Sun Star Picks, Sept. 29 – Oct. 5

Tuesday, September 29

“Mad Max: Fury Road” is showing at 8 p.m. in the Hess Rec Center. This is ordinarily where I’d say something snarky or crack a few jokes about the event in question, but frankly this is such a no-brainer that I’m going to give it a pass. The latest entry in the “Mad Max” franchise is possibly the best pure action flick of all time. Do you like wild stunts, insane post-apocalyptic vehicles, desert-mad automotive cults or genuine explosions? Because “Mad Max” is all of that with a minimum of the sexist overtones that would typically go with such a film. Speaking of which, there’s a discussion after the picture on the role of women as protagonists if that’s your jam. But otherwise, hey, free movie. – Spencer Tordoff / Web Editor

Wednesday, September 30

Can you sing? Dance? Write poetry? If so, open Mic Night is 7PM at Arctic Java. Past acts have ranged from stand up comedians and singers to poets. – Zayn Roohi / Photo Editor

Thursday, October 1

This Thursday, Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra is hosting a vocal recital for guest soprano Teresa Eickel at 8 p.m. If you, like me, have never been to a vocal recital and are wondering about it, now is the time to go. Admittedly, my experience with concerts of any sort is limited to my past enslavement as a reluctant and unfocused fifth grader playing my recorder in the wrong key while my overpacked school gym filled with parents screwing on their smiles. Compared to that, a concert put on by an actual vocalist seems like an entertaining night out.  Just make sure you get there on time, or the other guests might look at you like the fly landing in their soup.  – Kyrie Long / Copy Editor

Friday, October 2

Postmodern Jukebox is playing at the Hering Auditorium this Friday at 7:30pm. Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for youth (25 and under), senior, and military. In case you’re not familiar with them, this Youtube famous group does super rad “vintage” covers of pop songs. So if you’ve ever wondered what Beyonce, Lorde, The Strokes, or Macklemore sounded like if they were writing songs in the 20’s through 60’s you should definitely check it out. You can get yourself some tickets by googling your way to the Fairbanks Concert Association’s website. Of course, if you don’t want to drop the $30 bucks on a ticket to see them live you could always tell everyone you went, but actually just stay home and peruse their Youtube channel for a couple hours. No one would be the wiser, and you wouldn’t have to put pants on! Molly Putman / Layout Editor

Saturday, October 3

If you’re itching to get out of Fairbanks for a day, take enjoy the two-hour drive down the Parks highway to Healy for a day hike and a night of partying at the 49th State Brewery Halloween in Healy event.  Their Facebook page hints at reduced prices and big prizes – a Kayak, a beer refrigerator – for great Halloween costumes.  This 21+ event starts at 10:30 p.m. and includes a live D.J.  If you’re feeling peckish, I recommend the mac and cheese.

Not up for the drive?  Raven’s Landing is hosting a Chocolate Festival fundraiser from 2-5 p.m. to earn money for the senior community.  Attractions include a “truffle war,” and “coffee performance art.”  What are these things, you ask?  I have no clue, but they sound anywhere from silly to sexy.  Tickets are $50 and provide admission for one adult and one child under 13. Danny Fisher / Editor-in-Chief

Monday, October 5

Monday Night Football at the Pub. Come watch as the Detroit Lions go into Seattle to take on the Seattle Seahawks. The Lions will be looking to shut down prolific passer Russell Wilson as well as the Seahawks’ defense looks to contain Calvin Johnson. @4:30 p.m. -Aaron Walling / Advertising Manager

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