Polar Nights: First Friday After Hours
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 6
Open galleries. Open minds. Open late. Launch your weekend at the museum with music, art activities, talks, food and more on Friday nights. Tonight: Join a discussion around art in the Art of the North Galleries; enjoy elevator music by String of Lights Trio; hear about recent discoveries at the Upward Sun River archaeological site in interior Alaska during a presentation by Ben Potter, PhD.; and learn skills to take back to your urban homestead. Free museum admission from 6 to 9 p.m.
Close-Up: The Romantic Landscape
6 to 6:30 p.m., Art of the North Galleries
The vast and powerful landscape of Alaska has long captured the imaginations of artists visiting and living in Alaska. Join curator Francesca Du Brock and delve into the world of Romantic landscape painting of Albert Bierstadt and Sydney Laurence. Participants will gain a rich understanding of this genre after looking closely at artworks in the collection, learning about the artists that made them, and formulating their own unique responses to the work. Up-close viewing of artworks and collection objects with facilitated discussion. Space is limited; registration recommended.
Unbound: Many Voices
5 p.m., Art of the North Galleries
Artworks speak to us both in the emotions and reactions they affect and the questions they evoke. Join students of the University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Languages to hear readings of work inspired by artworks in the galleries.
Urban Homestead Clinic
6 to 8 p.m., atrium
Join the Cooperative Extension Service for monthly Urban Homestead clinics. Learn skills and gather information from the experts on a range of topics to take back to your local Urban Homestead.
Lecture: Xaasaa Cheege Ts'eniin (Upward Sun River Archaeological Site) with Ben Potter, PhD.
6 p.m., auditorium
Join archeologist Ben Potter, PhD, for an introduction to discoveries at the Upward Sun River archaeology site, an ancient campsite in Interior Alaska. The residential camp has multiple fire pits as well as areas for cooking and toolmaking. In 2013, two of the oldest burials - dating back to about 11,500 years ago - in northern North America were discovered. Learn about this important archaeological site being studied in collaboration with the Healy Lake Traditional Council and Tanana Chiefs Conference.
Live Music: String of Lights Trio
6:30 to 8:30 p.m., main elevator
Enjoy a melodic blend of contemporary folk with hints of classical, jazz, and indie rock as you ride the elevator with local favorites String of Lights Trio.
Live Music: Medium Build
7 p.m., atrium
Hear Alaska pop-rock band, Medium Build, while sipping beer, wine or another beverage in the atrium's Muse Cafe.
Battle of the Breweries
6 to 9 p.m., Muse Restaurant
Muse features Belgian beers: New Belgium Fat Tire, Midnight Sun Fallen Angel and Blue Moon. Beer flights are $7. Ages 21 and older.