Arts and Entertainment

Here are 3 things to do in Anchorage this weekend

Somehow, August has arrived. And while plenty of music fans will be heading south for Salmonfest this weekend, there are still opportunities to have some fun in Anchorage.

International Taiko Concert

7 p.m. Friday, West High School, 1700 Hillcrest Drive

This concert will showcase Japanese cultural display with local taiko drumming group Tomodachi Daiko along with guests Dengakuza and Chokoma from Japan. General admission tickets are $20 and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Mystery of Irma Vep

7 p.m. Friday/Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday, Cyrano’s Theatre Building, 3800 DeBarr Road

This wild satire has it all, including mummies and werewolves. The play stars just two performers, but they go full tilt to change into a number of different characters over the course of the performers, wowing audiences while unfurling the mystery. Tickets are $27-$30.

I Like Robots

9:30 p.m. Friday, Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse, 610 W. 6th Ave.

One of Alaska’s favorite party bands delivers favorite hits from the ’80s for you to dance to all night long. While donning your favorite ’80s gear to hit the dance floor isn’t required, it’s certainly recommended.


First Friday

Double Shovel Cider Company: 502 W 58th Ave., Featuring fiber artist West Woven, noon

2 Friends Gallery: 341 East Benson Blvd., Featuring watercolors from Cade Bennett and Cordova potter Michael Anderson, 4-7 p.m.

Turnagain Brewing: 7920 King St., Featuring Katelyn VanLandingham of Ivy & Oak Studios, 5-8 p.m.

Cyrano’s Art Gallery: 3800 Debarr Road, Featuring the “Blinking with Eyes Open” exhibit by Kasilof artist Zirrus VanDevere, 5-7 p.m.

Georgia Blue Gallery: 3555 Arctic Road, Featuring Valdez artist Faith Revell’s exhibit “Bloom,” 5-7 p.m.

Anchorage Museum: 625 C St., Free admission after 6 p.m. featuring artists MaryJane Litchard and Martha Senungetuk, the ArtLab and Rapid Space Shorts in the planetarium, 6-9 p.m.

IGCA: 427 D St., Featuring “Paint Fiction” with more than a dozen contributing artists, 5-8 p.m.

Snow City Cafe: 1034 W 4th Ave., Featuring photography by Beth Rose and music by Tyler Kalbfleish, 5-7 p.m.

Two Seasons Meadery: 801 E 82nd Ave., Featuring artist Hailey Morgan and “Koala Kandy” bottle release, 5-8 p.m.

Midnight Sun Brewing: 8111 Dimond Hook Drive, Featuring artist Christina Wilson, 5-8 p.m.

Stephan Fine Arts: 939 W. 5th Ave., Featuring J. Leslie, Michelle Xiao and Robert Bissell, 6-8:30 p.m.

Turnagain Brewing: 7920 King St., Featuring Ivy & Oak Studios, 2-8 p.m.

The Cove: 510 L St., Featuring Elie Bishikwabo with works from Joel Loosli, Bret Roberts, Esther Kelly and Ryan Miller, 6-10 p.m.

Chris Bieri

Chris Bieri is the sports and entertainment editor at the Anchorage Daily News.