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The impossible dream

The impossible dream

It’s a dream within a dream, a musical within a play, a sweeping epic within one beautiful and perfect song. And the finale, with all the actors’ voices blending together in a rendition of “The Impossible Dream,” very well might bring a few tears to your eyes.
1001 ways to act in a middle school play

1001 ways to act in a middle school play

The executioner wore tennis shoes, scuffed white sneakers peeking from beneath his solemn robe. He deftly raised his scathe in preparation for the beheading. Suddenly, Victoria Otte’s voice rang out. “Shoes,” she yelled. “You can’t wear those, you need black.”
Reel, slip, jig and kick

Reel, slip, jig and kick

Geoffrey Woods knew he wanted to dance from the time he was 3-years-old. That’s when “Lord of the Dance” came to Anchorage, and while he was too young to attend, he did watch the DVD his parents brought home.
Merry amounts of humor

Merry amounts of humor

It’s a play within a play, a time era within a time era, a joke within a joke. And it’s funny. The Alaska Fine Arts Academy’s production of Mary Lynn Dobson’s “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood” mixes Monty Python type of humor with the traditional Robin Hood myth.
A festival full of folk

A festival full of folk

Singer/songwriter Mary Oudean’s twangy voice fell down soft as rain as she sang the bluegrass classic, “Who Will Watch the Home Place?” at the last weekend of the Anchorage Folk Festival on Saturday, Jan. 25.
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Archive » Scene @ your library

Innovation Lab adds community to area libraries

Internationally, public libraries have for centuries been places of community, education, and tradition-sharing. Wherever I am in the world, I first visit the city’s public library. After the city’s international airport, a community’s public library is one of the best reflections of the new area I’ve landed in.

Confessions of a Book Addict

I think I am ready to give up my books. There, I said it. Now, if I can just follow through. When it comes to books, I am a bit of a hoarder. I have boxes stashed under beds, in closets and in the crawl space. And yes, it was because I was deprived as a child.

Disaster anniversaries

The last week of March is really busy for Anchorage Public Library this year. We are marking the anniversaries of two huge, environmental disasters and hosting a one-of-a-kind art installation starring our resident dragon. In addition, Friends of the Library is hosting a fundraiser; and that “sharing good ideas” event, TEDxAnchorage, is back in town.

Two guys, a couple of books and a library

For the last couple years, The Readers, as I have come to think of them, have come to the fourth floor of Loussac regularly. Two guys, each with a stack of books, sit on either end of the red couch near my office, each engrossed in a book. Obviously, since I work in a library, I see people reading all the time. But the intensity and focus of these two, along with the regularity of their visits, set them apart.

Love your library? Give back

You can help make the library even better by making a donation to the Friends of the Library and Anchorage Library Foundation. When you contribute to these organizations, we invest in special projects that help the library go above and beyond what they can do with their regular budget.
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Archive » Movie Reviews

‘Prisoners’ a gripping, smart revenge saga

‘Prisoners’ a gripping, smart revenge saga

Parenting involves countless mundane decisions — dozens a day. But as any parent knows, the potential for tragedy stemming from a wrong decision is never far from the surface of the mind. What if they go out and get hit by a car? What if I look away and they drown in the current? What if they get kidnapped?
‘Spectacular Now,’ a gem of a teen romance

‘Spectacular Now,’ a gem of a teen romance

“Live in the moment.” It’s a pat piece of advice we all get at some point in our lives, usually when we’re being anxious or obsessive about something we can’t control. But living in the moment can be overrated — especially when everyone else is suddenly looking to the future. That’s the predicament addressed in “The Spectacular Now,” a pure gem of a teen romance graced with sparkling acting by its young leads, Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, as high-school seniors falling awkwardly in love.
Vaughn-Wilson’s ‘Internship’ silly but fun

Vaughn-Wilson’s ‘Internship’ silly but fun

There are really three movie stars headlining “The Internship”: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, and Google. Actually, it’s a surprise Google doesn’t get top billing over the humans, so adoringly is the company displayed.
Latest ‘Scary Movie’ is frighteningly unfunny

Latest ‘Scary Movie’ is frighteningly unfunny

LOS ANGELES (AP) — You have to at least give “Scary Movie 5” points for timeliness. This latest installment of the horror movie spoof franchise manages to deliver parodies of movies as recent as last week’s “Evil Dead” remake, not to mention one that hasn’t even been made yet (“Fifty Shades of Gray”). But those points are immediately subtracted by the fact that this Wayans-less installment doesn’t manage to wrest a single laugh from any one of them.
‘The Call’ dials up a shallow thriller

‘The Call’ dials up a shallow thriller

In countless films about emergencies, crimes and police work, the 911 dispatcher is but a bit player, an anonymous, robotic voice briefly heard on the other end of a breathless call made by our movie’s main players.
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