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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
A new multimedia piece, "The Legend of the Northern Lights" highlighted the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra concert on Saturday, but despite glorious pictures and the promise of "fusing science with the arts," it wasn't gripping symphonic music, informative science nor even much of a legend.Mike Dunham
For artist Isidra Castro, it's not always easy wearing her passion on her skin.Marc Lester

Look closely, and you’ll see Anchorage institution Chilkoot Charlie’s is less like a bar and more like a museum, albeit one that smells of spilled beer.

Tara Young,Michelle Theriault Boots
The Anchorage Museum opened three notable exhibits on Nov. 7: the All Alaska Juried Art Show, considered the most important juried art show in the state, the statewide "Rarefied Light" photo competition and a show about Alaska craft materials.Mike Dunham
Before he became an aviation professor at UAA, John Wight spent seven horrible years imprisoned in Madagascar. This weekend he'll take part in book signing activities with a new book written by his wife in which he recalls the details of the ordeal.Mike Dunham
Troubadour's one-man show recalls his days as a folk singer in boomtown Anchorage while confronting hearing loss.Mike Dunham
Anchorage Community Theatre's "'night, Mother" supplies insight into suicide, but no answers to old questions.Mike Dunham
Alaska playwright Diane Benson's "Mother America Blue," which debuted to high praise from critics in London last year, will receive its Anchorage premiere at a special Veterans Day program that will include the reminiscences of World War II veteran Julius Rockwell. Mike Dunham
Anchorage Opera's "Madame Butterfly" is a straightforward but effective presentation of Puccini's tear-jerker.Mike Dunham