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What to do this week: Kentucky Derby parties, Arctic Comic Con and ‘Spamalot’

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: May 2
  • Published May 2

Hard Hat & Black Tie Dinner and Auction — Enjoy hor d’oeuvres, signature cocktails and dinner prepared by chef Butch Jacques and chef Nate Bae during a live auction. All funds raised at the auction will be used to build the second Keller Williams Habitat for Humanity house, located in East Anchorage. $100. 6-10 p.m. Friday, St. Anthony Catholic Church, 825 Klevin St. (

Colors of Persia — Simorgh Dance Collective will celebrate the diverse people and cultures of Persia while featuring ethnic dances performed in costume. Admission includes a pre-show Persian dinner banquet. $15-$40. 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Trinity Presbyterian Church, 12310 Lorraine St. (

Kentucky Derby Party — Join Simon & Seafort’s as they host one of the year’s most extravagant parties. There will be live music and dance by DJ Leeanthony Kouley Jenkins, a red carpet and photos, Southern food and fare and Kentucky bourbons and Tennessee whiskeys. Dress up — plaid suits and bow ties for the gentlemen and summer dresses and wide-brimmed hats for the ladies. $10. 11:11 a.m.-3:42 p.m. Saturday, Simon and Seafort’s Saloon, 420 L St. (

Annie Battles, Ashley Christopherson and Cheyenne Tiedje and a full bar enjoy the Simon & Seafort’s Kentucky Derby Party in downtown Anchorage on May 6, 2017. (Bob Hallinen / ADN archive)

'Writers, Seekers, Pilgrims’ — Kathleen Tarr, author of “We Are All Poets Here,” discusses the significance of Thomas Merton — who spent 27 years writing as a monk — and his sojourn to Alaska in the fall of 1968. How can writers learn from his most famous pieces? $47. 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Anchorage Community House, 3502 Spenard Road.

‘Guys and Dolls’ — New York hustler Sky Masterson seems to be on a roll, but in the game of romance, his luck is about to run out. Perseverance Theatre’s musical team and cast will put on this Broadway favorite based on the stories of Damon Runyon and featuring songs by Frank Loesser. $15-$84. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Wednesday-Thursday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, 621 W. Sixth Ave. (

Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’ — “Spamalot” tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. This musical comedy is inspired by the film classic “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” with a book by Eric Idle and music and lyrics by Idle and John Du Prez. $49.25-$91.75. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Atwood Concert Hall, 621 W. Sixth Ave. (

Arctic Comic Con — This year’s lineup features Dean Cain of “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” David Yost of “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers," Seth Gilliam of “The Walking Dead,” Chase Masterson of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and more. $12-$155. 12-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, 600 W. Seventh Ave.

North x North Summit & Festival — The museum’s third annual summit features events surrounding Alaska’s art, food and history, and for the first time, the SEED Lab will be open to the public. Events span for five days. Prices and times vary. Wednesday-Sunday, Anchorage Museum, 625 C St.

The Museum’s annual festival features a number of panels and discussions about the Arctic. (Photo provided by Anchorage Museum)

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