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Want to know the best restaurants, hip hop artists and lip-sync assassins in Alaska? Find out this week.

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 22
  • Published January 22

People enjoy the booths, food and drink at the Anchorage Daily News’ The Best of Alaska 2018/2019 celebration at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage, AK on Saturday, January 26, 2019. (Bob Hallinen photo)

Best of Alaska Showcase — Discover and sample food from more than 30 restaurants voted “the best” of Alaska. Let the little ones burn off some steam in the Kid Zone, take a trip to the beer garden and visit the photo booth to create memories with your friends and family. There will be live entertainment and prizes. $10-$50. Ticket prices rise the day of the event. 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Dena’ina Center, 600 W. Seventh Ave. (

Lip-Sync Battle — Compete on the Myrna’s stage while the audience votes for their favorite lip-sync assassin. This event will feature performances from the Friday Night Diva Variety Show. Proceeds benefit Rage City Roller Derby and the ICOAA scholarship fund. $10. 9-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Mad Myrna’s, 530 E. Fifth Ave. (

Alaska Hip-Hop and R&B Music Awards — Local artists compete to see who will be given the nod of approval by their peers, fans and Alaska industry insiders. The event closes with a rap cypher and musical performances. There will be a preparty at Al’s Alaskan Inn starting at 10 p.m. Thursday and an afterparty at The Last Frontier Bar. $25-$55. 7-10 p.m. Saturday at the Wilda Marston Theatre, 3600 Denali St. (See Faceook for details)

Skookums plays harp in the Alaska Heritage Museum at Wells Fargo, on Northern Lights and C St for the Anchorage Garden Club's annual holiday tea. (Fran Durner / Anchorage Daily News)

Festival of Cultural Stories — This event features storytellers from many backgrounds including “international storyteller” Diane Ferlatte. Learn how to tell a story and hear Alaska Native, African, Samoan, Mexican and Japanese stories. Free with RSVP. 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, BP Energy Center, 1014 Energy Court (

My Musical Journey: The Gift of Plucking Strings — Skookums will share about her experiences and her relationship with harps. She has played the harp across different continents for notable dignitaries. Her life experiences include being a former private pilot, commercial fisherman, licensed massage therapist and a nationally certified aerobics instructor. Free. 9:30-11 a.m. Sunday, The Centre on C, 6000 C St. (

Hot Dogs and Ski Bunny — The annual ’80s throwback ski party is back, so dig out that day glow and grab your straight skis. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Sitzmark, 100 Olympic Mountain Loop (