Polar Nights: Friday After Hours
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14
Open galleries. Open minds. Open late. Launch your weekend at the museum with music, art activities, talks, food and more on Friday nights. Tonight: Groove to urban electronic with DJ Just Adam, experience planetarium program Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon, join a discussion of The Summer Book on the museum lawn or listen to Anchorage Design Week featured speaker Keely Colcleugh of Kilograph. Atrium kiosk open with snacks, beer and wine available for purchase. Half-price museum general admission from 6 to 9 p.m., planetarium extra.
DJ Just Adam
6 to 7:30 p.m.
The museum’s common spaces are transformed with Urban Electronica in the atrium by local favorite, DJ Just Adam.
Anchorage Design Week Featured Speaker: Keely Colcleugh, Kilograph
6 p.m., Auditorium
Keely Colcleugh is a designer with over 18 years of experience in the fields of architecture, graphic design, film, visualization, and animation. She has worked with leading architecture and design practices around the world, including Rem Koolhaus (OMA) and AMO, Bruce Mau Design, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, and Ateliers Jean Nouvel. She has also worked as a previsualization and visual effects artist for feature films such as Iron Man and Superman Returns. Colcleugh holds a professional bachelor degree in architecture from McGill University and a masters degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
Book Club: The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
6 p.m., Museum Lawn, free
Gather around the campfire on the museum lawn to discuss “The Summer Book”, by Tove Jansson. “The Summer Book” is a brief novel about Sophia, a six-year-old girl awakening to existence, and Sophia’s grandmother, nearing the end of hers, as they spend the summer on a tiny unspoiled island in the Gulf of Finland. The grandmother is unsentimental and wise, if a little cranky; Sophia is impetuous and volatile, but she tends to her grandmother with the care of a new parent. Together they amble over coastline and forest in easy companionship, build boats from bark, create a miniature Venice, and write a fanciful study of local bugs. They discuss things that matter to young and old alike: life, death, the nature of God and of love. Written by Tove Jansson, author of Moomintroll comic strip and books, “The Summer Book” draws from her own experience of summer sights and sounds on an island much like the one in the book. Copies available for purchase in the Anchorage Museum Store.