Hot picks: Pamyua and Medicine Dream, Alaska PrideFest, Elite 9, Tour de Cure and more

Mount Susitna Drummers dance while Medicine Dream performs at the Alaska Native Heritage Center last year.
Bob Hallinen
A participant in the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure bikes across the Eagle River along the Glenn Highway Sunday June 4, 2006. About 250 riders took part in the benefit for the ADA.
Jim Lavrakas
Eric Jones helps carry a giant rainbow banner down Sixth Avenue as part of the Alaska PrideFest Parade in 2010.

Elite sounds

From way down south in Seward comes the eclectic jazz/gypsy/klezmer band Elite 9, taking part in this month's Spenard Jazz Fest by holding the release party for its first ever CD at 8 p.m. Saturday at Organic Oasis, 2610 Spenard Road. Tickets, $10-$20, are available by calling 646-675-4737.


The Cadence Drill and Rebel Riders Trick Teams perform high speed maneuvers and tricks on horseback. Enjoy the skilled riding plus games, food and a petting zoo at 7 p.m. Saturday at the William C. Chamberlin Equestrian Center, 3900 Abbott Road. Free. (More info here)

Pedal for health

Tour de Cure unites bike riders of all levels in the fight to stop diabetes and raise funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association. The tour is a ride -- not a race -- with breathtaking views of the Chugach Mountain range, Turnagain Arm, and Knik Arm. It starts 7 a.m. Sunday at the Mountain View Lions Club Park, Peck Field, 408 N. Pine St. Sign up for $150. (272-1424)

Concert for Galena

Pamyua and Medicine Dream will present a concert to benefit the Yukon-Koyukuk Elder Assisted Living Facility in Galena, damaged by the recent flood, at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. All funds raised will go directly to the center. A suggested donation of $20 is requested. fun, food

KSKA Summer Party

Join staff at KSKA for a summer party with live, local music from Dan Mac Quintet, High Lonesome Sound, Bootleg Brown and Super Saturated Sugar Strings. Everyone's invited to enjoy the hot dogs and live music. You can bring a lawn chair or even ride your bike. Celebrate your public radio and television stations. There will be fun for the whole family and kids are welcome. 3-10 p.m. Saturday, Alaska Public Media, 3877 University Drive. Free. (More info here) celebrate

Alaska PrideFest

Help Identity Inc. launch the annual Alaska PrideFest, which celebrates diversity, with its Town Square kick-off party. Live music, T-shirt giveaways, sneak peeks of upcoming events, Lemonade 4 Love, Brave New Alaska Voices and a special appearance by the Fagbug. 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Town Square Park. The festival has daily events through June 16 at various locations in Anchorage. Get the complete schedule online. (More info here)

Live at the Library

Loussac Library's summer concert series on the lawn stage is back for its 10th season. Musicians who exemplify Anchorage's diverse music scene are on site and playing live at noon every Thursday through Aug. 8, 3600 Denali St. On rainy days, the action moves to the Wilda Marston Theatre on Level 1. (More info here)