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State of Art: The Anchorage Community Concert Band explores ‘Reverence’ in upcoming winter concert

This week on State of Art we're hearing from Dr. Mark Wolbers, director of the Anchorage Community Concert Band. Their free winter performance, "Reverence," will take place on Sunday, December 4 in the Discovery Theater in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Wolbers tells us about being in the band, managing the wide range of skill levels and what to expect from the concert.

State of Art: Preserving Alaska’s music with Jimmy Riordan

This week on State of Art we're hearing from local artist and the mastermind behind the Alaska BookMobile, Jimmy Riordan. His current work is focused on digitizing analogue Alaska music. He got his start working in Bethel and preserving recordings found around the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, but has branched out to more of a statewide focus. We hear about how he got started, what he's found along the way and what comes next.

State of Art: Anchorage Museum’s Seed Lab is a space of endless possibilities

This week on State of Art we're learning about Anchorage Museum's Seed Lab. The black building covered in murals is located across from the main museum facility on the corner of 6th and A in downtown Anchorage. In addition to supplementing other museum programming, they hold a variety of workshops on topics ranging from climate to repair and reuse and other events and conversations focusing on community and the environment. They also support artists in residence in addition to things like housing a tool library and a newly built podcast studio.

Hometown Alaska: Answering your questions about this year’s election

With Election Day coming up fast on November 8 and early voting already underway, we want to answer any of your last minute questions about this year's election. Gail Fenumiai, the state's head of the Division of Elections will be able to answer any of your questions about ranked choice voting, ballot security, when and where to vote, and more. Jeannette Lee, a researcher with the nonpartisan think tank Sightline Institute, can field questions about voter strategy and things to consider when voting.

State of Art: Tent City Press zine fair and Anchorage Community Theater’s ‘Constance and Sinestra and the Cabinet of Screams’

This week on State of Art we're hearing from the owner of Tent City Press, Bryce Fredrick. Along with the Anchorage Public Library and the Seed Lab, Tent City Press will be hosting a zine fair and swap on Friday, November 4. We also hear from Anchorage Community Theater's Executive Director Matt Fernandez about their current production of spooky musical "Constance and Sinestra and the Cabinet of Screams."

State of Art: ‘The Alaskan Blonde’ and Anchorage Opera’s ‘The Pirates of Penzance’

This week on State of Art we're hearing from James Bartlett, author of true-crime book "The Alaskan Blonde: Sex, Secrets, and the Hollywood Story that Shocked America." The book examines the murder of wealthy Fairbanks businessman Cecil Wells on October 17, 1953. We'll also hear from the conductor and stage director/choreographer from Anchorage Opera's production of "The Pirates of Penzance."

State of Art: Talking with Joy Harjo, 23rd poet laureate of the United States

This week on State of Art we're hearing from Joy Harjo. She served as poet laureate of the United States from 2019 to this year. As the first Native American to hold the position, she made it her goal to lift up the voices of indigenous poets. We discuss her relationship to Alaska, her time as poet laureate and her new work.

Hometown Alaska: Staying active in recovery as winter approaches

This week on Hometown Alaska Tiffany Hall, executive director of Recover Alaska, and Dr. Vivian Gonzales, professor of psychology at UAA, join host Justin Williams to discuss the realities of Alaskan sobriety, and what it looks like to face recovery in the harsher months of the cold, dark winter.

Hometown Alaska: Telling Alaska’s story

This week Hometown Alaska hosts three writers telling significant parts of Alaska’s story. We're joined by Alaska's writer laureate Heather Lende and authors Leigh Newman and Laureli Ivanoff.

State of Art: Anchorage Community Theater’s ‘The Sensuous Senator’

This week on State of Art we're hearing from Marrin Eighinger, director of Anchorage Community Theater's production of "The Sensuous Senator." The fast-paced comedy follows a presidential candidate running on a morality platform, his indiscretions and the fallout of his secrets. The final performances are Saturday, October 1 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 2 at 3 p.m.

State of Art: Talking shop with restaurant consultant Steph Johnson

This week on State of Art we're hearing from Steph Johnson. She was an early hire when the Bear Tooth Grill was first opening, eventually becoming general manager of the Bear Tooth Theatrepub and Grill. After two decades with the company, she's helping other restaurants find their way. We discuss her work as a consultant, what makes a good dining experience and the un-sexy side of the business.
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Hometown Alaska: Alaskan Footprints food tours and Anchorage Independent Worker Alliance

This week on Hometown Alaska host Justin Williams is joined by two local entrepreneurs who are dedicated to changing the business landscape. We have the owner of Alaskan Footprints, “Sourdough” Dan Morris offering humor and treats in his food tours and we have the founder of Anchorage Independent Worker Alliance, Atlas Katari, committed to helping develop like minded entrepreneurs.

State of Art: On the cusp of 80 Linda Lucky celebrates milestones with ‘Loose Ends’

When you walk into the International Gallery of Contemporary art in downtown Anchorage, you'll be greeted by a painting of a woman. She's sitting on a chair, wearing nothing but a sheer scarf and hat that says "Art Slut." It's a self-portrait by artist Linda Lucky, inspired by Alice Neel who painted herself in the nude at 80. Lucky's show at IGCA called "Loose Ends" is a journey through a diverse selection of work showing the fun and whimsy of youth, the sophistication of midlife and the nostalgia of looking back.
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State of Art: Painter Scott Clendaniel takes a lighthearted approach to his Alaska-themed paintings

This week on State of Art we're hearing from artist Scott Clendaniel. He combines his love of the outdoors, beer and positive vibes in his work. In addition to landscapes and other Alaska scenes, when scanning through his collection of paintings, you might find X-wings from Star Wars flying over Denali, an octopus hitting up some fresh powder on skis, or local beers in the foreground of an epic background. You can find his paintings on display at Turnagain Brewing until October 6.
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State of Art: Meet the guys behind Akela Space

This week on State of Art we're hearing from Jovell Rennie and Young Kim from Akela Space. The local photographers and long-time friends are the driving force behind the spot’s mission to showcase new artistic talent and provide an inclusive community space. We hear about what they look for when collaborating with an artist, past shows and events, and how they want the spot to be a blank canvas of possibilities.

Addressing Alaskans: Hear the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation’s 2022 three-year outlook

This week on Addressing Alaskans we'll hear how the Anchorage economy has been progressing and what issues lie ahead. Speakers include AEDC President and CEO Bill Popp, Mayor Dave Bronson and University of Alaska President Pat Pitney.

State of Art: Meet Anchorage Press Editor O’Hara Shipe

This week on State of Art we're hearing from O'Hara Shipe. She took over as managing editor of the Anchorage Press in March after being a long-time contributor to the alt-weekly. She is also the state director for cannabis magazine Alaska Leaf and has her own photography business Shipe Shots. We discuss her professional hockey career, her work as a journalist and her goals for the paper.
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State of Art: ‘5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche’ and the art of Elizabeth Belanger

This week on State of Art we're diving into what's been happening at Cyrano's this month. We hear from the theater's Producing Artistic Director Teresa K. Pond about the play "5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche" and how social repression and dread of nuclear war in the 1950s helps influence the period comedy. We also hear from painter Elizabeth Belanger about her work on display in the theater's gallery and how a cancer diagnosis helped her start painting again.

State of Art: Meet this month’s makers at the IGCA

This week on State of Art we're hearing from three creatives that make up August's diverse International Gallery of Contemporary Art exhibits. Rachael Juzeler has a love for rust and incorporating found objects into...

State of Art: Emma Hill’s ‘Park Songs’ and celebrating Irish heritage at Galway Days

This week on State of Art we're joined by local singer-songwriter Emma Hill who tells us about her project "Park Songs." Hill spent months travelling around the U.S. and Canada visiting national parks, recording notes and melodies along the way. The project is a combination of music, travelogue and advocacy for parklands. In this episode we also learn about Galway Days. Peggy Monaghan from the Irish Club of Alaska tells us about the upcoming celebration of Irish culture.