ArtsScene: Watercolors, cabaret, art tour

Mike Dunham

Stories and songs

Alan Rachins, who made his mark in musicals before landing regular roles in prime time television hits "L.A. Law" and "Dharma and Greg," will present a "unique cabaret" fundraiser for Cyrano's at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Rachins will be accompanied by pianist/composer Shelly Markham in what looks like a highly entertaining evening. Tickets are $35 for the show and $45 for "VIP" tickets, which get admission to a special party with Rachins and Markham after the performance, all available at or by calling 263-2787. Note that the show will be in Sydney Laurence Theatre. The afterparty will take place at Cyrano's, 413 D St. 

1% for Art Excursion

The Anchorage Museum will present a behind-the-scenes narrated tour of Anchorage's public art, including work by some of Alaska's best-known artists. This bus tour is led by Angela Demma from the Municipality of Anchorage's 1% for Art Program. Snacks and water provided, but bring a brown bag lunch and dress for walking in unpredictable weather. The tour will start at the museum, 625 C St., at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and be over by 1 p.m. The cost is $30. Register online at

Watercolors of Iceland and Greenland

Artist Mark McDermott will open a solo show of recent paintings of scenes from Greenland and Iceland at a First Friday reception, 4:30 p.m. Friday, at Stephan Fine Arts Gallery in the lobby of the Hotel Captain Cook, 939 W. Fifth Ave. The multi-award-winning McDermott is known for his Alaska landscapes and says he finds much in common with the high-latitude scenery and people of the North Atlantic. The show will remain on display through June 22. Find out more at


Mike Dunham