Hot picks: Ruthie Foster, The Offspring tribute, 'Downton Abbey'

The secret is out

In a review of her new album "Let It Burn," All Music Guide called Ruthie Foster "one of the gospel-blues scene's best-kept secrets for over a decade." If you aren't already hip to Foster's soulful blend of blues and folk, get in on the secret Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at Discovery Theatre. Tickets are $30 at Her Sunday show at Vagabond Blues in Palmer is sold out.

Melody man

Singer-songwriter Matt Andersen's rootsy tunes borrow from the blues, country and folk, and he's playing 7:30 p.m. Friday at Discovery Theatre, $33-$38. Visit for info.


Can't get enough "Downton Abbey"? Alaska Public Media is celebrating the premiere of the period drama's third season with the Black and White Ball fundraiser. Wear your best formal wear for dinner, wine and music of Edwardian proportions, 6-11 p.m. Saturday, at the Bridge on Ship Creek, $125 (21 and older). Visit for info.


A slew of local bands are going to "Come Out and Play" some Offspring songs Saturday as part of a canned food drive for Children's Meal Mission. A Tribute to The Offspring starts 8 p.m., with Eternalcide, Divides, Chasing Crazy and Lost Marbles, $5 (21 and older). Visit for info. 

Peak performances

The Telluride Mountainfilm Tour rolls through Bear Tooth this week. The yearly festival in Telluride, Colo., features adventure films that are "about environmental integrity and about a rich spirit of celebration." This year's selections will screen 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, $12. Visit for info.