Victoria Barber

Each week, Alaska Dispatch News is featuring a different music video from an Alaska artist. Want to suggest a video? Contact play@alaskadispatch.com . Twin sisters Maris Maeve and Bryce Quinn O'Tierney, who perform together as maeve & quinn, have far-reaching roots in Anchorage. They grew up in Anchorage, started their music studies there, competed at State Solo and Ensemble festival and used to busk at the Saturday markets downtown. Maris, who sings and plays guitar and piano while Bryce sings and plays violin, describes their music as a blending of folk, pop and threads of Irish traditional. It was when the two left to study at Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music in Chicago that their collaboration "really began to develop on classical and indie/folk pop fronts." "Fusion" is a...Victoria Barber
Each week Alaska Dispatch News is featuring a different music video featuring an Alaska artist. Want to suggest a video? Contact play@alaskadispatch.com . Just in time for the annual Cat Party at Tap Root is "Caturday," from the delightfully quirky Anchorage garage electro pop duo Pretty Birds That Kill , otherwise known as Bobby Ziegler and Stefanie Vigoren. The UAA Film Club worked with the band on the video. Evan Erickson, another Anchorage-based musician, directed and produced with Cecil Brown and Jeremy Stegman on camera. It was filmed over two days at a house on Spenard Road and a cat shelter in Anchorage. The music video premiered at last year's Cat Party, an annual event hosted by Pretty Birds. "[The Cat Party] started as a reason to dress up as a cat and perform in our band while...Victoria Barber
Each week Alaska Dispatch News is featuring a different music video by an Alaska artist. Want to suggest a video? Contact play@alaskadispatch.com Anchorage's The Modern Savage have made their mark with driving, glittery pop rock, releasing a full-length album "Subtle Advances" and five-song EP "Unfazed " within the last year. They joined forces with Anchorage producer/director Emma Sheffer and cinematographer Howdice Brown III to create this colorful, surreal video for the single "Animal Sounds." The video was filmed last summer. In it, naked women walk around in the woods carrying lemons, children and martial artists hit a sparkly pinata in the woods and a yo-yo-ist does tricks against the backdrop of Turnagain Arm. Sound strange? Sheffer said in an email that the idea was to mix "a...Victoria Barber
Anchorage food carver Bang-On Roulet is a banquet chef at the Hotel Captain Cook and has won gold medals for her fruit and vegetable sculptures at culinary competitions around the world. She's also the artist behind the eye-popping jack-o'-lantern displays that decorate the downtown hotel during...
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About 30 people were evacuated from an Anchorage apartment building following flash flooding that stranded cars and shut down some Anchorage streets Saturday night. The Anchorage Fire Department evacuated a multiplex off Cordova and 12th Street after apartments on the lower level flooded and the department deemed the building to be unsafe. The residents were transported on a People Mover bus to an evacuation shelter set up at the Fairview Rec Center by the The American Red Cross of Alaska. The National Weather Service described the heavy rain between 4 p.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday as a "12 hour-50 year rainfall event," with the heaviest generally falling in a corridor along the Seward Highway from Midtown to South Anchorage before tapering off overnight. The heaviest rainfall recorded...Victoria Barber
Warm weather is forecast for this weekend and there's no better time to get outside for some fun at events around Anchorage. Outdoors Run for Women and Mud Factor 5K Thousands will be seeing pink Saturday during the 23rd annual Run for Women, which raises breast cancer awareness and grants funds to programs combating the disease. Bib pickup for the 1- to 5-mile event starts at 6:45 a.m.; runs and walks start at 8:30 p.m. in the Sullivan Arena parking lot. Suggested donation is $25. Find a route map and other details at akrfw.org. Feel like getting a little -- or a lot -- dirty? Mud Factor, the "Seriously Fun, 5K Obstacle Run!" takes place at Kincaid Park on Sunday and will feature various muddy obstacles set to rock music. If you aren't already signed up, be prepared for a steep day-of-...Victoria Barber
TRAPPER CREEK -- Trapper Creek Bluegrass, perhaps Alaska's quirkiest festival, turns 10 this year. The event is part music fest and part installation art show; it has an atmosphere that's like a house party in a gypsy caravan that is also throwing a yard sale. Located on about 40 acres of land called Boot’s Bison Ranch off the Parks Highway, the twice-yearly festival wrapped up its first weekend over Memorial Day and will be back this August. The festival site is a wooded lot, where a tree fort hangs 30 feet in the air and old boats and buses -- some elaborately painted -- are placed haphazardly next to giant, handmade tepees. Walk through the grounds and there's no telling what you might stumble across -- a sound sculpture made of old pots, a row of movie theater seats, a maze, a kitchen...Victoria Barber
Trees are leafing out, people are playing outdoors and all kinds of events are cropping up around Anchorage and the surrounding area. Here are a few of our top picks for Saturday. Festival Petals 'N' Spokes Head to Town Square this weekend for a celebration of things coming into bloom. The Petal 'N' Spokes party will have hanging baskets for sale, live music and activities -- including face-painting, a bubble tower and a giant kayak pool -- to keep the family entertained. Get tips from a master gardener and bid on silent auction items to benefit the "Foster a Flower" program. Children can plant a flower to take home for free. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday in Town Square Park. (anchoragedowntown.org; 279-5655) Festival 'In-Tent-City’ party Anchorage Community Works along with local artists and like...Victoria Barber
There’s something charming about just the existence of a German restaurant in Mountain View. You'll find West Berlin’s bright storefront on the same strip as Vietnamese pho, pizza, Hawaiian food, Thai, an Asian grocery, African food truck and a Dominican restaurant. If Anchorage has an international district, this is it. In college I was briefly an exchange student in Frankfurt. My German remained, well ... not so "gut." But the experience taught me to love mayonnaise with my fries, soda mixed into my beer and all things related to German cuisine. So it was with some excitement that I grabbed a friend who’d lived in Vienna and ventured out to dinner last week. West Berlin opened about four months ago, and on the inside, it still has that new restaurant feel -- it’s nicely done up and a...Victoria Barber
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There’s something charming about just the existence of a German restaurant in Mountain View. West Berlin opened about four months ago, and on the inside, it still has that new restaurant feel -- it’s nicely done up and a little sparse. The walls are a deep mauve color and hung with historic photos...
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