Nightlife & the Arts in Anchorage

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Anchorage Nightlife

Anchorage does not shut down when it gets dark—well, that is when it actually does get dark (it’s still light at 3 am in the summer!). Bars here—and throughout Alaska—open early (in the morning) and close as late as 3 am on weekends. There's a ban on smoking in bars and bingo parlors, as well as in restaurants. The listings in the Anchorage Daily News entertainment section, published on Friday, and in the free weekly Anchorage Press (www.anchoragepress.com) cover concerts, theater performances, movies, and a roundup of nightspots featuring live music.

Anchorage often surprises visitors with its variety—and high quality—of cultural activities. In addition to top-name touring groups and performers, some local productions are always going on around town. These might include provocative theater, children's shows, improvisational troupes, Buddhist lectures, photography exhibits, poetry readings, and Alaska Native dance performances. The Friday entertainment section of the Anchorage Daily News is packed with events and activities.

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