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Fun things to do in Anchorage this week: Wakanda Ball and an adults-only night at the museum

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: September 13, 2019
  • Published September 12, 2019

Elemental: Science Night for Adults — Explore the Discovery Center without kids, dance to the silent disco DJ battle and treat yourself with adult beverages from the Muse atrium cafe bar. Celebrate the cosmic origins of humanity this winter solstice through celestially inspired participatory activities such as creating a star map. Thursday, 6:30-9 p.m. Anchorage Museum, 625 C St. (

Eagle River’s Marc Cameron is a New York Times bestselling author who has written more than 17 books, including two in the Tom Clancy/Jack Ryan series. (Photo courtesy of Marc Cameron)

Marc “Tom Clancy” Cameron, Roger Sparks and Don Rearden — Three authors come together to offer readings and discuss connections between their writing, lives and heroism. Marc Cameron is known as the ghostwriter for the late Tom Clancy. Cameron served in law enforcement for nearly 30 years in roles varying from SWAT officer to detective. His forthcoming book is Tom Clancy: “Code of Honor.” Retired Master Sergeant Roger Spark recently released a memoir. In addition to being awarded the Silver Star for valor in Afghanistan and serving in the military for more than 25 years, Spark also is a tattoo artist and is working to save green turtles. Don Rearden is the coauthor of Spark’s memoir, author of “The Raven’s Gift” and professor of English at UAA. Free. 4-6 p.m. Friday. UAA Campus Bookstore, 2901 Spirit Drive. (

Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore — Grammy winner Dave Alvin teams up with his friend of 30 years, two-time “Country Artist of The Year” Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Alvin and Gilmore hit the road with a full band, an album they made together and stories from their lives as musicians. $44. Friday, 7:30-10 p.m. Discovery Theatre, 621 West 6th Avenue Suite DT (

Wakanda Ball — Enjoy great food, positive company, entertainment and music designed to showcase rich culture. Dress in Afrocentric, African, Afro-Caribbean and Wakandan inspired evening wear (traditional evening wear is also acceptable). Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Juneteenth Anchorage, which celebrates African-American freedom, heritage and contributions to American culture. All are welcome to attend. $100. Saturday, 7-10 p.m. Arctic Rec Center, 4855 Arctic Blvd. (

Hearts Like Fists — Enjoy a unique fight-infused superhero noir comedy about the dangers of love. Female nurses by day become superheroes by night, battling villainous Doctor X. Lisa’s budding romance with Peter is tenuous, dependent on him building an unbreakable heart. Unravel the drama and mystery of “Hearts Like Fists.” $25. Friday-Sunday, Thursday, 7-9 p.m. Cyrano’s Theatre Company, 3800 DeBarr Road. (

Alaska Native Book Fair — Talk with published Alaska Native authors and illustrators, hear prose and poetry readings, and buy autographed books. Bring young ones to watch episodes of the PBS TV show “Molly of Denali,” write and draw their own books with Ronald McDonald House staff, and meet childrens’ book authors. Enter a drawing for book-related prizes and enjoy cookies and coffee. Free. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, 4000 Ambassador Dr. (

Wild Kratts Live — Help the Kratt brothers save the day at the stage show based on the animated children’s television series “Wild Kratts.: Zoologists Martin and Chris Kratt ask the audience for help on their quest to confront a villain and protect wild animals. Experience family fun and learn a little too. $37.25-$71.25. VIP Tickets sold out. Friday, 6:30 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m. Atwood Concert Hall, 621 West 6th Avenue Suite ACH (

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