Justin Ringle, the mastermind behind the indie-folk band Horse Feathers, spoke with Play about the many lineup changes his band has endured over the years and the success they’ve managed to achieve despite all that. The story is on the cover of this week’s issue, but since the Portland, Ore., band’s show isn’t until Thursday, here are the rest of this week’s Hot Picks to keep you busy.
Calling all cowboys and cowgirls: Rodeo Alaska’s offering a weekend of bull riding, bareback riding, team roping and more. The festivities take place Friday through Sunday at the William Clark Chamberlain Equestrian Center, $10, $8 military, free for children 6 and younger Visit rodeoalaska.com for the full schedule.
Two for one
The Delaney Park Strip should be bustling Saturday. One of five such events around the state organized by the governor’s office, the Anchorage Governor’s Picnic takes place noon-3 p.m., with the free food served near Ninth Avenue and I Street. Across the street is the eighth annual Alaska Renewable Energy Fair, featuring demonstrations on wind and solar energy, information booths, presentations, food and craft vendors, a beer garden, children’s activities and live music by The Sweeteners, Evan Phillips, Tim Easton, Spiff, Rebel Blues and more. The fair is free and takes place between G and I streets, noon-9 p.m.
Borrowing the first part of its name from Django Reinhardt’s old band, Hot Club of Cowtown borrows the Gypsy jazz style of the late guitarist’s Hot Club of France and adds some Western swing and vocal harmonies. Catch the mix when the trio plays 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Snow Goose Theatre, $22. Visit centertix.net for info.
The Blueberry Festival at Alyeska offers more than two dozen arts and crafts booths, plus food vendors with all sorts of blueberry concoctions to try. The fest also includes a homemade blueberry creations contest, beer garden and kids activities such as a hula hoop clinic, pie-eating contest, face-painting and more. Live music includes performances by the band Traveler. The festival takes place noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, free. Visit alyeskaresort.com for info.
Also, check out Mike Dunham's Art Scene picks.