A&E Briefs

Iditarod champion tells all with new book

Alaskan legend and Iditarod champion Jeff King had a reading and signing of his new book, “Cold Hands Warm Heart,” at Title Wave Books on Feb. 13. In his book, King shares autobiographical short stories about living in Alaska and racing sled dogs.

Since King began racing in 1980, he has placed first in four Iditarod Trail Sled Dog races, as well as in the Kusko 300. King and his family live on Goose Lake, south of the Denali Park entrance. During the summer, his family provides tours of their kennel and knowledge about the sport of sled dog racing.

The Wailin’ Jennys entertain crowd

Canadian songstresses The Wailin’ Jennys performed at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 16. Their harmonious mix of acoustic and folk music was well received by the audience. The Wailin’ Jennys have been featured on National Public Radio’s Prairie Home Companion and have been nominated twice for the Juno awards. The band last played in Anchorage two years ago to a sold-out crowd at the Wilda Marston Theatre. To listen to music from their latest album, “Firecracker,” visit www.myspace.com/thewailinjennys.

‘Mousetrap’ draws in mystery fanatics

Murder and mystery surround Anchorage Community Theatre’s latest play, “Mousetrap.” “Mousetrap” follows a publicized murder, in which a group of people is trapped at an inn. Those who are suspected of the murder are the married couple that runs the inn, a spinster, an architect, a retired Army major and a jurist. After another suspicious murder, the characters try to discover which of them is responsible for the murders.

The play is the longest-running show in the history of theater. “Mousetrap” will be performed at the Anchorage Community Theatre on Feb. 15-March 9, Thursday-Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. For tickets, visit www.actalaska.org/tickets.php.

-Compiled By Kelly McLain