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CONTENTS 5 Letters Anchorage Press 540 East 5th Avenue Anchorage AK 99501 (907) 561-7737 Fax: (907) 561-7777
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6 Opinion How much money do we get from off-shore oil? Nada. By Ivan Moore Redistricting re-do. By Mike Dingman 7
News in Brief
Top 10 The best films of 2012. By Bob Grimm
Art Director Diane Karalunas Contributors Rob Brezsny, Mike Dingman, Jeri Kopet, Chuck Legge, Mary Lochner, Bob Grimm, Ted Rall, James ‘Dr. Fermento’ Roberts, Ivan Moore, Shannon Kuhn, Kerry Tasker, Chuck Shepherd, Jamie Smith, Tom Tomorrow Advertising Account Executives Bridget Mackey firstname.lastname@example.org Karen Truitt email@example.com Pete Nolan firstname.lastname@example.org John Zavodnick email@example.com The Anchorage Press in an Anchorage-wide news, features, arts, entertainment, and recreation paper. Established in 1992, the Press is printed weekly on Thursdays and distributed at over 400 locations. Mail subscriptions are available for $42 per year. Copyright: the Anchorage Press is published by Wick Communications Co. With the exception of syndicated features and cartoons, the contents of the Anchorage Press are copyright 2012 by Anchorage Press. No portion may be reproduced in whole or in part by any means including electronic retrieval systems without the express written permission of the publisher.
10 Food Originale will have you saying Buon Appetito. By Shannon Kuhn 11 Brew Review Get your beer belly on at Alaska Beer Week. By Dr. Fermento 17 Art Winners of the 2012 Cell Phone Photo Contest 20 Theater Review Freud amd C.S. Lewis have a tete a tete. By Victoria Barber
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25 Picks of the Week 28 Music Five local albums worth the listen. By Daniella Cortez Ruthie Foster and some Texas ladies are going to bring it. By Jeri Kopet 31 Film Zero Dark Thirty is even better than the Hurt Locker. By Bob Grimm 33 Classifieds
14 Child Services on guard Gun threats raise security concern at state agency
By Scott Christiansen
35 Puzzles 36 News of the Weird By Chuck Shepherd 36 Toons 37 Free Will Astrology By Rob Brezsny
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Everyone’s a critic If the winning selections from the 2012 Black and White Photo Contest are any indication, the only things worth documenting in the state of Alaska are mountains, flowers and people dancing. While I appreciate the beauty of our natural scenery (not to mention a lithe and flexible dancer in motion), it would be nice to see some of the grit and grime of our city streets in the mix as well. The little dramas that play out each day at the Downtown Transit Center alone make great fodder for art. Or what about a snapshot of one of the weathered bar patrons at any number of the saloons and watering holes around the state? They provide an insight into the kind of “Alaskan character” and pioneer spirit that we’re sorta famous for. And I’m sure there’s a prostitute in a parka somewhere that needs her portrait taken. Sure, we’re not known for our compelling architecture or curbside appeal but there are some really beautiful building interiors and historical sites scattered around the state. I enjoyed the winning entries and each photographer was competent at capturing the natural beauty we have here locally, but next year I hope to see a little more personality with the images that are presented. Anchorage alone has more than enough to inspire the artists, and that’s to say nothing of some of our more eccentric rural outposts. -Elijah Cumberbatch, Anchorage
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By Ivan Moore
District boundaries should be by stateâ€™s rules, not the fedâ€™s
K, so we all live in Alaska. Most of us came here from somewhere else. Some of us came here chasing love, some others chasing some nebulous concept of freedom, some more others running away from something we needed to get away from. Did anyone come here because we donâ€™t pay state taxes in Alaska? Or, getting down to the nub of things, did anyone come here because the government cuts us all a check every year for living here? Yes, the Permanent Fund Dividend. Free money. It sure is nice to get every October. A trip to Maui, a down payment on a new snowmachine, all sorts of goodiesâ€Ś yes, it sure is nice to get. And believe me, I am no conscientious objector. I have applied for, received and spent my PFD every year since I got to Alaska in 1988. I am one of you. Money in the Permanent Fund has come, of course, from oil production on the North Slope. The oil companies pump the oil out of the ground and the state gets a cut of that oil production through a severance or production tax. Itâ€™s our oilâ€Ś if the oil companies want it, they give us a cut. The tax, of course, is ACES, the one Sean Parnell and the oil industry are trying to change so that itâ€™ll be a little more conducive to, you knowâ€Ś them paying less. I really wonder sometimes whose side Parnell is on. Anyway, the point is, we all have this ingrained perception of the oil industry being a good thing. Itâ€™s hard not to when revenues from oil reap us untold billions of dollars, money that funds state government, builds our roads and schools, creates jobs and economic activity and, yes, helps pay each of us a nice PFD check every year. Yes, oil is good. But thatâ€™s no excuse for us to take our eye off the ball. I worry sometimes that with the perception of oilâ€™s grand beneficence comes a parallel perception that they can do no wrong. To the point where we do things like vote down Coastal Zone Management, for example. Or support the idea of handing back $2 billion a year to the producers and just trusting them to produce more. Sometimes I think we support all things oil without thinking enough about whatâ€™s best for Alaska. If you ask Alaskans whether they support oil exploration and production on the North Slope, more than 90 percent will say yes. Itâ€™s a pointless question, really. We know which side of the bread has butter on, dang it. Yes we do.
Ask Alaskans whether they support oil exploration and production in ANWR and about 75-80 percent will say yes. Opposition rises a little with the increased environmental concerns, but itâ€™s still pretty overwhelming support. So last year, I asked a question about whether Alaskans support â€œoil and gas development in offshore areas of Alaska.â€? The result came back 69-25. I was surprised that it hadnâ€™t taken much of a tick downward from the ANWR result given the even more significant environmental risks that exist. Onshore is one thing, offshore quite another, right? But obviously, those concerns didnâ€™t seem to impact more than a small additional percentage of people. So I asked the question again this fall, after Shell had already started cocking things up in the Chukchi. Despite their growing PR troubles, the result had improved to 73-22. Yes, inhale the fumes deeply. Oil is good. They can do no wrong. I mean, offshore development has to be good for Alaskans, right? Itâ€™ll mean revenue for state government and more money into the Permanent Fund, right? Well, no, itâ€™ll mean neither of these things, and this is the bit I donâ€™t think many people get. Up on the North Slope, oil gets pumped, we make money. Offshore, the day they find the oil and start pumping it, we will getâ€Ś wait for itâ€Ś diddlysquat. You knew this, right? Yes, as it stands right now, not a drop of money will go into the Permanent Fund from offshore oil development. Nothing. Itâ€™s all going to the oil companies and the federal government. Thatâ€™s not to say we wonâ€™t get some benefit, we will. And I will address those in more detail next week. But for now, we need to insert this and other bits of info into our cost benefit analysis process. As the Kulluk drill rig goes adrift and runs aground in what was really just an itty-bitty winter storm, we need to arm ourselves with the facts and consider whether the risk we are taking on is really worth the reward weâ€™re going to get. Because the risk is clearly very real, and the reward ainâ€™t nearly as big as people assume itâ€™s going to be.
Up on the North Slope, oil gets pumped, we make money. Offshore, the day they find the oil and start pumping it, we will getâ€Ś wait for itâ€Ś diddlysquat.
Ivan Moore is a public opinion pollster who lives in Anchorage and works for a variety of clientsâ€”political, corporate, public sector, or just plain curiousâ€”around Alaska. His opinions are his own and we give him a long leash. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Mike Dingman
idnâ€™t like the outcome of last yearâ€™s state election? Well, it looks like youâ€™re going to get a redo! In golf they call it a mulligan, in pinball it would be a free ball and in state elections it requires a whole new election in 2014. Every 10 years, all across the country, states adjust their legislative maps to account for changes in population. The completed census provides the data necessary to redraw the maps. Ideally this would be a non-political process to create fair, even districts. It should keep neighborhoods together, respect natural and traditional boundaries and evenly split the states into districts. However, because of the way the board is chosen, it becomes entirely political. The process of appointing board members is laid out in Alaska Statutes and the Constitution and is explained on the Alaska Redistricting Boardâ€™s website: â€œThe redistricting board shall consist of five members. Members of the redistricting board shall be appointed in the year in which an official decennial census of the United States is taken and by September 1 of that year. The governor shall appoint two members of the board. The presiding officer of the senate, the presiding officer of the house of representatives, and the chief justice of the supreme court shall each appoint one member of the board.â€? This means that with a Republican governor and legislature, Republicans will have the vast majority of say in what happens on the board (just as the Democrats did in 2000). Unfortunately, the way the political world is, there is probably no system that could really create a non-political process. As Aristotle once so astutely pointed out, we are all political beings. No matter who it was that appointed the board, there would likely be a political agenda at play. Because of this, obviously, the board has rules they have to follow. In this case the most important rule is known as the â€œHickel Process,â€? which was laid out in a 1992 Alaska Supreme Court Case, Hickel v. Southeast Conference. The problem is that the board must also follow a federal law known as the â€œVoter Rights Act,â€? an act that almost everybody agrees conflicts with the Hickel Process. The board is then left with a bit of a quandaryâ€”if it complies with the Voter Rights Act it will violate the state process and if
it complies with the Hickel Process it will violate the Voter Rights Act. The Board drew the new districts in compliance with the Voter Rights Act, which led to the Alaska Supreme Court rejecting the newly drawn legislative map last Friday. It was a 3-2 decision, with the dissenting opinions both agreeing with the majority that the redistricting board should have followed the Hickel Process. So, because of well-meaning government overregulation of a government process, the board will have to redraw legislative maps, once again, and try to somehow comply with the state and federal requirements for a 2014 election that will mirror the 2012 endeavor. (minus the presidential electionâ€”we donâ€™t get a redo on that one) This is a perfect example of federal legislation meeting head on with state legislation that makes people like me pull their hair out. I could write another 700 words explaining how the two processes conflict, but the specific details there distract from the larger pointâ€”the point I try to make in almost all of my discussions of governmentâ€”that the people on the local level know their communities and their needs the best and for that reason most decisions should be made on a level as close to the people as possible. Many refer to this as a stateâ€™s rights argument; I refer to it as a peopleâ€™s rights argument. When you take the authority of local governments away from a higher level of government, you deny the people the ability to govern--you take away their freedom. The redistricting process should be as nonpolitical as possible. The process should lead to a board that creates districts that are fair and evenly populated with easy to understand boundaries. It should lead to House and Senate races that could go either way and decided more by the voters than which prominent politicians were drawn in or out of particular districts. None of that will happen, however, itâ€™s a pipe dream that we can all have. We can also wish for a legislature that deals with only important issues, listens to the needs and desires of the people, acts decisively and heads home, but thatâ€™s never going to happen either. However, what we could realistically expect is a process that takes into account the unique needs and challenges of Alaska written by people in Alaska. This is one of those decision-making processes that should be up to usâ€”in this case we really do know better. In 2014 we should be voting based on Hickel Process maps.
This is a perfect example of federal legislation meeting head on with state legislation that makes people like me pull their hair out.
Mike Dingman was born and raised in Anchorage. He is a former student body president at UAA and has studied, worked and volunteered in Alaska politics since the late 90s. His opinions are his own. He can be reached at michaeldingman@ gmail.com.
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News briefs By Mary Lochner
King salmon disaster relief gets caught in political net Remember how last summer, Alaska’s king fisheries collapsed due to low runs? And then in September, the state got its handydandy bona-fide official fishery disaster declaration from the U.S. Department of Commerce, which is a lot like saying, “Help is maybe kind-of sort-of on the way.” The designation makes those regions impacted by fishery disasters eligible for federal funds. But it takes an act of Congress to allocate the money. And, as of now, waiting for help to arrive to Alaska’s commercial fishing communities is looking more and more like a bit from Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. (Not into Beckett? Here’s a hint: Godot never comes.) An initial version of the Sandy relief bill included money for Alaska’s king fishery disaster areas. But it was not to be. On Jan. 3, the Wall Street Journal, in its eloquently titled op-ed piece, “The Outrageous Sandy Outrage,” accused the fishery disaster section of the bill of being nothing more than a fat portion of pork. And one that was really outrageously outraging. “Look at some of what was in the $60 billion bill,” the WSJ opined. “$150 million for Alaskan fisheries; $2 million for roof repair at the Smithsonian in Washington; and about $17 billion for liberal activists under the guise of ‘community development’ funds and so-called social service grants.” After tossing Alaskan fishing communities in with the likes of liberal activists (slam!), the WSJ tagged the fishery relief funds and all the other outrageous Sandy pork as “a disgrace to the memory of the victims” of Hurricane Sandy. House Speaker John Boehner worked to reformulate the battered bill, splitting it into pieces and dropping the money for Alaska fisheries. The parsed-down bill passed the House, but still, not without some acrimony and opposition. Alaska’s director of state-federal relations, Kip Knudson, told The Washington Examiner’s Byron York that the initial House bill was intended as a more general piece of funding legislation. It was meant to include various types of relief, to which the inclusion of moneys for the collapsed king fisheries was appropriate. He said Alaska’s chances of getting funding now for impacted king fisheries have narrowed. “You tell me how likely, or how quickly, Congress will act on a stand-alone fish disaster bill,” Knudson said. “And now that all of my conservative friends have called out the fish disaster appropriation as ‘pork,’ the prognosis has gotten much worse.”
A humpback whale underwater. Photo courtesy of NOAA
Parnell’s doomsday vaults appear doomed No one, apparently, wants to build Alaska’s apocalypse caches, which were proposed by Governor Sean Parnell in order to stave off mass starvation in case of an interruption to the state’s food supply. The plan to create food stockpiles near Fairbanks and Anchorage, first announced by the state in August, included an ambitious timetable. Construction on one of the monumental public pantries was to begin in fall 2012, with the first batches of emergency food being ferreted away in December. The state’s goal is to provide a week’s worth of food for 40,000 Alaskans to nosh in case of an emergency. But the plan has come to naught. On Jan. 5 the Associated Press reported that the state cancelled its request for proposals to build the project, due to the unfortunate circumstance that there were no takers (not counting a single but inadequate proposal the state received and had to reject). While the world mocks Alaska and its floundering pet Armageddon project, it might be a good time to stick to our guns. No, really. I was just at Fred Meyer the other day, and the workers were all freaking out about how “Our delivery truck rolled over in Canada! And the barge we’d pinned our secondchance hopes on is late!” So they were all buzzing around like bees, rushing to fill the barren shelves with stuff ordered on emergency from back-up suppliers. That’s one truck, folks. Think about it. What if all the delivery trucks headed for Alaska rolled over in Canada at the same time? Then you’d be all, “Oh, please, Mr. Parnell, pick me to be one of the chosen 40,000 who gets to snack on stowed-away Ramen.” It’s time to take this survivalist fervor to high pitch. What the State of Alaska really needs is an underground nuclear-radiation-resistant, bomb-proof panic room outfitted with advanced defense weaponry, and enough food, water and sewage capacity to carry the chosen 40,000 through the whole apocalypse. When we have that, then the world can call us the crazy survivalist state. Until then, it’s time for Alaskans to rally behind Parnell’s stockpiling plan, and get serious about asking the important questions about this vital project. Like, when I become one of the 40,000 chosen ones, and I get to the Alaska apocalypse cache, will they have Twinkies?
Pallets of Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) about to be loaded onto a U.S. Navy ship. The State of Alaska plans to build two food stockpiles, one near Fairbanks and one near Anchorage. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy
with smaller-than-average females. It’s a strategy that probably helps “To run less risk of a big male coming over and beating you up,” according to University of Hawaii at Hilo biologist Adam
Pack. Unfortunately for the Internet, the scientists failed to capture footage of a larger whale beating another whale up.
King relief gets caught in political net
For female humpbacks, size matters In cute anthropomorphized animal science news, researchers have learned that size plays a large role in how humpback whales select their mates. Creepy peeping Tom scientists went underwater and watched humpbacks hit on each other to learn this fascinating tidbit teeming with endless wink-wink, nudge-nudge possibilities: lady humpbacks like a lad who’s extra large (that’s length and girth), and they’ll pick him over a wee whale every time. Meanwhile, smaller male humpbacks tend to try their luck January 10 - January 16, 2013
By Scott Christiansen
This week a federal judge sentenced Francis Schaeffer Cox to 310 months, almost 26 years, in prison. Cox is the self-styled patriot and was once a rising political actor among conservatives in Alaska. His fashion trademark was newsboy cap and, on special occasions, a Kevlar vest. He was convicted of conspiracy to murder, having enlisted members of his group, the Alaska Peacemakers Militia, to stockpile weapons and prepare for the collapse of the government. Cox’s patriots were convicted for hatching a plan to kill judges, cops and border patrol guards—they had been infiltrated by informants handled by the FBI. This week, for the first time since Cox’s arrest in March 2011, defense attorneys produced a psychological analysis to show that Cox has mental health issues. His personality disorders make him “paranoid and delusional” the lawyers said, and the only real surprise was that someone on Cox’s side was saying it out loud. So now we are able to see the quick rise and steep fall of an Alaska politician through a new lens. Cox was effin’ crazy, and Alaska dodged a bullet when Fairbanksans declined to send him to Juneau. Now that Blotter has colored your view, dear reader, here’s a list of notable events in Cox’s life. May 2003—Schaeffer Cox earns high school diploma from a correspondence course, and at 19 years old, enrolls at University of Alaska Fairbanks, his hometown college. He dropped out within months, saying he would start a business. Summer 2008—Cox challenges incumbent State House Representative Mike Kelly for a seat representing Fairbanks-area voters. Kelly survives the challenge in the August Republican primary, but Cox earns 37 percent of the vote and his first taste of the limelight. He volunteers for the Ron Paul presidential campaign, and would later claim to have led Paul’s Alaska volunteers. February 2009—Cox’s first stab at community organizing is the Fairbanksbased “2nd Amendment Task Force” which makes Cox’s name statewide in patriot and tea bagger movements. In 2009, two rallies—at Carlson Center in Fairbanks and at a sports arena in Soldotna—attract about 200 people each. Cox forms the Alaska Peacemakers Militia by the end of the year. June 2009—Video is posted online featuring Schaefer Cox and Alaska Congressman Don Young. Cox appears in an office and lectures about Second Amendment rights and sovereign citizen ideology. The set includes a globe on the desk, a shotgun and a military rifle leaning against the wall, and some legal books. The video cuts to Rep. Young inside a restaurant signing a declaration promoted by 2ATF and written by Cox. The declaration says “certain conditions are clearly defined in the U.S. Constitution” and that citizens have a duty to “alter or abolish” any government that defies those conditions. Two hundred and thirty years of jurisprudence be damned! Summer 2009—Cox attends at least two militia-friendly rallies out of state, the “We The People Continental Congress” and the a “2nd Amendment Celebration.” He is videotaped speechifying and claims his Alaska Peacemakers militia has 3,500 members. He attracts the attention of the FBI. March 2010—Cox accused of weapons misconduct by a state trooper. He was part of a Liberty Bell network, self-styled patriots who monitor police and arrive armed at crime scenes. While a Fairbanks-area home was being searched, Cox arrived and failed to tell a cop he was carrying a concealed weapon. He’s also charged with choking and punching his wife later that month. Summer 2010—The 2nd Amendment pump is fully primed and Republican Joe Miller runs for U.S. Senate with his supporters carrying rifles in small town parades. Miller becomes the first Alaska politician, other than sitting governors, to travel with a security detail. One of Miller’s guards owns a Spenard gun shop, and later turns out to be an FBI informant against Cox. December 2010—Cox, at a hearing in his misdemeanor gun charge, disrupts the proceedings with help from a half-dozen associates. They serve papers from their own “de jure court” meant to restrain an Alaska District Court and halt the prosecution. Cox declares himself “sovereign” and says the state court has no jurisdiction over him.
Dramatic report card for the Arctic in 2012 By Ned Rozell SAN FRANCISCO — Northern sea ice is at its lowest summer coverage since we’ve been able to see it from satellites. Greenland experienced its warmest summer in 170 years. Eight of 10 permafrost-monitoring sites in northern Alaska recorded their highest temperatures; the other two tied record highs. 2012 was a year of “astounding” change for much of the planet north of the Arctic Circle, said four experts at a press conference in San Francisco for a meeting of the American Geophysical Union, a five-day gathering of more than 20,000 scientists that ended Dec. 7, 2012. While Arctic-wide air temperatures during the year were unremarkable, the scientists said, other indicators showed extreme changes in the north, such as a record low Arctic-wide snow cover. Tundra and ocean absorbed more solar energy in 2012 than in recent years. “Snow and ice aren’t just good reflectors, they’re great reflectors,” said Don Perovich of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “And that mirror is breaking.” “By changing global reflectivity, you’re changing the thermostat for the global climate system,” said Martin Jeffries, program officer and Arctic science advisor with the Office of Naval Research (on leave from his position as a sea ice researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute). Northern warming “influences mid-latitude weather and storms,” said Jim Overland of the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, who spoke from the audience during the press conference. “It creates a more wavy jet stream.” “Every year is having different types of extreme weather and climate events,” said NOAA Administrator and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere Jane Lubchenco. She mentioned droughts in the U.S. and Superstorm Sandy as examples, but didn’t relate them to changes in the Arctic. Instead she made a baseball analogy, saying that while it would be inaccurate to say a player hit a particular home run because he was taking steroids, the use of steroids makes hitting a home run more likely. “Storms are taking place today in a climate-changed world,” she said. Jason Box of Ohio State University has studied Greenland for 20 years. In 2012 he observed with the rest of the world the first known time the entire ice sheet—including the highest elevations—got warm enough for ice to melt. “2012 was an astounding year, especially in summer,” he said, adding that the surface of the ice sheet is also getting darker, possibly with soot from tundra wildfires. The researchers also mentioned biological changes in the Arctic, with very low populations of lemmings in Sweden, Finland and Norway, possibly related to a lack of snow that protects it. Years between the population highs and lows of lemmings also seem to be lengthening there. This might be in part responsible for a steep decline in Arctic foxes, of which there may be less than 200 in Sweden, Finland and Norway, compared to more than 15,000 in 1850. With these and other examples, the panel of experts agreed that the Arctic continues to be one of the most rapidly changing regions on Earth. “The Arctic continues to grow warmer at twice the amplitude of lower latitudes,” Jeffries said. “If we’re not already there, we’re surely on the verge of seeing a new Arctic.”
“Snow and ice aren’t just good reflectors, they’re great reflectors,” said Don Perovich of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “And that mirror is breaking.”
- Ned Rozell is a science writer for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute.
The Arctic as a whole had less snowcover in 2012, among other big changes. Photo by Ned Rozell
January 2011—Cox’s group puts Cox on trial at the Denny’s restaurant in Fairbanks. He’s declared innocent of the weapons charges—surprise!—and the group ignores the wife-beating. Cox goes into hiding with his wife and children. February 4-6, 2011—Militia convention in Anchorage! Cox and friends try to buy grenades, according to FBI. February 14, 2011—Warrant issued for Cox from state court. February 19, 2011—Cox, in hiding, is taken from a safe house in Salcha to another in North Pole. He and his wife wear bulletproof vests during the ride. He announces the “241 plan” to his close associates, vowing the group will kill two government officials if one militia member is harmed. March 10, 2011—FBI and troopers raid two homes and arrest Cox and three associates. They also find a cache of weapons in trailer parked on a public lot in Fairbanks. There’s ammo, sniper rifles, a tripod-mounted machine gun, and a grenade launcher. The automatic weapons would be legal, if registered, but were not registered. The launcher is illegal if used for anything other than low-powered rounds meant for hazing wildlife. Compiled from articles written by David Holthouse and Scott Christiansen for the Press and other outlets. Blotter has also co-opted information from various square media sources. We stole outright from the work of Fairbanks Daily News Miner reporter Sam Friedman, because Sam rocks the fact-checking chores.
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The best movies movies of 2012 By Bob Grimm
irst off, I just want to say this about a big 2012 cinematic event: Hell yeah, I’m happy Disney bought Star Wars. I want more Star Wars movies, I love Disney, and I think it’s a good marriage. Give me more Star Wars now, and I don’t care if Goofy, Ariel or Pluto make cameos! Good… I hadn’t gotten a chance to express that to the masses yet. Now, on to the business at hand, the movies of 2012. I liked, even loved, far more movies in the last year than the offerings of 2011. Here are 10 of the best.
1. Les Miserables
I must give top honors to this colossal achievement. The year’s best movie is one of the greatest screen musicals I have ever seen. It captures the grandeur of the Broadway show, and it does something extraordinary in having its performers sing live on set. No lip-synching here. What you are hearing is happening in the moment. Hugh Jackman should get serious consideration for Best Actor this year; everything about his lead performance is astounding. If Anne Hathaway (also terrific as Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises) gets snubbed, Jackman should seek vengeance for her with his Wolverine claws. And be kind to Russell Crowe and his “One majorly cool wolf movie,” The Grey somewhat inferior voice. He gives it his all and creates a sad, lonely Javert that had me feeling sympathy for that character for the first time after seeing many Les Mis incarnations. 7. Ruby Sparks I have seen the movie multiple times already. It gets better with repeated viewings. Anybody who tries to film a musical after this one Zoe Kazan has an interesting heritage. Her grandpa was Elia Kahas their work cut out for them. The bar has been set, and it is way, zan, director of a little film called On the Waterfront. It’s nice to know way up there. she has inherited some of his talent for storytelling. As Ruby, literally a dream girl who enters the life of a confused author (Paul Dano), she 2. The Impossible is a stunner. She also wrote the winning script that results in one of I cried throughout this movie (I cried through a lot of Les Mis too. the more unique and fun film experiences of the year. Actually, I cried through an Audi commercial last week. I’m a goddamn wussy). Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor will destroy you as 8. Seven Psychopaths a real life couple vacationing in Thailand when that awful tsunami Dare I compare thee to Barton Fink, the Coen brothers masterpiece hits. This is a stunning testament to those who lost their lives, and about the rigors of scriptwriting? Colin Farrell stars as a screenwriter those who amazingly survived. trying to put together a story about a bunch of psychopaths, based Watts is my pick for the year’s Best Actress. It’s a mostly physical on people he actually knows. Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken performance, and it’s appropriately devastating. provide supersonic support. Writer-director Martin McDonagh has another great effort on his hands after In Bruges.
3. Zero Dark Thirty
Director Kathryn Bigelow has made two great movies in one. The first part is a great investigative thriller along the lines of All the President’s Men, the second is a nail-biting action thriller as Team Six meets a man named Osama Bin Laden.
4. Moonrise Kingdom
Wes Anderson has still never made a movie I haven’t liked. His magical film about a couple of kids running away and getting struck by lightning on occasion is pure pleasure, and boasts a stellar supporting cast with Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand and Bill Murray.
This movie reminded me a lot of Back to the Future Part II, one of the greatest, most underrated sequels ever made. I loved how that film came up with so many new twists and turns using time travel. I love this movie for much the same reason. Joseph Gordon-Levitt nails it as a younger version of Bruce Willis, who time travels backwards to give his younger self an extremely hard time. Rian Johnson delivered on the promise that was his directorial debut (Brick) and gave us one of the year’s best looking, best acted, best scripted films.
6. Safety Not Guaranteed
Aubrey Plaza stars in the film year’s other great time travel yarn. She’s an investigative reporter checking out an advertisement placed by an allegedly crazy man looking for a time travel partner. When she meets the wannabe time traveler (played wonderfully by Mark Duplass), a great, quirky relationship commences. Jake Johnson delivers a breakthrough performance as Plaza’s boss.
9. Beasts of the Southern Wild
Child actress Quvenzhane Wallis shines in this moving fable about a motherless child living near a levee with her sick father (Dwight Henry). One of the best directorial debuts of the year from Benh Zeitlin.
Le Mis make Bob’s top pick for 2012
10. The Grey
There has been a lot of whining about the end of this movie, and how it didn’t jibe with the marketing campaign. So what? Liam Neeson delivers career best work as a troubled plane crash survivor who tries to protect fellow survivors (including Frank Grillo and Dermot Mulroney, both excellent) from a pack of hungry wolves in a snowy wilderness. One of the more interesting meditations on death and the value of life you are liable to see. Also, one majorly cool wolf movie!
Grimmy awards Best Actors: Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), Liam Neeson (The Grey), Daniel Day Lewis (Lincoln), Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) Best Actresses Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Emmanuelle Luva (Amour), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Smashed) Best Supporting Actors: Sam Rockwell (Seven Psychopaths), Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook), Jake Johnson (Safety Not Guaranteed), Tom Cruise (Rock of Ages), Edward Norton (Moonrise Kingdom) Best Supporting Actresses: Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Emily Blunt (Looper), Shirley MacLaine (Bernie), Frances McDormand (Moonrise Kingdom), Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) Best Actor In a Bad Movie : Daniel Day Lewis (Lincoln) Best Actress In a Bad Movie: Olivia Williams (Hyde Park on Hudson)
Best Director: Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) Single Coolest Thing in a Movie This Year: Hugh Jackman’s singing! Best Documentary: Paul Williams Still Alive Best Animated Movie: ParaNorman Best Movie Title That I Just Made Up: In My Time of Dying, I Worship Hamsters Underrated: John Carter, Hit and Run, Safe House, Wanderlust Most Amazing 2012 Cinematic Factoid: Nicolas Cage was only in two movies (Stolen and Seeking Justice).
PERFORMINGARTS>> STAGE & THEATRE Arctic Siren’s Cabaret — The performance troupe provides a relaxed, convivial atmosphere combined with great live music from local musicians. The next show is will feature Jennifer Brown, Jim Foster, Shelley Wozniak backed by the Kevin Barnett Trio. Also performing on the bill is the John Cook Trio. This show is a benefit for National Alliance on Mental
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Health. One show only on Friday, January 11, doors open at 6:45 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Snow Goose Theatre. Tickets are $15. For more information call 245-7311. (717 Third Ave.) Flutissimo’s Salute to Friedrich Kuhlau — Celebrate the Anchorage flute quartet Flutissimo’s 29th anniversary with a salute to the Danish romantic composer Friedrich Kuhlau. The centerpiece
of the program will be Kuhlau’s epic Grand Quartet in E Minor and a work it inspired, Harvey Sollberger’s Grand Quartet (In memoriam Friedrich Kuhlau). Suggested donations at the door are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors/students. Featuring Flutists Janet Gellert, Laura Koenig, Sharon Nowak, and Margaret Turner. Concert held on Friday, January 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wilda Marston Theatre at the Loussac Library. (3600 Denali St.)
Freud’s Last Session— Freud’s Last Session centers on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud, who invites a young, little-known professor, C.S. Lewis, to his home in London. Lewis, expecting to be called on the carpet for satirizing Freud in a recent book, soon realizes Freud has a much more significant agenda. On the day England enters World War II, Freud and Lewis clash on the existence of God, love, sex and the meaning of
life — only two weeks before Freud chooses to take his own. Showing at Cyrano’s Off Center Playhouse through January 27. Tickets available online at CenterTix.net. (413 D St.)
all kinds of artistic expression. Josh Olsen and the Eternal Cowboys host musical guests. Audience participation encouraged for live art sculpture. Every Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. to close at the Anchor Pub (712 W. Fourth Ave.)
OTHER OPEN ART NIGHT— Abigail Raymundo brings a whole new dimension to “open mic night” with this new, live open art night showcasing
Can’t beat the Originale Deli offers sandwiches and ingredients straight from Italy By Shannon Kuhn
sure hope there is focaccia bread in heaven. Homemade, that is. And baked by Chef Roseli Anzilotti, drizzled with olive oil and topped with sea salt. Luckily for me (and you), there’s a little bit of heaven located in midtown and it is served fresh daily. Originale is a new deli and market that offers real Italian sandwiches, antipastos, coffees, and dried goods. The word deli originates from the French word délica- Zuccotto “Tuscan Cake,” filled with a cream of nuts and chocolate mousse and garnished with apricots. tesse, meaning “delicious things (to eat),” and you won’t be disap- Photo by Shannon Kuhn pointed. Husband and wife team Sergio and Roseli Anzilotti are former owners of Anzilotti’s Tuscan Market in South Anchorage. Although Anzilotti’s continues to be successful, Sergio and Roseli wanted to cuts, but the quality of ingredients transcends the sandwich from expand from selling mostly imported goods to focusing more on “just a sandwich” to “one helluva a sandwich.” Seriously. Maybe it’s the delicatessen side. Born in Brazil with Italian roots, Sergio is still the olive oil drizzled on top of the fresh focaccia, or the salty, spicy deeply connected to Italy. His family travels back to the country ev- aged salami. Or maybe it’s just refreshing to eat something so unasery year to reconnect with their heritage, strengthen relationships, suming that tastes so good. With 14 choices, all slightly different, it’s and see what’s new in the world of Italian food. a tough menu choice but I don’t think you can go wrong. Originale In fact, everything in the store has a connection to Italy. It feels also offers a constantly evolving “Special of the Day,” made in small personal, like you are in the Anzilotti’s own home. The walls are batches, as well as a soup du jour. decorated with photos of the family and there’s a wood stove blazA tasty secret customers might not know is that you can buy fresh ing cheerily from the center of the room. Small tables for two to four homemade pasta at Originale. Great for a dinner date, they always people are sprinkled throughhave six varieties of fresh pasta availOriginale out one side, with counter seatable (and make pizza dough to order). ing available if you want to see I tried their panzerotti with porOpen Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Chef Rosali work her magic. cini mushrooms ($14.48 per pound), Closed Sunday and Monday One entire wall is devoted to which I ate with only with a drizzle 530 East Benson Blvd, Ste 9A shelves of typical Italian goods, of olive oil on top, and potato gnoc907-868-7900 and www.originaleak.com ranging from extra virgin olive chi stuffed with gorgonzola cheese oil and tomato sauce to cookies. ($11.80 per pound). They also have Sergio is committed to findfiocchi pasta purses filled with four ing top-notch suppliers in Italy, cheeses and pear ($15.90 per pound), bringing high quality products and round ravioli stuffed with trufto Alaska. His New Year resofles ($22.50 per pound). Originale The #2 Arrivederci: a cold sandwich with spicy coppa and cheese. Photo by Shannon Kuhn lution is to increase the variety also hosts popular dinners once a and number of products availmonth, serving 30 people a five able in the store and says to course traditional Italian meal. These expect “new products every are a pretty hot item and usually fill month.” up in about a day, but in a couple months Originale will also begin Originale practices the art of real Italian espresso, so don’t go in to offer Italian cooking classes (two hours, $45-60). expecting your Starbucks 20-ounce soy caramel frappuccino. Do Oh, and the dessert. The dessert! Displayed in a glass case, they go expecting a mighty strong and flavorful cup o’ joe. Coffee fiends usually have at least two or three different choices to make your will leap around in caffeinated delight after slurping down a caffe mouth water. I had a slice of the coconut cream pie ($4) as well as con panna (espresso with whipped cream) or cappuccino. One of the Zuccotto “Tuscan Cake” filled with a cream of nuts and chocomy favorite memories of visiting Italy is sitting outside in tiny cafés, late mousse ($5). Not overly heavy or cloying, and without artificial drinking espresso and people watching. It’s fun knowing there’s a sweeteners, each bite was truly enjoyable. place that I can do this in Alaska. So if you’re craving a taste of Italy, head to Midtown and check Originale’s opens at 10 a.m., but the work starts many hours ear- out Originale. Take home some fresh pasta to your family, order an lier, at five in the morning. Everything is homemade by Chef Roseli, antipasto platter for your next work party, or just come and savor a from the bread to the pasta to the desserts. I have been there a few real Italian cappuccino. You will be glad you did. times and am currently in love with their cold sandwiches. The esBuon Appetito! sence of simplicity, they are no more than bread, cheese, and cold
The quality of ingredients transcends an Originale sandwich from “just a sandwich” to “one helluva a sandwich.”
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Alaska Beer Week is here Build your strategy, then take on the brews By James “Dr. Fermento” Roberts
laska’s biggest beer bash is about to begin. Friday, Jan. 11, kicks off Alaska Beer Week, which will run for 10 days through Sunday, Jan. 20. The capstone event is the long-standing Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival (GABBF), Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18-19. There is so much to do that you will need a strategy to ensure you maximize your exposure to the events and do so in a safe and prudent way. Your best source of information about what’s going on where in town during the 10-day beer week is www.akbeerweek.com. Here you’ll find a running list of events that are updated as the gigs are announced. Grab a calendar and do this with a pencil in hand. But keep your pint glass to the wall; not every venue in the state knows about the website and I’ve found out that there are a number of great beer things going on that don’t show up on the site. Just here in Anchorage, over a dozen venues are hosting beerweek events that cater to both the frugal and the extravagant. Planning is key. With multiple events happening on the same days during the week, you’ve got to budget both your financial outlay and your liver. Both food and beer are celebrated together, and expect at least a dozen high-end pairing events to bait your palate. What you’re going to find is that there are a lot of events smashed into the days leading up to the GABBF. In particular, Wednesday, January 16, is a day where you will have to make some critical choices. I’ve fielded complaints. Some of the best opportunities happen that night and beer lovers want to do it all. This isn’t a product of poor planning by our participating distributors, venues or breweries; there’s a reason this happens. Most of the visiting breweries from both in state and the Lower 48 send people up just prior to the fest, and they all want to show off their goods. I’ve long encouraged the industry to spread things out, but it’s a matter of logistics. It costs money to put brewers up in hotels and for them to donate beer, so they get in closer to the Barley Wine Festival and don’t have the luxury of coming up a week in advance to do all things beer in Anchorage. There are a couple of private industry events that always happen on Thursday night before the fest, and although they’re closed to the public, the brewers, dignitaries and those involved in providing good beer don’t want to miss these gigs. This is why you don’t see a lot going on that’s available for public participation on Thursday. Disregard it and instead head out to local pubs and discover all the new fermented goodies that show up at this time every year.
he next step is deciding which, if not all, of the three sessions within the GABBF you want to attend. Each has a slightly different flavor and twist, but understand this: almost every year, all three sessions (one on Friday and two on Saturday) sell out, leaving folks stomping their feet outside the Egan Center waiting for someone to leave so another person can be let in. Don’t find yourself in line—order your tickets early. Go to auroraproductions.net/ beer-barley.html, take a gander at the “General Event Information” tab, decide what you want to attend, then buy your tickets. Also, get over the Ticketmaster surcharge. Using Ticketmaster levels the playing field when it comes to attending the event, letting our outside visitors obtain tickets before they head to Alaska. Before using Ticketmaster, folks would travel from all corners of the globe just to discover that the event was sold out, and joined the foot stompers outside. In my humble, but well-soaked, opinion, even though the Saturday 2-5 p.m. Connoisseur’s Session is more expensive ($50 per ticket versus $40 for the other two sessions) there’s more bang for your buck. This is because each participating brewery has to serve a special beer during this session, and because this is the session at which the winners of the annual barley wine competition are announced.
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Also, you’ll probably find this session to be a little less crowded. Here are some other tips to ensure a good time. First of all, don’t be stupid and think that you can drive home from this gig. With 30 sampling tickets that yield a two-ounce pour and over 300 beers from at least 70 regional breweries to choose from, the opportunity to consume upwards of 60 ounces of high octane brew might be appealing, but it doesn’t mix with a getting behind the wheel. Next, do you and the community a favor by putting something other than beer in your stomach before you hit the fest. Merchants in the downtown corridor will be happier to see you when you’re sober than after the fest, when you’re (potentially) trashed. Filling the stomach with food prior to consuming provides a buffer and slows the absorption of alcohol into the system, taking some of the wallop out of the potential mass consumption. Oh, and drinking plenty of water along the way helps too. Next, before you rush off onto the festival floor with your sampling glass outstretched, looking for the nearest wet spot pouring beer, map out a strategy that ensures you get what you’re really going after. Use the provided festival program for that. For me, I always take that precious few minutes to surf the pages and look for what I’ve never had before or what we can’t get up in Alaska, or
even what we can’t get in Anchorage. You, on the other hand, might be chasing a particular style of beer. For example, my son will take the “damn-the-big-beer-torpedoes-I’m-chasing-IPA” approach to festival floor maneuvering. You figure out what’s best for you, but it’s best to go forward with a plan. Regardless of your approach, if you’re at all interested in any of the local beer (which will be here in bigger force than in any other place at any one time during the year), head there first. This is the most crowded portion of the festival and your chances of getting what you want a bit easier are much better earlier in the fest. Finally, patience is key. This event is the best attended, most crowded beer festival in the state and everyone around you is as excited as you are. And when you leave, it’s not all about you. You’ve had a good time. If you’re decent, then patronize a bar. If you’re not, get a ride home. Don’t give good beer in Alaska a bad name through poor, alcohol-fueled behavior in the streets or at nearby establishments. Have a great time! This only comes once a year. With a little bit of planning, careful body management and tolerance for others, you’ll survive this week and look forward to next year’s event.
Upcoming Beer Events Events sometimes change or pop up at the last minute. Check out www.akbeerweek.com for the late-breaking updates Thursday, Jan. 10 Snow Goose Restaurant Beer Dinner 6 p.m.: $55 pp -------------------Friday, Jan. 11 HooDoo Brewing Company Barley Wine Release 6 p.m.: Pay as you go Midnight Sun Brewing Company Arctic Devil Barley Wine Release 4-8 p.m.: Pay as you go Midnight Sun Brewing Company 3000 Firkin Release 4-8 p.m.: Pay as you go -------------------Saturday, Jan. 12 The Beer Show With Chris and Brock (Radio) 95.5 FM Fox Talk Radio 11 a.m.-noon: Radio’s always free
MSBC-Sullivan’s Steakhouse Beer Dinner Sullivan’s Steakhouse Time/Cost TBD -------------------Monday, Jan. 14 Anchorage Curling Club Brooms and Brews Ice Curling Event 6 p.m.: Details TBD King Street Brewing Company Open House - Holy Water Release 1 p.m. start: Pay as you go -------------------Tuesday, Jan. 15 Arkose Brewery “Peek and a Pint” Brewery Tour 6 p.m.: Pay as you go Locals Pub and Pizzeria (Wasilla) Kenai River Brewing Company Meet the Brewer Event 6-8 p.m.: Pay as you go Firetap Tikahtnu Woodchuck Cider Tasting 6 p.m.-Close: $10 pp
The Better Beer Show With Kathy Phillips (Radio) KFQD 103.7 FM 1-3 p.m.: Radio’s always free
Midnight Sun Brewing Company Loft Tapping of a Firkin of Sloth 5-8 pm: Pay as you go
HooDoo Brewing Company A&K Cupcake and HooDoo Beer Pairing 1-3 p.m.: Pay as you go
Wednesday, Jan. 16
Celestial Meads Mead and Chocolate Pairing 4-8 p.m.: $7 per pairing Midnight Sun Brewing Company 3000 Release 11 a.m.: Pay as you go -------------------Sunday, Jan. 13 Firetap Alehouse (O’Malley) New Year-New Beers Event 5-8 p.m.: $30 pp
Hoo Doo Brewing Company IPA Release and Sausage and Moosetard Pairing 1-3 p.m.: Pay as you go Crush Wine Bistro and Cellar Meet N’ Greet with Ben Love (Gigantic Brewing) 6-8 p.m.: Pay as you go Hula Hands on Fireweed Island Style Chill Session (pairing) 6-9 p.m.: $10 pp Old vs. New Throwdown Kinley’s Restaurant Kenai River Brewing Company vs. Samuel Smiths Time/Date TBD
Subzero Microlounge Annual GABBF Belgian Dinner “Belgian Sour Bretty Beer Dinner” 6 p.m.: Cost: $75 pp Spenard Roadhouse 3 Course Pre Fixe MSBC Beer Dinner 6 p.m.-Close: Price TBD Crush Wine Bistro and Cellar Meet the Brewer: Ben Love – Gigantic Brewing Company 6-8 p.m.: Pay as you go -------------------Thursday, Jan. 17 Snow City Cafe Denali Brewing Company Brunch Tap Root Cafe I’ll Have Another Brown Ale Event 3 p.m.: Pay as you go Alaskan Brewing Company (Juneau) Oak Aged Barley Wine Release 4 p.m.: Pay as you go Her Tern Botique La Bodega Ladies Only Beer Tasting 6-9 p.m.: $50 pp -------------------Friday, Jan. 18 Egan Convention Center Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine Festival 6-10 p.m.: $40 pp -------------------Saturday, Jan. 19 Chez Alaska Cooking School (Juneau) Cooking with Beer Class 4-7 p.m.: Cost TBD
Egan Convention Center Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine Festival 2-5 p.m.: $50 pp (Connoisseur Session) 6-10 p.m.: $40 pp -------------------Sunday, Jan. 20 Spenard Roadhouse GABBF Farewell Brunch 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Pay as you go Rusty’s at Dahlia Street (Palmer) Arkose Brewing’s Beerunch 3 p.m.: $55 pp. --------------------
Ongoing Events Friday-Thursday, Jan. 11-17 St Elias Brewing Company (Soldotna) $5 Goblets of all specialty beers Hours open: Pay as you go Friday-Sunday (10 days), Jan. 11-20 Grape Expectations Buy two bottles of MSBC Vintage Beer, logo pint glass free Hours open: Pay as you go Monday-Saturday, Jan. 14-19 La Bodega Liquor Store Vintage Beer Bust Out (rare vintage beers released for sale) Hours open: Pay as you go Monday-Sunday (nine days), Jan. 14-20 Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse Midnight Sun Brewing Company Nitro Tap Takeover Hours open: Pay as you go
The Beer Show With Chris and Brock (Radio) 95.5 FM Fox Talk Radio 11 a.m.-noon: Radio’s always free The Better Beer Show With Kathy Phillips (Radio) KFQD 103.7 FM 1-3 p.m.: Radio’s always free
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BREAKFAST Alaska Bagel Restaurantâ€“ Full breakfast and lunch menu offering a variety of bagel sandwiches, omelettes, soups and salads. We bake over 25 different varieties of fresh bagels everyday. All natural ingredients with no bleached flour and no trans-fats. Espresso bar and shakes available. Wi-fi hot spot. Dine-in, carry-out or delivery! 113 W. Northern Lights Blvd. #L 276-3900 alaskabagel.com Snow City Cafeâ€“ Vegetarianfriendly offering a full breakfast menu all day, in addition to a variety of fresh baked goodies, gourmet soups, pastas, sandwiches and salads for lunch.1034 W. 4th Ave. and L St., 272-CITY (2489). Open 7 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Leroyâ€™s Family Restaurant. Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Full breakfast served all day. Lunch & Dinner includes sandwiches, hamburgers, steak and daily specials. 2420 C St., Corner of C St. and Fireweed 277-6162.
BURGERS Arctic Roadrunnerâ€“ The Kodiak Islander Burger features all the usual toppings, plus green pepper, bologna, salami, ham, two kinds of cheese and an onion ring. They also have specialty sandwiches, onion rings and thick shakes. 2477 Arctic Blvd., 279-7311, Mon.-Fri., 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; 5300 Old Seward Hwy., 561-1245 Mon.Sat., 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Straight Out Of Phillyâ€“ With more varieties of Philly Steak sandwiches than you can imagine, youâ€™ve gotta have the â€œBossâ€? Philly. Boasting the best chicken wings in town, try their different flavors. Also serving burgers and salads. Delivery available 210 E. Fireweed Lane, 569-1515; straightoutofphilly.com Tommyâ€™s Burger Stop â€“ Perfect burgers with toasted buns, juicy beef, freshly chopped lettuce and tomatoes, and just the right amount of mayo. Or opt for bacon, jalapenos, pepperoncinis, sweet bell peppers, or pepperjack cheese. Other sandwiches include the Hot Wing Philly and Philly Cheese Steak. 1106 W. 29th place, 561-5696. Mon.-Fri., 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. noon-4 p.m.
CAFES, DINERS & DELIS Coffee Landâ€“ Coffee Land is a great place to enjoy freshly baked pastries from scratch and indulging in mouthwatering homemade soups made with the freshest ingredients. Also serving crispy salads, grilled Paniniâ€™s or health wraps, gourmet ciabatta sandwiches. Waffles, crepes, quiche available all day. Full espresso bar. Free Wi-Fi. Sunday special is Russian cuisine at the Spenard location. Enjoy a loose-leaf special blend tea from a real old Russian Samovar to wash down a tasty meal. 4505 Spenard Rd. 2430303 510 L Street 243-0301 www. coffeelandak.com COSMIC CAFĂ‰â€“ Charming neighborhood cafĂŠ serves health oriented
sandwiches, soups, salads and muffins. Smoothies like the Mango Tango or Cosmic Berry are sure to delight or you can make your own. Espresso bar, tea, and Acai berry bowls. 701 W. 36th. Mon-Fri 9a-8p, Sat & Sun 10-6. Dianneâ€™sâ€“ Canâ€™t beat homemade bread, and Dianneâ€™s serves it up thick on sandwiches with soup, salads and lots of low-fat, healthy options. Delivery and business lunch catering available. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-4 p.m. 550 W. 7th Ave., Ste. 110, 279-7243 www.diannesrestaurant.com Middle Way Cafeâ€“ This is the place to go if youâ€™re seeking healthy soup, sandwiches or salads. Swing in to grab a latte and pastry (vegan and â€œalternativeâ€? flavors are available) for the road, or take a seat at one of their bistro-style tables and enjoy a sophisticated sandwich amid their cozy, artsy dĂŠcor. 1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd., 272-6433. Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 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€“ The roadhouse is a restaurant and bar, serving contemporary comfort food in a casual, eclectic setting. They welcome family and friends to a neighborhood gathering place to enjoy amazing food, local beers on draft, flights of small batch bourbons, among other delights! Mon. thru Fri. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat & Sun. 9 a.m.11 p.m., 1049 W. Northern Lights 770-ROAD (7623) Table 6â€“ â€œWhere friends and family meet.â€? Casual comfort food in an upbeat setting. Everything made in-house with a full liquor bar. Mon.Sun. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 3210 Denali St., #8, 562-6000 Terra Bella Bakery CafĂŠâ€“ offers organic, Alaska-roasted coffee by K Bay, as well as organic teas you wonâ€™t find anywhere else. Soups made from scratch, and gourmet sandwiches and salads made to order. Enjoy their upscale atmosphere, complete with gas fireplaces, leather couches, and a rotating art gallery, free wi-fi too. 601 E Dimond Blvd (next to Bed, Bath & Beyond), 562.2259 Breakfasts M-F 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. daily/Lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily/Breakfast Sat & Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 562-2259. Pepperciniâ€™sâ€“ Scrumptious deli poâ€™boys and sandwiches, salads and freshly prepared soups. 3901 Old Seward Hwy., 279-3354.University Center Mall hours.
CHINESE China Lightsâ€“ Alaskaâ€™s #1 Best Buffet. The 2008 Award Winner of the Top 100 Asian Restaurantsâ€™ in the USA. Anchorage location serves award winning buffet 7 days a week: includes all you can eat sushi, salad bar, and dessert bar. Eagle River location serves lunch buffet 7 days a week. Both locations offer full menu ordering. Carry out and delivery service available. Anchorage: (522-5888) 9220 Old Seward Hwy 11a.m.-10 p.m. Eagle River:
(694-8080) 12110 Business Blvd Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri and Sat 11a.m.-10:30 p.m. Fu-Doâ€“ Hello honey! This friendly, authentic-looking Chinese restaurant offers all your favorites in a warm atmosphere. Thereâ€™s beer and wine, and a candy dish too. 2600 E. Tudor Rd., 561-6611. Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.10 p.m.; closed Mon. Pandaâ€“ A huge menu of authentic Mandarin, Cantonese and Szechwan cuisine. Lunch and dinner specials and free delivery. Try one of their fourteen soups or munch on an order of Fried Curry Wings. 605 E. Northern Lights blvd., 272-3308. Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight; Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Imperial Palaceâ€“ Under new ownership. Best Chinese Chef in town. Delicious Chinese cuisine served fresh and fast. Customers say,â€? We have the Best Mongolian Beef in town!â€? Dine in or take out. Delivery available with a $17 minimum order. Phone 274-9167 400 Sitka St. Anchorage, AK 99501 Hours: Mon thru Thu 11 a.m.â€“10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 12 a.m. - 11p.m.; Closed Sundays
COFFEEHOUSES & BAKERIES Indigo Tea Loungeâ€“ 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€“ Famous for their whole grain bread, free slices, enormous cookies, cinnamon rolls, and muffins. Bread varieties change daily and range from Honey Whole Wheat to Wholegrain Rustic to High Five Fiber. Great Harvest Bread Company also offers sandwiches on their fresh bread. Located at 570 E. Benson Blvd 274-3331. Open Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sandwiches available Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Superstar Pastry Designâ€“ Corner of Benson & Minnesota 336-STAR(7827). Fabulous scratchmade designer cakes, pastries and brownies, along with a fantastic cupcake bar. Drive thru espresso window open 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Order early for specialty and wedding cakes.
American favorites. The lunch menu also has a good mix, offering veal and pork meatballs with red cabbage or Copper River king salmon, among others. 701 W. 36th Ave., 561-5367, Mon., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tues.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-midnight. Kincaid GrilLâ€“ Offering dishes such as Kodiak scallops Nicoise, Alaskan seafood cioppino, roasted duck breast and pork chops, steaks and more. Or for a lighter fare, sample the gorgonzola fondue, forest mushroom soup or beet salad. Classic desserts and wines will top things off. 6700 Jewel Lake Rd., 243-0507. Tues.-Sat., 5-10 p.m. Kinleyâ€™s Restaurant and Barâ€“ Casual fine dining at its best! The eclectic lunch and dinner menus are similar, with sandwiches offered mid-day only and entrees scaled up in the evenings. Sample their bacon wrapped dates, calamari steak, lobster ravioli, or almond crusted halibut. Draught beers and great wine. 3230 Seward Hwy, 644-8953. Hours: Dinner Mon-Sat 5-10p, Lunch TuesFri 11:30a-5p. Closed Sun. ORSOâ€“ â€œthe place to beâ€? - Happy Hour daily from 3 PM to 6 PM and 9 PM to close in the bar at ORSO featuring half priced appetizers, beer, wine and outstanding specialty cocktails. Enjoy our new lunch, bar and dinner menus featuring our wonderful flatbreads and a wide selection of â€œfrom our watersâ€?. Donâ€™t forget about our weekend brunch from 11am to 3pm with favorites such as Blueberry Stuffed French Toast or our take on the Classic Eggs Benedict (we use crab cakes instead of English muffins). 222-3232 or orsoalaska.com - Lunch M-F 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM Weekend Brunch 11am - 3 PM - Dinner Sun-Thurs 5 PM - 9:30 PM, Friday & Saturday 5 PM - 11 PM. Sackâ€™s CafĂŠ- Upscale, chic with a sophisticated menu that is sure to delight. Fabulous tomato/gorgonzola cheese soup and mouthwatering gourmet desserts. Perfect for any occasion. 328 G Street 274-4022. Lunch Mon-Thurs 11-2:30p, Dinner Sun - Thurs 5-9:30pm, Fri & Sat 5-10pm, Brunch Sat 11a-3p, Sun 10a-3p. Villa Novaâ€“ A laid-back, high-end, mostly European but specifically Italian restaurant. Very popular and busy, but with solid, friendly service. Pastas, chicken, beef, seafood & vegetarian dishes. Extensive wine list, hand-crafted desserts. 5121 Arctic Blvd., 561-1660. Tues.-Sat., 5-10 p.m.-ish.
Club Parisâ€“ Housed in one of downtownâ€™s oldest buildings, this is old-school fine dining all the way. Try the four-inch-thick filet mignon or the special filet mignon burger for lunch. 417 W. 5th Ave., 277-6332. Mon.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 5-10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 5-11 p.m. Haute Quarter Grillâ€“A dinner menu that features tons of seafood, including Alaska favorites and Ahi tuna, plus other American cuisine. Theyâ€™ve even got some meals especially for the kids that are easy on the wallet. Hours: Dinner, 5-9 p.m. 11221 Old Glenn Hwy., Eagle River 622-4745, www.hautequartergrill. com Jensâ€™ Restaurantâ€“ The everchanging dinner menu features unique soups, salads and appetizers, plus classic Danish dishes and
Little Italyâ€“ Lots of appetizers await you including Calamarakia Sto Tigani (baby squid in olive oil) and shrimp & scallopes with fresh spinach. Palate cleanser-sized salads with homemade dressings the Italian-Greek influence prevades this great restaurant. 2300 E. 88th Ave., 561-0424. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Romanoâ€™sâ€“ Upscale atmosphere with a full Italian menu. Top-notch service, fancy dĂŠcor, and fresh food. 2415 C St., 276-0888. Sun.-Thurs., 4-10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 4-11 p.m.
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Dish Sushi Bar– A contemporary and upbeat spin on the classic sushi bar and Japanese restaurant. Our sushi is served immediately from the sushi bar to ensure quality and freshness. Our menu also presents some of the most creative Asian inspired dishes by the most talented chefs in Alaska. Our sake house menu features infused sake cocktails, imported sakes from Japan, wines, imported and locally brewed beers. Delicious desserts such as Oreo Tempura and Banana Spring Rolls to complete your meal. Great atmosphere for any occasion. Voted best Sushi and Japanese in Press Picks 2009 and ADN “Best of Alaska” Platinum Award for Best Sushi! 639 W. International Airport Rd. (907) 562-1275 www.dishsushibar.com.
Antonios’ Greek Bakery and Café– Located at 3020 Minnesota (in Choi Plaza), Antonios has the best real Greek food in Alaska according to many customers, plus a plethora of just-baked Greek desserts like baklava, galaktoboureko, and various Greek cookies. Fresh bread is served with most entrées, Arni Fricassee (lamb and greens) is a specialty, as is moussaka, spanakopita and kid-friendly pastisio. A full menu of Greek food available. 6461090. M-Sat 11-9, Sun 1-7.
Haru Sushi– A new addition to Anchorage, Haru welcomes you in like an old friend! Sushi made to order in the old Pizza Hut location on Dimond, monthly cash drawing to reward their loyal customers 729 E. Dimond 522-4444 Jimmy’s Sushi– One of Anchorage’s newest, convenient little spots to pick up a roll or stop in for a sitdown dinner. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., noon-11 p.m.; Sun., 1-10 p.m. 301 E. Dimond Blvd., 344-0888 Kansha Japanese Restaurant– Bright, clean and offering all the standard Japanese fare – noodles, mixed grill, tempura, bento, sushi and sashimi. 209 E. Dimond Blvd., 272-8888 Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. & 4-10 p.m. Silk Sushi Bar — A chic restaurant offering a variety of cuisine. Come experience new flavors of Japanese, Korean, Thai, Chinese and Classic American dishes. Silk also offers a variety of wines, beers, ciders and sake to compliment your dish. Come Savor the Flavors at Silk. 907 274 5236 500 E Benson Blvd. Ste 114, www.silkak.com Sushi Garden– Boasting amazing ambiance and a comfortable atmosphere, Sushi Garden offers modern and traditional Asian cuisine, balanced with wine and spirits that defines culinary excellence. Serving Anchorage for over 14 years, our entire restaurant can be reserved to host your next company party or special event. Great place, Awesome food! Open Daily 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. 1120 E. Huffman Rd. (907) 3454686 www.sushigardenak.com Tempura Kitchen- Korean, Japanese and Sushi. They have authentic Korean BBQ tables and many sushi
The Greek Corner– has moved to 201 E. Northern Lights. They still offer a comfortable atmosphere, but now they can accommodate larger groups . Same friendly waiters serving authentic Greek and Italian food, lamb and vegetarian dishes. Beer and wine 276-2820 Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m., Sun 4-10 p.m. www.thegreekcornerak
MEXICAN Carlos Fine Mexican Food– Try authentic Mexican fare in this cozy, warm restaurant with a full bar. Take out is also available. 11401 Old Seward Hwy., 349-4112 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 4-10 p.m. Casa del Sol– Featuring all homemade dishes and sauces made from fresh ingredients inspired by the southwest. Seafood Ceviche and our “wet” burritos piled high with the extras. Carry out available. Girdwood, in the Girdwood Town Square 7830088 Ernesto’s Grill– Lunch and dinner boast homemade recipes from Ernesto like the warm fajita salad or the ranchero plate. Served with pride, this neighborhood diner will delight you. 5121 Arctic Blvd 375-9161 11:00am - till about 9pm, they will serve late if the crowd is there. La Cabana– “BIENVENIDOS” This is your house. In the spirit of hospitality we welcome you to La Cabana, in a atmosphere reflecting all the color of Mexico. Buen Apetito! Hours: Sun., -Thurs., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., noon-11 p.m. 312 E. 4th Ave., 2720135 www.alaskalacabana.com
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Cozy neighborhood atmosphere, Serrano’s offers fresh grilled meats and delicious house entrees that are 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. 640 W. 36th Ave 744-1555.
OTHER ETHNIC El Tango– South American, Latin and Carribean cuisine featuring a wide-ranging, 50-dish menu. Everything from traditional Puerto Rican roasted pork to paellas and salt cod stew, to more beef than you can shake a pig at. There’s also a full bar with an extensive wine list, too. 4300 Old Seward Hwy., Suite D1, 770-2888, Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.2:30, 5-10 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 1-10 p.m. Namaste Shangri-la– 2446 E. Tudor 569-3000. Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5-8:30pm, Fri-Sat 5-9:30p. Healthy meals, large amount of vegan choices. Recipes from Burma, Nepal, India and Tibet. Quick and healthy box lunches for those in a hurry. Yak & Yeti Himalayan Restaurant– 3301 Spenard Rd. Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Thurs-Sat 5pm-8:30pm. 743-8078 Cozy atmosphere featuring dishes from India, Nepal and Tibet. Family owned and operated
PIZZA Coast Pizza and Subs– A Girdwood tradition and tourist favorite, Coast offers freshly made pizza and subs in a little corner of the station at the Alyeska and Seward Highway intersection. Mile 90 Seward Hwy., Girdwood, 783-0122 Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.11 p.m.
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Moose’s Tooth– Get your chipotle steak or ranch chicken pizza to go or enjoy one in the casual dining area. They’ve got your usual toppings too, but these still aren’t your usual pizzas. Top ’em off with the Moose’s Tooth Brewery’s delicious brew. 3300 Old Seward Hwy.
La Mex– One of Anchorage’s favorites, offering consistently good Mexican food with a few originals of their own in an elegant atmosphere. Two locations: 2550 Spenard Rd., 274-7511, 8330 King St., 3446399. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., noon-10:30 p.m. Serrano’s Mexican Grill—
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Child services employees, in the aftermath of gun threats, want security at work
By scott christiansen
wo incidents in the same day—one was an East Anchorage homicide, the other a frightening assault at a Midtown stoplight that may have looked like a carjacking—put the Alaska Office of Children’s Services in Anchorage on edge last month. Both incidents were considered credible threats by management at OCS, and both took place Wednesday, December 12. Both cases, although unrelated, spawned emails from midlevel and top OCS managers advising workers to take precautions. They also triggered meetings among staff, and within days a private security firm was contracted to post guards at the entrance to the OCS offices on Fourth Avenue. That office has not had a security guard in their lobby since 2008, according to OCS director Christy Lawton, but the security presence was something management could do quickly in response to employee’s requests. “Within 48 hours we put in security guards in our main front lobby. So we got a contract in place virtually within a day, so we would have that presence at the front when people are first coming in,” Lawton said. The security contract at the Anchorage office is one of a kind, Lawton told the Press. No other OCS office has guards. That could change in the future. Lawton told OCS staff statewide, in an email December 14, that management would embark on a “top to bottom” study of building security and field safety. The email falls short of promising change, but says managers, “intend to implement strategies to make improvements as warranted in the coming months,” and that OCS would begin with the Anchorage office. Lawton said OCS dropped security guards in Anchorage in 2008, when the office moved to its current location at the McKinley Building Annex on Fourth Avenue. The new office has built-in security, and the decision to forego a guard at the door was part of a cultural shift within the division. Lawton said it was strategy to make the office feel more welcoming. “We were trying to approach people in a far more friendlier, open and less punitive fashion—being less incident driven and focused on who did what to who, and really trying to evaluate the family overall,” Lawton said. This gentler approach was part of a larger philosophical conversation, Lawton said. “And we really hadn’t had, in some time, any tangible real kinds of threats.” The Anchorage OCS lobby has a reception desk behind a thick window that appears bulletproof. It also has colorful, kid-friendly art on the walls and picture books stashed alongside sturdy, waiting room furnishings. Doors that lead further inside the building are locked, so a person must be escorted to their appointment. The feel is not unlike that of visiting a middle school, or the headquarters of large corporation, where the balance between welcoming and security sometimes leads from a comfortable lobby to locked doors and a reminder that all visitors must sign-in. Lawton says all OCS offices, except for in a few small villages, have locked-down lobbies with secure doors. She said Anchorage is the only one with a history of security guards.
he lunch-hour assault on Wednesday, December 12, was conspicuous and brazen, according to a synopsis shared with the Press by Anchorage Police spokeswoman Anita Shell. When a red light stopped traffic at the intersection of 36th Avenue and Lake Otis Parkway, two or three armed men stepped out of a vehicle, described as a blue sedan. One man stayed in the driver’s seat. The others surrounded an SUV that was also stopped at the light, flashing handguns. The woman driving the SUV was an OCS staffer. She was at first unaware of was arrested. That was Friday, December 14, the day a gunman the men outside her car. She was checking her phone when she shot his way through an elementary school in Newtown, Connoticed the distinctive red dot of a laser on her chest. necticut, and killed six adults and 20 children. The woman looked up to see a young black man at her driver’s The tragedy in Connecticut was an emotional experience for side window, pointing a handgun that he held sideways at her many Americans and re-ignited old debates about gun control face. and mental health. Lawton’s boss, Alaska Commissioner of The man apparently did not recognize the driver. Police don’t Health and Human Services Bill Streur, sent his own email that know, (or aren’t telling because their investigation is active) if day, informing all DHHS workers about the state’s employee asthe men shouted to each other or otherwise signaled a retreat, sistance program and its free counseling services. Streur also but they quickly jogged back to their vehicle and drove off into directed workers to online resources—strategies for dealing Anchorage’s urban sprawl. The hooded men left behind a rattled with community-wide trauma, personal security and helping social worker. She had been driving a borrowed vehicle. It may children cope with violence—and asked employees to “keep the have been a look-alike for a coworker’s car. The assault would families of Newtown, Connecticut in our thoughts and prayers” trigger emails inside OCS, marked as high priority, with a photo at the end of his memo. attached of a man who had been threatening another child serLawton’s email that day focused on events in Anchorage. vices worker. “If you see this man around the building, please “This incident raises again the difficulty of the work that we do, call 911 first, then call me,” the email from a mid-level supervi- the tough situations that our families are living in, and the imsor says. portance (of being) vigilant about your own personal safety in That evening, a second threatening situation came to a head, child protection,” she wrote. and ended with a homicide. U.S. Army Soldier David Matthew Lopez, 24, was arrested at his East Side apartment and charged he events in Anchorage last month are uncommon, accordwith murdering his wife, Sara Lopez. Police linked the murder ing to Lawton, but the threats rang with familiarity to one to a newly opened OCS case, saying the state had taken custody local lawyer with a civil suit against OCS. Anchorage attorof the couple’s two-year-old daughter at the hospital on Joint ney Tim Twomey represents Todd and Lisa Carpenter, who lived Base Elmendorf/Richardson. The alleged murderer had phoned in Wasilla when Lisa went to work for OCS in January 2007. By in at least one threat to OCS, demanding his daughter back, and August of 2010, Lisa had left her job because she felt the work environment was unsafe. The Carpenters had become victims police had been looking for him much of the afternoon. Lopez, according to charging documents filed in court, was of harassment and stalking by a man and his girlfriend, who specific about how he would carry out his threat. “He wanted Lisa had come to know through an OCS case. Twomey said Lisa his daughter returned or he would come down to the office and switched jobs and the harassment continued. The Carpenters shoot everyone there with an AK-47,” the charging documents sold their family home near Hatcher Pass, and Todd Carpenter say. An OCS worker reported the threat to police about 7:10 p.m. moved his wife and children twice, the second time out-of-state. “There was no alternative. His wife was in fear for her life. His while police were looking for Lopez. Minutes later, at about 7:30 p.m., Lopez would call 911 and tell the operator he had shot his children were in fear for their lives,” Twomey said, adding that wife, and had done it because his daughter had been taken away. Todd Carpenter still works in Alaska. “They basically put themHe has been indicted for murder and also faces a felony charge selves into a witness protection program.” Twomey, prior to filing the lawsuit, sent a letter to Governor for terroristic threatening. Police who responded to the Lopez home on Oklahoma Street found “many firearms,” the court file Sean Parnell informing the state his clients intended to sue. That says, including a rifle similar to the AK-47 Lopez had described was last February and Twomey says he got no answer. Lawton, in her interview with the Press, said she could not comment on over the phone. Lawton said managers at the Anchorage office handled both the case. According to Twomey’s synopsis in the letter to Parnell, Lisa situations in a professional manner. “We got information to our workers as best as we knew it, as quickly as we could to reassure Carpenter began working at OCS in January 2007 and was people that the staff and the child in question were safe,” she named “employee of the month” in November of that same year. said. She says OCS notifies police agencies when it’s appropriate In 2009 she was promoted to the job of field facilitator for a proand OCS workers are trained to know when an officer should be gram called “Families First” and was working out of the Wasilla office. called upon to escort them into a home. Twomey says the state had good leverage to stop the harassLawton commended her staff in an email two days after Lopez
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ment. One of the Carpenters’ stalkers was a man with a previous felony conviction and multiple arrests for domestic violence. “In my client’s matter, the people doing the stalking were in the control of the state because they were felons on probation and still the state neglected to do anything,” Twomey said. The Carpenters named both the state of Alaska Department of Corrections and Department of Health and Social Services (DHHS) in the lawsuit, which seeks $100,000 or more in damages. Among the Carpenter’s claims is that when Lisa asked an OCS supervisor about obtaining a restraining order against the stalkers, she was advised not do it. The stalker was the father of a child in one of Lisa’s cases. The supervisor, the lawsuit claims, said the protective order would be seen as “retaliation” on the part of an OCS worker. The father, and his girlfriend, accused Lisa of abusing a child while working for OCS. They made specific allegations, with dates and places. One of the days in question was a day when Lisa had an iron-clad alibi. She was under general anesthesia for major surgery at Providence Hospital, the complaint says. “Despite this, DHSS required plaintiff to prove she did not assault [the child],” the complaint says. The Carpenters claim the stalking and harassment continued after Lisa Carpenter left OCS and went to work for United Way of Mat-Su. She left that job after only 60 days because her family was under duress, according to Twomey. The harassment included filing false reports against Lisa to police, in court and to OCS itself, the lawsuit claims. It also included threatening emails and postings on Facebook and MySpace, including postings in which photos of the Carpenters children were shared. The stalkers listed Carpenter family phone numbers in online ads for prostitution, and listed their home address in ads for moving sales at which people were invited to show up and look over the property. After one ad, Twomey wrote to Governor Parnell, “(Lisa) Carpenter had so many strangers come to her house that night she was forced to change her telephone number and to stand on the deck of her home with a gun to protect her family.” The lawsuit is still in pretrial. Attorneys are sparring to figure out which of the Carpenter’s claims will be heard. A ruling by Anchorage Superior Court Judge Patrick MacKay granted the state limited immunity, but kept some parts of the lawsuit alive. Governor Parnell can’t be held personally responsible, McKay ruled, but claims against the Department of Corrections—be-
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cause the felon accused of stalking was on parole—were not dismissed. Under McKay’s ruling the Carpenters would not be allowed to collect punitive damages against the state, but actual damages are still in play. (The case is no longer in McKay’s courtroom, having been reassigned in December to Superior Court Judge Erin Marston.) “The other thing the state says is, ‘Wait a minute—Lisa wasn’t being harassed while at work,’” Twomey said. “I think that argument is nonsense. She came into contact with these folks directly because of her job. Whether the harassment is by phone or by email or takes place at her office does not matter.”
awton, the OCS director, would not talk about the Carpenter’s lawsuit, but said her staff is trained to advise managers and law enforcement if they receive credible threats. She said managers also receive automatic emails from the in-house computer system whenever a case file is flagged with an unusual or dangerous incident. She could not say how many credible threats were received at OCS for any specific time period “We can’t quite extract, specifically, how many times workers are threatened,” Lawton said. “I don’t know that workers are capturing all of that because in the heat of the moment, obviously, at times when we are removing children from their parents, people make a lot angry and somewhat threatening remarks that are made out of pain and grief and emotion. And that’s something
that we expect.” She said OCS workers are trained to work with families in a non-threatening manner and to know when a police officer may be needed. Lawton is a 15-year veteran of the Office of Child Services in Alaska, and has knocked on those doors herself. She said staff members are trained to know the background of the entire family before they leave the office. Background from agencies such as law enforcement, the courts and juvenile justice authorities is readily available to OCS staff. “We have occasionally gotten restraining orders if necessary, if it comes down to someone doing behaviors that are like stalking and threatening an individual. Those are probably more rare, but we’d take those measures if necessary,” Lawton said. Lawton considers child services workers to be a part of public safety. They are frontline investigators for reports of child abuse and neglect. One suggestion Lawton has heard from employees in recent meetings is that Alaska change its assault law to increase penalties if an assault is perpetrated on child services worker. That’s the case in some states, and it is the case in Alaska for police officers and educators. Lawton said she’s only just begun to research those laws and is not sure they deter assaults. “On those rare occasions when something happens, the accountability would be there and hopefully that would increase some public awareness for those people who might be pondering, but really I don’t think it would be a deterrent,” she said, adding she wouldn’t oppose such a change. Security in the field, Lawton said, “comes down to the individual worker” and it can never be as safe as security inside the OCS offices. Lawton says not enough Alaskans understand that OCS workers are public safety workers, the way she sees their work. “We are not in the public safety category, in terms of how that is set up in the state of Alaska, and I think unfortunately the community at-large doesn’t think about child abuse, doesn’t want to think about child abuse, and obviously our agency has struggled with credibility,” she said. “But our workers are putting themselves in possible harms way every day. They go into same homes and interact with the same people that law enforcement would say they would never go into without their weapons readily at hand. And they’re doing so, really, because of their commitment to serve families. Otherwise, not too many people would be knocking on the doors that we go knocking on.”
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Cell Phone Photo Contest The Cell Phone Photo Contest was an idea we had while preparing for our (nearly) annual Black and White Photo Contest. We all take cell phone photos, after all, perhaps there might be some interesting art amongst those. The rules were pretty simple: email up to two shots taken on a phone. Judging was by popular vote, conducted via our Facebook page and the number of “likes” each image received.
1. Charles J. Tice
Fortune magazine reported in September 2012 that “10% of all photos ever taken were shot in 2011.” If that truly is the case, we shouldn’t have been surprised by the quality of work we received. Although they were shot with phones instead of expensive cameras, the images are vibrant, well-composed snap shots of everyday life. Most people keep their cell phones with them all the times, and the photos we received have the refreshingly spontaneous feel of someone capturing a moment without too much foreplanning or fanfare. All the top choices depict the environment of the photographer in some way (whether at home or abroad), from first place winner Charles J. Tices’ birds taking flight to Nicholas Bradfords’ simple photograph of urban renewal. Although we can’t print all the submissions, we’ve included a few of the top-scoring images for you to enjoy.
4. Nicholas Bradford
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What you talking about, Lewis? Freud’s Last Session imagines a clash of intellectual titans By Victoria Barber hat people say is less important than what they cannot,” a dying Sigmund Freud remarks to the young author C.S. Lewis in Cyrano’s production Freud’s Last Session. It’s an observation that turns out to be somewhat ironic, given that the play does its best to say as much as it possibly can about the existence of God, the morality of suicide, war, sex, rationality, the trench warfare experience and the meaning of life—and many, many other matters—in its 90-minute run time. Mark St. Germain’s play, directed in Anchorage by Krista Schwarting, is a fictitious encounter between Freud and Lewis in the fall of 1939, the day England entered into World War II and just weeks before Freud committed suicide. Lewis (imagined here nearly a decade before he’d penned The Chronicles of Narnia) is invited to the study of Freud, who has fled to England following the annexation of Austria by the Nazis. The study here is warmly realized by set-designer Brian Saylor, right down to the (in this case, green brocade covered) therapy couch. This is where all the action of the play takes place—Lewis (played by Kevin Bennett) assumes that Freud (played by Dick Reichmann) is going to call him out for satirizing him in a recent book. Instead, they have a discussion about, well, as much as possible. Freud’s Last Session isn’t so much a drama but a dramatization of these intellectual giants’ philosophical perspectives and major biographical points. Freud is a scientist and an atheist who believes that religion is a myth that stymies human progress. Lewis is a Christian and is convinced that rationality and faith can coexist. Their disagreement about the existence of God is a thread of dispute running through all the topics they discuss, from Freud’s penchant for C.S. Lewis (Kevin Bennett) is comforted by Sigmund Freud (Dick Reichman) in the Cyrano’s production of Freud’s Last Session. collecting ancient artifacts to Lewis’s relationship with his father. Photo by WenYin Metcalf Over the course of their meeting it becomes clear both men have something profoundly personal at stake in the argument—Lewis is ample, this play is for you. remove the device from his decaying maw. clinging to an idea of a God that ultimately assures joy and harmony Reichman and Bennett do their best to elevate their characters While these moments take a small amount of time they are critiin life, even amidst horrors such as those he experienced first-hand from being mere talking heads, and are both somewhat successful cal to the purpose of the play. Discussing ideas of God, sex and other in the trenches of World War I. Freud believes only in what can be (an added challenge, met with varying success, was for the actors big questions are not just fun distractions for highfalutin intellectulogically explained and proven—he sees religion as a smokescreen to keep up their German and British accents through all the wordy als. They are part of our quest to confront the parts of human expeused by men to justify acts such as the persecution of the Jews, debates). Reichman makes out a little better as the cantankerous Dr. rience that are chaotic, disturbing, and full of pain—and perhaps which had forced him and his family to flee Austria. Freud, but then again, Freud is really the more compelling character. leave the world better for it. That is as relevant today as it was in 1939. The play is drawn from a book called The Question of God, written (Freud observes at one point that the poet John Milton gave the best by Harvard professor Armand M. Nicholi Jr., who taught a course lines of Paradise Lost to the devil. So too did St. Germain give the comparing the worldviews of Freud and Lewis. That academic tone meaty parts of the dialogue to Freud—it’s hard not to root for the carries over into the play, where there are many prolonged, exposi- atheistic grump). Freud’s Last Session tory speeches disguised as dialogue—watching the play is more like There are also some moments that bring down the relentless Playing now through Jan. 27 watching professors lecturing each other than witnessing a natural headiness of the dialogue. The play is punctuated with wartime Thursday-Saturday, 7 p.m. conversation. radio broadcasts, featuring the recorded voices of Prime Minister Sunday at 3 p.m. Which is not to say the play isn’t engaging. The two characters Neville Chamberlain and King George VI. A bomb siren makes At the Cyrano’s Off Center Playhouse (413 D Street) tackle some of the biggest questions human beings have come up Lewis recall the experience of seeing his friend literally blown to Advance tickets $18.50 ($16.50 for seniors, students and military) with—questions that have their own drama—and Freud and Lewis pieces before him (and onto him) in WWI. Freud has advanced canAvailable at Centertix.net pose an interesting contrast to each other. If you’re the kind of per- cer in his mouth and speaks of suicide. To help him speak normally, son who enjoys getting into prolonged, intense discussions at local Freud wears a painful prosthesis and, in the most dramatic and For more info, see www.cyranos.org bars over whether morality can exist in the absence of God, for ex- powerful moment between the two men, Lewis must help Freud
ARTSLISTING>> DOWNTOWN EVENTS ALASKA HUMANITIES FORUM — Presents “Taking a Walk,” new photographs by Brian and Ash Adams. (161 E. First Ave. Door 15) ALASKA NATIVE ARTS FOUNDATION—Presents “New Skin,” an exhibit and reception featuring works by Alaska Native artists: Shyanne Beatty (Athabascan), Phillip John Charette (Yup’ik), Ken Lisbourne (Inupiat), Holly Nordlum (Inupiat) and youth from the Alaska Native Heritage Center’s High School Program. The artists participated in an advanced-level workshop with renowned Athabascan/Inupiat artist Sonya Kelliher Combs in a synthetic skin-painting workshop — inspired by their ancestors and cultural traditions. (500 W. 6th Ave.) THE ANCHOR PUB — Presents artist Rebecca Renae. (712 W 4th Ave.)
ARCTIC ROSE GALLERY AND ART CENTER — Presents “Winter Sports Art Show.” (423 W. 5th Ave.) ARTIQUE LTD.— Presents new works in oil by Steven Gordon and fused and slumped glass by Fairbanks artist Judy Warwick. (314 G St.) CAKE STUDIO — presents painter Sharen Harris, who works “en plein air.” This technique of painting outdoors gives her work a spontaneous, impressionistic feel. Sharen says that her paintings speak to her with creative ideas and she invites you to view her works and learn about her process. (608 W. 4th Ave. Ste. 102) INDIGO TEA LOUNGE — The Anchorage Press presents black and white photographs from the finalists of the 2012 Black and White Photography Contest. Artists include Ellen Davis, Nicholas Bradford, Jeanne Garritson, Craig
Updegrove and Denny Patella and more. (221 E. Fifth Ave.) INTERNATIONAL GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART— Presents the Annual Member Artist Exhibition. Artist members of the International Gallery of Contemporary Art feature works in this annual exhibition to kick off the new year. Guest Room: Christy Haughey, “Starting Again,” paintings and sculptures that integrate biological themes. (427 D St.) OCTOPUS INK —Presents “Cajon Exhibition.” Featuring Lefty’s Cajon by Tim Harron and J.J. Tranquilla. (410 G St.) SEVIGNY STUDIOS— Presents freelance photographer Kelly Gray. Kelly specializes in Alaska scenes and the people who play in them. (608 W. 4th Ave. Suite 101) SNOW CITY CAFÉ— Presents “Finding Balance,” featuring the mixed media art of Cecilia Blignaut
as she explores creative art symbolizing life’s intensity and the passion we bring to it. (1034 W. 4th Ave.) SNOW GOOSE RESTAURANT — Presents a showing of oil paintings by local artist Cedar Leidigh. Paintings feature Alaskan animals and locations, often inspired by Greek and Nordic mythology. (717 W. Third Ave.)
AROUND TOWN AFTERSHOCK ESPRESSO — Presents watercolors by Joni Tanner. (1510 W. 32nd Ave.) ALASKA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY GALLERIES— In the Peterson Gallery: “The Art of Fire.” Alaskan artists Sarah Degennaro, Jessie Hedden, Erinn Kathryn, Jennifer Moss, Amanda Ellis, Yasunari Izaki, Hanna Stevenson and Ree Nancarro embrace the inspiration of fire, facilitating a sense of place and the functionality of fire in the boreal ecosystems of Alaska. In the
ConocoPhillips Gallery: “Responding to Place and One Another” features the work of a loosely knit group of Nome artists working primarily within the western tradition, who encourage a caring and communal sharing of techniques, materials and thoughtful critiques. The results are as varied as the personalities of the artists, but a common thread woven through their work is the influence of the land and life of Alaska’s Northwest Coast. (4101 University Dr.) ALASKA DENALI WINERY — Presents photographer Brendan Smith and his show, “Timing,” which includes coastal Alaska photographs using specialized long-exposure techniques. (1301 E. Dowling Rd.)
MIDNIGHT SUN BREWING CO. — Scott Clendaniel presents a new series of beer paintings titled “Homage to Homebrew.” (8111 Dimond Hook Rd.) Modern Dwellers — Presents an artistic exposition by Scott Elyard and Raven Amos. (751 E 36th Ave.) TAPROOT CAFÉ — Presents Sioux Blackledge, a free-spirited Alaska artist. She has been painting intensely for the past seven years. Her paintings embrace evolving styles, from surrealism to contemporary. Her latest style features deep abstract works sparked with color and movement. (3300 Spenard Rd.)
MIDDLE WAY CAFÉ— Presents “Moving Parts,” a group exhibition by Katie Alley, Anda Saylor, and Branidlyn Summer. Exhibit runs through February 5 (1300 W. Northern Lights Blvd.)
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Right there in black and white We recently held our 2012 Black and White Photo Contest, and while we got a lot of impressive work we only had room to print the first, second and third place winners, and a couple of the runners up. That seemed like a shame and a waste to us, so here we present a few more of the finalists. You can see all the photographs displayed at our show at the Indigo Tea Lounge in downtown Anchorage, on view through the third week of the month. - Victoria Barber, editor
Moon Snail Medley Terry Smith
Intimate Dream Matt Tucker
Kylie Krista Buller
Summer Storm, Alaska Range Denny Patella
SPORTS&RECLISTING>> Jr. Naturalist Program: SNOW SHELTERS —Volunteer Michael “Gus” Gustafson knows how to stay warm when left out in the cold! He’ll teach the class how to build a “Quinzee” snow shelter if there’s enough snow. Dress for outdoor fun if temperatures are above 0 degrees F. Limited to the first 12 children (ages 6 and up) who register by calling 694-2108. Free program; $5 parking for nonmembers. Saturday, January 12, at 2 p.m. at the Eagle River Nature Center. (32750 Eagle River Rd., Eagle River) ANWR: SEEKING REFUGE — Join the Nature Center in exploring and understanding the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Outdoor enthusiast and ecologist Wendy Loya will share pictures and stories from several trips across the Refuge by foot and pack-raft. Bring your stories of this great wilderness to share. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. Sunday, January 13, at 2 p.m. at the Eagle River Nature Center. (32750 Eagle River Rd., Eagle River) Cross country skiing basics — Free your heel and your mind will follow. Join REI as they share information and tips for getting into cross-country skiing. The class will discuss the fundamental differences between backcountry, telemarking, and touring ski styles. In addition, they will cover proper clothing and information on where and how to get started in the fun
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winter activity. Class begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, in the Anchorage R.E.I store. (1200 Northern Lights Blvd.) Team in training info — Since 1988, TNT has trained over half a million walkers, runners, cyclists, triathletes and hikers to complete endurance events. These participants have raised over $1.2 billion to help find a cure. Come to REI to meet the coaches and learn about TNT. Experience the power of training with the team for yourself. Class begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15 in the Anchorage R.E.I store. (1200 Northern Lights Blvd.) Snowshoeing basics for women — Are you looking for a fun winter sport? Join the experienced REI staff for a class on the basics of snowshoeing. They will focus on the appropriate selection of gear as well as the basics on what you need and where to go to get started. If you ever thought about getting into snowshoeing, this is a great introduction to the sport! Class begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, in the Anchorage R.E.I store. (1200 Northern Lights Blvd.) Woman’s lacrosse clinic and scrimmage — Clinic and scrimmage is for women in high school and older. Learn the fundamentals of the game through drills, instruction and scrimmage. No experience required and there will be limited equipment available to borrow. $15 fee to participate. Visit www.site.
anchoragelacrosse.com for more information. Event begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, at the AT&T Sports Pavillion. (11111 O’Malley Centre Dr.) Bird TLC’s Save the Eagles Day — Join Bird TLC to celebrate all things eagle. Take a behind-thescenes tour of the Bird TLC clinic, meet some of Bird TLC’s education eagles and enjoy family-friendly crafts and snacks. This is a free event beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, at Bird TLC. (6132 Nielson Way)
ONGOING Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking — Alaska Outdoors hosts year-round outing events every Monday and Thursday throughout the Anchorage area. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Thursday outings are more challenging. Meeting location changes every week. Please check location often. Check locations online at www. alaska-outdoors.org McGinley’s 5K Pub Run — Held every Tuesday. Register for free at Skinny Raven starting at 5:15 p.m. First group begins at 5:30 p.m. and the second group begins at 6 p.m., ending the run at McGinley’s Pub. Many prizes to give away with a different vendor each week. Hapkido/TaeKwonDo — Learn to defend against attack using
methods of combat Hapkido and TaeKwonDo. An emphasis is on continuing martial arts education and self defense. Classes designed for the new and continuing martial arts student wanting to improve self-defense skill. Seven-week sessions through November 1. Classes are held Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Fairview Recreation Center (1121 E. 10th Ave.) Mindfulness Yoga — This Mindfulness Yoga class merges Buddhist Mindfulness meditation with classical yoga postures into a single practice of ‘meditation in motion’, that enlivens the body, liberates the spirit, and awakens compassion, equanimity and joy. During this 90-120 minutes class we will practice simple yoga postures with an emphasis that is less on the performance or form of the asanas and more on the exploration of sense-experience and its contents, quality and activity. Learn to observe the impermanent nature of sensations, emotions and mental states, which allows you to let go of unhealthy habit patterns of reactivity and guides you to the realization that freedom, clarity and happiness ultimately rest within ourselves. Suggested donation is $10.00 per person. Every Sunday from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Snow Buddha Yoga (13910 Venus Way) Moving from Surviving to Thriving: Yoga practice for cancer survivors — Yoga Practice is a life style intervention. Yoga can teach us self empowering ways
to meet and live with the cancer reality; help us release tension so our bodies really “feel”, when we are stressed we can make decisions about our activities and our attitudes that can change our relationship to our cancer experience. Saturdays 11 a.m. at the Alaska Club East (5201 E. Tudor Rd.) Water Aerobics Class — Community water aerobics class with certified instructors in salt water pool every Monday, Wednesday, Friday all year round. 10-class punch card $45 or $5 for a single class. Class from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the APU Moseley Sports Center (4101 University Dr) Fencing Classes— Did you see fencing during the Olympics? Fencing Center of Alaska has a class for you. Learn how to move and think like a fencer and see how those skills apply through out your life. You will learn history, technique and strategy with an Olympic fencer. Join a class today. Classes are available for fencers age 6 years old and up (we really mean “and up”). If you think you are out of shape or too old, think again. Fencing is a life long sport you can start at any age. Phone: (907) 771-5963. Fencing Center of Alaska (2603 Barrow St.) Kripalu Yoga — Kripalu Yoga, for beginning to intermediate levels of practice, is a meditative style of yoga which includes classical postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and relaxation to open
the heart and promote harmony, strength and flexibility in body, mind, and spirit. Bring two blankets and wear loose, comfortable clothing. Tuesdays through October, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the Fairview Recreation Center (1121 E. 10th) Moving Meditation— Experience QiGong, Meditation & Tai Chi for health, healing and spiritual wellness. Beginners welcome. Saturdays and Sundays 9-10 a.m. More info at www.touchoftao.com. Oriental Healing Arts Center (2636 Spenard Rd.) OFF THE CHAIN OPEN SHOP HOURS— Open shop hours at Off the Chain bike collective are every week on Sundays and Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. Come into the shop to work on your bike, learn about how to work on their bike, donate bikes/bike parts, and get involved with volunteering at OTC. Off The Chain Bike Collective (814 W Northern Lights Blvd.) Taichi for Seniors— Improves lower body and leg strength, helps with arthritis, dementia and senility, Improves balance, stability, and flexibility, Relieves physical effects of stress, Promotes a good nights rest, Low impact— minimal pressure on bones and joints. No experience needed, may start any time, beginners welcome. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Oriental Healing Arts Center (2636 Spenard Rd.) More information at www.touchoftao.com
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