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Coming up: Holiday square dance, curtain call at Cyrano’s and St. Stephen’s Day ceili

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: December 22, 2017
  • Published December 21, 2017

The Joyful Panic pop-up shop

There's only one more weekend before Christmas comes around. Sneak in some last minute gift shopping at a local pop-up shop featuring Snowdandi Arts, Akimbo Collection, Moonshine Sisters, Seaglass & Stardust and Emerge Creative Arts. Jitters community room will become a mini bazaar, where shoppers can check out local art. Grab your favorite snack or beverage and cross those last few gifts off your list. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Jitters, 11401 Old Glenn Highway, #107, Eagle River (

Irish dancer Katie Anschuetz, 15 years old, will be competing in the world Irish dance championships in the first part of April 2009. Photographed in the Daily New studio on Wednesday February 18, 2009. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

St. Stephen's Day Ceili

There will be two events celebrating St. Stephen's Day, observed the day after Christmas, in downtown Anchorage this year. There will be a free event with Irish music and dancing from 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday at Williwaw. No partner or experience is needed; dance callers will be on hand to teach each dance. Another ceili will be hosted by Irish Dance Academy and the Northern Lights Celtic Dancers at McGinley's Pub (645 G St.) from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“Our Friend, The Enemy,” at Cyrano’s. (Photo by Alexis Sheeder)

Closing: 'Our Friends, The Enemy'

The final performance of Cyrano's current play comes just one day before Christmas. "Our Friends, The Enemy" is based on the true story of the 1914 Christmas Truce during World War I, when British and German soldiers stopped fighting from the trenches to celebrate the holiday together. Shani Friedman wrote in Huffington Post, "the brutalities of war, and the power of brotherhood and the Christmas spirit to achieve peace, are given vivid life in this moving show." $23-$25. Runs through Sunday; Saturday showing sold out. Cyrano's Theatre Company, 3800 DeBarr Road. (

Holiday Square Dance with Big Chimney Barn Dance

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which means it's time to head down to Girdwood for the weekend and do a little country two-step in celebration. Big Chimney Barn Dance will be joined by square dancer Brian DeMarcus and guest fiddler Scotty Meyer both Friday and Saturday; Cold Country Trio will also play Friday night, and Dan Booth & Amanda Kerr will play Saturday. Doors at 9 p.m; show at 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Sitzmark Bar & Grill, 100 Olympic Circle, Girdwood. 21 and over; Free. (

Northern lights fill the sky above the Ultima Thule Outfitters base camp. Photographer Kerry Tasker will be teaching a nighttime photography course Friday at Anchorage Museum. (Photo by Kerry Tasker)

Adult art class: Nighttime photography

Have you always wanted to learn how to capture the beauty of winter auroras? Explore through the camera lens with photographer Kerry Tasker, who shares his expertise and provides tips on how to best take nighttime shots. Participants should bring their own cameras to workshop. Pre-registration required. $20; members receive 10 percent discount. 5-7 p.m. Friday, Anchorage Museum, 625 C St. (

Zumba and margaritas

Grab a drink and then grab your gym shoes for some midday dancing with a little liquid courage. The Alaska Club has partnered with Williwaw in a new, free community activity: Zumba and margaritas. Hosted by Matt Mayer of MIX 103.1. Free. Noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Williwaw, 609 F St. (

Clarification: This story has been updated to remove references to St. Stephen from the St. Stephen's Day events.

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