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Coming up: High-octane synth-pop, traveling circus, Juneteenth and more

  • Author: Yoshina Okamoto
  • Updated: June 15
  • Published June 14

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If you're in the mood for Grammy-nominated, ARIA award-winning music, this show is for you. This four-piece band has sold out shows worldwide and is bringing their high-octane synth-pop to downtown Anchorage for an electrifying outdoor set with local favorite Blackwater Railroad Company and Brooklyn's Small Black. 21 and over. $35-$65. 7 p.m. Thursday, 49th State Brewing Company Anchorage, 717 W. Third Ave. (showdownalaska.com)

Posted by ShowDown Productions on Monday, June 11, 2018

Juneteenth

There will be a week-and-a-half long citywide Juneteenth celebration in honor of African-American history and culture with a barbecue, live jazz, food, a pageant, a talent show and more. This Saturday, don't miss the Uhuru Showcase: a reflection on the journey to freedom through dance, drumming, song and spoken word. $8-$15. 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Wilda Marston Theatre, 3600 Denali St. (eventbrite.com)

Dancers from Mad Myrna’s perform during Drag Queen Bingo at Williwaw in downtown Anchorage on Thursday, June 22, 2017. The Anchorage PrideFest event is a fundraiser for Identity Inc. where bingo winners have the chance to be made up as a drag queen and compete to collect the most dollar bills from the rest of the audience. (Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News)

PrideFest

It's Week 2 of Pride, and there's still a ton of events celebrating the local LGBTQ+ community. On Friday, stop by Mad Myrna's from 9-11:30 p.m. for a "best of the best" showcase of local drag queens ($5 at the door). The Equality Parade and Pride Festival are taking off Saturday at the Delaney Park Strip from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., with local businesses, vendors, groups and citizens all uniting for a rainbow-hued extravaganza. Next, grab your friends for a night out with nationally renowned drag queen Ginger Minj ($30-$60, 7:30 p.m. at Williwaw Social) and singer and comedian Deven Green ($10, 10 p.m. at Mad Myrna's). Round out your weekend with the End of Pride Bar-B-Que, where you'll enjoy cocktails and barbecue as they acknowledge event volunteers (4 p.m. Sunday, Mad Myrna's).

A traveling circus

Travel back in time to the days of clowns, jugglers, carnies and acrobats with the Great Benjamin Circus. Bring the whole family along for some good, old-fashioned fun. $14-$20 online, $20-$28 at the door. Family passes and ringside box seats available online for $49.99-$79.99. Showtimes vary Friday-Monday, The Northway Mall, 3101 Penland Parkway (benjaminscircususa.com)

Adrian Williams x Ted Kim Deck Release Party

The Anchorage art community is teaming up with the skate scene for the release of a brand new, locally designed skateboard deck. Alaska artist Ted Kim designed the graphic for professional  skateboarder Adrian Williams and both will be on site to talk about art and the local shred culture. 7 p.m. Friday, Blue and Gold Boardshop, 11124 Old Seward Highway. (facebook.com/blueandgoldak)

25th Anniversary at Alaska Botanical Garden

This annual event benefits the Alaska Botanical Garden and promises a fine-art sale, live jazz and a light dinner courtesy of South Restaurant + Coffeehouse. 21 and over. $75-$500. 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Alaska Botanical Garden, 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road (eventbrite.com)

"The Skin Coat"

Traveling to Alaska from Oregon, "The Skin Coat" is a completely wordless, immersive live adaptation of The Brothers Grimm's "Thousandfurs," embellished with unconventional staging and Icelandic imagery and music. 21 and over. $15 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Koot's, 2435 Spenard Road (koots.com)

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