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Circus Spenard: Church of Love hosts contemporary circus act

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This article was originally written for the Anchorage Press. What does a large bear puppet, contemporary circus and a Joanna Newsom album all have in common? The Church of Love’s artists in residence have been developing their upcoming show since the new year, called A System of Strings. Circus artists Esther de Monteflores and Ariel Schmidtke met at a circus collective in Bellingham, Washington and have been paired up since. Their show incorporates wire walking, […]

The great, big heart

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This article was originally written for The Spenardian.   Local artists, musicians and poets will be gathering for the fifth annual Great Big Heart Show on Feb. 9 at Middle Way Cafe. Artists are asked every year to create works based on the theme, “the great, big heart.” So far, more than 30 artists have confirmed their involvement, making it the biggest year yet. Enzina Marrari has been working at the cafe since before it […]

Vampires, zombies and werewolves await in the graphic novel, ‘Grimwood Crossing’

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This story was originally written for the Frontiersman and published on The Spenardian.   Conner Bartel has been engrossed with graphic novels since his older brother gave him a Predator comic book when he was 5 years old. Somehow, that didn’t scare him away. Now, Bartel is preparing to launch his second Kickstarter for his own graphic novel, Grimwood Crossing. “I always wanted to be some kind of a storyteller,” Bartel said. “Comics are a […]

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 […]

10 markets and fairs to help check off your holiday list

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This story was originally written for The Spenardian.   Amazon can make holiday shopping easy, but finding a handmade, local gift can be more meaningful. Check out these local markets and fairs happening around Anchorage in the upcoming weeks to get ahead on your holiday shopping. Find the perfect gifts from your favorite Spenard and Anchorage artists. Williwaw Public Market — First Edition Date: Saturday, Nov. 18 Time: 1 – 5 p.m. Location: 609 F Street Williwaw’s […]

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. […]

‘Re-establishing a sense of identity:’ RIVR gives indigenous people a voice on broadcast radio

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This story was originally written for Alaska Public Media.   A new streaming radio channel aims to give young, indigenous musicians and artists a voice on broadcast radio. RIVR, an acronym for Rising Indigenous Voices Radio, launched at the end of September, and streams 24/7 to provide a unique playlist, from top 40 hits to podcasts of Native American food bloggers. Here’s a song you might hear on RIVR radio. That’s A Tribe Called Red’s […]

‘I am proud to be Iñupiat’: Alaskans celebrate first official Indigenous Peoples Day

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This story was originally written for Alaska Public Media.   The second floor of the Atwood Center at Alaska Pacific University was packed shoulder to shoulder with dozens of Alaskans who gathered to celebrate the first official Indigenous People’s Day in Alaska. The celebration at APU featured an opening blessing, buffet lunch and music and dance performances. “BYOD,” or “bring your own drum,” was a commonly quoted term at the event. In June of this […]