Hot Picks: 'Burlesque Assassins', Ai Kuwabara Trio Project and 'Valhalla'

VivaVoom Presents: 'Burlesque Assassins'

Join performers of VivaVoom Brr-Lesque as they celebrate this independent film starring some of the biggest names in neo-burlesque, including Amber Ray, who will be present for all of the film screenings. Admission includes a viewing of the film, popcorn, entertainment by Amber Ray and the VivaVoom dancers, and prizes. Souvenirs will also be available. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Chilkoot Charlie's, 2435 Spenard Road. $20. (

What I Did With My Biological Sciences Degree

It's a tough world out there for college graduates, but science-minded students in need of a pep talk are in luck. Forensic scientist Deb Gillis works for the State of Alaska Forensic Crime Detection Lab as a ballistics analyst. Hear how a degree in biological sciences shaped her career. There will be pizza. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, UAA ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building, 3101 Science Circle Drive. Free. (786-1721)

Ai Kuwabara Trio Project

Instrumental jazz phenomenon Ai Kuwabara Trio Project makes its American debut. Led by 22-year-old piano prodigy Ai Kuwabara, this band has grabbed the attention of the entire jazz community in Japan. The band's music is urban contemporary jazz with an experimental feel and a flavor of funk. RSVP to guarantee a seat, but walk-ins welcome. 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, University of Alaska Anchorage Fine Arts Building, 3640 Alumni Drive. Free.


You may have seen a clip circulating from the backcountry ski/snowboard film "Valhalla." In it, a bunch of athletic-looking people do some impressive ski runs and flips wearing nothing but their birthday suits and boots. This week, you can see the rest of this film about a man's search to rediscover the freedom of his youth through his love of skiing, on the big screen. "Valhalla" combines a narrative-driven style with award-winning backcountry ski and snowboard cinematography. And hey -- ski season is just around the corner. Alaska locations include Haines, Glacier Bay, Juneau and Eaglecrest. 10:15 p.m. Thursday, Bear Tooth Theatrepub, 1230 W. 27th Ave. $12-$14. (