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Gimme a Smile: Let's make a deal

...they're called car dealers, as opposed to car retailers or car stores. It's all about the deal.My brother, who once upon a time sold used cars, had some tips for us. "Say 'no' four times," he said. "They'll expect to hear 'no' three...
Slack Tide: Local Jökul

...wipe off the handcrafted gourmet rhubarb sorbet).That word is "jökulhlaup." And now we've got our very own.Once upon a time, "jökulhlaup" referred to a specific recurring glacial outburst flood near Vatnajökull, Iceland. Despite the age-old...
Arts calendar music: Chrome Forest, 10 p.m., McGivney's.SATURDAY, May 24TAFY Dance Spring Dance Showcase, "Once Upon A Time," 2 and 6 p.m., Thunder Mountain High School auditorium. Details: A Collection...
TAFY Spring Dance Showcase Saturday

TAFY Dance Alaska will host its Spring Dance Showcase, "Once Upon A Time," this weekend at the Thunder Mountain High School auditorium. Show times will be at 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, May 24. TAFY...
Cunningham re-imagines 'The Snow Queen'

"The Snow Queen" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by Michael Cunningham Like the Disney megahit "Frozen," Michael Cunningham's new novel is loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Snow Queen.
Rigor Mortis (Geung Si)

Opens Friday, Jun 6, 2014 Synopsis: A weary ex-vampire hunter moves into a run-down housing estate, and contends with a ghoulish collection of bloodsuckers, ghosts, and zombies in this stylist tribute to the popular "Geung Si" horror films of the 1970s, '80s, and '90s. Once upon a time, Chin Siu-ho (Siu-Ho Chin) was a famous actor who slew vampires on the side. These days Chin's bank account is empty, and his family won't talk to him. Deeply despondent, he checks into room 2442 of a dilapidated tower block with the full intention of taking his own life. Chin's suicidal ambitions are quickly thwarted, however, when he crosses paths with his eccentric new neighbors, which include a powerful Taoist exorcist (Anthony Chan), a deeply-troubled housewife (Kara Hui) and an old lady (Paw Hee-ching) with a morbid flair for interior design. It doesn't take Chin long to realize that something terrible is unfolding before his frightened eyes, and as the dead begin to rise, the battle against the forces of darkness commences. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Chin Siu-hou, Anthony Chan, Kara Wai, Nina Paw, Lo Hoi-Pang Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review

Five good (Alaskan) reads

In celebration of Alaska Book Week, this week's "Five Good Reads" feature has been expanded to include multiple contributors, who were asked to focus on Alaskan books in any genre.
In the Stacks: New picture books

New picture books at the public libraries include two new alphabet books, a new Lemony Snicket ("The Dark," with illustrations by Jon Klassen), and many others - look for them on the New shelves in the children's areas at each branch.
India gold culture defies curbs

...browsed in a jewelry shop.Her mother, Jaishri, agreed. "Of course, nobody can afford as much as we used to. Once upon a time, we used to buy gold by the kilo," she said. "But the price is so high now, we just buy what we can for the...
In the stacks: new nonfiction

...from the Western, will deepen readers' appreciation of the gardens and their creators.Soundings, by Hali Felt. Once upon a time, no one, even scientists, thought much about what the bottom of the ocean looked like. Then Marie Tharp came along...


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