First Friday After Hours
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6
Open galleries. Open minds. Open late. Tonight: SEED Lab’s Cloud Chamber photo/video series by Kerry Tasker begins on the museum exterior at 5 p.m. Book release celebration with author Julia O’Malley, who worked with the museum to publish The Whale and the Cupcake. Live music with Kat Moore/The Forest That Never Sleeps in the elevator plus Emily Anderson, Ursa Miner, Aspenyarrow & Ava Earl and more in spaces throughout the museum; watch Alaska music videos and listen on headphones; learn about fat tire biking from local experts; explore the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) in a Close-Up program; meet UAA student writers; or participate in a panel on Alaska music. Muse restaurant and atrium cafe open. Free general admission.
First Friday in Patron’s Lounge: Winter Solstice
5:30 to 7 p.m. Patron’s Lounge
VIP members are invited to join us for a glass of Champaign or cider and light appetizers to thank you for your support of the museum this past year. Bring a guest to show them the museum you’ve supported. Enjoy a glass of Champagne or cider and light appetizers. Pre-registration is required for this iteration of First Friday in the Patron’s Lounge. Please register your guest when you register online. RSVP or email email@example.com. Not a VIP member yet? Call the membership office at (907) 929-9228 for information about upgrading. Free.
Alaska Independent Musician Initiative Program
6 to 7 p.m.
Listen to the talents of Emily Anderson, Ursa Miner, Aspenyarrow & Ava Earl as they play original music in spaces throughout the museum. (specifically, near the elevator, one in atrium, one in AON and one in maybe Discovery Center. They are free to roam too.)
Alaskans and Salmon: Recipe Exchange
6 to 8 p.m. Alaskans and Salmon Exhibition
Alaskans love sharing recipes almost as much as sharing salmon. Talk recipes and salmon cooking ideas with Catch 49 and participate in the recipe exchange. Bring your favorite recipes to write down and submit to the collection and browse selections entered by others to write down and take home.
6 to 9 p.m. Atrium
Put on silent disco headphones and groove to the music videos of Alaska musicians produced throughout the state. Stop by the Alaska Independent Musicians Initiative to learn more about the Alaska music movement.
7 p.m. Auditorium
Kickoff presentation and catalyzing panel for the Alaska Independent Musicians Initiative (AKIMI) summit. This weekend summit will merge local talent, music patrons and industry professionals for a series of presentations and workshops to expand Alaska’s music scene. Featured panel speakers include Kate Becker, formerly of the Seattle Office of Film + Music, and Sigtryggur Baldursson, managing director of Iceland Music.
Rapid Space Shorts
6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m. Planetarium
These quick planetarium experiences range from constellation tours of the night sky and cruising around the solar system to learning about light and the aurora borealis. Free; ticket required and available at the front desk.
Close-Up: Mugs and ANCSA
6 to 6:30 p.m. Alaska Exhibition
Meet in the Alaska exhibition for facilitated close-up viewing and discussion of the museum collection’s Alaska Native corporation mugs. Explore connections between traditional lands, resources, corporations and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). Participants gain a rich understanding of museum objects and their histories and formulate their own responses to the work. No art or history background required. Meet at the entrance of the Alaska exhibition. Space is limited; registration recommended.
Art and Words: Writing for the Humanities Culminating Event
6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Atrium
Join University of Alaska Anchorage students from a Writing for the Humanities course to hear about their experiences writing about artworks in the Anchorage Museum collection. Drop in to speak with students and read excerpts from their writings.
Snow Flyers: Fat Bike Pioneers
6:30 p.m. 4th Floor
Hear fat bike pioneers talk about what drove them to merge their love of biking with the winter weather. Presentations followed by Q&A and screen Carl Battreall's 2009 short film about fat bike development and racing the Sustina 100.
The Whale and the Cupcake – Stories of Subsistence, Longing, and Community in Alaska Release Party and Cookbook Signing
6:30 p.m. What Why How We Eat Exhibition
Join writers, collaborators and lovers of Alaska foods at this launch party for the book The Whale and the Cupcake by Julia O’Malley, published by the Anchorage Museum and the University of Washington Press. Meet the author and many people featured in the book’s essays and recipes. A short reading by the author, Q&A and book signing round out the night. Books available for purchase from the Anchorage Museum Store before and during the event.