Arts and Entertainment

Fun things happening around Anchorage: Día de Muertos, opera, ‘Hedwig’ and more

‘The Barber of Seville’ — Rossini’s comic opera with lasting pop culture impact tells the story of Figaro, a jack-of-all-trades barber turned matchmaker. Bring a bottle of shampoo, shaving cream or soap and Anchorage Opera will distribute the products to those in need at local shelters. $30-$130. 8-10:50 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1-3, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, 621 W. Sixth Ave. (

Dia de Muertos in Anchorage turns 15 — Celebrate Día de Muertos (the Day of the Dead or DDM) in Anchorage with food and festivities.

Friday, Nov 1: Lecture by archaeologist Lorena Medina on the history and cultural significance of Día de Muertos and altar preview. 411 D St.

Saturday, Nov 2: Meet at 5 p.m. on the lawn of the Anchorage Museum. After a brief introduction, the procession will dance down Sixth Avenue, take a right on E Street, go onto Fifth and end up at the theater at 411 D St., where everyone will be welcomed with festive mariachi music by Agave Azul. Enjoy an altar exhibit, dance and music performances, hot chocolate, pan de muerto (traditional bread) and tamales.

All events are free and open to the public. For more info: 907-952-1959 and

Women and Whiskey — Every first Wednesday of the month Williwaw Social presents a night tailored for ladies who want to learn more about whiskey. There will be three different whiskey flights: Irish, American and Around the World. Half-price appetizers are available during social hour as well as special handcrafted food pairings and a variety of whiskey craft cocktails mixed by Speakeasy mixologist Nicole. 5-11 p.m. Wednesdays in the Speakeasy at Williwaw. (

Climate change takes center stage — UAA’s Theatre Department will perform a series of short plays about climate change, environmental justice and civic action. Global Climate Change Theatre Action events are designed to coincide with the meetings of the decision-making body of United Nations Climate Change. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, Anchorage Museum, 625 C St. (

First Friday Comedy — Matt Jardin features a new lineup of Alaska’s stand-up comedians every First Friday. 21 and over. Pay what you can. $5 suggested price. 8-9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 2nd floor Hard Rock Cafe, 415 E St. (

Breakin’ Backward with Soul Street and Alaska Junior Theatre — Soul Street is popping and locking into Anchorage with a celebration of America’s most memorable decades of dance. Witness history and music through a mix of skill, choreography and hip-hop acrobatics, featuring a soundtrack spanning Vivaldi, Jimmie Thomas, Count Basie, Elvis Presley, Henry Mancini, Debussy, the Temptations, Aerosmith and more. $25-$34. 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, Atwood Concert Hall, 621 W. Sixth Ave. (

‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ — A rock musical about Hedwig Robinson’s exploration of gender expression, stardom and love. Initially living as a gay man within communist East Berlin, Hedwig attempts a gender transition procedure to marry an American soldier. Neither the surgery, her band or her romances go the way she plans. This 21+ performance is a touring theatrical production featuring talent from across Alaska. $30-$55. 10 p.m. Opens next Thursday, Nov. 7, also Friday-Saturday, Nov. 8-9, Charlou, 3300 Spenard Road. (

‘Devilfish’ This week is the last chance to see this original theatrical production by Anchorage playwright Vera Starbard. Aanteinatu is the sole survivor in her prehistoric Southeast Alaska village from a sea monster’s attack. A mysterious wolf and an ethereal legend guide the child to find the wisdom and strength to become the woman of her destiny. $15-$55. 7:30-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Nov. 1-3, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, 621 W. Sixth Ave. (