Maia Nolan-Partnow

Anchorage dance aficionados have something to look forward to this weekend as Alaska Dance Theatre , in partnership with Oregon's Eugene Ballet Company , presents "Intersections," an evening of dances never before seen in Alaska.

"The idea of 'Intersections' has been going on for a few years now," ADT executive director Codie Costello said in a phone interview before rehearsal Wednesday. "It's really ADT's way of collaborating with artists from the Lower 48 and from around the world."...

Maia Nolan-Partnow

Remember when Kate Gosselin went camping with Sarah Palin ?

Yeah. It was awful.

Good news, though: I was watching "Kate + 8" recently, and on a trip to Australia, Kate confronted her camping demons by spending the night in a tent. For real. (There's no actual proof of this in the video clip below, but you can at least see footage of the Gosselin kids gathering foliage to learn how to build an outback shelter. The tent they ultimately slept in, however, appeared to be made out of nylon, not leaves.)

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Maia Nolan-Partnow

Sen. Johnny Ellis took to the Senate floor last week to promote S.B. 23, which would extend Alaska's film industry tax credits another 10 years:

In the floor speech, Ellis championed Alaska's potential as a film production destination and trumpeted the business he says existing tax credits have already brought to the state.

"I don't know if 'stampede' would be the correct term, but things are cooking out there like we never imagined," Ellis told colleagues. "Cable television has fallen in love with Alaska."...

Maia Nolan-Partnow

Russell Knight had exactly 15 minutes to talk on Wednesday afternoon.

That's how long a break he could take from a shoot for "Mounted in Alaska," a new History Channel reality show featuring Knight and the crew at Anchorage's Knight's Taxidermy .

"You know, it's a bit weird seeing your life made into television," Knight said...

Maia Nolan-Partnow

Maia: Hey Ben, do you have any idea what season it's supposed to be out there? One day I'm thinking it's time to start planting my deck boxes and the next I'm losing the dog in a fresh snowdrift in the yard. I keep thinking about getting my tires changed, but every time it crosses my mind I wake up to another inch of new snow. I can't imagine trying to plan an outdoor activity this weekend...

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Our wedding is now just three months away. Commence freakout.

I like to fool myself into thinking I'm handling everything really well, but in reality, between wedding stuff and family stuff and work stuff and Press Club stuff and life stuff, I'm kind of a basketcase. It's not all wedding-related, but the wedding is one component of the anxiety casserole I'm choking down for dinner every night. (Low-fat anxiety casserole, of course. Because, you know, I'm getting married in three months.)...

Maia Nolan-Partnow

Ben: Well Maia, another weekend is upon us, and there's lots to do -- First Friday, the opening of Anchorage Opera's South Pacific -- but I feel like there's one event I should mention before all others. On Thursday, at the Century 16 and Tikahtnu movie theaters, there will be a one-off showing at 7 p.m. of the documentary " My Run ." Why do I feel it's necessary to mention this first? Because it's sick, that's why....

Maia Nolan-Partnow,Ben Anderson

Here's something I've never been able to say before: Two days next weekend, I have back-to-back tickets for locally-produced, mostly locally-cast musicals.

Anchorage audiences are used to seeing fully-staged big-budget musicals a couple of times a year, nearly always national tours brought up by the Anchorage Concert Association . What we're not used to is a broad array of musicals presented by Anchorage companies and featuring local performers. But something is different in 2011...

Maia Nolan-Partnow

Maia: I’ll be totally honest; after a cross-country air travel ordeal this week that involved a 41-hour trek from New York City back to Anchorage, I’m kind of planning on doing nothing more than curling up on my couch all weekend to catch up on “Make It or Break It.” (Yes, I enjoy a family television program about teenage elite gymnasts. Go ahead, mock away.) But if I were to venture out, I’d probably stick to that TV theme and head to Out North for the last weekend of “The Brits and Their Telly” -- the annual presentation of the UK’s best commercials from 2010. Here’s a preview:

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Maia Nolan-Partnow,Ben Anderson

Our third biggest wedding expense (after food/drink and our wedding coordinators) is photography. We're spending more on photos than we're spending on our venue (including insurance) and my dress combined, having opted for the full-day package that includes the DVD highlights slide show, an engagement sitting, 12 prints and a complete DVD of full resolution images...

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