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This week on State of Art we're hearing about Anchorage Community Theater's production of "Karloff." The play tells the story of William Henry Pratt, better known as the actor Boris Karloff, who played Frankenstein's monster in the 1931 film. "Karloff" is a biographical one-man play lead by Matt Fernandez and directed by Devin Merilatt. They join us to talk about the Karloff the man, his connection with Alaska, and not giving up.
This week on Addressing Alaskans we're hearing a debate about Ballot Measure 1, the North Slope oil production tax increase initiative. Proponents say that oil companies need to pay their fair share, while those in opposition say increasing taxes would cost Alaska jobs.
This week on State of Art we're learning about Anchorage Festival of Music's upcoming performance "Baroque Reflections." While not your traditional classical music experience, AFN worked to recreate the next best thing. Combining video, dance and food for their first virtual concert, "Baroque Reflections" is a testament to artistic ingenuity and commitment.
This week on Addressing Alaskans we hear a debate about Ballot Measure 2 and we balance out some arguments from a previous Addressing Alaskans regarding Ballot Measure 1.
State of Art: Anchorage theater company goes virtual and pokes fun at corporate greed with their upcoming melodrama
This week on State of Art we're learning about RKP Production's upcoming play "Tanker on the Rocks or the Great Alaskan Bad Friday Fish Spill of '89."
The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation recently held a virtual luncheon for their annual 3-Year Outlook. The event featured speakers and a presentation on how COVID-19 has affected the economy, a look at employment statistics and the Consumer Optimism Index.
This week on State of Art we're learning about the Spenard Food Truck Carnival. A couple time a week, 10 food trucks converge on the Chilkoot Charlie's parking lot to serve up dishes ranging from classic BBQ and hot dogs to traditional Russian and Laotian food.
This week on State of Art we're hearing the music of Anchorage's Juicy Harps, Ed Washington and the Modern Savage. We also check out a poem by author Don Rearden.
On a recent episode of Talk of Alaska, host Lori Townsend interviewed people involved with the origins of public radio in the state. For this week's State of Art we'll hear a condensed version of that show.
This week on State of Art we're featuring Anchorage musicians Emma Hill, The Forest that Never Sleeps and the Jephries. We also preview a new youth podcast from Story Works Alaska.
On the heels of winning a Pulitzer Prize for their series "Lawless," the ADN and Propublica began publishing stories from sexual assault survivors along with their photos. The project is now an outdoor exhibit at the Anchorage Museum featuring large portraits, quotes and audio clips of the survivors themselves.
This week on State of Art we're hearing from Anchorage musician James Glaves. He's been involved with a huge amount of projects from playing in bands to recording and producing them.
State of Art: Reminders of our past or symbols of oppression? An Alaska artist reflects on statues of figures with checkered pasts
This week on State of Art, we're hearing from Nicholas Galanin Yeil Ya-Tseen, a Tlingit-Unangax̂ artist from Sitka. We also check out some of the Anchorage Downtown Partnership's virtual concert series.
This week on State of Art we're hearing from Chad Reynvaan. His musical fingerprints are all over the Anchorage music scene, whether he's playing in a band or recording one at his own Wattage Studio. He tells us about his new album "21st Sensory," the appeal of vintage gear and his tendencies towards dad-rock. We also check out his new track "Permanently Lost."
State of Art: Anchorage photographers and community rally to raise money for marginalized groups in light of national demonstrations
This week on State of Art we're hearing from local photographer Jovell Rennie. After getting caught up in the frenzy of demonstrations following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, Rennie wanted to do something more than just document the local protests. Working with friends, colleagues and community members, Rennie and company put on the "I Can't Breathe" First Friday and fundraising event at his gallery, Akela Space, in downtown Anchorage.
This week on State of Art we're hearing from journalist and podcast host, Cody Liska. His podcast "Crude Conversations" spawned from an ambitious DIY zine publication and social media presence called "Crude Magazine." He has deep roots in Alaska's snowboard scene, but Liska's interviewees range from athletes and educators to activists and artists. We talk about how he got his start, what he's learned and why we do this.
State of Art: The Spenard Jazz Fest goes online while Anchorage keeps its distance. Plus, who was the charismatic criminal Joe Spenard?
This week on State of Art we're talking Spenard -- the man and the jazz festival. We learn about the newly virtual Spenard Jazz Fest and we hear from a local historian about the colorful Joe Spenard, the namesake of the Anchorage road and neighborhood.
This week on State of Art we're checking out two stories from the recent virtual Arctic Entries event. Hosts and storytellers connected with the audience via Facebook Live from their homes in a close approximation of a typical Arctic Entries. Our first storyteller talks about losing love and finding herself stuck in Canada, while our second storyteller tells us about connections and isolation while working in Antarctica.
State of Art: With no exhibitions, UAA art grads have an unconventional end to school. Plus, a track from Anchorage’s Juicy Harps
This week on State of Art we're finding out how graduating amidst a pandemic affected UAA art students and we hear a beer-centric track from folk trio, Juicy Harps.
This week on State of Art we learn about AKAK, a virtual music festival featuring local musicians streaming tonight. We also find out what to expect from Anchorage Community Theater's weekly Virtual Short Play Festival.