The Kenai Performers present its musical production "The Wiz" on Friday, Saturday, Feb. 20, 21, 22 and 23 at Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Matinee performances will be at 3 p.m. Feb. 22 and 23. All other performances are at 7 p.m. Tickets for evening shows is $12 for general admission and $10 for children up to age 18 and seniors. Tickets for matinee shows are $12 for general admission, $8 for seniors and $5 for kids up to age 18. Tickets on opening night and Feb. 20 will be $8 for all tickets. Tickets are available at River City books, Sweeney's Clothing, The Music Box, Coffee Roasters, the Kenai Merit Inn, Halcyon Spalon, Alaskan Gift and Gallery and Charlotte's.
The Kenai Peninsula College Showcase presents "Flutes in February," a recital featuring flutist Jane Sandstrom at 3 p.m. Sunday at KPC. A reception will follow. Sandstrom is a member of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra and the Fairbanks Flutists and will be accompanied on piano by Maria Allison.
Events and Exhibits
The Kenai River Folk Dancers will host smoke- and alcohol-free community contra dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Participants should bring clean, non-marking shoes and potluck refreshments. A partner and experience are not required. There will be easy to learn circles, squares, contras and waltzes. Live music will be provided by the Contra BanD. Admission is $5 for adults and admission for children under 16 is free if accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 260-4171.
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has the Kenai Quilt Exhibition on display until March 8 and "Mystery in a Common Place," a photography exhibit by KPC professor Jayne Marie Jones through mid-March. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
The Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery has "Dysfunctional Ware," a ceramics show by Libby Berezin, on display through March 7. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Kenai River Council on the Arts will display a multimedia Ward's Cove exhibit at the Kenai Fine Arts Center during the month of February. Artists include Celia Anderson, Mark Anderson, Jim Evenson, Thor Evenson, Sara Glaves, Marty Hapeman and Bill Heath. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Rhonda Newman and Ben Parker as its artists of the month and hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
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 Collectables, 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 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. There are many scenic hiking trails, including the Kenai River trail, which begin near the center. 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.
The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch presents music by Tuff-E-Nuff from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday.
Moosequito's in Sterling presents music by Wishbone Creek at 9 p.m. Friday.
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 Katmai in Kenai presents western dance lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, karaoke with Sherri from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and music by the Danglin' Wrangler from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturdays.
The Riverside House in Soldotna presents "After 10," a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. DJ Ian will play favorite Top 40 dance music until 5 a.m.
The Boys and Girls Club in Kenai presents a "Share the Vision" talent show at 5 p.m. Feb. 22 in the gym at the Kenai clubhouse. Performances will be by Kenai club members. Performances include singers, dancers, mimes, musicians, magicians and acrobats. Admittance is free, but donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, call 283-2682.
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 has Robert Ketchum's photography exhibit, "Arctic" on display through April 6.
The Fireweed Art Gallery's exhibit area is open to artists who would like to show a few pieces of work through February. The deadline for display is ongoing.
There will be a Murder Mystery Weekend Feb. 28 through March 2 at the Land's End Resort in Homer, presented by the resort, Murder Mystery Weekend Inc., and the Friends of the Homer Library. Participants will receive lodging, dining and an opportunity to sleuth through the hotel to find the culprit of a fictitious murder to have taken place in the hotel that weekend. Participants can be suspected of the supposed crime and will have to prove their innocence. For more information, call (800) 478-0400 or visit www.endofthespit.com/edeal.htm.
Actor David Drake will perform his new play "Son of Drakula" at 7 p.m. today, Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday at Out North Contemporary Art House, 1325 Primrose St. The play is about Drake's 5,000-mile, five-year odyssey in search of the truth about his family name and bloodline, which goes back to Vlad the Impaler. Advance tickets for today's and Friday's performances are $17, or $19.50 at the door. Advance tickets for Saturday's, Monday's and Tuesday's performance are $19.75 or $22.50 at the door. Tickets are available at all CarrsTix locations or online at tickets.com. For more information, call (907) 279-8200.
The University of Alaska, Anchorage theater department presents its production of "The Misanthrope," by Moliere, at 8 p.m. Friday and continuing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through March 2 at the Mainstage Theater in the Arts Building at UAA. The play reveals the parallels and pitfalls of wealth and power and the difficulty of finding true love in an atmosphere of rigid political correctness. Ticket prices are $17 for reserved seating, $12 general admission for Friday and Saturday shows, $13 for reserved seating and $9 for general admission for Sunday shows. Discounts are available fro students, seniors and military. For more information, call the UAA ticket office at (907) 786-4849.
The Anchorage Symphony presents its February classical concert at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Atwood Concert Hall at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai will be featured playing James DeMars' "Two World Concerto." Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 6" (Pathetique) also will be performed, as will George Chadwick's "Jubilee" from "Symphonic Sketches." Tickets are $19 to $38 and are available at all CarrsTix locations, the box office at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, online at www.tickets.com, or by calling (800) 478-SEAT. There will be a free preconcert lecture at 7 p.m. with Susan Wingrove, ASO education consultant, and a free Lunch and Learn program from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Z.J. Loussac Library Public Conference Room with ASO's Maestro Randall Craig Fleischer.
The Anchorage Concert Association presents the Bang on a Can All-Stars with Meredith Monk in the Atwood Concert Hall on March 1. On March 5 through 9, "Cabaret" will be performed in the Atwood Concert Hall. Tickets for these events are available at all CarrsTix locations, the box office at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, online at www.tickets.com, or by calling (800) 478-SEAT. Information on discounts for students and groups of 10 or more is available by calling (907) 272-1471.
A Mardi Gras Ball, put on by the Anchorage Symphony League, will begin with no-host cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. March 1 at the Anchorage Marriott. The event will include Cajun cuisine, beads, Dixieland music, a live auction, a parade and the crowning of the Mardi Gras king and queen. Music will be provided by Out of Control. Proceeds will benefit the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $75 each or tables of 10 for $750, $1,500 or $2,500. For reservations or more information, call Tyra Chandler at 346-1956.
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