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OPINION: A TIME FOR DREAMERS

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BY HOWARD WEAVER

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Celebrating Alaska’s treasures, strengths

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managed to maximize revenue and minimize environmental risk. The president is long gone now and Alaskans are back at RESIDENT OBAMA’S recent attention to Alaska—espe- work imagining what the future will hold. Though the landcially in Dillingham, Kotzebue and Seward—provides a scape these days looks rocky, Alaskans have long been reinwelcome focus for looking beyond the bleak landscape of venting their lives, and this is no time to stop. Bigdreams fit and the dictates of free trade with other U.S. states limits how oil price collapse and budget cuts toward a brighter, more sus- well in a big state. much Alaska can do in this arena, but Iceland’s success surely tainable future. For perhaps the first time since western contact, These are the kinds of ideas I’d add to the list: suggests paying attention to the concept, which has American Alaskans may be motivated to turn away from the love-’em• As China’s takeover of Hong Kong loomed, tens of thouand-leave-’em dynamics of extraction to embrace their genuine sands of residents there sought refuge in more hospitable, freer roots reaching back to Alexander Hamilton. • Finally, think about the biggest dream around nowadays, a treasures: the cultural diversity and frontier spirit of its people; societies. I lobbied then for Alaska to spend some small frachuman mission to Mars. Technologists and scientists around an abundance of renewable resources that can be managed and tion of its “economic development” budget on a campaign to the world will figure out how to power the journey, but who sustained forever; and indigenous wisdom from the North that entice and assist some in moving to Alaska. Imagine the incan benefit all mankind. can teach the explorers to thrive in unforgiving environments; fusion of 10,000 driven, entrepreneurial people into the state’s Seward, then trapped in antique notions of development, to keep the peace in crowded, small communities where must economy. They had built a capitalist wonderland in Hong Kong once invested its hope in projects like a shiny new grain expeople live and work in constant togetherness; to make deciwith no exportable natural resources at all. Imagine what they port terminal and a prison on the outskirts of town. Yet despite sions in non-confrontational ways? The wisdom of Alaska’s inmight have done together with Alaskans. sometimes ugly protests and resistance to “federal interference,” digenous people could hold crucial answers to those questions. (Just before World War II there was a proposal to settle it was the creation of Kenai Fjords National If I was flying away with a Mars colony, I’d damned sure displaced Jews in Alaska. There’s anPark and opening of the Alaska SeaLife want an Inupiaq elder along for the journey. Though the landscape other group known for doing much with Center that created lasting economic value. None of this is a panacea; there are no silver bullets. The urdamned little.) In Dillingham, the president stood at the gent need for economic recovery and reformation of politics in these days looks rocky, • Making something out of nearly heart of the eternal debate about renewable Alaska demands hard work and quick action on a wide range Alaskans have long nothing? How about the 10 “Kids From versus non-renewable resources; no matter of issues and will, under the best of circumstances, take time. been reinventing their Nowhere” (as they called themselves) how big the mine, gold is temporary, while The good news is that a return to traditional Alaska values from St, Lawrence Island who won relives, and this is no healthy salmon return forever. and appreciation of all her assets will begin paying dividends nown in the 1980s for victories in Future time to stop. And Kotzebue illustrates the most imin satisfaction long before financial returns on investment are Problem Solving International, billed as portant undervalued resource of all: the calculated. Knowing they are part of an aspirational movement the worldwide team championships in accumulated wisdom gathered by people to create a truly special society in the north can animate the academics? I argued later that the strengths of Inupiaq problem living for thousands of years in one of earth’s harshest environpolitics, arts and recreations of Alaskans. It will bring renewed solving—the deliberate, fact-based life or death decisions Eskiments. Across millennia the Inupiaq, for example, have evolved appreciation for the state’s eternal treasures: bounteous fish mos have made for generations—could be a perfect foundation rhythms of living, cultural traditions and touchstones of art and wildlife; clean rivers and pristine fjords; a rich multiculfor budding software programmers. that have much to teach people all over the world. The Inupiat tural society of neighbors helping one another along the way. With proper training and good internet, programmers in Ilitqusiat—the cultural code and guidelines of behavior of InuYou may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. BaskGambell and Savoonga could well compete with India, China piaq people—is far more precious than the Pebble Mine. ing in the joyful presidential visit last week, Alaska was full of or Silicon Valley—and kids from Bethel, Minto and Angoon Though it’s satisfying to paint with broad brushes, I know dreamers once again. One of them, I’m pretty sure, was the probably could, too. That’s a shot at economic development none of these issues exist in isolation from contemporary Alaspresident of the United States. n that isn’t disadvantaged by Alaska’s small population or diska and its economic and political dysfunction. Establishing tance from markets. the vibrant and lasting northern culture Alaska deserves will Howard Weaver was born in Anchorage and lived in Alaska • Iceland, remote from populous markets and home to just mean bringing every resource to bear. Telecommunications for 45 years. He was a long time journalist, including 13 years over 300,000 citizens, also holds important clues for Alaska and modern transportation infrastructure are no less imporas editor of the Anchorage Daily News. Some of his early writing planners. I wrote approvingly in years past about their policy tant than fish camps in the Delta or carvers in Metlakatla. Foson topics mentioned here can be found online at howardweaver. of “import substitution,” a government effort to limit imports sil fuels will continue to play an important role, especially if com/styled-25/styled-13/index to give local industries time to grow. Increased globalization

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er’s disease, In 2015, there are more than five million Americans living with Alzheim caring for ns America million 15.7 are there , including 6,400 in Alaska. In addition in Alaska. rs caregive 33,000 g includin a, dementi another or er’s someone with Alzheim States and the This debilitating disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United or slowed. only cause of death in the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured passing before er’s Alzheim battle sisters her of three and Having watched my mother ce of watching experien The ing. devastat is disease this of impact the that know I away, d memories, Alzheimer’s rob loved ones of their ability to communicate, recall treasure painful. ely immens is love they those e follow daily routines and recogniz estimated In addition to the human toll, Alzheimer’s takes a financial toll, costing an er’s the Alzheim called has e $226 billion in 2015. The New England Journal of Medicin nation the cost to expected is er’s Alzheim and most expensive disease in the country, increase five-fold a include costs These on. generati next the over more than $1.1 trillion increase in government spending under Medicare and Medicaid and a nearly five-fold is on today spent dollars e Medicar five in out-of pocket spending. Nearly one in every three every in one be will it 2050, In as. dementi other and people with Alzheimer’s dollars. now toward In order to change the trajector y of Alzheimer’s, we must take bold steps is clear. urgency The cure. a day, one and on preventi finding the needed treatments, and ski Murkow Lisa Sen. and Sullivan Dan Sen. contact Please wait. can’t Alzheimer’s er’s Alzheim for funding in ask them to support the proposed $350 million increase research for fiscal year 2016. Sincerely, Cindy Harris

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Your PFD is at risk. Oil prices in the $40-$50 per barrel range have wrea ked havoc on our state budget. We are facing an appr oximately $3 billion dollar budget defic it. Per barrel prices have to return to over $100 per barrel to close the gap, but proj ections show that prices will remain low for a several years. What to do? Alaskans are a creative bunch. Marijuana taxes might even tual ly raise about $20 million. How about a lotte ry? That could generate $8-20 million in taxes. We can try mining, milling, or drilling our way out of this fisca l pit. But ther e are bigger pots of money that are easier to acce ss and generate funds. One of these is the Permanent Fund Dividend. One suggestion is capping the PFD at about $1,200. This resu lts in about $600 million towards reducing the deficit. This year’s estim ated PFD payment is about $2,0 00. Multiply this by about 630,000 eligible recipients. Think about this. Does your PFD mak e a difference in your life? You do the mat h. For some of you, the PFD is just anot her number popp ing up in your checking account. However, for a lot of Alaskans, the PFD is a critical boost to their income. It pays rent and buys groc eries, beer, chainsaws, clothing, lum ber, insu lation, heating fuel, new cars, used cars, snow machines, and boats. The PFD pays off, or goes toward student loans, home loans, med ical bills, and even trips to Hawaii. There’s little in the Alaska economy that isn’t affec ted by the PFD. If you are concerned about your PFD , and want to learn more about the opti ons avai lable to bala nce our budget I urge you to attend the upcoming free and open-to-t hepublic forum on Alaska’s Fiscal and Economic Future. This event is Satu rday, September 19, 2015, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium, on the Univ ersit y of Alaska Anchorage campus. This forum is presented by Alaska Com mon Ground and the Institute of Soci al and Economic Research. For more info rmation go to akcommonground.or g

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Dear Editor, Huckabee has lost his faith in our government’s Supremes since they don’t always reflect evangelical memes. He quickly bowed to his political base in support of the clerk in the contempt of court case. If I were gay, I’d consider myself lucky that I don’t live in the state of Kentucky.

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The only place in Anchorage that legal marijua na should be allowed to be sold is the industrial zone in South Anchorage; bound by C street to the West, Diamond to the North, Old Seward to the East, and 100th to the South. With this regulation neighborhoods all over Anchorage will not be negatively impacted by the legal sale of marijua na, and the negative impact of legal marijua na on kids and schools will be mitigated. This our town, Anchorage, and together we can help each other make Anchorage a better and safer place to live. Please contact your Assembly member: they love to hear from you, public servants that they are, and make a difference. Si, se puede.

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THE BIG HAUL On Friday, September 4, troopers in Fairbanks were called out for a reported theft on Chena Ester Ditch Road. The victim had an 8-foot by 8-foot Jacuzzi tub stolen, along with a 1,500-gallon water tank, four welding tanks, and a 35 horsepower outboard motor. The water tank was cracked and held together with a piece of all-weather wood. If you’ve seen any of this stuff appear suddenly, Fairbanks troopers would appreciate a call. FALSE START A man went to his car in the parking lot of Peninsula Powersports in Soldotna about 6 a.m. the morning of Sunday, September 6, and found a stranger sitting in the driver’s seat. When troopers arrived, they identified the 33-year-old man behind the wheel, who was “impaired by controlled substances.” The wanna-be driver had tried to start the car with a wrong key and broke the ignition. He was popped for criminal trespass, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct. SMOKED SALMON Two brothers from Afognak, ages 25 and 26, were contacted by Kodiak-based wildlife troopers while they were fishing in a lagoon in Kazakof Bay on Sunday, September 6. One brother didn’t have a fishing license and was over the limit; the other had hung on to two illegally snagged coho. They admitted to the troopers that they’d been getting high and had a loaded rifle with them. A few citations were issued, including one for misconduct involving a weapon, but no charges for being high in Alaska’s brave new world of legalization.

NICE TRY At about 10:45 the night of Sunday, September 6, troopers got a call from a 38-year-old Kodiak man reporting that his 2005 Ford pickup had been stolen from a house on Gull Drive. About the same time, troopers got a report of a truck that hit a power pole on Gull Drive—the truck was in a ditch and there was no driver present. Troopers put two and two together and discovered the truck was the same one reported stolen. The man was drunk and nailed the power pole before walking to his house and making the call. He was nailed for DUI, failure to give immediate notice of an accident, and making a false report. REPEAT CUSTOMER Troopers were called to a business in Anchor Point on Monday, September 7, for a report of a man trespassing there. He’d done the same thing the day before. This time he’d stolen two bottles of booze, about $30 worth, and was arrested for theft as well as trespassing.

HOMELAND SECURITY On Thursday, September 10, troopers were called to the Inter-Island Ferry Terminal in Hollis on Prince of Wales Island for a report of a possible explosive in an exterior trash can. The building was evacuated, the ferry held at Ketchikan, air traffic was routed away, and vehicle and foot traffic were blocked. Troopers snapped a photo of the device, and explosives experts at the FBI “decided there was a high likelihood that it was real.” After checking surveillance footage, troopers identified the person who put the device in the trash can and were able to find the person. The person confirmed to troopers that the device was a novelty alarm clock that was thrown away because it was broken. All clear. DON’T FUCK WITH THE DOG Troopers on the Kenai Peninsula responded to multiple locations on Saturday, September 12, for a possible assault. They discovered a drunken 38-year-old man had assaulted a family member, and they arrested him. While he was being driven to jail, he “became agitated in the rear seat of a K9 patrol vehicle and began to torment a State Trooper Canine.” Bad idea. Besides the assault charge, felony DUI charge, and felony refusal to provide a breath sample, the man was charged with harming a police K9. HAPPY BIRTHDAY On the morning of Thursday, September 10, Fairbanks police stopped a man driving an ATV against traffic with no headlights or taillights on the Old Richardson Highway. He smelled like booze and admitted to having four or five shots of tequila. He failed sobriety tests and admitted he wasn’t wearing glasses or contact lenses as he’s required to do when driving. He was arrested for DUI on his 21st birthday. n

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Burns isn’t sure how much weed and money APD seized in the raids, but estimates it at about $168,000 cash and $80,000 worth of pot. APD had a search warrant for his wife’s truck, and confiscated money and weed from her as well. Burns’ young children witnessed their home being raided by officers with assault weapons, he says. Computers, his children’s tablets, and even food from his refrigerator were confiscated. Still, there are no charges. The search warrants state that the crime involved is misconduct with a controlled substance, but Rocky hasn’t been arrested. That may still happen though.

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ISCREET DELIVERIES has shuttered its marijuana delivery business, which coowners Rocky Burns and Larry Stamper operated in Anchorage, the Valley, Soldotna and Fairbanks until early August. The Anchorage Police Department has chased the operation across the state, raiding offices and Burns’ home, but no charges have been filed thus far. Meanwhile Marijuana Control Board director Cynthia Franklin is pursuing a personal vendetta against Burns and Stamper, they say, while retail marijuana regulations are being crafted, and a state representative is promising to permanently Discreet Deliveries is closed, keep Burns out of the legal marijuana industry if but Burns is still thrashing Franklin doesn’t. In June, Burns told the Press (“Deliverance,” and making noise. June 5) Discreet Deliveries was on track to earn about $200,000 a month. No surprise when comCynthia Franklin, the director of both the Alpeting retail marijuana operations are still prohibited and the young Marijuana Control Board coholic Beverage Control Board and the Marijuais hammering out the regulations. At the time, na Control Board, would surely like to see that one of his drivers had been charged with misde- happen. Early in the summer she told the Press, meanor possession before marijuana use was le- “He just wants this attention. He’s doing a dissergalized on February 24. After the story appeared vice to the initiative, the voters, and people who want to be in this industry. Nobody who wants to in the Press, things got worse. First, Anchorage police began stinging his be in the industry is rooting for him. He’s been drivers, confiscating their cars along with weed, told [it’s illegal] from day one; he’s been charged; money, and cell phones. Burns says all of the he’s bragging about all this money he’s making. vehicles have been returned to the drivers, and It’s incredibly unprofessional and reinforces evthe only charges still pending are against the ery stereotype of a stoner posing as a businessfirst driver. Then, in early August, shit got real. man.” Franklin was wrong about Burns being On August 5, delivery drivers in Anchorage and Fairbanks were popped. The next day, Anchorage charged. But she’s proceeded, with the Marijuapolice raided Burns’ home and office in Wasilla. na Control Board members, to craft language in And a week later, on August 13, APD drove 360 the regulations to ensure Burns never operates miles north and raided Discreet Deliveries’ Fair- legally. Licenses will not be issued to anyone who specifically operated a marijuana delivery service banks office.

without a license within the two years prior to the regulations going into effect. And although the word delivery is indeed in the initiative, its definition has been narrowed to mean only on site exchange of marijuana, not someone knocking on your front door like a Sicily’s delivery person. Earlier this month, Burns reached out to legislators. A letter had been sent from his lawyer to Franklin, with no reply, he wrote. He was “trying to find another remedy process,” he says in the email. Freshman Republican Representative Cathy Tilton from the Valley was the only one to respond. In her reply, Tilton calls Burns “completely obtuse” and references his “flippant arrogance” before getting pissy about Burns not addressing her by her title. “Also, in the same election that [Ballot Measure] 2 passed I was duly elected as a State Representative. I would appreciate that recognition,” the email reads. Tilton also writes that if the Marijuana Control Board doesn’t prevent Burns from getting a license, she would sponsor legislation to keep “premature actors” out of the cannabis industry. Now Burns sits and waits to find out his fate, with seemingly no one—except Rep. Tilton—saying anything to his face, or his attorney, for that matter. Discreet Deliveries is closed, but Burns is still thrashing and making noise. Until a gavel is hammered, he’s continuing his fight. n

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BY AURORA FORD

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HE FIRST TIME it occurred to me that my disinterest in theistic belief structures might get me ostracized from a peer group was on my first day at a new job about 10 years ago. That day, a couple of the bosses took me out to lunch at LaMex near our office in south Anchorage. Our food arrived and I picked up my fork to start eating when my direct supervisor put up a hand to stop me and quietly but firmly corrected me by saying, “Not yet. We haven’t said grace.” I didn’t understand why I needed to pray in order for them to eat, but not wanting to make a bad impression, I remained silent. I soon found out that it was just the way things were done; when the owner bought lunch for everyone in the office, before we were allowed to sit down to eat, my co-workers all stood around the table in a circle holding hands to pray. In the beginning I remained silent and looked around at everyone with their eyes closed, feeling uncomfortable. Later, I politely opted out of joining in these prayers, and though I can’t be sure about their motivations, it seemed like the next day or two after one of these instances, no one felt inclined to talk to me. For a time, I took it upon myself to be an example to my co-workers that non-believers like me could also be good people, because it seemed very much like they didn’t know that. Eventually, I gave up. It didn’t matter what I did or said, I didn’t fit in there, and I often felt like an outsider. When I sat down with Dan Morris, one of the main organizers for the Alaskan Atheists, I learned that my experience at that job isn’t remotely uncommon in our city. Alaskan Atheists started in 2007 as a Meetup group. The online group has about 450 members, but Dan said most of their get togethers are a cozy 10 to 15 people. “A lot of people who join our group are people who’ve just left religion and they’re looking for community. It’s a very traumatic experience for many of them,” Morris tells me. “A lot of them are afraid to be known as an atheist in Anchorage and Alaska because it’s such a strong conservative state. It’s kind of similar to the Bible belt in a lot of ways and people are worried about their jobs, they’re worried about their

friends and family finding out.” The Alaskan Atheist group contains members who don’t consent to being in photos because they are the religious equivalent to being ‘in the closet.’ There is at least one member whose family has not spoken to him since he told them he didn’t believe in God. For some people, atheism doesn’t pose any real challenges. If you were raised in a secular household and already have a community of people around whom you can freely express your opinions, you aren’t risking much by being yourself. For some though, the admission that you don’t believe in God comes with a massive sacrifice; the possibility of losing your family, your support system, your church, and with it the only place you ever needed to make friendships, network and find community. Alaskan Atheists has had it’s own share of trouble in trying to create this community. Morris says, “One of our most popular events is something we call ‘Coffee and Conversation’ which is pretty much what it sounds like. For a time, we were meeting at a coffee shop where anyone could sign up for the private room, but it’s posted on the chalkboard who is meeting. Someone started coming in and dropping religious pamphlets on the table before we’d arrive each time. We laughed about it, but it is pretty rude. I mean, I would never do that to someone else.” Morris continues, “Before I was a part of the group, back in 2012,” “One of our members did an ad campaign on the People Mover buses. He partnered with the Freedom From Religion Foundation who matched his funds, and within a week all the ads were torn off the buses or vandalized. None of it was controversial or offensive in any way, it was just letting people know we were here, and that was a $5,000 campaign. That’s pretty disheartening. And it does have a little bit of a pitchfork and torch feel.” Enter Hemant Mehta, better known as The Friendly Atheist, who will be giving a talk at the Anchorage Museum Auditorium at 6 p.m. on September 19th, sponsored by Alaskan Atheists. He is an author, blogger and atheist activist with a masters degree in math education, and has sat on the board of charitable organizations like the Secular Student Alliance and the Foundation Beyond Belief. He was raised in the Jain faith, an Indian religion that centers around non-violence and a strict do-noharm philosophy, but stepped away from his family’s faith as a teenager. He does seem to have retained some of the traits in which he was steeped; he is cheerful, positive, respectful, easy to understand and very accessible. Around 2007, when atheist slandering was rampant on networks like Fox, Hemant was a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago who had a blog and YouTube channel running on the side in which he discussed topics relevant to atheism, and had recently written a book called I Sold My Soul on E-Bay. When I asked him how he chose the title The Friendly Atheist, he said, “At the time that the book came out, it seemed like every time I saw [famous atheists like] Richard Dawkins or Sam Harris in the media, they were always described as ‘angry atheists’ or ‘militant atheists’ or ‘staunch atheists’ but I knew a lot of atheists and they were always really nice people. I really didn’t understand. Articles would describe them that way, but the things they were quoted as saying in the articles really wouldn’t justify that description. So I figured if I had to come

up with a name for the blog, and there was a chance people would write about it because it was at the same time as the book coming out, I was going to force them to say ‘Friendly Atheist’ because that better represents the ones I know.” In an expanding field of atheist thinkers and philosophers, Hemant’s tone is noticeably different. Where other well known atheists and scientists engage in debates with religious leaders and media personalities that often seem to end up frustratingly contentious, Mehta invites them into non-confrontational discussions that aim to build common understanding. His mission, similar to that of Alaskan Atheists, is to help facilitate a community for non-religious people. He puts special emphasis on the need for this community to be available to young people, and has written a book to that end titled The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide. “A lot of young people I hear from have said that they still haven’t come out to their families because they’re afraid, or they have and now things really suck at home,” Mehta tells me. “Especially in the Bible belt and very conservative states, it can be really rough. One of the best things I think those kids can do is finding a new social group. When kids go to college, they can find campus atheist groups, and that’s probably the first environment they’ve ever been in where they can actually speak their minds. For many adults even, that are using Meetup groups like the one in Anchorage, it may be the first time in their entire lives they’re in a group of people in which they aren’t the only one who is an atheist. Now, you may have to hide it from certain people, but you don’t have to hide it from everybody. People are seeing that they aren’t the only ones anymore.” While there are plenty of other prominent atheist thinkers who are available and willing to partake in debates, like the one Bill Nye did a couple of years ago with Ken Hamm, President of Answers in Genesis, the organization that runs the Creationist Museum in Kentucky, Mehta takes approaches his mission from a different angle. “I don’t do debates, I do talks.” Mehta says. “I want Christians to come because I actually think they’ll agree with a lot of what I’m saying. I’m not making a pitch for atheism, I’m more describing what is happening in the atheist world, particularly some of the difficulties younger atheists have had to put up with. Some Christians are as frustrated as I am with the way certain other Christians have reacted in situations like the one with Kim Davis [the Kentucky clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples]. I think that can be really profound even though we disagree about God. I do get a lot of emails, and Christians who come to my talks, and I’ve actually given a couple of interviews and talks at churches. They’ve been overwhelmingly respectful and kind. I do try to make clear that I’m not painting Christians with a broad brush. I’m well aware that they don’t all come in one package.” n

“A lot of them are afraid to be known as an atheist in Anchorage and Alaska because it’s such a strong conservative state.”

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CATEGORY ONE

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N THIS CATEGORY, Press readers were asked to write a 200-word or less story on one of the following prompts: Spenard after midnight The Alaska Flag I hate you Amy Demboski A love story Crab Rangoon Hyder Street Binky’s Ghost The three bears This category drew the most responses, and showed great creativity. Our top pick is a moody piece by Rosanne Pagano, who had us at ”mentholated odor of rodent droppings dusted with foot powder.” While no one chose to write 200 words about Crab Rangoon, Assemblywoman Amy Demboski proved to be particularly inspiring, as the second and third place entries show.

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The night that Ann brought home a se in less than a mon a captain—her se cond th—Jo began to wo rr y. Like his predeces sor, the captain to ok up residence in pink-gingham be Ann’s droom. “People w ill ta lk !” Jo wailed, for once ignoring th wa lls of the Hyder e thin apar tment that th e tw in sisters had since pipeline da shared ys. They were no long er young. Pushing Ann asid e, Jo entered her sister’s room for time in decades. the first Leaching from th e carpet was a m entholated odor of droppings dusted rodent w ith foot powder . M oldy clothes spilled haphazard shelves from . Boxes of toys, pu rses, umbrellas, fla shampoo and sh shlights, oes were stacked ta ller than Jo he denly adrift in wo rself, sudrd lessness. An elfin pathway cut through piles of old books and at Ann’s tw in be ended d, where—to Jo’s giggling relief— slickered mariner the rains stood shou lder to shou lder as th identically, ceram eir gazes ica lly, eterna lly so ught the daw n.

I first saw her at a Save Bristol Bay reception. God, she was beautiful. She was standing in a circle of bearded dudes, talking about feminism and the woman’s role in indigenous society. We made eye contact for a moment and she smiled at me. That November, we were canvassing for Begich and finished our routes early. We were alone back at headquarters, so I introduced myself. For the rest of the campaign she gave me a warm look every time we ran into each other. The next spring, I got a Facebook invite from her. I showed, of course, and it was just the two of us—progressives in this town can be flaky sometimes. We talked activism until the conversation made its way to other topics. I suggested we grab a drink. Four hours later we were both tipsy in a cab back to her apartment. Making out back at her place, she stopped, “I’ve had a crush on you for a while. Let’s wait until morning when we’re sober. It’ll be more special that way.” I agreed. I awoke to her yelling. She had talk radio on. “I’m just saying, you should ask Ethan if he supports incest. I heard him say it,” the radio shrieked. “Wow!” She was livid. She started getting dressed. “Hey! But what about—” “Sorry, you have to go,” she handed me my clothes. “I’m not in the mood anymore.” And that’s the story of the time I got cock-blocked by Amy Demboski.

T H IR D P L A C E Amy Demboski

By Thomas Pease

ehead, pumed man slashes her for She recoils as the beard falls. mels her face. Her image handgun levawls across the SU V, spr e Sh .” de bla the rop “D eled. “Amy?” g.” “Drop it. Video’s rollin for ward. pty.” The vandal steps em It’s g. ffin “You’re blu ow’d you know?” Her barrel droops. “H ama.” Ob “No ammo, thanks to vandalized our country… so, you ck ba e tak t’s Le t. mi am “D my signs?” g in politics.” “Pretty faces don’t belon one eye. “I and falls defiantly across A strawberry-blonde str already hold office.” .” rkowitz by a landslide “You seen the polls ? Be She slumps. “Here.” ales, coughs. She takes the joint, inh gh days.” “Not since Chugiak Hi al.” “R ight, but now it’s leg mu lti-million nabis club. I’ve grown can a en op I’ll e “Mayb

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dollar businesses.” “With your connections and my past record, let’s partner. DemW hit’s Dope Den.” She giggles an aromatic cloud. “What skills are in your past?” “Assault, theft, forgery…” “That last one’s on my resume too.” She signs her ex’s signature in the dust on “Cou ld create an Assembly firestorm,” he warns. “I’ll extinguish any fires. Besides, firefighters no longer respond to me.” “Not even your husband? Must make for a frustr ating marriage.” She winks. Their fingers touch as Amy passes to Mr. Whittaker.

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CATEGORY TWO

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HIS CATEGORY asked readers to use five out of 10 words in a 200word or less story. The words they had to select from were:

FIR ST PL AC E

By Therese Foley

Coastal Trail Mayor McCheese bondage transit center unicorn Jesus bong Prevo arrested salad bar

it center Jesus, you’d think that getting arrested at the trans gh, but to dressed like a unicorn would have been bad enou r Prevo Pasto of get arrested by a cop whose face reminded me when I Trail tal Coas made me wish I’d tossed that bong on the hadn’t I if mess this in be had the chance. Shit, I wouldn’t even a over Sagay New at ger mana the gotten into an argument with bar. salad the lack of fondue in their r McCheese, Honestly, that guy was acting like he was Mayo priate cheese with his “I’m quite sure that fondue isn’t an appro of Cheese? King for a salad bar.” Who died and made him the , educate know you out, All I wanted to do was to help the guy bent out get to have t didn’ He him about the merits of fondue. boxes of few a d opene I se becau of shape and call the cops just t steal didn’ I e. chees Swiss some apped fondue pots and unwr my call gotta I Now, bar. salad the on all it left I anything, Hell, mom for bail Betty. But money. There’s a reason she’s called Bondage that’s a story for another day.

Our overachieving first place winner in this category managed to use all 10!

SEC ON D PL AC E

By Mary Edmunds Jesus walked into the transit center wearing jeans , tee shirt, and wool jacket. He approached the security guard . “Look ing for a preacher. Seen him?” Jesus asked , mentioning a well-k nown pastor. The guard shook his head. “Not here. There’s a big political scrum over to the hotel. Might look there.” Jesus started toward the door. A scraw ny man, sad eyes in deep sockets, asked him if he had any change. “Hungry?” Jesus asked. The man nodded. Jesus led him over to the burger place. “Burger and fries for this guy.” Look ing around for the preacher, he noticed a man slumped on a bench. He called the guard over. “This man’s sick.” “Probably drunk.” The guard rolled his eyes. After inspecting more closely, he went to call an ambu lance. Outside Jesus noticed a young woman shivering in the cold. Removing his jacket, he draped it over her before going up the street. In the hotel dining room, the prominent preac her stood at the salad bar talking to a big-mouthed politician resembling Mayor McCheese. “Supposed to meet somebody,” the preacher expla ined, stepping away. But noticing TV cameras arriv ing, he arrested his depar ture and turned back into the room. Jesus could wait.

THIRD PLACE

By Lance Whitman I met Jesus at a homeless shelter in Anchorage, Alaska. He came to the city to free the homeless of their bondage to Spice, a designer drug. Spice-aholics and mixing booze were killing people and some were arrested, the rest went to the shelter. I had to get away from that place, so I went down to the Coastal Trail. I invited Jesus to the Golden Corral. He had done a fantastic job in freeing the homeless from their bondage to Spice, I treated him to the first salad bar he had ever seen. They didn’t have salad bars at the Sea of Galilee. He took the salad bar idea back when he left home to join his apostles.

CATEGORY THREE

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N THIS CATEGORY we asked reader to freestyle a story of their choice, in 25 words or less. Here are our top picks:

SECO ND PLA CE

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F IR ST P L A CE

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T H IR D P L A CE

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OR MIKE BEIER, the moment when the plane dove into Cook Inlet seemed to unfold in frames, like a movie. He was 19 years old. It was Memorial Day weekend 1982, a little after 10 p.m. on a Saturday. One second, he was buzzing over Bishop Creek in a stranger’s Piper Super Cub, wedged between the pilot and 17-year-old Patrick Willman. Then the right wingtip dipped and caught water, sending the plane into a cartwheel. The nose jerked down and smashed into the surf. The front windshield exploded. Cold, gray water came rushing in. Beier took a deep breath as the water closed over his head. Disoriented in the small space, he fumbled for the door handle and pushed. The door didn’t budge. On average, Cook Inlet is the site of about one search and rescue operation every week, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Planes crash. Boats slip under the waves. People walk out onto the mudflats and get stuck. Fishermen don’t return in time for dinner, and worried wives or mothers call it in. Yet by some combination of good luck, Good Samaritans and Alaska’s network of first responders, most people make it out alive. The Coast Guard has ultimate responsibility when it comes to search and rescue operations in Cook Inlet. The body of water stretches more than 180 miles from the Gulf of Alaska up to Anchorage, where it splits into Turnagain and Knik Arm, and the entire area covers thousands of square miles. To respond to emergencies there, the Coast Guard works with agencies like the Alaska State Troopers, the Anchorage Fire Department and the Rescue Coordination Center at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Lt. Bridget Fitzgibbons, USCG’s Sector Anchorage command center chief, says private pilots and captains also play an invaluable role in many rescues – like one in late August, when a pilot with Rust’s Flying Service plucked a man and two dogs from a sinking canoe in Cook Inlet. Often, it’s just a matter of who can get there first. Beier’s plane went down in a popular recreation spot nine miles outside Nikiski. The area around Bishop Creek is known for agate hunting and berry picking, according to the state’s Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation. Beier—a 19-yearold U.S. Army specialist stationed at Fort Richardson—was spending the holiday weekend out camping with friends. The pilot was 53-year-old Dudley Kirk, a Kenai resident who touched down on the beach and offered the campers a ride earlier that evening. A few people took him up on the offer, and he made a few circles around the camp. At one point, a wing nicked a rock at takeoff. Kirk, who had been drinking,

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didn’t seem worried. “Oh, we’ll just put some 100-mile-an-hour tape on there,” he said, Beier recalled. “It’ll be fine.” So Beier and Willman hopped into the back of the twoseater airplane. It taxied and climbed into the air, eventually swooping down to fly low over the inlet. Then disaster struck. The impact with the water caused the Super Cub’s tail to curl up over the top like a scorpion’s stinger, Beier said. It ripped a hole in the roof just big enough for two teenage boys to clamber through. Beier kicked his way to the surface. He saw Willman emerge a short distance away, and the tail of the plane, buoyed by a pocket of air, floating a foot or two beneath the surface. Standing on the submerged plane, he called to his friend. Don’t panic, he said. Come stand on the plane. Just

“The main thing that’s going to help an individual is having the right equipment and the will to survive.” don’t panic. Willman’s shoulder was injured in the crash, but with Beier’s help, he made his way onto the submerged tail. Their combined weight caused the nose of the plane to briefly pop back up to the surface, and for a moment, Beier saw the pilot’s crumpled body packed into the front of the cockpit. There was blood everywhere. Kirk wasn’t moving. Just as quickly as it rose, the plane sank back below the surface. Beier dove after it and immediately pulled back: The water was dark and cold and deep and the plane had already disappeared from reach, he said. Back at the surface, he spotted a black plastic garbage bag bobbing in the waves. Filled with air, it became a makeshift buoy; just enough for Beier and Willman to keep their heads above water while they kicked for shore. The plane went down about 500 yards from the mouth of Bishop Creek, according to a news report published in the Peninsula Clarion after the crash. From the water, Beier could see the fire on the beach, and a tiny row of trees in the distance. The sun was just beginning to set. Twenty minutes passed, then 30. The beach didn’t seem to be getting any closer. Willman tried to keep the mood light, Beier recalled. “Well, if nothing else, it’s a

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nice day for a swim,” he told his friend. They kept moving, but the water was pushing back. Cook Inlet’s strong tides and unpredictable weather patterns are some of the worst hurdles to any search and rescue operation there, according to the USCG. Turnagain Arm’s bore tide can roll in at 15 miles per hour. Water levels can change by more than 32 feet between low and high tides. “Some of the biggest issues we have are the weather and the currents,” said Lt. Fitzgibbons, who’s worked in Alaska for a little more than a year. “That tide can go out really fast.” When the Piper Super Cub carrying 29-year-old Seth Fairbanks and 23-year-old Anthony Hooper crashed in Knik Arm last month, Fairbanks was able to climb on top of the downed plane and place a call for help from a satellite phone. The call lasted about 69 seconds, and Fairbanks told Alaska State Troopers that the shore was too far to swim. Six hours later, search crews found the plane partially submerged in fast-moving water nearly two miles away from the Birchwood Airport. Fairbanks and Hooper were gone. The Cook Inlet tides can sweep away wreckage and make it difficult to locate survivors or bodies. Fitzgibbons said the Coast Guard works with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to track tides and currents, and modern technology can help search crews better determine where to look. Still, a rescue’s success depends on many factors. “Believe it or not, if you want to live, your chances improve,” Fitzgibbons said. “The main thing that’s going to help an individual is having the right equipment and the will to survive.” Beier and Willman had been in the water for nearly an hour when help arrived. A camper on the shore had waved down a forest ranger, who contacted an ERA helicopter from Kenai. That’s not uncommon. According to Fitzgibbons, privately owned boats and planes and helicopters make up “the majority of rescue assets” in the Last Frontier. The last thing Beier remembered were the hands that pulled him into the helicopter and ripped off his soaking shirt, sending buttons flying. His body temperature had dropped to a precarious 92 degrees. “I’m fine,” Beier said. Then he passed out. When he awoke, he was covered in heating pads in a bed at Central Peninsula Hospital, staring up at the bright ceiling lights and thinking that he’d died and gone to heaven. More than 30 years later, he still feels the pain in his back from the crash. And he feels lucky to be alive. n

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NCHORAGE BREWING Company is once again standing out by delivering Alaska another round of very rare, world class beers. This is a feat that only brewer/owner Gabe Fletcher can accomplish thanks to his global reputation as one of the best modern brewers. Fletcher’s beer procurement prowess was demonstrated on August 22 at The Culmination beer festival that brought in the rarest of the rare from 30 of the world’s most renowned breweries. I use The Culmination’s program as a map; there were only three beers out of close to 100 that I’d even seen before. What’s next? Fletcher’s eclectic beers, most of which are barrel-aged, brettanomyces-infused, funky and sour selections, caught the attention of BrasserieBrouwerij Cantillon, one of the most famous lambic producing breweries in history. Lambic is a style of beer that’s spontaneously fermented, meaning that rather than rely on very carefully controlled closed fermentation processes, the brewery pumps the raw, unfermented beer into the rickety attic of the brewery, opens the louvers letting the outside air in and cools the beer in a large, shallow square pan. The natural yeast inherent in the area and the brewery itself inoculates the beer and results in a “wild” fermentation. Cantillon’s recognition of Anchorage Brewing Company probably comes, in part, from Anchorage’s dabbling in both the lambic beer style and the process to produce it, including wild fermentation. Every year since 2008, Cantillon puts on Zwanze, a festival that celebrates an experimental new beer from the brewery that’s remained a staunch traditionalist in the lambic style since its inception in 1900. Zwanze loosely refers to a sort of sarcastic sense of humor, or in the Flemish dialect, means to joke, or to kid around. In 2008, when Cantillon brewed a lambic with rhubarb, it raised a lot of eyebrows from loyalists

who mused “rhubarb? Are you lows Cantillon a little creative license joking?” to delve a little outside of their tradiIn 2009 Cantillon produced a tional box,” says Fletcher. “Every year’s lambic with elderflowers. In 2011, Can- an experiment for them and opening tillon mixed things up a bit, and in ad- the release up around the world at sedition to brewing a lambic with Pineau lect bars and breweries allows the sour D’aunis grapes, hosted a world-wide si- beer community, Anchorage Brewing multaneous release of the beer at select included, to be involved,” he says. The locations and a new tradition began. 2015 Cantillon Zwane Stout is the first “I was asked to be part of it a couple dark beer the brewery’s ever produced. of years ago, but I didn’t have a tasting And it’s not just the draft version of room,” says Fletcher, referring back to Zwane that will be poured, amazingly when Anchorage Brewing Company Anchorage Brewing’s pouring four adwas located in a small space under the ditional Cantillon draughts including Sleeping Lady Brewing Company in Kreik, a cherry lambic, Iris Grand Cru, the Snow Goose Restaurant. Fletch- an unblended lambic, Rosé de Gamber’s move last year to his new brewery rinus, a raspberry lambic and Gueze, a on 91st Street, off King Street in South blending of different vintages of lamAnchorage, complete with a spacious bics. Just seeing five Cantillon beers on tasting and serving area, did the trick. tap in the same place here is indeed his“Cantillon contacted me again to see if tory in the making. we would do it, and we’re totally honIf that’s not enough, Fletcher’s scored ored,” he says. a case each of Cantillon’s Vigneronne, a muscat grape lambic, Cuvée St-Gilloise, a two-year-old lambic dry hopped in On Saturday, the cask for three weeks, and Grand Cru Bruoscella, a lambic matured for September 19, at three years in oak. Are you getting precisely 11 a.m., thirsty? Forget Zwane beer for a minute, this Anchorage Brewing event fits into a bigger vision for Fletcher. will be pouring the “So often, every six weeks or two months 2015 Cantillon Zwane we’re going to continue to have brewery nights,” he says. Fletcher captures beers beer, a stout. from exclusive places and features them. “We featured Jolly Pumpkin Brewery beers. We just did De Molen night, right Cantillon’s not new to Alaska. “We before the Culmination. This next one used to get a little Cantillon up here is Cantillon. Next comes Hill Farmin bottles,” says Fletcher, “but no one stead,” says Fletcher. knew what it was. Now that sours are In fact, most of the breweries in the so popular and prominent, as soon as it United States that Cantillon selected to shows up, it disappears.” pour Zwane 2015 were featured in the A couple of years ago, I was invited to recent Culmination event at Anchorage the brewery because Fletcher had some- Brewing. Do you see a pattern here? how managed to score a keg of CantilYou’d be remiss if you don’t show up lon, and it was the first draft Cantillon for the 11 a.m. pour. There are no reserto show up here. We slurped it with vations and the gig is pay as you go. Due abandon, like children sneaking treats to the limited quantities—only 20 liters in a closet. of the Zwane Wild Stout will be poured On Saturday, September 19, at pre- and 30 liters of the other draft beers— cisely 11 a.m., Anchorage Brewing will I’ll see you in line outside the brewery be pouring the 2015 Cantillon Zwane well before things get started. n beer, a stout. “Zwane Day beer al-

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FTER TOURISTS, downtown Anchorage’s most populous species is dog—the hot kind that you throw on a grill and serve with onions and relish. These hotdogs are similar to their canine counterparts from third world countries: Numerous, indistinguishable, and smelly.

Like pretty much everyone else from Anchorage, I’ve queued up at M.A.’s before, contemplating the long line at his stand versus no line at others. After musing over that phenomenon, I do the math of how many hotdogs he had to sell to buy the new pickup he uses to haul his stand down to Fourth Avenue. Apparently the hotdog business is all about volume. I’m usually no more than halfway through the equation when M.A. starts berating me about my order. A trip to M.A.’s raises more questions than it answers, namely: Where are the reindeer in this town, and is there any difference amongst all these hotdog stands? And, is there enough demand for a hot dog that innumerable other vendors also are earning enough money to buy new pickup trucks? In search of the elusive reindeer, and in an attempt to elucidate differences amongst dogs, I recently ate my way down Fourth Avenue, checking out the hotdog stands of downtown. Alaska Reindeer Dog is just feet away from M.A.’s, at the corner of 4th and F. The owner shrewdly retained the services of a longtime Alaskan from near Kotzebue, who has seen a

real, live reindeer at some point in her life. She also gives the best culinary advice in the Anchorage hotdog scene: Top it with crab and Sriracha sauce (the embarrassingly titled “Bear Bait Dog,” $8). On the other side of the block, Downtown Dawgs has more standard offerings of “reindeer” dogs, spicy dogs, and chicken dogs. The owner of the stand offered her condolences that I had to eat so many hot dogs, which wasn’t exactly a glowing endorsement of her product. On the other hand, at $6.25 her reindeer dog was 25 cents cheaper than M.A.’s.

She also gives the best culinary advice in the Anchorage hotdog scene: Top it with crab and Sriracha sauce. In front of Peratrovich Park and old City Hall, a couple stands compete for business amidst hordes of tourists who have wandered down the street from their cruise bus dropoff. Tia’s had a line almost as long as M.A.’s, and is tied for the lowest prices ($6 for a standard reindeer or other dog). Apparently Tia herself is tired of hot dogs too, because her menu also offers “Alaskan,” traditional and chicken gyros ($7). The

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“Alaskan” gyro, is fairly mediocre but much better than another reindeer dog. Tia advertises a spicy tzatziki sauce for the gyro but its flavor is as elusive as downtown reindeer. Alaska Reindeer Sausages operates just a few feet from Tia’s, with a standard offering of reindeer dogs and brats for $6. The proprietor is much friendlier than M.A., but doesn’t have an assistant, much less one with cool shades. Based on my limited experience, Alaska Reindeer Sausages is the choice of local restaurant workers on a brief lunch break. In the interest of thoroughness, I’ve sampled dogs beyond the confines of Fourth Avenue, venturing as far as the corner of 6th and E. Next to Town Square Park, a reserved couple operates The Last Frontier Reindeer Sausage, serving the ubiquitous reindeer dog as well gyros. I can’t remember anything about it tasting different. I wish my taste was refined enough to be revolted by successive reindeer dogs, but it’s not. The only thing that’d make them taste better would be a good ball game for scenery. Despite spending several lunch breaks around Fourth Avenue, I still haven’t seen or tasted a single reindeer. The small percentage reindeer meat in “reindeer” dogs doesn’t count, unless we also decide to call them “nitrite” dogs or label them after some other ingredient that comes in infinitesimal quantities. If you do find yourself trapped in a swarm of tourists downtown, check out the bear bait dog with crab meat and Sriracha. Or get in line at M.A.’s and get lost in deep thoughts until he yells at you for your order. n

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slightly hot so that the listener can hear Mohr’s every breath. “Red flower in her hair ased on cultural contributions alone, Tragic twenty-seven she rolls like the 1990s were a stellar decade. Doc Janis and Jimi running down drinks Martens, flannel shirts and mixed Black beehive I miss you so” cassette tapes are among the era’s greatAnother of Black Beehive’s standout est gifts. And for many of us, those castracks is “Hey Delila,” an upbeat, percussette tapes likely featured a track or two sion-heavy tribute to Memphis Minnie. It from Big Head Todd and the Monsters, features an impressive keyboard solo from or “BHTM” as they are affectionately Lawton. The album also gets political with dubbed by fans. “We Won’t Go Back,” a defiant anthem for “Broken Hearted Savior,” the first rethe people affected by the uprisings of lease from their 1993 platthe 2010 Arab Spring in the inum-selling album Sister Middle East. Sweetly was the bluesy anBlack Beehive is a solid “Broken Hearted Savior,” the first swer to every college kid’s compilation of bluesy tracks release from their 1993 platinumunrequited love. Listening to that will satiate any origithat album, one can almost nal BHTM fan. As with selling album Sister Sweetly was taste the draft microbrew the band’s earlier work, the served in a clear plastic cup, the bluesy answer to every college music straddles blues and in the rain, at some obscure pop, making it accessible to kid’s unrequited love outdoor venue. Lighter and a broad audience without it more accessible than other ever feeling watered down. mid-‘90s alternative rock Fans will appreciate BHTM’s crooners, BHTM was equally embraced band mates. “All of the band members evolution; they’ve succeeded in refining by both Gen Xers and their SUV-driving bring a lot to the plate, both musically and what they do best and maturing without parents. as a unit,” says Mohr. “No one ever ex- straying from their roots. After 30 years, Sister Sweetly served up two additional pects a band to last this long. We’re very, they’ve mastered their own brand and craft hit singles, “Circle” and “Bittersweet.” The very lucky.” and show no signs of slowing. As Mohr put entire album is deliciously absent of any BHTM’s latest project, a studio album it earlier this summer on Twitter, “Our fans shtick, solidifying its spot among clas- entitled Black Beehive, is its most personal believe in us more than any record label sical alternative rock. Much of BHTM’s and poignant album to date, according to has and so they’ve been the ones who have early success was built on touring and live Mohr. He describes the collection of new determined the longevity of our career.” n shows, and their sparse arrangement— tracks as a way to “truly reach our audibass, guitar, drums and a keyboard—is ence through the language of the blues.” a testament to the notion that sometimes The album’s inspiration—and its nameBHTM will perform Friday, simplicity is best. sake—comes from the late Amy WineSeptember 18 at Williwaw’s Based in Colorado, BHTM is comprised house. “I love her voice and her perforGrand Opening Celebration. of frontman Todd Park Mohr, drummer mances, and obviously her shenanigans The event is for ages 21 and up Brian Nevin, bassist Rob Squires and, were part of her persona,” says Mohr. only, and tickets are available since 2005, Jeremy Lawton on keyboard. The album’s title track is a brooding at SteamDot coffee company The band has managed to retain its origi- and melodic tribute. It’s tightly produced locations around town. nal three members throughout its 30- but designed to impart an intimate feel, year history, sticking together through the guitars and drums taking a backseat 11 studio albums and countless nights on to the vocals, which seem to be recorded

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the road. Maybe this can be attributed to their strong personal ties; they grew up as childhood friends and attended high school together in the suburbs of Denver. As Squires recently explained on Twitter, “I met Brian first in 10th grade. I played with Brian for maybe a couple years with different players and he came across Todd. He knew Todd through the high school jazz band. We could never find anyone that could actually sing until Todd came in. And we’ve been playing ever since.” Mohr is equally appreciative of his

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Despite being the son of a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and an established musician, Bare still keeps house parties on his list of preHIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, the Tap ferred venues. The small shows, which can be Root will host Nashville’s Bobby Bare Jr. for booked via his website, appeal to his willingtwo nights of one-of-a-kind performance. ness to embrace a little awkwardness. Along with his band, the Young Criminal’s “I do house parties without a microphone Starvation League, Bare brings elements of rock and without a PA,” he says of the stripped down and country together to make a sound all his show. “It’s fun because it’s so intimate, it is own. uncomfortable for everyone—me and the auThe son of country music star Bobby Bare, dience. But that’s what makes it powerful and Bare Jr. got his start earunpredictable.” ly-on performing with So what does Bobby his father. At seven years Despite being the son Bare Jr.’s music sound old he was nominated for of a Country Music like? That’s not an easy a Grammy for his perquestion to answer. He formance of Shel Silver- Hall of Fame inductee draws from various stein’s “Daddy What If.” and an established genres to create someGrowing up in Nashville thing entirely unique among some of country musician, Bare still and very visceral, bringmusic’s biggest stars left keeps house parties ing to the fore strong Bare with a clear path of emotions whether it’s on his list of preferred humor or pain. Even on his own. “Watching [his dad] on venues. Bloodshot Records, his stage looked like a really label, they struggle to fun way to make a living pinpoint the right words, —you know ‘play’ for a living,” Bare says. writing, “ Forgive us...we are not sure what to He was in his 30s when he got his solo start say about it.” in music, working before that as a light techniBut for Bare, it all comes down to one thing. cian and a member of road crews. In the ‘90s, “Enthusiasm inspires my songs.” Bare performed with Bare Jr., a rock band that And that’s abundantly apparent, both on his released two albums. He’s also appeared on albums and in his live shows. He performs with albums with My Morning Jacket and Frank an extraordinary power, drawing the audience Black. Today he performs with Young Criminal in and holding the room in the palm of his Starvation League and does solo work, includ- hand. His enthusiasm is obvious in his writing, ing a documentary about his life as a touring and the stage is clearly his home. musician called, Don’t Follow Me (I’m Lost). His current tour will be taking Bare through “It was strange having a camera crew follow- Anchorage ahead of a trip to the Midwest, ing me and watch everything I did,” Bare says. with shows in Ohio and Chicago to wrap up “And when I’ve been at theaters where they the month. After that, it’s back to the drawing were watching the film it’s like having a room- board. Bare is working on his next album, and ful of people go through my mail. It’s very un- this winter will be attending the Outlaw Councomfortable.” try Cruise with his father, Steve Earle, Lucinda But discomfort is something Bare thrives on. Williams and other country music greats. n

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JUST ANNOUNCED SENSES FAIL Sat. Nov. 30/ Williwaw/ 21+/ $25 in advance, $30 at the door/ williwawsocial.com for tickets. An influential post-hardcore band from Ridgewood, New Jersey, Senses Fail has had varied line ups but endless success since they began in 2002. The band has six albums under their belt, the most recent being Pull the Thorns from Your Heart in 2014.

BIG HEAD TODD & THE MONSTERS Fri. Sep. 18, 7 p.m./ Williwaw/ 21+/ $40/ williwawsocial.com for tickets. What started out as a Colorado club circuit act has become one of the most adventurous, respected and durable bands in America, and Williwaw is bringing them to Alaska for their grand opening show! Get your tickets at any Steam Dot location before they sell out.

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PINK MARTINI Fri. Sep. 18 & Sat. Sep. 19, 7:30 p.m./ Atwood Concert Hall/ $43.75-$108.25/ centertix.net for tickets. Trying to categorize Pink Martini is nearly impossible. Their sound draws from myriad influences spanning the globe, cultures and time. They have performed their multilingual repertoire on concert stages throughout the world, having played on every continent except Antarctica. Pink Martini is an Alaska favorite and is sure to dazzle with their eclectic brand of entertainment. ANNAPURNA Sat. Sep. 25 to Sun. Oct. 3/ Sydney Laurence Theatre/ $49.25/ centertix.net for tickets and showtimes. Twenty years ago, Emma walked out on her husband, cowboy poet Ulysses, in the middle of a night he can’t remember, and she will never forget. When she hears he’s in trouble and alone, she returns to him in the wilds of a lowrent Colorado trailer park. SENSHI-CON Sep. 26 & 27, 11 a.m./ Egan Center/ $25-$45 through Aug.

31/ senshicon.com for tickets. An annual convention that caters to enthusiasts of Asian culture, animation, graphic novels, and gaming, Senshi-con is Alaska’s largest animanga event. Come share your fandoms, make new friends and enjoy a nearly endless array of costumes, live events, panels, and contests. Make sure to shop your favorite artists and vendors as well. WINE TO WATER Thur. Oct. 1/ The Fore Deck at The Hotel Captain Cook/ $75, or $650 for pack of 10/ winetowater.brownpapertickets.com for tickets. The 6th Annual Wine to Water is a silent auction and benefit for the Alaska Sudan Medical Project with proceeds going directly to building wells in South Sudan and bringing clean water to 5,000 people. THE WELL PENNIES Fri. Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m./ Discovery Theatre/ $41.50-$53.75/ centertix.net for tickets. L.A. folk-pop duo The Well Pennies combine their signature pop melodies and tight harmonies with beautifully produced lush arrangements.

Notable influences include the likes of The Lumineers, Passenger and Sufjan Stevens. Their music has been hailed by Interview Magazine, Under the Radar, Daily Unsigned and countless others. THE HELIO SEQUENCE Fri. Oct. 9 & Sat. Oct. 10, 9:30 p.m./ Tap Root/ 21+/ $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $35 for both shows/ taprootalaska. com/the-helio-sequence for tickets. This alt-rock duo from Beaverton, Oregon are one of the biggest acts to come out of the iconic record label Sub Pop, and Tap Root just announced they’ll be coming to Alaska for two nights. RITTZ Fri. Oct. 9, 8 p.m./ Williwaw/ 21+/ $25 in advance/ williwawsocial.com for tickets. From his successful 2014 album Next to Nothing to being signed to Tech N9ne’s Strange Music, Rittz’s career is rapidly on the rise. His live shows explode with energy and embody everything he loves about his southern upbringing mixed with his love and dedication to the art of hip hop.

$90.75/ centertix.net for tickets and showtimes. Eliza Doolittle is a poor Cockney girl selling flowers on the street. By chance, she encounters Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who makes a wager that he can transform Eliza into a society lady by teaching her to speak proper English. This story of the British classes clashing makes for great comedy, stellar music and an unconventional love story.

DISNEY IN CONCERT: MAGICAL MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES Sat. Oct. 10/ Atwood Concert Hall/ $34.75-$59.25/ centertix.net for tickets. Disney in Concert is back— with an all new program! Come be enchanted by Disney in Concert Magical Music from the Movies with projected video clips from iconic Disney films, and four leading vocalists. Presented by Anchorage Symphony Orchestra. GIRAFFAGE - ANIMAL HOUSE MASQUERADE Fri. Oct. 16, 10 p.m./ Williwaw/ 21+/ $15/ williwawsocial.com for tickets. Giraffage is San Franciscobased producer and beat guru, Charlie Yin. His signature sound of electronic pop has won him praise from musical tastemakers Pitchfork, FADER and XLR8R. He has toured with Phantogram, Flume, XXYYXX and served as the main support on Porter Robinson’s massive “Worlds Tour.” MY FAIR LADY Tue. Oct. 20 to Sun. Oct. 25/ Atwood Concert Hall/ $60.50-

TOBY KEITH Mon. Nov. 9 & Tue. Nov. 10/ Alaska Airlines Center/ $25-$129/ tickets available Thur. May 28 at 10 a.m. at alaskaairlinescenter.com The last time Toby Keith was in Alaska the year was 2003, and he played to a sold out Sullivan Arena. Twelve years later Keith makes his triumphant return. With 18 full-length albums under his belt and 20 number one country singles both dates are sure to sell out quickly. Make sure you get your tickets for the “Red Solo Cup” crooning, America loving cowboy while you still can.

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EVENT CALENDAR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

ARTS, OUTDOORS, ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE BOREALIS TOASTMASTERS CLUB—Toastmasters helps people develop communication, leadership, and public speaking skills in a supportive environment. The club meets at the Midtown Denny’s Restaurant banquet room. Guests are welcome. For additional information visit 522.toastmastersclubs.org, or call John: 7483966, or Judy: 333-4206. Free, 7 to 8 a.m. (2900 Denali St.) ALASKA LAW FAIR—Interested in pursuing a career in law? Meet with law school representatives from across the country at the Alaska Law Fair. Information tables will be available and a panel discussion about law school admissions will be held in Lyla Richards Conference Room. Learn more at westcoastconsortium.weebly. com. Free, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (University of Alaska Anchorage, 3211 Providence Dr.) THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL—Football is back! Humpy’s will be playing all the games on the big screen each Thursday night. So come get a burger, grab a beer, and watch America’s sport. This week’s challengers: Denver Broncos take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. 4:30 p.m. (Humpy’s, 610 W. 6th Ave.) GO CLUB—Enjoy the ancient Chinese game of Go with the Go Club. Simple rules guide a game of abstract strategy with magnitudes of possible outcomes. The Anchorage Go Club meets from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays at Title Wave Books. (1360 W. Northern Lights Blvd.) MUSIC IN THE MUSEUM— Enjoy a lunchtime classical concert for all ages presented by the Sitka Summer Music Festival. The Ying Quartet and cellist Zuill Bailey perform selections from Beethoven’s “Kreutzer Quintet,” the “Schumann Cello Concerto,” and Piatigorsky’s “Paganini Variations.” Included with admission. Free, 5 to 7 p.m. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C St.) TED GALEN CARPENTER— Ted Galen Carpenter is senior fellow for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. Author of nine and the editor of 10 books on international affairs, his books include The Fire Next Door: Mexico’s Drug Violence and the Danger to America, and Smart Power: Toward a Prudent Foreign Policy for America. Carpenter received his Ph.D. in U.S. Diplomatic History from the University of Texas. This event is sponsored with the Alaska World Affairs Council. (UAA/ APU Consortium Library Rm. 302A, 3211 Providence Dr.) DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ‘NEXT’ ENCOUNTERS—D&D Encounters is an exciting, weekly campaign that plays out one epic encounter at a time. As you defeat enemies, solve puzzles, finish quests, and perform heroic deeds, you’ll earn Renown Points that you can use to get exclusive rewards. Each

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session only takes 1-2 hours to play, so it’s easy to fit your game in after school or work, and each week there’s a new and exciting challenge. Jump in anytime, all you need is dice. 6 to 8 p.m. at Bosco’s (2301 Spenard Rd.) CHALKBOARD LETTERING CLASS—Students will learn how to get flawless chalkboard art with Amanda’s foolproof method and create a clipboard chalkboard keepsake. Whether you like to free hand, or feel more comfortable with graph paper, you will love this class. Best for students 16-years-old or older. Food and beverages not included. $35, 6:30 p.m. (Kaleidoscape, 3801 Old Seward Hwy. Ste. 9)

MEET THE AUTHOR: ZOË FERRARIS—Zoë Ferraris moved to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of the first Gulf War. She lived in a conservative Muslim community with her then-husband and his family, a group of Saudi-Palestinians. In 2006, she completed her MFA in Fiction at Columbia University. Her debut novel, Finding Nouf, won the LA Times Book Award. That novel and its follow-ups, “City of Veils” and “Kingdom of Strangers,” have been international bestsellers, publishing in over forty countries. A new children’s book will publish this summer. Free, 7 p.m. (Anchorage Public Library, 3600 Denali St.)

MUSIC BOB PARSONS, 5 to 9 p.m. (Pubhouse 1200 L St.) LIVE MUSIC, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Varsity Grill, 3550 Providence Dr.) LIVE MUSIC, 6:30 p.m. (Organic Oasis, 2610 Spenard Rd.) ENDORPHINS LOST, EARTH EATER, DECEPTICIDE, AND THE HARLEQUIN STATE, 8 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlie’s, 2935 Spenard Rd.) MOTOWN THURSDAYS, 9 p.m. (LED Ultra Lounge, 901 W. 6th Ave.) OPEN MIC, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Anchorage City Limits, 239 W. 4th Ave.) SMALL SOULS, 9 p.m. (Humpy’s, 610 W. 6th Ave.) DJ MIXTA B, 10 p.m. (Pioneer Bar, 739 W. 4th Ave.) TWISTED THURSDAYS W/ DJ ANTHEM, 10 p.m. (Gaslight Lounge, 721 W. 4th Ave.)

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 ARTS, OUTDOORS, ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE 61° WORKSHOP: BLINK— Preschoolers and toddlers get creative, experiment and play with a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations. New themes and ways to explore the museum each week. Part of the museum’s Blink series which introduces children 5 and younger and their families to a range of activities, including open-ended play,

hands-on workshops, literacy and storytelling, art, and science. Included with admission, 10:30 a.m. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C St.)

CONSERVATOR’S CORNER— There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes at the museum, and no one knows that better than the conservator. Each Friday you are invited to ask questions and watch the conservator repair and preserve cultural and historical objects. The conservator will also impart knowledge about the materials and methods used to create them. Program runs through Fri. Nov. 20. Included with admission, 2 to 4 p.m. (Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, 625 C St.) ANCHORAGE CHESS CLUB—Join in for a game of chess to learn or just to play. Club membership not required, so have fun. The Chess Club meets inside Title Wave Books. For more information contact John Peters at nimzo@mtaonline.net, 5 to 10 p.m. (1360 W. Northern Lights Blvd.) FRIDAY NIGHT MAGIC— Looking for a way to play Magic while meeting new friends and winning cool foil prize cards? Friday Night Magic is designed to bring casual players together on Friday nights to play for fun in a less-competitive event. Try it out and discover why Friday night is the best night of the week. All are welcome to come to play without joining the tournament. 6:30 to 11 p.m. at Bosco’s. (2606 Spenard Rd.) BACK TO THE MOON FOR GOOD—Back To The Moon For Good begins with a tour through the history of lunar exploration, tracing back to the 1960s and ‘70s. Hear from some of the teams racing to land a robotic spacecraft on the moon and win the Google Lunar XPRIZE. The audience is taken on a successful launch, landing and tour of the lunar surface. The show ends with an enticing visualization of a future settlement on the moon. The stunning visuals and compelling narrative of the show explain the importance of the Google Lunar XPRIZE. $5-$10 in advance, $6-$12 at the door, 6:30 p.m. (UAA Planetarium and Visualization Theater, 3201 Science Way) POLAR NIGHTS: CAMP STOVE COOK-OFF—It can be difficult to cook a gourmet meal in the wilderness. With a single burner and an ultra-light pack, pre-packaged meals used to result in less than desirable dinners, but that’s changing. Watch backcountry experts flaunt their gastronomy skills and pick up some tips for your next trip. To register, email lgarrod@anchoragemuseum. org. Admission is half-priced as part of the museum’s Polar Nights series. $7, 7 p.m. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C St.) PINK MARTINI—Trying to categorize Pink Martini is nearly impossible. Their sound draws from myriad influences, spanning the globe, cultures and time. The group began in 1994 in Portland, Oregon. Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages throughout the world, having played on every continent except Antarctica. Their last visit to Anchorage was a sold-out show. $43.75-$108.25, 7:30 p.m. (Atwood Concert Hall, 621 W. 6th Ave.)

SITKA SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL: AUTUMN CLASSICS—The Sitka Summer Music Festival is a classical chamber music series performed by internationally acclaimed musicians. Each program is different and will include works by master composers of the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries. Fri. Sept. 11 to Sun. Sept. 20, $35. Tickets available online at centertix.net. 7:30 p.m. (UAA Recital Hall, 3700 Alumni Dr.)

STARS OF THE ALASKA SKY—Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what you were seeing? What is that bright object on the horizon? And where is the Big Dipper? In a special all-live presentation, we’ll take you on a tour of the night sky and show you what you can see during our fall nights. You’ll learn about what constellations are visible, how to look for the moon and what planets you can see. $5-$10 in advance, $6-$12 at the door, 8 p.m. (UAA Planetarium and Visualization Theater, 3201 Science Way) TRIBES—Billy, who is deaf, is the only one who actually listens in his idiosyncratic, fiercely argumentative, bohemian family. When he meets Sylvia, who is going deaf, he decides he finally wants to be heard. With excoriating dialogue and sharp, compassionate insights, Tribes a penetrating play about belonging, family and the limitations of communication. Fri. Sept. 18 to Sun. Oct. 11. $23-$25. Tickets available online at centertix.net. (Cyrano’s, 413 D St.)

MUSIC UNDER 21 OPEN MIC NIGHT, 5:30 to 8 p.m. (Middle Way Cafe, 1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd.) PIANO WITH MISHA SHIMEK, 6:30 p.m. (Organic Oasis, 2610 Spenard Rd.) BIG HEAD TODD AND THE MONSTERS, 7 p.m. (Williwaw, 609 F St.) BEAT 2 BEAT, 8 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlie’s, 2435 Spenard Rd.) DJ SPENCER LEE, 9 p.m. (Flattop, 600 W. 6th Ave.) HOUSE SESSIONS W/ DJ ADAM J, TONY H & FRIENDS, 9 p.m. (SubZero Microlounge, 612 F St.) LIVE MUSIC, 9 p.m. (Gaslight Lounge, 721 W. 4th Ave.) NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE, 9:30 p.m. (Humpy’s, 610 W. 6th Ave.) BOBBY BARE, JR., 9:30 p.m. (Tap Root, 3300 Spenard Rd.) DJ MIXTA B, 10 p.m. (LED Ultra Lounge, 901 W. 6th Ave.)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 ARTS, OUTDOORS, ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE DEFEET DIABETES TRAIL RUN—Grab your family, friends, and coworkers and join

the DeFeet Diabetes Trail Run. This is a new, timed, multiroute fundraising event held at the Kincaid Outdoor Center. Participants will enjoy the fully supported rest stops on each route, Health and Fitness Festival, and much more. Walkers and Runners are welcomed. $30, kids under 5 get in free. Register at bit.ly/defeetdiabetes. 9 a.m. (Kincaid Chalet, 9401 Raspberry Rd.) MULDOON FARMERS’ MARKET—The Muldoon Farmers Market offers local music, entertainment, family-fun activities and more! Enjoy new vendors offering locally grown produce, baked and cooked foods, as well as locally-made arts and crafts! Shop, eat, play and chat with fellow community members. Every Saturday through Sat. Sep. 26. For more info, visit muldoonfarmersmarket.org. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Begich Middle School, 7440 Creekside Center) SPENARD FARMERS’ MARKET—Organized by a group of dedicated community-minded volunteers in 2010 and with the generous donation of the parking lot from Chilkoot Charlie’s, the Spenard Farmers’ Market is a place to buy fresh Alaska grown and caught food, locally grown plants, and handmade arts and crafts. This event boasts 45 vendors and community service booths, special events and musicians each Saturday through Sep. 26. Free, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlie’s, 2435 Spenard Rd.)

SOUTH ANCHORAGE FARMERS’ MARKET—The mission of the South Anchorage Farmers’ Market is to provide Anchorage with fresh, locally grown products and to provide farmers with an outlet to sell their farm products. By bringing people together for a farmers market, we have a tremendous opportunity to educate the consumer and enlist their support in the issues facing farmers today. This is also the place to find Wild Scoops ice cream, locally made from Alaskan ingredients and incredibly addictive. Free, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (11111 Old Seward Hwy.) WRITERS CRITIQUE GROUP—A critique group for writers of all genres, at all levels of experience who seek betterment through their peers. Meets at Title Wave Books. For more info, call Mary Edmunds 569-5075. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (1360 W. Northern Lights Blvd.) EXOPLANETS—Go planet hunting outside our solar system. Visit gas giants in a deadly dance with their host stars, frozen rogue planets hurling through space, and new planets drifting within the Goldilocks Zone, an area where scientists believe Earth-like worlds may exist. $4-$5 plus museum admission. 10:30 a.m. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C St.) ALASKA WHOLE LIFE FESTIVAL—The 15th year of Alaska’s Premier Holistic Spiritual annual event features NICOLA from New Jersey and a Barcelona Judo Olympian. Other professionals will include Angel Channel Sheryl Blumenthal, Occupational Therapist, Spiritual Consultants, Spirit Artist, Books, StemCell Technology, Massage, the Order of Divine Light and more. Free lectures and hourly drawings both days. Sat. Sept. 12 and Sun. Sept. 13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

(Coast International Inn, 3450 Aviation Dr.)

URBAN INTERVENTIONS: DECKED OUT—Design your own skateboard deck inspired by Alaska Native objects in the Anchorage Museum and Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. Artist Holly Nordlum leads this workshop in graphics and collage. Ages 13-18. Limited capacity. Registration required. Free, 1 to 5 p.m. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C St.) 2015 ALASKA RAILROAD BLUES—The Alaska Railroad Blues Train will depart from the Historic Anchorage Depot and make its way south along beautiful Turnagain Arm before chugging through the Chugach National Forest to the shores of Resurrection Bay in Seward. Live music from local favorite The Diamonds will accompany the journey. Passengers must be 21+. $279, 1 p.m. (Alaska Railroad Depot, 411 W. 1st Ave.) KICKING CANCER’S ASS ALASKA STYLE—A cancerstopping celebration In honor of Bryant Ante. There will be food and drinks, a silent auction, and music. Money raised is going to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. $20, 6 to 11 p.m. (O’Malley’s On the Green, 3651 O’Malley Rd.) JOHN DAMBERG LATIN JAZZ QUINTET CONCERT— Feast your senses on the enchanting original Brazilian and Afro-Cuban inspired melodies of the John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet. This concert features a stellar lineup of Anchorage’s best Jazz/Latin Artists performing exciting compositions by Alaskan composer/ marimbist & percussionist John Damberg & Brazilian & Afro Cuban Latin Jazz giants specially selected for this event. $5-$10 at the door, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (Anchorage City Limits, 239 W. 4th Ave.) PIRATE PUB CRAWL—Ahoy Anchorage! Calling all pirates & scallywags for a night of adventure and glory. The Annual Pirate Pub Crawl is a fun opportunity to grab yer mateys and set your course to downtown Anchorage for a fun night on the town. The Pirate Pub Crawl is more than just a night to celebrate your inner Pirate, it’s a time to raise money for Blood Bank of Alaska! First stop: Town Square for a group photo at 7 p.m. Then make your way to the participating pubs with your treasure map to win 80,000 air miles and more. 7 p.m. (Downtown) URBAN YETI PRESENTS 2 PLAYER—Satiate that hunger for nostalgia with Urban Yeti’s newest show, 2 Player. Two teams of two go head-to-head on a split screen stage for an arcade-style, long-form, comedy showdown. No cheat codes required. Raid your couch for quarters and get your tickets now. Oh, and there will be beer and wine. $10 at the door or online at urbanyetiimprov.com. 8 to 9:30 p.m. (Alaska Experience Theater, 333 W. 4th Ave.) URBAN YETI PRESENT AFTER DARK—If you’re 18 or older and looking for hilariously uncensored improv comedy, check out Urban Yeti’s After Dark. Stay out late with the grown-up types for high energy, short-form improv where the audience is in full

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Amira Helene in Listen. Photo by Lars Vesergaard COURTESY IMAGE

FILM REVIEW BY INDRA ARRIAGA

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ter all, the films speak for themselves; and although they need no introduction, here’s a brief description of the 10 finalists:

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COUNTRY: FRANCE DIRECTED BY: ALEXIS MICHALIK

COUNTRY: FINLAND/DENMARK DIRECTED BY: HARRY RAMEZAN AND RUNGANO NYONI irror. Delight. Transform. Repeat 10 times.

That is the essence of the 18th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. MANHATTAN SHORT is a truly global short film festival. This year alone there were 678 entries from 52 countries. The highly competitive nature of the festival and the notoriety it has achieved in almost two decades of evolution have resulted in 10 exceptional finalists for 2015. The films making the circuit between September 25 and October 4 will be seen by approximately 100,000 moviegoers in 250 cities. Viewers will have a chance to vote for their favorite and choose a winner, which will be announced on October 5, 2015. The 2015 MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival packs a punch! Together, the 10 finalist representing eight countries, reflect the bittersweet reality of people’s lives and histories around the world. The festival has heartfelt beginnings that set the tone and shaped its spirit, from that evening on September 27, 1998 when founder Nicholas Mason (no connection to Pink Floyd), attached a screen to the side of a truck on Mulberry street in lower Manhattan and projected 16 short films to an audience of some 300 people. The Festival opens up with one of the strongest, most compelling films of the batch, Listen, a Finland/Denmark entry about a Muslim immigrant trying to break free and the power of communication. Like good short stories, short films are transformative when done well, and the 10 finalists are done exceptionally well, under relatively small budgets and leveraging technology to capture plots and scenes that easily rival any feature production. More importantly, the final 10 are storytelling at its best, making the all the films worthy of the approximately 200,000 hours that 100,000 viewers will give unconditionally to the shorts. The lineup is a mix of films that are smart, heartbreaking and funny. The storylines transform the characters as well as the viewers because most viewers will be able to relate to the contents, experiences, and intellectual curiosity of most or all of the entries. Collectively, the films help viewers explore that fine line and definitive moments between innocence and experience. The collective nature of the films and the democratic nature of the audience selection process make the MANHATTAN SHORT films as reflective of the world as any collection of chronological analysis of politics, economics, society, and human conditions. The films provide a glimpse of the world as it sees itself. Some of them are preceded with introductions from the filmmakers, which help provide context, but one can take them or leave them, af-

A Muslim immigrant has taken her son and left her husband. She’s a foreigner in a foreign land, navigating a system in a language she doesn’t understand, and although she has an official translator, what happens in the interrogation room is not simply lost in translation, its deliberate confusion, like in the tower of Babel, with dire consequences.

PAPA DANS MUM (DAD IN MUM) COUNTRY: FRANCE DIRECTED BY: FABRICE BRACQ

Two young sisters are up at night and out of their room. The noises from the other side of their parents’ bedroom are curious, so naturally the sisters investigate and discuss Dad’s “seed” and the planting process. How big is the seed? Where does it go?

BEAR STORY

The kindness of others goes a long way, as a passenger finds out when she has forgotten her three-month old’s documents and is trying to leave the country.

SUNDOWN

COUNTRY: TURKEY DIRECTED BY: SINEM CEZAYIRLI

Childhood ends for a young woman on a sunny summer day filled with swimming in the ocean and playing in the garden when she comes home to her mother.

PATCH

COUNTRY: SWITZERLAND DIRECTED BY: GERD GOCKELL

Painting and time-lapse animation reveal a visual poem à la Gerhard Richter, revealing, textures, colors, shapes and movement.

EL CAMINO SOLO (THE LONELY ROAD)

COUNTRY: CHILE DIRECTED BY: GABRIEL OSORIO

This animated short tells the story of a bear who makes mechanical figures to tell a story and then takes his magic box to the streets to earn money. The story designed by the bear is his own. The film is a strong critique of the political conditions under the Chilean dictatorship and the hope that persists even when people are disappeared or lost, maybe forever.

COUNTRY: USA DIRECTED BY: SHAWN TELFORD

The long and winding road feels extra long when one runs out of gas, as the protagonist finds out in this film. In a society in which people are too busy, and too self-absorbed—like the protagonist—getting help is harder than it ought to be.

BIS GLEICH (UNTIL THEN)

COUNTRY: GERMANY DIRECTED BY: BENJAMIN WOLFF

FOREVER OVER

COUNTRY: GERMANY DIRECTED BY: ERIK SCHMITT

Change is good. When a young couple is bored with one another and the relationship and the obvious course is they should go their separate ways, they opt for making a list of things they’ve always wanted to do. As they go down the list their relationship becomes more interesting but not necessarily better. This is perhaps the weakest of the 10 films, but also has some of the best acting.

Two elderly strangers sit at their respective windows, across the street from one another, watching the world go by. They notice everything, and the patterns become cemented in their daily existence. As it turns out, the smallest of disruption to the patter signals the biggest of changes and they find that perhaps they weren’t strangers after all. n

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COUNTRY: KOSOVO/UK DIRECTED BY: JAMIE DONAHUE

Courage is often unspoken, it doesn’t depend on an action, and sometimes it comes in the form of a gaze held strongly and defiantly. This kind of quiet courage is explored through the friendship of two Albanian teenagers during the Kosovo war. SHOK, based on a true experience, is a loving and coura-

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control. And yes, there’s beer and wine for this event, too. $10 at the door or online at urbanyetiimprov.com. 10 to 11:30 p.m. (Alaska Experience Theater, 333 W. 4th Ave.)

MUSIC PIANO WITH MISHA SHIMEK, 12 p.m. (Organic Oasis, 2610 Spenard Rd.) ENDORPHINS LOST, EARTH EATER, LAMPLIGHTER, & THEY LEAPT FROM BURNING WINDOWS, 7 p.m. (Anchorage Community Works, 349 W. Ship Creek Ave.)

SINGER-SONGWRITER SATURDAY, 8 p.m. to late (Organic Oasis, 2610 Spenard Rd.) DJ VICTAMONE, 9 p.m. (SubZero Microlounge, 612 F St.) DJ SPENCER LEE, 9 p.m. (Flattop, 600 W. 6th Ave.) KATIE STROCK, TOM BARGELSKI AND DAVE ARROWSMITH, 9 p.m. (Reilly’s Pub, 317 W. Fireweed Ln.) NERVIS REX, 9:30 p.m. (Humpy’s, 610 W. 6th Ave.) BOBBY BARE, JR., 9:30 p.m. (Tap Root, 3300 Spenard Rd.) DJ MARK, 10 p.m. (Gaslight Lounge, 721 W. 4th Ave.)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 ARTS, OUTDOORS, ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE ANCHORAGE TABLETOP GAMING—Interested in playing board games? Bosco’s invites you to bring your shiny new games as well as your dusty old games and try out some of theirs. This group will meet every Sunday, excluding the second Sunday of each month. Free, 1 to 5 p.m. (Bosco’s, 2301 Spenard Rd.) ALASKA DOGS GONE WILD’S 4TH ANNUAL FALL FRENZY FLYBALL TOURNEYS—Come see Alaska’s most exciting dog sport! Flyball is a fast-paced and exciting sport with teams of four dogs that compete in relay races. Each dog jumps over four hurdles spaced 10 feet apart, catches a ball from a spring-loaded box, and returns over the hurdles with the ball. The first team of four dogs to complete the course without errors wins the heat. Racing occurs at regular intervals with a break for lunch. Free, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Alyeska Canine Trainers, 549 W. International Airport Rd.) GEEKS WHO DRINK—Simply, a quiz game played in a pub. It’s an Anglo-Irish tradition, but the goal is the same: to foster friendly competition, and promote social drinking, a noble cause indeed. Free, 6 p.m. (Tap Root, 3300 Spenard Rd.) BEER PONG—Koot’s’ Sunday social, beer pong is an old sport for beerheads everywhere.

Brings your friends, make a team, and play for a night of shooting the shit with the crew. Hosted by DJ Anthem and Ref Kim, the night’s winner takes the cash and Koot’s gold cards. $5 cover per team, 9 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlie’s, 2435 Spenard Rd.)

MUSIC PIANO WITH ERIN PESZNECKER, 1 p.m. (Organic Oasis, 2610 Spenard Rd.) BLAZE & ERIC, 4 p.m. (Bernie’s Bungalow, 626 D St.) OPEN MIC JAM, 8 p.m. (Humpy’s, 610 W. 6th Ave.) BLUES JAM, 9 p.m. (Tap Root, 3300 Spenard Rd.) KARAOKE, 9 p.m. (Gaslight Lounge, 721 W. 4th Ave.) OPEN MIC, 9 p.m. (Al’s Alaskan Inn, 7830 Old Seward Hwy.) HOMICIDAL SUPERMODELS, 10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlie’s, 2435 Spenard Rd.)

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 ARTS, OUTDOORS, ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE POTTERY CLASSES—Take a pottery class for fun, relaxation, or therapy. Make something for yourself or to give to your friends. This is a fully instructed, wheel-throw pottery class; full class schedule available at midnightpotter.

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com. $300-$330, 6 to 9 p.m. (Midnight Potter Studios, 5861 Arctic Blvd. Ste. F) ANCHORAGE CLOTHING SWAP—Back by popular demand: Clothing Swap Monday! Free and open to the public, all seasons and sizes are welcome. Bring freshly washed and dried clean clothing, shoes, and outfit accessories in GREAT condition with no rips or stains. The number of items you bring is the same number of items you take home. Items not swapped are donated to a local non-profit. Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks to share are welcome! 6:30 to 9 p.m. (Anchorage Public Library 4th floor, 3600 Denali St.)

MUSIC MOTOWN MONDAYS, 5 p.m. (Fat Ptarmigan, 441 W. 5th Ave.) I LIKE ROBOTS, 9 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlie’s, 2435 Spenard Rd.) KACEY MUSGRAVES, 7 p.m. (Alaska State Fair, 2075 Glenn Hwy., Palmer) KARAOKE, 9 p.m. (Gaslight Lounge, 721 W. 4th Ave.) HOMICIDAL SUPERMODELS, 10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlie’s, 2435 Spenard Rd.)

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 ARTS, OUTDOORS, ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE YU-GI-OH TOURNAMENT AND OPEN PLAY—Born from the game Duel Monsters within the original Japanese manga, the Yu-Gi-Oh card game is a battle-based gameplay where players duel each other using monster face cards. Come and try it out for free, or if you’re a more serious dueler, bring your decks along. Occasional sealed deck tournaments may come with a higher charge. Free for casual play, $6-7 for tournament play, 3 p.m. (Bosco’s, 2301 Spenard Rd.) GAME NIGHT AT SUBZERO MICROLOUNGE—Every Tuesday evening SubZero Microlounge hosts a game night featuring some of America’s favorite games, including Clue, Life, Cards Against Humanity and Scattergories just to name a few. Game Night starts when the bar opens for cocktail hour at 4 p.m. and goes until closing. Make sure to come early to call “dibs” on your favorite game. (612 F St.) SKINNY RAVEN TUES. NIGHT PUB RUN—A free Tuesday social run for anyone starting from Skinny Raven Downtown. Meet at Skinny Raven at 5 p.m., walkers can start early and the group run starts at 6 p.m. Meet friends and fellow joggers as well as view product demos and there are fun prizes every week. Finish the run at McGinley’s Pub or overflow to Flattop Pizza & Pool. The runs are approximately 5K in distance. 5 p.m. until finished. (McGinley’s Pub, 645 G Street / Flattop Pizza, 600 W. 6th Ave.) FIRST TUESDAY POETRY— Inside of the dimly lit Student Union Den at The University of Alaska Anchorage, the monthly First Tuesday Poetry event

hosted by Student Activities will be taking place/ Students and general public alike are welcomed to enjoy free pizza slices, and free refreshments are provided to all who listen to the student performers. (Student Union, 3211 Providence Dr.) GEEKS WHO DRINK—Simply, a quiz game played in a pub. It’s an Anglo-Irish tradition, but the goal is the same: to foster friendly competition, and promote social drinking, a noble cause indeed. Free, 7 p.m. (Tap Root, 3300 Spenard Rd.) LIFE ART SKETCHING—For those of you who consider yourselves artists, consider taking a life art class at the Alaska Center for Alternative Lifestyles. ACAL hosts this life art sketching class every Tuesdays. It’s an 18+ event, and professional (nude) models are staffed for the class. $15 per session or $50 for a 5-session punch card. 7 to 9:30 p.m. (Alaska Center For Alternative Lifestyles, 225 E. 5th Ave.)

MUSIC BOB PARSONS & FRIENDS, 6 p.m. (Organic Oasis, 2610 Spenard Rd.) JARED WOODS, 6:30 p.m. (Pioneer Bar, 739 W. 4th Ave.)

ALASKA POLAR BARES ORIENTATION—There’s a new nude recreation and travel club blossoming in Anchorage. This orientation will provide a 4-page fact sheet about the club and it’s rules to introduce people to the community. Look for the large bulletin board display and banner. For more information visit meetup.com/ alaska-polar-bares. Free, 7 to 8 p.m. (Barnes & Noble Café, 200 E. Northern Lights Blvd.) MEDIEVAL SWORD AND BUCKLER CLASS—Fiddlebow Fechtschule offers a weekly class on the use of the medieval sword and buckler. Each class incorporates the development of fundamental skills, technique exchange and conditioning in a relaxed but mindful atmosphere. No prior martial arts or fencing experience is necessary. Please contact Fiddlebow Fechtschule by email at chris@fiddlebowfechtschule. com to make arrangements to watch or participate. Drop-ins will be flayed. Classes take place each Wednesday at 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Open Space Alaska, LLC. (630 E. 57th Pl.)

MUSIC

BLUES JAM, 8 p.m. (Anchorage City Limits in The Lofts, 239 W. 4th Ave.)

ACOUSTIC WEDNESDAYS, 5 to 8 p.m. (Hard Rock Café, 415 E St.)

OPEN MIC WITH JAMES GLAVES, 9 p.m. (Tap Root, 3300 Spenard Rd.) HOMICIDAL SUPERMODELS, 10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlie’s, 2435 Spenard Rd.)

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DIANE HALL & SANDRA CAVILLO, 6:30 p.m. (Organic Oasis, 2610 Spenard Rd.) ROOTS MUSIC SPOTLIGHT WITH TODD GREBE, 8 p.m. (Tap Root, 3300 Spenard Rd.) DJ MARK, 10 p.m. (Gaslight Lounge, 721 W. 4th Ave.) HOMICIDAL SUPERMODELS, 10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlie’s, 2435 Spenard Rd.)

ARTS, OUTDOORS, ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE

UNFAITHFUL LOVERS, 10 p.m. (Pioneer Bar, 739 W. 4th Ave.)

SOUTH ANCHORAGE FARMER’S MARKET—The mission of the South Anchorage Farmers Market (SAFM) is to provide Anchorage with fresh, locally grown products and to provide farmers with an outlet to sell their farm products. Free, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (700 E. Dimond Blvd.) YOGA IN THE PARK—Featuring April Powers of Magic 98.9 FM. True Alaskan-style yoga is on! Bring your mat and a friend. And yes, dogs are allowed. Free, 6 to 7 p.m. (Delaney Park Strip, 9th & E Streets) OPEN SOCIAL—The Alaska Center for Alternative Lifestyles hosts a weekly open social that offers a chance to come out and connect with like minded people. The vibe allows for interesting conversation in a sex-positive environment. Every Open Social ends with a workshop taught by different community members each Wednesday. Coffee, snacks, and tunes are provided. Free, 6 to 9 p.m. (Alaska Center for Alternative Lifestyles, 225 E. 5th Ave.) ISRAELI FOLK DANCING— An evening of Israeli, American and other folk dances, no experience or partners required. Come active and ready to learn some dances, if you are a more experienced dancer who is interested in helping teach or bringing new dances to the group contact

Darla at hanedc@muni.org for more information. Free, 6:30 p.m. (Z. J. Loussac Library, 3600 Denali St.)

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS CATCH THE TRAIN PHOTO CONTEST—Photos can portray passenger or freight trains and must be at least 1,000 pixels, a quality readily available on most smartphones. Entries can be submitted through a tab on the Alaska Railroad Facebook page (facebook.com/alaskarailroad), or via Instagram (@alaskarailroad) and Twitter (@akrr) by using the hashtag #CatchTheTrainAK. The grand prize winner, to be chosen from 18 winners via a public online vote and will receive the honor of the Alaska Railroad calendar’s cover, $1,500 and round-trip rail travel for four.

ONGOING EVENTS For a complete list of events visit anchoragepress.com YOGA ON DONATION—Open Space offers weekly yoga, dance and other drop-in classes. Come join a vibrant community and pay what you can. All levels are welcome. Classes include: MWF lunch hour classes, Ashtanga, Hips, Core Explore, Prenatal, Baby & You, 50 and Fit and much more. Find our full schedule and special events online: OpenSpaceAlaska.com/calendar/ (630 E. 57th Pl.)

September 17 - September 23, 2015


ART REVIEW BY DAWNELL SMITH

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he “My Mother” invitational group art something “Gollum-esque” show at the International Gallery of about its stance and counteContemporary Art this month ranges nance, as if torn or caught. from pure portrait to jolting assemblage, The more direct “My Mothwith an array of textured, layered pieces er, Jane” by Linda Lucky presthat convey homage, regret, tension and ents a colorful papier-mâché love. portrait of her mother with Posing “mother” as subject matter sets ruddy cheeks and a cigarette. up a natural array of charged material, per- The expression of the figure haps more so for women artists. Not all dug comes across as affectionate, deep or delved beyond sentiment, but those course and entirely genuine. who did ply the heart through mastery. A hanging piece, “3,159 Susan Joy Share’s “Housedress with Or- cups of tea” by Pat Shelton, ange Donkey” employs plastic, fabric, and presents an outline of “mothvarious materials to create another one of er” as light moves through her amazing book forms, this time as a Yogi tea packages fastened to dress divided by a spinal-like zipper that paper backing. The transient

Not all dug deep or delved beyond sentiment, but those who did ply the heart through mastery. both splits the piece in half and holds it to- image changes with the posigether. As with most of her work, it begs tion of the viewer and natural for interaction, with stiff pages that open to light. meticulously placed images, patterns, and Several other pieces allude meanings. to the complexity of our reIn contrast, Wanda Seamster’s humble lationships to and with our drawing, “Old Age: Anxiety,” presents a mothers through life. Alex small, fastidious rendering of an old wom- Phillips’ assemblage, “In an’s face with pursed lips, wary eyes and Case of Emergency,” includes taut lines—the work of a fully mature art- weights and pulleys to the ist who is precise in execution, intrepid in left of a long rectangular box content. with an upside down hammer, Throughout the exhibit, the relationship with vials of blood and milk to “mother” extends from acknowledge- and hair below. ment and love to ambiguity, expectation, Still another piece, Sheila demand, regret, loss, anger, sorrow and Wyne’s “My Mother Gave fear. “Mother” is an archetype, after all, Birth to Something Unexand each artist’s story can’t help but reflect pected,” consists of a giant, voluptuous, upon the prototype. perfectly rounded pregnant torso formed Take Deborah Hansen’s viscerally ap- out of chicken wire, with a heavy chain as pealing “Corpus Doll Burned,” “Corpus spine and red lantern as child. The mateDoll Dance,” and “Corpus Doll Bound,” rials convey pragmatism and work ethic, for example. These primitive doll forms and symbolize more than the barebones of on mossy concrete orbs might speak to them. anyone’s most prominent mother form, Elsewhere, Keren Lowell’s “20’s + 50’s + whether motherhood, mother may I, moth- 70’s” and Jannah Atkins’ “Surrounded by er earth or mother lode. Beauty, Magic & Family Secrets” reach into In Alanna DeRocchi’s larger-than-life matriarchal lineage as tribute and inquiry, ceramic hare, “Withholding,” its exagger- while revealing and concealing truths, ated front feet cover its mouth, while its clues, and memories through layered imnipples sag at the folds its belly. There’s agery.

“Crossing (With Shoes)” BY ESTHER HONG, CURATOR OF “MY MOTHER”

Curator Esther Hong gathered these artists to share an aspect of “mother”— what each of us owes and is owed by the forces that gave us life, and what each of wishes we could salvage and mend, escape or discard. Her own piece, “Crossing (With Shoes),” captures the methodical, often impractical, but wholly essential bond that motherhood demands. Using deconstructed canvas and hair, Hong strung together a canvas painting with a few black lines and a pair of shoes, all made by crossing one line over another, string by string, hair by hair. n

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ART LISTINGS 9.17.15 DOWNTOWN

artist, Janina Simutis, bringing detail through new perspectives. (939 W. 5th Ave.)

niques ranging from watercolor to oil, acrylic, and charcoal. (608 W. 4th Ave. Suite 101)

CRUSH WINE BISTRO—Anchorage artist Laura Dewey explores acrylic paintings capturing the expansive landscapes of Alaska and its wildlife:. (343 W. 6th Ave.)

SNOW CITY CAFE—Nan Thompson’s pieces document her observations through hand-dyed, printed and painted fabric work studying colors, lines and spaces. (1034 W. 4th Ave.)

BROWN BAG SANDWICH CO.— Whey Bowerson’s new collection of mixed media work explore the story of lost wizard lizard tribes of Atlantis. (400 D St.)

INTERNATIONAL GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART—IGCA is taking over the block with a diverse lineup of artists, musicians, and performers creating live, and often interactive art on the street, transforming First Friday into an electrifying event by engaging the community in the arts. (427 D St.)

STEPHAN FINE ARTS—“Art for Alaska Parks” showcases painters from around the state and their experiences of Alaska’s outdoors in varied mediums including charcoal, watercolor, oil, acrylic and pastel. (939 W. 5th Ave.)

CAKE STUDIO—“Aprons from the Heartland” is a collection of wearable art from Mary Leonard. (608 W. 4th Ave.)

KALADI BROTHERS—Student artist Areana Cuddy explores artistic expression with a focus on figure drawing and painting. (621 W. 6th Ave.)

CAPTAIN COOK COFFEE CUBBY— “Lush” is larger-than-life Florals, wildlife and 3-D works by Seward

SEVIGNY STUDIOS—Dot Tideman, presents an encaustic show founded with creative inspiration with tech-

ANCHORAGE MUSEUM—Indigenous perspectives on the legacies of Captain Cook’s voyages presented in a multi-artist performance. Out of the Box artists challenge stereotypes by using cardboard boxes to represent the metaphorical boxes society places on Alaska Native peoples, among the themes explored is culture as a commodity. (625 C St.)

AROUND TOWN ARCTIC ROSE GALLERY—View originals, prints, and other forms of art from Dan and other gallery artists in “2015 Wildlife Art Show featuring Dan Twitchell.” (1443 W. Northern Lights Blvd.)

BLUE HOLLOMON GALLERY—Tim Troll presents new paintings and drawings inspired from time spent in Southwest Alaska from Bristol Bay to the Kuskokwim and Yukon Rivers. (3555 Arctic Blvd.)

LEAH J. PETERSON GALLERY AT APU—Working with unconventional materials, Alaskan contemporary artist Liz Ellis fuses traditional painting with sculptural forms. (410 University Dr. in the Carr Gottstein Bldg.)

BOHEME COFFEE LOUNGE— “Whimsey & Wonder: The Art of Anda Saylor” features prints on canvas and paper. (1443 W. Northern Lights Blvd.)

MIDDLE WAY CAFE—Photographers Brian Montablo and Will Koeppen present their show “Beyond Adventure Beyond Crowds,” an exploration of unconstructed photos and hidden shapes. (1300 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Suite G)

CONOCOPHILLIPS GALLERY AT APU—Ted Kincaid continues his exploration of Alaskan wildlife’s role in shaping the landscape and social environment with “Holy Beasts V.2.” His energetic and large scale loose ink and acrylic drawings are rich with texture, line and messy collage. (4101 University Dr. in Grant Hall)

TERRA BELLA—Nathan Perry’s “Refined Edge” presents his intricately crafted drawings and paintings whose subject matter includes portraiture, wildlife, landscape and spiritual themes. (601 E Dimond Blvd. #6)

DORIOLA’S—Members of Alaska Wax, the Alaska chapter of International Encaustic Artists (IEA), will open a one-month exhibit of encaustic and cold wax paintings entitled “The Colors of Autumn.” (510 W. Tudor Rd. Suite 7)

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T’S IMPOSSIBLE to categorize the music of Pink Martini into a single genre. The group performs an array of eclectic lounge and world music, sung in a variety of languages and featuring guests as diverse as Phyllis Diller and Rufus Wainwright. If one had to find a single common thread among performances, perhaps it is this: they always seem to be having fun. Band leader and pianist Thomas Lauderdale describes Pink Martini as “a rollicking, around-the-world musical adventure. If the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band.” “It’s a challenge to promote them and distill their music into 15 or 30-second spots because what they do is so unique,” says Jason Hodges, Executive Director of the Anchorage Concert Association. “They call it a throwback to a different era. You could compare it to Frank Sinatra, but that doesn’t completely do it justice either, because it’s full of world music beats and tunes. You really just have to go and have it wash over you.” Pink Martini’s album releases thus far have been consistently diverse. Their library contains a cappella selections and fully orchestrated pieces. Songs are performed in a wide range of languages through guest vocalists and choirs. Some songs are covers of classics that listeners will recall from their childhoods and some are original compositions. Each are backed by Pink Martini’s renowned orchestra, a diverse arrangement

albums released since that time have reached gold status in France, Canada, Greece and Turkey. The band consistently sells out shows around the globe. Pink Martini’s latest release, 2014’s Dream a Little Dream features vocals from Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August von Trapp, the great-grandPink Martini’s latest release, children of Captain and Maria von Trapp from The 2014’s Dream a Little Dream Sound of Music. The von Trapp siblings live together in Portland and regularly collaborate with Pink Martini features vocals from Sofia, to create world music. Dream a Little Dream contains 15 Melanie, Amanda and August von songs from around the globe, featuring countries like Japan, Sweden and Rwanda, among others. Trapp, the great-grandchildren of I reached co-lead singer Storm Large (she shares this desCaptain and Maria von Trapp from ignation with China Forbes) while she was on a layover at JFK airport in New York, en route to Monaco, where she was The Sound of Music. slated to perform at a private party. She said Pink Martini’s upcoming Alaska shows will feature new music the band in itself, with a combination of a trombone, trumpets, a cello, hasn’t yet performed. “It will be very interactive and actually ends in a massive conga line. We’re very excited. The best aua guitar, violins, an upright bass, congas and bongos. diences are made up of people who understand that we aren’t Lauderdale originally formed the band in Portland after separate from them. We might be the ones on stage, but we’re having spent time working in politics and becoming disillusioned with the soundtracks that accompanied political fully interactive. We want to see you and hear you and make fundraisers and events. He wanted to draw inspiration from you happy and make you dance.” Storm looks forward to learning about how Alaskans around the globe and appeal to people across the political spectrum. He founded his “little orchestra” Pink Martini in consume live music. She maintains an extensive catalog of 1994 with the intention of performing at political fundraisers. countries visited and respective audience reactions. “AudiPink Martini’s first single, “Sympathique,” sung in French ences in Asia tend to be very polite. Same with the and featuring a hook that resonates worldwide (complaining Swiss—they are quiet and polite and buy a lot of about your day job has universal appeal), earned the group records but aren’t very exuberant. Spanish crowds accolades including “Song of the Year” and “Best New Art- are completely unhinged and awesome. Turkist” in France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards in 2000. Five ish and Romanian audiences are passionate and ex-

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NEWS of the WEIRD A PAPER DRONE The Federal Aviation Administration recently granted (likely for the first time ever) an application to fly a paper airplane. Prominent drone advocate Peter Sachs had applied to conduct commercial aerial photography with his “aircraft” (a Tailor Toys model with a tiny propeller and maximum range of 180 feet), and the agency, concerned with air traffic safety, accommodated by treating the request (unironically?) under the rules for manned flights (that, among other restrictions, Sachs must not exceed 100 mph and must engage a licensed airplane pilot to fly it). “With this grant,” said the “victorious” Sachs, “the FAA has abandoned all logic and sensibility.” QUESTIONABLE JUDGMENTS —Because temperatures were in the high 90s the last weekend in August, tourists visiting the historical Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland were greeted by the outdoor sprinkler system dousing them near the gates. It was intended as relief, said operators, to keep guests from fainting, but, as one Israeli visitor said, “It was a punch to the gut”—too reminiscent of Auschwitz’s gas chamber. (Jewish prisoners had been marched calmly to their deaths under the pretense that they were only being taken for showers.) —DIY dentistry seemed off-limits—until amateur orthodontia got a boost from a 2012 YouTube video in which Shalom DeSota, now 17, praised rubber bands for teeth-straightening. DeSota’s family lacked dental insurance at the time, so the would-be actress experimented by looping rubber bands around two front teeth she wanted to draw together. Many painful days later, she succeeded. The American Association of Orthodontists expressed alarm in August at the video’s recent popularity. So much could go wrong—infection, gum-tearing, detachment between tooth and gums—that DeSota, the organization said, had simply been lucky.

tion request would cost her $77,780 (4,500 hours of searching—taking two years to complete). (Michigan’s FOI law was somewhat liberalized on July 1, and Smith said she may refile.) (2) After a McKinney, Texas, police officer was filmed pointing his gun at unarmed black teenagers at a pool party in June, the online Gawker Media filed a Public Information Act request for the officer’s records and any emails about his conduct. The city estimated that request’s cost at $79,229 (hiring a programmer, for 2,231 hours’ searching—plus “computer time”). Gawker said it would appeal.

GOVERNMENT INACTION The streets of Jackson, Mississippi, apparently have potholes that rival the worst in the country, but without adequate budget to fix them, according to Mayor Tony Yarber. His remedy, offered earnestly to constituents in August: prayer. “I believe we can pray potholes away.” (Yarber, elected in 2014, was pastor of the Relevant Empowerment Church.) NAMES IN THE NEWS Charged with choking and punching his fiancee: Mr. Daniel Gentleman, 28 (Prescott, Arizona, May). Charged with killing her husband and burying his body in a manure pile on their farm: Ms. Charlene Mess, 48 (Attica, New York, April). Charged with sexual assault: Mr. Huckleberry Finn (Keene, New Hampshire, July). And prominent in the news (confusingly so) when the Food and Drug Administration approved the so-called “female Viagra” drug Addyi in August: FDA spokesperson Dr. Janet Woodcock. LEAST COMPETENT PEOPLE “Selfies” continue to take their devastating toll on Americans. On Aug. 30 in Orient, Maine, driver Jordan Toner, 29, attempting to lean into a seven-person

NEW WORLD ORDER Digital World: (1) The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction announced in July that it would be experimenting with online phys ed courses for high schoolers. Students would watch videos on certain activities, then engage in them, and later self-report their (as the agency calls it) “mastery.” (2) British police warned in August of a brand-new sex crime based on the iPhone app AirDrop. The app sends text or photos instantly to nearby AirDrop users (who choose to receive from “contacts” or from “everyone”). Thus, perverts can “flash” strangers by posting nude pictures of themselves to reach AirDrop users set carelessly (or purposely!) to “everyone.”

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selfie among his passengers, crashed into a tree, causing numerous injuries. On Aug. 24, Alex Gomez, 36, of Lake Elsinore, California, tried to take one after draping an angry 4-foot-long rattlesnake around his neck. The predictable bite was damaging but not fatal. On Sept. 1 in Houston, a 19-year-old man taking selfies while clumsily fondling his handgun is no longer with us.

RECURRING THEMES —In June, News of the Weird mentioned a drug dealer in Marseille, France, who was distributing loyalty cards to his best customers (fill 10 squares, get a discount). In August, a smalltime cannabis dealer in the central France town of Villeurbanne pushed the envelope further by taping 1-gram samples to hand-lettered leaflets (offering home delivery for 100-euro orders, along with his first name and phone number). The man was of course arrested, with the local police superintendent musing about the man’s “very special” business model. —More “Slow TV”: Norwegian TV viewers have somehow given strong ratings to a series of seemingly interminable programs (a continuous camera on a salmon-fishing vessel, 12 hours of live log-burning with commentary, five hours of knitters spinning their way to a world record, 100 straight hours of chess-playing, a five-day stretch from a cruise ship), and in August were presented another such gift. The Norwegian caviar company Mills said it would live stream, on a YouTube channel, nearly 11 months of fish eggs aging 24/7 in barrels—7,392 hours of “programming.” —People With Issues: Alexander Carlsson, 25, was jailed in Sanford, Florida, in August on federal child pornography charges, but also told agents that he is a “clopper,” which identifies him, he said, as one who masturbates while gazing at figurines and pictures depicting Hasbro’s My Little Pony toys. READERS’ CHOICE A thief grabbed the purse of an elderly woman shopping with her husband at a Fred Meyer store in Spokane, Washington, on July 23 and fled through a parking lot. They had no chance to catch the man, but he happened to run right by hospital nurse Heidi Muat, 42, who surmised the situation and started after him. The thief quickly saw that Muat could outrun him, and he gave up the purse, which Muat returned to the couple. Muat later revealed her alter ego: On her Spokannibals Roller Derby team, she is known as Ms. “Ida B. ChoAzz.” A NEWS OF THE WEIRD CLASSIC (FEBRUARY 2009) Though India is recognized as a world leader in promoting the health benefits of urine, its dominance will be assured by the end of the year (2009) when a cow-urine-based soft drink comes to market. Om Prakash, chief of the Cow Protection Department of the RSS organization (India’s largest Hindu nationalist group), trying to reassure a Times of London reporter in February, promised, “It won’t smell like urine and will be tasty, too,” noting that medicinal herbs would be added and toxins removed. In addition to improved health, he said, India needs a domestic (and especially Hindu) beverage to compete with the foreign influence of Coca-Cola and Pepsi. n

SEEMS LIKE THE SEASON OF EMAIL MUDDLES (1) All Sherri Smith wanted was copies of background emails about her son (who has a disability) in the files of the Goodrich, Michigan, school system, but the superintendent informed her in June that the Freedom of Informa-

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We met and I taught you to dance. You were with your sister. Then you came back and we danced some more. More than a spark? Definitely more for me! I teach a lot of women there but you are stuck in my mind! When are you coming back? TALL AND BEAUTIFUL - M4W

Sunday night saw you sitting alone being the third wheel with your friends and just fumbled my words so bad it’s not funny. Just wanted to say you were well spoken and had a beautiful smile and just so you know your height didn’t intimidate me at all. If by the small chance you see this what bar were we at. I REMEMBER YOU LAST HEAD YOU GAVE ME - M4W (DEC 2012)

I love you, but it seems to be all about you, and not about me. I’ve made every house payment for the last 13 years. you are retired and have a set income. I’m busting my ass every day and all I want to do when I come home is have a meal and hug you. I love your breasts and your fine September 17 - September 23, 2015

butt. I have a sense of humor and yours rarely comes up. When you get hairy ( you know, down there) I trim and shave you. I am smooth too, but you never put your mouth on my penis. Not since DECEMBER 2012. I asked why. I even told you that your cuddles and snuggles and blowjobs are on the same shelf. You let me make the house payment for 14 years....you have a free place to live. Yes you buy food and cover insurance. we quit smoking together...um I did, you didn’t I’m lost and you almost lost me to another. She was a better woman than you and turned me down. We have been the best of friends for 3 years. You could have lost me to her. But she respected you. A snuggle and a occasional blowjob is not too much to ask from a hard working man, non jealous, attentive, man that loves life, sex and fun. I remember when you were those things. I haven’t changed. Shame you got old on me before your time. SOUL MATE ARE YOU THERE? IM SURE WE HAVE CROSSED PATHS? - M4W (ANCHORAGE)

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to the most beautiful girl I have ever seen. I was right behind a subaru that dropped off some candy for you Thursday night Friday morning. You said it was to help keep you awake through your shift. just wanted to let you know how gorgeous you are. xoxo xoxo WE RAN INTO EACH OTHER AS I WAS GETTING ICE - W4M (DOWNTOWN HOTEL)

It was around three in the morning and I ran out of my room to run right down the hallway to grab some ice for my ankle I twisted earlier. You came around the corner from the elevators and you saw me in my underwear and I quickly closed my robe. I saw in the reflection of the window that you turned around. I was a bit embarrassed but it was kind of thrilling a little as well. I saw you at happy hour again the next day but I was with another male friend and you seemed like you wanted to say hi but it looked like you were with your boss or something so we didn’t get to talk. I thought you were very

handsome and was hoping you would have said hi to me in the hallway and it probably would have been a fun night for the both of us. Anyway, I’m still in my hotel room and I’m hoping you see this and maybe we can have a drink or something and see where it goes. Tell me which hotel it was and you might know my room number so just stop by if you do. What color panties and bra I was wearing cause I definitely gave you a good peep before I closed my robe and dropped my ice bucket. Hope to hear from you. GIRLS POINT OF VIEW - M4W (ANCH)

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Why does east side have all the nicest asses? I love going to that side of town! Yall have me drooling everywhere WHAT AGE? - M4W (VALLEY)

Is it just younger lady’s that have their private areas pierced or do lady’s of all ages get pierced? Can I see your pierced areas? No need for face just want to see the pierced spots.

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id love to get another chance to meet you. You didn’t know your number so your friend gave it to me but I think it was wrong. My name is Taylor also. Hope you see this. You have a gorgeous smile. CHANGE THE KID’S LAST NAME ALREADY M4W (ANCHORAGE)

7 years. That’s how long you’ve had to change the kid’s last name. I can’t think of ANY reason you would want a kid to have some guy’s last name that is not even the father. DNA test ruled that out. The only thing I can think of is you’re using it as a way to make people feel sorry for you. Pretty sad. Change the kid’s last name already and move the hell on. n

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SHERYL, “the Little One,” Angel Channel and Teacher introduces Jenny Block, and an informative interview poly activist and frequent Savage Lovecast guest Diana Adams did with the Atlantic. But I don’t think you need to do a whole lot of homework about this. Love your son, respect his choices, don’t blame or shame his wife, and be kind to any partners they introduce you to. Having a poly kid is a lot simpler than you think. Many years ago, what was for me a bizarre sexual incident happened to me, and while I’ve largely laughed it off with no traumatic effects, the incident has always puzzled me. For the record, I’m a straight man in a good, loving marriage with no sexual issues to report. I was off on a golf weekend with a bunch of über-hetero buddies. We stayed in a condo that didn’t have enough beds for everyone, so I ended up sharing a bed with an ex-marine. In the middle of the night, I thought my girlfriend was waking me up with a blowjob, and a damn fine one at that. However, as I gradually became awake, I realized the mouth on my penis wasn’t my girlfriend’s. I called this guy’s name, and—this is the interesting part—he sprang up suddenly, like I just woke him up. I was also a little afraid, because he was a big guy who could have easily pummeled me to death out of embarrassment. But he jumped out of bed, went into the bathroom, and gargled before coming back into bed. Neither of us said

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If your son says he’s happy, SM, you should believe him and be happy for him. It’s unfortunate that your son framed the news about his choices and his marriage—which make him happy—in what sounds like a clumsy critique of your choices and your marriage. (If that’s what he did, SM. I’ve only got your characterization of his comments to go on, not a tape recording of them, and it has been my experience that monogamous folks sometimes hear critiques of their choices when we nonmonogamous folks talk about our own choices. “We’re not doing what you’re doing” ≠ “You’re doing it wrong.”) There’s nothing necessarily “finite,” untruthful, limiting, or dishonest about monogamy. If that’s what two people want, SM, and it makes those two people happy, that’s great. Monogamy is what you and your husband wanted, it’s what made you and your husband happy, and it worked for your marriage. You could see your son’s choice to be nonmonogamous as a rejection of everything you modeled for him, or you could see his choice as modeled on the fundamental bedrock stuff—for lack of a better word—that informed the choice you made. Your son and his wife are doing what they want, they’re doing what makes them happy, and they’re doing what works for their marriage. They’re not doing monogamy (or kids), but they’re doing what’s right for them and what works for them—just like his mom and dad did. There are lots of people out there in happy, fulfilling open/poly relationships, SM, and lots of people out there in happy, fulfilling monogamous relationships. (And there are lots of miserable people in both kinds of relationships.) There are also lots of people in happy, fulfilling monogamous relationships they will one day choose to open, and lots of people in happy, fulfilling nonmonogamous relationships they will one day choose to close. It’s happiness, consent, and mutual respect that matters, not whether a relationship is monogamous or nonmonogamous. If your son is happy, SM, you should be happy for him. But if he states—or clumsily implies— that you and his dad couldn’t be happy because you’re not doing the same thing he and his wife are doing, you tell him from nonmonogamous me that he’s full of nonmonogamous shit. Two pieces of recommended reading: the book Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage by

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VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): Some people express pride in gross ways. When you hear their overbearing brags, you know it’s a sign that they are not really confident in themselves. They overdo the vanity because they’re trying to compensate for their feelings of inadequacy. In the coming weeks, I expect you to express a more lovable kind of self-glorification. It won’t be inflated or arrogant, but will instead be measured and reasonable. If you swagger a bit, you will do it with humor and style, not narcissism and superiority. Thank you in advance for your service to humanity. The world needs more of this benign kind of egotism. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22): The rooster is your power animal. Be like him. Scrutinize the horizon for the metaphorical dawn that is coming, and be ready to herald its appearance with a triumphant wake-up call. On the other hand, the rooster is also your affliction animal. Don’t be like him. I would hate for you to imitate the way he handles himself in a fight, which is to keep fussing and squabbling far beyond the point when he should let it all go. In conclusion, Libra, act like a rooster but also don’t act like a rooster. Give up the protracted struggle so you can devote yourself to the more pertinent task, which is to celebrate the return of the primal heat and light. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21): Since you seem to enjoy making life so complicated and intense for yourself, you may be glad to learn that the current astrological omens favor that development. My reading of the astrological omens suggests that you’re about to dive deep into rich mysteries that could drive you half-crazy. I suspect that you will be agitated and animated by your encounters with ecstatic torment and difficult bliss. Bon voyage! Have fun! Soon I expect to see miniature violet bonfires gleaming in your bedroom eyes, and unnamable emotions rippling through your unfathomable face, and unprecedented words of wild wisdom spilling from your smart mouth. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): The Adamites were devotees of an ancient Christian sect that practiced sacred nudism. One of their central premises: How could anyone possibly know God while wearing clothes? I am not necessarily recommending that you make their practice a permanent part of your spiritual repertoire, but I think you might find value in it during the coming weeks. Your erotic and transcendent yearnings will be rising to a crescendo at the same time. You will have the chance to explore states where horniness and holiness overlap. Lusty prayers? Reverent sex? Ecstatic illumination? CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): One of your key themes in the coming weeks is “grace.” I suggest that you cultivate it, seek it out, expect it, and treasure it. To prepare for this fun work, study all of the meanings of “grace” below. At least two of them, and possibly all, should and can be an active part of your life. 1. Elegance or beauty of form, movement, or proportion; seemingly effortless charm or fluidity. 2. Favor or goodwill; a disposition to be generous or helpful. 3. Mercy, forgiveness, charity. 4. A temporary exemption or immunity; a reprieve. 5. A sense of fitness or propriety. 6. A prayer of blessing or thanks said before a meal. 7. An unmerited divine gift offered out of love. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18): Be good, but not necessarily well-behaved. Be extra exuberant and free, but not irresponsible. Be lavish and ardent and even rowdy, but not decadent. Why? What’s the occasion? Well, you have more-or-less finished paying off one of your karmic debts. You have conquered or at least outwitted a twist from your past that had been sapping your mojo. As a reward for doing your duty with such diligence, you have earned a respite from some of the more boring aspects of reality. And so now you have a mandate to gather up the intelligent pleasure you missed when you were acting like a beast of burden.

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PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): “I am the least difficult of men. All I want is boundless love.” That’s the mantra that Frank O’Hara intoned in his poem “Meditations in an Emergency,” and now I’m inviting you to adopt a modified version of it. Here’s how I would change it for your use in the coming months: “I am the least difficult of passion artists. All I want is to give and receive boundless, healthy, interesting love.” To be frank, I don’t think O’Hara’s simple and innocent declaration will work for you. You really do need to add my recommended nuances in order to ripen your soul’s code and be aligned with cosmic rhythms. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): I won’t go so far as to say that you are surrounded by unhinged maniacs whose incoherence is matched only by their self-delusion. That would probably be too extreme. But I do suspect that at least some of the characters in the game you’re playing are not operating at their full potential. For now, it’s best not to confront them and demand that they act with more grace. The wiser strategy might be to avoid being swept up in their agitation as you take good care of yourself. If you are patient and stay centered, I bet you will eventually get a chance to work your magic. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): Many of the heroes in fairy tales survive and thrive because of the magical gifts they are given. Benefactors show up, often unexpectedly, to provide them with marvels—a spinning wheel that can weave a cloak of invisibility, perhaps, or winged shoes that give them the power of flight, or a charmed cauldron that brews a healing potion. But there is an important caveat. The heroes rarely receive their boons out of sheer luck. They have previously performed kind deeds or unselfish acts in order to earn the right to be blessed. According to my analysis, Taurus, the coming weeks will be prime time for you to make yourself worthy of gifts you will need later on. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): We humans need nourishing stories almost as much as we require healthy food, clean air, pure water, and authentic love. And yet many of us get far less than our minimum daily requirement of nourishing stories. Instead, we are barraged with nihilistic narratives that wallow in misery and woe. If we want a break from that onslaught, our main other choices are sentimental fantasies and empty-hearted trivia. That’s the bad news. But here’s the good news: Now is a favorable time for you to seek remedies for this problem. That’s why I’m urging you to hunt down redemptive chronicles that furnish your soul with gritty delight. Find parables and sagas and tales that fire up your creative imagination and embolden your lust for life. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): Now is an excellent time to close the gap between the Real You and the image of yourself that you display to the world. I know of two ways to accomplish this. You can tinker with the Real You so that it’s more like the image you display. Or else you can change the image you display so that it is a more accurate rendition of the Real You. Both strategies may be effective. However you go about it, Cancerian, I suggest you make it your goal to shrink the amount of pretending you do. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22): Born under the sign of Leo, Marcel Duchamp was an influential artist whose early work prefigured surrealism. In 1917, he submitted an unusual piece to a group exhibition in New York. It was a plain old porcelain urinal, but he titled it Fountain, and insisted it was a genuine work of art. In that spirit, I am putting my seal of approval on the messy melodrama you are in the process of managing. Henceforth, this melodrama shall also be known as a work of art, and its title will be “Purification.” (Or would you prefer “Expurgation” or “Redemption”?) If you finish the job with the panache you have at your disposal, it will forevermore qualify as a soul-jiggling masterpiece.

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Chris Lesesne of The Dirty Hands on bass at Tap Root. PHOTO BY RACHAEL PELTIER

Cori Schle ich and Max Zent ner return from a short walk through freshly fallen snow in Hatcher Pass. PHOTO BY JAMES R. EVANS

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