Polar Nights at the Anchorage Museum
Open until 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20
Open galleries. Open minds. Open late. Launch your weekend at the museum with games, art, tours, films, food and more on Friday nights. Tonight: Explore the museum’s collection with a guided docent tour, challenge friends and family to a board game or billiards, watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation or Santa Claus conquers the Martians. Muse atrium cafe open with snacks, beer and wine available for purchase.
Challenge friends and family to a board game or billiards. Included with museum admission (free for museum members).
Take a closer look at the museum’s collections and exhibitions and engage in conversation on a 45-minute guided tour. New focus weekly. Included with museum admission (free for museum members).
Join former Anchorage Daily News reality TV columnist Emily Fehrenbacher for her insights on her favorite movie: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Watch the Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster in this holiday classic. My Favorite Movie is a once-monthly viewing-room experience that includes a film screening and dynamic discussion hosted by the Anchorage Museum and a special guest. Enjoy old classics or new favorites enhanced by the thoughts and comments of the film’s selector and audience members. Film and host change monthly. Included with museum admission (free for museum members).
Martians, upset that their children have become obsessed with TV shows from Earth which extol the virtues of Santa Claus, start an expedition to Earth to kidnap the one and only Santa. While on Earth, they kidnap two lively children that lead the group of Martians to the North Pole and Santa. The Martians then take Santa and the two children back to Mars with them. Voldar, a particularly grumpy Martian, attempts to do away with the children and Santa before they get to Mars, but their leader Lomas stops him. When they arrive on Mars, Santa, with the help of the two Earth children and a rather simple-minded Martian lackey, overcomes the Martians by bringing fun, happiness and Christmas cheer to the children of Mars. Directed by Nicholas Webster, 1964. 81 min.