Gynecologic Cancer Awareness and Arts of Healing Weekend — Let Every Woman Know has planned a weekend full of events dedicated to raising awareness, sharing information and supporting women living with gynecologic cancers.
A First Friday art showcase and welcome reception will feature works by artists whose lives have been impacted by cancer. Appetizers and drinks will be provided. 5-8 p.m. Friday, Georgia Blue Gallery (3555 Arctic Blvd.) A free, two-day women’s cancer survivor course will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday (Providence Health Park, Second Floor Conference Rooms 2281 and 2285, 3851 Piper St.) Dance Like Barb Rhythm Heals Benefit Concert will feature performances by the Underground Dance Company, Team THRIVE, and live music by Food for the Soul and Americana quartet Mipso. $25-30. 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Koot’s (2435 Spenard Rd.)
The Diary of Anne Frank — “An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic.” This performance by the Anchorage Community Theatre brings the story of Anne Frank alive for modern audiences. $13-17. 7-9:15 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Thursday, Feb. 1-24, 3-5:15 p.m. Sunday, Anchorage Community Theatre, 1133 E. 70th Ave. (actalaska.org)
February First Friday — There will be art openings across Anchorage at various times and locations Friday evening (but generally, receptions will run from 6-8 p.m. if a gallery is hosting). See a complete list here.
22nd Annual Gathering — Gather the whole family for this all-ages event and learn about health and wellness services available both at the Southcentral Foundation and in the community. One of the largest events within the gathering is the regalia fashion show. There will also be live entertainment and kids-oriented activities, Alaska Native art for sale and more. Make sure to complete your gathering passport for a chance to win door prizes. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Egan Civic and Convention Center, 555 W. Fifth Ave. (southcentralfoundation.com)
A Night On Ice Charity Auction — Wear your favorite hockey jersey, dress to impress or mix the two at this year’s Challenge Alaska annual event. Enjoy both a live and silent auction, dinner and a cash bar. Each purchase of the customized drink of the night, “the hat trick,” will donate $1 to Challenge Alaska. All other proceeds will directly help support the dreams of Alaska athletes with disabilities. 5:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday, The Hotel Captain Cook, 939 W. Fifth Ave. (challengealaska.org)
Native Peoples Action Concert Fundraiser — Join NPA and local musicians as they raise money to provide Alaska Native communities with a voice. Rising Indigenous Voices Radio will be streaming modern Native American Music. John Shewfelt & Shot Time will play live music. There will be an art raffle, NPA sweaters hot off the press will be available and there will be a swag giveaway at the fundraiser. Proceeds go directly to NPA. $20. 7 p.m.-Midnight. Saturday, Hard Rock Cafe, 415 E St. (Search “NPA Concert Fundraiser” on Facebook)
Take One: ‘An American Dream’ — Spend an afternoon with the composer, cast and artistic team of Anchorage Opera’s “An American Dream,” which portrays the internment of Japanese Americans in the wake of Pearl Harbor. Enjoy appetizers, wine, beer and beverages before a concert and a panel discussion with the stars. $45. 4-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Brian Chen and Tim Pearson residence, 5063 Heritage Heights Drive (anchorageopera.org)
The Second City — The company that launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and more is headed to Alaska to poke fun at love and its various side effects. $32.50-66. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Atwood Concert Hall, 621 W. Sixth Ave. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
23rd Annual Alaska Ski for Women — Check out the often-spectacular costumes at this outdoor event that raises funds for local non-profit organizations that help stop the cycle of domestic abuse against women and children. The race has made an impact in the community by contributing more than $1 million to groups that actively work to improve women’s lives. $15-35. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday (costume parade starts at 11:45 a.m.) Kincaid Park, 9401 Raspberry Road (anchoragenordicski.com)