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." This weekend's performance will include the Alaska premiere of "Tyranny of the Senses," a multimedia dance piece choreographed by ADT resident choreographer Gillmer Duran. Duran is also a principal with Eugene Ballet, where "Tyranny of the Senses" had its world premiere April 2. The piece, set to an original...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.) So it turns out Kate Gosselin isn't bad at camping in general. She's just bad at camping in the cold and rain. Which means Alaska probably wasn't the best place for her to try it for the first time. Oh, well. Live and learn... Contact Maia Nolan at maia(at)alaskadispatch.com .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." Multiple feature films and reality television series have been shooting in the state over the past year, including "Everybody Loves Whales," which took up visible residence in Anchorage for several months, as well as the Sundance-accepted film "On the Ice" and TV shows including "Sarah...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. The show, which premiered Thursday night, follows Knight and his employees -- including his daughter Kristina, a biology major at the University of Alaska Anchorage -- as they go about the business of preserving bears, fish and other wild creatures. The first episode finds Knight's team rehabilitating a 50-year-old polar bear mount that's a fixture at Wasilla's RoadSide Inn. At first blush, it might seem like a straightforward job, but "Mounted in Alaska" depicts a...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. Fortunately, the Anchorage Museum's Earth Family Day event on Sunday looks like it's going to be 100 percent indoors. There are going to be some cool activities for kids -- minature windmill building, recycled magnets and flowers made from comic books -- and marine life demonstrations by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They're also going to have community resources for things like...Ben Anderson,Maia Nolan-Partnow
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.) Seth and members of our respective families have been really great about stepping up to take on some of the responsibilities . My Aunt Donna is handling flowers. My cousin Darcy spent several days working on centerpieces when she came down for the Iditarod start. And my future mother-in-law, Patty, and...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. And I don't mean "sick" in the way the kids today mean it, like it's a good thing (go ahead, make a joke about me disparaging "kids"). "My Run" follows 57-year-old Terry Hitchcock as he attempts to run 75 marathons in 75 days. That's right, a marathon PER DAY. For two and a half months straight. I think of it as kind of like "Super Size Me," except the goal is more outlandish...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. Maybe there's something in the water, or maybe every director in town was involved in the same cocktail party conversation over the holidays. Ask any of the directors involved in any of the projects and they'll tell you the same thing: They don't know what happened. It just worked out this way. Whatever the...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: Awesome. “The Brits and Their Telly” runs Friday at 7 and 10 p.m., Saturday at 5, 7 and 10 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Out North. Tickets are $10 at the door but they recommend you book 'em early through...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. Seth is not convinced this is the best idea, but I feel good about the decision. These are going to be our wedding photos for the rest of our lives, and I want them to be really, really wonderful. If that wonderfulness comes with a high price tag, so be it. We'll sacrifice something else -- like wedding favors. Forty years from now, no one will remember whether we gave them a shot glass full of M&Ms printed with our names,...Maia Nolan-Partnow

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