Arts

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

Byron Nicholai never thought he'd be anything more than a regular teenager from a remote Alaska village. But when his Facebook page "I Sing, You Dance" began to take off, he suddenly found himself a celebrity and role model for Alaska Native youth.

Tara Young
Disco, power ballads, intrigue -- and nuns gone wild. Anchorage Concert Association's last big musical of the year, "Sister Act," will play in Anchorage from May 12-17. Jeri Kopet
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
The opening sketch involved a woman who appeared to be fighting with her lover. But after the call, she confessed to a curious bystander that she had just been on the phone with GCI, much to the audience’s delight.Vikram Patel
Sisters bring the wildlife of Alaska's Copper River Delta to center stage with dance.Jane Spencer / The Cordova Times
Art made from thrift shop finds to be auctioned at Transformed Treasures, the Salvation Army's popular annual fundraiser, will go on display at a preview party Friday, May 1.Mike Dunham