Arts and Entertainment

Coming up: First Friday and other fun events in Anchorage and Mat-Su

First Friday openings

(All events happening Friday, Oct. 1; most galleries require masks)

Stephan Fine Arts — The gallery will have a Facebook Live pre-show First Friday art soiree (5:15-6:15pm) and in-person first Friday art walk (6:30-8:30pm). Featuring new original works by Kelly Leonard & Joanne Noyles and music by Pepper Kit. (939 West Fifth Ave.;

2 Friends Gallery — Watercolor artist Mark McDermott will be featured and there will be live music by Jeannie McLeod. 4:30-6:30 p.m. (341 East Benson Blvd.; See Facebook for details)

Snow City Cafe: Amanda Faith “Odyssey” — Faith will show selected original works spanning 18 years. Meet the artist in person from 5-7 p.m. Friday. Showing for the month of October. You can see a virtual showing and a giveaway by registering at

International Gallery of Contemporary Art — The gallery will show “Rarified Light,” Alaska’s largest annual fine art photography exhibition. Out of 586 entries by 90 artists, guest juror Eddie Soloway, selected 51 photographs by 41 artists for inclusion in this year’s exhibition. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. (on view through Oct. 29). (

The Map Show — A group show featuring a colorful collection of bouldering, skiing, backpacking and other adventure maps. There will be burn barrels and outdoor/indoor seating for responsible mingling. 5-8 p.m. at the Double Shovel Cider Company. (502 W. 58th Ave.; See Facebook for details)

Bivy Space — The AK Bookmobile will be parked outside Bivy, where you can see Levi Werner’s recently carved linoleum floor. There will be an informal gathering to preview the upcoming December ANC Zine Fair, where you can learn how to get involved as an artist, maker, amateur, organization or volunteer, as well as to share and propose your ideas for this year’s fair. Masks requested in the gallery; outdoor seating provided. 5-9 p.m. (419 G St., Suite 100; See Facebook for details)

Dos Manos — Featuring Corso Graphics and a variety new art. Reception from 5-8 p.m. (face masks required). (See Facebook for details.)

Midnight Sun Brewing Company — Michelle Xiao is the featured artist for First Firkin Friday. Festivities start at 5 p.m. with Michelle tapping a firkin of Termination Dust conditioned with black currants & cinnamon. 5-8 p.m. (8111 Dimond Hook Dr.; See Facebook for details)

AK Cycle Chic — Featuring art by Becky Kotter. 4-7 p.m. Live music starting at 5 p.m. with The Jake Legs. (908 W. Northern Lights;

Turnagain Brewing — Tish Ann Wiley will show “At The Waters Edge,” pieces in acrylic that reveal the element of water and the intimate spaces of trees and fauna. 5-8 p.m. (7920 King St.;

Other events this week

Mountain View mural walk — Start with a hot meal or snack at Grow North Farm (3601 Mountain View Dr.), then enjoy a self-guided tour to find murals by local artists, family activities, sweet treats and more around the neighborhood. Street parking available on Richmond Ave. See for details. 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30.

“The Next Black” film and fashion panel — Anchorage Design Week will present a screening of “The Next Black” a documentary exploring the future of clothing. It will immediately be followed by Anchorage Design Week kickoff presentation by Lynda Grose. Free. Registration recommended due to limited capacity. Visit for a full list of events. Physical distancing will be practiced and masks required. 7 p.m. Friday in the Anchorage Museum Auditorium (625 C St.)

Music of the “Fête galante” — Enjoy the rare chance to hear and see two full-sized double manual harpsichords in this program that features the music of Jean-Philippe Rameau, François Couperin and Jean-Marie Leclair. Performers include Jonathan Salzedo and Susan Wingrove-Reed on harpsichord and soprano Victoria Fraser, along with the Alaska Festival of Music Baroque Orchestra. 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Sydney Laurence Theater. Tickets $35 at centertix (621 West Sixth Ave.;

Fall fun at the Reindeer Farm — You’ll find pony rides, a spooky walk, hay maze, pumpkin patch and more at this outdoor event in Palmer. Dress for cold and be prepared to get dirty. (Organizers also suggest bringing cash for vendors). The pumpkin patch will be open! Make sure to check out their website for details on what to expect before you go. $15 for ages 3 and older; tickets must be purchased online prior to the event. Sessions start every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; dates also available Oct. 9 and 16. Check online for availability. (5561 S Bodenburg Loop Rd., Palmer;

Extreme Obstacle Challenge — Bring your chairs out and watch riders on dirt bikes and UTVs traverse the toughest obstacle course Alaska has to offer. There will be food trucks on hand. $5 at 12-6 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of Alaska Transportation (3800 W. Museum Dr. Wasilla; see Facebook for details)

Rib cook-off for The Alaska Innocence Project — Order up a serving of ribs with cole slaw, cornbread and a token to enjoy Turnagain Brewing’s Innocence Ale, brewed specially for The Alaska Innocence Project. Preorder ribs for a suggested donation of $50 per meal at eventbrite. The ribs will be waiting at Turnagain Brewery 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. (7920 King Street; see Facebook for details)

Ed Washington and friends benefit concert — Ed Washington, AG Two-Tone and Husse will play a concert to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Alaska, which will use the proceeds to build a community recording studio at the Mountain View club. Before the concert there will be a livestreamed interview with Chrystle Tebo from the Boys and Girls Club and Ed Washington. Tickets can be purchased for the in person event or for the high-quality livestream. The in-person concert will be at a reduced capacity with a mask requirement when attendees aren’t eating or drinking. Both options are $25. 8-11:30 p.m. Friday. (609 F Street; see Facebook for details)