Hot picks: Emma Hill, Fly Fishing Film Tour, St. Patrick's Day

Nicholas Bradford

Black and blue

Emma Hill teamed with longtime collaborator Bryan Daste at his studio in Portland, Ore., to record her fourth full-length, "The Black and Wretched Blue." The CD release show is 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Out North Theatre. Cover charge is $10 at the door. Visit for info.

Magic man

West High graduate Eric Giliam claimed the title of World Teen Magic Champion in Las Vegas during the 2011 competition and has appeared on TV shows in the U.K. and Italy. Catch his stage show at Discovery Theatre, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $14-$35, available at

Yuck it up

The Alaska State Improv Festival takes place next month in Juneau, and Anchorage-based improv comedy troupe Scared Scriptless is trying to raise funds to get there. The group performs 8 p.m. Friday at Snow Goose Theatre. Tickets are $10 and go toward sending the crew to Juneau. Visit or for info.

Nice catch

The Fly Fishing Film Tour hits Bear Tooth 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The screening includes 10 short films, shot from Thailand to Bolivia to Michigan. Tickets are $14, and the Bear Tooth website says this has sold out the past two years. Make reservations at

Go green

St. Patrick's Day lands on a Sunday this year, but the party runs all weekend long. Of course, Irish pub McGinley's has a full slate: Carhartt Brothers, 8:30 p.m. Friday; Wild Cat Trio, 8:30 p.m. Saturday; and an all-day Sunday block party with Crooked Road and The Whiskey Jacks begins 10 a.m. Koot's has St. Patty's themed events happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well. The Derry Aires, Irish Dance Academy and Northern Lights Celtic Dancers celebrate St. Patty's eve 7 p.m. Saturday at Snow Goose. St. Patrick's Parish on Muldoon Road hosts a dinner and dance, 6:30 p.m. Friday, and the Irish Dance Academy will also be at the Primrose Retirement Community celebration Friday, 6-8 p.m.