Tap Root tunes
Arctic Sirens Cabaret, the popular showcase for Anchorage singers starts its eighth season at a new venue, Tap Root, 3300 Spenard Road. Songstresses Jennifer Brown, Hilary Morgan, Terri McCoy, Ellen Lockyer and Marianne See will perform 7 p.m. Friday, backed up by the Kevin Barnett Trio. Admission is $15 and, just like the old location, a bar and cafe menu is available. The performance is a benefit for Children's Meal Mission. The show will be followed at 9 p.m. by the first night of the Monolith Music Showcase, featuring Bobby Bare Jr., Historian, Sophia Street and other groups. The Showcase event will continue at 9 p.m. Saturday with Bare joined by Alaska's own Emma Hill, Super Saturated Sugar Strings, Jack River Kings and Young Fangs. Admission is $10 for either night or $15 for both.
The third annual Bodega-Fest will feature beer, mead, cider and great food from Alaska and our regional neighbors. There's also live music throughout the event. It's for 21-and-over and $25 pays for admission and 15 tasting tickets, plus a commemorative glass. Additional tasting tickets are available for purchase. It takes place 2-8 p.m. Saturday at the Cuddy Family Midtown Park near Loussac Library. The party is hosted by La Bodega and profits from the sale of alcohol benefit Alaska Public Media.
The Alaska Teen Media Institute hosts a mini film festival featuring movies directed and produced by teens all across Anchorage. See what they're shooting at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday at Bear Tooth Theatrepub. Tickets are $3.50. Local youth ages 12-20 are welcome to submit films for the screening. Call 272-2864 or go to alaskateenmedia.org.
Creepy but charming
One of the most interesting outside bands touring Alaska right now is Strangled Darlings from Portland, Ore. Multi-instrumentalists George Veech and Jessica Anderly lead the group that's been described by one critic as "creepy in the most endearing kind of way" with a folk influence that "drives them through themes of insanity, betrayal and the supernatural to create dark, yet surprisingly charming music." Popmatters.com says "Strangled Darlings bring punk intensity to folk pop and completely bust the mold, creating smart, irreverent tunes using classic acoustic folk instrumentation paired with rough, impassioned vocals." The Darlings play at the Marlin in Fairbanks at 9 p.m. Friday, at Beaver Fever Cafe in Tok 7 p.m. Saturday and SubZero Lounge in Anchorage at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Other shows are scheduled for times to be announced at the Whale's Tail (Thursday), Down East Saloon in Homer (Sept. 21) and The Yukon Bar in Seward (Sept. 22).
"Elevation" celebrates the revolution in backcountry skiing with footage of the most outrageous out-of-bounds snow adventures imaginable in the Tetons, Wasatch, Wallowas and -- you bet -- Alaska. Award-winning Alaska filmmaker Andrew McLean explores an expeditionary excursion in Ruth Gorge on Denali. Neil and Ian Provo tackle the ferocious Tordrillo range across Cook Inlet from Anchorage. Get your backcountry itch scratched while we wait for winter and pray for snow. Showtime is 10:15 p.m. Thursday at Bear Tooth Theatrepub, 1230 W. 27th Ave. Admission is $5. More information at powderwhore.com