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Anchorage Museum Jan-Feb Events

JANUARY EVENTS

First Friday
There will be no First Friday Jan. 1 due to the New Year's Day holiday.

Theater Saturdays
Noon and 1 p.m. Jan. 9
The history of the Alaska gold rush comes to life with two 15-minute
plays commissioned by the museum: "The Gilded Tusk" by Joan Kane and
"The Wheelman" by Tom Moran. Included with admission.

Festival
Ocean Family Day
1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10
Come aboard to experience the thrill of the sea. Visitors can test their
knowledge of Alaska marine mammals, learn about storms and tsunamis, and
discover the secrets of Alaska shipwrecks. Families can also enjoy art
activities and music by Rogues and Wenches. Museum admission is free all
day thanks to sponsor Wells Fargo.


FEBRUARY EVENTS

First Friday
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5
Musician: Katie Strock
Enjoy the museum's galleries as well as hors d'oeuvres and the jazz
stylings of Katie Strock. Admission is free.

Singles After Hours
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5
Singles looking for a fun and social way to meet can come to the museum
on this hip - and free - evening. Muse restaurant will sell beer, wine,
cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages and appetizers. Admission is free.

Festival
Black History Month Celebration
1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7
Celebrate Black History Month with art, dance and music by Anchorage
youth. Help create a community mural with paint and recycled materials.
Programs sponsored by The Links, Inc. Anchorage Chapter. Admission is
free all day thanks to Wells Fargo.

Opening reception
"Connecting Past to Present"
1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7
"Connecting Past to Present," a juried student art exhibition, opens
with a reception 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7. An award ceremony begins at
1:30 p.m. In this exhibition local high school and middle school
students bring past events to life. The students' art was informed by
interviews with their elders, important historic events and family
photos. This exhibition, on view Feb. 7 through March 14, is
co-sponsored by The Links, Inc. Anchorage Chapter.

Star Wars: Exclusive Member Preview
5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9
Anchorage Museum members are the first to see the exhibition "Star Wars:
Where Science Meets Imagination." Museum members may attend an exclusive
exhibit preview on Tuesday, Feb. 9, before the exhibit opens to the
general public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. Tickets cost
$10 for adult members and $8 for children. This event is open to current
museum members only.

Jedi Nights Lecture Series
Other Worlds: The Search for Planets Beyond Our Solar System
7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11
UAA astrophysicist Travis A. Rector discusses the ongoing search for
planets around other stars. He addresses the planets and moons of "Star
Wars" and how likely we are to discover similar entities. Free.

Theater Saturdays
Noon and 1 p.m. Feb. 13
The history of the Alaska gold rush comes to life with two 15-minute
plays commissioned by the museum: "The Gilded Tusk" by Joan Kane and
"The Wheelman" by Tom Moran. Included with admission.

Valentine's Day Dinner
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14
Fall in love all over again at Muse with this prix fixe dinner. Indulge
in four courses, including Caribbean gold lobster with mango-papaya
drizzle. Seating times available from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. $70 per
person or $100 with wine pairings. For reservations, call 929-9211.

The Artist's Eye Lecture Series
Work from Far Afield
7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18
An informal gallery talk by Kathy Mallory, a longtime resident of the
Bering Straits area. The artist explains the unique challenges of
painting in a remote region. Free.


PARTNER PROGRAMS

Lecture
Transfer of the Alaska Railroad
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21
Jim Blasingame, executive vice president of Alaska Railroad Corporation,
discusses the railroad's transition from federal to independent
ownership. Lecture sponsored by the Cook Inlet Historical Society. Free.
For more information contact Jim Barnett at jbarnett@alaska.com.

Lecture
The U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska: The First 50 Years
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United States District Court for
the District of Alaska. Moderator: Chief Judge Ralph R. Beistline.
Panelists: District Judges H. Russel Holland, James K. Singleton Jr. and
Magistrate Judge John D. Roberts. A museum display commemorating the
court's anniversary opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Lecture sponsored
by the Cook Inlet Historical Society. Free. For more information contact
Jim Barnett at jbarnett@alaska.com.





Festival
Meet the World
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27
Experience the uniqueness of Anchorage's cultural melting pot when
Bridge Builders of Anchorage hosts its annual cultural festival, which
includes music and dance performances. Admission to the Meet the World
festival is free; however, admission to the "Star Wars: Where Science
Meets Imagination" exhibit requires a full-price ticket. For more
information, contact Bridge Builders at
bridgebuilders@bridgebuildersak.org.


UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

All exhibitions are included with museum admission unless otherwise
noted.

"Recent Acquisitions"
On view Jan. 8 through Feb. 28
The latest additions to the Anchorage Museum's permanent collection are
featured in a new exhibition showcasing more than 200 acquisitions
including paintings, ethnographic objects, photographs, sculptures and
historical objects. Highlights include:
* A new addition to the museum's collection of Sydney Laurence
paintings
* Drawings by Anchorage artist Peter Dunlap-Shohl, who drew
political cartoons for the Anchorage Daily News from 1983 until 2008
* Images of U.S. Naval operations and village life in Alaska from
the Richard M. Bjorkman Collection, which doubles the museum's 19th
century photography holdings
* Art by Denis Keogh of Cordova; Wanda Seamster and Mariano
Gonzales of Anchorage; Bill Brody and Sara Tabbert of Fairbanks and more

"Connecting Past to Present"
On view Feb. 7 through March 14
In this juried student art exhibition, local high school and middle
school students bring past events to life. The students' art was
informed by interviews with their elders, important historic events and
family photos. This exhibition is co-sponsored by The Links, Inc.
Anchorage Chapter. "Connecting Past to Present" opens with a reception 1
to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7. The award ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m.

"Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination"
On view Feb. 10 through April 25, 2010
Using the familiar imagery of the six "Star Wars" films as a springboard
for the imagination, this exhibition launches audiences into
explorations of real-world technologies and exciting visions of what the
future could be. This traveling exhibition features more than 100 pieces
of film memorabilia and related objects, exclusive video footage, and
more than a dozen interactive exhibits. This is a ticketed exhibition.
Tickets on sale Dec. 15 at www. anchoragemuseum.org and the museum's
front desk. Tickets are $22, $18 senior/student/military, $10 museum
members, $8 ages 3 to 12 and free ages 2 and younger (prices include
general admission to the museum).
"Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination," presented by Bose
Corporation, was developed by the Museum of Science, Boston and
Lucasfilm Ltd. (c) 2009 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved. Used
Under Authorization.

CLASSES

CHILDREN
Landspeeder Readers
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 4-Feb. 25
A sci-fi reading and art club that is out-of-this-world. Children ages 5
to 8 are inspired by stories and the "Star Wars" exhibit to build
starships, futuristic inventions and robots. Taught by artist and early
childhood educator Kelly Hebert. $70 members/$90 non-members (includes
admission to "Star Wars")

Clay the Force be with You
10 a.m. to noon Saturdays March 6-March 27
Ages 8 to 12 sculpt clay into "Star Wars" characters, robots, starships
and landscapes. Taught by artist Brenda Jaeger. $70 members, $90
non-members (includes admission to "Star Wars")

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Spring Break Art Camp
10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday March 8-12
Campers spend spring break in a galaxy far, far away. In this daily
sculpture workshop, students ages 8 to 12 work with a variety of mixed
media such as clay, foils, metal and wood. Taught by art educator Linda
Wetzel. $90 members/$110 non-members (includes admission to "Star Wars")

TEENS
Star Wars: Revenge of the Strip
10 a.m. to noon Saturdays February 6-27
In this four-week course, ages 13 to 17 learn the fundamentals of
cartooning via the characters and settings of "Star Wars." Teens create
a classic newspaper comic strip in the "Star Wars" style and start their
own comic books. Taught by comic artist Lee Post. $70 members/$90 non
members (includes admission to "Star Wars")

ADULTS
Portrait Painting in Oils
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays Jan. 19 through March 23
Artist Linda Infante-Lyons teaches students to mix convincing skin tones
and to use value and color to build a vibrant, realistic portrait. Open
to all levels of expertise. Supply list provided. $170 member/$190
non-member

Nighttime Photography
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. 20-March 24
Photographer Hal Gage helps photographers navigate the realms of low
light and shadows. Students use time exposures and light painting to
make unique photographs. This class includes basic camera handling and
principals, camera set up, tips and techniques, and downtown field
trips. Students must bring a tripod and a digital camera that can make
exposures of 15 seconds or more, or that has a bulb setting for time
exposures. $170 members, $190 non-members

Figure Drawing
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays Jan. 21 through March 25
Artist Hugh McPeck teaches a five-week course on the techniques of
figure drawing. The course concludes with five weeks of open studio
time. Students provide supplies. Series: $170 member/$190 non-member
Drop-in: $20 per class


MUSEUM MEETINGS SCHEDULE

The following meetings are open to the public. Anyone wishing to be
added to a meeting agenda or to confirm a meeting should contact Museum
Director and CEO James Pepper Henry at (907) 929-9297.

Anchorage Museum Association Board of Trustees
Meets at 3 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month

Museum Building Committee
Meets at 4 p.m. on the first Monday of each month

Cook Inlet Historical Society Board of Directors
Meets at 4 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month


VISITOR INFORMATION AND MUSEUM HOURS

The Anchorage Museum's mission is to share and connect Alaska with the
world through art, history and science.

WINTER HOURS

Anchorage Museum
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
Noon to 6 p.m Sunday
Closed Monday

Atwood Resource Center
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Muse restaurant
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Closed Monday

GENERAL ADMISSION
Free for museum members, $10 adults (18-64), $8 military/senior
citizens/students, free ages 17 and younger.

Visitors with disabilities who need special assistance please call (907)
929-9254.

Parking is available for $1 per hour in the museum's underground garage
on evenings and weekends.

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