What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, March 04, 2004

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World Music for the Kenai presents a concert by songwriter Cheryl Wheeler at Peninsula Grace Auditorium, 44175 Kalifornsky Beach Road, at 7:30 p.m. today. Wheeler is known for her hilarious or harrowing songs, including Peter, Paul and Mary's hit, "Seventy-Five Septembers." For more information about her, visit www.cherylwheeler.com. Tickets are available only at the door and are $20 for general admission, $18 for seniors, students and KDLL members, $10 for teens with a parent or guardian and free for children under 12. Family discounts are available for $50. For more information about the concert, contact Mike Morgan at 262-6548 or mjmorgan@gci.net.

The annual Nikiski Talent Show will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Nikiski Middle-Senior High School Auditorium. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 students and senior citizens, or $18 for immediate families. For more information, call 776-3456.

Events and Exhibits

The International Peace Choir of Alaska, which traveled to Cuba last November, will give a presentation about its trip, including a slide show, discussion, music and photographs, at 7 p.m. Friday in the Kenai Peninsula College Commons. Admission is free and donation will be accepted to send supplies to schools and hospitals in Cuba.

The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College will have oil paintings by Carol Crump Bryner on display from Monday through April 2. 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 will host a First Thursday Art After Hours reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. today to celebrate the renovation of its natural history room and to welcome Michelle Glass, the new executive director of the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau. Refreshments will be served. Also on display will be a photography and painting exhibit of the Ninilchik State Fair by Natasha Ala Johnson, the Kenai Peninsula Quilt Exhibition and the center's collection of photographs and paintings purchased past art shows. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Sears Elementary School students as its featured artist 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 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.

Entertainment

Kaladi Brother's in Soldotna presents music by Joe Reinhardt from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

George's Casino in Kenai presents classic and current rock music by Tuff-E-Nuff and DJs at 10 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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

The VFW post in Soldotna has karaoke at 8 p.m. Fridays and bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

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.

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 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

The seventh annual Central Peninsula Writers' Night will be held at 6 p.m. March 11 at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. The event will be in a dinner theater format, with dinner at 6 p.m. and the readings at 7:30 p.m. The cost for the entire event is $20 or $10 to attend just the readings. Tickets are available at Charlotte's and the Kenai senior center and River City Books in Soldotna.

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 Fireweed Gallery in homer presents "Landscapes and Mindscapes A celebration of Color," a display of paintings and sculpture of Homer artist Peg Belcastro opening with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. The show will be on display through March.

The Pratt Museum and Ptarmigan Arts Gallery in Homer has "The Changing Face of Kachemak Bay: An Artist's Perspective," a retrospective show of the art of Richard (Toby) W. Tyler on display. Both shows are on display until the end of March.

The Pratt Museum in Homer presents "Bears, Beetles and Darkened Waters," a stewardship exhibit, and WHIZ Kids learning 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. Friday 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 Friday, 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. today in the Z.J. Loussac Library public conference room.

The Alaska Bear Festival will host a Film Fiesta on bears March 27 at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Different films will be screened at 3 and 7 p.m. Bear-related exhibits also will be on display. For more information, contact George Matz at (907) 345-3139 or geomatz@gci.net.

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has the "All Alaska Juried Exhibition" through Saturday 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 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 by 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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