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Weekly roundup: Valentine edition

Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News: Eddie Montgomery goes airborne opening the Montgomery Gentry show at the Sullivan Arena in 2008.Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News: Eddie Montgomery goes airborne opening the Montgomery Gentry show at the Sullivan Arena in 2008.

After one member received a clean bill of health and another attempted to clear his conscious, Montgomery Gentry return to Anchorage on Thursday. The American Country Association’s perennial Best Vocal Duo nominees had a brush with cancer last year, while Troy Gentry went public with an apology for an embarrassing legal battle nearly five years prior. Read all about it in this week’s Nightlife feature. The show takes place Thursday, 8 p.m. at Sullivan Arena. Tickets are $39.50-$59.20 (fees may apply). Visit for info.

Of course, before that is Valentine’s Day weekend. There’s a special section in the print calendar this week for special Valentine-themed events around town. You can also check our online calendar for anything that might have been added too late for print. If you're looking to take that special someone out to eat, we have a roundup of places around town that are offering Valentine's themed meals.

Here are this week’s Hot Picks:

Sister act
Utah-based group Meg & Dia started out as an acoustic duo before growing into a sister-led band. The act’s quirky indie-folk proved popular on social networking websites, with the group getting selected as the official MySpace act on the 2006 Warped Tour. 7:30 p.m. today, UAA Fine Arts Building, $10-$15, students free. Visit for info.

Rockin’ roots
From Salt Lake City, Utah, The Devil Whale play understated indie rock laced with rustic Americana. The band is trekking throughout the state on a series of dates that finds in the group Anchorage for a couple nights. 8 p.m. Saturday, Tap Root, $5 and 9 p.m. Wednesday, Blue Fox, free. Both shows are 21 and over. Check for info.

Blues and soul
Actor and musician Guy Davis’ soulful voice recalls classic Delta blues, while his nimble fingers let his acoustic guitar do a lot of talking too. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sydney Laurence Theatre, $24.50 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Vagabond Blues, Palmer, $25. Visit for info.

Snow cycling
This year’s Winter Bike Fest features two events this week. The first is the Winter City 50- K Ride, a non-competitive circumnavigation of Anchorage. Registration 8 a.m. Sunday, Café Amsterdam. Race begins 9 a.m., $7-$10. Thursday is mini-film fest, with screenings of the documentaries “Bicycle Dreams,” about a 3,000-mile bike ride, and “Copenhagen Dreams,” the story of how the European city reached 50 percent bicycle ridership. 8 p.m. Bear Tooth Theatrepub, $7. Check for info.

Folk food
Soul-infused singer/songwriter Heatherlyn is visiting from Minneapolis to perform at the Open Hearts to the Hungry, a benefit concert for the Bethel-based Kids in the Kitchen Program. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church. Visit

Below are recommendations taken from arts reporter Mike Dunham’s Art Scene summary.

Timothy and Rumi Smith will present a two-piano recital at 4 p.m. Sunday in the UAA Arts Building Recital Hall. The program features Gershwin's "Cuban" overture and variations on "I've Got Rhythm" and selections from "The Carnival of the Animals" by Saint-Saens. There will also be solo pieces including music by Debussy and Ravel. Tickets are $18, $15 for students seniors and military, at or by calling 786-4849.

The Anchorage Symphony will present a tribute to the Beatles titled "Classical Mystery Tour," at 8 tonight and Saturday in Atwood Concert Hall. A band -- cover artists who happen to be ringers for Ringo and the rest -- will be backed up by the full orchestra in dozens of Beatles classics. All you need is love and 40 violins. Tickets are sold out.

One of the most popular modern political farces, Nobel laureate Dario Fo's "Accidential Death of an Anarchist," will open tonight at UAA's Mainstage theater. What happens when a certified madman takes over the justice system? Is it news? Or business as usual? Showtimes are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 27. Tickets are $10-$18. Call 786-4849.

--Matt Sullivan

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