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What to do this week in Anchorage: Mother’s Day festivities and local music aplenty

Anchorage Civic Orchestra Spring Concert — The season finale for the Anchorage Civic Orchestra highlights women composers of Alaska and features ​Janet H. E. Gellert, Corliss Kimmel, ​Elena Lukinaand, McKenna Parish and Yngvil Vatn Guttu. This community-based orchestra is 31 years in the making with over 60 volunteer musicians rehearsing in preparation for this performance. $17.75-$23.50. 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, 621 W. Sixth Ave. (

BD Block Party with Blackwater Railroad — Celebrate the start of summer with an outdoor block party on Fourth Avenue, live music from Blackwater Railroad and a 5,000-square-foot beer garden. $25, includes food, two beers and raffle entry. 5-10 p.m. Friday, Black Diamond Retail, 400 W. Fourth Ave. (

Free Comic Book Day — Relive some childhood nostalgia with Free Comic Book Day at Bosco’s. Appearances from Zero Heroes Alaska cosplay group and the East High School Band. Come as you are and receive up to four free comics, or come in costume and earn up to six. Free. Saturday. Dimond Center location: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 800 E. Dimond Blvd. #162. Spenard location: Noon-6 p.m., 2301 Spenard Road. (

Keith Sweat/Ginuwine/Mya — Head out for a night for a night of vintage 1990s R&B. VIP tickets also available, which includes a meet and greet, food, drinks and live music before the concert. VIP: $50. $37-$87. 8-11 p.m. Thursday, May 16, Alaska Airlines Center, 3550 Providence Drive. (

Mother’s Day Tea Event — Save Mom the hassle of doing dishes this weekend. Instead, take her to a lavish tea party, fit with vintage china, fresh flowers, finger food and more. $45. 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday, The Spice & Tea Exchange, 10950 O’Malley Centre Drive, Unit B. (

Short Films/Small Bites — Celebrate the end of Momentum Dance Collective’s 11th season with the debut of dance films from the company’s “Do What Moves You” tour. Food provided, drinks available for purchase and donations encouraged. 7-9 p.m. Saturday, 49th State Brewing Co., 717 W. Third Ave. (

Juggling, music, yoga, sing-a-long sessions and more await at this variety show.

Spenaudeville Mother’s Day — Stop by the final variety show before summer recess with your mom — she’s in for a special treat. Juggling, music, yoga, sing-along sessions and more await at Spenaudeville. Featuring Fiona Rose, Drew Erickson, Betsy Ure and other local artists. $10 suggested donation. 5-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Charlou, 3300 Spenard Road. (