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Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2008

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* Triumvirate Theatre will premier an original full-length puppet film entitled "Davenport Flagstop and the Case of the Golden Spike." This hour-long film, written by Joe Rizzo, depicts the adventures of a noir-style detective on the trail of an invaluable Alaskan artifact the golden spike used at the closing ceremony that marked the completion of the Alaska Railroad.

Show times at the Triumvirate will be 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Jan. 11 and 12, with a special 4 p.m. matinee on Saturdays. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children. For more information visit: www.triumviratetheatre.org. (See story, this page.)

Events and Exhibits

* First Thursday events will include: "3Dx3," a three-dimensional show featuring artists John Lagoutaris, Louis Lagoutaris and Paul Turnow at the Kenai Fine Arts Center from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; continued exhibition of Jim and Thor Evenson's work through Feb. 4 at artworks in Soldotna; a bluegrass jam at 6:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church; artists' reception for two solo exhibits, Black and White Photography by Roy Shapley, and Ebb and Flow by Sherri Shater, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center; and open mic night at Veronica's Coffee House in Kenai from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; and an opportunity to meet artist of the month Jessica Oglesbee at Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna from 6 to 7 p.m.

* Triumvirate Theatre will premier an original full-length puppet film entitled "Davenport Flagstop and the Case of the Golden Spike." This hour-long film, written by Joe Rizzo, depicts the adventures of a noir-style detective on the trail of an invaluable Alaskan artifact the golden spike used at the closing ceremony that marked the completion of the Alaska Railroad.

Shot on locations throughout Alaska, the film was produced in cooperation with the Alaska Railroad and funded by the Alaska Humanities Forum. Locations included Soldotna, Kenai, Nikiski, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Nenana, and the Usibelli Coal Mine in Healey. This raucous ride through history includes car chases, explosions, and snappy dialogue that moves the plot along at lighting speed. Music for the film was composed and produced by Matt Boyle and includes a song performed by Keeley Boyle. The film features the voice talents of Joe Rizzo, Shannon Sorenson, Yvette Tappana, Chris Jenness, Paul Nelson, Chris Morin, Andy Gunter, Mike Druce, and Sarah Shoemaker. There is a special guest appearance by the Smothers Brothers.

Show times at the Triumvirate will be 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Jan. 11 and 12, with a special 4 p.m. matinee on Saturdays. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children. For more information visit: www.triumviratetheatre.org.

* Artists Without Borders is having a group show in the 4D Professional Building on the corner of Marydale and Spur Hwy in Soldotna in the conference room of the 4D Professional Building on the corner of Marydale and the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna. For more information, call Susan at 262-3958.

* Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Jessica Oglesbee as its artist of the month for January.

* The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway will host two solo exhibits, "Black and White Photography" by Roy Shapley, and "Ebb and Flow" by Sherri Shater, through Jan. 31. The center also displays animal mounts, historic items and Alaska Native artifacts. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 283-1991.

* The Kasilof Historical Society's cabin museum is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. It has historical displays and area artists and crafters are invited to display their work on weekends. The cabin is at Mile 1.5 Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information, call Dave at 262-5125.

* The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center on Ski Hill Road outside Soldotna shows films on wildlife, the refuge and the history of the area daily at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

Entertainment

* AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturday and blind darts at 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

* Bluegrass jam sessions at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. The first Thursday of the month at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna and all others at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.

* The Crossing in Soldotna will have live music with Mike Morgan Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

* The Duck Inn has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

* Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna will host Mike Morgan and Friends Friday at 6:30 p.m.

* The Riverside House lounge hosts After 10 party Fridays and Saturdays.

* Hooligan's in Soldotna has music by the Free Beer Band on Monday nights, karaoke Wednesday nights, 150 Grit on Thursday nights and live music Friday and Saturday nights.

* Mugz Coffee Lounge in the Blazy Mall has acoustic music from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday by Jay C. Smith; The Charmer's Daughters from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, and will host open mic night on Mondays.

* Veronica's in Old Town Kenai will have open mic at 6:30 p.m. today; Sam Gillilan and Friends at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and a Sunday afternoon music jam from 2 to 4 p.m.

* 406 in Kenai has karaoke with Steve and Debbie at 9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Films

* Call Orca Theaters at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.

* Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for weekly listings and show times.

Upcoming Events

* The Wailin' Jennys, award winning musicians from Canada, will play at Peninsula Grace Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 17. Tickets at the door are $23 for general admission, or $20 for students, seniors, veterans and KDLL members. Teen and family discounts are available. The show is sponsored by World Music for the Kenai, Kenai Peninsula College's Multicultural Consortium, the Anna Fossett Goodrich Foundation and KDLL. For more information, call 262-6548 or e-mail mjmorgan@gci.net.

Down the Road

* The Pratt Museum in Homer live remote Wildlife Cameras: View the seabird rookery at Gull Island. The SeeBird Cam is visitor-controlled and always on. The Bear Cam is done for the season but there is prerecorded bear footage to view on the museum big screen. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. The Pratt Museum's quilt collection will be on exhibit through Sunday. The exhibit honors the people within the community who have created a unique collection of quilts. The museum is documenting the stories of the quilts and their creators. Winter hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays at 3779 Bartlett St. in Homer.

Anchorage and Beyond

* The Anchorage Museum will host monthly first Friday singles after-hours events, with free admission after 5 p.m. On Friday, enjoy smooth jazz with pianist and vocalist Melissa Bledsoe Fischer and guests from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The museum galleries will be open, and beer, wine and appetizers will be available. A matchmaking relationship consultant also will be on hand.

* The Alaska State Fair begins its Cabin Fever Reliever Concert Series with Marty Stuart on Jan. 26, Blackhawk on Feb. 16, Billy Dean on March 15 and Heartland on April 5. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and all concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Raven Hall on the fairgrounds in Palmer. Tickets are available through TicketMaster.com and at Fred Meyer.



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