Hot picks for the weekend

1964 Good Friday Earthquake
The JC Penney building was heavily damaged in the 1964 earthquake in Anchorage, Alaska.
Joe Rychetnik
Kelly and Alex Strawn have a High Tunnel greenhouse at their Palmer area home in which they grow peppers, gold bar squash, tomatoes, artichokes and other plants.
Bob Hallinen
A gluten-free flour can be made with corn starch, sorghum flour, brown rice flour, xantham gum, potato flour and potato starch.
Erik M. Lunsford

M. Butterfly

Based on real events, "M. Butterfly" tells the story of Rene Gallimard, a French civil servant in China who falls in love with a beautiful Chinese woman, the opera singer Song Liling. Though they have a 20-year affair, Gallimard doesn't realize that Liling is actually a spy -- and a man. 3 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, continuing through April 6 at the Jerry Harper Studio in the UAA Fine Arts Building. Due to strong language and brief nudity, this play isn't recommended for minors. $11-$18. (, 786-4849)

"1964 Earthquake Experience" premiere

Join the Alaska Experience Theatre for the premiere of this film, created by local filmmaker Jonathan Lang just in time for the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Great Alaskan Earthquake. All ages are welcome. Noon-7 p.m. every half-hour. Thursday, 333 W. Fourth Ave. $8.95. (272-9076,

High tunnels and season extension course

We're past the equinox and that means spring will be here soon. Gardeners looking to take advantage of the brief growing season might want to check out this course on practical gardening skills. You can learn strategies for low tunnels, high tunnels, pest management, irrigation, appropriate crops and soil nutrient management. Class meets 3-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, April 1 and April 8, UAF Cooperative Extension Office-Anchorage, 1675 C St. $65 for all three sessions. ((

Gluten-free desserts from Chef Suzette Lord-Weldon

Every other Saturday, Spenard Builders Supply hosts a free cooking demonstration by local chefs. This week, chef, caterer and cookbook author Suzette Lord-Weldon will be making two gluten-free desserts: Poly Tao and rice cake. Poly Tao is like a mochi dumpling made with rice flour, rolled in coconut, toasted sesame seeds and sugar. Rice cake is made with coconut milk and sweet rice. Taste the dishes, ask questions, take home recipes and enter to win a door prize. Located under the green awning, across from Spenard Builders Supply's main store, 4412 Lois Drive. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. (261-9207,