All-ages dances may face new permit rules

By Heather Hamilton and Mary Noden Lochner Want to host an all-ages rave, punk or folk show in Anchorage? Even if it’s a one-time only event,...

‘Hitch’ has the Smith touch, wavers between funny and boring

“Hitch,” a shiny new romantic comedy, is first and foremost a vehicle for box-office dynamo Will Smith. As vehicles go, this one’s a Cadillac....

The Godfather; a hard- boiled mixed cocktail

Your potential new client has sent an anonymous letter down to your office. You unfold it from your breast coat pocket, and trace your...

Iron & Wines’ Sam Beam – Interviews with TNL

Indie/folk artist Sam Beam, better known by his stage name Iron & Wine, is a father of five who went to college for painting...

Lady Gaga returns to center stage with new album ‘Born This...

With the advent of the 21st century and lack of creativity, along comes Lady Gaga, a woman who really doesn’t care what goes on...

77th Fur Rondy festival offers multitude of events

“Rondy, Rendezvous come on!” The familiar jingle can only mean one thing: ladies and gentlemen, it’s Rondy time. The citywide Fur Rendezvous festival has been a staple celebration in Anchorage for the last 77 years. Highly anticipated by locals and annual pilgrims alike, Rondy is one of the largest tourist attractions that Anchorage annually presents. It is steeped in history and provides a rare display of uniquely Alaskan wares and activities.

The Exchange performing tonight for A Cappella Festivella

The A Cappella Festivella is happening tonight at 7:30 in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. UAA’s Glee Club will be opening for The Exchange, an...

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...

‘Mortal Kombat X’ is brilliant and desperate

Within the last four years, NetherRealm Studios has become one of the most prolific fighting game developers in the industry. In 2011, they rebooted...

Goosefest returns for its third annual celebration

UAA's first and only summer music festival is back for another round

“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.

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Since 2002, Xiu Xiu has released one album and countless singles and split EPs every year. This prolific output matched their ascent into critical...

Park music goes well with a sandwich

Free music and good food always go well together. On Aug. 12 and 14, there will be two separate occasions of live music in the downtown Peratrovich Park. First to perform will be The Greatlanders who will be giving a show from noon to 1 p.m. since the concert is only an hour long, make lunch plans to go along with it.

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.

‘Bangkok Dangerous’

Nicolas Cage ("Next") has become a bit of a typecast actor and one suspects that this is his own doing. He usually stars in leading roles (as the hero or anti-hero) where he gets to save the day and kick butt in some fashion or other.Lately, this has been the only thing he's done and his movies have lacked any sort of appeal because of that stale persona.

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ is fantasy at its finest

Film: Director: Starring: Release date: Rating: "How to Train Your Dragon 2" Dean DeBlois Jay Baruchel Cate Blanchett Gerard Butler June 13, 2014 5/5 stars The first “How to Train Your Dragon” film was something of a...

‘Bloomsday’ exemplifies the dangers of sampling

Like fashion, musical trends fade in and out of the industry. Some enjoy longer stays than others — and even the short-lived trends can...

The stupid, mesmerizing beauty of ‘Twitch Plays Pokemon’

An infinite number of monkeys hitting keys at random on an infinite number of typewriters will, given infinite time, produce the works of Shakespeare.

Hawthorne Heights returns with ‘Hope’

The Ohio-based alternative band Hawthorne Heights is back with the second installment in their announced EP trilogy. “Hope” follows the dark and angry “Hate”...

June First Friday rundown

Experience the summer's first First Friday

The Grammys 2015: Underlying Racism?

As February is here, so are the annual Grammy Awards. It will be the 57th year that the National Academy of Recording Arts and...

34 years on, there’s no movie like ‘Eight Diagram Pole Fighter’

I first watched the Shaw Brothers masterpiece “Eight Diagram Pole Fighter” on a Saturday with my now fiancée. I knew what the Shaw Brothers...

The timely “XXY” dives deep

Sometimes, a simple narrative is best. It seems that the complex subject of intersexuality would lend itself to something more intricate. What's so good...

Portugal, The Man playing two big shows in Alaska

The one and only band known as Portugal, The Man is taking its show onto the cold road to Alaska. They will be in the state for two big performances. Their first show will be at Club Millennium on Friday, May 1. This is one show definitely worth going to because The Moon Knights, The Hoons and The Queen's Spade will be opening for them.

‘Green Naugahyde’ an uncertain release

After nearly ten years, Primus is back and weirder than ever. With their trademark sing-song vocals and funky bass infused sound, infections grooves lie...

Elegant and spunky: the French Lavender cocktail

The French Lavender is a fun but elegant cocktail. Consisting of lavender infused vodka, Chambord (blackberry-flavored liquor) and muddled lemon, it’s both tangy and sweet, neither flavor trait overbearing the other if ingested within a few minutes.

‘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...

“The Bucket List” charms audiences with humor

One might assume that a movie with two legendary actors like Jack Nicholson ("The Departed," "Something's Gotta Give") and Morgan Freeman ("Feast of Love," "Evan Almighty") might turn out to be a competition over who has the bigger acting chops. In "The Bucket List," however, the two actors' on-screen chemistry is magnetic as they play off each other.

‘Strawberry Jam’ a good reason to deviate from the mainstream

Despite the cunningly strange and almost unbearably experimental records the Baltimore electro-folk rockers Animal Collective have released the past four years, their eighth studio effort, "Strawberry Jam," delivers a wonderful combination of altered and saturated electronic noise located delicately under a layer of sweet-sounding summertime pop hooks.

Dreamworks puts together strong cast for weak movie

3D movies are the wave of the future. Everyone in Hollywood is talking about them: the advances in technology, the endless movie possibilities, and the potential for great cash rewards for the powers that be. Unfortunately, there has yet to be any film using this technology that has really captured the hearts and imaginations of the movie-going public.