Hot picks: Holiday lights, dance parties and doomsday

Home for the holidays

Indie-rock band The Hoons got its start in Anchorage, but the group's been based in Portland, Ore., so Saturday's show at Koot's will serve as a homecoming. In the meantime, visit to download new song "Gaslight" for free. The show starts 9 p.m. with Turquoise Boy and Kill Tango, and you can catch the Hoons again at the same time and place Dec. 28 with Eternal Cowboys and Gimmee Gimmee Gimmee.

Light up the night

Take a tour of some of Anchorage's most festive houses on the sixth annual Holiday Lights Bus Tour. The tour lasts 7-8:30 p.m. Meet 6:45 p.m. at the Sears parking lot at Northern Lights Boulevard and Seward Highway. Tickets are $25, which includes one drink ticket and a snack. Call 276-6060 for info. 

Doomsday preppers

With all the hubbub about Dec. 21, 2012, and its place on the Mayan calendar, there's no shortage of apocalyptic themed events around town Friday. There's At World's End, a massive electronic music dance party at Dena'ina Center, featuring headliners Jimni Cricket, Down Jones, Chris the Junglist, DJ Ghost and Ian K, 8 p.m, $25-$35. Koot's is hosting the Thunderdome Post-Apocalyptic Party, with music by Thee Homicidal Supermodels and DJs Cross, Adam J and Gre, 11 p.m. (21 and older). At Avenue Bar, there's the Zombie Apocalypse party with metal bands Machinecorpse, Decepticide, City in Ashes and Glass Halo, 8 p.m., free (21 and older). Then there's the End of Days Fun Run, a half marathon and 5K run, starting 10 a.m. at UAA's Professional Studies Building. Register online at, $25-$30.

Hit the decks

If you don't get your fill of the dance floor after At World's End, Chris the Junglist, Down Jones and DJ Ghost will also be joining local DJs Clint Samples, Jacob Mattie and Laserwolf for this month's Dead Disko, featuring LED hula hoop performers, electronic music and an audiovisual spectacle. Come dressed in your best undead attire, 9 p.m. Saturday, Anchor Pub, $5 (21 and older).