Talent at Williamson
The popular, fast-paced and intoxicatingly energetic "Music Machine" show opens a four-day run 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in UAA's Wendy Williamson Auditorium. Sixty-five abundantly talented local kids take the stage in a tightly choreographed, costumed production, singing and dancing a range of tunes, from Broadway to hip-hop, winding up with a giant parade. The show continues through Aug. 10. Admission is $7-$15 at centertix.net.
The Alaska Railroad celebrates the 90th anniversary of the completion of the tracks from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Bridge Seafood Restaurant, 221 West Ship Creek Ave. Artists for the popular Alaska Railroad Prints -- including John Hume, Dan Miller, Shane Lamb, Kurt Jacobson and Susan Watkins -- will be on hand with their prints and signed prints will be raffled off every 30 minutes. Other prints and posters will be offered for sale and the restaurant will have its signature fare and beverages. Parking will be free at the Alaska Railroad lots across from the Anchorage Depot as well as the Dimond parking lot across from the Comfort Inn & Suites for those attending the event.
Anchorage's Third International Taiko Concert, "The Power of Taiko," will take place 7 p.m. Monday at Wendy Williamson Auditorium. Performers include Anchorage's Tomodachi Daiko, Takohachi Daiko of Portland, Ore., and Chokoma Drummers of Tokyo. Tickets are $25 at the door or $18 in advance at New Sagaya stores. There'll be a taste of what to expect at 1 p.m. Saturday at the New Sagaya at 3700 Old Seward Highway, when the Alaska and Japanese drummers give a free performance.