There’s a lot to keep you busy around Anchorage this weekend. J Mascis graces the cover of the latest issue of Play, and you can read the Q&A for that feature story over here. Mascis plays 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Alyeska Daylodge. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, available at alyeskaresort.com.
If you’re on Spotify, I’ve put together a little primer of J Mascis’ catalog, with tracks by Dinosaur Jr., Deep Wound, Sweet Apple, Witch and Mascis’ new solo album. Click here to launch the player.
The second annual Rock A&R Showcase also takes place Friday at Koot's, with The Rocket Surgeons, Lavoy, The Sweeteners, Pros and Cons, 3 Kisses, The Young Guns, Evil Ted and the Thick Pink Antiseptic, The Young Fangs, Pretty Birds That Kill and Turquoise Boy performing to an audience that includes music industry representatives visiting from the Lower 48. Read more about the show over here.
The local production of “Rent” opens Friday as well. Mike Dunham has the details about the Alaska Theatre of Youth’s partnership with Theatre Artist United to bring the story to life. The show is 7:30 p.m. Friday--Sunday and Wednesday-Saturday, April 7, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, April 7. Tickets are $25-$35, available at centertix.net.
There’s also a special March Madness spin on the dining pages this week. With NCAA basketball coming to a close, we’ve organized our own tourney. This one is to determine the best hamburger in town. You can get in on the action, too – vote for your favorite burger joint in our reader poll.
Below are this week’s Hot Picks.
The past year for Bearfoot saw band members come and go. Having since relocated from Alaska to Nashville, Tenn., original members Angela Oudean and Jason Norris recruited fellow Alaskan Todd Grebe along with singer-songwriter Nora Jane Struthers and P.J. George to solidify a lineup that’s been gaining notoriety. The video for “Tell Me a Story” is streamable on CMT.com, while the band recently performed its laid back brand of bluegrass on National Public Radio’s “Mountain Stage.” Catch the band’s homecoming show 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Wendy Williamson Auditorium, $22. Visit centertix.net for info.
Hailing from North Carolina, the old-time string band Carolina Chocolate Drops plays traditional Appalachian country and bluegrass with a few modern twists. The Grammy-winning pickers and pluckers take the stage 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wendy Williamson Auditorium, $32 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Vagabond Blues, Palmer (sold out). Visit centertix.net for info.
Cyrano’s Theater Company will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a new rendition of the first play it independently produced, “Eleemosynary,” about the relationships between a brilliant woman, her strong-willed mother and her sensitive, intellectual daughter. Opening night, 7 p.m. Friday at Cyrano’s Off Center Playhouse, benefits Friends of the Library, $16.50-$18.50. The play runs through April 22. Visit cyranos.org for info.
Popular “Tundra” cartoonist Chad Carpenter will be appearing as the keynote speaker at the Mat-Su College honor society banquet to share the childhood experiences that inspired many of his comic strips and will present a slide show of the strip. 7 p.m. Friday, Mat-Su Career and Technical High School, $25 or $15 with a valid student ID. Visit matsu.alaska.edu for info.
With more chops than your average indie-pop band, New Orleans’ Mutemath flirt with prog-rock without fully abandoning the group’s mainstream pop sensibilities. The band plays this month’s First Tap Concert, 9 p.m. Thursday, Bear Tooth Theatrepub, $35 (21 and older). Visit beartooththeatre.net for info.
Also check Dunham’s Art Scene picks for info on “The Sound of Music” and the Daily News’ own Marc Lester, whose Iditarod photos will be the subject of a presentation at the Anchorage Museum.