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Ten Alaska artists and art groups shared more than $200,000 in grant funding from the National Endowment for the ArtsMike Dunham
Anchorage Community Theatre's production of "Christmas Belles" is perhaps intentionally amateurish, but humor and heart of the show shine through.Mike Dunham
An odd one-act play about a bizarre truck driver and his macabre cargo so grabbed the imagination of one of the actors that he's turned it into a movie. Kevin T. Bennett's "Six Dead Bodies Duct-Taped to a Merry-Go-Round" will debut at the Anchorage International Film Festival on Dec. 13.Mike Dunham
Three skin sewers are demonstrating techniques for preparing and stitching gut material at the Anchorage Museum.Mike Dunham
Celtic Woman will make its first trip to Alaska with its "Home For Christmas" show, Dec. 5-7. But the performers won't have time for sightseeing. After four performances here, they continue a national tour through Dec. 22 before they can get home for Christmas themselves. Mike Dunham
Eugene Ballet's "Nutcracker" is a particularly family-friendly version of the ballet, without sacrificing great dancing. A few pyrotechnics and even some strobe lighting enliven the action. Mike Dunham
The young dancers who will perform in this weekend's "Nutcracker" are energetic, talented and passionate about their art. They're also very articulate and shared their thoughts about what it's like to be in the evergreen holiday ballet.Mike Dunham
Alaska Overnighters will have a new and unusual venue for the next round of quickly written plays; they'll be presented in various galleries at the Anchorage Museum and patrons will stand through the show. Also, Alaskans have come through with donations to several good causes involving music, theater and literary arts.Mike Dunham

Pulse Dance Company will host its annual season fundraiser in French this weekend with a theme of Moulin Rouge-inspired burlesque. Pulse is known for its innovative approach to modern dance in Anchorage.  The group's previous burlesque pieces have displayed its ability to push the genre and flex dancers' muscles.

Alaska Dispatch News
An Anchorage woman was shocked when she tried to buy tickets for Cirque du Soleil and found her bill ballooned with extra charges. She'd gone to a third-party ticket reseller instead of the venue's authorized seller. Here's how to avoid making the same mistake.Mike Dunham