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Coming up: Howl for ‘Wolf Day’ at the zoo or howl with laughter at weekend comedy acts

  • Author: Cheyenne Mathews
  • Updated: October 11
  • Published October 11

Alaska Zoo education director Stephanie Hartman pets 10-year-old Alaska gray wolf Denali on Oct. 5, 2016. The Alaska Zoo will celebrate its annual Wolf Day on Saturday between noon and 4 p.m. where visitors will have the opportunity to get close and learn about wolves. (Bill Roth / ADN archive)

Wolf Day — Get ready to howl for the Alaska Zoo’s annual Wolf Day. The event educates visitors about Alaska’s wolves as they meet the zoo’s gray wolf pack. After that, visitors can also participate in a wolf-themed scavenger hunt, a canine tough table, wolf story time, kids crafts and a howling contest. The Alaska Zoo will also have other education stations that explain the wolf family structure and diet. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, Alaska Zoo, 4731 O’Malley Road. (alaskazoo.org)

Vusi Mahlasela — "The Voice" of South Africa, Vusi Mahlasela will share his music in Anchorage this weekend. His music was born during the struggle of apartheid, and his music has been prominent at political celebrations like Nelson Mandela's presidential inauguration in 1994. Mahlasela has shared the stage with music legends as well as political legends, and he's performed alongside the Dave Matthews Band, Sting and Josh Groban. $40.25-$56. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, Discovery Theatre, 621 W. Sixth Ave. (anchorageconcerts.org)

Tig Notaro  — This comedian pokes fun at life's awkward and absurd moments and makes them something to laugh about. Tig Notaro was named as one of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time by Rolling Stone and has performed on late-night talk shows and "This American Life." The comic also created the Amazon series "One Mississippi," and his style of comedy is perfect for fans of dry humor. $43.75-$66. 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, Discovery Theatre, 621 W. Sixth Ave. (anchorageconcerts.org)

Comedian Eliot Chang — Chang has performed his stand-up performances on Comedy Central, E!'s "Chelsea Lately" and Showtime. Chang is originally from New York City but he brings his comedy all over the world and shares his upbeat tone and positive energy. 18 and older. $20. 7 p.m and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, Hard Rock Cafe 415 E. St. (brownpapertickets.com)

First Annual Alaska Native Book Fair — This inaugural event celebrates more than 20 Alaska Native authors and illustrators and allows members of the public to hear from publishers and writers as well as purchase featured works. Several panel topics will include discussions on how to write for children, how to tell a story and how to get published. Participating Alaska Native authors include Phyllis Adams author of "The Gingerbread Moose" and "A Mother's Tears for a Missing Son" author Dolly Hills. 1-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, ANTHC Consortium Office Building, 4000 Ambassador Dr. (alaskanativemedia.org)

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