Straw for Dogs' Annual Love-In
You can get your picture taken with your pooch at this event, which will feature a pet photo booth, refreshments and a silent auction to benefit Straw for Dogs, a nonprofit that helps provide straw, fencing and other supplies for dogs that live outdoors. 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Anchorage Community Works, 349 E. Ship Creek Ave. (strawfordogs.org)
'Romeo and Juliet' on Broadway
Whether you're a hopeless romantic or think romance is hopeless, "Romeo and Juliet" might be just the classic to take in around Valentine's Day. This film of the Broadway production starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad is highly acclaimed. Like Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet," the language is Shakespeare's but everything else looks modern (Romeo rides in on a motorcycle wearing torn jeans). 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Century Theatres, 301 E. 36th Ave., and Regal Tikahtnu, 1102 N. Muldoon Road.
Gyre: Art And The Environment
Join "Gyre" exhibition artists Pam Longobardi, Cynthia Minet, Mark Dion, Alexis Rockman, Tim Remick, Sonya Kelliher-Combs and Karen Larsen as they discuss the intersection of art and the environment. Informal discussions with the artists will follow in the gallery. This event is held in conjunction with "Gyre: The Plastic Ocean," an art and science exhibition about the global problem of ocean trash. 7 p.m. Friday, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, 625 C St. Free. (anchoragemuseum.org)
Let Every Woman Know events
A group raising funds for gynecologic cancer awareness projects in Alaska is holding several events this weekend. Blue.hollomon gallery, 3555 Arctic Blvd., is the site of a First Friday opening focused on artists who have been touched by cancer, 5-7 p.m. The "Rhythm Heals" concert and silent auction will feature local musicians including Emma Hill, Anna Lynch and Adele Morgan at the Anchorage Museum, 625 C St., at 7 p.m. on Saturday, with tickets priced at $20. There's a special guest turn by Dr. Joanie Mayer Hope, the only gynecologic oncology surgeon in the state and, as lead singer of No Evidence of Disease, probably the only one to front a nationally recognized band. Then, at 5 p.m. on Sunday, New York writer/performance artist Jenny Allen will present her acclaimed comic riff on being diagnosed with ovarian cancer nine years ago, "I Got Sick Then I Got Better," in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on the UAA campus. Tickets and information are at leteverywomanknow.org.