What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, February 05, 2004

Best Bets

The Performing Arts Society presents a Sitka Summer Musical Festival Winter Concert at 7:30 p.m. today at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Advance tickets may be purchased at Alaskan Gift and Gallery and Already Read Books in Kenai, and River City Books and North Country Fair in Soldotna. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for people 18 and under.

World Music for the Kenai and KDLL 91.9 FM present singer-songwriter and slide guitarist Kelly Joe Phelps at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, 11471 Kenai Spur Highway. Phelps plays blues, gospel and original songs on six-string and lap-style slide guitars. For more information, see www.kellyjoephelps.com. Tickets are available only at the door and are $20 for general admission and $18 for seniors, students and KDLL members. For more information, contact Mike Morgan at 262-6548 or www.wmftk.com.

Events and Exhibits

First Thursday events today in Soldotna include an artist reception for multimedia artist Carol Walkeiwicz from 6 to 8 p.m. at Art Works in Soldotna and a bluegrass jam from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church.

There will be a Kenai Peninsula College Writers' Night at 7 p.m. Saturday at River City Books in Soldotna. Admission is free and everyone is invited to attend. Interested readers should contact Vicki Steik at 262-0308 during the day and 283-5615 in the evening by today to sign up.

A 10-artist exhibit, "Variations," is on display at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. All the works in the show are based on photographs by William Heath. The center is at 816 Cook St. in Old Town Kenai and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has the statewide touring photography show "Rarefied Light" through Saturday. The gallery's hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will host a First Thursday opening reception for a photography and painting exhibit of the Ninilchik State Fair by Natasha Ala Johnson and the Kenai Peninsula Quilt Exhibition from 5 to 8 p.m. today. Admission to the opening reception is free and refreshments will be served. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Jan Wallace as its featured artist of the month and hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna has Deb Link as its artist of the month.

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; Alaskan Gift and Gallery, Fireweed Herb Garden and Gifts, 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

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

The 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 Mondays and Fridays.

Upcoming Events

The Sterling Senior Center will host a "Color with Water, Artists Who Simply Paint" show featuring the works of Kenai Peninsula watercolor painters who studied with past Kasilof resident Cindy Braybeck King during the last five years. The show will be on display from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday from Feb. 16 through 29. Visitors may vote for their favorite painting. An end of show reception, open to the public, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 29 where the People's Choice Award will be given.

Films

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 Pratt Museum and Ptarmigan Arts Gallery in Homer has a retrospective show of the art of Richard (Toby) W. Tyler on display. There will be an opening reception for the gallery's display from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Both shows will be on display for two months.

The Pratt Museum in Homer presents WHIZ Kids activity programs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in the museum's lower level. On Feb. 14 from 7 to 9:30 p.m., the Patrons of the Pratt Society will sponsor a Valentine's Day event at the museum. The evening will include chocolate desserts, a sampling of port wines, coffee, cold beverages and cheeses, the Mike Heimbuch ensemble playing swing jazz, door prizes and a silent auction. Tickets are on sale at the museum for $25 each.

Anchorage Events

The Anchorage Symphony will have a Valentine's Day concert at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Atwood Concert Hall, featuring Elizabeth Hainen, principal harpist for the Philadelphia Orchestra. The symphony will perform pieces by Mozart, Puccini, Rimsky-Korsakov and others. Tickets are available at CarrsTix locations, the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts ticket office, by calling (800) 478-7328 and online at www.tickets.com. Prior to the concert, there will be a Words on Music lecture at 7 p.m. in the Atwood Concert Hall and a Lunch and Learn program from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Z.J. Loussac Library public conference room.

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has the "All Alaska Juried Exhibition" through March 7. Museum winter hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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 clarion@alaska.net.

The deadline for information is Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.



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