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Coming up: First Friday, kickoff party for beer week and a famously bad film

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 4
  • Published January 4

(Mara Severin)

Art house Friday at E Street Theater

The Anchorage International Film Festival will host its first art house First Friday this week, with a selection of short films including animated shorts and films made in Alaska. $10 in advance; $12 at the door. 6 p.m. Friday, E Street Theater, 315 E St.

Alaska beer week kickoff

Join Williwaw and breweries from across the state for a kickoff of Alaska Beer Week. Ambassadors from local breweries and members of the Brewers Guild of Alaska will be available to discuss their beers. The first 200 people to purchase tickets will get a commemorative AK Beer Week tasting glass, and all guests  receive two 8-ounce pours from breweries across the state. Stick around for the live entertainment at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 day-of. 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Thursday, Williwaw, 609 F St.

30th anniversary presentation: Full Metal Jacket

Stanley Kubrick's classic film "Full Metal Jacket" is 30 years old this year, and Bear Tooth is celebrating with a special presentation. The film follows Private Davis, a pragmatic U.S. Marine, as he observes the dehumanizing effects of the Vietnam War, from brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue. Rated R. $4. 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Bear Tooth, 1230 W. 27th Ave.

A wolf in Denali National Park, 2010. (Ken Conger / NPS)

The optimism of wolves

Wildlife biologist Patrick Walsh studied wolves, caribou and moose in the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge for 10 years. During his talk he'll share his research about wolf behaviors. Walsh is convinced: Wolves are truly optimists. There will be an ASL interpreter present. Free. 7 p.m. Wednesday, The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road.

Alaska Filmmakers watch "The Room"

Century 16 is screening Tommy Wiseau's 2003 independent film "The Room," widely regarded by movie critics as one of the worst movies ever made. The film now has a cult following, and Alaska Filmmakers are inviting anyone in Anchorage ready to have a really good, bad time to join them at this unofficial meetup. The event will feature Tommy Wiseau commercials, an inside look at a Hollywood screening and the trailer for Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero's upcoming film, "Best F(r)iends." The film will also be screening at Regal Tikahtnu (1102 N. Muldoon Road) $10.50-$12.50. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Century 16, 301 E. 36th Ave.

A photograph by Oscar Avellaneda-Cruz on display at Out North Gallery through January.

First Friday of 2018

It's a new year, and galleries across Anchorage are freshening things up with new works from artists across Alaska. First Friday is a monthly, citywide event that allows local creators to showcase their work. There will be receptions going on in downtown, Midtown and in south side. Highlights include drawings by Christopher Judd at Crush (328 G St.), portraits of Alaska cosplayers by Oscar Avellaneda-Cruz and Kerry Tasker at Out North (333 W. Fourth Ave.) and a collaborate science and art exhibit at APU (4101 University Drive). First Fridays generally run from 5-8 p.m.

Here is the full listing: 


Anchorage Community Works — New works and interactive painting with Christine Sundly, and songbooth confessionals by Fiona Rose. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. 349 E. Ship Creek Ave.

Anchorage Museum — Atrium: A Night Of Urban Homestead, featuring Story Works Alaska storytellers, teas from UAA's Confucius Institute, sample coffee from Aquila Coffee and more. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Art of The North Galleries: Delve into paintings by explorer and artist George Browne. Up-close viewing of artworks and collection objects with facilitated discussion. 6 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Chugach Gallery: Alaska Design Forum's Pecha Kucha Night is lively, rapid-fire presentation where local architects, artists, industrial designers, photographers and creatives present and discuss 20 images, with each image shown for just 20 seconds. 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. 625 C St.

Bernie's Bungalow Lounge — Mixed acrylic and mosaic painting by Tea Andrejevic Di Ramos. Enter to win a free painting; winner announced at 7:30 p.m. Event starts at 6 p.m. 626 D St.

Captain Cook Coffee Cubby — Enjoy Italy through the eyes of Kurt Jacobson, Nancy Angelini Crawford, Roomie deChamps, Corrine Kenney, David Haag and Ruby Denise Newton. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 939 W. Fifth Ave.

The Crest Gallery — New original works by Francis Switzer reflecting iconic Alaska scenes in his signature loose impressionistic style in oils on board. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. 939 W. Fifth Ave.

Crush Wine & Bistro — Multi-medium artist Christopher Judd. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. 328 G St.

Fourth Avenue Marketplace — Featuring artwork from a variety of local artists and live music. 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 333 W. Fourth Ave.

Glass of Fifth — Featuring photography by William Murphy. Live set by DJ Fiki from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. 319 W. Fifth Ave.

Hard Rock Cafe — Liven up your First Fridays with free laughs. Each month, Hard Rock features a new line-up of Alaska's best stand-up comedians. Hosted by Matt Jardin. $5 suggested donation. Doors at 7 p.m; show at 8 p.m. 415 E St.

Heart of the City — Featuring artists Scott Spooner and Olivia Carmody, with pop up shops from Little Lupine and Oceans & Mountains Boutique. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. 411 W. Fourth Ave.

International Gallery of Contemporary Art — The Member Show, a group exhibition by Alaska-based artists supporting the arts at IGCA. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. 427 D St.

Midnight Sun Cafe — Artist Brandy Lee Snowden shares her original drawings of Alaska wildlife. 5 p.m.-7 p.m. 245 W. Fifth Ave, #106

Out North — Photographers Oscar Avellaneda-Cruz and Kerry Tasker have teamed up for a new photo exhibit that explores the world of cosplay in Alaska. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. 333 W. Fourth Ave.

Out North Radio — Live studio session featuring Mixed Feelings, aka Jaybird from recently signed Termination Dust. Seating is limited, so make sure to show up early. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. 333 W. Fourth Ave.

Sevigny Studio — Up and coming artist Niamh Johnson creates detailed, colorful paintings inspired by her experiences in the Alaska outdoors. Live music from singer-songwriter Diana Z. Easy Park validated parking tickets from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on site. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. 608 W. Fourth Ave.

Snow City Cafe — New works by painter Jennifer Sonne. 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. 1034 W. Fourth Ave.

Stephan Fine Arts — "Quack, Chirp, Tweet" oil on canvas bird paintings by Laurie Cartwright, Odessa Burrow and Aleandra Sonneborn. 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. 939 W. Fifth Ave.


Alaska Pacific University — Leah J. Peterson Gallery and ConocoPhillips Gallery: Peer through the lens of the arts to discover the hidden world of microscopic organisms. Fourteen artists and writers magnify the microbiome in this collaborative exhibit, "In a Time of Change." Curated by Annie Duffy. 4101 University Drive.

Blue Hollomon Gallery — Alaska Photographic Center's "Juror's Choice Exhibition" featuring Tara Horton and Christine A. Eagleson. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. 3555 Arctic Blvd.

Body Piercing Unlimited — BPU is hosting a special First Friday with framed artworks, as well as flash tattoos ranging in price points. Refreshments will be served. Noon-9 p.m. 2408 C St.

Dos Manos — Featuring the work of graphic designer and artist Annie Brace. 1317 W. Northern Lights Blvd, Suite 2.

SSP Studio & Gallery — First Friday at SSP Studio & Gallery features Alaska Premier photographers. 2217 E. Tudor Rd, Suite 11.

University of Alaska Anchorage — ARC Gallery: Student Union Gallery: UAA Fine Arts Building, second floor, 3700 Alumni Dr.


Midnight Sun Brewing Company — Scott Clendaniel brings his incredible oil paintings, focusing on two of our favorite things, Beer and Alaska. This month's firkin is Climber Wild American Ale cask conditioned with raspberries. 5 p.m. 8111 Dimond Hook Drive.

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