An evening of films by Alaskans will take place Friday and Saturday, June 19-20, with offerings that range from romantic comedy and animation to CGI-enhanced Vikings fighting Space Orcs.Mike Dunham

Viewers can expect to see some polished work at the third annual Solstice Showcase. The evening of films by Alaskans will  range from romantic comedy and animation to CGI-enhanced Vikings fighting Space Orcs.

Mike Dunham
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
It was all a big art experiment in late May. Could a group of adults with different talents and from different parts of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta work together to create a new kind of doll?Lisa Demer
If the historic 4th Avenue Theatre is gutted, what will happen to the giant murals, the grandest work of art deco art in Alaska?Mike Dunham
Award-winning children’s author Kate DiCamillo, the U.S. national ambassador for young people’s literature, visits Anchorage this week.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