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“pH: A Novel” with author Nancy Lord
What: Author Nancy Lord presents her new book “pH: A Novel” with director of Alaska Oceanic Acidification Network Darcy Dugan. Lord’s book about marine scientists working on ocean warming and acidification issues and the conflicts that arise between them looks at what can happen when academic forces and scientific investigation are at odds. Dugan has worked with scientists to help make sure ocean data is available for informed decision-making through the AOAN. The event will discuss how to better inform the public through arts and sciences about ocean acidification.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 5 – 7 p.m.
Where: The Loft, UAA Bookstore
Cost: Free

DIY Night: Knot pillow making
What: Get knotty with your bad self and go home with a pillow — a knot pillow to be exact. This do-it-yourself activity can yield a means to muffle your cries of anguish and soak up your tears when finals rear their ugly head. Open to students taking 6 or more credits.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Student Union
Cost: Free

Mythbusters Panel: Takin’ it to the Streets
What: As part of Disability Awareness Week UAA faculty, students and staff who experience disabilities will discuss accessibility and what it really means.
When: Thursday, Oct. 5 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Consortium Library, Room 307
Cost: Free

What: A day of interactive activities showcasing the opportunities UAA offers in science, technology, engineering and math. Students and faculty have put together hands-on demonstrations meant to inspire and engage attendees.
When: Saturday, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: ConocoPhilips Integrated Science Building
Cost: Free

Around town

Williwaw Unplugged: Open mic night with Jared Woods
What: Ever wanted a chance to play some tunes at Williwaw? Well, here’s your chance. All styles are welcome and, since it’s an open mic, you never know what you’re going to get. The night is led by local musician Jared Woods. Space is limited so first come, first served. Signups are from 7:55 – 8:05 p.m. 2 songs or 10 minutes. Ages 21 and up.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m.
Where: Williwaw (609 F St.)
Cost: Free

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ACW fourth annual fundraiser and art auction
What: Help Anchorage Community Works raise money while having a good time. There will be auctions, live music, food tucks, beer and wine. Music by Evan Phillips as well as Blackwater Railroad Company for their final show in Alaska. All proceeds go to ACW. Ages 21 and up. Minors must be accompanied.
When: Friday Oct. 6 from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Where: Anchorage Community Works (349 E Ship Creek Ave.)
Cost: General admission $20, VIP $50

KONR Studio Sessions: Bobby & the Concussions
What: A live performance by Bobby & the Concussions downtown at KONR’s studio. Part of KONR’s Studio Sessions every First Friday featuring local musicians. Space is limited, so get there early. The performance will also be broadcast live on 106.1 FM in Anchorage. Want to be on the show? Contact [email protected]
When: Friday, Oct. 6 from 8 – 9 p.m.
Where: KONR: Out North Radio (333 W 4th Ave.)
Cost: Free

Grand opening of Bivy and First Friday art show
What: The grand opening of Bivy, a contemporary art gallery and bookstore specializing in independent publishers. For First Friday, check out “Denali Thai Food” by photographer and Berlin-based anthropologist Alicja Khatchikian. Her photos show the surprising and sometimes humorous man-made presences against the vast Alaska wilderness. “Denali Thai Food” will run for the entire month of Oct.
When: Friday, Oct. 6 at 5 p.m.
Where: Bivy art gallery and bookstore (419 G St.)
Cost: Free

What’s so great about Alaska’s dinosaurs?
What: Learn about Alaska’s dinosaurs — what they are, where they’ve been found and what they look like. Presented by UAA geology professor emeritus Anne Pach, co-founder of the Alaska Museum of Natural History. This is a kid friendly event.
When: Sunday, Oct. 8 from 4 – 6 p.m. Doors open at 3 p.m.
Where: 49th State Brewing Co. (717 W 3rd Ave.)
Cost: Free