Hot Picks: The Boom Booms, Moose Madness, Anchorage Science Pub

September 5, 2013 

Moose Madness

The Alaska Zoo is celebrating Alaska's beloved, giant hooved friends noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Explore the world of moose with unforgettable fun and educational activities, including a scavenger hunt, kids craft and coloring sheets, story time and the chance to handle moose and deer-related items. It's a busy day for the whole family, sponsored by the University of Alaska College Savings Plan. More information at

The Boom Booms

A six-piece indie band from Vancouver, this intense group's sound involves hip-hop, reggae, soul and funk plus some other styles we're not able to describe. Tickets for the public are $10 in advance at, $15 at the door. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the UAA Student Union.

Tumbledown House

Snow Goose Theatre, 717 W. Third Ave., will present back-to-back music nights with Alaska's homegrown Dixieland band, Blue Dixie Combo, playing old school jazz and swing -- feel free to dance if you have the moves -- at 9 p.m. Friday. Tumbledown House, a duo that's been touring Alaska this summer, comes to the Snow Goose at 8 p.m. Saturday. Vocalist Gillian Howe and guitar man Tyler Miller are cited for performing "gritty saloon jazz" or "modern speakeasy music." Both Snow Goose shows are $25. Want more? The two Tumbledowners will perform with their full band at 9 p.m. on Sunday at the Fairview Inn in Talkeetna, as a duo at 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the Kingfisher Roadhouse in Cooper Landing, and move on to Homer next weekend.

Anchorage Science Pub

Breck Tostevin, Dan Bosch and Aaron Crist will share the science behind beer flavor. How is barley malted and mashed to convert the enzymes into sugar for fermentation? How do the flowers of hops provide bitterness to balance the sweetness of the malt? How do types and temperatures of fermented yeast add to the vast array of flavor profiles for beer? Admission is free and you just may learn something that will enhance your enjoyment of the various mixes of malt, hops and yeast served at Taproot, 3300 Spenard Road, which is where it takes place at 4 p.m. Sunday.

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