Polar Nights: Friday After Hours at the Anchorage Museum
Open until 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8
Open galleries. Open minds. Open late. Launch your weekend at the museum with live music, board games and billiards, tours, talks, films, food and more on Friday nights. Tonight: Immerse yourself in Wordless Music, a meditation that explores sound in the planetarium; hear a talk about Alaska’s backcountry; learn to take aurora photos from photographer Carl Johnson; watch the film Alone in the Wilderness; explore the museum’s collection with a guided docent tour; and challenge friends to a board game or billiards. Muse restaurant and atrium café open.
Carl Johnson of Alaska Photo Treks shares tools for chasing and capturing Alaska’s iconic northern lights amidst aurora myths and science in this hands on workshop. Bring your own camera (DSLR). Space is limited; registration required. Included with museum admission (free for museum members).
Adventure guru, wildlife biologist, writer and mother Caroline Van Hemmert takes you through Alaska’s backcountry via slides, video and excerpts from her work. Book signing follows the talk. Books available for purchase. Included with museum admission (free for museum members). Game Night 6 to 9 p.m. Gather with family and friends for friendly competition over board games or billiards. Included with museum admission (free for museum members).
Take a closer look at and discuss the museum’s collections and exhibitions and on a 45-minute guided tour. Focus varies weekly. Included with museum admission (free for museum members).
Alone in the Wilderness is a poetic documentary about Dick Proenneke, who built his own wilderness cabin in the 1960s at the base of the Aleutian Peninsula (now Lake Clark National Park). Using color footage he shot himself, Proenneke traces how he came to this remote area, selected a homestead site and built his log cabin completely by himself. Watch his first year in-country, from his day-to-day activities to the passing of the seasons as he sought to scratch out a living alone in the wilderness. Bob Swerer Productions, 60 minutes. Included with museum admission (free for museum members).
Hollis Chicago-based Haley Fohr (Circuit des Yeux) and Cooper Crain (Cave, Bitchin’ Bajas) use improvisational techniques in Wordless Music, a meditation that explores sound. Fohr is recognized internationally for her experimental folk stylings and 4-octave voice. Pitchfork Magazine calls her voice a “a singular, transformative instrument.” She has also appeared on the cover of Wire Magazine, and her most recent release on Drag City Records, Reaching for Indigo, has received wide acclaim. Space is limited, tickets required. $15 admission, museum members receive a 10% discount.