Local high schools featured in Shootout

One, two, three, four, who is it we’re cheering for? Five, six, seven, eight, probably someone out of state! The Great Alaska Shootout is back for its 34th anniversary, with 16 games of intense court action. These 16 games mean a minimum of 16 halftime slots to fill, and associate Athletics Director Tim McDiffett. With his volunteer Shootout committee, have been looking for acts to fill those gaps in action.

‘Top Girls’ lacks coherent storyline

It’s plot that moves the action of a play forward. Without some semblance of a plot a play’s characters, no matter how interesting, will...

Web TV: what it has to offer, what’s holding it back

YouTube alleges that more video is uploaded to their site in one month than the three major US networks have created in the last 60 years. Critics would dismiss it as all junk, and there certainly is plenty, but is it really just quantity over quality?

Fur Rondy Snow Sculpture Competition: Ice art at it’s finest.

Imagine having to create a piece of artwork from 8 cubic feet of compressed snow while having to deal with the tough Alaskan climate....

Anchorage folk festival hosts Contra Dance party

Anchorage Folk Festival sponsored a Contra Dance Jan. 27 lesson in the bottom floor of the Student Union as one of many activities in...

Rich Brian’s debut, ‘Amen,’ blesses the charts

Rising artist Rich Brian, the 18-year-old rapper from Indonesia, releases his debut album

‘Die Hard’ needs to die out

It shouldn’t be physically possible to make an even worse “Die Hard” movie after the fourth one came out. Apparently, it is.

‘Prince Caspian’ a solid sequel that doesn’t quite bring back the...

Magic, mythology and talking animals still populate the story, but "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" is, at heart, a fundamentally different tale than its predecessor.

Kinky Tetris: block puzzles and adultery

Catherine loves you. It’s true, she does. She comes over every night just to satisfy your carnal desires, and to top it off, she’s...

Cynical ‘Back to Black’ tells the raw dark truth about love

This album doesn't need a review; it needs a warning. Here goes: Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" is not for delicate ears. On "Back to Black," Winehouse takes the bitter conversations a young 20-something would really have and puts them on a record. She comes off so raw that Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah put her song "You Know I'm No Good" on his latest album.

Bel Canto offers one colorful opera

The Alaska performance group titled Bel Canto (also meaning 'beautiful singing') has been providing a chance for singers in Anchorage to get out onto the stage since 2002. On June 6, they will be bringing their show to the UAA Fine Arts Building for a night of selected scenes from operas and Broadway shows compiled into the show called, "The Audition!" This is a premier show starring John Fraser as a guest artist and will be playing for one night only.

‘Metroid Prime Trilogy’ is an incredible value

Something incredibly special will happen this week. Three of the best exploration-based games ever made, the titular “Metroid Prime Trilogy,” will be available in...

Mother doesn’t know best in ‘Because I Said So’

"Because I Said So" can't decide if it's a warm-hearted romance or a slapstick comedy, and it suffers in both genres. A meddlesome mother, Daphne (Diane Keaton, "Something's Gotta Give," "The Family Stone"), spends a majority of her time worrying about her youngest daughter, Milly (Mandy Moore, "American Dreamz," "Saved!"), because Milly doesn't have a successful relationship in her life.

‘Rise of the Silver Surfer’ visually stimulating but light on content

Thankfully, "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" is much better than its predecessor. It is better written and has better special effects. Yet even with those working in its favor, the film still leaves the audience unsatisfied.

‘Lazaretto’ proves Jack White’s musical genius

Artist: Album: Genre: Release date: Rating: Jack White "Lazaretto" Blues Rock June 10, 2014 4/5 stars Jack White’s second album “Lazaretto” is something to either download or grab off the shelves of the store...

A week of festivities with Winterfest

Winterfest is back with plenty of new activities and past favorites

Art as Catharsis: Why make art?

Aristotle famously said that the purpose of art is catharsis. If looking at or making a piece of art leads to some outburst of...

‘Once’ is a bittersweet lullaby

Tales of star-crossed lovers have graced movie screens since the beginning of cinema. Some are fine with being sappy, others strive for realism, but...

“Evita” comes to Alaska in a dazzling show

Argentina doesn't have to cry anymore, because the hit musical "Evita" is coming to Anchorage in a dazzling display of singing and dancing. Being the project of Theatre Artists United, the musical has a cast brimming with local talent that is both new and seasoned with experience.

Two brothers divided by crime in ‘We Own the Night’

While some people might think that this film isn't worth watching from the previews because they've already seen this plot before, "We Own the Night" has plenty of surprises to offer those viewers who are willing to give it a chance. Not only are the story line and acting so great they need to be seen to be believed and appreciated, but the artistry of the film itself is also well worth the cost of admission.

Hard Apple Ale a local brew for the change of seasons

BREWERY: Moose’s Tooth Brewing Company BREW NAME: Hard Apple Ale BREW STYLE: Specialty Beer Stars: 4 Specs: 5.5% abv In keeping with the change-of-seasons theme, apple cider is a...

Retro Review: ‘Metroid Prime’ is cutting edge even over a decade...

When the subject of female protagonists is brought up, one of the first characters that comes to gamers’ minds is Samus Aran, famous intergalactic bounty hunter. Until “Metroid: Other M” (a name that shall never be spoken again), Samus has never really had a voice, but she never needed one.

The zine scene

Small magazines celebrate local artists, photographers

TEDx Anchorage packs full house in Loussac Library

On Saturday afternoon, people were lined out the door waiting to see TEDx Anchorage 2015 at the Z. J. Loussac Library. This day-long event’s...

‘Hairspray’ packs a plus-sized fun punch

Fans of musicals will not be disappointed with "Hairspray." This is a delightful romp with a soundtrack that will linger long after the movie is over. From the first moment the movie starts, so does the music. There is no preamble; the actors burst into song from the very first frame.

UAA’s hidden masterpieces brought to life in the Kimura Gallery

In a land far away, where the halls are lined with student and faculty work, where your imagination is brought to life, lies the...

A&E Briefs

Spiritual festival aims to relax and open 'Last Chance Harvey' not light fare the minds of visitors There is no better way to unwind from the stress that comes with a new semester than going to a festival that's all about the spiritual things of life. The 9th annual Alaska Whole Life Festival will include a lecture form Donna Reis, an International Color Therapist, and many other activities celebrating the spiritual and holistic side of life.

Q & A with Less Than Jake’s Chris DeMakes

They have had more shows than any other band on the Vans Warped Tour, have started their own record label and been topping the...

‘Soda and Wood’ gets Clay Body fired up

"Soda and Wood" might sound like an odd theme for a ceramics art show to the uninitiated, or even conjure images of clay monuments...

The Shins latest album steps away from indie roots

This week, we’re going to take a look at The Shins’ new album, “Port of Morrow.” The Shins are an indie band originally from...