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International Guitar Night brings flamenco, gypsy jazz and something entirely new to Anchorage

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This article was originally written for the Anchorage Daily News.   In 2017, the Italian musician Luca Stricagnoli’s cover of the hit Gorillaz’ song, “Feel Good Inc.” featuring his triple-neck guitar — an invention of his — went viral. The video of Stricagnoli executing the bass line, melody and percussion simultaneously has been seen over five million times. Stricagnoli will guest host and perform in the International Guitar Night tour; it kicks off in Anchorage […]

Review: ‘Franklin’ delivers with mystery and history

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This article was originally written for the Anchorage Daily News.   Plenty of artists and authors have sought inspiration from Franklin’s lost expedition. Now, a new play from Perseverance Theatre is putting a spin on it by combining music, storytelling and science. In 1845, English Captain John Franklin led a doomed attempt to journey across the Northwest Passage. On the expedition were two ships: the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror, an unfortunately fitting name. […]

Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter back in Alaska

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This article was originally written for the Anchorage Daily News.   With another tour under his belt and a new album on the way, Josh Ritter isn’t slowing down anytime soon. This weekend, the singer-songwriter will be returning to the state for the final two shows on his acoustic tour highlighting small towns in the Northeast. “I love playing music and along with that is the chance to go to some amazing places,” said Ritter. […]

Photographers, artists to host art show ‘in the heart of Spenard’

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This story was originally written for The Spenardian. Five local artists and photographers will be hosting an art show on the second Friday in June called “Aggregate Mass” at the Church of Love in Spenard. The show will feature work from local photographers and artists Young Kim, Adan Hernandez, Allison Theriault, Ted Kim and Ryan Chernikoff. “Aggregate Mass” first started out as series of photo-zines that Chernikoff made, but the idea has been expanding to […]

‘Used things are better anyways:’ Triangle Shirts re-brands thrift shop items

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This story was originally written for Last Frontier Magazine.   The first thing you’ll see walking into Gemma Amorelli’s shirt-mobile is a mannequin with googly eyes glued all over its face, sporting one of her thrifted tank tops. To the right, there’s a wall of earrings made from thrift shop finds. Barbie arms, miniature shark figures and Hot Wheels are just some of what she’s used to make into thrift shop art. “Made in small […]

Bikes connect the Spenard community

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This article was originally written for The Spenardian. Spenard is a hub for biking culture. There are a plethora of cycle shops that have settled into the neighborhood, including The Bicycle Shop, Speedway Cycles and Fatback Bikes, but more continue to flock to the area. Many residents who live in the neighborhood live close to good food and local businesses, which makes traveling on two wheels oftentimes a healthier and more eco-friendly alternative to driving […]

T-rexes, minions and more at the ninth annual Polar Plunge

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This story was originally written for Alaska Public Media.   Would you jump into an ice-cold lake for a good cause? Last Saturday, over 1,000 people plunged into Goose Lake in Anchorage for Special Olympics Alaska. The event raised around $300,000 to support the team that will be going to the USA Games in Seattle next July. Hundreds of people gathered around Goose Lake to watch participants plunge into the freezing waters. Some plungers cried, […]

Teapots, saucers and the perfect holiday gifts: UAA ceramics club hosts bi-annual sale

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This story was originally written for Alaska Public Media.   UAA ceramic students are getting ready to sell their pieces for the ceramic club’s annual winter pottery sale. In recent years, they have had a line out the door before the sale even begins. Funds from the sale go towards the club’s travels, which send students to the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and on other artistic endeavors. Jade Ariah is the […]

Paper Peony: A blooming business

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This story was originally written for the Anchorage Press.   Now that the trees have shed their leaves and winter is upon us, people might need a pop of color in their life. Natasha Price’s love of flowers bloomed at her first job at Carrs on Huffman Road in the floral department when she was 14 years old. Today, Price runs Paper Peony, a flower design business in Anchorage. Price might be more well known […]

First Friday: Zining around

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This story was originally written for the Anchorage Press.   November’s First Friday will have events happening all over town, one of which is being held by Anchorage Community Works. ACW is hosting Alaska’s first annual zine fair to re-amp the zine scene in town. This First Friday event will be showcasing a variety of self-published works by various artists. Local musicians Mixed Feelings, Brux and Nick Carpenter will be performing live throughout the event. […]