State of Art: After decades of playing and fixing pianos in Alaska, musician Dan McElrath says goodbye with two final shows

Dan McElrath spent the last three decades living and making a name for himself in Alaska through his jazz combo The Dan Mac Band, collaborations with local artists and through is work as the state's premier piano technician.

State of Art: Boundary-pushing ensemble brings their brand of chamber music to Anchorage

Wild Shore New Music is a New-York based chamber music collective that features Alaska-raised musicians with a focus on the relationship between art and our environment.

State of Art: Indie Alaska, SpongeBob and the music of Dan McElrath

This week on State of Art we're checking out the newest episode of Indie Alaska called "How Running Ultramarathons Saved Carol Seppilu's Life." We'll also hear about one Sitkan's musical fingerprints on the SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon. We wrap up the episode with a track from long-time Alaska musician Dan McElrath who is playing two going away shows this summer.

State of Art: Children’s musical ‘The Claw’ grabs hearts and minds of any age

The show tells the story of toys stuck in a out of order claw machine and what happens when it's turned on. We're joined by "The Claw" director Justin Stewart and music director Annika Merkel to find out about the musical, working with youth and the play's theme of facing the unknown.

State of Art: New Anchorage pottery studio debuts on First Friday

The studio occupies the former Fire Island Bakery Location on G Street in downtown Anchorage and promises memberships, one-off classes and more.

State of Art: Anchorage Opera returns after a two-year hiatus with ‘Tosca’

The opera is considered one of Puccini’s masterpieces and has all the passion, intrigue and death you’d want from a dramatic performance. 

State of Art: Anchorage Festival of Music celebrates the diverse work of Dave Brubeck

The Dave Brubeck Centennial Celebration Concert takes place on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Discovery Theater.

State of Art: Fringe Festival is a return to form for Out North

The multi-week fest consists of performances, workshops, and film. We're joined by three guests who tell us about coming back to the stage after a long hiatus, how the fest has been going and what else we can expect.

State of Art: Anchorage Community Theater sings its way through “Ordinary Days”

This week on State of Art we're hearing from "Ordinary Days" director Warren Weinstein. He's been involved with ACT since the early 90s, but this will be his directorial debut for the company. He tells us about his deep ties to ACT, why a sung-through musical is nothing to be afraid of and what's on his mind as he gets ready to debut.

State of Art: Kikkan Randall and others share their #alaskaseafoodhacks

On this episode of State of Art we hear from five-time Olympian Kikkan Randall and Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute communications director Ashley Heimbigner about their seafood hacks, underrated seafood options, and more.

State of Art: ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ puts life’s difficult questions on stage

upcoming presentation of "Tiny Beautiful Things." It's based on the book “Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar” by author Cheryl Strayed.

State of Art: Youth filmmakers get a chance to show off their work at this Anchorage festival

This week on State of Art we're learning about After School Special. It's a youth film screening organized by Alaska Teen Media Institute. We're joined by ATMI veteran and student filmmaker Daisy Carter who tells us about getting over her own fears of people seeing her work, what it's like to see your film on the big screen, and why young filmmakers don't need to be nervous about getting involved.

State of Art: Anchorage students turn health care worker selfies into works of art

This week on State of Art we're discussing "Portraits of Those Who Serve," a project meant to thank and honor healthcare workers during the continued COVID-19 pandemic.

State of Art: Anchorage Community Theater turns to the airwaves for their production of Frankenstein

This week on State of Art we're hearing about Anchorage Community Theater's production of Frankenstein. We're joined by ACT's executive director Matt Fernandez to talk about the classic story, the main cast and how this play gave the crew of a canceled show a second chance.

State of Art: Anchorage writer releases spooky new book in time for Halloween

This week on State of Art we're learning about "Come into the Water," a new illustrated book from Anchorage writer Jessica Faust. It tells the story of an isolated young pregnant woman who starts having some unsettling experiences

State of Art: Anchorage concert organizers hope to fund future musicians

This week on State of Art we're learning about the upcoming concert from Amplify Alaska, an organization that pairs musicians with nonprofits to help fund various causes. It will feature Ed Washington along with some up-and-coming Anchorage musicians performing at Williwaw on Friday, October 1. Sales from the show will help fund a recording studio at the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club.

State of Art: Anchorage Museum podcast host finds enlightenment and connection through conversation

On this week's State of Art we're hearing from Cody Liska, independent journalist and host of the Anchorage Museum's "Chatter Marks" podcast. Each episode of "Chatter Marks" features a long-form discussion with scientists or creatives whose work relates to Alaska.

State of Art: Former Alaska wildlands firefighter turned romance author takes the indie route

LoLo Paige retired from the Department of Interior in Alaska after a career as a wildlands firefighter.

State of Art: Anchorage musician Bethlehem Shalom does things her way

Bethlehem Shalom has multiple releases that showcase her eclectic tastes and a kind of Jackson-Pollock-style songwriting. Her albums will keep you on your toes as she blends genres and moods from indie rock to jazz to hip-hop.

State of Art: Anchorage Museum program aims to empower teens to address climate change

In the new program, teens in grades 9-12 will work with museum educators and use museum resources to discuss and find solutions to climate change.