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Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2005

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Kenai Peninsula College will host a film night at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Room 132 of films about people with disabilities. Showing are the Oscar-winning film "King Gimp," which chronicles the struggles and triumphs of artist Dan Keplinger, who has cerebral palsy, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; and a documentary about three people in wheelchairs from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Due to adult material, parents should use their discretion when bringing children. This event is free to the public.

A Nikiski High School dance concert will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $6 for seniors and students and available at the door.

Events and Exhibits

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.

On display at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center is the third annual Kenai Quilt Exhibition featuring work from area quilters; CANstruction sculptures that will be donated to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and "Acrylics on Paper," a solo exhibit of abstract paintings by Nikiski artist Jim Evenson.

The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has a solo exhibition by Native Alaska artist Ron Senungetuk called "Bering Strait Images" 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. Sunday at KPC. A reception for Senungetuk will follow the slide lecture.

The Kenai Fine Arts Center has the biannual Kenai Juried Art Exhibit on display through March. The center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 810 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai.

Frames and Things in Soldotna has Regina McBee as its artist of the month. McBee specializes in handmade birch baskets. A reception with McBee will be from 4 to 7 p.m. March 18.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Kenai Peninsula College students as its artists of the month, a chess at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays and cribbage at noon Sundays.

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.

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 Mike Morgan and Friends at 6:30 p.m. Friday and live classical music by the Amanita Trio with Maria Allison, Sarah Glaves and Emily Grossman at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Paris will perform live original music and covers 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.

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

The Fireweed Gallery in Homer has "Wrinkles — Baby Soft to Botox," a photographic journey through the ages by Homer photographer Christina Whiting, on display through March.

Anchorage events

The Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage will celebrate the cultures of the Yup'ik and Cup'ik people Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The southwest Alaska Natives are named after the two main dialects of the Yup'ik language, known as Yup'ik and Cup'ik. The celebration will include dancing, storytelling, a panel discussion on Yup'ik and Cup'ik cultures and a presentation on Athabascan beading. As part of the ANHC's Cultural Education Program, a Dena'ina Athabascan language class with Donita Peter will be taught from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays in March. Dance classes offered Saturdays this month are King Island Inupiaq with Eugene Tiulana at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and Alutiiq with Sofia Chya at noon and 4 p.m. Each dance class will last approximately an hour. All classes are free with the price of admission to ANHC. To register for art and language classes, call (907) 330-8002.

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "Earth, Fire and Fibre," a biennial statewide craft exhibition through Sunday; 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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