Arts

Some of the world's leading experts in the expeditions of James Cook are in Anchorage for a conference on his explorations in Alaska.Mike Dunham
In 1778, British sailors became the first Europeans to meet Native Alaskans from Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet. Their encounter is recorded in a new book about Captain James Cook's northern explorations.Aron L. Crowell
The Bear Tooth Theatrepub will host “A Night at the Empress,” an early-day Anchorage theater night, reprising a typical program of yesteryear featuring silent films, live dancers and a taste of vaudeville.Mike Dunham
West High graduate Maeva Ordaz says her migrant parents' hard work and emphasis on education inspired her to pursue scholarships and compete in the national Poetry Out Loud competition.Mike Dunham
Cyrano's well-performed production of the quirky national hit "Venus in Fur" explores sexuality with comedic twists.Vikram Patel
The Alaska Center for Alternative Lifestyles joins the Anchorage First Friday art walk roster with a reception featuring erotic art and live models.Mike Dunham
In a switch from his usually colorful paintings, Anchorage artist Byron Birdsall has published a new book looking at Alaska history in black-and-white drawings.Mike Dunham
This week in art: a talk from a renowned mask maker, a lecture on edible plants and a Girdwood music festival.Mike Dunham
Juneau-based Alaska Robotics and musicians Molly Lewis, Marian Call, and Seth Boyer teamed up to create a parody of David Bowie's 1969 song "Space Oddity" with a twist. David Bowie's website picked up the parody days later, and the video is steadily racking up views. Laurel Andrews
Up-and-coming violin and cello sister team "duo parnas" will perform in Anchorage and Sitka. ACT gets a new executive director and an East High teen will have her art displayed at the U.S. Capitol. Mike Dunham