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Posted: Thursday, February 03, 2005

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The Kenai Peninsula College Showcase program presents a performance by comedian and hypnotist Daniel James from Las Vegas and an award-winning comedy-magic duo, Spike and Hammer, known for their card tricks, con games and sleight-of-hand antics, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Brockel Building. Tickets are available in the KPC Bookstore. For more information, contact Dave Atcheson at 262-0346 or e-mail at indaa@uaa.alaska.edu.

First Thursday events today in Soldotna are a reception for Connie Tarbox, rock sculptor, at Art Works from 6 to 8 p.m., a bluegrass jam at Christ Lutheran Church from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and the opening of James Brashear's ceramic art show at the Gary L. Freeburg Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College until 7:30 p.m. Events in Kenai are a reception for exhibits by photographer Bill Heath and the Kenai Peninsula Photographers Guild at the Kenai Visitor's and Cultural Center from 5 to 7 p.m., a reception for watercolorist Sarah Glaves at Already Read book store from 6 to 7 p.m., music at Veronica's Old Town Cafe by Dave and Keeley Boyle at 6:30 p.m. and the opening of "Freeform," and exhibit by ceramic artists Ann C. Wilson and Erika Bronson and painter-drawer Sherri Sather at the Kenai Fine Arts Center.

Events and Exhibits

The Alaska Junior Miss competition will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for refreshments and a silent auction.

Peninsula women of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in the Tsalteshi She Can Ski 5-kilometer race on the trails behind Skyview High School on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. for classic skiers and 1:30 p.m. for skate skiers. Registration is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna and at 9 a.m. on race day. There is a suggested donation of $25 to participate. Women may ski as individuals or as partners. Festive attire is encouraged, and there will be a drawing for the skiers who come dressed up. The Skyview High School ski team will wax skis for racers from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday for a small donation. The event will include free refreshments and music. It is a fund-raiser for the LeeShore Center and Tsalteshi Trails Association.

The Peninsula Promenaders hold square dancing lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. every Friday at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Partners are not necessary. Admission is $4.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has photography by William Heath on display through March 4 and the annual Kenai Peninsula Photographers Guild show through Feb. 25. A reception for the shows is from 5 to 7 p.m. today.

The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has ceramic art by University of Alaska Fairbanks Associate Professor James Brashear on display.

The Kenai Fine Arts Center has "Freeform," with work by ceramic artists Erika Bronson and Ann C. Wilson and painter-drawer Sherri Sather on display. The center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 810 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai. An opening reception will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Kasilof Historical Society's cabin museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and has a resident carver at work those days, as well as historical displays. Area artists and craftspeople are invited to display their work at the cabin on weekends. The cabin is at Mile .5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. Anyone interested in displaying artwork, donating historical items or more information may call 262-0822.

Art Works in Soldotna has rock sculptures by Connie Tarbox on display.

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 Collectibles, Donna's Country and Victorian Gifts, Frames and Things, Malfunction Junction Gifts, Northcountry Fair and Tammy's Flowers and Gifts in Soldotna; Beluga Lookout Gifts, Fireweed Herb Garden and Gifts, the Kenai Fine Arts Center 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. 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.

Entertainment

Veronica's Old Town Cafe in Kenai has live music by Dave and Keeley Boyle at 6:30 p.m. today, the Bob Ramponi Jazz Band at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Robert and Chris Pepper at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has live music by The Mabrey Brothers at 10:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The VFW post in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Fridays and bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for members and guests.

The Riverside House in Soldotna presents "After 10," a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays favorite Top 40 dance music until 5 a.m.

AMVETS Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturdays.

The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays.

Upcoming events

Skyview High School will present "Godspell," the musical based on the gospel of St. Matthew, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 and 12 at the Skyview auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $8 for adults.

The Sitka Summer Festival Musicians will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at Christ Lutheran Church at the "Y" in Soldotna. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids up to age 18 and are available at River City Books and Northcountry Fair in Soldotna, Already Read Books in Kenai and at the door. The program will include pieces by Wolfgang Mozart and Richard Strauss.

The Nikiski High School Community Talent Show will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Nikiski High School Auditorium. Tickets are $4 for students and senior citizens, $6 for adults and $18 for the immediate families.

The Kenai Performers will present the musical "Brigadoon" Feb. 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Evening showings are at 7 and Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at Charlotte's Old Town Music, M&M Market, River City Books, The Music Box and Sweeney's. Concessions will be available during intermission.

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.

Anchorage events

Nikiski artist Chris Jenness will have a new show called "Digital Illustration" on display at the Snow City Cafe at 1034 W. 4th Ave. in Anchorage from Friday through March 3. An opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art an exhibit of multimedia work by Anchorage artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs through Feb. 27; "Earth, Fire and Fibre," a biennial statewide craft exhibition through March 13; and "The Blue Guitar: An Exhibition of Music in Art" in the children's gallery through May. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

To submit information for the InSide section, send it to the Peninsula Clarion, Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611, fax it to 283-3299 or send it by e-mail to news@peninsulaclarion.com.

The deadline is Tuesday at 5 p.m. For more information, call Jenny Neyman 283-7551.



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