Polar Nights: Friday After Hours at the Anchorage Museum
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26
Open galleries. Open minds. Open late. Launch your weekend at the museum with music, art activities, talks, food and more on Friday nights. Tonight: explore snow with an Alaska author and a local climatologist, enjoy a free film and dance to a silent disco. Museum admission is half-price or free Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. through April.
6 to 7 p.m., atrium
From termination dust to spring break-up, snow in Alaska is celebrated and studied. Join Homer-based author Miranda Weiss and local climatologist Brian Brettschneider for an immersive experience of snow and the language of snow. Weiss is a science and nature writer whose book, “Tide, Feather, Snow: A Life in Alaska,” was a bestseller in the Pacific Northwest. She is currently exploring the world of snow for her second book. Brettschneider is an Anchorage-based environmental planner and climatologist who writes an Alaska weather blog and can often be heard on Alaska Public Media’s “Ask a Climatologist” program. Unbound loosens words from the page through experimental literary events. Included with Polar Nights admission.
Film: “My Neighbor Totoro”
7:30 p.m., auditorium
1 hr 26 min, 1988, Japan
Follow the adventures of Satsuki and her four-year-old sister Mei when they move into a new home in the countryside. To their delight, they discover that their new neighbor is Totoro, a mysterious forest spirit who can only be seen by children. Totoro introduces them to extraordinary characters — including a cat that doubles as a bus — and takes them on an incredible journey. Included with Polar Nights admission.
Silent Disco: Bandom
7 to 9 p.m., atrium
Enjoy the bands that have legions of fans. Included with Polar Nights admission