Alaskan to represent 49th State on 'Top Chef'

Alaskan to represent 49th State on 'Top Chef'

For the very first time, an Alaskan chef will represent the 49th State on the upcoming season of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef”, which is set to premiere later this year.

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Anchorage salon finds new use for human hair

Anchorage salon finds new use for human hair

Turning human hair into something humanitarian -- that's the goal at an Anchorage hair salon that's now part of an international recycling program.

Liz Raines
Hugh Hefner to be buried next to Marilyn Monroe

Hugh Hefner to be buried next to Marilyn Monroe

Hefner famously bought the crypt adjacent to the "Some Like It Hot" star 25 years ago for $75,000.

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Apple iPhone 8, iPhone X, Watch unveiled: As it happened

Apple iPhone 8, iPhone X, Watch unveiled: As it happened

Tech giant unveils three new iPhones, a new Apple Watch and Apple TV updates

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Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington weigh in on 'Game of Thrones' season finale

Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington weigh in on 'Game of Thrones' season finale

Game of Thrones stars Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington open up about the big finale twist.

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"Game of Thrones" breaks record with season finale

"Game of Thrones" breaks record with season finale

Nielsen says an all-time high of 12.1 million viewers were tuned in to the wildly popular fantasy drama.

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The Hungry Chum: An eater’s guide to the Alaska State Fair

The Hungry Chum: An eater’s guide to the Alaska State Fair

The fair’s website has a list of all the food booths, arranged by trail, so you can navigate your gastronomical adventure. Working from recommendations from longtime fairgoers and following my nose, here are some of my favorites from this year.

The Hungry Chum: A definitive guide to Anchorage doughnuts

The Hungry Chum: A definitive guide to Anchorage doughnuts

If you ask my family, I’ve never been too shy to say what needs to be said. I won’t sugarcoat it — I have found the best doughnuts in Anchorage. As I write, there is sugar coursing through my veins. Some people talk about being able to feel adrenaline move through your body, but I […]
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The Hungry Chum: Kava’s is more than pancakes, it’s aloha

The Hungry Chum: Kava’s is more than pancakes, it’s aloha

The red vinyl covering the seat of the booth groaned as I reached for my yellow mug of diner coffee. Suddenly, my weekend morning (OK, early afternoon) was interrupted by a wave of recollection: driving in a white Jeep on a road that hugged the ocean, windows down and music up. Much to the dismay […]
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The Hungry Chum: Fresh new flavors meet old school soul at City Diner

The Hungry Chum: Fresh new flavors meet old school soul at City Diner

A three-part harmony, a good burger and a cold milkshake are part of what made America great. Not so common anymore, diners call us back to a time of bobby socks, a good jukebox and leather-topped stools where one could belly up for some grub. My grandfather used to tell me that as a bachelor, […]
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The Hungry Chum: Savor Homer in the shoulder season

The Hungry Chum: Savor Homer in the shoulder season

Fall in Alaska is on its way out. Kids are back in school and tourists have (mostly) gone home. The short, fall shoulder season is the perfect time for Alaskans to explore the state, especially a place like Homer. In June, while the beaches and boardwalks were full of tourists wearing the classic sandals-and-tube-sock combo with […]
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The Hungry Chum: Gallo’s, a tale of two cantinas

The Hungry Chum: Gallo’s, a tale of two cantinas

There are various divides among people: Democrats versus Republicans, cat people versus dog people, early risers versus night owls. In Anchorage, there’s another set: Old Seward Gallo’s versus Arctic Gallo’s. Gallo’s Mexican Restaurants and Cantinas have been operating in Anchorage since 1981, according to their website, when the restaurant was founded by Abraham Gallo. Since […]
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The Hungry Chum: Thai food truck brings city flavors to Girdwood

The Hungry Chum: Thai food truck brings city flavors to Girdwood

It was like a treasure hunt, with hand-drawn signs every few blocks that eventually led us between two buildings, past a rhubarb bush and a large, lazy husky. Then we found it — in a little courtyard sat the small pink and blue trailer. Known as Cheech & Nong’s Aroy-D Thai food truck, or any […]
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The Hungry Chum: How one man creates a world inside a Greek cafe

The Hungry Chum: How one man creates a world inside a Greek cafe

Sometimes a place isn’t so much about geography or what’s inside. Its significance lies in the people who are there. On one of the first warm days this spring, Blue Eyes and I rode our bikes in search of adventure and something yummy. We ended up not too far from our Midtown abode. Painted a […]
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The Hungry Chum: Pipers serves classic Alaska with a great view

The Hungry Chum: Pipers serves classic Alaska with a great view

With its distinctive totem poles and old Alaska charm, one eatery and watering hole tells the tales of Alaska’s past. Despite its location on Lake Hood, a popular stopping point for tourists eager to watch float planes take off and land, Pipers Restaurant and Sports Lounge isn’t a tourist attraction. A place without tourists is […]
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The Hungry Chum: Harvest pop-up restaurant is a foraged feast

The Hungry Chum: Harvest pop-up restaurant is a foraged feast

We sat beneath a chandelier made of wine bottles in the middle of the bar. I was eagerly awaiting our eight-course feast. I was skeptical. The tickets sport a $110 price tag, yet I reserved judgment. My dining partner and fellow writer, Wanderer and I were inside Crush, a wine bistro in downtown Anchorage, but […]
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The Hungry Chum: Here’s where to find the best oysters in downtown Anchorage

The Hungry Chum: Here’s where to find the best oysters in downtown Anchorage

Oysters remind me of my father. He was, and still is, a blue-collar man. He would eat them out of a can, with hot sauce and saltine crackers, sitting at the kitchen table. Which is not far from where the filter-feeders got their start — among the common folk. It wasn’t until their increased popularity […]
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The Hungry Chum: 6 ways to win at Spenard Food Truck Carnival

The Hungry Chum: 6 ways to win at Spenard Food Truck Carnival

People were starving, babies crying, masses huddled together against the cold. It was a different time back then — during last week’s first Spenard Food Truck Carnival. [RELATED: Anchorage food truck community expanding beyond Spenard] Some say opening day of food truck season was heralded with celebration. They don’t know what I know; it was a […]
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The Hungry Chum: Top Bop is Korean food with training wheels

The Hungry Chum: Top Bop is Korean food with training wheels

Foreign food has a tendency to make people uncomfortable. I can’t be the only one with a family member who avoids whole gastronomical regions because they are daunted by chopsticks. With foodie culture becoming more mainstream, the everyday person seems to have gotten more adventurous. I have a rumbling stomach and an adventurous spirit. I’m […]
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Coloring books for adults: Wasilla woman creates unusual way to unwind

Brittney Kauffman spends her weekdays as a medical assistant at a neurologist’s office. In her free time, she’s an artist. Her creative interests fill a wide spectrum; she has spent time painting, crocheting and making jewelry. Her latest ambition, however, is making coloring books for adults. “A lot of people these days don’t stop to […]
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In Anchorage, Christmas Arts and Crafts Emporium showcases Alaskan work

Christmas may be more than a month away, but that didn’t stop thousands of shoppers from hunting for uniquely Alaskan gifts at the Christmas Arts and Crafts Emporium. More than 200 vendors from across the state filled the Dena’ina Center on Saturday and Sunday. Thousands of products were on display – there was everything from […]
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Tlingit brothers help keep Alaskan spirit alive

You don’t have to go far in southeast Alaska to find some of the treasures of the Great Land, which has provided for Tlingit Alaskans for thousands of years. “The Tongass National Forest was our playground, ” said Tlingit musician George Montero. “It’s what was given to us.” Montero and his Tlingit brother, David Katzeek, […]
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Filmmakers prep for Anchorage International Film Festival

When the Anchorage International Film Festival kicks off on Dec. 5, it will provide movie buffs with a unique chance to connect with filmmakers. “A film festival brings together not only people who’re excited about watching a story or participating in a story, but the people who actually told the story and sometimes the people […]
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Haines artist highlights Tlingit heritage

On a rare, sunny day in Haines, Tresham Gregg meticulously chiseled out figures on his totem pole. Woodcarving has been his way of life for decades. “Since I was 13,” Gregg said. “We don’t mention the exact number of years because it’s … frightening.” He works behind his Seawolf Gallery, located in the middle of Fort […]
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Native wood carving makes a comeback at Anchorage Museum

Traditional Native wood carving is coming back to the Anchorage Museum. Three master carvers — John Hudson (Tsimshian), Norman Jackson (Tlingit) and Donald Varnell (Haida) — are taking part in a week-long residency at the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. “Voices from Cedar” is part of an exhibit at the museum showing modern and traditional carvings next to […]
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Art studio helps people with disabilities reach their creative goals

Hope Studios sits behind an unassuming façade in Anchorage. Every weekday, artists are collaborating to create works of all sorts. Each one has a developmental or intellectual disability. Director of Artistic Expression Jenny Moore said the disabilities help generate originality in the artwork. “They bring an element of innocence to the artwork. It’s very whimsical […]
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‘Annapurna’ opens at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts

It’s a play described as a “visceral, profound, and funny meditation on love and loss.” Annapurna opens this week at the Sydney Laurence Theater inside the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Anchorage. Perseverance Theatre General Manager Joshua Lowman and Art Rotch, director of Annapurna and artistic executive director of the theatre, joined […]
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30 Rock, True Blood actors team up with Greenpeace for Arctic awareness comedy series

30 Rock, True Blood actors team up with Greenpeace for Arctic awareness comedy series

Actors Alexander Skarsgård, of True Blood, and Jack McBrayer, of 30 Rock, have joined forces with Greenpeace International and Funny Or Die to create a comedy series focused on Arctic awareness. “The project is about raising awareness of what is happening in the Arctic and get some important messages about the climate,” said Skarsgard in a […]
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Last day of food & fun as Alaska State Fair comes to a close

The last day of the Alaska State Fair drew crowds to Palmer, and the weather got nicer as the day wore on. Many were savoring their last day of fair food and soaking up their last bit of fun on the carnival rides. Some venders were also offering bargains, including official state fair merchandise. Kim […]
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Alaska Native Heritage Day at the state fair

“The Gathering Place” is a special area of the fairgrounds dedicated to celebrating Native culture. There’s an Alaska Native arts market and a stage where many Native groups told stories and performed traditional songs and dances for fairgoers Sunday. Alaska Native songs tell stories, explained Steven Alvarez, who directs the show “Spirit – The 7th […]
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International Bacon Day in Anchorage: Unique ways to get your fix

This International Bacon Day, we went on a mission to find some of Anchorage’s most original bacon lovers. We met up with Ben Burbank, sous chef at the Spenard Roadhouse. He’s one of the minds behind the restaurant’s “Bacon of the Month.” He says he’s constantly seeking inspiration for his creations. “You know, you’re going […]
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Lumberjack show celebrates 25th year at Alaska State Fair

To say Fred Scheer’s Lumberjack Show is a favorite at the Alaska State Fair is an understatement. “It’s the most fun crowd we perform for all year,” said Tina Scheer, Fred’s sister. Tina typically emcees the event. On Saturday, however, she decided to compete. “I’ve been doing it since I was seven years old,” said […]
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State fair brings Alaskan acts back home

If fried food, lumberjack shows and giant cabbages won’t satiate your appetite at the Alaska State Fair, the music will. With more than a dozen performances each day, there is something for everyone. “I’m a musician myself, so music is very important in my life,” said Ursula Gould, who has been coming to the fair […]
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1st weekend of Alaska State Fair kicks off with parade

The first weekend of the Alaska State Fair kicked off with a parade in downtown Palmer. Forty-five different floats traveled down South Alaska Street, each stopping for 30 seconds at the grandstand to be judged by a panel. Groups from around Southcentral Alaska created their own unique floats that were dispersed between tractors and dozens […]
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79th Alaska State Fair kicks off

The Alaska State Fair is a favorite pastime for many people and almost everyone has something they are looking forward to. “I want to get cotton candy,” said 3-year-old Taylyn Sisti Thursday afternoon. As the crowds made their way through the rows of vendors and exhibits, there were a few things they had never seen […]
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Destroyed Hatcher Pass landmark gets new life in form of art

The Motherlode Lodge in Hatcher Pass burned to the ground in April of this year from a suspected arson. Now, it’s getting a new life thanks to an Anchorage artist. Cole Robbins said she wants to make something positive out of the tragedy by creating a piece of art. “It’s really devastating what happened,” said […]
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Jason Derulo to replace Pat Benetar, Neil Giraldo at Alaska State Fair

Pop superstar Jason Derulo will replace Pat Benetar & Neil Giraldo in a performance at this year’s Alaska State Fair. Derulo — 2014’s most-played male artist on the radio — will perform Saturday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at alaskastatefair.org It’s TRUE! @jasonderulo LIVE only at your Alaska State Fair. […]
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Skateboarding and art series targets Anchorage youth

For Jim Murphy, skateboarding is about more than the tricks. When he was 13, his dad left him, his siblings and his mom. He says skateboarding kept him on the right track and gave him an outlet for his anger and frustration. “I just funneled it into skateboarding. And you can measure how angry I […]
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World’s best woodcarvers compete in Alaska Cup

Woodcarving is an art form a little bit louder than most. Armed with chainsaws and blowtorches, artists at the Alaska Cup Carving Competition worked their way through massive chunks of spruce to form their masterpieces. The four-day event, now in its second year, was hosted by the Turnagain Gallery near Bird Creek on the Seward […]
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New museum showcases Bristol Bay fishing industry, regional history

The small Bristol Bay community of Naknek celebrated the grand opening of a new museum last Saturday. The museum showcases artifacts from the Bristol Bay fishing industry and traditional culture. The Bristol Bay Historical Society hopes the museum will give local tourism a boost and connect residents to the region’s history through objects. The new […]
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Spruce root weaver brings back lost craft to Southeast

Jennie Wheeler enjoys spending a peaceful day in her kitchen weaving spruce roots she collected herself from the woods around Yakutat. “God gave us all this natural stuff to use,” she said as her fingers moved methodically. ”You can go out to the store and buy a lot of stuff but this is what He’s […]
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Human foosball tournament a hit at Eagle River Bear Paw Festival

You may have played the classic game of foosball. It was brought to life Sunday as teams of six competed against each other in a human foosball tournament at the Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River. In its first year, the competition was so popular there was a waiting list of teams. Organizers say they […]
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Anchorage’s Music for Little Ones: Kid-friendly tunes at the park

Outdoor music and summer — the two go hand-in-hand, but the events aren’t always kid-friendly. Now, there’s a place parents can take their little ones to enjoy some tunes. Music for Little Ones is held every Monday from noon to 1 p.m. at Peratrovich Park, located at the corner of Fourth Avenue and E Street. The post Anchorage’s Music for Little Ones: Kid-friendly tunes at the park appeared first on KTVA 11.

Anchorage community band says farewell to retiring director with special concert

A longtime music conductor is giving a grand finale performance: Neal Haglund is retiring from the Anchorage Community Concert Band after more than two decades. “We are a community band. If you’re a bandsman, if you’re a musician, just being able to play you’ll find that just the energy you get from people that are […]
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Art, straight from the trash

Some Anchorage elementary students are learning about the power of re-purposing, one milk jug at a time. Photojournalist Emily Landeen takes us to Chinook Elementary School. Watch the video above to learn more.
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Fans wait hours for surprise Jack White concert in Anchorage

Updated: Mon. April 20, 2015 at 11 PM Jack White, former White Stripes singer and guitarist, announced on his website Monday morning that he would be playing an acoustic show at UAA’s 910-seat Wendy Williamson Auditorium. This was White’s first performance in Alaska and it came on the tail end of his recent world tour […]
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Weavers & Spinners Guild to present fashion show-and-tell of Alaskan stories

When Laurene Stout found out her daughter was pregnant with what was to be her first grandchild, she was inspired by the good news to make something. Stout, a longtime knitter, says her first thought wasn’t to start by just picking yarn from what she calls her “stash.” “Something special needed to be made,” she noted — […]
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Alaska artist Rie Muñoz dies at 93

Rie Muñoz left her mark on the state of Alaska, one brushstroke at a time. Muñoz, who passed away Monday night in Juneau, captured Alaskans at work and play, pulling inspiration from the people themselves. Her paintings have been displayed in museums and art galleries statewide, offering a colorful perspective on the daily lives of the state’s […]
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In Anchorage, pop-up studio brings art to you

It’s a night out with cocktails and canvas. On a recent weekday night, SubZero Bistro and Microlounge was full of pop-up painters. “We are painting wine glasses, which is really appropriate, we’re at SubZero,” explained Larissa Villar Aaberg. “They have a still life on their table, so they can paint from a picture or the […]
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Photographer documents special bond between Anchorage seniors and their pets

Dogs, cats and other pets — they’re often part of the family. At the Centennial Village senior apartment community in Anchorage, one photographer is documenting the special — and in some cases, lifesaving — relationships between man and beast. The post Photographer documents special bond between Anchorage seniors and their pets appeared first on KTVA 11.

Portland dance group hosts high school workshop ahead of weekend performances

Dozens of high school dancers crowded into a studio at West Anchorage High School Tuesday for a workshop hosted by BodyVox, a Portland-based contemporary dance company that will perform in Anchorage this weekend. It started out like a typical dance class. Led by BodyVox’s Josh Murry, dancers of varying levels leaped, turned and sashayed across […]
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Producer: ‘Hunter Killer’ not dead, just postponed

The producer of a major motion picture that was supposed to film in Whittier this spring said the movie project isn’t dead it’s just been postponed. Scott Lumpkin is executive producer for the film “Hunter Killer,” a U.S.-Russian spy thriller featuring submarines. Lumpkin confirmed the movie will be shooting heavily outside the state, but he […]
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New exhibit at Anchorage Museum aims to spark creativity

Staff with the Anchorage Museum’s Spark!Lab use a hands-off approach to encourage hands-on learning for kids. It’s one of just a few labs outside the original at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
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High fashion meets Fur Rondy at Anchorage bar

There may be no sled dog races at this year’s Fur Rendezvous, but festival-goers can still see a few huskies at the Killjoy Tasting Room. Located in downtown Anchorage, near the intersection of Fourth Avenue and D Street, the fondue and wine bar is celebrating its first anniversary in the muni. And in that time, […]
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Fur Rondy kicks off in downtown Anchorage

Friday marks the official start of the 80th annual Fur Rendezvous Festival in downtown Anchorage. The 10-day-long festival includes annual favorites, such as the snow sculpture competition, outhouse race and the Running of the Reindeer. The warm winter and lack of snow led to the cancellation of the Fur Rondy World Championship sled dog races this […]
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Hollywood hopefuls turn out for ‘Hunter Killer’ extras casting call

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New film shows decline in wild salmon and hope in Alaska

A film highlighting the decline of wild salmon in the Pacific Northwest and the hope found in Alaska’s fisheries played to a sold-out crowd at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub Thursday night. ‘The Breach” examines the destruction of salmon habitat, including Washington’s Elwha River and the fight to remove the dam. Bristol Bay’s fishery and the […]
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Creative space opens to Anchorage needleworkers

“Hacker wear” is a concept that fascinates Keren Lowell. It’s the act of taking a mishmash of clothing and repurposing it, she explained Sunday night as she made alterations to the waistband of a bright orange skirt, originally a puffy vest likely from a thrift shop. Hacker wear is one of many facets she hopes […]
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Alaska State Fair announces five 2015 performances

The Alaska State Fair has announced five confirmed concerts for this year’s event. The fair, which runs Aug. 27 to Sept. 7, will include the sounds of re-established Blood, Sweat & Tears, rock band Daughtry and country stars David Nail, Lee Brice and Kacey Musgraves. The rest of the fair’s lineup is still being finalized, […]
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Anchorage artist needs community’s help for more downtown mural projects

The best way to describe Richard Zeigler, better known as Ziggy, is a jack-of-all-trades. He’s a leather craftsman, a furrier and a fourth-generation cobbler. “Since I was about 7 years old, I guess, my father used to take me to a shoe factory in St. Louis,” he said. For Ziggy, the best way to make […]
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Local brewers kick off Alaska Beer Week

Alaska Beer Week is something locals wait for all year long, and brings together brewers and connoisseurs alike from all over the state to celebrate Alaska’s unique and diverse taste. Glacier Brewhouse is going big with 22 brews on tap, like Oatmeal Stout and an Oak Aged Peated Scotch Ale. Head brewer Kevin Burton said with […]
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Photography project highlights 2 Alaskan centenarians

Living to see 100 years old is not for the faint of heart. Capturing the essence of what it’s like to be a member of the coveted centenarian club is even harder — unless you’re photographer Danny Goldfield. “To Live 10,000 Years” is Goldfield’s photo project. The 47-year-old, who lives in Massachusetts, aims to photograph […]
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Alaska Railroad seeks artists for 2016 print contest

The Alaska Railroad Corporation is looking for local artists to create next year’s official print. Each year, ARRC hosts a commemorative art contest to find the following year’s official railroad print. “The annual Alaska Railroad artwork has become a favorite among rail fans and Alaska art collectors alike. Every year we look forward to seeing […]
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Bear Tooth Theatrepub says hundreds of tickets sold for ‘The Interview’

Tickets for Sony Pictures’ “The Interview” went on sale today at Anchorage’s Bear Tooth Theatrepub. The independent theater didn’t start officially selling tickets until 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, but many residents were outside the theater as early as 8 a.m. to reserve seats for the showing of their choice. “We had a solid line out the […]
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BLM seeks applicants for Alaska artist-in-residence program

If you’re an artist inspired by the wilderness, the federal Bureau of Land Management has a program that might interest you. The BLM is seeking candidates for its winter artist-in-residence program in the White Mountains National Recreation Area, located about an hour outside Fairbanks. The weeklong program is open to both established and emerging artists […]
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‘The Interview’ is now available for online viewing

People who want to see the Sony Pictures film “The Interview” won’t have to wait until Christmas. It is now available for rental on a variety of digital platforms — including Google Play and YouTube Movies. The movie costs $5.99 to stream and $14.99 to purchase. It was just a few days ago that tomorrow’s […]
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FBI: North Korean government behind Sony Pictures hack

The FBI formally blamed North Korea for the recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment in a statement released Friday, saying the bureau “now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions.” The FBI said it based its conclusion, in part, on similarities between “the infrastructure used in this […]
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Anchorage wins $25,000 concert grant

The Anchorage Downtown Partnership’s Live After Five summer concert series is getting a big financial boost. The organization won the Levitt AMP Grant Award, which is worth $25,000. Anchorage is one of 10 small to mid-sized cities across the country to receive the money. Anchorage Downtown Partnership staff had to put together a proposal highlighting […]
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Big-budget Hollywood film to be shot primarily in Whittier

The little town of Whittier, Alaska will soon be home to a big-budget Hollywood film. Producers of the movie “Hunter Killer” won’t say the exact size of their budget, but are promising it will exceed any movies previously shot in Alaska. According to the movie website IMDB, the movie will be directed by Martin Campbell, […]
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Steampunk shop fuels fight against teen homelessness

There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. For staff at My House, a Wasilla-based nonprofit that helps homeless teens in the Mat-Su Valley, it was donations. They had more clothes than they knew what to do with. Thankfully, 18-year-old Kyra Hoenack had a solution. Involved with My House since she […]
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‘Made in Alaska’ category debuts at Anchorage Film Fest

The Anchorage International Film Festival is back with a whole new lineup. And one new category, Made in Alaska, is shining a light on movies made right here in the 49th state. The woods around Willow provide a perfect backdrop to the story of three brothers working to solve a mystery in the movie “Detective […]
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Artists in Alaska plan to add a little color to Black Friday

Life needs color, says Lori Teich. That explains why nearly everything she owns is splattered with paint. Teich says she started experimenting with acrylic after serving five years in the U.S. Coast Guard. “I’ve kind of always had that urge to do it,” she said. It’s the one thing that helps her relax. Painting even transferred color […]
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Chevak carver makes a Byron Mallott doll

Earl Atchak’s masks and carvings are usually inspired by his life as a hunter and gatherer in Chevak, a village in Southwest Alaska where you can find strips of beluga whale meat hanging on wooden racks or sealskins stretched out to dry. But politics is what prompted Atchak to make an ivory Byron Mallott doll, […]
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Anchorage celebrates a decade of Day of the Dead

Eleven years ago, Indra Arriaga moved to Anchorage. Originally from Mexico, Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is an important holiday for her. It’s a time to pay homage to deceased loved ones so they’re not forgotten. “It’s the belief that on this day our ancestors come back and they visit with us,” she […]
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Baby wins McGraw tickets for Anchorage mom

Country music star Tim McGraw will play in Anchorage later this month and tickets are selling fast. The cost, around $200, means some people are hoping to win their way in. “He’s a mega star so it’s a big deal to have somebody like this in Anchorage,” said radio host Dawson McKay. Anchorage radio station […]
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Cirque du Soleil is coming to Anchorage

The acrobats of Cirque du Soleil are coming to Anchorage this winter for seven performances. Alaskans will have a chance to see “Dralion” Jan. 14-18 at the Sullivan Arena. Inspired by Eastern philosophy, the show features a mix of Chinese acrobatics arts and the performing company’s “multidisciplinary approach,” a press release says. The show’s name […]
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Spenard Tattoo cultivates safe space for Anchorage’s diverse art scene

On a Thursday night at Spenard Tattoo, instead of closing up shop at 7 p.m., owner Kevin Harden keeps the doors open. He brings out pizza and adult beverages and uses the shop’s iMac to play some music. What appears to be the obvious makings of a party soon reveals itself as much more than […]
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Alaska ranks high for number of Star Wars, Star Trek fans

Alaska has more Star Wars and Star Trek fans than any other state in the nation, Movoto blog says. The Last Frontier is home to the most Star Wars fans and came in second for the highest number of Trekkies, the California-based real estate brokerage site says in an article published Sept. 11. Movoto reached […]
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AK Art: Auction honors first responders, military personnel

A Thursday event aims to honor military personnel and first responders with art by the very people who have served our country overseas and at home. Called “Service Before Self,” the silent art auction will take place the evening of Sept. 11 at the new UAA Alaska Airlines Center. About a dozen pieces — including […]
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Joan Rivers remembered at star-studded funeral

Howard Stern delivered the eulogy, Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang “Smile” and bagpipers played “New York, New York” at Joan Rivers’ funeral Sunday, a star-studded send-off that – like late comedian herself – brought together the worlds of Hollywood, theater, fashion and media. At a funeral befitting a superstar, the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus sang […]
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Anchorage Ballet seeks funds for expansion project

The Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy is embarking on a public fundraising campaign to fund an expansion project to add studio space to its current midtown location. The Anchorage Ballet is about halfway through its Kickstarter campaign, but construction is already underway to expand the facility. The nonprofit organization has already received over 20 backers and […]
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Native artifacts come home to Alaska

An overseas auction of Alaska Native and Native American sacred objects caused controversy last year among tribes who said the pieces belonged with them. Now, two Alaska Native artifacts — a Tlingit panel and a Chugach mask — have been returned to the 49th state. The Annenberg Foundation, based in California, purchased the sacred items anonymously at […]
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Joan Rivers dead at 81

Joan Rivers, a pioneer for women in stand-up comedy and television, has died, her daughter confirmed. She was 81. Rivers died at 1:17 p.m. ET Thursday in New York surrounded by family and friends. “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” Melissa Rivers said. “Although that is difficult to do right […]
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AK Art: Sterling artist carves her niche in community

It all started with a bet. In 2012, Twyla Showalter struck a deal with the man who is now her husband and agreed to sell her eggshell carvings at a Kenai Central High School holiday bazaar. If it went horribly, he would stop bugging her about turning her art into a business. If it went […]
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FBI ‘addressing’ leak of celebrities’ nude photos

The FBI said it was looking into the matter of nude photos of Hollywood celebrities being leaked online by hackers. In a statement, the agency said it was “aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter.” A publicist for Jennifer Lawrence […]
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State fair hosts duct tape competition

The Alaska State Fair offers fun in many flavors, including all kinds of contests and competitions. One of the wackier ones on Sunday was the Great Alaska Duct Tape Competition. Contestants of all ages had just 15 minutes to come up with an original creation from duct tape. Winner Marisa Garagues said she didn’t know what […]
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Food is a main attraction at the state fair

It’s lunch time for Jake Songer and his family at the Alaska State Fair. The Songers have worked up quite an appetite coming from their home in the Kenai Peninsula. They have also found themselves amongst a lot of company in line at M.A.’s Gourmet Dogs. Employees at the hot dog stand show they can […]
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Fairview violin shop gets a music mural makeover

Some may call it a symphony for the eyes. Petr’s Violin Shop and Guitar Center of Anchorage unveiled a new mural on Saturday. The artwork is supposed to celebrate the emotions music inspires, says the shop’s owner Petr Bucinsky. “When one person puts up a mural like this, it elevates the spirit,” he said. “And […]
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Hubacek wins cabbage weigh-off

Alaska has a new cabbage king. Veteran grower Steve Hubacek has won the weigh-off at the Alaska State Fair with a cabbage he nicknamed Marmaduke. Hubacek’s big cabbage tipped the scales at 117.95 pounds, more than four pounds heavier than closest competitor Scott Robb. Robb’s cabbage looked larger but weighed less at 113.7 pounds. The […]
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Lumberjacks chop the competition at Alaska State Fair

Bob Berg heads up 60 feet to the top of a pole, and then back down it, all in 15 seconds. Welcome to speed pole climbing. Meanwhile, Sam Fenton shows himself to be a cut above the rest as he chops his way through a log. “Nothing is than chopping wood in my mind,” said […]
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State fair ‘rat race’ brings big fun in small packages

This isn’t your average game of roulette at the Alaska State Fair. The Palmer Elks Lodge rat race is actually older than the state itself. It involves placing one of the tiny rodents in the middle of a spinning wheel, and placing bets on which colored compartment it will run into. The payoff for each […]
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Anchorage man almost breaks pumpkin state record

An Anchorage giant pumpkin grower attempted to set a new state record Tuesday. Local grower Dale Marshall brought three massive pumpkins to the Alaska State Fair. The first two weighed in at around 730 and 750 pounds, but he thought the third would top 1,300 pounds, handily beating the record of 1,286 pounds. When the massive […]
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Despite the drizzle, fairgoers find fun

It was a soggy start to the week at the Alaska State Fair as rain intermittently drizzled in Palmer. That didn’t deter people from coming out for some fun though. Megan Barnes and her friend Ben Trapp came prepared with umbrellas, waterproof jackets and rain boots. “He’s going back home to California tomorrow, so we […]
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Need a ride to the fair?

Riding the train is a travel option you might not have thought of, and it’s just one of many that will get you to the Alaska State Fair this year. It takes a little longer to chug from Anchorage to Palmer, but riding the rails has its advantages. “We thought it would be fun for […]
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AK Art: Travel enthusiast, painter shares her skills with students

Linda Infante Lyons didn’t plan on spending time producing much art when she arrived at Denali National Park and Preserve for her 10-day stay as part of the Artist-in-Residence program. But it’s hard not to be in inspired by the vast beauty of the area, and the landscape painter found herself reaching for her oils […]
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Hip hop artist aims to use event to shift public opinion

Muldoon Manny is a man on a mission. As one of Alaska’s premier hip hop artists, Manny believes he has a responsibility to pave the way for other Alaskans navigating through the local music scene, which Manny says has its own unique challenges. “We don’t have these big record labels here or anything like that,” […]
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Photo project documents hunger

Going hungry is an everyday occurrence for some people in Anchorage, but you might not always know that by their faces. Now, several nonprofits hope to put a face on hunger in our community by hosting an unusual project. They’re distributing cameras to some of their clients and asking them to document what hunger means […]
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Artists steal the show at Salmonstock 2014

Art enthusiasts, music mavens and salmon lovers all got their fix this weekend at Salmonstock 2014. Held at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, the annual event is a music and arts festival featuring both Alaskan and national musical artists. Artwork was showcased throughout the festival on both the stage and buildings, and local restaurants set […]
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Hundreds turn out for Clare to Clare Fashion Show

It was a night of fashion, food and wine for a good cause. Hundreds of people dressed to impress Friday evening to raise money for Clare House in Anchorage, which provides 24-hour emergency shelter and other services for women and children. All eyes were on runway at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center as local […]
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New Palmer exhibit sparks ‘selfie’ conversation

There’s an art to capturing the perfect selfie, but is the selfie itself art? With that question in mind, the Palmer Museum put out a call to action: take a selfie, send it in and be a part of the conversation. “We got this really interesting combination of the Facebook moment snapshots versus the ‘I’m […]
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