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Coming soon: Folk festival, Franklin expedition ghost story and Hawaii’s favorite comedian

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 10, 2019
  • Published January 10, 2019

30th Annual Anchorage Folk Festival — The long-standing Anchorage tradition is returning with a blowout celebration. A kickoff party for the festival will be held at 49th State Brewing Co. with food, drinks and dancing. Live music by Big Chimney Barn Dance, Motown Fever and more will accompany the event. Following the kickoff, the next 12 days will be filled with headlining artists on the main stage such as Dan Tyminski (otherwise known as the singing voice of George Clooney in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”), Western Centuries and Taylor Smith & The Roamin’ Jasmine. There will be plenty more bands performing throughout the week, along with workshops, contests and dances. $10. 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, 49th State Brewing Co. 717 W. Third Ave. (

Prohibition Party — Gangsters and molls are invited to travel back to the roaring ’20s. Dress in your best flapper outfit and enjoy a night of appetizers, a no-host bar and dancing. All proceeds will help support the Anchorage South Rotary’s scholarship fund. $75-$135. 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, The Bridge Restaurant, 221 W. Ship Creek Ave. (

Bohemian Rhapsody: Sing Along —Feeling a little Under Pressure? Unwind and let loose with a limited-time movie that is sure to rock you. It’s encouraged to sing along in the theater to the Killer Queen songs of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” $8.35-$8.75. 3:55 p.m. Fri.-Thurs, Regal Tikahtnu Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX, 1102 N. Muldoon Road. (

The Forest That Never Sleeps Band — Kat Moore, lead of The Forest That Never Sleeps, is bringing her funk and folk style to Matanuska Brewing Co. with full band support. Accompanied by Chris Lesense and David Lehew on guitar and bass and Gary “Fish” Fischer on drums, the quartet will lead the audience to the dance floor with their talents. 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Friday, Matanuska Brewing Co., 2830 C St. (Search “The Forest That Never Sleeps Band at Matanuska Brewing Anchorage” on Facebook)

Musician Kat Moore completed a solo project of mostly piano ballads ’The Forest That Never Sleeps. ’ Monday, Mar. 7, 2016.

Augie T Comedy Show — Hawaii’s favorite comedian is traveling north to Alaska for one show only. Accompanied by Shawn “Cousin Flippah” Garnett of Hawaii 5-0, Augie T will bring a night of laughs and good music. He has sold out venues across Hawaii in the past, and this family-friendly event is sure to be a hit. $20. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Wendy Williamson Auditorium, 2533 Providence Drive. (

John Craigie in Concert — Labeled “the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg with a vagabond troubadour edge” by The Stranger, John Craigie returns to Alaska as a part of his Keep It Warm tour. Craigie’s Americana style and engaging shows have received praise from big names such as The Portland Tribune and Impose Magazine. $20. 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Church of Love Spenard, 3502 Spenard Road. (

Franklin — Mystery, science and song weave together in this ghost story by Samantha Noble, featuring original music by Alaska’s Marian Call. Follow the infamous lost Franklin expedition of 1845, then meet a modern-day crew of graduate students on their last-ditch voyage to find Franklin’s ship. Hear both sides of the story from two different eras in this layered mystery. $54. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Wednesday-Thursday, with a 4 p.m. showing on Sunday. Sydney Laurence Theatre, 621 W. Sixth Ave., Ste. SLT (

A moment from ’Franklin, ’ featuring Travis Morris, Connor Chaney, Michaela Escarcega, Victoria Bundonis, Zeb Bodine and Skyler Ray-Benson Davis. (Brian Wallace)
’Franklin. ’ (Brian Wallace)

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