Polar Nights: Friday After Hours at the Anchorage Museum
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16
Open galleries. Open minds. Open late. Launch your weekend at the museum with music, art activities, talks, food and more on Friday nights. Galleries and spaces are open late with discounted admission Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. through April.
6 to 9 p.m., Spark!Lab and Discovery Center
A contemporary and science-based look at the classical elements of earth, air, water, fire and spirit. Explore the Discovery Center without kids. Learn about the crafting of spirits with Double Shovel Cider Co. Appreciate the spiritual history of beads while making your own creation. Discover what romance looks like in the animal world with the museum’s living collection. Examine the human heart through ages-old art and modern medicine.
Live Music: Ray Troll and the Ratfish Wranglers
7 to 9 p.m., atrium
Sub-aquatic, neo-folk, fishy-funk, punk-rock for the masses. Music and dancing for all ages in the atrium.
Unbound Book Club: “The Balloonist” by MacDonald Harris.
7 pm, Art of the North Galleries
Join the discussion – the Anchorage Museum’s book club explores art, science, history, design and culture through fiction and non-fiction. Tonight’s book, “The Balloonist” is about a Swedish aeronaut with mystical tendencies who attempts to reach the North Pole by hydrogen balloon. The year is 1897, and modernisms of various kinds are in the air. Harris’s little-known novel is philosophically serious and frequently funny. Gustav, the protagonist and first-person narrator, has an arch, Nabokovian wit, and the theories he serves up about life and ballooning are provocative and plentiful. “The Balloonist” is available for purchase in the Anchorage Museum Store. Book club discussion is included with museum admission (free for members) and is part of the museum’s Unbound experimental literary series.