Hot Picks for the weekend

The annual party at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 2800 O'Malley Road, features traditional food, music and dancing. Bring the family. Free admission and parking, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Bill Roth
A group of food trucks gathers at the Chilkoot Charlie's parking lot at Spenard Road and West 25th Avenue on Thursdays from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. The event, known as the Food Truck Carnival, has quickly grown in popularity since it began just a couple months ago. That meant longer wait times and unavailable items for some, but that doesn't seem to have spoiled the scene for many customers looking for a new lunch experience.
Marc Lester
Mike Doolin at a recent Friday Fling in Palmer

Make a movie

Open Projector Night invites Alaska filmmakers to show the community what they're up to. Sponsored by the Alaska Film Forum, Bear Tooth Theatrepub and Alaska Filmmakers, it's sort of an open mike event for would-be directors. Submit a short film or clip -- 10 minutes maximum -- in DVD or Blu-ray form -- at Bernie's Bungalow 7 p.m. Wednesday. Slots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and the shows will go on the big screen at Bear Tooth 10:15 Thursday. Admission is $5.

Eat up

Alaska's first Food Truck Challenge will take place 6:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday under the historic windmill in Spenard. At least 10 local food truck vendors plan to be there with fare ranging from burgers and barbecue to Thai cuisine and desserts. Participants include EAT Alaska, Fishalicious, Boom Ba Laddy, Urban Bamboo and Wheel Good Food. There's a beer garden with local brews and live entertainment for the 21-and-older crowd. Tickets are $35, available at

Go Greek

The 19th annual Alaska Greek Festival takes place 11-a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 2800 O'Malley Road. Enjoy traditional Greek music and dancing, great food from lamb to vegan fare and delicious Greek pastries. Bring the whole family, because it's free. And so's the parking.

Get jazzed

Two programs from the Alaska Jazz Workshop take place at the UAA Arts Building Recital Hall this weekend. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, students from the August Camp will perform Jazz, Latin, blues and funk. Admission is $5, free for children under age 12. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, acclaimed guitar man Mike Doolin will join John Damberg, Dan McElrath, Mark Manners, Cameron Carland and Ray Booker in a faculty program. Doolin, who makes instruments as well as playing them, may pop out his unique harp guitar. Joining them will be John Teamer, billed as "Anchorage's New Jazz Vocal Sensation." (See CD reviews, page 3.) Admission is $15, $10 for students, seniors and military.