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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: Improvised edition

Scared ScriptlessScared Scriptless

Looks like we might have a brief reprieve from the rain. (UPDATE: Spoke too soon.) If the weather has kept you indoors for the past few days, you might be itching to hit the town this weekend. How about a few suggestions?

If you’ve never caught a performance by local improv comedy troupe Scared Scriptless, another opportunity presents itself Saturday. Lindsay Kucera spoke with members of the troupe for this week’s cover feature. The performance starts 8 p.m. Tickets are $9 ($7 for military and students).

Below are this week’s Hot Picks, and Mike Dunham’s Art Scene picks includes info on Chopin nocturnes, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and the "Radio Land" exhibit at UAA.

Just dance
H2Oasis transforms into a dance club Friday, as the water park hosts Treasure Island: Curse of Pirates Bay, a party headlined by with Reid Speed, owner of Play Me Records, and DJ Comic Strips. Hit the dance floor 9 p.m., $25-$45 (all ages). Call 522-4420 for more info. Comic Strips is laying down his mix of electro and dubstep again the next night, playing a 21-and-older gig at Koot’s, 9 p.m.

Alaska Railroad and Blues Central have teamed up again for Blues Train, this year featuring the music of Rebel Blues as you ride the rails to Seward and back. Fare is $269 (21 and older), which includes round-trip pass, lunch, two drink tickets, barbecue dinner and a night in a hotel in Seward with shuttle service. The train leaves Anchorage 1 p.m. Saturday and returns 1 p.m. Sunday. Visit for info.

Drink up
Saturday could be tough on some livers. First there’s Bodegafest, the second annual tasting event at Kincaid Park, featuring craft beer, mead and cider from Alaska and beyond, 2-8 p.m. Tickets are $25, which includes 12 tasting tickets and a commemorative glass. If after that you still haven’t had your fill, slap on an eye patch and join the Pirate Pub Crawl, a fundraiser for Blood Bank of Alaska. The crawl starts 7 p.m. at Town Square Park, but you can jump in at any of the participating bars. Visit for the full list and details.

Reel to reel
Adrenaline junkies: There are a couple options for watching like-minded thrill-seekers on film. First is the Radical Reels Tour, part of the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival. Check out the mountain biking, BASE jumping, snowboarding and more 7 p.m. Friday, Wendy Williamson Auditorium, $5-$16. Visit for info. After that is Reel Rock 7, a collection of climbing films that will air in hundred of locations worldwide, including 8 p.m. Wednesday, Bear Tooth, $10-$12. Visit for info.

No average Joe
Reggae artist Ranking Joe has produced records for giants of the genre like Frankie Paul, Black Uhuru, King Tubby and many others. His own recording career stretches back to the '70s, and you can catch him in action 9 p.m. Saturday, Koot’s, $25 advance, $30 door (21 and older). Visit for info.

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