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Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2005

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The Kenai Performers will present the musical "Brigadoon" Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Friday and Saturday showings are at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinee is at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at Charlotte's, Old Town Music, M & M Market, River City Books, The Music Box and Sweeney's. Concessions will be sold during intermission.

The KPC Showcase program presents an evening with author Pam Houston at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Kenai Peninsula College commons. Houston will give a reading and discuss her new novel "Sight Hound," currently on the New York Times' Bestsellers' List. Houston's stories have been selected for the Best American Short Stories of the Century, the O. Henry Award and the Pushcart Prize. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 262-0346.

The Kenai Peninsula College Multi-Cultural Consortium and the KPC Showcase program present a performance by Last Night's Fun, a five-piece band from Anchorage that plays Irish folk and traditional music, at 7 p.m. Friday in the Brockel Building at Kenai Peninsula College. General admission at the door is $10 and $8 for students and seniors.

Events and Exhibits

The second annual Senior Olympic Games will be held today, Friday and Saturday at a variety of locations in Kenai and Soldotna area. Events will include walk-a-thons, pool, bowling, bridge, dominoes, darts, basketball toss, Texas hold 'em poker, cribbage, pinochle, shuffle board, tripoly and hula hoops. At the end of the competition a medal awards ceremony will be held. Other events to take place are a '50s theme no-host dinner at Ginger's with a '50s attire and dance contest. For more information or to register, call your area senior center or the Soldotna center at 262-2322.

The Peninsula Promenaders hold square dancing lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. every Friday at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Partners are not necessary. Admission is $4.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has photography by William Heath on display through March 4 and the annual Kenai Peninsula Photographers Guild show through Friday.

The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has ceramic art by University of Alaska Fairbanks Associate Professor James Brashear on display. On March 8, a solo exhibition by Native Alaska artist Ron Senungetuk called "Bering Strait Images" will be on display. Senungetuk, former art department chair at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will give a slide lecture called "An Overview of Native Alaskan Art" with an emphasis on Bering Strait images at 3 p.m. March 13 at KPC. A reception for Senungetuk will follow the slide lecture.

The Kenai Fine Arts Center has "Freeform," with work by ceramic artists Erika Bronson and Ann C. Wilson and painter-drawer Sherri Sather on display. The center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 810 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai.

The Kasilof Historical Society's cabin museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and has a resident carver at work those days, as well as historical displays. Area artists and craftspeople are invited to display their work at the cabin on weekends. The cabin is at Mile .5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. Anyone interested in displaying artwork, donating historical items or more information may call 262-0822.

Art Works in Soldotna has rock sculptures by Connie Tarbox on display.

Already Read Books in Kenai has watercolor paintings by Sarah Glaves on display through February.

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; Beluga Lookout Gifts, Fireweed Herb Garden and Gifts, the 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

Veronica's Old Town Cafe in Kenai has an open mic night at 6:30 p.m. today, live music by Keeley Boyle and Nelson Kempf at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Chris and Robert Pepper at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Hooligan's in Soldotna has live music by Tuff-e-Nuff at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kitty Kat — the Super Cool Chic will perform live music from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday on the Local Expressions radio show on KWGJ, 91.5 FM in Kasilof.

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

The VFW post in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Fridays and bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for members and guests.

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

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 at 9 p.m. Mondays.

Upcoming events

A Nikiski High School dance concert will be performed at 7 p.m. March 4 and 5 in the Nikiski High School Auditorium and March 11 and 12 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Tickets are available at the door.

Films

Call Orca Theaters at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.

Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for weekly listings and show times.

Down the Road

Snow Rondi 2005 in Anchor Point will be held today, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Anchor Point. For events, times and locations, call the Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce at (907) 235-2600.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District honor band will perform at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mariner Theater at Homer High School. Robert Ponto, director of bands at the University of Oregon, will direct. Ninety-six students from Homer, Kenai Central, Skyview and Soldotna high schools will spend two days in clinics and rehearsals before the concert. Homer High School's concert and symphonic bands also will play. The cost is $2. Proceeds will go to help support KPBSD band festivals.

The Fireweed Gallery in Homer reopens for the 2005 season with its March show, "Wrinkles — baby soft to botox," a photographic journey through the ages by Homer photographer Christina Whiting. The opening reception is March 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery, 475 E. Pioneer Ave.

The Homer Council on the Arts presents Old Time Radio: World Cafe, which showcases music and dance from Homer. Performances will be March 5 at 3 and 7 p.m. at the Mariner Theater at Homer High School. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for members and $5 for youths and are available at The Bookstore, Etude Studio, Homer Council on the Arts and by phone at (907) 237-4288.

Anchorage events

Nikiski artist Chris Jenness has a new show called "Digital Illustration" on display at the Snow City Cafe at 1034 W. 4th Ave. in Anchorage through March 3.

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has an exhibit of multimedia work by artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs through Sunday; "Earth, Fire and Fibre," a biennial statewide craft exhibition through March 13; and "The Blue Guitar: An Exhibition of Music in Art" in the children's gallery through May. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.



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