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.

Northern Writers

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Northern Writers’ is hosting a writing Freeze at Bernie’s. Hear authors with work posted on the Freeze website share their stories and poems. Everyone is welcome to join in with their own literary Freeze.

Bernie’s Bungalow, 7th Ave & D Street.

Tours of Installations – daily through January 16

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Anchorage School District tours of Delaney Park Strip.

Lecture – Ana Rewakowicz

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Alaska Design Forum lecture: artist Ana Rewakowicz.

Anchorage Museum, $10 general admission.

Sensual Cues – Tour of Installations

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Sensual Cues tour of FREEZE installations on Delaney Park Strip sponsored by Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  FREE.

FROSTY: Snowperson Contest

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Snowperson Contest for families.

Delaney Park Strip, 10th & G.

Photography Workshop

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Led by photographers Tim Thomas, Hal Gage, Kevin Smith, Brian Adams and Don Mohr.  Some resulting photographs will be featured in special exhibition at International Gallery of Contemporary Art January 24 – February 2.

Anchorage Museum and Park Strip. Open to all ages. Register by emailing  FEE:  $5.

AT&T Free Day at Anchorage Museum

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  • FREEZE-related art activities for children.  Paint polar bears, make lanterns, and learn about the science of snow and ice with the staff of the Anchorage Museum and Imaginarium
  • Kids and families can work with landscape architect Peter Briggs and artist Jonny Hayes to enhance ICEQUARIUM, a special outdoor installation at the entrance to the Museum.

Movies For Your Mind

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The Ice People

6 p.m., Anchorage Museum

France/USA documentary 2008, 77 minutes
MPAA RATING: Not rated.  Directed by Anne Aghion.

A once-in-a-lifetime journey with Antarctica’s 21st-century explorers

From the official web site:
Unique in the genre of exploration and adventure films, ICE PEOPLE takes you on one of the earth’s most seductive journeys—Antarctica.  Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Anne Aghion spent four months “on the ice” with modern-day polar explorers, to find out what drives dedicated researchers to leave the world behind in pursuit of science, and to capture the true experience of living and working in this extreme environment.  And, as it turns out, the film also witnesses one of the most significant discoveries about climate change in recent Antarctic science.

Indigenous Film Festival

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Presenting films from around the world, including Australia, Canada, Greenland, New Zealand and more!

See short films, full length feature films and documentaries throughout the day.

Alaska Native Heritage Center. Admission (wristband to come and go throughout the day): $9.95 adults, $6.95 children, ages 6 & under FREE, Members FREE.

See the festival schedule.

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