From plane crashes to train chases, First City Players’ upcoming production of “The 39 Steps” is full of action and intrigue — with only four actors to bring it all to life.

For Ed Littlefield, working with students isn’t just about making a lasting art project — it’s all about combining music, art, theater skills and language to learn something new.

For many Ketchikan residents, the annual Wearable Arts Show is the event of the year — and with only days before the show, artists and models are putting the final touches on their projects.

All it takes to move to Alaska is a beat-up Volkswagen bus and a decrepit cabin waiting for you, nestled deep in the Kenai Peninsula – if one follows the lead of the characters in bestselling author Kristin Hannah’s newest book.

With Thanksgiving leftovers still stowed away in the fridge, the First City is already gearing up for the holiday season, and Ketchikan Theatre Ballet’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker” is one of the first events up on the Christmas celebration agenda.

This time of year wouldn’t be complete without the Winter Arts Faire, a First City holiday fixture that has thrived in Ketchikan for years.

 Few things are less entertaining than a plain white wall, which is why a small group of Ketchikan High School students are collaborating to bring a little color to W.F. Madden’s family entertainment center.

After two months of near non-stop rehearsals, First City Players’ latest musical production, “The Secret Garden,” is mere days away from its opening night.

Tara Westover’s education took place not in a classroom, but a junkyard on Buck’s Peak, a rugged mountain in a rural county in Idaho.

Next week, high school students will dust off their dancing shoes and show off their singing voices as auditions begin for “Bye, Bye Birdie,” Ketchikan High School’s first musical in over a decade.

Ketchikan storyteller Jack Finnegan, in August returned to his roots as a world-traveling teller of tales when he performed at the Festival Fringe event in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Literature lovers who long for the community atmosphere of a book club but dread the required reading can now join the “Free Style Book Club,” a laid-back approach to the traditional book club experience.

The Alaska State Fair isn't just about food, music and games – artists of many mediums flock to the fair from around the state to enter their masterpieces into a variety of competitive exhibits.

In the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Campus Library’s first Ask UAS talk of the school year this past week, Assistant Professor of Writing and Composition Steve Florian presented “Practicing the Art of Interpersonal Communication: Think Positive, Act Positive.”

 Artist Julie Berg-Linville will open her Main Street Gallery exhibit, “Perimeter” on Friday evening, showcasing her oil paintings of Ketchikan’s water, land and skies.

On Sept. 28, eight performers will sing, dance and charm their way to a crown during the annual First City Players “Divas and Divos” fundraiser.

Gardeners Charles Davidshofer and LoAnn Swanson explored Davidshofer’s North End garden this past Saturday, sharing wisdom on how to put one’s garden to bed for the winter and prep it for the upcoming spring season.

After traveling to the 51st annual Southeast Alaska State Fair in Haines, an array of handcrafted items including shawls, quilts, blankets, wooden vessels, sweaters and even a jar of habanero pepper jelly are on display through Sept. 3 at the Tongass Historical Museum.

The Ketchikan Public Utilities Live in Ketchikan second annual film festival is set to open its free community screening Friday evening at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center.

Before he was Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in “Star Trek,” George Takei was a curious Japanese-American boy who spent much of his early childhood in World War II internment camps.

Settlers Cove State Recreation Site has some new features to offer, thanks to a state grant and the hard work of Alaska Conservation Corps crewman Brieshan Kenoyer and Alaska State Parks Natural Resource Specialist Aaron Ostby.

The Austin Hays Trio, a band made up of three Ketchikan residents, has been a frequent feature at the Creek Street Cabaret with back-to-back performances this summer, with plans to continue throughout the year.

Ketchikan’s 44th annual Blueberry Arts Festival, produced by the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council and sponsored by Alaska Airlines, will kick off at 2 p.m. Friday with the Pet and Doll Parade that will start next to the Ketchikan Police Department on Main Street.

Author Emily Moore, who grew up in Ketchikan and now is an assistant professor of art history at Colorado State University, talked about the research presented in her new book, “Proud Raven, Panting Wolf: Carving Alaska’s New Deal Totem Parks,” on the afternoon of July 12 at the Kootéeyaa Ko…

The Compass Roses, a band of young Ketchikan sisters, has started gaining traction in the local music community by spreading their unique acoustic spin on rock and folk music to wider audiences.

Ketchikan’s new Andiamo Dance Company will launch its inaugural performance, “Shift from Neutral” Friday evening, sharing the program with the California-based Fuse Dance Company.

The second “My Rock Festival” will be held Saturday on Berth 4 downtown, featuring local and visiting musicians and guest speakers, as well as L-Bow the clown, food vendors and even a bouncy house and face painting.

Students in the Tongass Historical Museum's “Ditty Bag Workshop” tucked, folded and stitched their sailor's canvas ditty bags Tuesday evening, while teacher and sailmaker Louie Bartos lent his advice and seamanship tales.

The fifth annual Race to Alaska will kick off at 5 a.m. Monday, in Port Townsend, Washington, where 46 engineless watercraft and their crews will race to Victoria, British Columbia.

The Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council is offering its fifth annual Invitational exhibit in June and July, showcasing Ketchikan area artists working with a variety of media, including fiber, photography, paints and mosaics.

Ketchikan quilter Marva-Lee Otos recently won a second-place award from the American Quilter’s Society — the largest quilting membership organization in the world.

Ketchikan commercial fisherman LaDonna Gundersen recently launched her new cookbook, “The Little Alaskan Crab Cookbook,” featuring photography by her husband, Ole Gundersen.