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The Dirty Hands House Concert

10269374_692462367495666_4383405930930700715_nFriday October 9th @ 8pm (doors open at 7:30)
Tickets $10/$12 online, $13/$15 at the door

Half Georgia blues, half Alaskan grunge, The Dirty Hands pull elements of jazz, funk, and a little bit of twang from the shadows of the past in tight arrangements unlike anything you’ve ever heard.  Hailing from all corners of the country and led by their two main songwriters Sean Patrick and Chris Lesesne, this raucous sextet leaves no sonic stone unturned.

DSC_0770The Dirty Hands played in Talkeetna twice this summer, once at the only brutally rainy Live @ Five, and once at the Fairview.  If you missed them then, and event if you didn’t, this is a show you really should not miss!

Moose the Movie!

Moose-Movie-PosterFri/Sat Oct 16 & 17 @ 7:30pm (doors open at 7)
Sun Oct 18 @ 4pm (doors open at 3:30)
Tickets $5/$7 online, $6/$8 at the door
Rated PG- 13(ish)

Moose the Movie is the story of two park rangers in the tiny town of Gangrene Gulch, Alaska, who, with the help of a young coroner’s assistant, must do battle with an ancient, mythological half-man/half-moose. By Chad and Bill Carpenter, the men that bring you Tundra Comics!!  Find out more at


Rocky Horror Show!!!

Friday Oct 30th 9pm to Midnight
Tickets $10/$15

The-Rocky-Horror-Picture-ShowKick off Halloween and celebrate 40 years of Rocky Horror at Denali Drama’s Rocky Horror Picture Show Film Party.  Dress to impress in your best Rocky Horror attire, and don’t be afraid to join in with audience participation.

Just to make sure you are prepared…here is a Time Warp “how to”, so you can really be a part of the fun:

Annual Take Back the Town Party & Membership Drive: Blue Tarp Fashion Show & Blue Tarp Ball

Saturday November 14th from 7 to 11pm
FREE Event!  (But bring $$ for games and to cast your People’s Choice Vote)

blue tarp fashion show & ballThis year the Denali Arts Council is Taking Back the Town and celebrating recycling in Talkeetna with one Blue Tarp special of an evening.

In memory of local artist Rob Holt (who’s art will grace our walls for the month of November), we’ve chosen theme our annual membership event after his poem “The Blue Tarp” by hosting a Recycled/Up-cycled Blue Tarp Fashion Show!

All fashion entries must be up-cycled and have some element of a blue tarp included. Designers may showcase their own works or find someone to model their wears. Attendees vote for their favorite designs with cash and the winner of the People’s Choice Award will take half the pot!!  (Please pre-register all fashion show entries through the DAC office  by calling 733-7929 or e-mail )

Taco dinner, family friendly games, and an all ages Blue Tarp Ball are also part of the evenings enticements.

For more information, contact

TBT Schedule of Events:

4 to 6pm: Rob Holt Art Opening

6pm to 7pm: 2015 highlights, current info, voting for Board of Directors, membership drive, taco bar and beverages, and games.

7pm to 8pm: Blue Tarp Fashion Show

8pm to 11pm: Blue Tarp Ball and games for all ages! Dress your Blue Tarp best, dance the night away.

Please bring a dessert to share!

Summer Drama….and my office is Awesome!

It’s Summer time and the stage is hopping here at the DAC.  Some days I feel like my office is a windowless cave that keeps me hidden from the world, but other days….. well, who else can say they have live theatrical productions unfolding in their office?

Circus has come and gone, but we have lots drama underway that we hope to entertain you with throughout the summer.  First up is the Complete History of America, Abridged ….. just in time for the 4th of July!

Some of you may remember the Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged, which Denali Drama performed in 2012…… well hang on to your socks cause they are at it again!  Only this time they will teach you as much of America’s history as they can in 6000 seconds.  Get ready to laugh and learn a few things you thought you know (but didn’t).  This show is PG-13, so use your best judgment when deciding which kids to bring…..  Open minds and good senses of humor encouraged!  2 weekends.

Next up is our Summer Stock – aka Talkeetna Youth Musical Theater – production of Seussical the Musical.  The talented youth of Talkeetna are working hard to bring you this fabulous show, which showcases a montage of Dr. Seuss’s most beloved characters, including Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and Mayzie La Bird.  During this production you will be transported from the Jungle of Nool, to the tiny world of the Who’s, then off across the sea to Circus McGurkus.  3 nights only….. this is one to plan your vacation around.

September’s show is still a bit of a mystery, even to me.  Iditaprov will be back on our stage, but in what format, I do not know.  Stay tuned to learn more….. In the mean time, Iditaprov is performing competitive Improv 2 nights a week (Mondays and Wednesdays) at the Talkeetna Alaska Lodge.  Tickets can be bought at the front desk, shows start at 7:30.

Alright, I’ll get back to work and keep on keeping the drama on the stage.  Til next time, Holli @ the Hangar

Making the most of YOUR Arts Council

Have you ever wondered how events come to be at the Denali Arts Council?  Do you ever find yourself thinking, “You know, it would be really cool to see ________________ happening here in Talkeetna.” or “I wish they would do more of  _________________ at the hangar.”  Well, the truth of the matter is that YOU, as a creative member of the community, have the power to help make those decisions.


You could set the stage!

A community Arts council sets a stage, but is only a reflection of creativity and imagination.   In order for the DAC to express the artistic sentiment of Talkeetna, locals must be willing to share their talents and ideas. What gets showcased is what people like you choose to put into it through artistic partnerships and volunteering.

The Denali Arts Council is an umbrella organization with with a variety of artistic programs under its rim.  While most of our programs have ongoing activities, several have become stagnate due to lack of involvement or leadership.  Here is where YOU come in!

your art could be hereCurrently there are openings for Directors in three of our programs: Talkeetna Artists Guild (fine arts), Susitna Muse (writers group), and Local Motion…for the Love of Dance. As the director of a program, you have a lot of freedom to design events, workshops, and shows.  You can express yourself creativity and set the vision of the program. You can be the director or you could get involved to just produce one show or workshop.

So if you find yourself thinking “Man, I really wish they would show more ____________________”, consider putting your artistic passion to the test and get involved today!