World Music for the Kenai presents blues guitarist and award-winning songwriter Chris Smither at 7:30 p.m. today 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 Friday, 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. Family discounts are available. Tickets to attend both shows are $30 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The annual Nikiski Talent Show will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Nikiski High School auditorium. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for students and senior citizens, or $18 per family. All proceeds will benefit the Nikiski High Band program. For more information, call 776-3456.
Events and Exhibits
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 Friday 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. Friday.
Kenai Peninsula College is hosting a KPC Writers' Night at 7 p.m. Saturday. Local authors will read their newest literary works. The event is free.
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has the Kenai Quilt Exhibition and "Mystery in a Common Place," a photography exhibit by KPC professor Jayne Marie Jones on display until March 8. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
The Kenai River Council on the Arts will display a multimedia Ward's Cove exhibit at the Kenai Fine Arts Center through Friday. 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.
Buster's Coffee House in Kenai presents open mic night hosted by Joe Reinhardt from 7 to 10 p.m. today and music by Midlife Crisis from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. There is a $1.50 cover charge per person.
The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Ten-Cent Zen on Friday and Saturday night.
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 Lori from 8 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 Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will host the Central Peninsula sixth annual Writers' Night as a First Thursday Art After Hours event at 7 p.m. March 6.
The Skyview Swing Choir's third annual dinner show will be 6:30 p.m. March 7 at Grace Brethren Church. Admission is $20 per person. There will be a gourmet dinner, entertainment including songs, dances and humor and an auction of goods and services. Tickets can be purchased from Mim McKay, the choir director, or any Swing Choir member.
The Kenai River Folk Dancers will host a community contra dance from 7 to 10 p.m. March 8 at the Cooper Landing School on Bean Creek Road in Cooper Landing as part of the Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce Spring Festival. The event will be smoke- and alcohol-free and healthy fun for all ages. There will be easy-to-learn circles, squares, contras and waltzes and live music provided by the Contra BanD with caller Phil North. Participants should bring clean, non-marking shoes. The easiest dances start at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 16 who are accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 260-4171.
The Peninsula Promenaders Squaredance Club will hold dances at 7 p.m. March 8 and 22 at the North Star Dance Studio, Mile 88.3 of the Sterling Highway. Beginners are welcome. For more information, call Betty at 262-9387, Dudley at 260-2691 or Don at 776-8781.
Call Orca at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.
Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for weekly listings and show times.
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Down the Road
There will be a Murder Mystery Weekend on Friday through Sunday 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.
Author Brett Lot will perform a reading at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bunnell Street Gallery. Lott is the author of the novels "The Man Who Owned Vermont," "A Stranger's House," "Reedis Beach," "The Hunt Club" and "Jewel." He also is the Kachemak Bay Campus' visiting author for the semester.
The Pratt Museum has Robert Ketchum's photography exhibit, "Arctic" on display through April 6. 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 University of Alaska, Anchorage Concert Board will present a night of local artists performing covers of popular songs at 7 p.m. today 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. The theater department presents its production of "The Misanthrope," by Moliere, at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday 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 personnel. For more information, call the UAA ticket office at (907) 786-4849. 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 Concert Association presents the Bang on a Can All-Stars with Meredith Monk in the Atwood Concert Hall on Saturday. On Wednesday through March 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. Saturday 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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