November features a bevy of events celebrating Korean culture hosted by Anchorage's Korean community. Here's a list:
• Nov. 3-4. KOREAN CERAMICS DEMONSTRATION, 1-4 p.m. both days. Free with museum admission.
• Nov. 3. KOREAN MUSIC CONCERT at 7 p.m. $15 for museum members, $20 for non-members, 45 for children younger than 12.
• Nov. 10. ANCHORAGE KOREAN SCHOOL'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, 10 a.m. - noon at Northwood Elementary School, 4807 Northwood Dr.
Note that this is the only event NOT at the museum. The Korean Language School is one of the oldest minority school in Anchorage. Enrollment runs about 140 students each year, from pre-school to high school. In addition to language instruction and cultural activities, the school holds folkloric events, plays, a song festival, lessons in traditional arts ranging from dancing and drum-making to puppetry and — our favorite — Korean cooking lessons.
The students at the school will present Korean traditional fan dances, drum dances, songs, instrumental music and more for the celebration. Afterward, guests can enjoy Korean food at a free luncheon. Yes, I said free.
• Nov. 10. KOREAN-AMERICAN FAMILY DAY, 1-4 p.m., with demonstrations of many of the activities taught at the Korean Language School, as well as Tae Kwon Do (taekwondo) and Kum Do (kumdo), or “The Way of the Sword. Free with museum admission.
• Nov. 16. KOREAN FILM NIGHT, 6 p.m. “Chunhyang,” an epic tale of forbidden passion (is there any other kind?) in 18th Century Korea. Free.
• Dec. 22. FORTUNES FOR THE NEW YEAR, with Hya Sun Kim, at 2 p.m. You so want to be there. Free with museum admission.
View a recent video of Anchorage Kum Do (“Way of the Sword”) students at adn.com/arts.