The suicide of Robin Williams earlier this month sent staffers scrambling to find out whether or not the actor/comic had ever performed in Anchorage, like maybe back in the pipeline days. There weren't newspaper records of him stopping over in town, but a 2010 interview with Decca Aitkenhead in The Guardian suggested that movie-making in Alaska had something to do with his resumption of drinking after 20 years on the wagon.Mike Dunham
Dauenhauer, who came to Alaska in the late 1960s, made important contributions to the preservation of Tlingit lore and language. He also was a respected poet and former Alaska poet laureate.Mike Dunham
Three Guys No Wood opened its doors in Soldotna four summers ago, but it has come a long way -- geographically. The idea originated in the Arctic community of Barrow, where the climate is less kind to woodworking.
On Aug. 8, Anchorage Community Works marked its first anniversary. The artist co-op, housed in a 5,000-square-foot facility by Ship Creek, hosts artist studios and served as a venue for concerts and other special events.
The gray front of the metal two-story warehouse-type building on Ship Creek looks plain enough, surrounded by gravel parking areas with a cluster of utility boxes lining the wall next to the main entrance. But you never know what you’ll find behind the door.Mike Dunham
The Alaska State Council on the Arts unveiled the 11 new pieces recently added to the Alaska Contemporary Art Bank at a reception on Aug. 7. The works by Alaskans join more than 700 other paintings, photos, sculptures and mixed-media items that are placed in public offices around the state.Mike Dunham