‘RENT’ the controversy continues

The enigmatic musical that moved and defied many generations premiers in Anchorage for your enjoyment and consideration. Starring members of the "Theater Artists United" with a collaboration with the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. When it first officially opened at the off-Broadway theater “New York Theater Workshop” back in 1996 the musical received much the same reaction that it receives today, you either love it or you hate it.

“Dreaming Bears” is a captivating memoir

Trading Greenwood, South Carolina for the remote Alaskan village of Venetie, then medical student J. Michael Holloway, along with his brother, Ted and friend...

Bloc Party’s ‘Weekend’ trip not for travel-weary listeners

Listening to Bloc Party's second album is like listening to the sound of being just barely too cool for school. It's a golden age that can happen at any time: the briefest window when one realizes whatever rat-race one happens to be engaged in is an illusion that won't have any lasting impact on the course of one's life and it's possible to breeze by armed with half-baked ambition and the knowledge that it doesn't matter what people think - until the next crushing societal pressure takes hold of one's psyche, and the window closes.

Creative Corner: In the service of the Crown, part 1

Since the beginning of the eleventh century piracy plagued the seas of the world. Many famous pirates, such as Sweyn Forkbeard, Stortbeker, Redbeard also known as Barbarossa, and Klein Hanslein also known as Little Jack, brought fear to many who sailed across the open ocean. During this time and up to the golden age of piracy of the late 1600’s, many struggled to end this scourge of the seas.

Long time Alaskan launches book

Victor Fischer, an Alaskan resident since 1950, has a book launch Oct. 30 for his up-and-coming book, “To Russia With Love,” a journey about his adventurous life.

What it takes to do stage auditions

Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou ... what was the line again? It may sound easy, but landing a role in one of UAA’s Theater shows isn’t a cakewalk, even if it is a university production.

Green Tea Hot Toddy: A drink for the ill who don’t...

Headache, sore throat, body aches and a nose so stuffed up it could reinforce a dam — yep, it’s cold season, and some people have it bad. And bad, of course, is a sugarcoated term for, ”Leave me alone. I think I’m dying.”

Sports Briefs

UAA's Williams earns GNAC honors UAA senior Ruby Williams has been honored at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference's co-Player of the Week for women's basketball after helping the nation's top-ranked Division II team run its winning streak to 22 games last week.

A&E Opinion: Queen B of Pop? Not yet

The shadows are full of whispers. The loyalists and the rebels are restless for confrontation. In light of a stunning victory in the nation’s greatest arena, a question has arisen: Is Beyonce Knowles the queen of pop?

‘Short Stories’ paintings are vibrant, striking

The paintings in Kathryn Carovano's show, "Short Stories," demonstrate her quintessential style: lots of rusty oranges and blues, simple but striking compositions, and layers...

Winter kicks off with Avalanche Awareness

The winter sports season has officially kicked off, and Parks and Recreation wants you to be safe by being informed. On Oct. 20 and 21, Parks and Recreation and the North America Outdoor Institute teamed up to present "Be Snow Smart" at Kincaid Park, a free symposium aimed encouraging more snow safety awareness.

Love, hurt and heal with UAA’s stage interpretation of Jane Austin’s...

Who would’ve thought an eccentric old lady would steal the show? Jane Austin’s “Sense and Sensibility” (adapted by Jon Jory and directed by Elizabeth Ware)...

A&E Opinion: Zombie films need a boost in story artistry

Zombie movies have become a joke. The ravenous undead are no longer terrifying. Now they're stupid, shambling mannequins on which laughable premises are thrust.

Jellybean shooter, a springtime must

Jellybeans don’t just come in Easter baskets anymore. This shooter will knock you on your rump, so pay attention. Pour half an ounce of the blackberry brandy into a shot glass, filling it about a third of the way. Slowly pour in a third of a shot of Sambuca, which will layer it due to the differing densities of the alcohols. Layer the Southern Comfort on top.

The bard’s take on a galaxy far, far away

The first “Star Wars” was a landmark in filmmaking, pushing the boundaries of what could be done with special effects back in the late ‘70s. When adapting to another medium, then, the most obvious choice is classical theater —Wait, what?!

Rasta-punk band Skindred gets in the groove with latest album

No other group can command attention the way Skindred can. The Prince of Wales quartet is fronted by Benji Webb, a dreadlock-sporting Jamaican with...