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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

AIFF entry up for Golden Globe

"Hipsters," a brash Russian musical about the pop music underground during the cold war, has been nominated for the foreign language Golden Globe Award. The film is among a field of 67 nominees named in a news release on Wednesday. The list will be winnowed down to five finalists on Dec. 15 and the final winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on Jan. 17, 2010.

"Hipsters" will be screened for a second time at the Anchorage International Film Festival, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the BearTooth Theatrepub, 1230 W. 27th Ave.

Here's an ADN review of the film. Read more about the film fest and watch trailers and reviews on our AIFF page.

-- Mike Dunham

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The January issue of Transworld Snowboarding (on newsstands now) has an in-depth piece on riding in Alaska. Riders Jeremy Jones, Travis Rice, Jonaven Moore and Johan Olofsson flew into Glacier Bay National Park with Tom Burt as their guide and Dan Milner along to document the trip with words and photos.

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Cedric Sanders' new film

The Anchorage International Film Festival kicks off this weekend and includes new work from Alaska-born Cedric Sanders. In the interview below he talks about "The Least Among You," the film he stars in with Louis Gossett Jr.

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Whipsaws cancel Brown Bear show

This just end via e-mail:

The Brown Bear Saloon show scheduled for tonight & tomorrow (Nov. 27, 28) are CANCELLED! Sorry for the late notice and for any inconveniences...

However, The Whipsaws will be back at it next weekend with two nights at The Marlin in Fairbanks.

(Final shows of 2009)

December 4th & 5th - THE MARLIN (Fairbanks, AK)
($7 cover / 10:30pm)

December 9th - BLUE FOX (Anchorage, AK)

December 10th - TAP ROOT CAFE (Anchorage, AK)
($8 cover / 8:00pm)

December 31st - MAXINE'S BISTRO (Girdwood, AK)
w/ Melissa Mitchell & Spiff

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Free hugs from Sick Puppies

Australia's Sick Puppies owe Juan Mann a big hug. In a YouTube video set to the band’s song "All The Same," Mann poses with a "Free Hugs" sign and embraces anyone who approaches him. The video went viral and now has over 50 million views - the kind of exposure bands dream of. The group's upcoming tour includes another stop in Alaska (they've been here twice before), Jan. 8 at the Egan Center. Tickets are $25 and can be bought here.

-- Spencer Shroyer

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Who is Tech N9ne?

Photo Courtesy of the GuardianPhoto Courtesy of the Guardian
The Guardian just ran a great story on Tech N9ne, a rapper who is performing in Anchorage this weekend.

"Growing under the media radar, selling DVDs rather than having videos plastered all over MTV, playing 200 gigs a year and taking his bizarre music and hyperactive stage show to parts of the country his contemporaries don't bother with, Tech and co have built a multi-million-dollar business that is geographically, financially and philosophically set apart from the rest of the music industry."

Read the full story here.

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Avett brothers video

Hilarious video by Jody Hill (Eastbound and Down, The Foot Fist Way, Observe and Report).

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The power of papaya

A spicy papaya salad: Photo by Spencer Shroyer / Anchorage Daily NewsA spicy papaya salad: Photo by Spencer Shroyer / Anchorage Daily NewsJulia O’Malley put me on to the quick and tasty flavors of the International Kitchen (read her review here) and it wasn’t long before I started making regular stops for their lunch combos.

But, just when my addiction to their papaya salads (a spicy side dish made with grated papaya and tomato slices) was reaching one-a-week status, they were taken off the menu.

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Crepe expectations

After spending time cooking and living in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, Katrina Larson-Markiewicz moved back to Alaska and missed European dining – especially real crepes and Belgian waffles. She took matters into her own hands, opening La Petite Creperie (2210 E. Northern Lights Blvd.) a week ago.

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Cold War Kids playing First Tap

The Cold War Kids were slated to open for the White Stripes in Anchorage back in 2007, but the gig was canceled after an announcement that Meg White’s “acute anxiety” was derailing a leg of the tour.

Now, the Kids are ready to rock an Alaska stage on their own.

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Man V. Food teaser

The Alaska episode of Man V. Food is scheduled to air on the Travel Channel (Channel 57 in Anchorage) Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 9 p.m. and features footage from Talkeetna and Anchorage.

Here's a teaser video.

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Gift of the mogwai

Gizmo, Stripe and the rest of the Gremlins turn 25 this year and the film is in theaters again as part of the anniversary.

It’s showing locally at the Bear Tooth on Wednesday the 25 at 10:35 p.m. Tickets are $3.

If it’s been a while, you may have forgotten that the flick was executive produced by Steven Spielberg, featured Phoebe Cates, one of the Coreys (Feldman) and Howie Mandel, who thankfully only appeared as the voice of Gizmo.

Here’s a trailer.

-- Spencer Shroyer

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Crooked Still

National bluegrass band Crooked Still is in Alaska for a series of shows.

They perform Saturday, 7:30 p.m.,Williamson Auditorium. $20 -$25.

Sunday, 6 p.m., Vagabond Blues, Palmer (sold out).

Tuesday, Peninsula Grace Auditorium, Soldotna, $23-25, 1-907-252-8223.

We'll have a full story online and in the print version of Play this Friday.

Here's a video of them performing "Aint No Grave," which rolled during the closing credits of the season one finale of HBO’s vampire series "True Blood."

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Man v. Food in Alaska airs next week

Travel Channel, L.L.C.Travel Channel, L.L.C.
A while back we reported about Adam Richman from"Man V. Food" chowing down during a trip to Alaska. The episode is scheduled to air on the Travel Channel (Channel 57 in Anchorage) Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 9 p.m. and features footage from Talkeetna and Anchorage.

Reporter Rachael Fisher reached out to Richman with some interview questions and received this in response.

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Ludacris in Alaska

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Atlanta rapper Ludacris is headed to Anchorage - here's the details we've recieved:

Friday, Dec. 18, 7:30 P.M. at the Sullivan Arena.

Tickets start at $25 + fees and go on sale this Saturday at noon. Ten percent military discount available with valid military ID.

Tix available online at; charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000; Fred Meyer Ticketmaster Outlets and Sullivan Arena Box Office.

A Sheiker Promotions Production.

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Borderlands is for looters

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Borderlands, the latest in a line of video games to mix role playing elements with traditional first person shooter controls in a sci-fi setting, isn’t groundbreaking, but with a stylized presentation, thousands of items to collect, co-op and multiplayer options, it presents one of the more addicting gaming experiences in recent memory.

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Eminem's controversial rap at BET Awards

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In a move that shouldn’t really surprise anyone who’s lived outside of a cave for the last 10 years, Eminem's performance during the BET Hip-Hop Awards Show last night contained statements that some found objectionable. One line about rape was censored during the television broadcast.

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You be the critic: Dane Cook (updated w. video)

Photo By Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News: Dane Cook performs at the Sullivan Arena, Thursday Oct. 22.Photo By Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News: Dane Cook performs at the Sullivan Arena, Thursday Oct. 22.The Sullivan was packed last night for comedian Dane Cook. If you went to the show tell us what you thought by posting a comment below.

If you want to see what people in Anchorage tweeted about the show check out this Twitter feed.

You can find Play Magazine on Twitter here.

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Kizzy's Definition

Chris Fields aka Kizzy aka the dude who sings those radio ads for the sushi restaurant Dish -- just dropped this video for his song "Definition."

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Dane Cook Twitter widget

You should already know that comedian Dane Cook is playing in Anchorage tonight. If you're headed to the show we want to hear your comments.

If you're on Twitter (and really at this point you should be - Play has one and Tom Selleck's mustache does too!) you can chime in and follow the conversation by using #akdanecook in your tweets.

The widget below will keep a running tally of what people are saying.

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