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Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2003

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The Kenai Peninsula College Showcase program presents a comedy night at 8 Friday in the Brockel Building at KPC. Local comedian Jason Battiest will start the show, and professional comedian Ben Bailey will perform after him. Tickets are $5 for all students and $10 general admission and are available at River City Books in Soldotna, Kaladi Brothers Coffee in Soldotna, HighSpeed Gear in Kenai and the KPC student union and bookstore.

The annual Showin' Off the Kids Lipsynch and Choreography Contest will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna High School Auditorium. The program is sponsored by Soldotna Community Schools and is a fund-raiser for its summer youth programs. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults and will be available at the door.

Events and Exhibits

Marcella Bremond and LuAnn Wendt will have a book signing for their children's book "God Went With Me" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Good Books and More in Kenai.

The Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery has a juried Kenai Watershed Forum photography show through April 11. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has two solo photography exhibitions by William Green and George Sabo through April 12. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

The Kenai Fine Arts Center has its Juried Fine Art Exhibit 2003 on display. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School students as its artists of the month and hosts a chess club every Saturday at noon.

Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna has Theresa Napolitano as its artist of the month.

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.

Entertainment

Buster's Coffee House in Kenai presents open mic night hosted by Mike Morgan from 7 to 10 p.m. today and music by Synthesesia from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. There is a $1.50 cover charge per person.

The Decanter Inn in Kasilof presents music by Butch Leman at 8 p.m. Friday.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents blues and classic rock music by Mike Morgan and the Baked Alaskans featuring Kurt Eriksson at 9:30 p.m. Friday and 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.

Upcoming Events

The Peninsula Promenaders Squaredance Club will hold a dance at 7 p.m. March 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.

The Nikiski High School dance concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 28 and 29 at the Nikiski Middle-High School auditorium and April 4 and 5 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Tickets are $10 general admission at the door. Advance tickets for $7 are available at Alaska Gift and Gallery in Kenai, Bear Paw Coffee and Deli in Nikiski and River City books in Soldotna.

World Music for the Kenai and Buster's Coffee House presents an evening of local music at 7 p.m. March 28 at Buster's Coffee House on the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. A Chinese auction will be held to raise funds for a highway sign for Buster's. Seating is limited, so purchase tickets early. Tickets are $10 and are available at Buster's until show time.

The Performing Arts Society presents a performance by Timothy Smith, professor of piano and head of piano studies at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at Kenai Peninsula College. He will perform "Silam Inua" by Alaskan composer Craig Coray, Beethoven's "Appassionata," Schumann's "Carnival" and two pieces by Liszt. Tickets are $12 for youths and $15 general admission and are available at the door, at Alaska Gift and Gallery and Already Read Books in Kenai and Northcountry Fair 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 fifth annual Alaska Bear Festival will be March 28 and 29 in Homer. The Premiere Alaska Bear Film Festival will be shown at 7 p.m. March 28 and 29 in the Mariner Theater in Homer High School. A different set of bear-related films will shown each evening. Tickets are $6 per show and $10 for both shows for adults. Tickets for children and students are $3 per show. Tickets will be available at the Pratt Museum starting March 21. On March 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a forum at the Mariner Theater that addresses Alaska's rapidly growing interest in bear viewing. Admission is free. The Pratt Museum will have a family free day March 29 where admission is free. There will be films and a fun and instructional program for families growing up in bear country from 1 to 2 p.m. at the museum.

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.

Anchorage Events

The Anchorage Symphony will perform its March classic concert at 8 p.m. March 15 in the Atwood Concert Hall. The program will include the "Piano Concerto No. 2," Bach's "Orchestra Suite No. 3" and Shostakovich's "Symphony No. 10. Tickets are $19 to $38 and 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.

The Anchorage Concert Association presents Operatic Highlights on March 22 in the Discovery Theatre. On April 4, there will be a piano performance by Lang Lang in the Discovery Theatre. Tickets 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.

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 via 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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