What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2003

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The Kenai Performers present its musical production "The Wiz" today, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Matinee performances will be at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All other performances are at 7 p.m. Tickets for evening shows are $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 for tonight's show will be $8. 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 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.

Events and Exhibits

The Boys and Girls Club in Kenai presents a "Share the Vision" talent show at 5 p.m. Saturday 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.

The Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery has "Dysfunctional Ware," a ceramics show by Libby Berezin, on display through March 7. There will be an artist's reception Feb. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery. Berezin will give an informational talk about the show at 6 p.m. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

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.

Entertainment

Buster's Coffee House in Kenai presents music by Mike Morgan and Friends from 7 to 10 p.m. today and by Peel from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, with a $1.50 cover charge per person.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach road presents blues and classic rock music by Mike Morgan and the Baked Alaskans, featuring Kurt Eriksson, at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by the Chillbillys 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.

Upcoming Events

World Music for the Kenai presents blues guitarist and award-winning songwriter Chris Smither at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Smither has been involved in the folk-blues scene for more than three decades and has been compared to Eric Clapton. More information on him and his music is available at www.smither.com. On Feb. 28, singer, guitarist, didjeridoo maker and political satirist Mark Stewart will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church. Stewart is the banjo, guitar and cello player in Paul Simon's band and has played with Bob Dylan, Bang On A Can, Edie Brickell and Paul McCartney, among others. Tickets for each show are $18 general admission and $15 for seniors and students and admission for children under 10 is free. Tickets to attend both shows are $33 general admission and $25 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, call Mike Morgan at 262-6548 or e-mail him at mjmorgan@gci.net

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 has Robert Ketchum's photography exhibit, "Arctic" on display through April 6. On Friday, a Community Conversations program about health care in Homer will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the museum. Whiz Kids workshops are held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the lower level of the museum.

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.

Anchorage Events

Alaska Theatre of Youth presents "Alaska Tales: Songs and Stories of the Last Frontier" today through Saturday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Cyrano's Off Center Playhouse as part of the Fur Rondy celebration. Tickets are $6 to $10 and are available at the Fun Rondy store or at Cyrano's on 4th and D streets, or by calling (907) 274-2599.

The University of Alaska, Anchorage theater department presents its production of "The Misanthrope," by Moliere, at 8 p.m. 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 for students, seniors and military. For more information, call the UAA ticket office at (907) 786-4849. On Feb. 27, the UAA Concert Board will present a night of local artists performing covers of popular songs at 7 p.m. in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. The concert will benefit the South Central Alaska chapter of the American Red Cross. Local bands will play three songs from one artist, including The Roman Candles, X-Nilo, SwingShift and Joey Fender and the 55s. For more information, call (907) 786-1210. On March 8, music faculty member Mari Hahn will perform a song recital in the Arts Building at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be from $10 to $12.

The Anchorage Symphony presents its February classical concert at 8 p.m. Saturday 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. Friday 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.

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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