One of the summer’s biggest musical events — Salmonfest — takes place in Ninilchik this weekend. But for those that can’t make it, fear not. There are still entertainment options in Anchorage as well as a number of First Friday stops for the art lovers. And for those who like to fish, the second annual Coho Rodeo at Ship Creek.
Coho Rodeo Ship Creek Silver Salmon Derby: 7 a.m. Saturday, The Bait Shack, 212 W. Whitney Rd.
In its second year, the Coho Rodeo held along the banks of Ship Creek allow anglers to cast a line to help others, while also fishing for a chance to win cash prizes. Proceeds from this year’s derby go to Alaska EXCEL, Alaska RiteCare Foundation, Armed Services YMCA Alaska and Bean’s Cafe. Top prize is $1,000 with $2,000 in total cash prizes.
5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche: 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Cyrano’s Theatre, 3800 Debarr Rd.
This production at Cyrano’s follows five women assembled in a church basement for the 1956 annual meeting of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein’s annual quiche breakfast. The play is being directed by Warren Weinstein, who has been performing around Anchorage for the past 25 years. Tickets range from $27-$30.
Alaska Thunder Funk: 7 p.m. Friday, Bernies Bungalow Lounge, 626 D St.
Alaska Thunder Funk provides a blend of funk, rock and hip-hop so dancers should be prepared to get on the floor. The band will be followed by DJ Gre.
Anchorage Chamber Music Festival: 7:30 p.m. Friday UAA Recital Hall, 3700 Alumni Dr.
The music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Strauss and Béla Bartók will be featured at the concert highlighting large chamber ensembles. Tickets range from $24 to $29.50. There is also a house concert fundraiser Saturday with the theme Fairy Tales and Animals.
Do or Die Hip Hop Showcase: 9 p.m. Saturday, Van’s Dive Bar, 1027 E. 5th Ave.
Presented by the Live From The North collective, this night of raps features Kevin The Brain, Ir1, Dan Harder, Prince Melodic, Non Profit Times, Avid Waves, and Cody Bank$. Doors at 9 and the show starts at 9:30 p.m.
Bad Charlotte: 10 p.m. Saturday, Koot’s, 2435 Spenard Rd.
This band is made up of former members of Splendid Chaos, along with Alaska’s own Charlotte Fischbach. Bad Charlotte is in Anchorage playing for three weeks.
First Friday events
The Kobuk, 504 W. 5th Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tundra Herb Company, 520 W. 6th St., 9-11:55 a.m.
Blush Boutique, 720 D. St., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Anchorage Museum, 625 C St., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
International Gallery of Contemporary Art, 427 D St., 5-8 p.m.
Sara’s Gift Cache, 408 W. 4th Ave., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wild Scoops, 429 E St., noon-10 p.m.
Kaffee Klatsch, 508 W. 2nd Ave., 3-8 p.m.
49th State Brewing rooftop, 717 W. 3rd Ave., 7-10:30 p.m.
Sevigny Studio, 312 G St., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Tiny Gallery, 706 W. 4th Ave., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Stephan Fine Arts, 939 W. 5th Ave, 6-8:30 p.m.
The Cubby at Hotel Captain Cook, 939 W. 5th Ave., 6:30- 8:30 p.m.
Moose A’la Mode, 360 K St., 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Anchorage Distillery, 6310 A St., 5-8 p.m.