First Friday After Hours

Open galleries. Open minds. Open late. Launch your weekend at the museum with music, art, talks, food and more on First Friday.

Tonight:Rapid Space shorts in the planetarium, Americana elevator music with Hurricane Dave, art studio with Ted Kim, Chugiak-based SunDog plays in the atrium, and close-up viewing of an Athabascan/Dene fiddling object plus dancing to local Athabascan fiddlers in the Alaska exhibition. Snacks and beverages available for purchase at the atrium café kiosk.

VIP Members: First Friday in Patron’s Lounge
5:30 to 7 p.m. Patron’s Lounge
To kick off First Friday, museum VIP members are invited stop by the Patron’s Lounge to meet an animal from the museum’s live collection socialize with Anchorage Museum Foundation board members, museum staff and others. To ensure you have an opportunity to interact with the animal, come closer to 5:30 pm. Not a VIP level? Call membership at 929-9228 to upgrade. Registration appreciated.

Close-Up: Athabascan Fiddlers - A Living Tradition
6 to 6:30 p.m. Alaska exhibition
Look closely at an Athabascan/Dene fiddling object from the museum collection. Museum 2018-19 faculty fellow Maria Williams, PhD, and Beth Leonard, PhD, lead facilitated discussion of the object’s cultural history and its contemporary expressions. Afterward, listen and/or dance to a live performance by local contemporary Athabascan fiddlers Hans Halvorson and Bernard Johns. No art, history or dancing background necessary. Free. Space is limited; registration recommended.

Artist Studio: Ted Kim
6 to 8 p.m. West Wing entrance hall
Alaska illustrator Ted Kim is known for creating  complex scenes using everyday objects and imaginative scenarios. Observe his art-making and learn more about his process during this pop-up artist studio. Free.

Cooking Demo: Somali Food
7 to 8 p.m. What Why How We Eat exhibition
Learn the process of preparing, rolling, filling and folding sambusas, a Somali favorite, with cooks from Anchorage’s Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services (RAIS) program. Try a sample while supplies last. 

Live Music: SunDog
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Atrium
Groove to the heavy funkadelic music of the Chugiak-based band, SunDog. Free.

Rapid Space Shorts
6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m. Planetarium
These quick planetarium experiences range from constellation tours of the night sky to cruising around the solar system to learning about light and the aurora borealis. Free; ticket required and available at the front desk.

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Anchorage, AK 99501-3544 Local
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