“Big Miracle,” the first major film shot entirely in Alaska, opens today, and most critics have said that it’s better than they thought it would be. New York Times said “ ‘Big Miracle’ gets off to a shaky start, but once revved up, it becomes an involving work-against-the-clock-and-the-odds action movie.” Time Magazine: “(T)his energetic family movie is less insipid than it looks.”
Another big event in the coming week is Dan Savage’s return to the Wendy Williamson. The sex columnist’s “Savage Love Live” sold out the auditorium when he visited two years ago, so you might want to buy your tickets soon.
Valentine's Day is just a couple weeks away, so this week's dining story is a guide to what some restaurants around town have planned.
Below are the rest of this week’s Hot Picks.
The locals in The Goat Rodeo play booze-fueled, hard-edged country, and you can get your honky-tonk on when the band plays Tap Root, 9 p.m. today, $5. Visit taprootalaska.com for more info.
Ghost Hands is KZND’s Homegrown Artist of the Month, and the shoegazey indie-rock band plays the radio station’s showcase at Koot’s, 9 p.m. Saturday, $3. Visit koots.com for info
Electric six-string violinist Geoffrey Castle plays an eclectic range of styles that include R&B, jazz and blues. For a preview of his rockin’ side, search YouTube for a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child.” 21 and older: 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 12. All ages: 5 p.m. Sunday. Blues Central, $20.
Call and Boyer
A couple Anchorage-based songwriters join forces for a coffee shop gig, with local music staple Marian Call sharing the microphone with Seth Boyer. The show starts 3 p.m. Saturday, Jitters in Eagle River, free ($5-$10 donation suggested). Visit mariancall.com for info.
The two-day World Indigenous Film Festival features movies from Alaska, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and elsewhere. Many of the filmmakers will be on hand for the screenings, which run from 6 p.m. to roughly 11 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, ending with a performance by Pamyua. Alaska Native Heritage Center, free. Visit alaskanative.net for info and a full schedule of films.