Hot picks: Cirque Mechanics, Seamus Kennedy, Peter Tulvey and Tony Furtado

Celtic pride

Irish singer, songwriter, comedian and author Seamus Kennedy has been visiting Alaska for more than 20 years, and his current string of shows throughout the state will benefit the Elks Lodge, St. Pat's Church and Knights of Columbus. The Celtic entertainer's final two Anchorage shows are at St. Pat's Church, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $20. Visit for info. 

Double trouble

Singers-songwriters and expert instrumentalists Peter Mulvey (guitar) and Tony Furtado (banjo) share the stage for a couple performances. The first is 7 p.m. Wednesday at Vagabond Blues in Palmer. The Anchorage show is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Snow Goose Theatre. Both are $25. Visit for info. 

Songs on screen

Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson and Anika Noni Rose star in the 2006 film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical "Dreamgirls," which is screening for free courtesy the Anchorage Concert Association, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Bear Tooth. music

Winding down

The Anchorage Folk Festival comes to a close this weekend, with the main stage at Wendy Williamson hosting dozens of performances, plus headliners Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, 7-10 p.m. Friday, 12:45-6 p.m. and 7-10:15 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. and 7-10:30 p.m. Sunday, free. Check for full schedule, including workshops around town. 

Mechanical magic

Watch acrobatic feats and curious contraptions as the Cirque Mechanics troupe presents "Birdhouse Factory." Among the spectacles are a contortionist performing on a turntable powered by unicyclists and trapeze and trampoline performers testing gravity. The three shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Atwood Concert Hall, $23-$43. Visit for more info.



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