AntiFreeze: Dance Among Installations

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AntiFREEZE, a music, dance and video performance featuring Yngvil vatn Guttu. The original idea was that this would take place among the installations, but now it can highlight the remains. The performance will be brief – about 20 minutes. Help us say goodbye to the installations.

AntiFREEZE will take place on the Park Strip near 10th Avenue and H Streets. 6:00 – 6:20 p.m. Appropriate for all ages.

There will be receptions following at the International Gallery (6:30) and the Alaska Native Arts Foundation (7:00).

Fair: Food, Health, Safety in the North

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Live well and safe in the north.  Special presentations by:

  • 12 -2pm: Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs
  • 12 -2pm: Bike Commuters of Anchorage
  • 12 – 1:25pm: Providers from Avante on nature and science for health in the north: Bethany Buchanan on SAD, SAME, and Vitamin D; Christine Sagan on Omega3, and Torrey Smith on Keeping Your Immune System Strong in Winter.
  • 1:30 – 2:00pm: Maintaining Mental Health in the North by clinical psychologist Dr. Jennifer Beathe
  • 3:00 – 3:30pm: Dr. Dick Mandsager, Executive Director of Providence Children’s Hospital, about keeping kids healthy in winter
  • 3:30 – 4:30pm: Mary Ellen Gordian, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate of UAA, on indoor air quality, and Stephen Morris, Municipality of Anchorage, on outdoor air quality.
  • 4:30 – 5:00pm: Special presentations on the importance of Alaska Native foods by Shawna Carmen, environmental justice program director form the Alaska Community Action group on toxins and the Indigenous Environmental Network.

Anchorage Museum.

Sponsored, in part, by BP Exploration.

Rage City Rollergirls

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It’s a FREEZE for ALL!

Come in from the cold and check out Anchorage’s hottest new sport: women’s live flat track roller derby! The Rage City Rollergirls presents their first bout of 2009 between the Sockeye Sallys and the Dirti Polli’s.

They’re mean, they’re tough; some call them frozen-hearted! But these rollergirls have enough spirit to jumpstart a car on a cold winter’s night.  It’s so entertaining, you’ll want to trade in your Sorrels for some Skates!

Rage City Rollergirls Presents
Saturday, January 24, 2008
AT & T Sports Center (11051 O’Malley Center Drive)
Doors Open 6pm, Game at 7pm
Tickets $12 advance, $15 @ door
Festival Seating, Food & Beer Garden, Family Friendly
Season Passes & advance tickets:

Movies for Your Mind

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101 Reykjavík

Iceland 2000 comedy romance in Icelandic with English subtitles, 88 minutes.  MPAA Rating: Not rated (sexual content and nudity, violence and smoking).  Cast: Hilmir Snaer Gudnason, Victoria Abril, Hanna Maria Karlsdottir; Directed by Baltasar Kormakur.

The country has no trees. It’s dark most of the time, and the winters are the bleakest on Earth.

Review excerpt from the San Francisco Chronicle by Edward Guthman:
Dreamy, immature and stone-cold unemployed, Hlynur is an Icelandic slacker with a beauty of a sexual dilemma. At 28, he lives with his mom, doesn’t work and spends his evenings getting hammered in the local pub. After bedding a fiery flamenco instructor, he discovers that she’s his mother’s lesbian lover – – and may be pregnant with his child. So it goes in “101 Reykjavik,” a wonderful, cockeyed sex comedy from Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur. Set in the capital city of Reykjavik, where round-the-clock summer daylight induces all forms of excess and dysfunction, this is a throwback to British comedies of the ’60s (“Billy Liar, ” “Morgan”) about over-imaginative loners at odds with reality.

Anchorage Museum.

Special Exhibitions Reception

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  • FREEZE photography by children
  • FREEZE Frame, a photography exhibition
  • Photography by Zoe Strauss
  • FREEZE ILLUSTRATED, a special exhibition of drawings and projects by students from the Anchorage School District about the north

International Gallery of Contemporary Art. FREE.

The Changing North

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Presentations by:

  • Margaret Manousoff, Outreach & Advocacy Coordinator at Alaska Conservation Solutions, will give a presentation on the causes and effects of global warming with a specific focus on the challenges and opportunities in Alaska. 11:00 – 11:30 am.
  • Anne Jensen, a Senior Scientist for the Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corporation and National Science Foundation-funded researcher, will give a presentation on Barrow archaeology, which substantiates the long ties between local people and whales, and on the incorporation of local students in field and laboratory work. 11:30 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Lunch break. 12:00 – 1:00 pm.
  • FREEZE musical spot performance featuring Melissa Wannamaker. 1:00 – 1:15 pm.
  • Leonard Piitkaq Apangalook, Sr., is a leader and whaling captain from the Yupik community of Gambell on St. Lawrence Island. He has kept a meticulous daily weather journal for 20 years and, as a key contributor for the Sea Ice Knowledge and Use (SIKU): Assessing Arctic Environmental and Social Change project, produced daily logs on sea ice, weather and local subsistence activities in his community for the 2006/2007 and 2007/2008 “ice years” for the 2007-2008 International Polar Year, an international effort researching the polar regions. Mr. Apangalook will discuss the effects of climate change in his region and his on-going work for SIKU. 1:15 – 2:00 pm.
  • Larry Merculieff, an Unangax (Aleut) leader from St. Paul Island, will speak from the perspective of traditional hunters and Native elders on the subject of changes in the Arctic due to global warming. 2:00 – 2:45 pm.
  • Coffee break. 2:45 – 3:00 pm.
  • Jana Pausauraq Harcharek, head of Iñupiaq education for the North Slope Borough School District (NSBSD) will present a talk on the district’s language and culture-based projects. Debby Dahl Edwardson is the Director of the Center of Community and Workforce Development at Ilisagvik College and a member of the NSBSD Board.  Author of the bi-lingual children’s book Whale Snow, Debby will read from her book and talk about its making. 3:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • Charles Wohlforth, author of The Whale and the Supercomputer, will present slides taken while traveling in the Arctic with Inupiaq whalers and scientists, as each culture struggled to understand and adapt to the fast-changing climate. 4:00 – 5:00 pm.

Anchorage Museum.  FREE.

Presentation: Northern Migration

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Learn about “the changing North”:

  • Presentation: Wildlife in Alaska’s Northern Oilfields. Caryn Rea, Biologist, ConocoPhillips, 6:00 p.m.
  • Presentation by Michael Macrander, Biologist, Shell Oil, 6:30 p.m.
  • Presentation: Generally in the Country or Particularly in the City – Transitioning for Alaska’s Future. Dr. Marie Lowe, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UAA and with ISER, 7:00 p.m.
  • Q&A with the presenters, 7:30 – 8:00

Anchorage Museum Auditorium. Free.

Frozen In Time – 80’s Prom

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Get out your crimper and practice your moonwalk for Frozen in Time: ’80s Prom.  Dance to ’80s hits, check out professional breakdancers and grab a drink fresh off the cocktail luge. Don’t forget to raid Value Village for rad ’80s threads: Celebrity judges will be on the prowl for a prom king and queen.  Sponsored by the Young Professionals Group, a fundraising arm of the American Cancer Society.

Anchorage Museum.  $25 general public/$15 Young Professional Members.  Call 277-8610 for tickets.

Movies for Your Mind

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The Last Days of Shishmaref

Anchorage Museum Auditorium

Alaska/Netherlands 2008 documentary, In English/Inupiaq with English subtitles, 90 minutes.  MPAA RATING: Not rated.  Directed by Jan Louter.

Review from the AFI Film Festival by Jacqueline Lyanga:
While politicians, scientists and environmentalists debate the effects of global warming, an Inupiaq Eskimo community in northwest Alaska, just under the Arctic Circle, faces the real world consequences of climate change every day. The ice beneath the small Alaskan village of Shishmaref, on the island of Sarichef, is melting. Homes are falling into the ocean. The situation is so severe that it has been predicted that the entire village will disappear within the next 10 years. How can you move an entire way of life? And should these villagers go to the edges of a city, or retain their rural ways? Filmmaker Jan Louter captures the transience of the Inupiaq’s traditional way of life in the face of the collision of climate change, satellite television and mail order shopping. The icy landscape—its water, smoke, steam and sky—is beautifully photographed, as are the village’s inhabitants. Every frame is a poignant portrait. The film doesn’t present a barrage of facts and figures to make its point, instead giving the viewer entry into the issue of climate change by way of a third eye. We feel the loss, the pain and the sadness of the families as they realize that they will never recover a way of life being swallowed by the sea.

DESIGN FOR THE NORTH: Ideas for Northern Living

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Performances, outdoor demonstrations and family activities, as well as presentations, exhibits and information designed to celebrate and enhance life in the North, are part of a special FREEZE “Design for the North” event at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Tickets are $9.95 per person and include:

  • FREEZE performance by “Sivuqaq Dancers,” St. Lawrence Island Anchorage Dancers (12 p.m.)
  • Observe Native artists teaching class participants make Sugpiaq/Alutiiq headdresses and Athabascan-style winter boots or rifle cases. To participate in classes, contact the Alaska Native Heritage Center for pre-registration at 330-8000.
  • Performance of tribal-funk, world music by Pamyua (2 p.m.) courtesy of Calista Corporation
  • 2 Tours of outdoor traditional Native housing exhibitions (11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m.) Self guided tours available all day
  • Dogsled demonstration, slide show and photo opportunities with Iditarod dogsled musher Eric Rogers and musher Bonnie Foster (all day).
  • Demonstrations and presentations by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, including information about winterizing your home and the Home Energy Rebate and Winterization Programs (3:30 p.m.)
  • Exhibit by the American Institute of Architects Alaska Chapter on building in the unique Alaska condition
  • Exhibit and videotaped presentations by the Alaska Center for Appropriate Technology and Bioneers in Alaska Planning Group (1:00-2:30 p.m.) of three half-hour sessions from the October Bioneers Conference, including biologist, author and co-founder of the Biomimicry Institute, Janine Benyus, on what ingenious, and often endangered, species can teach us about solving some of our most challenging environmental issues; conservationist, entrepreneur and author Paul Stamets on how fungus-based medicinal and nutritional technologies have the potential to change the world; and Canadian journalist and author Naomi Klein on her vision of how people’s movements can counter disaster capitalism.
  • More alternative energy solution ideas for northern climates by the Renewable Energy Alaska Project, a coalition of urban and rural Alaska utilities, businesses, conservation groups, consumer groups and Alaska Native organizations designed to increase the production of renewable energy in Alaska.

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