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What’s happening around Anchorage: Hawaiian music, ‘Steel Magnolias’ and cosplay masquerade

  • Author: Alaska Dispatch News
  • Updated: October 12, 2017
  • Published October 12, 2017

Legends of Hawaiian music

In the 1970s, Keola Beamer, Henry Kapono and their peers fused traditional Hawaiian music with laid-back rock, facilitating a crucial movement to revive the language and other aspects of Hawaiian culture that were fading away. Kapono was once a member of wildly popular duo Cecilio & Kapono, and Beamer's "Honolulu City Lights" is a best-selling record in Hawaiian music history. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Discovery Theatre, 621 W. Sixth Ave. $40.25-$54.75. (

'Steel Magnolias'

Perseverance Theatre brings "Steel Magnolias," the well-loved tale of love, friendship and hair products set in a small Southern town, to the Sydney Laurence Theatre. See the play that made the 1989 movie such an enduring classic. Showing through Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday with matinee shows at 2 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $45-$56. See for showtimes and details.

A scene from Perseverance Theatre’s producton of “Steel Magnolias.” (Photo courtesy Perseverance Theatre)

Cosplay Masquerade Ball

Senshi Con leave you wanting more? Bring out your formal attire or elegant costumes and dance the night away with classical renditions of old and modern music alike. Bring along your own mask or purchase one at the door, see elaborate costumes, have a coffee, enjoy finger foods and participate in competitions and ongoing raffles. 7 p.m. Friday at a new convention hall called The Center, 4855 Arctic Blvd. 18+. $25-$60 plus fees.(

Last weekend for 'She Kills Monsters'

It's the last weekend to catch Cyrano's latest production, "She Kills Monsters." The play follows protagonist Agnes as she loses herself in a Dungeons & Dragons game to understand her dead sister, Tilly. A comedic riff on nerd culture with cheeky pop-culture nostalgia. Alice and Tilly's D&D friends role-play adventures with dark comedic undertones. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Cyrano's Theatre Company, 3800 DeBarr Road. $23-$25. (

The dragons wait to make their entrance during a fight scene rehearsal for the production of “She Kills Monsters” in Anchorage, Alaska, on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. Cyrano’s has moved to a new location at 3800 DeBarr Road. (Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News)

A stage for 'Church and State'

"Church and State" is a political comedy from RKP Productions about a conservative Southern senator running for re-election when a mass shooting at an elementary school makes him question his position on gun rights, as well as his belief in a God who would let innocent children be killed. When he expresses such doubts publicly, his wife and campaign manager must run interference to keep him from ruining his chances for re-election. Running Oct. 13-29; showtimes vary. Thursday-Sunday, Alaska Experience Theatre, 333 W. Fourth Ave., Suite 207. $18-$20. (

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