The return of daylight and the appearance of seed racks always trigger an instinctual reaction: buy and plant. Here's a reality check.

Jeff Lowenfels
Dining out isn’t always the best option on Valentine's Day. It doesn’t mean, though, that we have to find ourselves bereft of a wonderful meal or making something fussy. Kim Sunée

Three powerful exhibits opened at the Anchorage Museum on Feb. 5, all located on the third floor in a grouping that lets the viewer conveniently stroll from one to the next and see everything without doubling back.

Mike Dunham
Alaska's biggest juried art show, a sharp look at colonial violence and a broad mediation on "the gladiator culture" of hockey open at the Anchorage Museum.Mike Dunham
Lobbying for your own interests with state legislators may seem daunting. Let's break it down.Scott McMurren
The most eye-catching items I saw in the round of art openings on Feb. 5 were not new. Mike Dunham
The annual Empty Bowl fundraiser has become so popular that Bean’s worries they’ll run out of bowls.Mike Dunham
The secret to getting the cookies so big and soft is the sour cream in the dough. They almost melt in your mouth. Maya Wilson
 Events around Anchorage range are fun, funny or romantic (or all three), for whichever way you're feeling Feb. 14. Alaska Dispatch
Alicia Keys' song "No One" got a perfectly appropriate Alaska dance interpretation this week.Laurel Andrews