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Posted: Thursday, March 02, 2006

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· Pamyua, a Nordic indigenous band fusing arctic traditional music with world beat rhythms, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Ward Building at Kenai Peninsula College. Tickets are $17 for general admission, $15 for students, and are available at the KPC book store, River City Books in Soldotna and at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

· The Arctic Winter Games opening ceremonies will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Soldotna Sports Center. Tickets to the opening ceremonies are $35 and available through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com and at Fred Meyer in Soldotna. Cultural events are planned daily at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center and cultural performances featuring acts from visiting countries are planned throughout the week at Kenai Central, Soldotna, Seward and Homer High Schools. For a full schedule of sporting and cultural events, visit www.awg2006.org.

Events and Exhibits

· Art Works, at 35019 Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna, has “Fair Days,” an exhibit of photos from the Ninilchik State Fair by Kenai photographer Natasha Ala through March 26. The opening reception is at 6 p.m. today.

· The G.L. Freeburg Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has “Arctic Dreaming,” an exhibition featuring the work of artists from Homer, Kenai, Soldotna and Anchorage who have lived in Alaska for at least 20 years. The opening reception is at 7 p.m. today, and the exhibit will run through March.

· The Kenai Fine Arts Center at 816 Cook Ave. has the Peninsula Art Guild’s Biennial Judged Exhibit on display through March. The opening reception and awards presentation is at 7 p.m. today.

· Mykel’s Lounge has self-portrait photographs by former Kenai Alternative High School students paired with student writings through March. The portraits and writings come from students taught by photography instructor Kevin Harding.

· Kaladi Brothers Coffee Co. at 315 S. Kobuk St. in Soldotna has work from Soldotna artist Rhon Lyons through March.

· The Kasilof Historical Society’s cabin museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays and has a resident carver at work those days, as well as historical displays. Area artists and crafters are invited to display their work at the cabin on weekends. The cabin is at Mile .5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information, call 262-0822.

· 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 in Soldotna and has educational displays and occasional interpretive programs. For more information, call 262-7021.

· The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has “Arctic Winter Games,” an exhibit on the history of the Games, through April 15, as well as animal mounts, historic items, and Alaska Native artifacts. Opening receptions are 5 p.m. today and 6 p.m. Tuesday. The center also will screen several Arctic-centered films through the week during the Kenai International Film Festival (see “Films” below). Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 283-1991.

· “What’s it Worth to Ya?” a slapstick detective spoof of “The Antiques Roadshow,” written and directed by Carla Jenness, will be performed today through Saturday and Monday through March 11 at the Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. All shows are at 7 p.m. except closing night, March 11, with a show time of 8:30. Tickets are $10 at the door and available presale at the Triumvirate Bookstore.

· The Kenai Performers will present “Adam and Eve Through the Ages,” a comedy about relationships at all ages and stages of life at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Tuesday through Thursday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Old Town Playhouse in Kenai. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are on sale at Charlotte’s in Kenai and River City Books in Soldotna.

Entertainment

· Christ Lutheran Church has a bluegrass jam at 6:30 p.m. today.

· AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturdays and blind darts at 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

· The Kenai Community Library has Hawaiian storyteller Alton Chung at 1 p.m. Saturday.

· George’s Casino in Kenai has a poker challenge at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays.

· Hooligan’s in Soldotna has an open jam session at 10 p.m. Thursdays and live music by 9 Spine at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

· The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays.

· The Place Bar and Grill in North Kenai has karaoke at 9 p.m. Saturdays and poker at 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Sundays.

· The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has live music by the Mabrey Brothers from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and a poker challenge at 6:30 p.m. Mondays.

· The Riverside House in Soldotna presents “After 10,” a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays favorite Top 40 dance music.

· VFW Post No. 10046 in Soldotna has bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for members and guests.

· Kaladi Brothers Coffee in Soldotna has Running with Knives at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

· Veronica’s Cafe has an open mic night at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and live music by the Bob Ramponi Jazz Trio at 6:30 p.m. Friday and celtic and classical music on the fiddle with Emily Grosman at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

· The Tim Sturm Band will play at 9 p.m. Sunday at the Old Town Playhouse in Kenai. Admission is $10.

Upcoming events

· Fairbanks photographer Jim Barker will visit Kenai and Soldotna March 10 and 11 to speak about his work photographing the Yup’ik people of southwestern Alaska and to discuss his book, “Always Getting Ready.” He will speak at 6:30 p.m. March 10 at River City Books in Soldotna and 3 p.m. March 11 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. For more information, call Natasha at 283-1991.

· The Moody Symphonic Band, conducted by David Gauger II of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, will perform at 7 p.m. March 14 at Kenai Central High School Auditorium in Kenai. The performance is free.

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.

· The Kenai International Film Festival will show the following films at no cost during the week of the Arctic Winter Games at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center: “To Play the Games,” a documentary on the Native Games, including footage from past Arctic Winter Games, at 2 p.m. Sunday and daily at 1 p.m. through March 12. The Sunday performance will be followed by discussion with filmmakers Phillip Blanchett and Johnathon Stanton. This film is suitable for all ages. “The Eskimo and the Whale,” about subsistence whaling in Northern Alaska, at 1:45 p.m. Monday through March 12. This film is suitable for all ages. “People of the Ice,” which examines climate change through the eyes of the Inuit people, at 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and March 12. This film is suitable for all ages. “Antanarjuat: The Fast Runner,” the epic film version of a Canadian Inuit folk tale, at 7 p.m. Friday and March 12. This film is rated R. “The Journey to Nunavut: Amorok’s Song,” about the lives of caribou-following nomads, at 4 p.m. March 12. This film is suitable for those 12 and up. “Inuuvunga: I Am Inuk, I am Alive,” a film shot by eight high school students in Inukjuak, northern Quebec, at 4:30 p.m. March 10 and 11. This film is suitable for ages 13 and up.

Down the Road

· The Homer Council on the Arts gallery has “Squared2,” a series of mixed media works by Homer artist Heather Feaga, on display through March. The opening reception is at 5 p.m. Friday.

· A My Word Against Yours Scrabble tournament will be held March 18 and 19 at the Land’s End Resort in Homer, hosted by the Friends of the Homer Library. There are several divisions, with prizes awarded in each. Admission is $10 per person. Advanced registration is required by March 10. To register or for more information, visit www.friendshomerlibrary.org or call (907) 235-9042.

Anchorage events

· The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has “All-Alaska Juried XXXI,” a biennial exhibition for Alaska artists, through Sunday; a solo exhibition by Anchorage artist Susan Joy Share through March 12; and “Spot the Dog,” the annual children’s gallery exhibit, through May. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.



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