· Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna will present “Baranov’s Castle,” an original puppet show, Thursday through Saturday. The show will be at 7 p.m. all nights with an extra matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday. The production, written and directed by Joe Rizzo of Kenai, tells the story of Alaska’s first governor, Alexandre Baranov, and features 13 puppets, a 40-foot set and an original sound track written by Matt Boyle of Nikiski. Tickets are $6 and may be purchased at the Triumvirate book store, open Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call 283-6109.
· The Kenai River Folk Dancers will host a smoke- and alcohol-free community contra dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Live music will be provided by the Contra BanD. Beginners should come early, since the easiest dances start at 7 p.m. Participants should bring clean, nonmarking shoes and potluck snacks to share. Partners are not required. Admission is $5. Children under 16 can get in for free if accompanied by an adult. For more information, call Theresa Holland at 260-4171.
Events and Exhibits
· Art Works in Soldotna has photography, fiber work and stained glass by Sondra Hecht on display in January.
· Frames and Things in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna has art by Brenda Schwartz of Wrangell and Bruce Nelson of Kodiak.
· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has the Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science as its artist of the month and a chess club that meets at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays.
· The Gary L. Freeburg Gallery at KPC has the statewide juried photography exhibit “Rarefied” Light on display through Jan. 27.
· Mykel’s restaurant has Andy Hehnlin with egg tempera paintings as its artist of the month.
· The Kasilof Historical Society’s cabin museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays and has a resident carver at work those days, as well as historical displays. Area artists and crafters are invited to display their work at the cabin on weekends. The cabin is at Mile .5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information, call 262-0822.
· 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. The center is on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna and has educational displays and occasional interpretive programs. For more information, call 262-7021.
· The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Patriotic Art competition including work from area high-schoolers, and work from Soldotna High School and Kenai Peninsula College students on display until Saturday. The center also has animal mounts, historic items and Native Alaska artifacts on display. 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.
· AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturdays and blind darts at 2:30 p.m. Sundays.
· The Big T bar in the Tustumena Lodge has live music from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturdays.
· The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch has live music by Wishbone Creek at 9 p.m. Saturday.
· Hooligan’s in Soldotna has an open jam session Thursdays at 10 p.m. and live music by Tuff-e-Nuff at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has live music by Something Simple from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
· The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays.
· The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has live music by the Mabrey Brothers from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and a poker challenge at 6:30 p.m. Mondays.
· The Riverside House in Soldotna presents “After 10,” a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays favorite Top 40 dance music.
· VFW Post No. 10046 in Soldotna has bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for members and guests.
· The Kenai Performers Travelin’ Tales Storytelling Troupe will perform “Tales of the Frozen North” at 1 and 3 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Kenai Community Library. Family storytime is free.
· Peninsula Artists in Motion is holding a Winter Ball event at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai. The event is black tie optional with catered hors d’oeuvres, live music, a no-host bar and a silent art auction. It is a fundraiser for PAM, a nonprofit organization. Tickets are $50 each, available from PAM members and by calling 283-1683. PAM is giving ballroom dance lessons, taught by Jennifer Ellis, in conjunction with the event. Lessons are from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Encore Dance Academy. The cost is $10 per couple or $7 for singles. For more information, call 283-1683.
· Call Orca Theaters 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 Homer Youth String Orchestra Club presents a performance by the Emeralds, a group of young Alaska musicians who specialize in instrumental bluegrass and jazz, at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Land’s End Quarter Deck. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for Raven’s Club members, $9 for seniors, $5 for students and $25 for families and available at the Homer Book Store, Etude Studio, the Homer Council of the Arts office and the door. A workshop for string students with at least two years experience will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 3 at Homer Middle School The cost is $5 per student.
· The Anchorage Symphony will perform the score of Charlie Chaplin’s film “City Lights” as the film is shown at 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Atwood Concert Hall in the Alaska Center for the performing arts in Anchorage. Pip Clarke also will perform a violin concerto from film composer Erich Korngold. Tickets range from $20 to $42, available online at www.centertix.net, the center box office and by calling (907) 263-ARTS). The event includes a lunch and learn program at noon Friday at the Z.J. Loussac Library and a Words on Music presentation an hour before each performance in the Atwood hall.
· The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has “Gonna Sing My Head Off,” a solo exhibition of former Alaska artist Dale Fairbanks, through Sunday; and “Spot the Dog,” the annual children’s gallery exhibit, through May. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
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