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5 Opinion Letters, cartoons

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6 News ‘Town Square Three’ in Court By Scott Christiansen

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10 Christmas Cruise

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6 Blotter

23 Arts Listings

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24 Music Yada, Yada, Yada By Katie Medred

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Top 10 It’s OK to be a Grinch By Rachel Drinkard

Brew Review Gift Ideas for Beer Drinkers By James ‘Dr. Fermento’ Roberts

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34 News of the Weird By Chuck Shepherd

18 Alaska Science Forum Reeeaalllly Chilly By Ned Rozell

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29 Performing Arts

16 Dining Guide

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25 Interrogation Jonny Lang Talks Music, Faith and Family By Matt Tunseth

29 Film Events

15 Headlamp Dog Day Morning By Annie Passarello

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8 Food Dining With Mother Russia By Diana Greenhut

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22 Homeviewing

6 News Out North Back on the Air By Scott Christiansen

Spending Christmas on the Alaska Marine Highway

22 Film Review ‘The Hobbit’ Nearly Unwatchable By Bob Grimm

35 Free Will Astrology By Rob Brezsny 36 Puzzles

19 Sports and Rec

37 Comics

21 Picks of the Week

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Know Your Interpreter With all of the commentaries flying around regarding the â&#x20AC;&#x153;fakeâ&#x20AC;? interpreter at Nelson Mandelaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funeral, I wondered â&#x20AC;&#x201D; how can we take this terrible situation, one that drew so much attention away from the passing of an incredible human being, and make some good of it? How do we, as Mandela would have done, turn this into a positive? How do we turn this into an opportunity to educate? How do we show the general populace that there are educated, professional, certified interpreters out there if you know where to look? We do not just stand around and flap our hands in a rhythmic way and make the message look pretty to those who are not â&#x20AC;&#x153;in the know.â&#x20AC;? For those in the position of hiring sign language interpreters for the purpose of providing equal access to the deaf and hard-of-hearing population, there are a few key factors that you need to know... 1. The provision of qualified/certified interpreters for equal access is the law. The Americans with Disabilities Act with regard to interpreter provision can be accessed in a userfriendly way at the National Association of the Deaf website, NAD.org. 2. To find certified interpreters in your area, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf can be accessed 24/7 at RID.org. 3. When hiring an interpreter, you have every right, and the responsibility, to make sure that the person is qualified/certified. 4. When an interpreter shows up at the job site, feel free to ask for proof of certification. The interpreter should be more than happy to show you their RID membership card with their credentials. 5. Deaf people, like hearing people, have their preferences of people with whom they can and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work. Please, respect that. If a deaf or hard of hearing person says that they would prefer to, or not to, work with a particular interpreter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they have a reason. (Just put yourself in another personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shoes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the interpreter with whom you have a great rapport and clear communication OR the interpreter with whom you can not communicate OR the interpreter with whom you have personal issues â&#x20AC;&#x201D; while you are standing there in that paper robe, feeling exposed. Which would YOU prefer to have in that doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office visit telling you the doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diagnosis?) 6. When in doubt, ask the deaf or hard-of-hearing consumer. They should have a voice. There are deaf and hard-of-hearing people in our communities. Unless they are actively involved in communication, you may not notice them. These people are among us. They are in our cities, in our rural areas, and in our villages. They, as you, want to know what is going on around them and to be active members of their communities. They want an active role in their lives. It is frustrating and exhausting to have to fight for every piece of information that hearing people take for granted. The incidental learning that constantly occurs through sounds and verbal language is missed by the deaf and hard-of-hearing population. Then, when something happens, and an interpreter is hired so that the word can get out, please make sure that the interpreter is capable of getting the message across appropriately. Kathleen Bodolay, CI, CT President/Owner, Alaska Interpreting Alliance, Inc., Palmer

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Lily Weedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent review of Sizzlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cafe entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Work in Progressâ&#x20AC;? (Dec. 12, page 8) rather well describes her own efforts at a restaurant review. Does the Anchorage Press require a certain number of column inches of their reviewers? If not, why is space wasted discussing carpet (unless it is filthy or a safety hazard), or wood paneled accents, or the color scheme. Such preoccupation may indicate the reviewer would be better suited to review interior design elements of new office openings rather than restaurants. Otherwise focus on the quality of the food and service.

A story on page 24 of the Dec. 12 edition (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guitars, Drums and Bears â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Oh My!â&#x20AC;?) was incorrectly attributed to film columnist Bob Grimm. Music writer Jeri Kopet actually wrote the profile of Anchorage duo SJ and Drums.

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<<BLOTTER>> By Scott Christiansen

Some kind of record Alaska State Troopers report that a 20-year-old North Pole woman, on Friday December 6, was ticketed for more than 30 traffic violations after leading troopers on a 15-minute chase “mostly at slower speeds” while driving a Honda sedan troopers suspected was stolen. The chase began about 5:20 p.m. when a caller told troopers they had seen the Honda driving near the intersection of University Avenue and Geist Road. The caller said, “that he was following his friend’s stolen vehicle” troopers say, and a patrol car picked up the chase on University Avenue near Airport Way. Lights and sirens did nothing to get the woman to stop driving. The Alaska Court system database now shows 15 minor offense tickets for the woman that stem from the chase. A reporter from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner seems to have dug through them all (Blotter is thankful) and the News-Miner brief says the elusive lady drove the Honda through seven stop signs, three red lights and failed to use turn signals 17 times. That’s in addition to running the Honda off the road once and making three illegal turns. The 15 court citations, according to the News-Miner, represent 33 traffic violations. The cops finally brought the chase to a stop by using a spike strip, which flattened the Honda’s two front tires. The disorderly damsel was arrested on Lathrop Street and taken to jail. In addition to the traffic tickets, she is charged with a felony for eluding and one reckless driving misdemeanor. Thursday, December 5 — The War on Christmas was brought to Ketchikan by unknown vandals who stole $75 worth of ornaments and did $50 worth of property damage at two homes on D-1 Loop Road. Thursday, December 5 — Troopers with an arrest warrant rounded up a 25-year-old Wasilla man at a home near Wasilla. The man had failed to appear in court for an arraignment on fourth-degree theft and assault charges. So where did troopers find him? His hideout was a residence on Kilo Drive. Thursday, December 5 — Most vehicles are badly damaged if they hit a moose on the Parks Highway, but not the Peterbuilt tractor trailer. Thursday, December 5 — Troopers are charging a 64-year-old Fairbanks Man for running off his roommate with a shotgun. Troopers say the man first drew the shotgun indoors and ordered his roommate to leave, “and then fired a round from the shotgun into the air as his roommate left the residence.” Thursday, December 5 — Troopers took a 53-yearold Soldotna man to jail for walking while drunk on the Sterling Highway. The charge is disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. The man, troopers say, “was creating a hazardous condition for other motorists due to the extremely poor road conditions, the darkness and his alcohol impairment.” Saturday, December 7 — In Thorne Bay, troopers report, a man was seen “observed stumbling through town” and someone reported him to the Village Public Safety Officer. The stumbling man eventually made his way to the boat harbor, and after boarding a 14-foot skiff (his own) was charged with DUI. Troopers say it’s his third in less than a decade and will be charged as a felony. Saturday, December 7 — Troopers say a red Honda 2000 generator was reported stolen from a boat at Knudson Cove Marinas. It’s worth about $1,000 and anyone with information about this theft can leave a tip at (908) 225-5118. Let them know if it’s being used to power Christmas lights, too. Sunday, December 8 — Troopers in Dillingham would like to know more about the “vehicle” (they didn’t report make or model) that had all four tires flattened while it was parked near mile 9 of Snake Lake Road. Blotter suspects it was crime of either passion or vengeance, but anyone knowing the real truth can call (907) 8425641. Tips are welcome: scott@anchoragepress.com

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Squaring Off With the City Judge to rule in case of the ‘Town Square Three’ By Scott Christiansen

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ible passages, beer cans, the Constitution and campsites are among the things lawyers are asking a judge to consider during pre-trial arguments in the trespassing case against the Town Square Three. The trio — Brent Baccala, Margie Thompson and John W. Martin III —were arrested May 17 after setting up a camp in Town Square Park while staging a protest of Anchorage’s policy of removing camps used by homeless people in wooded parts of town. The defendants argue they have the right to protest 24/7 in Town Square, partly because of the park’s proximity to City Hall. They got crosswise with the city because overnight camping isn’t allowed in Town Square. But the protest, one city court filing says, was made up of “various mixed messages” and the defendants’ activities “looked less like a protest and more like they were enjoying their own version of happy hour in the park.” Lawyers for the two sides squared off Monday, December 9, at a pretrial hearing in front of Anchorage District Court Judge Gregory Motyka. The defense attorneys want Judge Motyka to ignore the beer and focus on the First Amendment. City lawyers argue the judge should decide placards of Bible passages don’t make a protest. They mean little when coupled with the seemingly disparate reasons the protesters gave police for wanting to stay in the park. The trio have all been, or at least portrayed themselves to be, homeless in recent years. Martin became well known for staging a protest on the sidewalk in front of City Hall — kitty-corner and one block from Town Square Park — that spawned a new ordinance that bans sitting or laying down on Anchorage sidewalks. Now the defense attorneys say the sidewalk ordinance is one of the factors that forced the protesters into Town Square after hours, while prosecutors say the ban on sidewalk sitting did nothing of the sort. “It is common knowledge that when protests took place with people using the sidewalk, they were removed for trespassing on the sidewalk, so that is definitely not a reasonable alternative,” attorney Ella Anagick told the judge. Anagick represents Thompson, but each of the defendants has their own lawyer, all paid by the city as public defenders. Anagick filed two motions to have the case dismissed. One asks Motyka to throw out the charges because the city’s trespassing code allows an affirmative defense for free speech activities. An affirmative defense is an excuse for breaking the law — like breaking into a cabin to avoid freezing and starving. But the affirmative defense in Anchorage’s trespassing code applies only to protests as long as they do not occur, “in an unreasonable time, place or manner” and as long as the activity doesn’t threaten public safety. City prosecutor Kevin Bergt told Judge Motyka it’s reasonable for the city to close parks at night. Bergt said parks close at night all across the country. In Anchorage, Bergt said, all but a few close at 11 p.m.

“It’s a very important fact, that the seventeen hours when the park is open are the alternative means for communication. It’s not just the sidewalk,” Bergt said. The three defendants attended the proceedings, but Martin wasn’t allowed at the defense table. He was dressed in a blue jailhouse uniform with the words “Anchorage Correctional” emblazoned on the left side of his breast, the sole occupant of an otherwise empty jury box. Martin was arrested November 26 on a misdemeanor assault charge. Thompson is the victim of the alleged assault. The two sometimes describe each other as husband and wife but are not legally married. Thompson didn’t want to talk about the assault case when interviewed after the court hearing. Thompson said the two remain together. In the lobby of the courthouse, Thompson repeated some talking points she and Martin have used in the past. She alleged homeless people die after being turned away from shelters for being intoxicated. She said Anchorage needs a homeless camp. “There’s a lot of movement that has to be made,” Thompson said. “It’s for the least of the least that I am pursuing that campsite. It’s for the ones that are being turned away from the shelters.” Lawyers on both sides referenced a recent case from California known as Occupy Sacramento v. City of Sacramento in which the local government secured its right to ban camping by protesters in a park adjacent to Sacramento City Hall. The Occupy Sacramento decision was in favor of the government, but Bryon Collins, who represents Baccala, told Judge Motyka he must use one part of the California court’s reasoning — a part that says freedom of speech cannot be limited to certain hours of the day. “The issue of beer, the issue of litter and all of that is simply a distraction from the fundamental issue,” Collins said. “You do have a right to express your message 24-hours a day.” Collins authored a motion to have one part of the law struck down before the case goes to trial. Collins argued the plaintiffs had been removed from the sidewalks of downtown and the judge needed to keep the sidewalk rules in mind while analyzing the trespassing law. He also said Town Square’s proximity to City Hall was important, because no other park in Anchorage is similarly located. “You have no other avenue in which these individuals, or any other individuals, can express their message,” Collins said. Judge Motyka queried Collins, sounding somewhat unconvinced. “Mr. Bergt says you have an alternative and that alternative is the sidewalk,” Motyka said. “My clients were kicked off the sidewalk,” Collins said. “Your response to that, Mr. Bergt?” “They were told to get their clutter off the sidewalk,” Bergt said. “The sidewalk ordinance does nothing to limit their ability to stand and protest on the sidewalk.” Motyka could decide to dismiss the charges and leave the trespassing code alone. The judge could also accept a motion authored by Collins that calls for special jury instructions and a trial. Collins wants one portion of the law — the affirmative defense section — declared unconstitutional, so a trial would have to be crafted that ignores that part of the law. Motyka told the attorneys he would have a ruling in two to three weeks. — scott.christiansen@anchoragepress.com

Back On the Air KONR returns after nearly five months of silence By Scott Christiansen

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ut North Radio last week returned to the Anchorage airwaves after nearly five months of silence, giving fans of alternative radio programs such as Democracy Now and Harry Shearer’s Le Show a place on the local FM dial to find to find those broadcasts. The nonprofit station, which broadcasts at 106.1 FM, was taken off the air in August, a couple weeks after the board of directors of Out North Contemporary Art House closed the doors of the Grandview Garden Cultural Center and laid off their six employees. There has been board turnover since then, and the current board has so far been silent about the radio station. (Two board members were con-

tacted for this story and did not return calls by press time.) Daniel Sparks, KONR’s main volunteer said the station has the support of the board. Sparks was among the volunteers who said last fall the station never needed to be taken down. Sparks said he met frequently with the new Out North board members and the station has their blessing. He also said there is new hardware and software to contend with, so engineering hurdles remain. “It feels good to have it back up. Now it takes everything to make it run the way it was running before and then improve on that,” Sparks said. Monday morning the station was playing radio theater from the mystery genre. This reporter’s commute was too short to get the title, but a cop character and a private detective were involved. Sparks said goals for KONR remain the same: to attract local programming and build a community radio station. The station — now just two years old — returned to the air Friday, Dec. 13 with and instrumental recording called “Phoenix Rising” by Canadian fingerstyle guitarist Calum Graham. December 19 - December 25, 2013


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Getting Grinchy Top 10 reasons itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s totally OK to hate the holidays By Rachel Drinkard

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aving an intense dislike for Christmas and all that surrounds it is surely as old as Christmas itself. Hell, in 1659 the Puritans of colonial America outlawed the celebration entirely, citing pagan pageantry. Charles Dickens acknowledged the phenomenon back in 1843 when he wrote Ebenezer Scrooge into â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Carol.â&#x20AC;? Dr. Seuss had another take on a character that despised the holiday for completely different reasons in 1957â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;How The Grinch Stole Christmas.â&#x20AC;? Today, the omnipresent cult of Christmas-hating persists. Its ubiquitous nature makes that sole dissenter an expected part of Christmas movies and holiday parties alike. (To illustrate, a co-worker even recently showed up in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Merry Photo by SC Bailey/Courtesy Flickr via Creative Commons Grinchmasâ&#x20AC;? shirt to our company party, making me â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ahem that they may or may not be hopped up on whatever prescripâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; green with envy.) tion uppers it takes them to get through their days and fueled So, on behalf of all of us who embrace our inner Scrooge, by a Hunger Games-like scenario of mom Christmas shophere are ten truly terrible things about Christmas that should ping. The traffic behaviors that are spawned by these characencourage even the very merry to retreat to our depression ters, especially in parking lots, are not pretty. Good luck, my nests and proceed to watch countless hours of horrible Net- friend. flix while eating junk food and drinking box wine. Because letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the real reason for the season. 4. Family time. This is likely a completely foreign concept to many people, but not everyone with broken interpersonal 1. Stress. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll start this off with something pretty universal. relationships should be attempting to mend them. SomeI think everyone can agree that in the interest of the greater times staying away from certain folks is the healthiest thing good of humanity, the holidays are horrible because of the in- you can do, and in those cases any situation that encourages sanely ridiculous ways they stress your system. Have you even â&#x20AC;&#x153;fixingâ&#x20AC;? those â&#x20AC;&#x153;problemsâ&#x20AC;? for the sake of goodwill toward men been able to poop since Thanksgiving? Well, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a is not really a good idea. Just saying. while, so probably â&#x20AC;Ś but probably not well, or regularly. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only the beginning. In every possible way, the holidays 5. Commercialization. Our buying habits are out of condisrupt that mental peace and overall balance we strive to trol. You know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bad when average 20-somethings start achieve all year. Christmas is all about excess. Food, finances, wondering whether or not someone might report them to loss of sleep, guilt complexes, et cetera. Practically every real â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hoardersâ&#x20AC;?. We just really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need more stuff. As Amerithing that keeps us balanced and sane through the year is cans, our typical buying habits these days tend to have us buysingularly destroyed during the holidays, including our diet, ing ourselves almost all of the things we need and want in exercise habits, budget, time management practices and so our lives. Unfortunately, that means many, many gifts are not on. Christmas is the destroyer of nations when it comes to only unwanted and unneeded, but leave both the giver and personal progress and being a grown up. receiver in an unfortunate situation of dealing with the social awkwardness of said undesirable gifts. Best possible scenario? 2. Shopping. Some people (not naming names) enjoy shop- If a very specific gift list isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t provided, pay a bill or buy a groping. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;? take that whole retail therapy thing seriously. It cery gift card at a favorite store. Unglamorous and practical. keeps them sane and it keeps them from medicating them- The Puritans would approve. selves. Mostly. But when their sole source of peace, quiet and reliably controlled social situations gives way to the total shit 6. Decorating. The only really fantastic thing about Christshow of holiday season department stores, it causes cracks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; mas lights is the way they take you back to pixelated video big cracks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in the fragile mental fabric of an already unbal- game-land when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all loopy on mushrooms. Aside from anced individual. The resulting calamity is your fault, Christ- that, they just sound like a lot of unnecessary work in the mas. Grinchy-typeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes. A lot of work to put up, a lot of work to take down, huge pain in the ass. Same with Christmas trees. 3. Traffic. As if regular winter driving on the cold, slick, When I think of Christmas trees, for example, I think of all dark streets of Anchorage wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough, introduce a bunch of the possible ways my dog Porkchop could piss on it, eat of suburban housewives â&#x20AC;&#x201D; letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emphasize Alaskan suburban it, climb it, knock it over, light the house on fire with it, and housewives â&#x20AC;&#x201D; careening into unfamiliar street patterns in decorate it with poopsicle ornaments. I imagine itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the same their 3/4 ton SUVs. To add to the chaos, acknowledge the fact if you have kids.

7. Religious guilt. Christmas may actually signify a religious event to some people, but the fact is, this season is fairly certainly not the season Jesus was born in. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of a completely arbitrary date picked to replace a long string of mostly â&#x20AC;&#x153;paganâ&#x20AC;? rituals and holidays. The Puritans knew it, and so do I. So there. I said it. Ho, ho, ho. 8. Religious pushback. On the flip side of that whole mess is the religious push back, an utterly vain attempt to silence those that would â&#x20AC;&#x153;put the Christ back in Christmasâ&#x20AC;?. And the thing is, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even care either way. I really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. I encourage everyone to celebrate Jesus every day, all day, and more particularly on some days than others at their own discretion, or not to ever at all, if they so choose. But for the love of God, if I see one more Facebook meme on this subject, or the color of Santa Clausâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; skin, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to flip the eff out. 9. Money, money, money. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know about you but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a broke ass bitch. (And I say that in the best of ways. Because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m also awesome.) But perhaps even worse than religious guilt is the idea of gifting guilt. It sucks to not be able to buy the people you love the things they covet most in the season folks expect, or at least hope, to get the stuff they want. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an incredible stress for many families that usually goes unmentioned throughout the stories of Black Fridays and Merry Christmases, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a reality at almost every income level, and it causes significant financial problems â&#x20AC;&#x201D; year-round financial and/or psychological and socio-economical problems â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to the ones that cave to the pressures. This shit is not to be taken lightly. 10. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Engagement Season.â&#x20AC;? Finally, the brief private rant of a single woman that wants to kill everyone who ever wrote a script for a Jaredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commercial. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re horrific. That is all.

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now is blowing as I walk across the parking lot of the midtown Eastern European Store & Deli, which I dramatize in my head as being as treacherous as the Russian winters Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen in foreign films. I calm my mind and walk into the warm store, anxious for whatever Eastern European treasures I may find. Entering the store, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pause to take in my surroundings. Instead I dash toward what catches my eye first â&#x20AC;&#x201D; glimmering, individually wrapped pieces of candy. I am a sucker for good packaging, and these candies have the quaintest images on them: little Russian girls in head scarves or colorful animals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all imprinted with delicate Cyrillic script. I finally step back to take a look at the store as a whole. I see boxes of tea with the Czarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face artfully printed on them, chocolate bars with gorgeously illustrated labels, jars of sauerkraut and Polish pickles. I am greeted with a quiet hello from a young woman behind a counter abundantly stocked with meat, which I realize after getting past the candy excitement. Meat is a bit of a foreign concept to me â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a vegetarian of eight years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but my interest is piqued while looking at the copious amounts of Eastern European meats behind the glass. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moscow Style Ham,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hungarian Salamiâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Krakowskaâ&#x20AC;? to name just a few. Any meat lovers in Anchorage? This deli is certainly a worthy place to entertain your palate and try them all. The Eastern European Store & Deli has two locations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 601 W. 36th Ave. in Anchorage and 447 W. Parks Highway in Wasilla. The Wasilla location is the original, opened in 2007 by Mariya Melnik with the help of her sister, Lidiya Maytahuari. Soon after opening the Wasilla store, they opened one in Midtown Anchorage. The young woman at the counter tells me about the large Polish and Russian populations in Anchorage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They all come in and know what everything is,â&#x20AC;? she says. Before the opening of the Anchorage store, customers would travel all the way to Wasilla to get the food that reminds them of home. It only made sense to open a branch in Anchorage. Lidiya Maytahuari is the social butterfly of the business.

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When I arrive at the Wasilla location the next day, she is animatedly speaking Russian to an older lady in a long fur coat and fur hat. I finally get a chance to speak with Lidiya while she is bringing out hot bread fresh from the oven â&#x20AC;&#x201D; quite possibly the most beautiful bread I have ever seen. The crust reminds me of the earth, weathered and cracked with erosion. Lidiya tells me it is rye sourdough and the dough was imported directly from Germany. This stuff is the real deal. I purchase the most crackly loaf I can find for only $6.99. In the Wasilla store only, customers can purchase madeto-order food from a menu hung behind the counter. Red beet borscht, pelmenis, and pirogis are a few of the options. For those who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure, Borscht is Ukrainian soup with beet or tomato base, pelmenis are Russian dumplings with various meat, vegetable, and cheese fillings; and pirogis are Polish dumplings, similar to pelmenis. I order the farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cheese pirogis while my friend chooses the chicken pelmenis. We wait ten minutes for our food and spend the time talking with Lidiya about the importance of having authentic Eastern European food in Alaska. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Polish people, Ukrainian people, German people, they come to the store for foods they remember from home and reminds them of their childhood,â&#x20AC;? she explains in her thick accent (she moved to the States from Russia 17 years ago). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Others that have visited Europe come here and want to find that food again.â&#x20AC;? Lidiya brings us our dumplings from the kitchen in styrofoam boxes. She proudly lifts the lids and reveals the food with a grin as we â&#x20AC;&#x153;ooohâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;aaahâ&#x20AC;? over the incredibly tantalizing aromas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eat it fast,â&#x20AC;? Lidiya insists. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tastes best when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hot.â&#x20AC;? We sit at a small table in the front of the store. The smell is so alluring I can barely contain my excitement. Ripping into the bread takes some serious muscle. The crust is tough but the bread is soft, and if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re as passionate about rustic bread as I am, that is exactly how you like it.

The pirogis are mouthwatering and satisfying on a blustery winter day. The unleavened dough is tender but still has a bite to it, while the farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cheese center is reminiscent of cottage cheese. Savory and lumpy in the best way. It comes with a sour cream side, delectable for dipping your dumplings. $8.95 for a huge portion of these hot treats. My friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wide eyes and gleeful sighs when feasting upon the pelmenis says it all. She describes the dough as similar to the pirogis but these instead have a creamy center of cheese with bits of chicken. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Delectable,â&#x20AC;? she says. I have never been to Europe, but the Eastern European Store & Deli locations in Anchorage and Wasilla invoke feelings of nostalgia, even for a life Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never experienced. The rustic bread, beautifully wrapped chocolates, smiles and friendly conversations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all thoroughly homey and feels authentically European. From the Anchorage store, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve accumulated an embarrassing amount of Russian candies to stuff in stockings this Christmas. Unique gifts can certainly be found here, as well as a plethora of delicious foods for your holiday meals. This is comfort food at its finest and ready for a quick pickup at the midtown location. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dropping in for ready-made exotic cuisine, or youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got time to explore all that this market offers, the Eastern European Store & Deli will certainly provide exotic fun and authentic flavors for your taste buds.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a week to get my act together for Christmas. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a long list of people to buy gifts for and a short list of ideas. Fortunately, many of my recipients are beer lovers and that takes the pressure off when it comes to buying for those folks. We think and drink alike. On the less expensive side of things, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be getting a number of my friends something unique that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even have to wrap. One of the hottest beer tools to hit Alaska in recent years is an iPhone application called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Beer Up Hereâ&#x20AC;?. This â&#x20AC;&#x153;real timeâ&#x20AC;? application tracks every beer at all of Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 23 breweries. It is updated by the developers by having pre-positioned, postpaid growlers at all of the breweries, which are then filled and sent to the team when a new beer emerges. But wait: thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more. The majority of Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growler bars are also listed, as are the tap lines of a growing list of select pubs. Your recipient will also be able to search by beer style, alcohol by volume and other parameters to find were beers are pouring around town. And just it time for the upcoming January 18 and 19 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival, an events tab features the festival and the featured beers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; much like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d find in the bulkier event program I have to lug around every year and hope doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fall out of my pocket. As an avid beer chaser, this is the most indispensable all-Alaska cell phone app Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever come across. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a steal at a one-time $1.99 for the download, which is less than the cost of at least two pints of good craft beer in this town. Being a bit technologically challenged, I reached out to the idealist in the venture, JJ Tranquilla, and asked how one might get an application installed on someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cell phone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy,â&#x20AC;? he replied. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go to the Beer up here download page (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-beer-

For another distinctly local gift, my Kenai Peninsula beer-writing counterpart Bill Howell just released the second book in his three-book set covering Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s craft breweries and brewpubs. This set is the first extensive written coverage of Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beer scene.

up-here). You can gift apps by pulling down the menu next to the purchase button and select the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;gift this appâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; option. Even if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re already purchased this app, you can do this as many times as you have friends to gift,â&#x20AC;? he says. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy enough for me. For another distinctly local gift, my Kenai Peninsula beerwriting counterpart Bill Howell just released the second book in his three-book set covering Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s craft breweries and brewpubs. This set is the first extensive written coverage of Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beer scene and is available as an online version or as a bound edition from amazon.com. The first edition covers the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Island breweries and pubs. The second covers Anchorage, Fairbanks and everything in between. The third edition, which isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t out yet, will focus on the remaining breweries in Southeast. The online version is Kindle compatible and features extensive coverage of the respective breweries and brewpubs, including color photos of Alaska beer, breweries and brewers. The hardcover version sports a black and white interior and is available through Amazon, but do the right thing and find it locally at places like the La Bodega Liquor Store in the Metro Mall or at the Loft at Midnight Sun Brewing Company. In fact, getting the books locally may be the only way youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll secure a copy in time for Christmas. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got beer lovers planning to visit from Outside this year, both the Beer up Here cell phone application and Howellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books serve as indispensable guides and will get your visitors thirsty well in advance of their arrival. One of my beer buddies is an aspiring aficionado, but he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get past drinking all his various beers from a single pint glass. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve chided him about the importance of beer-specific glassware, but my advice goes unheeded. For him, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thinking Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll head down to Bellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nursery and Gifts on Specking Road and pick up a set of Spiegelau crystal beer glasses in a nifty four glass kit. On Christmas Day, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll open the gift and will be able to enjoy his wheat beers, IPAs, Pilsners and high-end barley wines in each of four beer-specific glasses. Spiegelau is the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest beer-specific glassware manufacturer, so I know Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m shopping with distinction. I just hope my chalicechallenged beer buddy gets the point. On the other end of the scale, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got some highly sophisticated beer drinkers who are almost impossible to shop for because they already have the best of the best when it comes to beer hardware. They also usually beat me to the punch when it comes to stocking even the most obscure, high-end beers available in Alaska and mail order the stuff they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably the most expensive beer gift Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d buy someone, but if I want to shell out a couple hundred bucks, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d wow my best beer buddies with a Dark Side of the Monk Trappist beer tasting right in one of their homes. Essentially, for the cost of some very high-end, obscure and tough to obtain beers (and a hefty tip for Trappist beer guru Paul Laird), I can provide a group of folks with an interactive guided tour through beer from each of the eight Trappist breweries in the world. Laird will show up in full monk regalia and provide a couple hours of sudsy entertainment â&#x20AC;&#x153;poorly disguised as an educational experience,â&#x20AC;? he says. These gigs take a little planning, so youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be gifting your group of friends with a future event. Laird likes at least a

month of lead time to organize the event and work with you or your caterer to match the right food with the beers heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll serve. But if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re willing to go all out and are interested in giving one of the most unique beer gifts available locally, give Brother Laird a call at krenzel@mtaonline.net. Although some folks think giving or receiving gift cards is trite, I personally enjoy the flexibility a gift card affords me when I receive one. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think of any of my favorite watering holes that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t offer gift cards, and when I get one from someone Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll often invite that person to join me in eating and drinking it up, which makes the gift all that much more personal. Many of our local breweries offer gift cards as well. Why not buy your intended recipient an empty growler and box it with a gift card from the brewery? This way, depending on your budget, your beer-loving friend can enjoy one or a number of growler fills. Or, maybe theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll use the gift card to shop for nifty brewery-specific apparel, glassware or other brewery schwag. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a home brewer on your list and he or she seems to have all the latest gadgets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or you just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know enough about the hobby to decide what to get â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the simplest thing is to get down to Arctic Brewing Supply at 8401 Sandlewood Place in south Anchorage for a gift certificate. Again, depending on your budget you could be gifting your friend with something as small as a bag or two of fresh whole leaf hops, enough ingredients for an entire batch of beer or even an upgrade to a growing brewing system. I really wish all the folks on my long list of Christmas gift recipients could be beer lovers. This would make this busy season so easy. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to think long and hard when it comes to gifting these folks. Even at the last minute, I can run out and shop with that â&#x20AC;&#x153;any pint in a stormâ&#x20AC;? attitude and feel like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done well.



     

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dorm rooms, with lots of static electricity in the blankets and world-class views of coastal mountains and rocky islands out the windows. The accommodations are modest but they beat sleeping on the floor in a lounge and waiting in line to use a public shower in the morning. I made good use of my private room that first night, sleeping until almost noon. By the time I woke up weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d already been to Hoonah and Angoon, and the ferry was noticeably emptier than the night before. We were far into Peril Strait on the way to Sitka by the time I ordered my cheeseburger and fries for lunch in the cafeteria. The Taku isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the largest or fanciest of the state ferries, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than comfortable for a few-day trip. It has a cocktail lounge, 42 guest cabins, a gift shop, a movie lounge, and a cafeteria serving dinners of wild Alaska seafood. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good stuff on the menu for lunch in the cafeteria too, but I have a habit of ordering things that come with fries, which somehow seem to me like the perfect ferry cafeteria food. It was raining when we got to Sitka, and there was just enough daylight left for a quick hike on a trail by the ferry terminal. The Taku doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stay in most ports for long, but the Sitka stop lasts a few hours, meaning I also had time to get into town to pick up the wine I would eventually leave behind in my cabin. My intent with the wine had been to drink it with friends who were getting on the ferry in Sitka, but we never got around to opening the bottles. While passengers on large Alaska cruises are provided The Taku non-stop entertainment in the way of casinos, stage shows, and any number of on-board activities, passengers aboard friends and I followed all the rules. Wine in the cocktail the ferry are mostly left to their own devices when it comes lounge was more expensive than wine from a bottle brought to entertainment. In the summer, when the ferries are filled aboard, but it was cozy enough at the bar for me not to care with tourists, a naturalist is often onboard to talk about wildthat the long hours of winter darkness were keeping us from life spotted along the way. That isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the case on near-empty seeing some of Southeast Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best scenery in Chatham winter sailings, when the only provided entertainment is a Strait and Frederick Sound on the way from Sitka to Kake. movie playing almost constantly in one of the lounges. My The last of the holiday travelers from Juneau got off late friends and I skipped the movie and passed the time by readon the second night of the trip in the island village of Kake, ing, playing music, enjoying the views and getting drinks in leaving fewer than maybe two dozen passengers on the ferthe cocktail lounge. ry as we headed south to Petersburg and then Wrangell on A sign on the top deck of Taku warns that illegal drug use Christmas Eve. Although the ferry stops for only about an is prohibited on the ferry, but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say whether the conhour in the majority of communities along its route, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an sequences for breaking this rule are worse than those for ushour longer than most cruise ships ever spend in some of the ing illegal drugs anywhere else. Another sign states alcohol smallest towns in Southeast Alaska. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also enough time to is only allowed in designated areas. To my knowledge, my see a good bit of Petersburg and Wrangell on foot.

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Compared to Ketchikan, Juneau and Sitka, tourism is not a major part of the economy in Petersburg and Wrangell, and I think the towns feel more isolated and self-reliant as a result. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also smaller and almost seem stuck in time with their lack of big box stores or access to a busy highway. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that sets Petersburg and Wrangell apart from the small towns on the road system, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on the ferry route because I probably would never have reason to explore them otherwise. It was sunny and crisp in Wrangell, and I thought maybe the wind was picking up as we left the dock there to continue on to Ketchikan. Late December can be stormy in Southeast Alaska, which was a fact I seriously considered before purchasing my ticket for the ferry. Even though the Taku travels cont. on page 12

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mostly in protected waters, the seas can get still get rough. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard horror stories of seasickness hitting entire high school sports teams as they traveled from Sitka to Juneau on the ferry for games. A few days in rough seas isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t my idea of a relaxing vacation, but fortunately the winds never got too strong. Our drinks slid across the table when we entered a stretch of open ocean in Dixon Entrance south of Ketchikan later that night, but seas donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be too high to cause a bottle to slide off a table in the Taku. If anything, I thought the ocean swell was a good a reminder that we were on a boat. I thought it was exciting to hang on to the railing as I walked down the hall and later hang on to the sink as I brushed my teeth. As we traveled from Wrangell to Ketchikan, the kitchen staff was busy rearranging tables in the cafeteria and putting out a buffet for the crewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas party. The crew party began as we left Ketchikan, with the cafeteria initially being closed to passengers so the crew could celebrate alone. After everyone on the crew had finished eating, the cafeteria opened again and passengers were encouraged to join the crew for what remained of a buffet of seafood, salads, Filipino dishes and desserts. Crew members far exceeded passengers on the Taku by that point in the trip. Dinners on the Taku are always good, but the Christmas Eve buffet was amazing. At first I thought the meal might be a holiday tradition funded by the state, but in fact it was put on and paid for by the crew. They were working on Christmas so that my friends and a few others could go on a weird winter Alaskan trip, and they felt they needed to do something special for themselves. My friends and I spent the rest of Christmas Eve talking and playing music in the lounge. Late that night the ferry reached Prince Rupert, British Columbia, the southern-most port on the Takuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s route. There was time enough to get off, go through customs, and take the short walk to downtown, but I opted to stay on the ferry and sleep. Sometime early Christmas morning, the ferry left Prince Rupert on a trip north to Ketchikan and the other ports we had visited over the previous few days. We were back in Ketchikan by late morning, and I got off the ferry there to fly home. I left two bottles of wine in my cabin because I knew I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get them through airport security in my backpack. I thought maybe theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be appreciated by the crew, even if it was a violation of state statute for anyone to accept them as a Christmas gift from an appreciative passenger. I had a few hours to kill in Ketchikan and spent some time wandering through the empty streets of downtown. The window fronts of the jewelry stores and art galleries that cater to cruise tourists in the summer were mostly boarded up, and the only business I could find open at mid-afternoon on Christmas was a gas station. As I walked back toward the airport ferry, I felt the ground was slowly swaying back and forth beneath my feet, as though I was still on the Taku. It also occurred to me that there was no snow, and the weather was balmy by Alaskan winter standards. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look or feel like Christmas, but I realized it felt more like my idea of Christmas than what I had experienced on an actual Christmas cruise in the Bahamas, where Santa hung out by the pool and a steel drum band played Christmas songs. Ketchikan was peaceful and fairly beautiful, just like much of the trip on the ferry had been. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t flashy, overly commercial or insincere in any way. It was Alaska and as fine a place as any to end a Christmas trip.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been waiting for it to snow for weeks. Every morning I would wake up, wrangle the dogs, and head out for our daily walk. As I grabbed their leashes of the hook by the door Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d longingly look at the new skijor harnesses I had purchased for them back in October. Reaching out my hand Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d touch the harnesses, hear the clicking of their tags against the metal loops, and sigh with the deep longing for snow. My prayers were answered this past weekend when 13.5 inches of beautiful powdery snow blanketed Northeast Anchorage. I awoke early on Saturday and anxiously paced the house with the dogs, willing the sun to come up earlier than I knew it would. The dogs were harnessed and ready and my ski gear was donned by the time the first streaks of light crossed the sky. I clipped into my crosscountry skis in the driveway â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a rare treat, as it is not often I get to ski right from my door to the park five blocks away. The plows had not yet touched my still-sleepy neighborhood and I reveled in the thought of skiing down a normally busy road. As I clipped the dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leads into the harness around my waist, I felt the quiver of trepidation. It was my first time skijoring and I wondered how my dogs and I would fare. It would be Escaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first winter in a harness, as he had just turned one year old the previous summer. My other dog, Coho, had been retired out to me from Denali National Park in September, and was a seasoned and skilled sled dog. At the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go,â&#x20AC;? Coho simply sat down in the snow and gave me a look that said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Listen lady Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m retired from pulling sleds, can we just go back inside and eat cookies?â&#x20AC;? Esca on the other hand lurched forward with such force that I found myself being hurled face first into the snow berm that flanked my driveway. This was clearly not going well. Not one to be deterred, I righted myself, brushed the snow off my face, untangled the dog harnesses and leads and called a do-over on the starting line. This time, instead of issuing the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goâ&#x20AC;? command, I opted to say nothing and merely pushed off on my skis. The dogs quickly fell in line and a smile spread across my face as we cleared the driveway and cul-de-sac of my neighborhood.

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Department, but rather looked after by the various users who pick up trash and do their best to keep in clean. The trails and campground loop are not plowed or groomed for skiing, but the peace and quiet and wide, treelined trails make up for having to carve your own tracks. If you happen to enjoy carving the first tracks in the unpacked snow, which I happen to adore, Centennial Park is the place for you. The terrain is mostly flat with a few minor bumps along the way and you can easily create a 2.5-mile circuit through the campground and surrounding trails. More daring souls can ski up a side hill that leads to the top of the sledding run and practice skiing downhill on their cross-country skis. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a long hill for sure, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how I learned to ski downhill. With few users and no trees to contend with, the sledding hill is a great practice slope. On this particular outing I opted to avoid any hills for fear of increasing our speed. The dogs and I had found an amicable pace and I had no desire to disturb their momentary harmony. As we approached the exit of the park I called the dogs to halt and rewarded their efforts with a biscuit. They had done really well and I beamed at them with pride. We crossed out of the park and stepped onto Boundary Avenue to make our way home. As I did this I immediately felt the loss of nature. The snow-laden trees, thigh-deep trails marred only by the tracks of my skis and the sound of the dogs panting were replaced by Christmas-lighted homes and the sound of snowplows and snow blowers. My sleepy neighborhood was wide-awake and hard at work. The dogs and I, on the other hand, were exhausted and ready for some food and a nap. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not a bad way to start a Saturday,â&#x20AC;? I said to the dogs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not bad at all.â&#x20AC;? And with that they pulled me home.

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CAFES, DINERS & DELIS Coffee Landâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Coffee Land is a great place to enjoy freshly baked pastries from scratch and indulging in mouthwatering homemade soups made with the freshest ingredients. Also serving crispy salads, grilled Paniniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or health wraps, gourmet ciabatta sandwiches. Waffles, crepes, quiche available all day. Full espresso bar. Free Wi-Fi. Sunday special is Russian cuisine at the Spenard location. Enjoy a loose-leaf special blend tea from a real old Russian Samovar to wash down a tasty meal. 4505 Spenard Rd. 2430303 510 L Street 243-0301 www.coffeelandak.com COSMIC CAFĂ&#x2030;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Charming neighborhood cafĂŠ serves health oriented sandwiches, soups, salads and muffins. Smoothies like the Mango Tango or Cosmic Berry are sure to delight or you can make your own. Espresso bar, tea, and Acai berry bowls. 701 W. 36th. Mon-Fri 9a-8p, Sat & Sun 10-6. Dianneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t beat homemade bread, and Dianneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s serves it up thick on sandwiches with soup, salads and lots of low-fat, healthy options. Delivery and business lunch catering available. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-4 p.m. 550 W. 7th Ave., Ste. 110, 279-7243 www.diannesrestaurant.com Middle Way Cafeâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; This is the place to go if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeking healthy soup, sandwiches or salads. Swing in to grab a latte and pastry (vegan and â&#x20AC;&#x153;alternativeâ&#x20AC;? flavors are available) for the road, or take a seat at one of their bistro-style tables and enjoy a sophisticated sandwich amid their cozy, artsy dĂŠcor. 1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd., 2726433. Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Organic Oasis Health Foods and Juice Bar Organic Oasis Celebrates 15 years in Spenard with all organic beef, chicken and lamb. Only full service juice bar in town.

They make all bread, dressings and sauces daily. Open 7 days a week with music on some of the nights. Organicoasis.com for menu and event schedule. 2610 Spenard Rd., 277-7882 Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Spenard Roadhouseâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; The roadhouse is a restaurant and bar, serving contemporary comfort food in a casual, eclectic setting. They welcome family and friends to a neighborhood gathering place to enjoy amazing food, local beers on draft, flights of small batch bourbons, among other delights! Mon. thru Fri. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat & Sun. 9 a.m.-11 p.m., 1049 W. Northern Lights 770-ROAD (7623) Table 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where friends and family meet.â&#x20AC;? Casual comfort food in an upbeat setting. Everything made in-house with a full liquor bar. Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 3210 Denali St., #8, 562-6000 Terra Bella Bakery CafĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; offers organic, Alaska-roasted coffee by K Bay, as well as organic teas you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find anywhere else. Soups made from scratch, and gourmet sandwiches and salads made to order. Enjoy their upscale atmosphere, complete with gas fireplaces, leather couches, and a rotating art gallery, free wi-fi too. 601 E Dimond Blvd (next to Bed, Bath & Beyond), 562.2259 Breakfasts M-F 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. daily/Lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily/Breakfast Sat & Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 562-2259. Pepperciniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Scrumptious deli poâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;boys and sandwiches, salads and freshly prepared soups. 3901 Old Seward Hwy., 279-3354.University Center Mall hours.

CHINESE China Lightsâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s #1 Best Buffet. The 2008 Award Winner of the Top 100 Asian Restaurantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the USA. Anchorage location serves award winning buffet 7 days a week: includes all you can eat sushi, salad bar, and dessert bar. Eagle River location serves lunch buffet 7 days a week. Both locations offer full menu ordering. Carry out and delivery service available. Anchorage: (5225888) 9220 Old Seward Hwy 11a.m.-10 p.m. Eagle River: (694-8080) 12110 Business Blvd Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri and Sat 11a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Fu-Doâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Hello honey! This friendly, authentic-looking Chinese restaurant offers all your favorites in a warm atmosphere. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beer and wine, and a candy dish too. 2600 E. Tudor Rd., 561-6611. Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; closed Mon. Pandaâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; A huge menu of authentic Mandarin, Cantonese and Szechwan cuisine. Lunch and dinner specials and free delivery. Try one of their fourteen soups or munch on an order of Fried Curry Wings. 605 E. Northern Lights blvd., 272-3308. Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.midnight; Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Imperial Palaceâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Under new ownership. Best Chinese Chef in town. Delicious Chinese cuisine served fresh and fast. Customers say,â&#x20AC;? We have the Best Mongolian Beef in town!â&#x20AC;? Dine in or take out. Delivery available with a $17 minimum order. Phone 274-9167 400 Sitka St. Anchorage, AK 99501 Hours: Mon thru Thu 11 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 12 a.m. - 11p.m.; Closed Sundays

COFFEEHOUSES & BAKERIES Indigo Tea Loungeâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Offering a wide variety of loose leaf teas to enjoy in our cafe, on the go or in your own home. Also providing a full espresso bar, baked goods, soups and free wi-fi. 221 E. 5th Ave. 222-1619. Open 7 days a week. Mon.-Wed. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Thu.-Fri. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Great Harvest Bread Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Famous for their whole grain bread, free slices, enormous cookies, cinnamon rolls, and muffins. Sandwiches are available 7am-3pm. Bread varieties change daily and range from Honey Whole Wheat to Wholegrain Rustic to High Five Fiber. Great Harvest Bread Company also offers sandwiches on their fresh bread. Located at 570 E. Benson Blvd 274-3331. Open Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sandwiches available Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Namaste North â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Offers organic coffee and Sipping Streams tea as well as scratch made baked goods, soups and healthy lunch options. Check out their yoga schedule to keep fit and well! 277-CALM(2256) 502 W. 2nd Ave, Suite 102

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DININGGUIDE>> FINE DINING Club Parisâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Housed in one of downtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest buildings, this is old-school fine dining all the way. Try the four-inch-thick filet mignon or the special filet mignon burger for lunch. 417 W. 5th Ave., 277-6332. Mon.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sun.Thurs., 5-10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 5-11 p.m. Haute Quarter Grillâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;A dinner menu that features tons of seafood, including Alaska favorites and Ahi tuna, plus other American cuisine. Hours: Dinner, 5-9 p.m. 11221 Old Glenn Hwy., Eagle River 622-4745, www. hautequartergrill.com Jensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; The everchanging dinner menu features unique soups, salads and appetizers, plus classic Danish dishes and American favorites. The lunch menu also has a good mix, offering veal and pork meatballs with red cabbage or Copper River king salmon, among others. 701 W. 36th Ave., 561-5367, Mon., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tues.Sat., 11:30 a.m.-midnight. Kincaid GrilLâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Offering dishes such as Kodiak scallops Nicoise, Alaskan seafood cioppino, roasted duck breast and pork chops, steaks and more. Or for a lighter fare, sample the gorgonzola fondue, forest mushroom soup or beet salad. Classic desserts and wines will top things off. 6700 Jewel Lake Rd., 243-0507. Tues.-Sat., 5-10 p.m. Kinleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Barâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Casual fine dining at its best! The eclectic lunch and dinner menus are similar, with sandwiches offered mid-day only and entrees scaled up in the evenings. Sample their bacon wrapped dates, calamari steak, lobster ravioli, or almond crusted halibut. Draught beers and great wine. 3230 Seward Hwy, 644-8953. Hours: Dinner Mon-Sat 5-10p, Lunch Tues-Fri 11:30a-5p. Closed Sun. Maxineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fireweed bistro â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Maxineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fireweed Bistro offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere, using the freshest of local ingredients. Everything is made from scratch â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from house baked bread and flat breads, to every sauce and sorbet. Sundays are family style supper with different themes each week. Full service at the bar and an excellent sun room that is great for parties. 770-7600 5-10 Mon.Sat 5-9 Sun. www.maxinesfireweedbistro.com ORSOâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;the place to beâ&#x20AC;? Happy Hour daily from 3 PM to 6 PM and 9 PM to close in the bar at ORSO - featuring half priced appetizers, beer, wine and outstanding specialty cocktails. Enjoy our new lunch, bar and dinner menus featuring our wonderful flatbreads and a wide selection of â&#x20AC;&#x153;from our watersâ&#x20AC;?. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget about our weekend brunch from 11am to 3pm with favorites such as Blueberry Stuffed French Toast or our take on the Classic Eggs Benedict (we use crab cakes instead of English muffins). 222-3232 or orsoalaska.com - Lunch M-F 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM Weekend Brunch 11am - 3 PM - Dinner Sun-Thurs 5 PM - 9:30 PM, Friday & Saturday 5 PM - 11 PM. PIZZA OLYMPIA- For homemade Greek and Italian dinners, subs, gyros, mouthwatering Greek salads, plus much more. All sauces, dressings and pizza dough made fresh daily form their own Greek family recipes. For deliveries call 561-5264. Open 11a.m.-11p.m. Mon. thru Fri. 3p.m. -11p.m. Sat. Closed Sunday. 2809 Spenard Rd. Across from REI. Sackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ- Upscale, chic with a sophisticated menu that is sure to delight. Fabulous tomato/gorgonzola cheese soup and mouthwatering gourmet

desserts. Perfect for any occasion. 328 G Street 274-4022. Lunch Mon-Thurs 11-2:30p, Dinner Sun - Thurs 5-9:30pm, Fri & Sat 5-10pm, Brunch Sat 11a-3p, Sun 10a-3p. Villa Novaâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; A laid-back, high-end, mostly European but specifically Italian restaurant. Very popular and busy, but with solid, friendly service. Pastas, chicken, beef, seafood & vegetarian dishes. Extensive wine list, hand-crafted desserts. 5121 Arctic Blvd., 561-1660. Tues.-Sat., 5-10 p.m.-ish.

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Little Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Lots of appetizers await you including Calamarakia Sto Tigani (baby squid in olive oil) and shrimp & scallopes with fresh spinach. Palate cleanser-sized salads with homemade dressings the ItalianGreek influence prevades this great restaurant. 2300 E. 88th Ave., 561-0424. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Tempura Kitchen- Korean, Japanese and Sushi. They have authentic Korean BBQ tables and many sushi combinations. Their food is naturally healthy. Open Lunch and dinner 7 days a week 3826 Spenard Road 646-1174

Romanoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Upscale atmosphere with a full Italian menu. Top-notch service, fancy dĂŠcor, and fresh food. 2415 C St., 276-0888. Sun.-Thurs., 4-10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 4-11 p.m.

Antoniosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Greek Bakery and CafĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Located at 3020 Minnesota (in Choi Plaza), Antonios has the best real Greek food in Alaska according to many customers, plus a plethora of just-baked Greek desserts like baklava, galaktoboureko, and various Greek cookies. Fresh bread is served with most entrĂŠes, Arni Fricassee (lamb and greens) is a specialty, as is moussaka, spanakopita and kidfriendly pastisio. A full menu of Greek food available. 646-1090. M-Sat 11-9, Sun 1-7.

JAPANESE Damiâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Come dine with us at the most popular sushi bar in town for the newest fusion rolls and specials of the day. We take pride in serving the best and freshest ingredients for our entire menu. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let the competition fool you; we are the true sushi restaurant located in the heart of downtown. Take out and catering available. 605 E. 5th Ave, 274-5211. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat. 12 p.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.-10 p.m. Dish Sushi Barâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; A contemporary and upbeat spin on the classic sushi bar and Japanese restaurant. Our sushi is served immediately from the sushi bar to ensure quality and freshness. Our menu also presents some of the most creative Asian inspired dishes by the most talented chefs in Alaska. Our sake house menu features infused sake cocktails, imported sakes from Japan, wines, imported and locally brewed beers. Delicious desserts such as Oreo Tempura and Banana Spring Rolls to complete your meal. Great atmosphere for any occasion. Voted best Sushi and Japanese in Press Picks 2009 and ADN â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best of Alaskaâ&#x20AC;? Platinum Award for Best Sushi! 639 W. International Airport Rd. (907) 5621275 www.dishsushibar.com. Haru Sushiâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; A new addition to Anchorage, Haru welcomes you in like an old friend! Sushi made to order in the old Pizza Hut location on Dimond, monthly cash drawing to reward their loyal customers 729 E. Dimond 522-4444 Jimmyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sushiâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; One of Anchorageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest, convenient little spots to pick up a roll or stop in for a sit-down dinner. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., noon-11 p.m.; Sun., 1-10 p.m. 301 E. Dimond Blvd., 3440888 Kansha Japanese Restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bright, clean and offering all the standard Japanese fare â&#x20AC;&#x201C; noodles, mixed grill, tempura, bento, sushi and sashimi. 209 E. Dimond Blvd., 272-8888 Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. & 4-10 p.m. Silk Sushi Bar â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A chic restaurant offering a variety of cuisine. Come experience new flavors of Japanese, Korean, Thai, Chinese and Classic American dishes. Silk also offers a variety of wines, beers, ciders and sake to compliment your dish. Come Savor the Flavors at Silk. 907 274 5236 500 E

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MEXICAN Carlos Fine Mexican Foodâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Try authentic Mexican fare in this cozy, warm restaurant with a full bar. Take out is also available. 11401 Old Seward Hwy., 349-4112 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 4-10 p.m. Casa del Solâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Featuring all homemade dishes and sauces made from fresh ingredients inspired by the southwest. Seafood Ceviche and our â&#x20AC;&#x153;wetâ&#x20AC;? burritos piled high with the extras. Carry out available. Girdwood, in the Girdwood Town Square 783-0088 La Cabanaâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;BIENVENIDOSâ&#x20AC;? This is your house. In the spirit of hospitality we welcome you to La Cabana, in a atmosphere reflecting all the color of Mexico. Buen Apetito! Hours: Sun., -Thurs., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., noon-11 p.m. 312 E. 4th Ave., 272-0135 www.alaskalacabana.com

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La Mexâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; One of Anchorageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorites, offering consistently good Mexican food with a few originals of their own in an elegant atmosphere. Two locations: 2550 Spenard Rd., 274-7511, 8330 King St., 344-6399. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., noon-10:30 p.m. Serranoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mexican Grillâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Check out their new larger location with plenty of parking. Fresh grilled meats and delicious house entrees made with your health in mind. For a treat, the fried ice cream is divine. They deliver and can accommodate large groups for catering. Prices will make you smile as well. Open 7 days a week. 201 W. Northern Lights. 744-1555.

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and what local meteorologists termed a “cold snap,” with low temperatures below freezing and the patchy formation of sidewalk ice, a foreign substance in the Bay Area. Scambos noticed the unearthly temperatures while looking at data from remote sensBy Ned Rozell ing satellites, including the new Landsat 8, launched last February. The satellite orbits over Antarctica (and Alaska) and has a sensiSAN FRANCISCO — Last July, while we tive temperature sensor onboard. Alaskans enjoyed another warm day, the With it, Scambos saw the cold temperature surface temperature dropped to minus 135.3 from this July and an even lower minus 136 degrees Fahrenheit in an icy trough on a degrees Fahrenheit on Aug. 10, 2010. south-facing ridge in western Antarctica. Ice fog forms in Fairbanks at about minus 30 Fahrenheit and colder. A researcher recently recorded The official world record is the minus 128.6 According to the man who noticed the tema temperature 100 degrees colder in Antarctica. Fahrenheit recorded at the Russian Vostok perature, Ted Scambos at the National Snow Photo by Ned Rozell. Research Station in East Antarctica in 1983. and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo., that about temperatures 50 degrees colder than at Snag in the Yukon Territory, just 15 miles and another day during Antarctica’s polar Scambos said the satellite records won’t be from where the Alaska Highway passes near anything seen in Alaska or Siberia.” official because the Vostok record was from night are the coldest surface temperatures yet The cold spot intrigues Scambos because it Beaver Creek in the Yukon. The 81 below a thermometer mounted about 6 feet off the recorded on Earth. makes him wonder if there’s a physical limit measured there happened on Feb. 3, 1947. “It’s more like what you would see on Mars ground, as is the standard for meteorologists. Alaska has come close to that revered numto how cold Earth can get. The Antarctic cold “The air would probably be 1 or 2 degrees on a summer day,” Scambos said during a spots are just off Dome A at about 15,000 feet ber in the recent past, making meteorologists warmer at 2 meters,” he said. If someone were press conference here at the Fall Meeting of elevation. The coldest air forms when already think 81 below could be bested if a thermomthe American Geophysical Union. Scambos to install a similar weather station at the sites chilled air slides down the mound and settles eter sat in the right spruce bog. On Jan. 27, the satellite measured, its temperature sensor is one of more than 20,000 scientists who will in pockets, where it cools further. Weather 1989, Galena dropped to 70 below, McGrath attend the week-long gathering of Earth and would probably knock off the Vostok record. systems that buttress the pool of cold air and 75 below, and Tanana 76 below. Weather “There’s a record yet to be measured,” he space scientists. His subject was apt as the prevent it from sliding probably intensify the observers Dick and Robin Hammond of said. “I’m confident these places are the coldSan Francisco area experienced clear skies Chicken, Alaska recorded minus 72 degrees est pockets on Earth,” he said. “We’re talking cold, Scambos said. Because the satellite also passes above Fahrenheit during their 8 a.m. thermometer Alaska in its orbit, Scambos said it might be check on Feb. 7, 2008. Two days later, Larry possible to use it to find Alaska’s cold spots, and June Taylor — also official observers for though he’s going to concentrate on Green- the National Weather Service — recorded the same temperature at O’Brien Creek off land and Antarctica. Making this possibility enticing is that the Taylor Highway. Since the late 1970s, the University of Alaska Alaska’s all-time low of minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit, recorded Jan. 23, 1971 at Pros- Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute has provided pect Creek, is just one degree off North this column free in cooperation with the UAF America’s all-time low. Canadian meteorolo- research community. Ned Rozell is a science gists measured that at a now-defunct airstrip writer for the Geophysical Institute.

Because the satellite also passes above Alaska in its orbit, Scambos said it might be possible to use it to find Alaska’s cold spots, though he’s going to concentrate on Greenland and Antarctica.

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sportslistings>> ALASKA OUTDOORS THURSDAY HIKE — Thursday hikes are designed for intermediate hikers. Alaska Outdoors often picks steeper trails in the Chugach Mountains. Many of the chosen trails are well established, but sometimes hike go off the beaten paths, so come prepared. Alaska Outdoors will tackle Prospect Heights on Thursday, Dec. 19. Meet at Prospect Heights Trailhead at 6:30 p.m. Hike will last until 8 p.m. MAKE ICE LANTERNS FOR SOLSTICE — Join the Eagle River Nature Center on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. a very special Jr. Naturalist (K-6th) program. Learn how to make ice lanterns to light up the holidays. This program is free, but there is a $5 parking fee for nonmembers. EAGLE RIVER NATURE CENTER’S ANNUAL LANTERN WALK — The Nature Center invites you to join us for our traditional candle-lit procession on Saturday, Dec. 21 to celebrate the winter solstice. Bring your own lantern or borrow one of ours. The lantern procession begins at 6 p.m. It’ll will include a short walk along a candle-lit trail to a bonfire and heated yurt. Dress for being outdoors and please bring finger foods or desserts to share. This is a free event, but there is $5 parking for non-members. A “DAYS ARE GETTING LONGER” HIKE — Join the Eagle River Nature Center at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22 for a 3-mile hike guided by ERNC volunteer Bob Griffis. Griffis will lead participants along the Albert Loop Trail for a day of celebration honoring the return of daylight to Southcentral Alaska. The hike is limited to

the first 12 adults who register by calling 907-694-2108. This is a free event, but there is $5 parking for non-members. ALASKA OUTDOORS MONDAY HIKE — Monday hikes are designed for hiking beginners and families with children. Alaska Outdoors regularly utilizes established ski-trails such as trails in Kincaid, Hillside, Ruth Arcand, Bicentennial, and University Lake Parks. Most of the trails are wide and flat, but some are steep so come prepared. Join Alaska Outdoors Monday, Dec. 23 for a walk around Ruth Arcand Park. Meet at the Park at 6:30 p.m. Walk will last until 8 p.m. ALASKA OUTDOORS THURSDAY HIKE — Thursday hikes are designed for intermediate hikers. Alaska Outdoors often picks steeper trails in the Chugach Mountains. Many of the chosen trails are well established, but sometimes hike go off the beaten paths, so come prepared. Alaska Outdoors will take on the Kincaid Park on Thursday, Dec. 26. Meet up at the Kincaid Park Chalet at 6:30 p.m. Hike will last until 8 p.m.

ONGOING For a complete list of events visit anchoragepress.com/ calendar WATER AEROBICS — Water aerobics in the Dimond High School pool on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:10 to 7:10 p.m. Cost is $3/session or $27 for 10 punch card. Dimond High School Swimming Pool. (2909 W 88th Ave.)

Connect with other moms and share parenting joys and challenges. Interact, play and build supportive relationships. Children ages infant to 5 years. This is a free event every Thursday at 1 p.m. at the AWRP Gathering Place for Women. (505 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Suite 102) ARGENTINE TANGO LESSON & MILONGA — Discover your inner artist through the creative movement of Argentine Tango. Dance with fantastic people in a pressure free atmosphere. New dancers are welcome to the class from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., with social dancing afterwards in the “milonga” from 8:30 p.m. to closing. $10 dance lesson. Inner Dance Yoga Studio. (2610 Spenard Road, Suite A)

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CHOOSE YOUR OWN MUSICAL ADVENTURE FROM THREE THURSDAY EVENTS Thursday, December 19, 8 P.M. There are three really great music events all happening on the same night, Thursday, Dec. 19. The first is the album release for local rock duo SJ & Drums at the Tap Root Public House at 9:30 p.m. $5 cover. The second is Matt Hopper & The Roman Candles playing with The High Pets at Humpy’s Ale House, 9 p.m., no cover. And the third is singer-songwriter and nationally acclaimed recording artist Kate Earl at Chilkoot Charlie’s, 8 p.m., $20 cover. Whichever event you choose, it’s sure to be an evening of great music.

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MOBILE DISKO’S WINTER SOLSTICE DANCE PARTY

This will be the klezmer-inspired, gypsy folk-rock band’s last public show until April. Don’t miss the opportunity to see them live at the Tap Root Public House on Friday, Dec. 20, 9 p.m. There’s a $5 cover at the door.

DJs Alex the Lion, Mostly Ghostly, Lazerwolf and Rikki-TikkiTavi will be celebrating the arc of winter with a Solstice-themed dance party at the Sitzmark Bar and Grill in Girdwood on both Friday and Saturday nights. Music starts at 10 p.m., no cover.

SAT 12.21

HOBO JIM’S CHRISTMAS BIRTHDAY BASH Iconic Alaska music maker Hobo Jim will play at Anchorage City Limits, located in the The Lofts hotel in downtown Anchorage, Saturday, Dec. 21. Music starts at 7 p.m. There is a cover: $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Call 907-793-5555 for more information.

SPENARD SANTA CON 2013 Saturday, December 21, noon to late Tis the season to dress up in your best Christmas garb, meet up with a bunch of Santa clad strangers and day drink. What fun, you say!? Oh just you wait. ‘Twill be nothing but merriment and jingle all the way during Spenard Santa Con 2013. Be prepared to get your “bad Santa” out of the way before you have to be on your best behavior. Come dressed to impress (aka as Santa, duh). Drinking starts at Darwin’s Theory at noon. From there, the Santa brigade will travel to the Crossroads for a 3 p.m. meet up. Want to wait until the socially acceptable drinking hour? Santa Con will be at Reilly’s Irish Pub at 5 p.m. for a quick bite (or “dinner” as it’s being called on the Santa Con Facebook event page) before heading to the Buckaroo Club at 8 p.m. The end of the night will finish up at the Tap Root Public House, where all the Santas will gather for a Santa Claus Dance Party at 10 p.m. No cover.

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Middle Earth Mess Latest Hobbit installment difficult to watch for many reasons By Bob Grimm

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his is a review of the High Frame Rate (HFR) version of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Perhaps my review would’ve been less harsh had I watched it in 2D, but no such luck. I plunked down the big bucks for HFR, and man do I hate technology sometimes. Many more theaters are offering HFR this time around (only a small percentage had the technology for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), so many of us now have the opportunity to see just how bad this looks with hobbits. I am sure there are films in the future that will be a proper fit for HFR. Films that are primarily set outside, boast a leisurely pace, and not too much makeup, for instance. As for Peter Jackson’s decision to shoot his latest Tolkien trilogy in High Frame Rate 3D, it’s a tragic, disastrous choice. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, like its predecessor, An Unexpected Journey, is a task to watch. The look of the movie simply doesn’t jibe with the technology, resulting in a visual nightmare. If The Hobbit were, say, a soap opera or reality show, this HFR thing might’ve worked. As it stands, it makes the movie unwatchable, even after your eyes “adjust” to the stunt. The whole thing looks like it is being presented on a TV that is overdoing it. As a middle chapter in The Hobbit saga, Smaug is guilty of the same flaws that marred the first film. It’s overstuffed, the dwarves are severely uninteresting, and the action scenes lack any kind of urgency. It’s just a big, boring stunt film with people looking silly in their getups.

The film starts with a flashback where Gandalf (Ian McKellen) has his first meeting with moody dwarf Thorin (Richard Armitage). Actually, it really starts with a very obvious cameo by Jackson, who makes no Hitchcockian effort to blend in. We then pop ahead to the end of the first movie, and the continuation of Bilbo Baggins and company’s long, extremely tedious journey. As Bilbo, Martin Freeman labors to make things interesting during action scenes that feel redundant (Hey, it’s another giant icky spider attack!). He definitely stands out among a cast of bland actors playing bland dwarves. Oh Gimli, how you are missed! Jackson finds a way to bring back Orlando Bloom as Legolas; Bloom’s scenes are a bunch of sorry minutes that could be cut from the film’s running time. Jackson has also created a new character in Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), an elf warrior and the apple of Legolas’s eye. Let it be known that Legolas and Tauriel were not present in the original Tolkien novel, and movie viewers everywhere would be better off if such were the case in this film. Too many scenes in this movie feel padded and bloated. With each passing minute, Jackson is doing further damage to his directing legacy. His original Lord of the Rings trilogy was a major triumph. These Hobbit films feel and look like parody. From the moment the Warner Brothers logo comes up, things just look weird. Movies aren’t supposed to be this crisp. Granted, the shots of mountain ranges are breathtaking, but every close up of an actor’s overly made-up face destroys that feeling that you are at a movie. Smaug the dragon (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch)

finally shows up, and he is easily the best thing in the Hobbit films thus far. He should’ve arrived in the second half of the first film, and the whole damn thing should’ve been over in three hours. One movie would’ve been sufficient to cover this story. I know you’ve heard critics bitch about this for the last couple years now, and I am joining the fray. These Hobbit movies are an overblown, messed up slog. The movie ends abruptly with a big cliffhanger. Normally, that sort of thing might have me leaving the theater all huffy and disappointed. Not this time. I was happy when this movie was over. Let it be said that I loved the Lord of the Rings films. They consistently made my year’s best lists, and I enjoy revisiting them from time to time. Conversely, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is going to go down as one of the year’s worst films as far as I’m concerned. Now playing at Regal Tikahtnu (1101 N. Muldoon), Century 16 (301 E. 36th Ave.), Regal Dimond Center 9 (800 E. Dimond Blvd.) and the Valley Cinema (3331 E. Old Matanuska Road, Wasilla).

divulge. I will just say the movie amounts to one of the year’s coolest surprises. Oram and Lowe are excellent in MPI Home Video this movie, giving us the two best RV traveling characters Movie: Asince Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty in Lost In America. Special Features: BThere’s a great mix of darkness and funny here, and it’s refreshing to see something this unpredictable. It’s a deWhat happens in this movie caught me completely off ranged delight, and well worth your time. guard, and was a deranged surprise. Therefore, I’m not goDirector Ben Wheatley is a bit of a nut. He also delivered ing to write anything in this review that will give away the a segment of the anthology film The ABCs of Death that twist. That makes it harder for me to write this thing, but was a thousand kinds of crazy. I’m interested to see what so it goes. the man does in the future (He also made A Field in EngThis is a funny, dark land in 2013, which I had not seen by press time). and twisted road comedy Special Features: There’s an audio commentary with the that boasts Edgar Wright director and cast, some outtakes, and a making-of docu(Shaun of the Dead and The mentary. Word’s End) as one of its executive producers. Steve Oram and Alice Lowe star Fast & Furious 6 (Blu-ray) as Chris and Tina, a couple Universal Studios going on their first holiday Movie: D+ together. They pack up a Special Features: trailer, much to the chagrin of Alice’s attention-starved Rest in peace Paul Walker. I didn’t like a lot of your movmom, and head out on a ies, but you were pretty damned good in many of them, tour of England. including these silly fast car movies. I really liked you in What follows I will not Eight Below, Pleasantville and especially Joy Ride.

The first film in the franchise was a blast, but it now feels like a million years ago. This franchise could’ve ended with that first film, and that would’ve been fine by me. Vin Diesel mumbles his way through another installment, this one with some admittedly fine driving stunts. The plot involves nonsense about Vin and his crew (including Walker) going after some other bad guy driver who is threatening the world. He also has Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) working for him, even though she blew up in a prior movie. Actually, I’m okay that she inexplicably survived. Rodriguez is one of the franchise’s better elements. Dwayne Johnson is in there too as a badass lawman, and future installments will involve another one of my least favorite action stars if the post-credit footage is any indicator. I like to watch good pyrotechnics, but I hate it when just about everybody in these films opens their mouths. The next installment, which was due for release next year, has had its production halted in the wake of Walker’s death. No, I don’t like these movies, but I am hoping they are able to salvage some of Walker’s final footage and give him a worthy goodbye in the next one. He deserves it. Special Features: Director Justin Lin does a commentary, you get some deleted scenes, and various behind-thescenes shorts.

Too many scenes in this movie feel padded and bloated. With each passing minute, Jackson is doing further damage to his directing legacy.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Rated PG-13 Directed by Peter Jackson Starring Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ian McKellen 160 minutes

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arts>>

A Sweet Holiday Treat Ballet to open season with traditional Christmas show By Katie Medred

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e’re about a week out from Christmas. Regardless of your denomination, that sentiment is likely to feel a bit stressful. The holiday seasons are a time of joy and celebration yes, but they can occasionally be just a little, ahem, overwhelming. Luckily there’s a simple solution to combat the preChristmas crazies: tradition. The act of doing things familiar is a natural comfort during chaotic times. Whether it’s decorating a Christmas tree, caroling, opening an advent calendar or going for an afternoon ski with family, having your own holiday routine can keep you sane. Tradition is one of the reasons the Anchorage Ballet has tirelessly produced and performed an annual Christmas show for the last several years. The annual event has become a point of pride and excitement for the company. “This is a big show for us ... everybody puts a lot of work into it and everybody does a lot of different things,” Anchorage Ballet choreographer and dancer Holly Haney said. “I think that [the Christmas show] is becoming more and more popular with the community. Every year we seem to have a growing audience and of course we love to see our audience growing; the community seems to always welcome us.” For some Anchorage concert-goers, it’s customary to catch the Nutcracker Ballet, which is preformed annually in town around Thanksgiving by an Outside dance company. Anchorage Ballet offers a similar tradition, especial-

ly for those who love Tchaikovsky’s classic. The 2013 Christmas show will feature dancers of all ages and abilities in a two-act presentation. The first act is a mixed repertoire of holiday dance favorites showcasing both ballet as well as other kinds of dance. The second will be, as Anchorage Ballet Principal Farah Canale explained it, a sort of “Nutcracker’s Greatest Hits,” a hand-picked selection of dances pulled from the classic ballet specially for Anchorage Ballet dancers, and choreographed by company staff. Despite the dancers’ mixed ages and abilities, Canale explained that this event is not a recital. “This is show that can really appeal to a sophisticated dance audience — like someone who’s looking to see high end performance — but it’s also friendly enough for families and for kids,” Canale said. “Of all the productions Anchorage Ballet does all year long, this one is the most far reaching with the broadest range for audiences.” She was quick to praise her dancers’ efforts and acknowledge the caliber of skill audience members can expect to see performed by locals athletes and former Anchorage Ballet Academy alumni, alike. “We have a lot of advanced local teenagers that are working their way [up] and they’re quite lovely to watch,” Canale said. “And there will be some alumni dancers coming in from New York and other places.” Anchorage Ballet: Christmas 2013 will be onstage at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Dec. 20 (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, Dec. 21 for two shows, one at 2 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. The Saturday matinee will feature a meet-and-great with some of the principal dancers, including the Sugar Plum Fairy, after the show. “This is the first [show] in the Anchorage Ballet season over at the Performing Arts Center. We’ll do another one in April and one in May,” Canale said. “Technically this is

Photo courtesy of the Anchorage Ballet

our ‘opening’ [show] for the season.” Don’t miss out. Tickets are $29-$33. They are available online at Centertix.com or by calling 907-263-2900.

artslistings>> DOWNTOWN ALASKA NATIVE ARTS FOUNDATION — Inupiat artist Susan Emery’s solo exhibit “Interwoven,” an artistic exploration of the interconnectedness of elements converging, is currently on display at ANAF. (500 W. 6th Ave.) ANCHORAGE MUSEUM — Presents “Qanga: Drawing the Past,” an exhibition featuring Greenlandic comic book illustrations. The exhibit opened this December. (625 C St.) ALASKA HUMANITIES FORUM — New work by artist Enzina Marrari is on display at the Humanities Forum. Marrari’s solo show is titled “Layers; veils,” addresses vulnerability, protection, exposure, fragility and strength. (161 East 1st Ave., Door 15) INTERNATIONAL GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART — A group show curated by Don Decker and Michele Suchlad

called “PAINT/DRAW/SCULPT,” paintings and photographs takfeaturing the work of over 35 en around the Anchorage area, contemporary artists, is up at until the end of December. IGCA. Artist Linda Lucky’s solo show “The Lucky Zone” is also THE BOARDROOM — Presents on display. (427 D St.) “Color in Winter,” a show by artist Christina Wilson. The exhibit BROWN BAG SANDWICH CO. features oil and acrylic abstract — Artwork of Justin DeWolf paintings. Wilson use bursts of is on the walls at Brown Bag. color inspired by imagination, (400 D St.) and photographs taken throughout her world travels. (601 W OCTOPUS INK — Artist Karla 5th Avenue, Floor 2) Morriera’s solo show “Sea Magic” is up at Octopus Ink. SNOW CITY CAFÉ — Snow City Café will host the work of SEVIGNY STUDIOS — “Words photographer Kerry Klauder With Friends,” a collaboration this December. “This is my between artists and friends Adventure: A Photography ExAnda Lina Saylor and Katie hibit,” will highlight Klauder’s Alley, is up at Sevigny Studios. adventure travels across the After doing a show together world. last winter, Saylor and Alley decide to come together again MIDNIGHT SUN CAFÉ — Will and explore their love of words host Mark “EEK” Eaker in a through art. (608 W. 4th Ave. show called “What Did I Just Suite 101) See,” an exploration in imagery, for the month of December. CRUSH WINE BISTRO AND (245 W. 5th Ave.) CELLAR — Will host artist Lance Lekander in a show STEPHAN FINE ART — The called “ART … And Then work of artist Lynn Brautigam Some,” a collection of acrylic Boots will be on display at

Stephan Fine Arts inside the Hotel Captain Cook through December. Boots’s show “Travels” features 30 new original works from the Alaskan impressionist’s travels through rural Alaska and Italy. (In the Hotel Captain Cook, 939 W. 5th Ave.) CAPTAIN COOK COFFEE CUBBY — The Coffee Cubby will host whimsical new work by artist Amanda Brannon. Brannon’s show will be up through the month of December. (In the Hotel Captain Cook, 939 W. 5th Ave., directly inside the “K” St. entrance). GRAPE EXPECTATIONS — Has work by metalworker Cody Duryea this month. (510 W 6th Ave.) ARCTIC ROSE GALLERY — December is “Artists Unplugged,”

a group show at Arctic Rose Gallery, featuring local artist’s smaller unframed works directly from their studios. It’s perfect for holiday gifts ideas. (423 W 5th Ave.)

AROUND TOWN MIDDLE WAY CAFÉ — Artist Ted Kim’s “Good Drink,” an ink and pen show, is on display at Middle Way Café from now until mid January. APU CONOCO PHILLIPS GALLERY — Alaska Photographic Center’s Juror’s Choice show is up in APU’s Conoco Phillips Gallery. The show features work of prominent Alaskan photographers. Richard J. Murphy, Clark James Mishler, Janice Parsley, Gary Postlethwait and others are among the featured artists.

(Grant Hall 4101 University Drive) LEAH J. PETERSON GALLERY AT APU — APC Members Exhibition will be on display at APU’s Leah J. Peterson Gallery until December 29. APC is a statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1983 to promote and support fine art photography in Alaska. Through exhibits, workshops and educational programs, APC seeks to provide a network where Alaska Photographers can develop and exhibit their work. APC is celebrating 30 Years. HUGI-LEWIS STUDIO — Welcomes a wood art group show, featuring art by Wood Turners of Alaska and Alaska Creative Woodworkers, curated by Gary Freeman. The show will be up through December.

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Yada, Yada, Yada Yada Di proves easy to listen to, hard to define By Katie Medred

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ross-cultural. Interdisciplinary. Improvised. Female-driven. IĂąupiaq. Russian. Dutch. These are a few things that describe the indescribable Yada Di, a pop-up group of musicians featuring master trumpeter and community organizer Yngvil Vatn Guttu, Russian composer and violinist Elena Lukina, and rapper and local celebrity Allison Akootchook Warden, aka Aku-Matu. Yada Di â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if definition is completely necessary â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is an anomaly, a totally unrecognizable thing. Part jazz, part classically influenced, the three women delight in the indefinable nature of their sound. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everythingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really organic,â&#x20AC;? Vatn Guttu said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not ... you know, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing to be proud of and nothing to be ashamed of,â&#x20AC;? she laughed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this tirade of 40-something-year-old women,â&#x20AC;? Warden giggled, â&#x20AC;&#x153;who are creating space, and then other musicians get added on. But at the core itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s us ... We create cinematic soundscapes and dive into mythological spaces. We explore every genre and listen to each other in an improvisational way. We create a safe space for improvisational play ... but we keep a foundation.â&#x20AC;? Warden, who is most recognizable as her onstage rap personality Aku-Matu, was clear that the two projects are held separate. Even though she does occasionally rap with Yada Di, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not operating as her Aku-Matu personality, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not all about me,â&#x20AC;? Warden explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a collaborative effort ... I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel comfortable just being â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aku-Matu and the band,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; you know. I have my Aku-Matu entity and my whole individual thing already going, which is its own kind of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;me-ness.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more singing [on my end] than the rap.â&#x20AC;? Yada Diâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s origin story is, like the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound, unexpected.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yngvil coordinates and runs the Spenard Jazz Fest, a big collaborative community event that takes place every year,â&#x20AC;? Warden explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never participated before â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d heard about it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; until this last summer. Yngvil had asked me if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be interested in performing and I agreed. Her idea â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which ended up being the first version of Yada Di â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was to support [Aku-Matu] with improvisational instrumentation. She wanted to bring in a band to back up what I do when I rap.â&#x20AC;? The result was a successful grouping of talented musicians, including Warden, Vatn Guttu and Lukina, who performed a one-time improvisational musical performance at Out North Theater on the 2013 Summer Solstice. And, according to both Vatn Guttu and Warden, the experiment was a total success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It ended up being this really moving, powerful show with maybe 150 people in attendance,â&#x20AC;? Warden said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We realized we just had something really good there. Something really, really interesting.â&#x20AC;? Following the Out North performance, Bruce Farnsworth of the Light Brigade approached Warden and asked her if sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be interested in performing at OBATâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s after party at the Anchorage Museum. Warden contacted Vatn Guttu and Lukina and started compiling possible band names for their very young project. The three, after much deliberation, finally agreed on the Denaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ina phrase Yada Di, which means, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What is it?â&#x20AC;? for their working name. Yada Di performed its second show ever â&#x20AC;&#x201D; this one rehearsed and more polished than the former â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on the Autumn Equinox in conjunction with The Light Brigadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;urban interventionâ&#x20AC;? piece entitled Over, Beyond, Across, Through â&#x20AC;&#x201D; aka the dance performance on the facade of the Anchorage Museum. Although the three women say art shows and museum spaces are ideal venues, the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third show will be held at Tap Root this Sunday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We feel like the art community will really get us,â&#x20AC;? Vatn Guttu said about Yada Diâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s venue dreams. [And] we present a bit of a conundrum for sound people because we have so many different sounds going on, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re super grateful when they can manage to accommodate us.â&#x20AC;? As for Yada Diâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future: The skyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the limit.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re happy and in love,â&#x20AC;? Vatn Guttu laughed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What else can I say? I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say anything else.â&#x20AC;? Yada Di will host a Winter Solstice party at Tap Root Public House on Sunday, Dec. 22. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 day of show. Show starts at 8 p.m. Visit taprootalaska.com to purchase tickets online.

Got tickets? Chilkoot Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Midnight Masquerade Party/Tues. Dec. 31, 9 p.m./$20-$40 koots.com New Years Eve with The Whipsaws/ Tues. Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m./$16 http://northboundproductions.com/ Smashmouth/ Thurs., Jan. 2, 8 p.m./ Bear Tooth First Tap/ $45 beartooththeatre.net The Builders and The Butchers/ Fri & Sat, Jan. 17-18/ Tap Root/ $20 taproot.com Ani DiFranco/ Mon. Feb.17, 7:30 p.m./Wendy Williamson/ $39 centertix.net The Indigo Girls/Wed. Feb.19, 7 p.m./ Bear Tooth TheatrePub/ $40 beartooththeatre.net David Sedaris/Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m./PAC/ $40-$60 centertix.net Portland Cello Project/ Fri-Sat, March 7-8, 7:30 p.m./ PAC/ $33- $39 centertix.net

MUSICLISTINGS>> THURSDAY 12.19 SJ & Drums album release with Hawkins Wright, 9:30 p.m. (Tap Root) DJ Paul Oakenfold (sold out), 9 p.m. (Bear Tooth) Matt Hopper & The Roman Candles, 9 p.m. (Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) DJ Spencer Lee, 10 p.m. (Pioneer Bar) Kate Earl, 8 p.m., VooDoo Boots10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) Long & The Short of It, 6:30 p.m. (Organic Oasis)

FRIDAY 12.20 Woodrow, 9:30 p.m. (Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) Dead Disko, Voodoo Boots, 10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s)

Super Saturated Sugar Strings, 9 p.m. (Tap Root) Mobil Disko Winter Solstice party, 10 p.m. (Sitzmark) The Diamonds, 9 p.m. (Blues Central) Divas Variety Show, 9 p.m. (Mad Myrnas) Contemporary piano with Misha Shimmek, 6:30 p.m. (Organic Oasis) DJ Spencer Lee, 10 p.m. (Flattop Pizza & Pool)

SATURDAY 12.21

X-Mas Xplosion II with 36 Crazyfists, City in Ashes, Shifter, 8 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s)

(Organic Oasis)

MONDAY 12.23

SUNDAY 12.22

3rd Annual Big Fat Ramble ft. Big Fat Buddha and Rabbit Creek Ramblers, 9 p.m. (Tap Root)

Yada Di Solstice Party, 8 p.m. (Tap Root)

Monday Mayhem with Famine and Holofrost, 10 p.m. (Tap Root)

Hobo Jimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas Birthday Bash, 7 p.m. (Anchorage City Limits) TIA & Real Day Connection, 9:30 p.m. (Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) H3, 9 pm (Blues Central) Sophistifunk, 6 p.m. (Whaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tail)

Open mic, 8 p.m. (Humpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) Sunday Jam with T Harvey Combo, 8 p.m. (Blues Central) Open Mic, 11:30 p.m. (Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alaskan Inn)

Bob Parson (acoustic jazz blues), 6 p.m. (Organic Oasis) Blues Jam, 9 p.m. (Anchorage City Limits Loft)

Agents of Karma, 10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s)

WEDNESDAY 12.25 Christmas Day

TUESDAY 12.24 Christmas Eve

Christmas, soooo...

Live & Local, 9 p.m., Karaoke 10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) Erin Cesznecker (piano), 1 p.m. (Organic Oasis)

Misha Shimmek (piano), noon

Mobil Disko Winter Solstice party, 10 p.m. (Sitzmark) VooDoo Boots, Dead Disko Solstice Show, 10 p.m. (Chilkoot Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s)

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lot has changed since 1997, when a blues guitar tornado named Jonny Lang stormed out of the Midwest and onto the national music scene as a 16-year-old grandmaster of the genre. Back then, Lang was a teenage prodigy with a hit record whose hot licks and hard living made him a perfect candidate to end up burned out and busted in true bluesman fashion. But Lang’s story took an unexpected twist at the turn of the century when he converted to Christianity, ditched the rock-star lifestyle and settled into the quiet life of a husband and father. Well, perhaps not that quiet. Now 32, Lang never stopped touring, and he continues to play a guitar-heavy brand of music that’s still instantly recognizable as his own. He has, however, been somewhat off the radar lately, and his new album release this year, Fight For My Soul, is his first studio effort since 2006. The album is a mix of blues and gospel, with his familiar growling lyrics that more than hint at Lang’s road to recovery from the brink of self destruction: “I’ve gotta fight for my soul/I dont wanna give it away no more,” he sings on the title track of the album, which is currently No. 50 on Billboard’s Hot 200 Chart and peaked at No. 1 on the blues charts. Now married and the father of four young children, the affable Lang took time out of his busy schedule to speak with the Press in advance of his upcoming Dec. 20 visit to Anchorage — his first trip to the state — along with guests Marquise Knox and Jeremiah Johnson Band.

Jonny Lang will play Dec. 20 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage. Photo by Piper Ferguson/Courtesy Concord Music Group

Anchorage Press: This is your first trip to Alaska, but as a North Dakota native do you think you’ll be ready for the cold? Jonny Lang: I don’t think so. I think it’s probably safe to assume it’s a different kind of cold.

JL: I really enjoy the part of touring that involves playing changed since the early days? music…being away from my family is the only serious downJL: It was the best thing that ever happened to me. For side. years and years I hated the thought of religion and Christianity, especially just beause I had a bad taste in my mouth by AP: Fight for My Soul is your first studio album since [Turn people being pushy about it so I understand that point of view. Around in] 2006. Do you like the process of being in the stu- But the way I see the world is a lot different … the contrast dio and making a record? between those two eras are probably pretty different. JL: I love it more and more with each album. I think before I didn’t feel quite as confident. All I knew was just kinda play AP: How has fatherhood changed your outlook on life? music raw and I wasn’t that familiar with the side of music JL: For me it was just the biggest, like, rewiring I’ve ever that involves crafting a project. I’ve really come to love that had. You’re forced to confront all of your — I don’t know — just as much. self ambition and just all of these kinds of skeletons that you just have ignored all these years or didn’t know were there in AP: You’ve made no secret of your Christian faith. How order to be a good parent. It just exposes all that stuff, and you much of your sound now is gospel-influenced and how much can either run from it — which a lot of people do and I don’t is strictly blues? How would you describe your music today? blame them — or you face it. JL: I think if you’re talking about stylistically as a genre of music, it’s pretty hard to say that either one of those is exactly AP: Has having kids changed you as a musician? what I’m doing. There’s influences of blues guitar players in JL: I don’t know about that. I think it’s helped me become there, a little bit of influence of gospel singers in there but I more focused on what it is I want to do in life in general, and think it’s a mix a bunch of different styles. that really helps with songwriting. I think I’m a little bit more decisive than I used to be. AP: How do you try to spread your faith through your music? AP: Enjoy your trip to Alaska. JL: I do believe in God’s power to be able to use somebody JL: Thanks, I really look forward to it. to be a blessing to other people. I hope that somehow the music that I’m able to create could be that positive in somebody’s life. If it can be a blessing to them somehow, that’s kind of Jonny Lang (with my main goal. … At this point in my life I’m not necessarily Marquise Knox and going hard like, preaching so to speak, but at the same time the experience I’ve had personally with God I would love for Jeremiah Johnson Band) everyone to experience that. Friday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.

AP: You’ve been on the road now since, what, 1996 or ’97? Do you still enjoy it?

AP: You’re not shy about crediting your faith with helping you ditch drugs and alcohol. Can you talk about how you’ve

“I do believe in God’s power to be able to use somebody to be a blessing to other people. I hope that somehow the music that I’m able to create could be that positive in somebody’s life.” – Jonny Lang

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Thurs 12.19 ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE SJ & DRUMS ALBUM RELEASE — Join indie-rock duo SJ & Drums Thursday, Dec. 19 for the release party of vs. Bear. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Hawkins Wright will open the show. There is a $5 cover at the door. COMIC ERIK ANKER — Chilkoot Charlie’s welcomes comic Erik Anker to the state for three shows, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Dec 19-20 and 22. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited so get there early. Visit koots.com for more information. MATT HOPPER AND THE ROMAN CANDLES — Alaska rock band Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles will be onstage at Humpy’s on Thursday, 9 p.m. No cover. SONGSTRESS KATE EARL — Alaskan recording artist Kate Earl will play an intimate show at Chilkoot Charlie’s on Thursday. Tickets are $20. Show starts at 8 p.m. DJ PAUL OAKENFOLD — Paul Oakenfold is indeed in Alaska for one show only at the Bear Tooth. However, tickets are sold out, but there may be a scalper or two. (You didn’t hear it from us.) Doors at 8 p.m. UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER PARTY FUNDRAISER — Meet up at Chilkoot Charlie’s Ice Bar Thursday in your ugliest Christmas Sweater for a well-meaning, seasonal fundraiser on Thursday, Dec. 19. The $10 cover benefits the S.A.V.E. High School Scholarship & Volunteers of America. Come one, come all. 7 p.m. start time.

Fri 12.20 ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE SUPER SATURATED SUGAR STRINGS — Anchorage’s favorite Klezmer-inspired gypsy folk band will be onstage at the Tap Root Friday. It’s the String’ last show until April, so come out and show them some love. Show starts at 9 p.m. $5 cover at the door. ANCHORAGE BALLET: CHRISTMAS 2013 — Join Anchorage Ballet for a holiday tradition, the annual Christmas show featuring ballet performed locals of all ages and abilities. This year’s Christmas show is presented in two acts. The first is a mixed repertoire of dance and holiday favorites. The second is selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” including the snow scene and the Kingdom of the sweets. Don’t miss out on this festive dance event. It will be on stage Friday, Dec. 20 (7:30 p.m.) and twice Saturday, Dec. 21 (2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available through Centertix.net. DEAD DISKO — Dead Disko is crazy fun. It’s a dance party that features LED lights, hula-hoop and a lot of neon. This month’s Dead Disko is a Solstice themed one. Come dressed as Old Man Winter, a snowflake or maybe even the sun. Fun starts at 10 p.m. No cover. COMIC ERIK ANKER — Chilkoot Charlie’s welcomes comic Erik Anker to the state for three shows, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Dec 19-20 and 22. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited so get there early. Visit koots.com for more information. MOBIL DISKO, WINTER SOLSTICE ADDITION — Mobil Disko is out in Girdwood this time, celebrating the end of dwindling daylight and the beginning of

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brighter things. Join DJs Alex the Lion, Mostly Ghostly and more at the Sitzmark Bar and Grill for a free (and really fun) dance party event. It’s two nights of fun, Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 10 p.m. both nights.

Sat 12.21 (Winter Solstice) ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE MAKE ICE LANTERNS FOR SOLSTICE — Join the Eagle River Nature Center on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. a very special Jr. Naturalist (K-6th) program. Learn how to make ice lanterns to light up the holidays. This program is free, but there is a $5 parking fee for nonmembers. HOBO JIM’S CHRISTMAS BIRTHDAY BASH — Don’t miss the man, the myth, the legend: Hobo Jim on stage Saturday, Dec. 21 for a Christmas Birthday Bash. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Show starts at 7 p.m. at Anchorage City Limits (in The Lofts hotel in downtown Anchorage). MOBIL DISKO, WINTER SOLSTICE ADDITION — Mobil Disko is out in Girdwood this time, celebrating the end of dwindling day light and the beginning of brighter things. Join DJs Alex the Lion, Mostly Ghostly and more at the Sitzmark Bar and Grill for a free (and really fun) dance party event. It’s two nights of fun, Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 10 p.m. both nights. X-MAS XPLOSION II WITH 36 CRAZYFISTS — 36 Crazyfists, along with City In Ashes, Shifter and Seracs will play at Chilkoot Charlie’s for an X-Mas Xplosion event. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $21. Don’t miss out on the scariest Christmas ever. BIG FAT RAMBLE — Jam bands Big Fat Buddha and the Rabbit Creek Ramblers present the 3ed Annual Big Fat Ramble at Tap Root Public House on Saturday, Dec. 21. Music starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door. ANCHORAGE BALLET: CHRISTMAS 2013 — Join Anchorage Ballet for a holiday tradition, the annual Christmas show featuring ballet performed locals of all ages and abilities. This year’s Christmas show is presented in two acts. The first is a mixed repertoire of dance and holiday favorites. The second is selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” including the snow scene and the Kingdom of the sweets. Don’t miss out on this festive dance event. It will be on stage Friday, Dec. 20 (7:30 p.m.) and twice Saturday, Dec. 21 (2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available through Centertix.net.

groove band Yada Di features rap artist Allison Warden (Aku-Matu), violinist/composer Elena LukinaEL and trumpeter/guitarist/ composer Yngvil Vatn Guttu. The three artists are something to see. They’ll be onstage at the Tap Root Sunday, Dec. 22 for a very special Solstice party. Doors are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door.

ANCHORAGE CONCERT CHORUS: FAMILY HOLIDAY POPS — Enjoy this one-show concert, featuring beloved holiday songs, on Sunday, Dec. 22 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, 4 p.m. The Anchorage Concert Chorus and Holiday Pops Orchestra, conducted by Grant Cochran, will play festive sounds of the season for your enjoyment. This event is fun for the whole family. Tickets are available on Centertix.net. A “DAYS ARE GETTING LONGER” HIKE — Join the Eagle River Nature Center at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22 for a 3-mile hike guided by ERNC volunteer Bob Griffis. Griffis will lead participants along the Albert Loop Trail for a day of celebration honoring the return of daylight to Southcentral Alaska. The hike is limited to the first 12 adults who register by calling 907-6942108. This is a free event, but there is $5 parking for nonmembers. COMIC ERIK ANKER — Chilkoot Charlie’s welcomes comic Erik Anker to the state for three shows, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Dec 19-20 and 22. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited so get there early. Visit koots.com for more information. LAST CHANCE TO SEE A WRINKLE IN TIME — In this acclaimed theatrical version of the beloved children’s book, Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, go on a quest across space, fleeing the evil, all-powerful IT. In their travels, Meg and Charles have the help of three eccentric, magical sisters named Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which and Mrs. Whatsit. But in the end they must rely on their own magic. A Wrinkle In Time is perfect for the holiday season. The show will be held at Cyrano’s Off Center Playhouse Sunday, Dec. 22. Check times and purchase tickets by visiting centertix.net. (413 D. St.) SPECIAL CHRISTMAS FILM, ELF — One Christmas Eve long ago, a small orphan baby crawled into Santa’s bag of gifts and was carried off to the North Pole. Named Buddy (Will Ferrell) and raised by Papa Elf (Bob Newhart), it soon became clear that he didn’t fit in as he was much bigger than the other elves. Determined to find a place where he belongs, Buddy sets out to find his real dad—in New York City. Buddy soon discovers that the big city is no place for an elf and his dad (James Caan) is on the “Naughty” list. But most importantly, he finds that the world is seriously lacking in Christmas spirit. So with the help of a beautiful department store elf (Zooey Deschanel), Buddy tries to teach his dad and the world the true meaning of Christmas spirit and to prove to everyone that Santa (Ed Asner) really exists. A comedy directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Made). Elf will screen at the Bear Tooth TheatrePub Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 21 and 22 at 10:30 a.m.

EAGLE RIVER NATURE CENTER’S ANNUAL LANTERN WALK — The Nature Center invites you to join us for our traditional candle-lit procession on Saturday, Dec. 21 to celebrate the winter solstice. Bring your own lantern or borrow one of ours. The lantern procession begins at 6 p.m. It’ll will include a short BEAN’S CAFÉ CHRISTMAS walk along a candle-lit trail to a DINNER DONATIONS NEEDED bonfire and heated yurt. Dress for — Local non-profit Bean’s Café being outdoors and please bring will serve a special holiday meal finger foods or desserts to share. on Wednesday, Dec. 25 for needy This is a free event, but there is individuals and families. The $5 parking for non-members. Christmas day meal will begin at Noon at the Café (1101 E. Third Ave.) Donations are still need and can be dropped off at the Café Monday through Friday between ARTS, 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and on the weekends between 8:30 a.m. ENTERTAINMENT, and 5:30 p.m.

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ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT, AND CULTURE MONDAY MAYHEM — Metal bands Famine and Holofrost will play Monday Mayhem at the Tap Root Public House on Monday, Dec. 23. Music starts at 10 p.m. $5 cover. ALASKA OUTDOORS MONDAY HIKE — Monday hikes are designed for hiking beginners and families with children. Alaska Outdoors regularly utilizes established ski-trails such as trails in Kincaid, Hillside, Ruth Arcand, Bicentennial, and University Lake Parks. Most of the trails are wide and flat, but some are steep so come prepared. Join Alaska Outdoors Monday, Dec. 23 for a walk around Ruth Arcand Park. Meet at the Park at 6:30 p.m. Walk will last until 8 p.m. MR. WHITEKEYS’ CHRISTMAS IN SPENARD — Christmas In Spenard is two hours of satirical Alaskan musical comedy, featuring a live band, singers, dancers, a spectacular High Definition multi-media presentation and approximately three minutes of sentimental holiday fluff. Christmas In Spenard will be on stage at Tap Root Public House on select days from Dec. 3 until Dec. 26. Check centertix.net for days, times and ticket prices. MUSIC FILM THE PUNK SINGER — Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons, a cultural lightning rod. Her critics wished she would just shut-up, and her fans hoped she never would. So in 2005, when Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. Through 20 years of archival footage and intimate interviews with Hanna, The Punk Singer takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-beforeseen view into the life of this fearless leader. The film will screen Thursday, Dec. 26 at 10:40 p.m. at Bear Tooth TheatrePub.

Tues 12.24 (Christmas Eve) ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE ALL IS LOST — Golden Globe Nominee for Best Actor (Robert Redford) — Robert Redford stars in All Is Lost, an open-water thriller about one man’s battle for survival against the elements after his sailboat is destroyed at sea, written and directed by J.C. Chandor (Margin Call), with a musical score by Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros). The film is a gripping, visceral and powerfully moving tribute to ingenuity and resilience. It will screen at the Bear Tooth Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Thursday, Dec. 26. All showings are at 5:30 p.m. IMAGINARIUM SCIENCE DEMONSTRATION — Watch fizzy, foamy science experiments, pet reptiles, stargaze in the planetarium and more during a live science demonstration on Tuesday, Dec. 24. The demonstrations start at 4 p.m. and admittance is included with admission and with membership. BEAN’S CAFÉ CHRISTMAS DINNER DONATIONS NEEDED — Local non-profit Bean’s Café will serve a special holiday meal on Wednesday, Dec. 25 for needy individuals and families. The Christmas day meal will begin at Noon at the Café (1101 E. Third Ave.) Donations are still need and can be dropped off at the Café Monday through Friday between

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TEEN OPEN ZONE — Come get your game on! There are board games, card games, and video games for the new or experienced gamer. Wednesdays, 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. at Mountain View Library, Community Room. FAMILY MOVIES — Grab a bag of popcorn or a snack and settle in with your family to enjoy a classic or a new favorite movie. Call 343-2818 for movie titles. Fridays, 3 p.m. at Mountain View Library, Community Room.

ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE Bean’s Café Christmas — Local non-profit Bean’s Café will serve a special holiday meal on Wednesday, Dec. 25 for needy individual and families. The Christmas day meal will begin at Noon at the Café (1101 E. Third Ave.) Donations are still needed and can be dropped off at the Café Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and on the weekends between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ANCHORAGE BAPTIST TEMPLE LIGHT, MUSIC SHOW — Throughout this Christmas season, the outside of the Anchorage Baptist Temple will be filled with the lights and sounds of Christmas. Invite your friends and family to join you as you sit in the comfort of your car and listen and watch the ABT biennial light and music show. The 20-minute show runs nightly from 5:30 to 10 p.m. except during pageant and church services. Tune in to 99.9 F.M. and Experience Christmas this year at ABT.

ONGOING ACTIVITIES OFF THE CHAIN BICYCLE COLLECTIVE MONTHLY MEETINGS — Off the Chain, a low cost, volunteer run 501C3 bicycle collective open to the Anchorage community, hosts a community meeting on the fist Wednesday of every month. Off the Chain operates 100 percent on volunteer effort and the collective welcomes interested volunteers of any/all skill level. Meetings are at 7 p.m. visit offthechainak.org for more info (814 W. Northern Lights Blvd.) LEGO CLUB — Join the Mountain View Neighborhood Library for LEGO club. Try to complete the monthly build challenge or just free build to test your creativity. The best of the month’s creations will be displayed inside the library. School age children encouraged, but there will be a little builders section of blocks for younger siblings. All children under age 8 must have a parent. Snacks provided. This event begins at 2:30 p.m. every 4th Saturday of the month at the Mountain View Neighborhood Library. (120 Bragaw St.) BOREALIS TOASTMASTER’S CLUB — A member of Toastmasters International, this club’s mission is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills. The club will meet every Thursday from 7-8 a.m. at the BP building. (900 E. Benson Blvd., Suite 146)

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT ANCHORAGE GO CLUB — The Anchorage Go Club meets to enjoy the strategic and ancient games of Go and backgammon. Players of all abilities are welcome, and there is always somebody available to teach a beginner. More info at www. knotical—arts.com/goclub. Free. 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday and every Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Title Wave Books (1360 W. Northern Lights Blvd.) CHESS CLUB— Are you the next Bobby Fischer or Garry Kasparov? Come find out at the chess club. All skill levels are welcome. Free. 5 to 10 p.m. each Friday at Title Wave Books (1360 W. Northern Lights Blvd.) GEEKS WHO DRINK — Grab some friends, build a team or just join fellow geeks every Monday at the Tap Root Public House for America’s favorite pub quiz. Quizzing starts at 7 p.m. This event is always free. (3300 Spenard Rd.) COOKING CLASS — Classes weekly covering a variety of themes. Times and prices vary. Details at www.aphome.com. Classes at Allen & Petersen (3002 Seward Hwy.) CRAFT ‘N’ CHAT— Meets every Thursday evening in the Arts Room at the Anchorage Senior Center from 6 to 9 p.m. (1300 E. 19th Ave.) D&D ENCOUNTERS— Get into the action quickly by creating a classic 1st—level D&D character using the new D&D Essentials rules options, or grab a pre— generated one. For players of all levels. Free. Contact 274-4112. Thursdays, 6 p.m. at BOSCO’S Spenard. (2606 Spenard)

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

ANCHORAGE PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENTS GAMING AT MULDOON — Games galore at the Muldoon Neighborhood Library on Tuesdays with video games, board games, card games and snacks! If you plan on attending with a large group, please call ahead at 343-4035. Tuesdays, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Muldoon. GAMING AT TEEN UNDERGROUND — Need a study break? Join in for open gaming on Xbox and PS3. Fridays, 3-5 p.m. Teen Underground, Loussac, level 3.

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FILMEVENTS>> MUSIC FILM THE DUTCH INFLUENCE â&#x20AC;&#x201D;In The Dutch Influence Dutch DJs talk about their experience and success as electronic musicians. They share the moments and experiences that lead to their devotion, creation and individual rises to fame. The movie will screen at the Bear Tooth TheatrePub on Friday, Dec. 20 at 10:40 p.m. ALL IS LOST â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Golden Globe Nominee for Best Actor Robert Redford stars in All Is Lost, an open-water thriller about one manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s battle for survival against the elements after his sailboat is destroyed at sea, written and directed by J.C. Chandor (Margin Call), with a musical score by Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros). The film is a gripping, visceral and powerfully moving tribute to ingenuity and resilience. It will screen at the Bear Tooth TheatrePub this Friday-Sunday, Dec. 20- Dec. 22, Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Thursday, Dec. 26. All showings are at 5:30 p.m. CAPTAIN PHILLIPS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Golden Globe Nominee for Pest Picture: Drama, Best Director (Paul Greengrass), Best Actor (Tom Hanks) and Best Supporting Actor (Barkhad Abdi), Captain Phillips is a pulse-pounding thriller about the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks), and his Somali counterpart, Muse (Barkhad Abdi). Set on an incontrovertible collision course off the coast of Somalia, both men will find themselves paying the human toll for economic forces outside of their control. The film will screen at the Bear Tooth TheatrePub this this Friday-Sunday, Dec. 20- Dec. 22, and on Thursday, Dec. 26. All show times begin at 7:55 p.m. SPECIAL CHRISTMAS FILM, ELF â&#x20AC;&#x201D; One Christmas Eve long ago, a small orphan baby crawled into Santaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bag of

gifts and was carried off to the North Pole. Named Buddy (Will Ferrell) and raised by Papa Elf (Bob Newhart), it soon became clear that he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fit in as he was much bigger than the other elves. Determined to find a place where he belongs, Buddy sets out to find his real dad â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in New York City. Buddy soon discovers that the big city is no place for an elf and his dad (James Caan) is on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Naughtyâ&#x20AC;? list. But most importantly, he finds that the world is seriously lacking in Christmas spirit. So with the help of a beautiful department store elf (Zooey Deschanel), Buddy tries to teach his dad and the world the true meaning of Christmas spirit and to prove to everyone that Santa (Ed Asner) really exists. A comedy directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Made). Elf will screen at the Bear Tooth TheatrePub Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 21 and 22 at 10:30 a.m. BAD MILO! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Duncanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (Ken Marino) life is a real pain in the ass. Tormented by a manipulative, crooked boss (Patrick Warburton), a nagging mother (Mary Kay Place) with a boyfriend 1/3 her age, a deadbeat new age dad (Stephen Root), and a sweet, yet pressuring, wife (Gillian Jacobs), his mounting stress starts to trigger an insufferable gastrointestinal reaction. Out of ideas and at the end of his rope, Duncan seeks the help of a hypnotherapist (Peter Stormare), who helps him discover the root of his unusual stomach pain: a pintsized demon living in his intestine that, triggered by excessive anxiety, forces its way out and slaughters the people who have angered him. Out of fear that his intestinal gremlin may target its wrath on the wrong person, Duncan attempts to befriend it, naming it Milo and indulging it to keep its seemingly insatiable appetite at bay. Bad Milo! will show at Bear Tooth TheatrePub Saturday, Dec. 21 at 10:40 p.m. INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Valentin (director/co-writer Eugenio Derbez) is Acapulcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

resident playboy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; until a former fling leaves a baby on his doorstep and takes off without a trace. Traveling from Mexico to Los Angeles to find the babyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother, Valentin instead finds a new home for himself and his newfound daughter Maggie. An unlikely father figure, Valentin raises Maggie for years, while also establishing himself as one of Hollywoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top stuntmen to pay the bills, with Maggie acting as his on-set coach. As Valentin raises Maggie, she forces him to grow up too. But their unique and offbeat family is threatened when Maggieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birth mom shows up out of the blue, and Valentin realizes heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in danger of losing his daughter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and his best friend. This film is partially subtitled. It will screen on Monday, Dec. 23 at Bear Tooth TheatrePub, 5:30 p.m. WHITE REINDEER â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Christmastime is looking swell for pretty, unassuming real-estateagent Suzanne Barrington: she just sold a house to a nice swinger couple; her weatherman husband Jeff scored a sweet new job; and her favorite holiday is quickly approaching. After a sudden tragedy takes Jeff away, Suzanne is left lost and lonely. Even worse, a friend of his confesses a secret: thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another woman. Her nameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fantasia and she works at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;girl club.â&#x20AC;? In their grief, the two women form an awkward but meaningful friendship. Pushing away the ghosts of Christmas present, Suzanne falls into Fantasiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world of dance parties, shoplifting and substances. But maybe thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not what Suzanneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looking for either. White Reindeer will be at Bear Tooth TheatrePub on Monday, Dec. 23. Show starts at 8:10 p.m. MUSIC FILM THE PUNK SINGER â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons, a cultural lightning rod.

Her critics wished she would just shut-up, and her fans hoped she never would. So in 2005, when Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. Through 20 years of archival footage and intimate interviews with Hanna, The Punk Singer takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader. The film will screen Thursday, Dec. 26 at 10:40 p.m. at Bear Tooth TheatrePub. FRIDAY FAMILY MOVIES â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Grab a bag of popcorn or a snack and settle in for a new favorite or classic movie. Call 343-2818 for movie titles. Fridays, 3-5 p.m. in the Mountain View Library Community Room (120 Bragaw Street)

PLANETARIUM SHOWS INTO THE DEEP â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dive alongside deep-sea research pioneers to learn about marine biology, underwater geology and the history of deep-sea exploration. Traveling in famous historic submersibles, come face-to-face with fascinating underwater creatures such as vampire squid and pelican eels. Discover how diving vessels make these underwater encounters possible for humans. Showing 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at the Anchorage Museum (625 C St.) DINOSAUR PASSAGE TO PANGAEA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; This animated adventure explains one of the greatest geological events in Earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history: The separation of the supercontinent Pangaea. When two children embark on a geology field trip back in time, they are thrown into a fantastic voyage where they witness incredible geological wonders and learn about the mysterious process that created present-day continents. Showing 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays at the Anchorage Museum (625 C St.) EARTH, MOON AND SUN â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

performingartslistings>> ANCHORAGE BALLET: CHRISTMAS 2013 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Join Anchorage Ballet for a holiday tradition, the annual Christmas show featuring ballet performed by locals of all ages and abilities. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas show is presented in two acts. The first is a mixed repertoire of dance and holiday favorites. The second is selections from Tchaikovskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcracker,â&#x20AC;? including the snow scene and the Kingdom of the Sweets. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss out on this festive dance event. It will be on stage Friday, Dec. 20 (7:30 p.m.) and twice Saturday, Dec. 21 (2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available through Centertix.net. A WRINKLE IN TIME â&#x20AC;&#x201D; In

this acclaimed theatrical version of the beloved childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book, Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, go on a quest across space, fleeing the evil, all-powerful IT. In their travels, Meg and Charles have the help of three eccentric, magical sisters named Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which and Mrs. Whatsit. But in the end they must rely on their own magic. A Wrinkle In Time is perfect for the holiday season. The show will be held at Cyranoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Off Center Playhouse, Thursday- Sunday, Dec. 5 until Dec. 22. Check times and purchase tickets by visiting centertix.net. (413 D. St.) MR. WHITEKEYSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; CHRISTMAS IN SPENARD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas In Spenardâ&#x20AC;? is two hours of satiri-

cal Alaskan musical comedy, featuring a live band, singers, dancers, a spectacular high definition multi-media presentation and approximately three minutes of sentimental holiday fluff. Christmas In Spenard will be on stage at Tap Root Public House on select days from Dec. 3 until Dec. 26. Check centertix.net for days, times and ticket prices. ANCHORAGE CONCERT CHORUS: FAMILY HOLIDAY POPS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Enjoy this one-show concert featuring beloved holiday songs on Sunday, Dec. 22 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts at 4 p.m. The Anchorage Concert Chorus and Holiday Pops Orchestra, conducted by Grant Cochran, will play festive sounds of the season for your

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Coyote has a razor-sharp wit, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this character in a show that discusses American Indian star lore, lunar phases, eclipses and space exploration. Showing 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays at the Anchorage Museum. (625 C St.) LIFE: A COSMIC STORY â&#x20AC;&#x201D; How did life on Earth begin? Find out on this journey through time. Witness key events since the Big Bang that set the stage for life. See the first stars ignite, galaxies coalesce and entire worlds take shape. On a young Earth, two scenarios for the dawn of life are presented â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one near a turbulent, deep-sea hydrothermal vent, and the other in a primordial hot puddle on a vol-

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A Swedish TV show, “Biss och Kajs,” found itself in the spotlight in November — in Russia, where governmentrun television apparently used it to send a political message to Ukraine by highlighting the program’s theme of teaching children about bodily functions. The episode Russia chose featured three bulkily-costumed actors sitting around talking — with one dressed in yellow, one in (1) Larry Poulos was stopped on an Arlington, Texas, brown, and the other unmistakably as a large, nude hustreet in September, bleeding from a head wound and man posterior. (“Biss och Kajs” is highly regarded in Swecomplaining that he had just been robbed by two men. A den; “biss” and “kajs” refer, respectively to the yellow and friend of Poulos later corroborated that, but police also brown functions.) Ukraine (against Russia’s wishes) is learned that the money Poulos had been carrying was the considering a trade agreement with the European Union, proceeds of his having robbed a credit union earlier that and, the Russian station director said, pointedly, “There evening. He was treated for his wounds and then arrested. you have European values in all their glory.” (2) At least 44 health workers were struck with a suspected norovirus in September at a Creative Health Care ManCompelling Explanations agement convention in Huron, Ohio. (Noroviruses are The Bank of England, arguing before the U.K.’s Parliasometimes called the “Norwalk” virus, named after one mentary Commission on Banking Standards in October, notable outbreak in 1968 in Norwalk, Ohio, about 12 miles warned against limiting the bonuses that bankers have from Huron.) come to expect from their lucrative deals — because that ***** might encroach on their “human rights.” The Bank sug“Masculine” Values: Breakaway former officials of the gested it is a human rights violation even to ask senior Boy Scouts of America met in Nashville, Tennessee, in executives to demonstrate that they tried hard to comply September to establish a Scouts-type organization that can with banking laws (because it is the government’s job to freely discourage homosexuality, with one leader promisprove violations). ing Fox News that the result would be “a more masculine” program. Another prominent attendee, also quoted in the Slick Talkers Fox News dispatch, described his sorrow at the BSA’s em(1) A young woman, accosted by a robber on Washing- brace of gay boys. Since this issue broke, he said, “I’ve cried ton, D.C.’s Capitol Hill in October, told the man she was a a river.” low-paid intern — but an intern for the National Security ***** Agency, and that within minutes of robbing her, the man In November, Sweden’s National Housing Board, in would be tracked down by ubiquitous NSA surveillance. charge of building codes, ordered the country’s famous Ice She said, later (reported the Washington Examiner), the Hotel in Jukkasjarvi (built anew annually out of fresh ice man just “looked at me and ran away (empty-handed).” blocks) to install fire alarms. “We were a little surprised (2) A 29-year-old cafeteria worker at Sullivan East High when we found out,” said a spokeswoman (who acknowlSchool in Blountville, Tennessee, swore to police on the edged that the hotel’s mattresses and pillows could catch scene in October that she was not the one who took money fire). from a co-worker’s purse, and she voluntarily stripped to near-nakedness to demonstrate her innocence. “See? I Conscience Cleansing don’t have it,” she said. Moments later, an officer found the Greg Gulbransen of Oyster Bay, New York, announced missing $27 stuffed in the woman’s shoe. in September that he was about to sue the National High***** way Traffic Safety Administration for dragging its feet in Katarzyna Dryden-Chouen and her husband Clive, implementing the Gulbransen-inspired 2007 federal legbusted in a London police raid last year with a marijuana islation that he said would save lives, especially those of grow operation that had netted an estimated (equivalent) toddlers. The unimplemented law would force car manuof $450,000, insisted to a jury in October that their masfacturers to install rear-facing cameras as standard equipsive haul was not for sale but for “personal” use — in that ment, a cause Gulbransen embraced after accidentally, fathey worship the Hindu god Shiva, and truly believed that tally, backing over his own toddler in the family’s BMW the world would end soon and that they needed a sizable SUV. offering to burn. (Actually, the jury bought it. “Distribution” charges were dismissed, but the couple still faces jail Perspective for their cultivation activity.) An exhaustive American Civil Liberties Union report in November showed that more than 3,200 people are

Undignified deaths

[1] Douglas Yim, 33, was convicted in September of murdering a 25-year-old man in Oakland, California, in 2011 after an evening of teasing by the man, who mocked Yim’s certainty about the existence of God. [2] A 27-yearold yoga fanatic in St. Austell, England, drowned in a pit in May during a well-publicized attempt to create an “outof-body experience” to get as close to death as possible but without going over the line.

Least Competent Criminals

Recurring themes: (1) Lawrence Briggs, 18, was arrested in Marshalltown, Iowa, in November after he walked out of a Sports Page store with $153 worth of merchandise he did not pay for. Moments earlier, he had filled out an application to work at Sports Page, and when surveillance cameras exposed him, managers called him in for an “interview,” and police made the arrest. (2) Troy Mitchell, 47, was arrested after allegedly robbing the Valley First Credit Union in Modesto, California, on May 14th. While he was standing at the teller’s window, another employee of Valley First saluted him (“Hi, Troy”) because he remembered Mitchell from April 3rd, when he had applied for a car loan.

A News of the Weird Classic (April 2009)

Australian Marcus Einfeld (a prominent lawyer, federal judge, and Jewish community leader) was once so revered that one organization named him a “living treasure,” but he fell into total disrepute in 2006 by deciding to fight a simple speeding ticket. By March 2009, Einfeld had been sentenced to two years in prison for perjury and obstructing justice for lying in four elaborate detailed schemes to “prove” that he was not driving that day. His original defense (that he had loaned the car to a friend who then passed away) was accepted by the judge, but dogged reporting by Sydney’s Daily Telegraph revealed that Einfeld lied, and lied to cover up each successive lie. Encouraged, reporters went on to uncover Einfeld’s bogus college degrees and awards and a double-billing fraud against the government. (The speeding ticket would have cost about $80.) Thanks this week to the News of the Weird Board of Editorial Advisors. Read more weird news at www.WeirdUniverse.net

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20)

By Rob Brezsny

LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22)

Here’s a tale of three renowned Taurus brainiacs: ImThe Italian painter Tintoretto (1518-1594) was a Libra. manuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, and Bertrand Russell. They He worked with such vigor and passion that he was nickall had IQs over 175 and all made major contributions to named Il Furioso — The Furious. One of his crowning SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) philosophy. Yet all three were physically inept. Kant had achievements was his painting Paradise, which is 74 feet Many farms in California’s Tulare County grow protrouble keeping a sharp point on his writing instrument, long and 30 feet tall — about the size of a tennis court. duce for supermarket chains. Here’s the problem: Those the quill, because he was clumsy using a knife. Mill was It adorns a huge wall in the Doge’s Palace, a landmark in big stores only want fruits and vegetable that look perfect. so undexterous he found it a chore to tie a knot. Russell’s Venice. I propose that Tintoretto serve as one of your inSo if there are brown spots on the apples or if the zucchiphysical prowess was so limited he was incapable of brew- spirational role models in 2014. The coming months will nis grow crooked or if the carrots get too big, they are reing a pot of tea. Chances are that you are neither as bril- be an excellent time for you to work hard at crafting your jected. As a result, 30 percent of the crops go un-harvested. liant nor as uncoordinated as these three men. And yet, own personal version of paradise on earth. You may not be That’s sad because a lot of poor people who live in Tulare like them, there is a disconnect between your mind and so wildly robust to deserve the title “Il Furioso.” But then don’t have enough to eat. Fortunately, some enterprising body — some glitch in the way the two of them communi- again, you might. food activists have begun to work out arrangements with cate with each other. The coming year will be an excellent farmers to collect the wasted produce and distribute it to time to heal the disconnect and fix the glitch. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) the hungry folks. I gather there’s a comparable situation Between 2002 and 2009, Buddhist monk Endo Mitsunain your life, Sagittarius: unplucked resources and ignored GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) ga spent a thousand days meditating as he did a ceremonial treasures. In 2014, I hope you take dramatic action to harA horticultural company in the UK is selling TomTato walk around Mount Hiei in Japan. In 2006, English writer vest and use them. plants to home gardeners. Each bush grows both cherry Dave Cornthwaite took 90 days to skateboard across the tomatoes and white potatoes. The magic was accomplished entire length of Australia, a distance of 3,618 miles. The CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) through handcrafted hybridization, not genetic engineer- first man’s intentions were spiritual, the second man’s adDerrick Brown has a poem entitled “Pussycat Intersteling. I foresee a comparable marvel in your long-term fu- venturous. The coming months will be prime time for you lar Naked Hotrod Mofo Ladybug Lustblaster!” I hope that ture, Gemini. I’m not sure about the exact form it will take. to contemplate both kinds of journeys, Scorpio. The astroat least once in 2014 you will get up the nerve to call someMaybe you will create a product or situation that allows logical omens suggest that you will generate extra good one you love by that name. Even if you can’t quite bring you to satisfy two different needs simultaneously. It’s pos- fortune for yourself by seeking out unfamiliar experiences yourself to utter those actual words, it will be healing for sible you will find a way to express two of your talents in a on the open road. To get yourself in the mood, ruminate you to get to the point where you feel wild enough to say single mode. Or perhaps you will be able to unite two sides on the theme of pilgrimage. them. Here’s what I’m driving at, Capricorn: In the comof you that have previously been unbonded. Congratulaing months, you will be wise to shed any inhibitions that tions in advance! THIS WEEK’S HOMEWORK have interfered with you getting all of the free-flowing inWhat do you want to be when you grow up? timacy you’d love to have. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) Testify at Freewillastrology.com. “To destroy is always the first step in any creation,” said AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) the poet E. E. Cummings. Do you buy that idea, Cance“Artists who are content merely to hone their gifts evenrian? I hope so, because the cosmos has scheduled you tually come to little,” says the Belgian writer Simon Leys. to instigate some major creative action in 2014. In order “The ones who truly leave their mark have the strength and to fulfill that potential, you will have to metaphorically the courage to explore and exploit their shortcomings.” I’d smash, burn, and dissolve any old structures that have like to borrow that wisdom and provide it for you to use in been standing in the way of the future. You will have to 2014, Aquarius. Even if you’re not an artist, you will be able eliminate as many of the “yes, buts” and “I can’ts” and “not to achieve an interesting kind of success if you’re willing to nows” as you possibly can. make use of the raw materials and untapped potential of your so-called flaws and weaknesses. Whatever is unripe LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) in you will be the key to your creativity. When did you first fall from grace? Do you remember? It has happened to most of us. We spend time being priviPISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) leged or cared about or respected, and then, suddenly, we In 2014, you will have the mojo to escape a frustration no longer are. We lose our innocence. Love disappears. that has drained you and pained you for a long time. I Our status as a favorite comes to an end. That’s the bad mean you can end its hold on you for good. The coming news, Leo. The good news is that I think the months ahead months will also provide you with the chance to activate may be time for you to climb back up to one of those high and cultivate a labor of love that will last as long as you live. states of grace that you fell from once upon a time. The While this project may not bloom overnight, it will reveal omens suggest that even now you’re making yourself ready its staying power in dramatic fashion. And you will be able to rise back up — and sooner than you think, there will be to draw on the staunch faith you’ll need to devote yourself an invitation to do so. to it until its full blessings ripen.

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19)

“Life is best organized as a series of daring ventures from a secure base,” wrote psychologist John Bowlby. Some of you Aries enjoy the “daring venture” part of that formula, but neglect the “secure base” aspect. That’s why your daring ventures may on occasion go awry. If you are that type of Ram, the first half of 2014 will be an excellent time to correct your bad habit. Life will be offering you considerable help and inspiration in building a strong foundation. And if you already appreciate how important it is for your pursuit of excitement to be rooted in well-crafted stability, the coming months will be golden.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22)

Leonardo da Vinci created the painting St. Jerome in the Wilderness around 1480. It now hangs in the Pinacoteca Vaticana, a museum in Vatican City. For several centuries, though, the treasured work of art was missing. Legend tells us that in the early 19th century, Napoleon’s uncle found the lower half of the painting in a junk shop in Rome. Years later he stumbled upon the top half in another back alley, where it was being used as a wedge in a shoemaker’s bench. I foresee the possibility of a comparable sequence unfolding for you in 2014, Virgo. You just may manage to restore a lost beauty to its proper place of honor, one step at a time.

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

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V A K B LM F TL .     I KXL B W X G M     V T E O B G     V H H E B W ZX

Hint:  This person was the first vice president to attend cabinet meetings and give speeches around the country. Last week’s answer:  “All must admit that the reception of the teachings of Christ results in the purest patriotism, in the most scrupulous fidelity to public trust, and in the best type of citizenship.”  President Grover Cleveland

crossword NOW ZEE HERE ACROSS 1 Beseech 1 Place 7 Installs in advance, as software 15 Using ink, as a signature 20 Really stuck 21 Its capital is Bogotá 22 Dewy-eyed 23 Plate a World War II battleship with a certain metal? 25 Iron emission 26 Downed 27 Sea dogs 28 Biology subj. 29 Actor Guy 30 Fuzzy image 31 Woman on “Friends” being fervent? 34 Long guns 37 Grassy turf 38 “- that time” 39 “Boy oh boy!” 40 Disquietude 41 Commercial forest area 46 “The Grapes of Wrath” migrants 48 African warrior answering to a captain?

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“Put - Happy Face” Summer, in Montréal NYPD rank Advanced study group Gibson and Brooks “My life - open book” Chew the Notes after dos Dye anew Put lollipops in the microwave? 70 Greek god who’s a physician? 72 Walking so as not to make a peep 73 Hither and 75 Cambodian leader Lon 76 Safecracker 77 Critic Shalit 78 Baltimore ball team 81 Massage response 83 Investment option, for short 85 Investment options, for short 87 Pigskin-passing actor Efron? 91 Juice, as a goose 94 Units of GIs 95 Glowing with light 96 Corp. name ender, often 97 Enthusiast

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Sushi eggs Huge meals Place where injured animals are brought to recuperate? 107 Pre-’91 world power 108 Garments 109 Hit tune by the Kinks 110 Having a tiff 111 Flip - coin 114 Basel’s river 115 Witty remark belted out without instrumental backup? 119 Uses a Nook or a Kindle 120 Gave birth to 121 Trick-taking card game 122 Young’s partner in accounting 123 City near Los Angeles 124 Varieties of trapshooting games DOWN 1 2 3 4

Ms. Minnelli Doing the job Sugar type One side in the Pro Bowl: Abbr. 5 Least large 6 Very tired 7 Toxic chem. pollutants 8 French “king” 9 High trains 10 Willy of “Death of a Salesman” 11 Dweller in Muscat 12 Bric- 13 Decrees 14 Hefty’s Cinch 15 Ripe 16 Birth-related 17 Potato-filled dumpling 18 Bolter before a hurricane, perhaps 19 Archenemies 24 Be off target 29 Rat, to some 30 Cordon 31 Forenoon 32 Playwright Clifford 33 “Invader” on Nickelodeon 34 Regulation 35 Set in motion 36 Boon on “Wheel of Fortune” 37 Plaza figure 42 Weizman of Israel

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American History December 19, 1917: December 20, 1957: December 21, 1945: December 22, 1775: December 23, 1972: December 24, 1972: December 25, 1776:

National Hockey League (NHL) opens its first season; four teams will compete Elvis Presley receives draft notice for U.S. Army; megastar refuses deferment** General George S. Paton dies in freak for car accident; “Old Blood and Guts” was integral to success of Army forces Los Angeles Lakers gain 27th straight victory; new record for longest winning streak in professional sports aided by Wilt Chamberlain, Gail Goodrich and Jerry West Running back Franco Harris makes controversial play in Steelers vs Raiders game; “Immaculate Reception” wins the game Bob Hope gives his last performance to U.S. servicemen in Saigon, Vietnam** General George Washington crosses the Delaware River with 2,400 troops; hopes to surprise Hessian force celebrating Christmas in Trenton, New Jersey

December 20, 1957: Elvis Presley receives draft notice for U.S. Army; megastar refuses deferment On this day in 1957, the “King of Rock and Roll” received a draft notice for the U.S. Army. Elvis Aaron Presley had been a star since his first single release, Heartbreak Hotel. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style made him enormously popular – and controversial. His music style was rockabilly, with an up-tempo, a backbeat-driven fusion of country music and rhythm and blues, with a bit of gospel thrown into the mix. This music crossed color lines at the dawn of the Civil Rights movement. At the peak of his career, Presley received a draft notice for a two-year stint in the Army. He refused deferment. Classified 1A, he was inducted into the U.S. Army at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. Private Presley took his basic training at Fort Hood, then joined Company D, 32nd Tank Battalion, 3rd Armored Division and was sent to Friedberg, Germany. His training included karate, which he would later put into his live performances. He attained the rank of sergeant. Presley was known as someone who wanted to be seen as a competent, ordinary soldier, but he was remembered by fellow military members as generous and genuinely nice. Sergeant Presley was seen as a role model for all young Americans for his decision not to avoid serving and not asking for special privileges. While the draftee served, his manager Colonel Tom Parker scheduled releases of new music Presley had recorded earlier. Between induction and discharge, Elvis had ten Top 40 hits. By the end of his stint in the Army, “Elvis the Pelvis” had become a national icon, and would go on to produce his most successful works. Sergeant Presley, honorably discharged from the Army, was recording within days of his return to civilian life, with a maturity and sophistication not seen before. He became the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music.

December 24, 1972: Bob Hope gives his last performance to U.S. servicemen in Saigon, Vietnam Comedian Bob Hope gave his last Christmas show to U.S. service members in Saigon on this day in 1972. Bob Hope was a comedian and a star of stage, radio, television and film. Aboard the RMS Queen Mary when World War II began in 1939, Hope volunteered to perform a special show for the passengers. He finished the performance with re-written lyrics to “Thanks for the Memory”. It would become his signature signoff. Hope had begun doing USO shows in 1941, and would make a total of 57 tours from WWII through the Persian Gulf War, spending 48 Christmas holidays with the troops. He had a deep respect for the men and women who served, and this was reflected in his willingness to go anywhere in order to entertain them. This show was Hope’s ninth consecutive Christmas appearance in Vietnam. Soon after this tour, he learned that the Vietcong had planned a terrorist attack at his hotel against him and his entire troupe, missing them by a mere ten minutes. It was not the first time such attempts had been made. For his service to his country through the USO, Bob Hope was awarded numerous awards, and his name is on an Air Force C-17, a U.S. Navy vessel, and numerous institutions. The Guinness Book of Records calls him the most honored entertainer ever. But it was the 1997 Act of Congress signed by President Bill Clinton named Hope “The first and only honorary veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces” that meant the most to the former Vaudeville comedian. After receiving this citation, the entertainer replied “I’ve been given many awards in my lifetime, but to be numbered among the men and women I admire most is the greatest honor I have ever received.”

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