State of Art: Ways to enjoy the Anchorage Museum while keeping your distance

This week on State of Art we hear from Anchorage Museum director and CEO Julie Decker. She tells us about the museum's latest public art project, accessing their collection online and virtual tours of other museums.

State of Art: Anchorage’s Duke Russell reflects on the good and bad of childhood with his first comic book

This week on State of Art we're hearing from Anchorage artist Duke Russell. He tells us about his history with comics, self-reflection while sober and we get a taste of his current musical project, The Shirt Tuckers.

State of Art: Navigating cultural appropriation with Anchorage artist and educator, Thomas Chung

This week on State of Art, artist and educator, Thomas Chung joins us for a conversation about cultural appropriation, his approach to art and finding humor in dark places.

State of Art: Young performers can cut their teeth at these Anchorage under 21 open mics

Being a young performer can be tough in Anchorage. If you're not old enough to drink, your options of venues are slim. That's why the Anchorage Music Co-op teamed up with local youth to establish Under 21 Open Mic.

State of Art: New book examines African American history in Alaska

From whalers who left port in New Bedford, Massachusetts to soldiers who helped build the Alcan Highway, African Americans have a long history in Alaska. University of Alaska Anchorage history professor Ian Hartman recently released a book called "Black History in the Last Frontier."

State of Art: Anchorage Opera’s ‘Frida’ opens this weekend. Check out this conversation with the leads discussing the unique production

This week on State of Art we're hearing from "Frida" leads Catalina Cuervo, who plays Frida Kahlo, the iconic Mexican artist, and Bernardo Bermudez, who plays Diego Rivera, the famous Mexican muralist and Kahlo's husband.

State of Art: A program at the Anchorage Museum lets people with sensory-sensitivities experience exhibits in a way that works for them

Once a month during the museum's winter hours, one exhibit is open and modified to accommodate people with sensory-sensitivities. Multi-media presentations might be turned down or off, lights dimmed and activities are provided as an alternate means of engaging with the museum.

State of Art: Revisiting past Anchorage Folk Festival performances

The Anchorage Folk Festival wrapped up its 31st annual folk music extravaganza. The festival includes workshops, performances and featured guest artists. Folk Fest chief sound engineer Lucy Peckham dug through her archives and passed these tracks along.

State of Art: Making connections with Anchorage’s Festival of Cultural Stories. An interview with Shirley Mae Springer-Staten

Springer-Staten remembers her aunt, an amazing storyteller, recounting the lynching of a young African American boy and the impact that and other stories had on her. While physical barriers to racial harmony are somewhat less blatant these days, it's the mental barriers between cultures Springer-Staten hopes to break with the Festival of Cultural Stories.

State of Art: Looking back on the Anchorage Folk Festival with long-time chief sound engineer, Lucy Peckham

This week on State of Art, Peckham joins us to talk about her time behind the board at the Anchorage Folk Fest, smoking mixing boards and watching Folk Fest kids grow up.

State of Art: Anchorage theater group RKP Productions examines age and class with Dick Reichman’s “Florida”

RKP Productions' Audrey Kelly and Dick Reichman stopped by the Alaska Public Media studios to talk about their unique theater company, the legacy of collaborator Robert Pond and revisiting a dormant play.

State of Art: Anchorage musicians raised the bar in 2019. Here are some highlights

This week on State of Art we're looking back on some excellent local releases that came out last year.

State of Art: Storytelling Saturday Theater at the Anchorage Museum

This week on State of Art we're talking about Storytelling Saturday Theater. For their first season, SST is performing different family-friendly versions of the Cinderella story from cultures around the world.

State of Art: Jimmy Riordan resurrects a retired bookmobile

This week on State of Art we're hearing from artist Jimmy Riordan. He spoke with Hometown Alaska host Kathleen McCoy about his new project involving a retired bookmobile, raising funds for repairs and what comes next.

State of Art: Sheila Wyne and James Temte

This week on State of Art we're hearing from local artists Sheila Wyne and James Temte.

State of Art: Anchorage Community Concert Band winter performance: “The Sounds of Music”

This week on State of Art we're hearing from Mark Wolbers, director of the Anchorage Community Concert Band. We talk about their upcoming winter concert, "The Sounds of Music," the volunteer band, and some background about the pieces they'll be playing.

State of Art: “Midnight Son” with James Dommek Jr. and music from Anchorage band The High Pets

This week on State of Art we're hearing from Alaska musician and writer James Dommek Jr. He sat down with Alaska Public Media's Casey Grove to talk about Dommek's new project "Midnight Son." The sound-rich, narrative podcast is a bestseller from Audible and tells the story of Teddy Kyle Smith, a well-known Alaska Native actor convicted of attempted murder. We also hear "Leaves," a track from Anchorage band The High Pets' new album "Burn Forever."

State of Art: Anchorage Civic Orchestra, The Jangle Bees

This week on State of Art we're hearing from Oleg Proskurnya, director of the Anchorage Civic Orchestra. Their Fall Concert is Saturday, Nov. 16 in the Sydney Lawrence Theater. We also have a track from Anchorage's The Jangle Bees off their self-titled album.

State of Art: Spenard Art Studio and Arlitia Jones’ “Summerland”

This week on State of Art we're hearing from Gayla Ranf, owner of Spenard Art Studio. She talks about the new space and creating using encaustics. We also look at "Summerland" from Anchorage playwright Arlitia Jones and Cyrano's Theater Company. The play wraps up its Anchorage run Sunday, Nov. 10.

State of Art: November 1, 2019

This week on State of Art we're hearing from playwright and screenwriter Vera Starbard. Her Perseverance Theater produced play "Devilfish" is finishing its Anchorage run on November 3. She talks about keeping things authentic while weaving together Tlingit legend and history.