This weekend: Return of the Anchorage Folk Festival, a recycled 'junk' band plays plus a celebration of Chinese New Year

Jan. 20—The Anchorage Folk Festival returns in 2023 in its traditional home in mid-January with a two-weekend festival that starts Friday. There are plenty of other late-night entertainment options in Anchorage as well as a featured performance by Recycled Percussion, a group of "junk rockers."

Anchorage Folk Festival: Jan. 19-29, various locations around Anchorage

The first weekend features guest artist Mile Twelve, performing at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub with Cold Country. Tickets are $20. There are also several free events over the course of the weekend starting Friday, from main stage performances at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium to dozens of workshops at the nearby UAA Professional Studies building. Next week also features Folkweek, with performances at locations like Hearth, Middle Way Cafe, Reilly's Irish Pub and Sleepy Dog Coffee. There will also be a bagpipe competition and community jams. Visit for the full schedule.

Recycled Percussion: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Alaska Center for Performing Arts, 621 W. Sixth Ave.

Presented by Anchorage Concert Association, this show features "junk rockers," known for turning items like power tools, car parts and vacuums into instruments. The group has performed on "America's Got Talent" and even the opening of the Super Bowl. Tickets are available at, with discounted tickets available for UAA students.

H3 Live at Humpy's: 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse, 610 W. Sixth Ave.

Alaska's favorite Hawaii reggae band takes the stage downtown for a night of island-tinged fun on the dance floor.

Rachel Monae's "Baby Bash": 8 p.m. Saturday, Koot's, 2435 Spenard Road

DJ sets from Dig Sista, Posterchild, Clint Samples and Rachel Monae highlight this EDM dance party. Champagne specials will be available and tickets range from $15 for early birds to $150 for the VIP four-pack.

Out to Lunch: A Political Comedy: 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Anchorage Community Theatre, 1133 E. 70th Ave.

Written and directed by Dick Reichman, this co-production between RKP Productions and Anchorage Community Theatre follows a city council meeting in a small town where a debate over whether to accept a free COVID vaccine for the community devolves into conspiracy peddling. Tickets, available at, are $25 for adults, $20 for military/students and $15 for children 12 and under. This is the show's final weekend.

Year of the Rabbit Chinese New Year Festival: noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dimond High School, 2909 W. 88th Ave.

This gathering features a performance stage with music and Chinese folk dancing, street food and a carnival with a bazaar and traditional Chinese carnival games. There will also be a silent auction and raffle. Tickets range from $5-$15.

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