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Coming up: Pirate pub crawl, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and Puddles the sad, singing clown

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: September 13, 2018
  • Published September 13, 2018

Cast members of Shakespeare’s comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” work through a scene. The debut night is Friday with shows running until Oct. 7. (Photo by Frank Flavin)

"Much Ado About Nothing"

Cyrano's Theatre Company presents one of Shakespeare's most well-known comedies, "Much Ado About Nothing," a tale of mistaken identities, romance, politics and marriage. This performance is directed by Teresa Pond. Opening night is this week, but the show will run through Oct. 7. $23-$25. 7 p.m. Friday, Cyrano's Theatre Building, 3800 DeBarr Rd. (

"Ramona Quimby"

Join the Alaska Theatre of Youth for its opening night of "Ramona Quimby,"  based on the books by Beverly Cleary. In this play, protagonist Ramona Quimby is always aggravating her older sister, getting into trouble and complaining when life goes awry. Watch Ramona grow on stage in this show dramatized by Len Jenkin. $12. 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Alaska Pacific University Grant Hall, 4101 University Drive. (

Pirate Pub Crawl

R yee ready for a night of drinking, crawling and pubs? The Anchorage Pirate Pub Crawl is back this year with proceeds from the event going to support the Blood Bank of Alaska. Don your favorite pirate gear and join friends and fellow scurvy dogs at Town Square Park for the beginning of the event. Participating bars include 49th State Brewery, The Avenue Bar, Fletcher's, Whale's Tail, Mad Myrna's and more. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, Town Square Park, 544 W. Fifth Ave. (

Anchorage Concerts All Access

Join the Anchorage Concert Association for an all-access, behind-the-scenes view of play productions. Attendees will be able to enjoy an evening of food and wine, music, backstage tours and guest performances. Pop-up performances will be by Alaska-based artists Emma Hill, Kat Moore, Fiona Rose and Meghan Holton and Alaska Dance Theatre. The night's special guest will be Puddles Pity Party, a singing clown. 21 and over. $50. 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, 621 W. Sixth Ave. (

Sitka Summer Music Festival

The Sitka Summer Music Festival presents Autumn Classics in Anchorage this weekend. The performances will include “world class” chamber music with special performances from Grammy award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey. Friday’s recital includes performances of Beethoven, Stravinsky, Billie Holiday and Piazzolla. Saturday’s show will feature music by Sierra, Brahms and Mozart, and Sunday will close the festival with Strauss and Dohnanyi. $38.25. Friday- Sunday. 3640 Alumni Dr. (

Run/Walks for Recovery 5K

Lace up your sneakers and support alcohol addiction recovery in this fall 5K. You don't have to run to support the cause; instead, you can sign up as a ghost runner to fund Recover Alaska. Recover Alaska seeks to reduce excessive alcohol use and change the stigma surrounding addiction. You can learn more about the recovery options for Alaskans by going to the event page. $31. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Westchester Lagoon,1824 W. 15th Ave. (

Girls Night Out

It's girls night out for "Men Next Door Uncovered" at Williwaw. The event promises to have the "sexiest men in America" for two nights of performances.  You may have seen "Magic Mike," but get ready to see what the former producer of Chippendales has planned for the show. $28-$32. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Williwaw Social, 609 F St. (

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