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Posted: Thursday, February 12, 2004

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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.

John Standefer, winner of the 2002 National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Tickets are $12 at the door and $10 advanced purchase. For more information and advanced tickets, call John Averill at 776-5330. Standefer also will give a master's class at the Music Box in Soldotna from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The class fee is $45 and participants will get a tape of the class. To sign up, call Averill.

Events and Exhibits

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 Monday through Feb. 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, when the People's Choice Award will be given.

The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has a faculty art show on display through March 5. 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 has a photography and painting exhibit of the Ninilchik State Fair by Natasha Ala Johnson and the Kenai Peninsula Quilt Exhibition on display. 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

Moosequito's in Sterling presents a sweetheart's singles night with music, dancing and prizes from Passions at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Kaladi Brother's in Soldotna presents music by Melissa Kay Smith from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Sackett's Kenai Grill in Cooper Landing presents folk, blues and Hawaiian music by Mike Morgan and Friends at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

George's Casino in Kenai presents a valentine's party and Passions fashion show Saturday and classic and current rock by Tuff-e-Nuff at 10:15 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents a Valentine's Day potluck at 7 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

Kenai Peninsula College presents an open mic night featuring a variety of music and readings at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 in the commons. Admission is free. Anyone interested in performing should call Z Durham at 262-0339. On Feb. 20, KPC will present an evening of traditional Irish folk music featuring the fast-paced duo Setanta at 7 p.m. in the Brockel Building for an $8 suggested donation.

The Kenai River Folk Dancers will host a smoke- and alcohol-free community contra dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 21 at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Live music will be provided by the Contra BanD. Clear and easy-to-follow calling will be provided by Odette Foster of Juneau. 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 260-4171.

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. Both shows are on display for two months.

The Pratt Museum in Homer presents "Bears, Beetles and Darkened Waters," a stewardship exhibit, and WHIZ Kids activity programs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in the museum's lower level. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. On Saturday, the museum will host a Family Free Day from noon to 5 p.m. with special WHIZ Kids activities from 1 to 4 p.m. Also Saturday, 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 Alaska Native Heritage Center will celebrate Elizabeth Peratrovich Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day will celebrate the lives and Alaska civil rights accomplishments of Elizabeth and Roy Peratrovich. John Samuelson, a Yup'ik who was a well-known mail carrier and a leading citizen in Bethel, also will be honored. The celebration will include speakers, performances of the Tlingit National Anthem and a play, as well as classes in Alaska Native dance, language and art. Admission is free.

The Anchorage Symphony will have a Valentine's Day concert at 8 p.m. Saturday 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. Friday 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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