Local audiences will have no less than four versions of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" to choose from this season, but that's only part of the upcoming holiday performances.

Mike Dunham

Rehearsal for the production of the  “Alaska Nutcracker” is held at the Glenn Massay Theater at the Mat-Su Community College in the Valley on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015.

Bob Hallinen
No doubt others are wondering how to manage newish relationships in the face of holiday parties, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, New Year's ...Wayne and Wanda

Anchorage awoke to seven inches of new snow on Saturday and a stiff wind created near-whiteout conditions at the north curve of Point Woronzof Drive. But that didn’t stop volunteers from arriving before dawn to set up a sprawling art installation titled “100Stone.” By 9 a.m. more than three dozen people were busy with shovels and snowblowers clearing a path to the beach below the Point Woronzof Park parking lot, adjusting rebar stakes and setting up tripod hoists to lift dozens of human statues into position on the shore of Cook Inlet.

Conceived by Anchorage artist Sarah Davies, “100Stone” uses forms taken from body casts of people affected by mental illness over the past year. Davies, who has suffered from acute depression herself, said she hoped the installation would lead to a realization of how many people struggle with various forms of mental illness and perhaps provide a sense of release from the isolation that they feel.

Bob Hallinen
Alaska's biggest book fair will coincide with Crafts Weekend at the Anchorage Museum, Nov. 27-29.Mike Dunham
Despite having proven to be a great gift to Yakutat and Alaska, Shoki Kayamori’s photography would be his undoing.David A. James
With Dr. Marjorie Mau in her 50s, and just months after Dr. Ted Mala's retirement from a 40-year career in Alaska health care, the two are cherishing their time with their 6-month-old twins.Jill Burke
At least four locations across Anchorage will serve free meals on Thanksgiving, offering individuals and families a place to turn for both celebration and company during the holiday.Chris Klint
In rural Alaska, residents are far removed from all the frenzy that goes with the nation's most intense shopping day of the year.Rachel D'Oro | Associated Press