Cyrano's surreal, modern "Macbeth" speeds by, even when one sometimes struggles to make out the words.Mike Dunham

Thirla Alagala created a short animated film inspired by the Alaska Native totem poles in Saxman Native Village Totem Pole Park in Ketchikan. The film “Totem” was Alagala’s second year final project for the character animation program at the California Institute of the Arts.

Alaska Dispatch News
A heartthrob from Toksook Bay is an Internet sensation and Alaska artists donate work for relief efforts following the Nepal earthquake.Mike Dunham
A team of Oxford debaters faced off against members of the UAA team on the subject of whether classical music should receive taxpayer funds -- and prevailed despite contending before an audience full of music lovers.Mike Dunham
The Anchorage Civic Orchestra has come a long way in 27 years, providing opportunities for local players and composers.Mike Dunham
Suanne Unger, author of  “Qaqamiigux: Traditional Foods of the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands,” and Moses Dirks, one of the book’s contributors, will take the floor at the next Smithsonian Spotlight lecture at noon Thursday, May 7, at the Anchorage Museum. Mike Dunham
Jujiro Wada was a mushing idol in Alaska's gold rush, but his memory has faded in the land he loved. A new musical from Japan celebrating his life debuts in Anchorage.Mike Dunham
Alaska pilot, author and ecotourism pioneer Mike McBride will sign copies of his book about life on Kachemak Bay at this weekend's Great Alaska Aviation Gathering.Mike Dunham
Saturday, May 2, will be Independent Bookstore Day, and Palmer’s exemplary independent bookstore, Fireside Books, will host Heather Lende from Haines, author of “Find the Good;” “Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs” and “If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name.” Mike Dunham
The Second City has been launching big names in comedy for decades, including brothers John and Jim Belushi, Dan Akroyd, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Steven Colbert. On May 2, the troupe will bring their combination of sketch comedy and improv to Anchorage. Vikram Patel