Arts Scene: Walk with Alaska's dinosaurs, Cirque No. 9, Anchorage Museum

Arts Reporter

Walk With Alaska's Dinosaurs

Want to know more about the ancient Alaska creatures featured in the movie "Walking with Dinosaurs?" The Alaska Museum of Science and Nature invites you to see fossils and depictions of the fabulous animals who inhabited our neighborhood 70 million years ago -- including one of the world's largest pterosaurs. In addition to their exhibits, they have hands-on crafts and activities for all ages. Drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Monday-Tuesday through Jan. 4 at 201 N. Bragaw St. Admission for kids is $3, $5 for adults.

Juried exhibits

The statewide "Earth, Fire and Fibre" show at the Anchorage Museum, 625 C St., will come down on Jan. 5. The juried exhibit features work done by artists in traditional materials and forms. Also on display at the museum is the annual Alaska Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition, with work by many of the state's most accomplished watercolorists in a range of styles. That one remains on display until Feb. 9. The terrific Dena'ina exhibit will also be ending in mid-January -- and what better time to see it all than during Christmas break? Just keep in mind that the museum will be closed on New Year's Day.

Cirque No. 9

The most recent edition of the Alaska-based literary journal Cirque is now available online. Notable features in this issue include the first published poem by retired Seattle Times sportswriter Craig Smith, work by former Alaska Poet Laureate Tom Sexton, memories of dancing during shore leave during World War II by veteran Julius Rockwell, an excerpt from Homer photographer Tom Reed's "Moved by a Mountain" and a veritable candy box of other literary goodies. The plucky and enduring (starting its fifth year) enterprise depends on sales as well as donations to continue. You can both buy and boost at Submissions for the next edition can be sent to The deadline is March 21.

Compiled by arts reporter
Mike Dunham