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Coming soon: Great Alaska beer fest, Polar Bear Birthday Party, Tom Petty tribute

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 18
  • Published January 17

Polar Bear Birthday Party — Celebrate the time of year when wild polar bears are born in their dens with the Alaska Zoo. A fish and ice cake will be provided, but if that’s not your favorite flavor, there will also be s’mores for visitors, along with a coloring station and polar bear critter items to explore. All ages. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, the Alaska Zoo, 4731 O’Malley Rd. (alaskazoo.org)

Ahpun takes a moment from digging into the top of the snow birthday cake. The Alaska Zoo prepared a special snow cake filled with frozen salmon for polar bears Ahpun and Lyutyik Saturday, January 18, 2014.

Great Alaska Beer & Barleywine Festival — All Alaskans 21 and over are invited to one of the largest birthday parties in the state. The Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine Festival is turning 25 and is celebrating with more than 300 of the finest beers, stouts, porters and more. National and global breweries will accompany the 21 Alaska breweries, including Broken Tooth and Midnight Sun. Live music by bands like H3 and Blackwater Railroad Company will headline the event, and food from 49th State Brewing Company, Moose’s Tooth, Glacier Brewhouse and Main Event Catering will be available. $45-$55. 6-10 p.m. Friday and 2-5 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Saturday, William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center, 555 W. Fifth Ave. (akbbf.com)

ASC Burns Supper — A Scottish tradition, Alaska style. Celebrate the life of Robert Burns, Scotland’s national bard, with the Alaskan Scottish Club in an evening of music, dance, dinner and poetry. Dinner includes your choice of prime rib, salmon or haggis, a traditional Scottish dish, along with scotch or sparkling cider for the after-dinner toast. $70. 6-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Petroleum Club of Anchorage, 3301 C St. #120 (alaskascottish.org)

Anything That’s Rock N Roll: A Night of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers — After the loss of Tom Petty, his legacy continues to live on. Enjoy a tribute to the rock 'n’ roll artist with covers by Anything That’s Rock N Roll. The band is made up of Jared Woods and Aaron Benolkin on guitar, Tom Bargelski on the keyboard, Silas Hoffman on bass and Tim Haren on the drums. $18-$20. 9 p.m. Saturday, 49th State Brewing Co., 717 W. Third Ave. (eventbrite.com)

ECDYSIS: Identity Dance Collective Season Two Premiere — ECDYSIS - the process of shedding the old skin or casting of the outer cuticle. This performance by Identity Dance Collective aims to start a conversation about the layers and masks that we as human beings put on to conform to societal norms. “It’s raw, its real and it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before." $25. 7 p.m. Saturday, Alaska Dance Theatre, 550 E. 33rd Ave. (identitydancecollective.com)

Yoke Lore — Indie pop act Yoke Lore is bringing the tour of his new EP, “Absolutes,” to Anchorage for one night only. Adrian Galvin, former Walk the Moon and Yellerkin member, is a multi-instrumentalist, dancer and visual artist. His new album explores “the grey areas between black and white ideas while building upon the palette of his past works,” which have garnered attention from major tastemakers such as NYLON, Consequence of Sound, Billboard and more. $20. 7 p.m. Thursday, Williwaw Social, 609 F St. (showdownalaska.com)

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