

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670 Want to Buy/Trade Young, Birch Trees

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637 Household

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652 Pets/Supplies

652 Pets/Supplies

TELL YOUR MOTHER-IN LAW THE GUEST ROOM IS TAKEN! Alaska Dog & Puppy Rescue invites you to join our group and become a foster parent to a homeless dog. All supplies are provided - food, crates, toys, and blankets. YOU PROVIDE THE LOVE… Alaska Dog & Puppy Rescue 745-7030 adpr03@yahoo.com

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PUZZLES Code quote In these Code Quotes from America’s history, each letter given is a code consisting of another letter. To solve this Code Quote, you must decode the puzzle by replacing each letter with the correct one. An example is shown. A ‘clue’ is available if you need extra help. Example: G E O R G E W A S H I N G T O N Is coded as: W J A M W J G I T C X Z W F A Z

ES P    PDDPYN P    ZQ    RZG P CY X PY E     TD    A ZH P C ;    LYO    A ZH P C,    W ZORP O   LD    T E    F DE    M P    TY    SF X LY    

SLYO,    HT W W    P G P     M P     W TL M W P     E Z     L M F S P.    UL PD    X LOTDZ Y

Hint:  Nicknamed “Jemmy”, this person was the oldest of twelve children in a family of local and national leaders. Last week’s answer:  “There is danger from all men.  The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.”  John Adams

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CROSSWORD C[N] DOUBLE ACROSS 1 Least distant 8 “Mr. Mom” co-star 16 Prefix with physics 20 Accept the opinion of 21 Was very meaningful 22 Word after New or golden 23 Compound in Tums 25 Part of FYI 26 “It’s -!” (“See you then!”) 27 Put a flaw in 28 Run- - (pioneering rap trio) 29 Fats Domino’s “Whole - Loving” 30 Departs in a ship 32 Man - cloth 35 Wrinkle-free textile fiber 36 Previous to, in odes 37 What women film directors and producers break through 40 Satisfied sigh 42 - the finish 43 Lilting tune 44 - dixit 45 “Pony Time” singer

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Gorilla researcher Fossey Delhi money “Buddy” star Russo Greek consonants “All in the Family” in-law Mike Kill - killed Rumple Former rival of Best Buy Salt Lake City student Robert Frost, e.g. Requiring no prescription: Abbr. Scientologist - Hubbard Pooh-bah School cutups “- Herr” Sprint Valorous Revolting Turner Bern’s river All wound up “And quickly!” Numismatist 1995-2007 NFL lineman Warren America’s “Uncle”

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NEWS OF THE WEIRD By Chuck Shepherd

Community organizer: Chicago style

Despite Chicago’s recent crisis of gang-related street murders, the Roseland Community Hospital in a tough south-side neighborhood is on the verge of closing because of finances, and community groups have been energetically campaigning to keep it open. Joining civic leaders in the quest is the Black Disciples street gang, whose co-founder Don Acklin begged in June for the hospital to remain open, explaining, “It’s bad enough we’re out here harming each other.” Besides wounded gang members needing emergency care, said Acklin, closing would amount to “genocide” because of all the innocent people exposed to crossfire.

Government in action

Suspicions confirmed: A warehouse in Landover, Maryland, maintained by a company working on contract for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, contained “secret rooms” of furniture and equipment described as “man caves” for company employees. The EPA inspector general announced the discovery in May, and the government confiscated TVs, refrigerators, couches, personal photos, pin-ups, magazines and videos that the contractor’s personnel brought in while ostensibly “working” on agency business. ***** Scotland’s Parliament was revealed in May to be considering, as part of its Children and Young People Bill, guaranteeing that specific, named persons would be appointed for every Scottish child at birth, charged with overseeing that child’s welfare until adulthood. A Daily Telegraph story acknowledged that the bill is “remarkably vague” about the duties and powers of the designated persons and thus it is unclear how the law might affect typical parent-child relationships. ***** Update: “(Supermodels) is the one exception (to U.S. immigration policy) that we all scratch our heads about,” said a Brookings Institution policy analyst, speaking to Bloomberg Businessweek in May. Foreign-born sports stars and entertainers are fast-tracked with American work permits under one system, but supermodels were excluded from that and must thus compete (successfully, it turns out) with physicists and nuclear engineers to earn visas among the 65,000 slots available only to “skilled workers with college degrees.” As such, around 250 beauties are admitted every year. (The most recent attempt to get supermodels their own visa category was championed in 2005 and 2007 by, appropriately, then-U.S.-Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York.) ***** In Lytle, Texas, in May, just 33 people voted for candidates for three openings on the school board, including the only voter

who cast a ballot in District 1. Christina Mercado was the 1-0 winner, but someone else voted for her. Mercado cannot vote for District 1 candidates because she does not live there, and neither does the one candidate who opposed her. However, according to Texas law, Mercado can legally represent District 1 on the school board.

Police report

Rewarding the breast disguises: (1) An April crime report in San Francisco, noting that a female driver had rammed another car in a parking-space dispute, noted that the victim gave officers little help. The man could not tell officers the model car that hit him, and certainly not a license plate number, but he “was able to give a detailed description of the suspect’s cleavage.” No arrest was reported. (2) Colombian prisoner Giovanni Rebolledo was serving a 60-year sentence (as a member of the “Los Topos” gang charged with extortion, kidnapping and torture) when he escaped and decided on an extreme identity change in order to move about in the country. He became “Rosalinda,” complete with, according to Colombia Reports news service, “impressive” breast implants, but nonetheless was identified in May in a routine traffic stop and arrested. ***** In Kobe, Japan, in May, an unemployed, 32-year-old man carried out a minor theft (stealing a wallet from a parked scooter) apparently just to be locked up in the world famous city. Besides being the home of Kobe beef, it is acclaimed for its French, Chinese and octopus cuisines, and in fact, Kobe’s Nagata Ward Precinct is renowned for the special gourmet boxed meals prepared by local bento shops, delivered daily to prisoners, which the thief said was foremost on his mind. ***** More time needed on the firing range: In May, an Orlando Sentinel columnist demanded a federal investigation into the 2010 police killing of Torey Breedlove in Orlando’s Pine Hills neighborhood, noting that killing the unarmed Breedlove somehow required 137 shots, with cops missing on at least 115. The columnist added that the Justice Department is currently investigating a Cleveland, Ohio, case in which local police killed two unarmed men but coincidentally also required 137 shots. (In both cases, the officers were exonerated after local investigators determined the officers believed the suspects were armed.)

Creme de la weird

Whitby, United Kingdom, town councilman Simon Parkes, 58, confessed to a reporter in June that he had had an extramarital affair—in fact, an extraterrestrial extramarital affair—with the 9-foot-tall Cat Queen, and that she had born him a child. Parkes said the Cat Queen is biding her time until technology is available to bring her and the child to Earth. Said Parkes, “There are plenty of people in my position who don’t choose to come out

and say it because they are terrified it will destroy their careers.” Parkes said his wife knows about his periodic meetings with the Cat Queen and is “very unhappy, clearly.”

Recurring themes

Least competent criminals: Shaun Paneral was questioned by police in Carlsbad, New Mexico, in May, on a loud-music complaint and, concerned that he already had an outstanding arrest warrant, gave his name as “Shaun Paul.” Paneral thus became the most recent perp to choose his alias badly. “Shaun Paul,” whoever he is, is also wanted by police in New Mexico, and Paneral was arrested for the false ID. ***** It’s good to be a dog in the first world: The British company Paw Seasons has created a holiday for dogs (surely to appeal to guilt-ridden owners who leave them behind on their own holidays) priced at the equivalent of $73,000, consisting of a private suite for two weeks, with dog-friendly Hollywood movies, trips to the beach, surfing “lessons,” spa and grooming treatment (including pedicure) by Harrod’s, outfits from Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, and Mulberry, and the piece de resistance—a personal dog house created in the image of the owner’s own house.

The Jesus and Mary World Tour (all-new!)

Recent appearances: Norwalk, Connecticut, in May (Jesus in an ink smear on a page of the newspaper The Hour). Saugus, Massachusetts, March (Jesus on a drop cloth in a home). Bradenton, Florida, February (Jesus in profile on a carton of Corona beer). Halifax, Nova Scotia, March (Jesus in a knot of wood on furniture in a store). San Antonio, December (Jesus on a tortilla shell—an item on which he has appeared previously at other sites). Herne Bay, England, October (Jesus on a patch of mold behind a refrigerator). Phoenix, June (Jesus in a smudge on the floor at Sky Harbor International Airport). Northumberland, England, March (Jesus in the condensation on a windshield). Brooklyn, Ohio, February (Jesus in bird droppings on a windshield).

A News of the Weird Classic (August 2009)

Donald Duck may be a lovable icon of comic mishap to American youngsters, but in Germany, he is wise and complicated and retains followers well past their childhoods. Using licensed Disney storylines and art, the legendary translator Erika Fuchs created an erudite Donald, who often “quotes from German literature, speaks in grammatically complex sentences, and is prone to philosophical musings,” according to a May Wall Street Journal dispatch. Though Donald and Uncle Scrooge (“Dagoberto”) speak in a lofty richness, nephews Tick, Trick and Track use the slang of youth. Recently in Stuttgart, academics gathered for the 32nd annual convention of the “German Organization for NonCommercial Followers of Pure Donaldism,” with presentations on such topics as Duckburg’s solar system.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY By Rob Brezsny

SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21)

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22)

We keep million-dollar works of art in well-guarded museums. Paintings created hundreds of years ago are treated with reverence and protected as if they were magical treasures. Meanwhile, beautiful creatures that took nature eons to produce donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get the same care. At least 5,000 animal and plant species are going extinct every year, in large part due to human activities. Among the recently lost works of art are the Madeiran Large White butterfly, West African black rhinoceros, Formosan clouded leopard, golden toad, and Tecopa pupfish. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m asking you not to allow a similar discrepancy in your own life, Cancerian. The astrological omens say that now is a perfect moment to intensify your love for the natural world. I urge you to meditate on how crucial it is to nurture your interconnectedness with all of life, not just the civilized part.

LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22)

Hurry up, please. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time. No more waffling or procrastinating. You really need to finish up the old business that has dragged on too long. You really should come to definitive decisions about ambiguous situations, even if they show no sign of resolution. As for those nagging questions that have yielded no useful answers: I suggest you replace them with different questions. And how about those connections that have been draining your energy? Re-evaluate whether they are worth trying to fix.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22)

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This morning I walked to the place where the street-cleaners dump the rubbish,â&#x20AC;? wrote painter Vincent van Gogh in one his letters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My God, it was beautiful.â&#x20AC;? Was he being ironic or sarcastic? Not at all. He was sincere. As an artist, he had trained himself to be intrigued by scenes that other people dismissed as ugly or irrelevant. His sense of wonder was fully awake. He could find meaning and even enchantment anywhere. Your next assignment, Virgoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;should you choose to accept itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is to experiment with seeing the world as van Gogh did.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22)

I believe you will undergo a kind of graduation in the next four weeks, Libra. Graduation from what? Maybe from a life lesson youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been studying for a while or from an institution that has given you all it can. Perhaps you will climax your involvement with a situation that has made big demands on you. I suspect that during this time of completion you will have major mixed feelings, ranging from sadness that a chapter of your story is coming to an end to profound gratification at how much you have grown during this chapter.

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your favorite sin, Scorpio? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m talking about the mischievous vice or rebel tendency or excessive behavior that has taught you a lot. It may be the case that now and then this transgressive departure from normalcy has had redeeming value, and has even generated some interesting fun. Perhaps it puts you in touch with a magic that generates important changes, even if it also exacts a toll on you. Whatever your â&#x20AC;&#x153;favorite sinâ&#x20AC;? is, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m guessing that you need to develop a more conscious and mature relationship with it. The time has come for it to evolve.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21)

The Sagittarian writer and artist William Blake (1757-1827) made drawings of many eminent people who had died before he was born. Julius Caesar was the subject of one of his portraits. Others included Dante, Shakespeare, and Moses. How did Blake manage to capture their likenesses in such great detail? He said their spirits visited him in the form of apparitions. Really? I suppose thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also important to note that he had a robust and exquisite imagination. I suspect that in the coming weeks you, too, will have an exceptional ability to visualize things in your mindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye. Maybe not with the gaudy skill of Blake, but potent nevertheless. What would be the best use of this magic power?

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19)

How close do you really want to be to the people you care about? I invite you to think about this with unsentimental candor. Do you prefer there to be some distance between you? Are you secretly glad thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a buffer zone that prevents you from being too profoundly engaged? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not saying thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bad thing. It might be correct for who you are right now. I merely want to suggest that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for you to know the exact nature of your need for intimacy. If you find that you actually do want to be closer, spend the next four weeks making that happen. Ask your precious allies to collaborate with you in going deeper.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18)

I love your big, energetic thoughts. I enjoy watching as your wild intuitive leaps lead you to understandings that mere logic could never produce. I have benefited many times from the Aquarian tribeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to see angles no one else can discern. In the immediate future, though, I hope you will be a specialist in analyzing the details and mastering mundane mysteries. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be rooting for you to think small and be precise. Can you manage that? I expect thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a sweet reward. You will generate good fortune for yourself by being practical, sensible, and earthy.

PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20)

Is it a river or a creek? Is it a mountain or a hill? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for you to decide questions like theseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;preferably on the basis of

the actual evidence rather than on wishful thinking. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not saying that the river is better than the creek or that the mountain is better than the hill. I simply want you to know that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to be clear about which it is. The same principle applies to other experiences youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll soon have. Is the catalytic person youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dealing with a temporary friend or a loyal ally? Is the creation youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re nurturing just a healthy diversion or is it potentially a pivotal element in transforming your relationship with yourself? Is the love thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blooming a transient pleasure or a powerful upgrade thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth working on with all your ingenuity?

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19)

The 19th-century Italian composer Gioachino Rossini was a prolific creator who produced 39 operas. Renowned for his lyrical melodies, he was sometimes referred to as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Italian Mozart.â&#x20AC;? So confident was he in his abilities that he bragged he could set a laundry list to music. I trust you will have comparable aplomb in the coming weeks, Aries, since you will be asked to do the equivalent of composing an opera using a laundry list for inspiration. This will be a different challenge than making lemonade out of lemons, but it could be even more fun and interesting.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20)

Is the grass really greener on the other side of the fence? Or is its more vivid hue just an optical illusion caused by your inability to see the situation objectively? Judging from my analysis of your current astrological omens, I suspect that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not deluded. The grass really is greener. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to note the reason why this is true, which is that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more manure over on the other side of the fence. So your next question is this: Are you willing to put up with more crap in order to get the benefits of the greener grass?

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20)

You know the voice in your head thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of a sneaky bastard? The voice that sometimes feeds you questionable advice and unreliable theories? Well, I suspect that this voice might be extra active in the coming week. But hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the weird thing: It might actually have a sound idea or two for you to consider acting on. For once, its counsel may be based on accurate intuition. So donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t completely lower your guard, Gemini. Maintain a high degree of discernment towards the sneaky bastardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pronouncements. But also be willing to consider the possibility that this generator of so much mischief could at least temporarily be a source of wisdom.

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