Hot Picks: Burlesque, MMA, beach party

Marc Lester

Alaska Fighting Championship: "Land of the Midnight Sun 1"

This Saturday there will be live MMA under the windmill at Chilkoot Charlie's. Watch a 205-pound fight between Chris Johnson and Joe "Unleashed" Fonoti. Special guest appearance by Ultimate Fighting Championship legend Randy "The Natural" Couture for a meet and greet and autograph signing. The fight will be followed by a performance by Elvis Monroe. Doors at 4 p.m. for Randy Couture meet-and-greet. First fight begins at 6 p.m. Saturday outside Chilkoot Charlie's, $25 for regular seating, $50 for VIP. (351-8184, culture

Coffee with a Scientist: "Revealing the Secrets of the Dead"

Forensic anthropologist Clyde Snow observed, "Witnesses may forget throughout the years, but the dead, those skeletons, they don't forget." Alaska has more missing persons per capita than any other state -- victims of both accidental and intentional deaths. Dave McMahan, former state archaeologist, will discuss Alaska case studies that illustrate the techniques used to coax stories from human skeletal remains. Bring ID for entry to the Old Federal Building. 2 p.m. Friday, Alaska Public Lands Information Center, 605 W. Fourth Ave. Free. (644-3661, theater


Anchorage is undergoing a bit of a burlesque boom lately, with two shows this week alone.

Sweet Cheeks Cabaret will present a Friday the 13th-themed program called "Creatures of Delight." It will feature some "sexified" horror characters (and has to be the only show going featuring a burlesque Freddy Kreuger: "Sexy Freddy"). Arrive dressed as your favorite Friday the 13th superstition, non-humanoid creature or film character for a chance to win a prize. 7 p.m. Friday, Tap Root Public House, 3300 Spenard Road. $15-$25. (306-7956,

Candy Pie Parfait Burlesque will take a burlesque trip that's both historical -- Cleopatra, 1950s pin-up girls -- and fantastical -- Aphrodite, fembots and more. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Chilkoot Charlie's, 2435 Spenard Road. $20-$30. (743-1995) film

Solstice Showcase

Check out some of the best local films produced this year. There will be comedy, action, drama and suspense from some of Alaska's most talented storytellers (parents, be warned: some films may not be suitable for kids younger than 13). 10:15 p.m. Thursday and 12:30 p.m. June 22, Bear Tooth Theatrepub, 1230 W. 27th Ave. $10. (440-2641, outdoors

Sand Castle Beach Party

Pack your beach towel and a picnic lunch and make a day of it at the beach. The city and the Anchorage Library are hosting a beach party -- there will be a sand castle building contest and beach games and water guns are encouraged. 1 p.m. Friday, June 13, Goose Lake Park, East Northern Lights Boulevard. (343-4495,