Play Blog

Welcome to the Play Blog, an insider’s guide on everything from music to pop culture, local dining, drinking, art and nightlife. Alaska or Outside, it’s fair game. Who's hot, who's coming to town, who's doing something worth noticing. We're on it.

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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

Roundup: Pass the mike

Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News: 61º North Justin Boot plays his guitar in Chief Alex Park in Eagle River shortly after performing on stage at the Bear Paw Festival nearby, July 13, 2007.Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News: 61º North Justin Boot plays his guitar in Chief Alex Park in Eagle River shortly after performing on stage at the Bear Paw Festival nearby, July 13, 2007.

This week, contributor Rosey Robards compiled a list of some of the open-mike night events around town, including at Tap Root and Jam Night at Humpy’s, that offer a platform for comedians, singer/songwriters and bands to find an audience or test out material.

Today is also First Friday, so you can drop by the receptions at galleries around town and check out the new exhibits.

Below are this week’s Hot Picks.

Blue-ish green
Indie-pop group Turquoise Boy is KZND’s Homegrown Artist of the Month, and the radio station’s local showcase features them, Historian and Pros and Cons, 9 p.m. Saturday, Koot’s, $3. You can also catch the Boy at the Monolith Agency showcase, 10 p.m. today at the Sitzmark in Girdwood, with Ghost Hands, The Sweeteners, Young Fangs and Lavoy. $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Both shows are 21 and older. Visit and for info.

'Dazed and Confused’
The Pink Floyd light shows have become a fixture at the Anchorage Museum’s planetarium, and the now the museum is taking on another classic rock touchstone. Watch 3-D images and listen to hits like “Whole Lotta Love” and “Immigrant Song” at the Led Zeppelin Cosmic Light Show, 8 p.m. today and 4 p.m. Saturday, $10 plus general admission. Screenings continue through April. Visit for info.

Chipping away
Ten teams of carvers will put their tools to use in the Crystal Gallery of Ice Carving Competition. The teams start on their frozen sculptures 9 a.m. today at Town Square and work through the weekend. The winners will be announced 5 p.m. Sunday, free. Visit for more info.

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See wrestling legends Raven, Demolition, Luke Robinson, Doink the Clown and Max Moon drop-kick, suplex and body slam along with Alaska Pro Wrestling’s best at Superstars of Wrestling, 7 p.m. today, Egan Center, $20-$30 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Wasilla Middle School, $20. Visit for info.

You can also take a look at Mike Dunham's Art Scene picks.

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