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Pamyua premieres new video for 'Bubble Gum' - 10/23/2012 4:32 pm

Ghosts and ghouls haunting town - 10/19/2012 4:55 pm

More reality TV coming to Alaska - 10/19/2012 11:49 am

REVIEW: Richard Thompson is a master of fine dissonance - 10/17/2012 4:04 pm

Alaska Railroad offers trips on the Alyeska Halloween Train - 10/10/2012 2:32 pm

VIDEO: Flogging Molly's sold-out show at the Egan Center - 10/4/2012 12:12 pm

Call to filmmakers: Make a movie in 2 days - 9/28/2012 2:45 pm

Oktoberfest is coming to Anchorage - 9/27/2012 3:25 pm

Kristen Bell may join 'Whales'

Associated Press photoAssociated Press photo
Kristen Bell ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Veronica Mars") may be in "Whales," a $30 million movie based on the 1988 attempt to rescue three gray whales trapped by sea ice near Barrow. The movie, formerly known as "Everybody Loves Whales," is being filmed in Alaska.

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New 36 Crazyfists album coming next month


Local metal legends 36 Crazyfists are currently touring overseas, but their new album, "Collisions and Castaways," is set to drop stateside July 27.

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Poutine time

Photo by Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News: Chris Sis sticks a fork in a serving of poutine.Photo by Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News: Chris Sis sticks a fork in a serving of poutine.
If downtown food carts are in your lunchtime rotation, you may have noticed a new player on the streets: Smitty's Canadian Poutine stand on the corner of 5th Avenue and G Street (near the big sun).

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Marcy Playground announce Alaska show


Someone just forwarded us a press release from Family Tree announcing an upcoming show from Marcy Playground. The band is best known for 1997’s "Sex and Candy."

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Pho Lena adds Boniface location

Photo by Jim Lavarakas / Anchorage Daily News: Fresh rolls and a bowl of pho at Pho LenaPhoto by Jim Lavarakas / Anchorage Daily News: Fresh rolls and a bowl of pho at Pho Lena
Popular Spenard eatery Pho Lena opened the doors to a second location last month. It’s new site (360 Boniface Parkway #B11) was previously home to Senor Churro. The new location is managed by Biponh Morisath, sister of owner Lena Morisath.

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Anchorage's Sanders in new film with rapper 50 Cent


Rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson made waves last month when he released photos of himself looking shockingly gaunt. The weight loss was for "Things Fall Apart," a new film Jackson wrote, produced and financed (not to be confused with the Achebe novel or Roots album of the same name).

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Audrina of MTV's 'The Hills' is coming to Anchorage

AP Photo/Chris Pizzello: Audrina Patridge arrives at the MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, Calif., on Sunday, June 6, 2010AP Photo/Chris Pizzello: Audrina Patridge arrives at the MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, Calif., on Sunday, June 6, 2010
We just got word that Audrina Patridge, bikini-wearing burger eater and star of MTV’s "The Hills," is coming to town. Patridge will be here on behalf of the U.S. Air Force Reserve for the downtown summer solstice festival next weekend. She will reportedly be available for photos and autographs.

Dudes have until the 19th to get scruffy and buy a motorcycle.

-- Spencer Shroyer

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New Matt Hopper album and tour


Former local boy and Roman Candles alum Matt Hopper will be back in Alaska this summer for a tour celebrating a new album. "Jersey Finger" is being released on Hopper's Hatcher Pass label and is set to drop on June 11.

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Noisy Pig: DJ, multimedia artist

Noisy PigNoisy Pig

Noisy Pig, a one-man-band and performance artist, is in Alaska for a Reverse Retro tour. Bernardo Santarelli, is from Rome, but left Italy for a bohemian life in Germany and si currently based out of Berlin.

When playing as a DJ, Santarelli‘s electro sound invites movers to the dance floor. In his multimedia performances, projected art visuals are combined with music and live performance.

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IMAX opens, Fireweed closes, Totem goes budget

The new Tikahtnu Stadium 16 and IMAX: Photo by Kevin PowellThe new Tikahtnu Stadium 16 and IMAX: Photo by Kevin Powell
Another fragment of old Anchorage goes into the dust with the birth of a new monument. Fireweed theater will close its doors Sunday with the opening of the new Regal 16 and IMAX stadium theater at Tikahtnu Commons, 1299 Muldoon Road. Starting Friday, June 11, Totem theatre will take over as the budget movie house.

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Roadtrip Options for Memorial Weekend

Bob Hallinen/ADN: Motorcycles ride the Seward Highway along the Turnagain arm.Bob Hallinen/ADN: Motorcycles ride the Seward Highway along the Turnagain arm.
CANTWELL
Memorial Day Pig Roast, 6 p.m. Sunday, May 30, Cantwell Lodge, 136 Denali Highway $10 per person, veterans eat free. (907-768-2300, website)

COOPER LANDING
Steve Brown & The Bailers, 8 p.m. Monday Sunrise Cafe, Mile 45 Sterling Highway. Free (website)

GIRDWOOD
Fireweed Festival &
Alternative Energy Awarness Fair

3 p.m. Mike Ray Gimmeson, 3:30 UltraLuscious, 4:30 p.m. 1120’s, 6 p.m. The Junta, 7:30 p.m. Far Fetched ‘Coda Si Sudaki,’ 9 p.m. Two Wheels in a Ditch, 10:30 p.m. Far Fetched, Monday, May 31, Silver Tip Grill, 165 Hightower Road Suggested Donations $3-$15 (783-2594) Shuttles offered to and from the event and Anchorage Carrs on Huffman or Indian Essential Gas Station. $10 per person round trip . Available through Alaska Transportation Group (952 1249)

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Uprooted: South-side restaurant relocates to Spenard

Photo by Brian Adams: Taproot Cafe owner Rebecca Mohlman in the restaurant's new locationPhoto by Brian Adams: Taproot Cafe owner Rebecca Mohlman in the restaurant's new location
If you've ever been to the Tap Root Cafe when it wasn't full, I definitely was not there. Every time I've enjoyed the south-side cafe's shows, food or beer, it's been shoulder-to-shoulder with others doing the same thing.

So it makes sense that after just four years, the Tap Root is expanding to a new Midtown location. The café will close its Huffman Road location May 30 and reopen June 7 in the building that formerly housed the Fly By Night Club and Player’s House of Rock (33rd Avenue and Spenard Road).

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Kelly Price to play Anchorage

You remember this jam? I've got love for any song with Kells and Mr. Biggs on it.


Here's a newer one:

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Bike First Friday Scavenger Hunt

Erik Hill/ADN: Katriina Timm, left, watches gratefully as Doug Franklin, center, and Kristi Wood assist with a flat tire at the Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage Bacon Station set up to celebrate Bike to Work Day Friday May 21, 2010.Erik Hill/ADN: Katriina Timm, left, watches gratefully as Doug Franklin, center, and Kristi Wood assist with a flat tire at the Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage Bacon Station set up to celebrate Bike to Work Day Friday May 21, 2010.
First Friday participation is blooming as the warmer summer weather arrives in Anchorage. Starting its inaugural run for the May first Friday, a new scavenger hunt seeks to expand the monthly art festival with participants taking to bikes to reach outside the usual downtown locations.

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New chef arrives in Homer

Homestead RestaurantHomestead Restaurant
After getting into Homer in the wee hours of the morning, chef Chris Lukic woke early to hunt the area for the building blocks to create his contemporary American cuisine. The new chef at the Homestead Restaurant met with farmers and requested special plantings of micro-greens such as radish and basil. He also met with seafood harvesters and fishers to request unusual creatures, such as skate, that left some scratching their head.

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Outdoor Everclear show announced


Rock fans who love the chance to see bands play in the Alaska sunshine should be twice as stoked about AKSoul's. announcement of an Everclear concert in the Chilkoot Charlie's parking lot.

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Sud dunk (Updated with photos)

A participant soaks in the 2001 beer dunk tank: Photo courtesy Midnight Sun Brewing Co.A participant soaks in the 2001 beer dunk tank: Photo courtesy Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Update: Check out a gallery of photos shot by ADN photog Bob Hallinen here.

The beer dunk tank this weekend at the Midnight Sun Brewery is probably the easiest way to literally swim in beer. At $20 for 10 minutes, it’s cheaper than filling your bath tub with Natty Light and you get the bragging rights that go along with a commemorative "I got beerdunkadunked" t-shirt. The crowd decides participants' fate, pitching balls ($1 each) at a target affixed to the side of the tank. Proceeds go to Green Star, a local non-profit, environmental group.

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State Fair Music Highlights

Kenny Rogers will play the State Fair Sept. 5Kenny Rogers will play the State Fair Sept. 5
The Alaska State Fair runs from Thursday, August 26 until Monday September 6. Here are the big name performers scheduled for 2010. Tickets will be on sale to Alaska State Fair Members May 7 and open to the public June 1 online at alaskastatefair.org.

Hinder ($20)
7 p.m. August 26

Collective Soul ($35 - $50)
7 p.m .August 27

38 Special ($30 -$45)

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Mom's Nite Out

Downtown Nordstrom: Photo by Al Grillo, APDowntown Nordstrom: Photo by Al Grillo, AP
Celebrate Mother’s Day early with Mom’s Nite Out, an event hosted in malls across the nation. The 5th Avenue Mall will be participating 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight by turning the food court into a free spa for moms. Mac Cosmetics and Nordstrom will be offering makeovers, the Body Shop is offering facials, perfume samples from Perfume Mania. There will be appetizers from Crush and goodie bags filled with samples, coupons, and special offers from other stores throughout the mall. Live music will be provided by guitarist Justin Somaduroff and KFAT will be broadcasting.

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Dance on Film

You See ...You See ...
Downtown Anchorage and SubZero Bar is the backdrop to new set of short films, collectively entitled “You See…,” featuring the Momentum Dance Collective. Each short is from the perspective of a different individual as they go through the same night. The events of each character interlace with the others and by watching all five films the story unfolds. On first Friday all five flicks will be shown simultaneously at 8 p.m. in the MTS Gallery, 3142 Mountain View Drive.

The films were shot and edited by Dan Lee with an original score composed by Nick Petumenos and Ivan Night.

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