What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, February 19, 2004

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Kenai Peninsula College presents an open mic night featuring a variety of music and readings at 7 p.m. today in the commons. Admission is free. Anyone interested in performing should call Z Durham at 262-0339. On Friday, 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 Performers present "My Favorite Year" at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Feb. 26, 27 and 28 and at 3 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 29 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for students and seniors and $8 for the Feb. 26 show. Advance tickets are available at Charlotte's, Halcyon Spalon, HiSpeed Gear, Alaskan Gift and Gallery, Coffee Roasters, Sweeney's, The Music Box and River City Books. Kenai Performers will have a gala event Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in the KCHS commons. The event will involve the performance of songs from past Kenai Performers musicals, including "Hello Dolly," "Fiddler on the Roof," "The Music Man," "The Sound of Music" and "The Wiz." A Dixieland band, the Kenai River Rats, will perform and appetizers will be prepared and served by Charlotte's Catering. The event is the kickoff of the Kenai Performers' Bandwagon Campaign, wherein the group is raising money for a permanent home. They are temporarily located in the opposite end of the Kent building from Malston's in Kenai and plan to stage adult and children's' productions there, as well as a children's theater camp. Tickets for the gala are $15 and include the price of the "My Favorite Year Performance," which starts at 7 p.m.

Events and Exhibits

John Standefer, winner of the 2002 National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. today 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.

The Kenai River Folk Dancers will host a smoke- and alcohol-free community contra dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday 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. There will be a potluck dinner for all dancers from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Admission is $5. Children under 16 can get in for free if accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 260-4171.

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 Sterling Senior Center is hosting 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 is on display from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday 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.


Kaladi Brother's in Soldotna presents music by Mid Life Crisis from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

George's Casino in Kenai presents a music by Hobo Jim and an Iditarod-Mardis Gras party at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.,

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

The King's Inn Lounge in Kenai has karaoke Thursdays, western dance lessons at 7 p.m. Saturdays and and music by the Danglin' Wrangler at 9 p.m. 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

World Music for the Kenai presents a concert by Cheryl Wheeler at Peninsula Grace Auditorium, 44175 Kalifornsky Beach Road, at 7:30 p.m. March 4. For more information, contact Mike Morgan at 262-6548 or mjmorgan@gci.net.


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.

Anchorage Events

The Anchorage Symphony will have a March Classic Concert at 8 p.m. March 6 in the Atwood Concert Hall. The soloist Juliana Osinchuck will perform the world premiere of local composer Philip Munger's "Piano Concerto Op. 72." The symphony will perform Beethoven's "Symphony No. 3," Liszt's "Piano Concerto Op. 72" and Liadov's "Enchanted Lake." Tickets are $19 to $40 and 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 on March 6, 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. March 5 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 and "The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition" on display through May 16. 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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