Arts Scene: Vivid Colors, 'Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes,' Alaska Youth Orchestras

Hooves and battle

When "War Horse" opened in 2007, The Times of London called it "the theatrical event of the decade." Apparently, the play is better than the movie. Spectacular life-size puppets recreate the part of the plow horse Joey and other equines pressed into service in World War I. The West End production will be shown on big screens nationwide one night only, Thursday, Feb. 27, when it can be seen in Anchorage at 7 p.m. at Century 16. Tickets are available at the theater's box office and online at

Young talent

Vivid Colors, Ink is hosting a youth art exhibit at Out North through Feb. 24. The fledgling nonprofit group's aim is to help people under the age of 18 express and expand their artistic abilities. The exhibit is taking place in advance of Vivid Colors' inaugural fundraising event, "Explosion of the Arts," which will be held on March 8, also at Out North. Organizers say, "Our goal is to raise $50,000 that will be used to purchase art supplies. The event will include live comedy, auctions and 'heavy appetizers.'" Tickets are $35. More information can be found at this weekend's show and online at

Sounds and silence

The Alaska Youth Orchestras perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in Atwood Concert Hall, a big program that includes music by Bartok, Tchaikovsky and Leroy Anderson. Starting at 6 p.m., there'll be a silent auction fundraiser in the Lorene Harrison Lobby. Tickets are available at More information at

Stereotypes and cinema

Arab-American Ashraf is an aspiring actor offered a humiliating role in a film for big bucks. What should he do? What would you do? "Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes" takes a stab at cultural stereotypes and Hollywood reality in a comic style. Performances take place at 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays at Cyrano's, 413 D St. The playwright will make a personal appearance after the shows on Feb. 21 and 22. A free public screening of the documentary "Reel Bad Arabs" will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday following the performance. Tickets for the play are available at

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