In 17 years at the helm, conductor Randy Fleischer has brought silent films, fresh music and fireworks to the Anchorage Symphony.

Elissa Brown
After a couple of hours of exhuming a bear carcass from its muddy grave in Midtown Anchorage, the sickly sweet smell of mortified flesh pervaded the woodlot.Rick Sinnott
Anchorage artist Lucas Elliott delivers a 148-page streamlined adaptation that pulls the main plot threads from the film and weaves them into a fast-paced, eye-pleasing version that can be easily read in a single sitting. It’s every bit as funny as the movie, even if many of the best parts and quirkiest characters got left out. David A. James
Mother of two tries to reach Nome in the Last Great Race, plus tips for cooking effectively with marijuana. Kathleen Macknicki

Kids visit with Anchorage Police Department patrol officer and K9 handler Chris Nelson and Doc at the annual Police Navidad at the Anchorage Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, AK, on Saturday, November 28, 2015. The celebration put on by the Anchorage Police Department Employees Association featured craft tables, exhibits, entertainment, the Mooselip model railroad and visits with Santa Claus, among many other activities. 

Bob Hallinen

As the fiddle-based music of Interior Alaska villages continues to evolve, the popular annual winter celebration has split into two different events. 


Tara Young
This Sunday, Advent Sunday, signals two significant events in many denominations. First, the church year for many mainline denominations begins. Second, Advent begins, an annual period of about four weeks before Christmas, which for 1,500 years has been marked by fasting, repentance, hoping and prayerfully pondering the first and second Advents.Chris Thompson
“What are the best herbs to grow indoors?” Ever since I started writing this column, this is a question that has been asked every winter. I understood the frequency of the query back in the day when fresh herbs were not so readily available here. Yet I still get it today despite our plentiful and ample supplies. This just indicates we want really fresh, right from the living plant.Jeff Lowenfels
Simple suggestions from frequent travelers to help you be prepared.Scott McMurren
Do we put Alaska Native artists in an aesthetic ghetto when they're labeled as "traditional"?Mike Dunham