Ben: Well ladies, thanks for giving me a break last week, it was nice not having to check email for a couple of days (though I still ended up with plenty of cat videos in my inbox, Katie). But as it always does, the weekend is coming back around with a vengeance. And there's loads going on, though some people's plans probably look a lot different than others.
Case in point: On Saturday, Alyeska Resort in Girdwood hosts its annual Spring Carnival, which features a whole slew of events but only one real centerpiece -- the Slush Cup. In case you don't know, the slush cup features a bunch of folks rocking crazy outfits and bombing it down the slope on skis or snowboards in hopes of crossing a 90-foot icy cold stretch of water. Most don't make it -- hence the appeal. Winner gets a 2013-2014 season pass to the resort, a dandy prize just so long as you actually spend less than that on your costume. The main event kicks off at 4 p.m., though there's a costume contest at the Sitzmark Bar on Friday night for those who decide at the last minute that they want hundreds of people see them eat it in a pool of glacier-blue water.
Dispatch photog Loren Holmes was on hand for last year's event, so if you're still not sure what it's all about, check out this slideshow.
Unfortunately, Loren -- along with many of us other journo types -- won't be on hand for this year's event, since that's also the night that the annual Alaska Press Club awards will be wrapping up in Anchorage. That means there'll be a bunch of reporters wandering the streets of downtown Saturday night…we advise all normal citizens to steer clear.
Katie: Ben, look. I know you love cats. You don't have to hide it anymore. You're safe here. This is a safe space. Saaaaaaaafe spaaaaaaaaaaaaace.
So, Suzanna, I'm looking at upcoming events and thinking, "whaaaaaaaaaa!? There's a million things to do this weekend, it's gonnaaaa be craaaaaaazy." Then: "I'm really into this drawn out vowel trend right now. I guess I like the drama it creates."
Speaking of drama, have you ever read Goethe's "Faust?" Have you ever wondered what it might look like onstage? If you have -- or even if you haven't- slash- have no idea what I'm talking about-- I have the event for you. Frenchman Hector Berlioz' "La Damnation de Faust," the composer's answer to J.W.'s famous work, just so happens to be the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra's 2013 Season closer. AOS, along with some special guest will, will rock "La Damnation" on Saturday, April 20 8 p.m. at the Alaska Center for the Performing arts. It's going to be sooooo draaaamaaaaaaaatic!
I can't wait.
Suzanna: Tell me that you're aaaaallllllrigggghhhttt ... please tell me that you're aaaaallllllrigggghhhttt ... and uhhh, whoops. Sorry, Katie, all those vowels got me thinking about my favorite Motion City Soundtrack jam. Turns out the early-ots pop punk band is playing the Bear Tooth Anniversary show Thursday night. I might be showing my age here, but I'm already having high school-flashbacks galore. You may or may not find me on the Bear Tooth dance floor, rocking it 2004 style -- in a pair of raggedy skater shoes, heavy handed eyeliner and huge flower pin, a la Sex and the City.
Despite my high school-based love for these guys, the show is 21 and over. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $30.
Anyway, snapping out of long vowels and back into real adulthood, another one of my favorite artists, Clark James Mishler is opening his newest show, "Portrait Alaska" at the Anchorage Museum Saturday. I've been following Mishler's "Portrait a Day" blog for years and nobody catches the character and charm of Alaskans like Mishler -- who's been a commercial and editorial photographer in Alaska for over 25 years.
The portraits of over 200 Alaskans will be on display at the show, which was curated by Museum's Chief Curator Julie Decker. At 2 p.m., Mishler will be on hand to talk about the show and sign copies of the companion book -- which, in true community collaboration -- was funded by a Kickstarter last year. The show will be on display through Sept. 28.
Katie: Mishler and Motion City. Nice.
I've got more, me thinks.
Two words: Kate Beaton. The cult graphic artist and the genius behind the comic strip "Hark! A Vagrant" will be in Juneau this weekend. Kate Beaton and "Great Showdowns" creator Scott C. will give talks Thursday, from 6 to 7 p.m. at The Gold Town Nickelodeon, and Friday, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Alaska Robotics gallery. Visit Alaska Robotics for more.
In Southcentral, the highly anticipated, and arguably the biggest and most organized, Naked Lady Party in Alaska is going down this weekend. I'm talking 'bout Consign49, of course. Oh, you don't know Consign49? It's a three day clothing consignment and shopping event held at the Palmer Train Depot. In the fashion of "one man's trash, another man's treasure," ladies and gents from all over the state congregate to shop, sell and browse rack after rack of other peoples' clothes. The event opens Friday and runs through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. all days. If you're looking to sell: clothing drop off is Thursday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Buuuuut, if you rather spend your money on beer than clothes, the 2013 "Culmination Festival" may be more your thing.
"Culmination," which begins on Saturday, April 20, is Anchorage Brewing Company's ode to handcrafted booze and the unique brewmasters and brewmistresess that make them. Basically, enthusiasts show up, drop $100 and walk around the Dena'ina Center tasting beer and barley wine from across the universe. Sounds fun right? That's because it is fun. Register and get tickets now. Right now. Go. Get them.