We’ve got lots of reasons not to stay at home this week. David Harper’s feature on the cover of Play is about Americana singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale. While you might recognize some of his songs as performed by the likes of George Strait or the Dixie Chicks, he’ll likely pull from his own solo catalog that spans more than two decades. He plays 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Snow Goose and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Vagabond Blues in Palmer. Tickets are $25 and available at Centertix.
The February First Tap is also coming up. Local indie-pop group Lavoy will headline the concert, which will also double as the band’s CD release party. Catch them live and pick up a copy of “Beary Merry” at Bear Tooth, 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $15, available at beartooththeatre.net. You can also catch the band at the Sitzmark Bar and Grill in Girdwood the following Friday and Saturday.
Below are this week’s Hot Picks.
Eat your vitamins
After moving from Fairbanks to Minneapolis, the punk rockers in The Scurvies return to Alaska for a homecoming tour. The 21-and-older crowd can catch the band with Fairbanks-based punkabillies The Avery Wolves, 9 p.m. today, Koot’s, $5. The underagers get their shot 8 p.m. Saturday, Club Millennium, $5. Visit thescurvies.com for more info, plus you can download the new album “Don’t Let Me Go” for free.
Catch an encore screening of winter sports filmmaker Warren Miller’s latest movie, “Like There’s No Tomorrow,” featuring extreme runs by Chris Davenport, Daron Rahlves, Colby West, Andy Mahre, Seth Wescott, Julia Mancuso and more. The film starts 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sitzmark Bar and Grill in Girdwood, $5. The screening is all ages, but anyone younger than 21 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Visit alyeskaresort.com for info.
Time to boogie
The long-standing local band Full Tilt touches on jazz, R&B, country and classic rock, and the group will try to get some bodies moving in Girdwood tonight. The band plays 10 p.m. today, Sitzmark Bar and Grill, $5 (21 and older). Visit alyeskaresort.com for info.
Return of Mackey
After a five-year stint in Juneau, Meg Mackey is back in Anchorage. The songwriter recently recorded the “Rendered Useless” EP and now has a full backing band. Catch the new lineup 9 p.m. today, Tap Root, $5 (21 and older). Visit taprootalaska.com for info.
Silent Bob speaks
Broadcast from Toronto, Kevin Smith: Live From Behind is a live, one-night event featuring the independent filmmaker that will screen in theaters around the country. It begins with Smith and frequent co-star Jason Mewes hosting their podcast, “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old,” followed by an interactive Q&A with theater audiences. Submit your questions on event night via Twitter using the hashtag #livefrombehind. 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Tikahtnu Stadium and Century 16, $13-$15. Visit silentbobspeaks.com for info.
The Anchorage Folk Festival comes to a close this weekend, with headlining performances by bluegrass combo Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen at Wendy Williamson Auditorium, plus a slew of local musicians playing opening sets. Evening performances begin 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, free. Check for the full schedule.