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What busking winters in downtown Anchorage taught KillBill Sax

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Saxophonist Bill Hauser performs at Tequila 61 on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

This article was originally written for the Anchorage Daily News.   It’s quite a sight to exit an Anchorage bar in February and see a saxophone player busking alongside two propane heaters at 1 o’clock in the morning. But for a year and a half, that was Bill Hauser’s hustle — known to Alaskans by his stage name KillBill Sax. Hauser got the idea from another local sax player — Nelson Felix — who was […]

Daredevils, funnel cake, bonsai: Scenes from the Alaska State Fair

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This article was originally written for the Anchorage Daily News.   Every August, hundreds of thousands of Alaskans make the trek to the state fair in Palmer to chow down, conquer rides and enjoy the last days of summer. Here’s what some of them had to say Sunday during the first weekend of the fair. Erica and Amy Klementson The anticipation while you’re waiting in line for the fair’s slingshot ride can be almost as […]

Anchorage singer-songwriter embarks on tour after winning NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest

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This article was originally written for the Anchorage Daily News.   The last few weeks have been a whirlwind for Quinn Christopherson and Nick Carpenter. After they were crowned NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest winners last month, the Anchorage duo was flown to Washington, D.C., to play their set at NPR headquarters. On Monday, they’ll head out on tour with NPR Music until the end of June. “I’m just so excited to get on the road […]

Anchorage singer-songwriter wins NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest

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Musician Quinn Christopherson, photographed in Anchorage on April 30, 2019. (Marc Lester / ADN)

This story was originally written for the Anchorage Daily News.   Quinn Christopherson, a singer-songwriter in Anchorage who is Athabascan and transgender, has won NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest — a nationwide competition that invites musicians to submit a video of one of their songs. “Quinn’s entry astounded our judge panel from start to finish. His powerful song ‘Erase Me’ is a nuanced take on his experience as a transgender man coming to terms with the […]

Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Laureate: Connie Yoshimura

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This article was originally written for Alaska Business.   Growing up, Connie Yoshimura had no role models to look up to—so she became her own. Yoshimura was born in Chicago but spent the first six years of her life in Decorah, Iowa, before moving to Webster City, Iowa, where she was raised by her maternal grandparents. Yoshimura is a third generation Japanese American. For Yoshimura, growing up as a biracial woman in a community like […]

17-year-old entrepreneur opens street-wear brand in Dimond Center

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This story was originally written for the Anchorage Press.   While most recent high school graduates are enjoying some time off before going to college, Deven Jackson has other plans. The 17-year-old graduate of West High School may be the youngest mall tenant that the Dimond Center has ever had. Jackson opened League, a “street-wear and urban” brand featuring high-end vintage clothing and designer shoes, on July 13. Jackson tweeted about his success being the […]

This Alaskan’s recreation of Beyoncé’s dance moves went viral – and landed her on ‘Ellen’

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This article was originally written for the Anchorage Daily News. Last week, Brianna Bundick-Kelly, a college student who’s originally from Anchorage, posted a video on Twitter of herself dancing in sync next to a video of Beyoncé’s Coachella performance. “If you thought I was about to sit here, learn choreo & dance like I’m one of Beyoncé’s backup dancer…YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!” the post read. She never expected it to go viral. But as of Thursday, […]

49 Voices: Nile Morris of Anchorage

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This story was originally written for Alaska Public Media.   This week we’re hearing from Nile Morris of Anchorage. Morris is a UAA student and is involved in Black Student Union, Planned Parenthood and the Title IX board. MORRIS: I was a residential adviser at an assisted living facility for people with mental illnesses. I was searching for tools that would empower both myself and the residents. I had read somewhere that yoga was really good, […]

49 Voices: Joey Shugarts of Anchorage

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This story was originally written for Alaska Public Media.   This week we’re hearing from Joey Shugarts in Anchorage. Shugarts moved to Anchorage three years ago from Michigan. SHUGARTS: Moving to Alaska has been a dream since a kid, and I know it may sound funny but when I saw Balto as a kid, it kind of piqued my interest and the Northern Lights and everything. And then I really love to hunt and fish and […]

Tracy Kennedy-Jodwalis on being a counselor at America’s most culturally diverse high school

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This story was originally written for Crude Magazine.   Tracy Kennedy-Jodwalis’ office is a mix of comfort and clutter. Graduation announcements of past students cover the border of her window and tassels of East graduation caps line her wall like an art piece. Tracy’s desire to help others stems from a job in retail so many years ago. When the Jay Jacobs in the Fifth Avenue mall opened, she was a manager working on her […]