9:00 – 5:30, with a 45 min lunch
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The comedians chosen for this show are all very respectful and professional, that being said we would recommend television rules. So TV-MA is ages 14+. It can be an all ages show from our perspective but attending parents should be aware that some colorful language may occur.
What is Alaska B4UDie Comedy Fest?
Alaska B4UDie Fest is a week long comedy arts festival with shows in Anchorage, Soldotna, Talkeetna, and Juneau, Alaska. We believe every performer should have the chance to step on stage in Alaska before they die. The Festival offers an opportunity for the best standup comedians in the nation to showcase their talents to Alaskan audiences, while also elevating and celebrating the work of Alaskan comedians.
Alaska B4UDie Comedy Fest is committed to offering the best that Alaska has to offer to its performers, including sightseeing trips and opportunities to explore the wilderness of the Chugach National Forest. Experience some of the best comedians in the country, and create unforgettable memories in one of the last truly wild places on earth.
Alaska B4UDie Comedy Fest and The AKComics907 are committed to servicing the Anchorage Community and helping out to those in need. In 2017, The AKComics907 raised over $6,000 dollars for Planned Parenthood.
This story records the life of a young pilot flying in Alaska’s Frontier Arctic. You’ll experience the front seat thrills of bush planes operating in the most dangerous conditions on Earth. Flying in minus 60 temperatures and horrific storms, airborne among the magnificent mountains, glaciers and rivers that only Alaska has to offer. Once you’ve seen this adventure you’ll not be satisfied until you visit Alaska yourself! Includes true-life interviews and experiences of accidents, comradeship, humor, heartbreaks and life in Frontier Alaska, gone forever when dismantled in the 1980’s. Filmed 99% on location, Alaska Long Hunters opens with an interesting and well researched early history of the 49th State, leading to the eventual use and development of a new tool of transport – the single engine airplane, but not without extracting a terrible price. Experience what it was like to growing up among the dangerous game, hunting the massive caribou herds and absorbing the greatness of the county in the 60’s. Every boy, man and aviator will be compelled to grapple with its final truth, concluding with a crisis encounter that forever changed the pilot’s life. Coming out May 2020. See www.longhunters.org and join our newsletter for more!
Saturday February 22 7pm (An evening Program for adults)
Creativity and Mindfulness
Using Puppetry and other Art forms in Education, Therapy, for more mindful parenting and raising self awareness.
* In this event our host Salila Andrea will share her experience of working with Creativity and Mindfulness with children and young adults. * We will experience a Mindfulness Meditation that is designed to reconnect us with innocence, relaxation and playfulness.* The evening will end with a Zen Tale performed with String Marionettes. Followed by questions & answers.
Sunday February 23, 1:30pm $5
Puppet Show for the Community ” The Gruffalo”
The show will be performed with hand carved Rod Puppets ~ 45 – 50 min.
Sunday February 23, 2:30 – 4:30 $40
“Parent and Child Puppet Making Workshop”
The workshop is designed for parents and children to create together.* In this workshop participants will create a String Marionette out of wood, beads, felt, feathers, fabric, wool….Every participant works on a pre fabricated puppet base.* Character development exercises to bring the puppets to life.
Includes material fee for one puppet base.
SPECIAL BUNDLE PRICE * Must buy before 2/22
$50 for all three events!!! PURCHASE PUPPET PACK NOW
Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding.
Next open rehearsal dates are February 1 and 8 at 3 pm.
People are still welcome to show up and audition!
Denali Arts Council is proud to host a backcountry community event by the Winter Wildlands Alliance! The 15th Annual Backcountry Film Festival film line-up is full of snowy, cinematic adventure sure to inspire both the local backcountry and general communities. Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving winter wildlands and a quality human-powered snow sports experience on public lands.
The Winter Wildlands Alliance raises funds for these groups and communities through the annual Backcountry Film Festival national tour. All funds raised directly benefit local projects and programs that perpetuate access and stewardship of public lands.
Adventure, environment and climate, youth outdoors, ski culture- you’ll find it all in this award winning lineup. Films in this year’s program include:
Can’t Ski Vegas – Joey Schusler, Ben Page, Thomas Woodson
Drawn to High Places – Elise Giordano + Outdoor Research
Endless Winter: Chapter 1 – Nikolai Schirmer
KHUTRAO – Agreste Chile
Leave Nice Tracks – Marius Becker, Dan Cirenza, Kyle Crichton
A Climb for Equality – Caroline Gleich + Rylo
Colter’s Route – Sawyer Thomas + Riis Wilbrecht + Dynafit
Backflippers – Luigi Dellarole
Climate Change in the Kennels – Denali National Parks
Peak Obsession (32:30) Cody Townsend + Bjarne Salen
Doors open at 7pm and the screening beings at 7:30pm.
Admission is $15 and can be purchased at the door.
In a world where everything is reliant on a slick sales pitch or novelty marketing ploy Hussy Hicks are a genuine breath of fresh air. This is a band that exists solely for their love of music, and not only do they love it, but they’re pretty damn good at too.
In a few short years Julz Parker and Leesa Gentz have racked up a remarkable list of festivals, venues and dedicated fans from around the globe, and they’ve done it all with a couple of instruments and a passionate desire to share their songs with the world.
Their performances have been described as spontaneous, explosive and emotive; Julz is regarded as one of Australia’s finest guitarists and has traded finger-style, flamenco, gypsy and Arabic licks with everyone from street performers to Phil and Tommy Emmanuel, John Jorgenson and Joe Robinson. Leesa is most recognised for her soaring vocals and joyful, endearing stage presence and she has been steadily earning respect as one of our most accomplished vocalists.
Conforming to a musical genre has been difficult for the girls, however they have been welcomed into the Roots circuits, as well as Folk, Blues and Country, but with a broad range of influences their music generally appeals to a wide spectrum of music lovers.
Trio Pronto! is a new Anchorage chamber ensemble – harp, soprano and piano. Harpist Megan Bledsoe Wardwas born and raised in Anchorage and earned two degrees at Eastman plus a doctorate in harp performance at the Univ of Washington; she lives in Honolulu – but commutesregularly to play with the Anchorage Symphony, AK Chamber Singers and Anchorage Opera (keeping her Alaskan roots alive!) – and was the featured guest artist with the Hiland Mountain Women’s Correctional Center orchestra in December. Soprano Kara Guggenmos won the prestigious 2002 NATS competition, had a Carnegie Hall debut and has had too many opera roles to count; she moved to Alaska two years ago and is adjunct voice faculty at UAA plus has a lively voice studio in Palmer and is a welcome addition to the vocal adjudicator community. She was recently the soprano soloist with Anchorage Concert Chorus in “Elijah” and will be soloist with the Anchorage Symphony in April, 2020 in Vivaldi’s “Gloria” with singers from four Anchorage high schools. Pianist Susan Wingrove-Reed moved to Anchorage in the 9th grade and is the keyboardist for the Anchorage Symphony, a collaborative and rehearsal pianist with West, Bartlett and Dimond HS, AK Chamber Singers, Sitka Music Festival, Sitka Fine Arts camps, Hiland Prison Orchestra, & is the pre-concert lecturer/program annotator for the SMF and ASO.
The three music-loving friends collaborated on school concerts and a museum program in 2018 and have decided to make it formal, so more concerts are being planned. Trio Pronto! repertoire includes pieces originally written for harp and piano or voice, orchestral reductions, and transcriptions – and a shared passion for presenting little-known gems by female composers. Highlights of the Talkeetna concert include a set of songs by beloved American composer Amy Beach and piecres featuring harp then piano about thrushes and their bird songs. Also, an excerpt from a romantic harp concerto by Henrietta Renie. PLUS – splendid works by Debussy, a haunting Civil War song, a Broadway tune, Spanish music by Turina and much more! We love to play and sing together – join us for some unique, joyful music – the harp and company are excited to share our unusual music with you!
Short INDIVIDUAL BIOS:
Megan Bledsoe Ward has been hailed by Downbeat Magazine for her “sharp musical intelligence” and “scintillating plays of light and subtle colors.” Her debut album, Pacific Harp Project, was awarded the 2016 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Instrumental Album of the Year by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts. Ward holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Eastman School of Music and earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Washington. Ward currently performs as a soloist, orchestral harpist, and chamber musician with ensembles throughout the United States and regularly performs with the Anchorage Symphony and other Anchorage groups; she was the soloist with the ASO in March, 2017. Ward is an adjunct professor at Pacific Rim University and Chaminade University, in addition to instructing private harp students of all ages and ability levels. In addition to performing and teaching, she is a gifted composer and arranger. In December, she was the soloist with the AK Chamber Singers and the guest artist with the Hiland Women’s prison orchestra!
Lyric Soprano Kara Guggenmos is best known for her renditions of the Strauss Four Last songs, her operatic roles of MIMI in LA BOHEME and DONNA ANNA in DON GIOVANNI, as well as her deep love for art songs and recitals. Drawn especially to French art songs, she is equally at home with Sacred concert repertoire, especially the arias of Handel’s MESSIAH and the Verdi and Mozart Requiems. Ms. Guggenmos, the 2002 winner of the prestigious NATS competition, has toured with Met Opera Bass Keith Miller and relocated to Alaska from Colorado where she is excited to continue her career of passionate singing. She received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her Bachelor of Sacred Music from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. She was soprano soloist with Anchorage Concert Chorus in “Elijah” in October and will be the featured soprano soloist with the Anchorage Symphony in April 2020 in Vivaldi ‘s “Gloria.”
Susan Wingrove-Reed has been the principal keyboard player for the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra for over 30 years and also collaborates with the Sitka Summer Music Festival (& has performed in Talkeetna with cellist Zuill Bailey), Sitka Fine Arts camps, Alaska Chamber Singers, Hiland Mountain Correctional Center orchestra, Alaska All State Choir and a variety of community and student ensembles including the West, Bartlett, Dimond and Romig choirs. Reed writes program notes and gives pre-concert chats for the ASO and the Sitka Music Festival. Her family moved to Anchorage when she was in the 9th grade; she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and Master of Arts in Teaching at Indiana University and taught music and drama in the Anchorage School District for 27 years. She received an Alaska Governor’s Award for her contributions in arts education and the 2016 Alaska Music Educator Advocacy award. In February, she will be performing in the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes with the AK Chamber Singers AND is super thrilled about the keyboard parts in the Harry Potter film with the Anchorage Symphony!