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Coming up this week: The return of Modern Savage and post-holiday comic relief

  • Author: Zakiya McCummings
  • Updated: December 28, 2017
  • Published December 28, 2017

Local rock and roll band The Modern Savage, from left, Matt Eley guitar, keyboards, and vocals; drummer David Devlin; Ivan Molesky, bass; Jenni May Toro, lead vocals; John Cripps guitar and keyboards on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. The band will perform in Anchorage this week for the first time since May. (Bill Roth / ADN)

New Year's Eve is quickly approaching, but there's plenty of fun to be had the other days of the week. Here are our picks.

The Modern Savage with Medium Build

Local favorite The Modern Savage is back for its first show in Anchorage since May. Joining the grunge-pop band will be four-piece band on the rise – Medium Build. Medium Build has made a name for itself with energetic songs that audiences can sing along to. $12 in advance; $15 at the door. 8 p.m. Friday, 49th State Brewing Co, 717 W. Third Ave. (eventbrite.com)

Winter Wonderland Ball

Snowflakes are falling and so is the temperature: It is truly winter in Alaska. Keep warm with your dancing feet while Silver Train plays live music all night. Hosted by the Dancing Bears, this contra dancing event is for dancers of all skill levels. There will be food and drinks available for purchase. You don't need a partner to participate – singles welcome. $20; $15 for students ages 21-25 with ID. 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday, 49th State Brewing Company, 717 W. Third Ave. (thedancingbears.com)

AK Comics Presents: Holiday Hangover Show

Get away from all your relatives and shake off the holiday hangover with laughs provided by some of Alaska's funniest comedians. The AK Comics annual holiday variety show will feature local comedians Matt Collins, Matt Burgoon, Kass Smiley, Matt Jardin, James Enberg, John Norris, Chris Coleman and Justin Lawrence Hoyt. Make sure to stick around for a special guest visit from Mad Myrna's Friday Night Diva and "Queen of Spenard," Robin Sparkles. Free. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Koot's, 2435 Spenard Rd. (koots.com)

Stand-up comedian and host Matt Jardin performs at Williwaw in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News)

The Snow Ball

The House of ADA is an organization based in Oregon that has been putting on voguing balls since 2014. Voguing is a style of modern house dance that originated in Harlem and gained international recognition with Madonna's 1990 hit, "Vogue." Head down to ACW to experience the dance phenomenon for yourself. Attendees of the December 29 voguing workshop ($25) gain free entry to the ball. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. 9 p.m. Saturday, Anchorage Community Works, 349 E. Ship Creek Ave. (Search "The Snow Ball" on Facebook)

Jose from Brooke & Jubal in the Morning

Jose Bolanos is an energetic on-air radio personality with a contagious laugh from the nationally syndicated and award-winning radio show "Brooke and Jubal in the Morning." He's also a stand-up comedian who likes to tell stories about his daily observations. $20 reserved seating; $15 standing room. 7 p.m. Saturday. Williwaw. 609 F Street. (williwawsocial.com)

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