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Coming up: Running of the reindeer, a 1-minute play festival and black magic masquerade

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: March 1, 2018
  • Published March 1, 2018

Reindeer run their way through competitors at the Fur Rondy Running of the Reindeer in downtown Anchorage, Alaska Saturday, March 1, 2014. Hundreds of people ran in four heats sprinting down 4th Avenue ahead of a herd of reindeer. (Photo by Philip Hall)

Running of the Reindeer and Iditarod start

Rondy, Anchorage's premier winter festival, is still in full swing this weekend. Cheer the dog teams and mushers as the 2018 Iditarod kicks off with a ceremonial start 10 a.m. Saturday along Fourth Avenue. At 4 p.m. Saturday, make sure you don't miss the Running of the Reindeer, in which Alaskans dress in their craziest costumes to race against four waves of reindeer opponents. End Rondy 2018 with a night of dancing and costumes at the annual Miners and Trappers Ball at the Egan Center at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets $30 per person. (

A festival of 1-minute plays

Writers, directors and actors from across Alaska have joined together with Perseverance Theatre to perform over 50 one-minute microplays detailing the culture of Alaska. A part of the proceeds will benefit The Alaska Native Voices Project, a non-profit dedicated to uplifting Alaska Native artists. $22.25. 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, 621 W. Sixth Ave. (

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Celebrate International Women's Day with a screening of "Bombshell," a documentary about Hedy Lamarr, a Hollywood film star and groundbreaking inventor. Directed by Alexandra Dean, the film was selected to both the acclaimed Tribeca and Nantucket Film Festivals. $4. 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Bear Tooth Theatrepub, 1230 W. 27th Ave. (

Black Magic Masquerade with Vanic

Come to the dark side at Williwaw's second annual black magic masquerade party. Grab a mask, watch magicians perform and listen to one of Canada's biggest electronic dance music artists, Vanic. 21 and over. $15-$25. 9 p.m. Friday, Williwaw, 609 F St. (

International Guitar Night

Spend your Friday night with some great guitarists from around the world. Latin swing-style guitarist Lulo Reinhardt hosts the event with performances from American national fingerstyle champions, classical guitarists and musical prodigies. $40.25-$54.75. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Discovery Theatre, 621 W. Sixth Ave. (

An evening of harp music and Yeats

Come out for Celtic harpist and storyteller Patrick Ball's latest performance, "Come Dance With Me in Ireland: A Pilgrimage to Yeats Country," is based on the life of poet William Butler Yeats. Ball has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken-word albums and has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada. $29.25. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Anchorage Museum Auditorium, 625 C St. and 6 p.m. Sunday at Vagabond Blues in Palmer (

 Anchorage Caucus

Meet the senators and representatives of Anchorage for the annual caucus. Ask questions, listen to concerns and get involved with the community. Free parking. Free. 2-4 p.m. Saturday, UAA Rasmuson Hall, 3211 Providence Drive.

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