Hot picks: Iditarod, Clinton Fearon, Hell's Belles, Shakespeare

Trent Herbst of Ketchum, Idaho, drives his team down Fourth Avenue at the ceremonial start of the 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Erik Hill / Anchorage Daily News

Boogie woogie

Cinton Fearon brings the positive vibes back to Bear Tooth, as the reggae singer and the Boogie Brown Band play the March First Tap concert, 9 p.m. Thursday, $25 (21 and older). Visit for info.

'Dirty Deeds'

Paying homage to Australia's finest, the all-female AC/DC tribute band Hell's Belles returns to Alaska for a handful of shows, including Thursday at Koot's. The music starts 8 p.m., $25 (21 and older). Visit for info. The highway to hell leads to Marlintini's Lounge in Juneau on March 8 and The Blue Loon in Fairbanks on March 9.

Puppy power

The world's most famous sled dog race kicks off Saturday in downtown Anchorage with the ceremonial start of the Iditarod, 10 a.m. on Fourth Avenue. The restart begins 2 p.m. Sunday in Willow. The Daily News will be on the trail all the way to Nome. Read musher profiles and race updates and check trail maps at

Big on the Bard

To sleep or not to sleep, that's the question for the 24-hour Bard-A-Thon. Featuring a cross-section of performance groups, an entire day's worth of Shakespeare will be performed on stages across town. UAA Fine Arts building begins with the historical plays, 6 p.m.-midnight. Out North gets the ghost stories, midnight-6 a.m. Alaska Theatre of Youth handles the youth dramas, 6 a.m.-noon. Cyrano's closes with the comedies, noon-6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Visit for info.

Mountain movies

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour lands at the Wendy Williamson Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. The short films range from mountaineering to ice and rock climbing to environmental themes, $5 advance, $10 door for students, $5 and $12 for youth, $11 and $16 for everyone else. Visit