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‘Life Enlightened’ brightens up Spenard

‘Life Enlightened’ brightens up Spenard

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Photos by Young Kim A new mural is up in Spenard, spanning 60 feet across the side of Enlighten Alaska, a cannabis retail store. The painting features silhouettes of life-size creatures including a killer whale, flamingo and elephant, to name a few. The mural is titled, “Life Enlightened.” Taylor Gallegos, a California-based artist, visited Alaska…

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Enlighten Alaska hosts inaugural First Friday

Enlighten Alaska hosts inaugural First Friday

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Spenardian photographer Darcy Stein will be showcasing her work for the first time from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 2 at Enlighten Alaska. The show will mark the first anniversary of the Spenard marijuana dispensary and their inaugural First Friday. “It’s exciting to have so many firsts all wrapped up in one event,” Leah Levinton, owner of…

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The great, big heart

The great, big heart

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Local artists, musicians and poets will be gathering for the fifth annual Great Big Heart Show on Feb. 9 at Middle Way Cafe. Artists are asked every year to create works based on the theme, “the great, big heart.” So far, more than 30 artists have confirmed their involvement, making it the biggest year yet….

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Stephanie

Stephanie

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By Victoria Petersen With about $150 to her name, 21-year-old Stephanie Johnson flew to Alaska from Denver on a one way ticket. It was the summer of 2001. “I did the classic 21-year-old thing where I moved here with no money and no plan,” Johnson said. Arriving in July of that year, Stephanie began working…

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Snapshots of Spenard: Local photographer shares her passion of film photography

Snapshots of Spenard: Local photographer shares her passion of film photography

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By Victoria Petersen Whether you’ve seen her working at Anchorage Cycle or walking around the neighborhood taking photos of abandoned roadside fridges, you’ve probably seen Darcy Stein around Spenard. Stein, originally from New York, has called Alaska home for over five years. It was moving to Alaska and enrolling in a photography class at UAA…

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