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Fun things happening this week: Sublime with Rome, Queen Nation and a weed smackdown

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: August 9, 2019
  • Published August 7, 2019

Young Alaskan Artist Award concert

Oboist Remy Libbrecht is the winner of this year’s Anchorage Festival of Music’s 2019 Ted Stevens Young Alaskan Artist award. A recent graduate of the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory of Music (and Anchorage’s Steller High School before that), he’ll perform works by Francis Poulenc, Eugène Bozza, Antal Doráti and Antonio Vivaldi. Remy will be joined by pianist Juliana Osinchuk. Includes post-concert reception. 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral, 3900 Wisconsin St. $15-$25 at (907-276-2465,

Families plant native birch and spruce trees along the bank of Chester Creek in Valley of the Moon Park on Saturday, August 9, 2014 during the 4th annual Anchorage Weed Smackdown. The project aims to remove invasive species like the mayday tree from area parks and encourage the growth of native plants.

Weed Smackdown

Get diry and help rid Valley of the Moon of European bird cherry trees, an invasive plant that degrades moose and salmon habitat. Removing the plants helps native plants and healthy habitats to come back. Tools are supplied, but bring gloves if you have them. Expect fun, with prizes, a T-shirt and free lunch. Best suited for older children and adults, but younger children are welcome to come and observe. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday. Register at Valley of the Moon Park, Arctic and 17th Ave. (

Galway Days Irish Festival

See some of Alaska’s most popular Irish and Irish American performers, including The Irish Dance Academy of Alaska, The Derry Aires, Crooked Road, Rogues and Wenches, Rebecca Wolverton, the Midnight Sun Cloggers, Linda Yarborough and many more. There will also be vendors situated in the foyer and hallways leading to classrooms where workshops will be held on topics such as Irish History, Irish Literature, Harp Technique, Ceili Dancing, Singing in Irish for Children and more. Tickets price $5 per person (babes in arms free) and is good for the entire day (workshop fee is separate). For more information, visit 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Alaska Pacific University, 2401 Telequana Drive.

Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News The Irish Dance Academy of Alaska receives applause for a performance at Return to Ireland, a St. Patrick's Day celebration at the Fourth Avenue Theather on Friday night. The evening, a fundraiser for the academy, also included a Ceili, an Irish word meaning social dance and live music. 050311

Sublime with Rome

A collaboration between Eric Wilson, formerly of the ska punk band Sublime, and singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez, this group chiefly performs songs by the original Sublime, which was fronted by Bradley Nowell until his death in 1996. The band is touring this summer in support of their new album, “Blessings.” Tickets $50. Doors at 6 p.m. Saturday at Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria 3300 Old Seward Highway. (

Queen Nation

This nationally touring show brings a live, 90-minute production of Queen’s greatest hits that preserves the image, sound and stage persona of vintage Queen. Special guests Boogie Shoes will be opening the show. There will be a beer garden and food trucks. For all ages (children 5 and under get in free). Tickets $36 at brownpapertickets. Door at 5 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. Friday outside at The Alaska Native Heritage Center. (

Augtoberfest in Healy

It’s the perfect time of year for an Alaska roadtrip, and the Augtoberfest in Healy might well be the perfect destination this weekend. The annual festival at 49th State will have two days of music: Medium Build, Sun Dog, and DJ Mancat on day one, and Blackwater Railroad, Alaska Blaskapelle and DJ Mancat on day two. There will also be fun activities -- a stein holding competition, costume contest, ax throwing, fortune telling and palm reading. $20 per day or $35 for the weekend at 21 and over. Doors open at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Mile 248.5 Parks Highway, Healy, (907-683-2739,