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Anchorage music lovers will have a rare chance to experience baroque music as it was meant to be presented, with dancers, at a concert on Sunday. 

The new gleaming spires reaching skyward near the banks of the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks remind some of ice crystals, while others say the shapes are reminiscent of quartz crystals or the imagined architecture of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude.Dermot Cole
While some may long for a more nuanced interpretation of the play, most will revel in the high energy and carefree attitude of this production from Perseverance Theatre, playing at the Center for the Performing Arts Sept. 14 and 17-21.Egan Millard

This week in the arts, there are new works in the Alaska Contemporary Art Bank, a new acoustic shell for the Atwood Concert Hall and a dance director at Alaska Dance Theatre.

Mike Dunham

On Wednesday afternoon, 56 young girls and their nervous parents waited in a church foyer while each family went, one at a time, into a room to audition for the Anchorage Concert Association’s production of Les Misérables.

Loren Holmes

Dancer and choreographer Jody Sperling joined a science party and Coast Guard crew on a voyage to the Chukchi Sea. While the scientists were off studying plankton bloom, Sperling studied the sea ice and expressed its dynamism and fragility through dance. Sperling’s performance project is just one piece of "Arctic Spring," an effort by scientists, artists and performers to explore life under the sea.

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Some productions approach the conflict between art and entertainment with a deliberate sense of nuance. For the current show at Anchorage Community Theatre, however, director Colby Bleicher opts for unvarnished farce, playing up the sitcom stereotypes of the characters.Mike Dunham
Starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, the "Kick it to the Curb" party will turn D Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues into a “living gallery” with performances, workshop tables, sidewalk artists and -- in case you missed it in January -- Object Runway fashions.Mike Dunham
With cooperation from the U.S. State Department, the Annenberg Foundation purchased a number of American Indian and Alaska Native artifacts at a Paris auction last year -- and are now returning them to their rightful owners.Sean Doogan

Among the many exhibits at the Alaska State Fair, the whimsical "creative arts and crafts" department, housed in Irwin Hall, captures the unusual and interesting offerings that don't easily fit into other categories.

Tara Young