The mercury uncharacteristically popped above freezing twice in the week before the multi-block competition judging at the 2010 BP World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks early this month. You might have thought the sponsors, Ice Alaska, would be worried that the giant carvings would revert to water within days.Mike Dunham
Haines author and former Daily News columnist Heather Lende received a starred review in the American Library Association's Booklist for her new book, "Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs: Family, Friends, and Faith in Small-Town Alaska" (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill).Mike Dunham
The last time soprano Jane Drebert made a splash on stage she wasn't singing. She was doing handsprings as one of three mimes inserted into Anchorage Opera's November production of "I Pagliacci" -- and, frankly, upstaging the singers.Mike Dunham
A small, enthusiastic audience carried the Dance Spectrum Alaska dancers through a mediocre performance Friday evening at the Discovery Theater. The performers struggled through much of the first half of the concert, weakening what in some cases could have been interesting works.Anne Herman
Ron Hutchinson's comedy "Moonlight and Magnolias" wavers between broad humor and conversational wit without quite succeeding on either front. Mike Dunham
In a conventional Eagle River neighborhood -- at a tired, two-story rental with peeling paint and tapestry-draped windows -- about a dozen friends, all in their 20s, are gathered to make some fun on what might otherwise be a dull Tuesday night. It's the dead of winter, it's getting kind of late, and they're out in the driveway jumping rope.Debra McKinney
If forced by some tyrannical demon to choose one piece of music to be preserved while all others ever created were destroyed, I would be inclined to pick Bach's Mass in B Minor. I get the feeling Bach would have picked it too.Mike Dunham
Don't have Iditarod fever? Don't worry -- there's still plenty going on.Maia Nolan-Partnow
Starting sometime this summer, if all goes as planned, Mountain View residents may see themselves in a unique piece of public art. Steph Kese and Erin Pollock are asking to borrow the faces of people in the neighborhood to create an outdoor sculpture on the corner of Mountain View Drive and Commercial Boulevard.Mike Dunham
Iditarod race veteran Rose Albert will be at the restart today in Willow. But, as in recent years, she's wrangling artwork, not dogs. If you're out with the crowd look for her table. She'll have paintings and carved cedar boxes for sale, including a box decorated with race champion Lance Mackey and team.Mike Dunham