Arts and Entertainment

Fun things coming up: First Friday, holiday markets and the return of live theater

Halloween has hung up its witchy cap for another year, and as we launch into November it can only mean one thing — the holiday season, and in particular, the holiday market season, is upon us. Here’s a rundown of those events and more in and around Anchorage for the weekend of Nov. 4-7.

Cyrano’s Theatre presents “Ripcord” — Cyrano’s reopens with an odd-couple comedy centered on two women thrown together in a retirement community: cantankerous Abby and chipper Marilyn. $27-$30 at Centertix. 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday Nov. 5-28. Face masks and proof of full vaccination required. (; 3800 DeBarr Road)

Royal Wood — Indie singer-songwriter Royal Wood has earned the title iTunes Songwriter of the Year and drawn comparisons to Randy Newman, Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright. Promoters say audiences can expect “An ode to the classic styles of both Tin Pan Alley and Laurel Canyon.” $40.75-$56.50 at Centertix. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5. at the Discovery Theatre. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test with 72 hours required; masks required. See site for details. (430 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 200;

Comedian Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh — Kabir has been featured on “The Family Guy,” “Laughs on Fox” and Gabriel Iglesias’ “Stand Up Revolution.” He also got a standing ovation and four yes votes on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in June 2021. $20 at myalaskatix. 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at Koot’s. (2435 Spenard Road)

Heather Lende fireside reading — Alaska State Writer Laureate Heather Lende (“If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name,” “Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs”) will read from her most recent book, “Of Bears and Ballots,” at the Writer’s Block patio around the fire and heaters. 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at The Writer’s Block Bookstore & Cafe (3956 Spenard Road; see Facebook event)

Book signing with Stan Jones — Alaska mystery author Stan Jones has just released “Ghost Light,” featuring Nathan Active, the police chief of a small northern Alaska town. Get your copy signed from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Georgia Blue Gallery (3555 Arctic Blvd.;

First Fridays

All on Friday, Nov. 5

Stephen Fine Arts Featuring new works Steve Gordon, VRae, Sonia Pullins and Shelly Marshall and music from the Spenerds. 6-8:30 on Facebook Live and 6:30-8:30 p.m. in person. (939 W. Fifth Ave., in the Hotel Captain Cook)

Anchorage Museum — Abbigale Seitz will demonstrates her findings on the cultural impact that both Cuban and Western civilizations have on traditional ballet, with Nick Petumenos accompanying on classical guitar. Caroline Streff and Ray Ball will perform poetry based on their prior experiences in Cuba, and artist Dan Lee will present his dance film. 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday in the museum atrium. The museum is offering free admission and extended hours for First Friday, from 6-9 p.m. (625 C St.;

International Gallery of Contemporary Art — Center and North Galleries: In “Still Life,” by Alanna DeRocchi, a series of sculptural still-life tableaus explores notions of disconnect, loss and hopelessness felt in our changing world. South Gallery: “Collages” by Emily Longbrake navigates the landscape and texture of the past 18 months in wood, glass and paper. 5-8 p.m. Friday. On view through Nov. 26. (; 427 D St.)

Georgia Blue Gallery — Painter Betty Atkinson presents “Retrospective.” Opening reception from 5-7 p.m. (coinciding with book signing by author Stan Jones). (3555 Arctic Blvd.;

Moose A ‘La Mode — Oil paintings, driftwood wall sculptures, postcards and ink and oil sketches from Bleu Moon Roesbery with music from Christopher Hennig. Reception from 5-8 p.m. (360 K St.; see Facebook event)

Anchorage Distillery — Paintings and prints by Laura Dewey with a limited special edition cocktail menu, including whiskey wassail. 5-8 p.m. (6310 A St.; see Facebook event)

Midnight Sun Brewing Co. — Featuring art from Hailey Morgan. 5-8 p.m. (8111 Dimond Hook Drive; see Facebook event)

2 Friends Gallery — Fabric artwork by Scharine Kirchoff, who hand-dyes her handwoven fabrics using indigo, birch leaves, lichen and other natural elements. 4:30-6:30 p.m. (341 E. Benson Blvd.; see event for details)

Turnagain Brewing — Acrylic paintings from artist Tarryn Zerbino. 5-8 p.m. 21 and over. (7920 King St.)

AK Cycle Chick — Featuring artist Julie Greene-Graham with multiple artisan displays. 5-7 p.m. (908 W. Northern Lights Blvd.;

Markets and holiday bazaars

Clay Arts Guild fall pottery sale — Meet local clay artisans in a festive environment and find unique and beautiful items, from cups to bowls to vases. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5 and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Midtown Mall. (600 E. Northern Lights Blvd.; see Facebook for details)

Alaskan Hand Made Craft and Gift Show — Handmade goods, from Alaska Native art and woodworking to baked goods and jewelry. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 5-6. 12-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7 at the Midtown Mall. Also Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 13-14, and Friday-Sunday, Nov. 26-28. (600 E. Northern Lights Blvd.;

Holiday Food and Gift Festival — Browse a large variety of Alaska made and imported arts and crafts, furs, gifts and foods. 10-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday Nov. 7, at the Dena’ina Center (600 W. Seventh Ave.;

Christmas Towne Bazaar — This juried craft bazaar boasts 130 booths of handcrafted items. Easy access from Huffman and DeArmoun roads. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at South High School. (3400 Elmore Road; see Facebook event)

— Victoria Barber,