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This weekend: Coho Rodeo salmon derby, plus First Friday events and hip-hop and funk shows in Anchorage

This weekend: Coho Rodeo salmon derby, plus First Friday events and hip-hop and funk shows in Anchorage
Coho Rodeo Derby, fishing, fishing derby, salmon, ship creek

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.

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Derby results from Sunday’s events

The 113th Annual Weyburn Fair Days concluded Sunday, with the Demolition Derby and other events held at the exhibition grounds.

Jeff Clay, Entertainment Co-Director with the Weyburn Agricultural Society shared the details of the winners.

“The Rumble in the Ring results were Colton Dodd took first place in the feature, and Jarad Bourassa took second, and Dustin Kennedy got third,” he shared. “We had the lawnmower course race which TJ Metheral took first and Freddie DeWinter was second. We had the lawn mower drag races where Carson Thule he took first, and Curtis Robertson got second.”


“The minivan mass, yours truly, Jeff Clay, took first place, and second place was TJ Metheral,” he continued. “For the mechanics’ heat, Sheldon St. Denis won, the ‘Doggonnit’ award went to Logan Waddell, which is the tough luck award. Best dressed was Mac Metheral’s car, but we have to give all the credit to Jenna for painting it for him. The Mad Dog Award went to Colton Dodd and the hardest hit went to Jeff Clay.” 

The Winner of the Soo Line Cruisers Car Club Fair Days Show was Guy Church with his 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner, and the winners of their Smoke Show were Nathan Hallberg And Dennis Cherpin.


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Calgary Roller Derby plans to reunite members at first home event in 2 years – Calgary |

Calgary Roller Derby plans to reunite members at first home event in 2 years - Calgary |

Calgary Roller Derby players are hoping to unite the derby community at their first home event in two years.

It’s a sport that leaves players battered and bruised, but that’s all part of the fun according to participants.

“Hitting people is first on my list. It’s an outlet for aggression,” Carla Walquist, AKA Scarla Maim and co-president of Calgary Roller Derby, said of her favourite aspects of the game.

“It’s very rough. It’s very intense. There’s tons of skill involved, tons of rules involved. Agility and speed and endurance.”

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Roller derby is back on again in Calgary after COVID-19 shut the sport down for two years.

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“I was grateful we got our last scrimmage back in March of 2019, but it was kind of heartbreaking actually, to be honest,” Walquist said.

Members of the Calgary Roller Derby are thrilled to be back at their weekly practices in West Hillhurst.

“Nothing really beats the fitness that we do here and the intensity, the community — all of the stuff you just can’t find in a home gym,” Walquist said.

The sport involves two teams, with one jammer from each team, who can score points by passing opposing team members as many times as possible within two minutes. Blockers stop the opposing jammer by any legal means necessary while helping their jammer get through.

“It was amazing and it was nerve-racking,” said skater Jessica Hafeli, also known on the track as Jigz, about her return to practice.

“I have never not skated this long in my life in 10 years, so there were definitely a lot of nerves mixed with excitement.

“Not sure if I was ready but as soon as I put skates on in the first practice it was like ‘OK, cool, let’s go!’”

Hafeli said she appreciates the sense of community in the Calgary roller derby scene.

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“I enjoy the athleticism mixed with the empowerment. I really appreciate that this community is so diverse and very much supports the empowerment of women and the female-identified. It’s not like any other community or sports community that I’ve ever been a part of.”

She added there’s also a lot of strategy involved in the sport.

“The ability to have really good strategies that you’ve practiced and then go into a game and execute it perfectly is the best,” she said of the game. “When you’re working together and you’ve been working so hard at this one play and it comes out beautifully in a game — there’s nothing like it.”

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It’s taken some time for skaters to come back and feel comfortable enough to be in close quarters to return to full-contact drills and scrimmages. As a result, the local association isn’t back to full strength just yet and the Calgary derby community is looking to recruit.

“The whole derby community worldwide is suffering. We are suffering for players, for games and events and fans,” Walquist said.

“We are just trying to build that back up and get it out there again so people know we are still at it and just get them excited about derby.

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“We just want to get people to come out and see it once and then I think they will be hooked and they will come again.”

Calgary Roller Derby is hosting a double-header women’s invitational on June 11 in Calgary at the Acadia Recreation Complex, called Roller Derby Revival-Smash Hits.

The games will be themed around music genres with punk vs rap and metal vs country. Both participants and audience members are encouraged to dress the part for the team they are playing or cheering for.

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KDF events draw thousands of participants, spectators

KDF events draw thousands of participants, spectators

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Two popular Kentucky Derby Festival events took place Saturday morning.

KDF’s Great Balloon Race kicked off this around 7 a.m. along with the minimarathon and marathon, sponsored by GE Appliance.

“A great weekend for the city only leading up to the greatest weekend next weekend,” Louisville Tourism VP of Marketing Communications Stacey Yates said.

Both events drew crowds, with more than 8,000 runners participating in the mini and full marathon.

Born in Argentina now living in Kentucky for more than 20 years, this was Antonio Marchi’s first marathon win.

Celebrating the win with a bourbon in his hand, he said his strategy and training all paid off for this moment.

“I know that many runners do negative sprint races,” Marchi said. “They go slow at the beginning and then they speed up. I don’t do that. I just don’t know how to do that. That’s not my strategy.”

While runners hit the streets of downtown Louisville, some spectators were looking to the skies to see the hot air balloons in Saturday morning’s Great Balloon Race.

“This morning we had our Great Balloon Race,” Aimee Boyd with KDF said. “It’s one of the oldest events on the festival schedule. We were able to get over a dozen balloons up flying this morning. A beautiful morning for the balloons to launch.”

Despite the wind, all balloons were able to land safely.

Both races return as welcome sign for the first time in three years.

“It feels like truly the Kentucky Derby Festival is back in business,” Yates said.

Celebrations continue Sunday with the return of the 67th Pegasus Parade that kicks off at 3 p.m.

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Event: BWA Jigging for Jacks Ice Fishing Derby

Event: BWA Jigging for Jacks Ice Fishing Derby

You are invited to Brandon Wildlife Association’s 2022 Jigging for Jacks ice fishing derby! We are so excited to be able to organize our first event in over 2 years with the added bonus of $5000 in cash prizes up for grabs.
Tickets are $40 for adults and $10 for youth 15 and under. Tickets can be purchased at Home Hardware and Jo Brook in Brandon.
The event will be taking place February 26th with registration starting at 9:00AM a the BWA Rivers Dock on Lake Wahtopanah. Derby starts at 10:00AM and runs until 2:00PM.
This is a Northern Pike ONLY tournament.
This event is being organized and run in accordance with Covid-19 restrictions.