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Summon the snow with these cool Anchorage events: Rowdy roller derby, interactive improv and jazz-blues fusion

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: November 13, 2019
  • Published November 13, 2019

Melissa "Jazzmom" Fischer plays piano alongside the race route to cheer on runners and walkers. She said she has been playing for the race every year for 12 years. More than 6,000 runners and walkers participated in 2015's Alaska Run for Women on Saturday June 13, 2015.

Bach, Bones and Blues — East High is celebrating its acquisition of a concert grand piano. International pianist Jill Timmons and trombonist Pete Ellefson will play selections from Bach’s Goldberg Variations. This event will also feature the “Bones of Alaska” trombone choir and Melissa “Jazzmom” Fischer’s trio. Free. 7-9 p.m. Saturday, 4025 E. Northern Lights Blvd. (

Anchorage Civic Orchestra — The season kickoff will open with Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, “The Great,” followed by Rossini’s Overture to La Cenerentola. Violin soloist Oleg Proskurnya and viola soloist Nancy Darigo close the concert with Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. Pre-concert lecture at 6:45 p.m. $15-$24. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, 621 W Sixth Ave. (

Whose Live Anyway? — This improvisational troupe riffs off the long-running Emmy-nominated show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Comedians Greg Proops, Dave Foley, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray work from audience suggestions within familiar frameworks like “Sound Effects” and “Party Quirks.” $35-$88. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Atwood Concert Hall, 621 West Sixth Ave. (

NORDTING/The Northern Assembly — A multi-media performance by a Nordic artist collective led by Amund Sjølie Sveen with Erik Stifjell and Liv Hanne Haugen. The performance investigates and questions the historical narratives of the North. There will be a marching band, political analysis, PowerPoint, singing, dancing, voting and vodka. 7 p.m. Friday, Anchorage Museum, 625 C St. (

Bug Boy: The Curse of the Ant Queen — Alaska local writer Mark Muro stars in this one-weekend-only performance written by himself. Known for his performances in both New York and Anchorage, Muro’s latest show explores the mythology of self-discovery through an obsession with tiny creatures. $20. 7-8:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Cyrano’s Theatre Company, 3800 Debarr Rd. (

Rage City Roller Derby Brewery Mashup — Four breweries go head to head on the track and at the bar. Skaters from across Alaska compete on behalf of breweries including Cynosure Brewing, Broken Tooth Brewing, Midnight Sun Brewing Company and Double Shovel Cider Company. The beer and cider garden features selections from competing breweries. Hot dogs served up by Tiki Petes. Free for active military and veterans. $10-$15. 6-9 p.m. Saturday, O’Malley Sports Complex, 11051 O’Malley Centre Drive (

BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News The Rage City Rollergirls bout pitting the Dirty Pollis against the Sockeye Sallys at Town Square Park in downtown Anchorage on Saturday June 19, 2010. The roller derby matches are moving to the Den'ina Center downtown. 100619
Jammer Stephanie Neill aka AK CupQuake attempts to skate past blockers. The Rage City Rollergirls held the Roller Derby Solstice Scrimmage on Saturday June 20, 2015 with a mashup of players from the Orange Crush and All Star teams.