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Inuit actress plays lead role in ‘Twilight Zone’ episode set in Alaska

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This article was originally written for the Anchorage Daily News.   Trouble is brewing in the fictional town of Iglaak, Alaska: It has entered “The Twilight Zone.” The 2019 CBS All Access series is the third revival of the original 1959 series. This time it’s narrated by actor and filmmaker Jordan Peele. Canadian actress Marika Sila plays Sgt. Yuka Mongoyak in the series’ fourth episode, “A Traveler,” which is set in a town above the […]

Here are some up-and-coming art galleries to check out in downtown Anchorage

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This article was originally written for the Anchorage Daily News. The sun is still shining at 8 p.m. and the ice is almost entirely melted off the sidewalks. That means Anchorage is entering into the best time of year to walk around downtown and check out the First Friday art openings. There are plenty of places downtown April 5 that First Friday-goers are familiar with — the International Gallery of Contemporary Art and the Anchorage […]

In ‘Whale Song,’ a young Alaska Native woman must decide the fate of the world’s bowhead whales

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This article was originally written for the Anchorage Daily News. When Cathy Tagnak Rexford first saw an Alaska Native actor on stage, she said, “I can do that too.” She didn’t end up acting, but she is a playwright. Her play “Whale Song,” a Perseverance Theater production, opens this weekend in Anchorage. “Whale Song” is set in the present day and follows the journey of Ani, a young Native woman who — in order to […]

7 Harry Potter novels in 70 minutes: ‘Potted Potter’ comes to Anchorage

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This article was originally written for the Anchorage Daily News. In 2005, fans of the Harry Potter series lined up outside of a bookstore in London for the midnight release of J.K. Rowling’s sixth installment, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” and Jefferson Turner and Daniel Clarkson decided to perform a street show of the first five Harry Potter books for the crowd. They never thought it would result in sold-out shows around the world […]

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 […]