Arts and Entertainment

This weekend: Arctic Comic Con, a Magic Giant concert and ‘The King and I’ closes its run in Anchorage

“The King and I,” various times, Thursday-Sunday, Atwood Concert Hall

The classic opposites-attract Broadway romance is in Anchorage! Set in Bangkok in the 1860s, the musical follows the story of a romance between the king of Siam and a British schoolteacher named Anna. If you haven’t already made it to the theater to see Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I,” this weekend is your last chance. The show closes on Sunday night. Tickets start at $50.

Arctic Comic Con, Friday-Sunday, Dena’ina Center

Alaska’s largest comic book and pop culture convention is this weekend in Anchorage. There will be a comedy special with Tom Arnold on Friday night to get things started, followed by a concert by September Mourning on Saturday night. The Dena’ina Center will be open to ticket holders all day Saturday and Sunday, where they can browse artist, vendor, and food booths. Guests include pro wrestler Jim Duggan (better known as “Hacksaw’), actor Michael Biehn from “The Terminator” and actor Wallis Day, who played Batwoman, aka Kate Kane, on the CW television series of the same name.

“Much Ado About Nothing,” 7 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, APU Grant Hall

TBA Theatre presents “Much Ado About Nothing,” this weekend and the next in Grant Hall. TBA Theatre (TBA stands for “Training Better Artists”) is dedicated to providing theater arts experiences for artists of all ages to express themselves. Tickets are $14 to see this Shakespeare play brought to life by Alaskan artists.

UAA Clay Body Club Spring Pottery Sale, 8 a.m. Friday, UAA Gordon Hartlieb Building


It’s the end of the spring semester at UAA, which means that its time for a pottery sale! Support the UAA Clay Body Club by purchasing pottery, starting at 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Magic Giant concert, 7 p.m. Friday, Williwaw Social

Magic Giant is on tour, and they will be playing a 21 and older show at Williwaw on Friday. The alt-rock trio from Los Angeles, and played Coachella in 2018. The next stop after Anchorage is their annual summer-camp-style music festival “Camp Misfits” in California. Tickets for the Williwaw show are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Local artist Bethlehem Shalom will be opening for them, so don’t be late!

Alaska Youth Orchestras Spring Concert, 7 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Theatre

The Alaska Youth Orchestras and the Anchorage Youth Symphony present their Spring Concert, this Saturday night. The AYO Concerto Competition winner, E Chythlook, will be featured on violin. Tickets start at $25 and support music education for Alaska youth.

The Jangle Bees album release, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 49th State Brewing

The Jangle Bees are releasing their second full length album, “Feel Love,” this weekend. The band SunDog will be opening the show at 8 p.m. and The Jangle Bees go on at 9 p.m. Come support local artists at 49th State Brewing: Tickets are $12 in advance, and $15 at the door. The show is all ages, but there will still be a full bar.

Cabin Fever Reliever, 9 a.m. Sunday, Chuck Albrecht Softball Park

The Cabin Fever Reliever is a spring run hosted by Skinny Raven Sports. There will be a kids run (at 9 a.m.) and a 5k (9:30 a.m.) Costumes encouraged and summer vibes required! They’re looking for Hawaiian shirts, sunglasses, and your best summer fit. After the all-road, flat course run there will be food trucks and summer fun for the whole family. Register online for the virtual and the in-person event.

Anchorage Chamber Citywide Cleanup Kickoff Event, 11 a.m. Sunday, Westchester Lagoon

May is the Anchorage Citywide Cleanup! Sunday is the kickoff event, which means up to $1,000 in prizes from shipping company Matson and the best excuse to get outside with family and friends to help keep Anchorage clean. Register online, and pick up bags from Fred Meyer during the whole month of May. It is important to remember that disposal services do not pick up citywide cleanup bags from the side of the road. It’s your responsibility to bring them to one of the dump locations.

Naomi Stock

Naomi Stock is a spring 2022 reporting intern for the Anchorage Daily News and a University of Alaska Anchorage journalism student.