■ Triumvirate Theatre will stage “Scenes to See,” a collection of comedic one-act plays, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the theater in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. Shows are “The Chance of a Lifetime, or, How the Unicorn Lost His Spot,” by H. Michael Krawitz, directed by Terri Burdick; “Baggage Unattended,” by Eric Coble, directed by Sally Cassano; “Duet for Bear and Dog,” by Sybil Rosen, directed by Laura Forbes; and “Ledge, Ledger and the Legend,” by Paul Elliott, directed by Ann Shirnberg; performed by Marc Berezin, Terri Burdick, Ken Duff, Nicole Egholm, Eli Graham, Jenny Neyman, Kate Schwarzer, Donna Shirnberg, Yvette Tappana, Natalie Tucker, Tim Tucker and Sandy Weeks. Tickets are $15, available in advance at River City Books, and at the door.
Events and Exhibits
■ The Kenai Fine Art Center will host a “Summer’s Here” party Friday at the Kenai Fine Art Center, 6-8 p.m. This is an informal get-together and the Center provides light refreshments. Come by and celebrate summer’s early arrival. This is the last evening in the 2013-2014 Fine Art Friday series until September except for monthly exhibit opening receptions.
■ Local nature photographer Laurie Johnson is showing her work at Kaladi Brothers Coffee on Kobuk in Soldotna. More than 20 pieces will be on display for the month of June. Sign up for a drawing for a free print.
■ The Kenai Fine Art Center May 2014 All-Media Curated Open Show, held in conjunction with the May 2014 Kenai Birding Festival, and has a “Flight” theme. The exhibit will be on display through May 31, Wednesday-Saturday from noon-5 p.m.
■ The Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival’s PEEPs Young Artist Exhibit will be on display the month of May at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. Awards will be announced at the Birding Festival Kickoff May 15 at the Kenai Visitors Center. For more information on the PEEPs Exhibit or the May Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival, visit www.kenaibirdfest.com.
■ The Alaska Watercolor Society is accepting submissions to the 40th Annual Alaska Juried Watercolor Exhibition. Submission deadline is June 4. Paintings must be primarily aqua media over natural or synthetic paper, and matted and framed under clear acrylic or glass. All submissions will be through CaFE.org (www.callforentry.org). Up to $4,000 in prizes. Prospectus available at akws.org.
■ A “Swinging Into Summer” big band dance concert will take place from 8-10:30 p.m. May 31 in the Kenai Central High School auditorium. Tickets are $10 in advance from any KCHS jazz band student or $15 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the KCHS jazz band and KPO big band. For advance tickets or more information call Deborah Sounart at 283-2124.
■ Triumvirate Theatre will be conducting a workshop reading of Mike Druce’s latest play. The date of the public reading will be May 24. There will be a practice reading on May 23. The piece includes five male roles, seven female roles and seven flexible roles. Anyone interested in reading a part should contact Joe Rizzo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Kenai Performers and the Kenai Challenger Learning Center proudly present Ken Ludwig’s “Leading Ladies” as Dinner Theater, directed by Terri Zopf-Schoessler and Donna Shirnberg, with dinner provided by Kenai Catering. Dinner shows are June 6-7, 13-14, and 20-21 at 7 p.m. at the Challenger Learning Center, 9711 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. Tickets are $45 and available at Curtain Call Consignment, Charlotte’s Restaurant, River City Books, and Coffee Roasters. Reservations are highly recommended. For more information call Mary at 398-2931. Show may be inappropriate for age 13 and under.
■ The Alaska State Council on the Arts on behalf of Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) Kenai River Campus (KRC) is requesting qualifications from artists for interior and exterior artwork to be commissioned for two new buildings: KRC Career & Technical Education Center and Residence Hall (student housing). For exterior sites, professional artists residing in the U.S. and Alaska may apply. For interior sites, only Alaska artists are eligible to apply. Applicants must be professional visual artists. Applications from architects, landscape architects or other design professionals will not be considered unless included as part of an artist-led team. Applications will be accepted online only through CaFÉ at: www.callforentry.org. Entries must be received by 9:59 p.m (ADT), June 13. Requests for additional information may be directed to Andrea Noble-Pelant, Visual and Literary Arts Program Director, Alaska State Council on the Arts, email@example.com.
■ The monthly session of Blue Grass will take place Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Kenai United Methodist Church. All players and listeners are welcome. There is no fee. The church is located across the street from Wells Fargo in Kenai. Blue Grass folks are requested through the side door.
■ Veronica’s cafe has open mic at 6:30 p.m. Friday and live music at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with Melissa and Stephanie, the Charmers Daughters.
■ The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road has live music with Lulu and Trich Friday at 9 p.m.
■ Join Steve and Fern Holloway for Karaoke every Saturday night at the Kenai Moose Lodge. Singing starts at 9 p.m. and everyone is welcome.
■ An all acoustic jam takes place every Thursday. The jam is as Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna on the first Thursday of the month, and at the Kenai Senior Center during the rest of the month. Jam starts at 6:30 p.m.
■ AmVets Post 4 in the Red Diamond Center holds blind doubles darts every Friday evening with sign up at 6:30 p.m. Tacos are available; and burn your own steak dinner from 6 to 8 p.m every Saturday with Karaoke after dinner from 8 p.m. to midnight.
■ Four Royal Parkers on the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna has live music with Bob Ramponi and the Alaska Swing Company Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.
■ Odie’s Deli in Soldotna has live music Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Pub Quiz night every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m.
■ The Studio Espresso Shop at Spur Highway and Nikiski Avenue in Nikiski hosts an open mic night on Saturdays starting at 7 p.m. Call 776-7655.
■ The Bow bar in Kenai has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays and live music Fridays, Saturdays at 10 p.m.
■ Hooligans Saloon in Soldotna has poker Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 5:30 p.m. and live music Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
■ The Duck Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and DJ Arisen on Saturdays.
■ Mykel’s in Soldotna has live music Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. with Robb Justice, and Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. with Bob Ramponi.
■ The Duck Inn will have live music from 7 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday with Robb Justice and Trio.
■ Main Street Tap and Grill has Wednesday karaoke with KJ Natalia, Thursday acoustic music with Dustin and Friends and Keeley & Nelson, and live music and dancing with 9Spine Friday and Saturday.
Markets, fairs and bazaars
■ Kenai’s Saturday Market starts on May 24 and runs for 17 Saturdays, until Sept. 13. It is held in the grassy area across the parking lot from the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center. The market will include very talented folks selling beautiful Alaskan Arts & Crafts. Fresh vegetables will start showing up about the middle of June. Vendor rates are as low as $20 per Saturday and spaces are limited, so pick up an application at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center or call Harold at 283-1991.
■ The Central Kenai Peninsula Farmer’s Market will open May 31 and will be open each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until mid-September. This market features Alaskan Grown and Alaska Made products and includes fresh baked goods, jams, jellies, fresh vegetables and gift items. The market is located at the corner of Corral Street and the Kenai Spur Highway at the bus “turn-around.” New vendors are welcome. Call Carolyn at 262-7502 for more information.
■ The North Peninsula Recreation Service Area is accepting booth applications from local vendors, organizations, groups and other parties interested in reserving booth space at the annual Family Fun in the Midnight Sun Event, June 21 at the NPRSA facilities in Nikiski. Interested vendors are encouraged to contact us early. The deadline to apply is May 31. Applications are available online at www.northpenrec.com or can be picked up at the Nikiski Pool or Nikiski Community Recreation Center. For more information or application details please contact Rachel at 776-8800.
■ A new farmers’ market in downtown Ninilchik will open May 24, Memorial Day weekend, featuring homegrown plants and veggies, a wide variety of crafts, handmade artisan sea salt and dog cart rides. It will be across from the Kenai Peninsula State Fairgrounds. Vendors are needed! For an application or information call Michelle Hogan 299-4999. Cost for a booth is $25 for the season or $5 per day.
■ Kenai Watershed Forum is accepting applications from local artists and food vendors to reserve booth space at the Kenai River Festival on June 6, 7 and 8 at Centennial Park in Soldotna. Space is limited. Please visit www.kenaiwatershed.org for more information and application details. Last year’s event attracted over 10,000 people! Early deadline for applications is May 12.
■ Call Orca Theaters at 262-7003 for listings and times.
■ Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for listings and times.
Down the Road
■ The Pratt Museum in Homer is open Tuesday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.prattmuseum.org
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