The Kenai River Folk Dancers will host a community contra dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. The event will be smoke- and alcohol-free and healthy fun for all ages. There will be easy-to-learn circles, squares, contras and waltzes and live music provided by the Contra BanD. Participants should bring clean, non-marking shoes and potluck refreshments. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 16 who are accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 260-4171.
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will host a sneak preview of the Kenai Fine Arts Center multi-media Wards Cove exhibit from today to Jan. 30 in its conference room. The Kenai Quilt Exhibition will be on display from Feb. 1 to March 8 with a First Thursday opening reception Feb. 6.
Events and Exhibits
The Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery has the statewide photography show "Rarefied Light" on display through Feb. 7. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Mary Lane and Joel Isaak as its artists of the month and hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has Robert Glenn Ketchum's "Arctic" photography exhibition on display through Jan. 25. The exhibit consists of 51 images of the Alaska and Canadian arctic. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
Artwork by Kenai Peninsula artists can be viewed and purchased at the following area businesses: Art Works, Birch Tree Gallery, Claudette's Folk Art and Collectables, Donna's Country and Victorian Gifts, Frames and Things, Malfunction Junction Gifts, Northcountry Fair and Tammy's Flowers and Gifts in Soldotna, Alaskan Gift and Gallery, Fireweed Herb Garden and Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai and Peninsula Furs Inc. in Sterling.
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Information Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are many scenic hiking trails, including the Kenai River trail, which begin near the center. The center is on Ski Hill Road near the intersection of the Sterling Highway and Funny River Road in Soldotna. For more information, call 262-7021.
Buster's Coffee House in Kenai presents music by Rusty Spur, featuring guitarist Jack Will and fiddler Sue Biggs, from 7 to 10 p.m. today and from Two Cent Syndicate from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.
Moosequito's in Sterling presents music by Wishbone Creek from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday.
Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Nancy Anderson from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
The Rainbow Bar in Kenai presents music by The Mabrey Brothers at 10:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The Katmai in Kenai presents karaoke with Sherri at 9 p.m. Fridays and western dance lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays.
The Riverside House in Soldotna presents "After 10," a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. DJ Ian will play favorite Top 40 dance music until 5 a.m.
The Kenai Peninsula United Way will hold its annual volunteer appreciation reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at Paradisos Restaurant in Kenai. For more information, call Evy Gebhardt at 283-9500.
River City Books will host a Creative Writer's Night at 7 p.m. Jan. 25. The public is invited to attend this evening of readings by local writers, free of charge. Any writers who have a piece they would like to read are invited to contact Vicki Steik at 262-0308 or by e-mail at email@example.com to sign up. Time allotments will be determined by the number of writers willing to read.
A Monopoly tournament will be held at 5 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Soldotna Sports Center in conjunction with the Peninsula Winter Games. The grand prize will be $500. Participants must be 21 or older, unless they are participating the kids' tournament, which will be held simultaneously. Admission for adults is a $20 donation and two canned items of food. Participants must be at the sports center no later than 4:30 p.m. for registration. For more information, call 260-1966.
The Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery will display "Dysfunctional Ware," a ceramics show by Libby Berezin from Feb. 10 through March 7. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
The Performing Arts Society presents the Sitka Summer Music Festival musicians on their winter tour at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. The concert features Peter Rejto, cello; Nicole Divall, viola; Doris Stevenson, piano; and Paul Rosenthal, violin. The festival was founded in 1972 by Rosenthal and has continued to present outstanding chamber music in Sitka, Anchorage and throughout the state. This year's selection includes a Bach suite for cello and piano, a piano trio by Shostakovich and a piano quartet by Faureacute. Tickets are $12 for youths and $15 general admission and are available at River City Books and Northcountry Fair in Soldotna and Alaska Gift and Gallery in Kenai. There will be a reception following the concert.
Call Orca at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.
Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for weekly listings and show times.
Down the Road
The Fireweed Art Gallery's exhibit area is open to artists who would like to show a few pieces of work through February. The deadline for display is ongoing.
The Anchorage Concert Association presents the Emerson String Quartet in the Discovery Theatre on Sunday.
On Jan. 24 and 25, the Joe Goode Performance Group will perform a dynamic combination of text, gestures, humor and dancing in the Discovery Theatre.
On Feb. 1, Habib Koite and Bamade will perform African rythm, Caribbean jazz, reggae and blues musi in the Atwood Concert Hall.
Tickets for these events are available at all CarrsTix locations, the box office at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, online at www.anchorageconcerts.org, or by calling 1-800-478-SEAT. Information on discounts for students and groups of 10 or more is available by calling (907) 272-1471.
The University of Alaska Anchorage's faculty music trio Alaska Pro Musica will perform an all-American concert at 4 p.m. Jan. 26 in the UAA Arts Building, room 150. The program will consist of works by American Composers, including Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Scott Joplin and William Bolcom. Tickets are $12 general admission at $10 for UAA students and staff and will be available at the door or by calling the box office at (907) 786-4849.
The Anchorage Symphony and Anchorage Opera present Puccini's opera "Turandot" at 8 p.m. Jan. 31, 4 p.m. Feb. 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Atwood Concert Hall in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $20 to $50 and are available at all CarrsTix locations, the box office at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, online at www.anchorageconcerts.org, or by calling 1-800-478-SEAT. There will be a Lunch and Learn program at noon Jan. 31 in the Z.J. Loussac Library Public Conference Room with Maestro Fleischer and guests from the Anchorage Opera as they talk about their collaboration on "Turandot." There will be a Words on Music preconcert lecture with ASO Education Consultant Susan Wingrove and Anchorage Opera Artistic Director Peter Brown an hour prior to each performance in the Atwood Concert Hall.
Kim Acuna will have a "Shadows" CD release concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Wilda Marston Theater. Admission is $12.
If you have an event to include in our Thursday InSide section, send the information, in writing, to "What's Happening," c/o the Peninsula Clarion, Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611, fax the information to 283-3299 or send it via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for information is Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.
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