· First Thursday events today include an opening reception for a “Fish tracks” show by Sarah Glaves and the “Kenai Quilt Expo” from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, an opening reception for a juried watercolor exhibit and invitational 3-D exhibit from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, live music by Bill Larned from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Veronica’s and a bluegrass jam at 6:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.
· Peninsula Artists in Motion is holding a winter ball event at 7 p.m. Saturday 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 fund-raiser for PAM, a nonprofit organization. Tickets are $50 each, available from PAM members and by calling 283-1683. For more information, call 283-1683.
Events and Exhibits
· The G.L. Freeburg Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College will have an opening reception for a ceramics exhibit by Halibut Cove artist Annette Bellamy from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit will be on display through February.
· Mykel’s restaurant has Andy Hehnlin with egg tempera paintings as its artist of the month.
· The Kenai River Center will host a lecture from Iditarod Trail historian Lee Poleske at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the center, located at mile 1.6 on Funny River Road in Soldotna. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 260-4882.
· 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 “Fish tracks” by Sarah Glaves and the “Kenai Quilt Expo” on display, as well as animal mounts, historic items and Native Alaska 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.
· 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.
· George’s Casino in Kenai has a poker challenge at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays.
· Hooligan’s in Soldotna has an open jam session Thursdays at 10 p.m. and live music by 9 Spine at 10 p.m. Friday and 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 Place Bar and Grill in North Kenai has karaoke at 9 p.m. Saturdays and poker at 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Sundays.
· The Sitka Summer Music Festival’s Winter Tour will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Violinist Paul Rosenthal and pianist Arnulf Von Arnim will perform. Tickets are available at Already Read Books, Charlotte’s and Veronica’s Coffee House in Kenai and Northcountry Fair, River City Books and Sweeney’s Clothing in Soldotna.
· South Africa musician and ATO recording artist Vusi Mahlasela will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Ward Building at Kenai Peninsula College, a KPC Showcase and KPC Multi-Cultural Consortium performance. Mahlasela is a guitarist and composer who contributed guest vocals on the title track of the Dave Matthews Band’s multiplatinum album “Everyday.” Tickets are available only at the door for $15 general admission and $13 for students, staff and seniors. For more information, visit the Web site www.imnworld.com/IMN/artist_view/48.
· The ninth annual Central Peninsula Writers’ Production with readings and a dessert buffet will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.
· The Kenai Performers will present “Adam and Eve through the Ages,” a comedy about relationships at all ages and stages of life at 7 p.m. Feb. 24-25 and March 3-4 and 7-9, and 3 p.m. Feb. 26 and March 5 at the Old Town Playhouse in Kenai. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are on sale at Charlotte’s in Kenai and River City Books in Soldotna.
· Pamyua, the Native American Music Awards 2003 Record of the Year winner, will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 4 in the Ward Building at KPC in honor of the Arctic Winter Games. Pamyua (which means “encore” in the Yup’ik language) has been described as a mix of Inuit and African rhythms. Tickets go on sale in February at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai, River City Books in Soldotna and the KPC Bookstore on the Soldotna campus.
· The Tim Sturm Band will play at 9 p.m. March 5 at the Old Town Playhouse in Kenai. Admission is $10.
· 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
· An opening reception for the Emerging Artists show will be held Friday at 5 p.m. in the gallery at the Homer Council on the Arts. The event is free and open to the public.
· 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. Friday 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. Friday at Homer Middle School The cost is $5 per student.
· The Alaska Ocean Film Festival will visit Homer at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Homer Theater. Nine short films will be shown, focusing on topics such as coastal cultures, marine science and saltwater adventure. Cost of admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors or children. For more information, call (907) 274-3647, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.alaskaoceanfestival.org.
· Homer’s Winter Carnival will be held Feb. 10, 11 and 12. The event includes a parade at noon Feb. 11, fireworks at 8 p.m. Feb. 11 and activities all three days. For more information and a schedule of events, contact the Homer Chamber of Commerce at (907) 235-7740 or www.homeralaska.org.
· The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has “All Alaska Juried XXXI,” a biennial exhibition for Alaska artists, through March 5; a solo exhibition by Anchorage artist Susan Joy Share through March 12; 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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