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Get ready, Anchorage: Nutcracker season is here

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: November 20, 2019
  • Published November 20, 2019

Dancers with Alaska Dance Theater in an Anchorage production of The Nutcracker, 2014.

“The Nutcracker” with Ballet West — In honor of the 30th anniversary of “The Nutcracker” in Anchorage, Ballet West, the dance company that first performed “The Nutcracker” at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, returns. Live music from the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra. Featuring young Alaska dancers. 7:30 p.m. $24-$89. Friday-Saturday, Atwood Concert Hall, 621 West 6th Ave. (

Voices of the Last Frontier — The Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska Chorus will debut their choir of people experiencing dementia and their care partners. Ms. Ernestine Dillard, forever memorialized in the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame for her tribute to the lives lost in the Oklahoma City Bombing, will join as a featured soloist for this pilot performance. $10-$12. 1:30 p.m. Friday, Loussac Library, 3600 Denali St. (

Honoring LGBT+ Artists — NPR Tiny Desk Concert champion Quinn Christopherson will be joined by Medium Build’s Nick Carpenter, Anchorage-based drag artist Josie Ana Poosiekat and experimental art rock band Kittiwake to honor Transgender Awareness Month. $10. 8 p.m. Sunday, 49th State Brewing Company, 717 W 3rd Ave. (

Gingerbread Showcase — Bakers of all skill levels from Anchorage showcase their creativity while supporting Habitat for Humanity. Public votes are submitted by a voluntary donation to Habitat Anchorage in three categories: professional, amateur and people’s choice. This year’s theme is “Elf on the Shelf.” Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dena’ina Center, 600 W. 7th Ave. (

Hippie Sabotage — The indie duo’s Friday performance sold out so quickly that Hippie Sabotage is staying for a second night. The band was No. 1 on Billboard’s Next Big Sound chart. Their music has been streamed over a billion times on Spotify. Tickets are limited and may sell out quickly. 9 p.m. Saturday, Williwaw Social, 609 F St. (

Comedy and Concerts at Koot’s — There are a variety of events happening at Koot’s this weekend. 2435 Spenard Road (

-The Avery Wolves with Bunnicula Blanc and special guests Devilwitch: “Psychobilly” music designed to get the crowd rocking and rolling on the dance floor. Vintage intersects with modern in this crossover concert. $10. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday.

-Stand Up Comedy with Ed Hill: Award-winning comedian Ed Hill has been featured for his comedy in venues from Vancouver to Taiwan. $10-$15. 8:30-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

-Rooted: Local reggae music band hits the stage with island tunes. “When it hits you feel no pain.” 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Friday.

-Ballyhoo!: This band brings genres together by playing beach melodies with a mission to uplift their audience. $25-$45. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Saturday.

Alaska Dance Theater partnered with the Eugene Ballet Company to bring Anchorage audiences a bit of holiday magic with their latest rendition of The Nutcracker.