First Friday After Hours
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6
Open galleries. Open minds. Open late. Tonight: 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 Marian Call, Ursa Miner, Aspenyarrow & Ava Earl in spaces throughout the museum; watch Alaska music videos and listen on headphones; check out our Unbound Record release, Holvut//Howl in the planetarium (Rapid Space Shorts in the planetarium before and after the record listening party); learn about waxing skis and 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. Ride your bike and park it securely in SEED Lab garage. Muse restaurant and atrium cafe open. Free general admission.
Bike downtown and park securely in SEED Lab’s community-friendly bike garage, located on the northwest corner 6th Ave. and A St. A collaboration with Bike Anchorage. Free.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Not a VIP member yet? Call the membership office at (907) 929-9228 for information about upgrading. Free.
Listen to the talents of Marian Call, 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.)
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.
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, of the Seattle Office of Film + Music, and Sigtryggur Baldursson, managing director of Iceland Music.
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.
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.
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.
Watch a short film and hear fat bike pioneers wax poetic about what drove them to merge their love of biking with the winter weather. Experts include: Greg Matyas of Speedway Cycles and Fatback Bikes, Billy Koitzsch of Artic Cycles — the first person to bike the Iditarod and Iron Dog trails on a fat bike — and John Evingson, independent bike builder — who showed his custom fat bikes to Surly in the early 2000s leading them to the first production of the fat bike, the Pugsley. Ask questions of these expert “snow flyers,” and start planning your own winter adventures.
Drop in at the Art Lab to wax up for the ski season with guidance from expert skier Ira Edwards, a Rossignol and Toko wax representative. Check out the Snow Flyers exhibition on the 3rd floor for more winter ski inspiration.
Unbound Records of the Anchorage Museum celebrates the release of the album Holvut//Howl with a listening party in the planetarium. Holvut//Howl features contemporary sounds of Indigenous Circumpolar hip-hop, with songs from artists presented in the museum-produced film We Up: Indigenous Hip-hop of the Circumpolar North, including Uyarakq, Ailu Valle and The Circumpolar Hip-hop Collab. Listen to the full record accompanied by visuals commissioned for the album by Anchorage-based artist Justin Ferguson. With just 40 tickets available, this VIP event is not to be missed. Tickets are $40 including a vinyl record, $15 for event only. Space is limited, registration required.
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. Purchase a book from the Anchorage Museum Store or at the event for O’Malley to sign.