Hot Picks: Gabriel Iglesias, firefighters open house, book launch

Mike Dunham

Gabriel Iglesias' 'Unity Through Laughter Show'

Comedian Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias (known for his show "I'm Not Fat... I'm Fluffy") mixes parodies, characters and sound effects to tell stories of his personal experiences. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center, 600 W. Seventh Ave. $36.80-$76.05; includes fees. (,

An Evening with Lidia

Chef Lidia from "Lidia's Italy" on PBS and The Create Channel is coming to dinner. This benefit for Alaska Public Media includes a six-course dinner with a selection of wines. The menu was designed by Lidia herself and prepared by chef Rob Kinneen. There will be only 50 people at each seating. 9 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Crush Wine Bistro & Cellar, 343 W. Sixth Ave. $250 for members of Alaska Public Media; $275 for non-members. (550-8432,

Anchorage Firefighters Open House

Fire Station 3 at 1100 Airport Heights Drive invites the public to stop by from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free hot dogs, a live fire burn demo, Elliott Taylor Memorial Blood Drive, home exit drill, JBER smoke trailer, kiddie combat challenge, goodie bags for the kids and kids' car seat inspections planned. Free parking behind Alaska Regional Hospital. Handicapped parking behind Fire Station 3. 

Michelle Theall presents 'Teaching the Cat to Sit: A Memoir'

Michelle Theall wrote a book about her experiences growing up gay and Catholic in the Texas Bible Belt. In "Teaching the Cat to Sit: A Memoir," she tells how she came to terms with the roles of religion, motherhood and family in living a full, loving life. Theall is the editor of Alaska Magazine. 4-6 p.m. Monday, UAA Campus Bookstore, Spirit Drive. Free. (

Underground Dance Co. presents 'Toyz'

The Anchorage hip-hop dance studio will present its annual year-end production featuring all of its classes, dance teams and professional company. 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, West High School auditorium, 1700 Hillcrest Drive. $10. (243-3355)


Mike Dunham