What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2004

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The Sterling Senior Center will host a High Hat Tea from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday including creative hats, tea, crumpets, punch, prizes and entertainment. Everyone is required to wear a hat (no baseball caps allowed) and a Queen of the Tea will be crowned. For more information or to RSVP, call Tamara Lundell at 262-5947 or Glenda Graham at 262-2943. Anyone interested in hosting a table or contributing finger foods should call those numbers as well.

Frames and Things and Soldotna Community Schools will offer a demonstration on acrylic painting by Kathy Painter from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. On April 3, Painter will give another demonstration on watercolors, also from noon to 2 p.m. at Frames and Things in the Blazy Mall. Participants are welcome to bring their materials and paint along with the demonstration. There is no charge. Painter's work will be on display at Frames and Things through April 3.

Events and Exhibits

Acrylic artist Dawn Nixon will display her work through April upstairs at the Soldotna Animal Hospital with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. April 1 including music and refreshments.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has a digital art show called "Kenai Digital Funk" on display through April 10, a photography and painting exhibit of the Ninilchik State Fair by Natasha Ala Johnson on display through March and a wearable arts exhibit on display through March. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has oil paintings by Anchorage artist and longtime Alaskan Carol Crump Bryner on display 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 Fine Arts Center on Cook Street in Old Town Kenai has a judged open exhibit on display through March.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Sears Elementary School students as its featured artists of the month and hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Mykel's in Soldotna has Deb Link 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 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

George's Casino in Kenai presents comedy by Miss Gayle and Dante at 8:30 p.m. Friday followed by live music by Tuff-E-Nuff Friday and Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents folk, blues and Hawaiian music by Mike Morgan and Friends 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 VFW post in Soldotna has karaoke at 8 p.m. Fridays and bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

The Vagabond on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 9 p.m. Fridays.

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 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.

Films

Call Orca at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.

Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for weekly listings and show times.

Upcoming Events

First Thursday events April 1 include a reception for "Kenai Digital Funk," a multi-artist exhibit, at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center from 5 to 7 p.m., a reception for an "Artist as Jester" self-portraits exhibit at Art Works in Soldotna from 6 to 8 p.m., a reception for an exhibit of acrylic paintings by Dawn Nixon upstairs at the Soldotna Animal Hospital from 6 to 8 p.m. and a bluegrass jam at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The Performing Arts Society presents the Riverrun Chamber Players in a concert of string chamber music at 7:30 p.m. April 2 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Riverrun is a string quintet made up of musicians from the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Orchestra and other major symphonies. With an interest in developing audiences for classical music, Riverrun performs in churches, living rooms and barns and on public radio, stressing intimacy and informality. Often they use the idea of an artistic collage of found objects, piecing together excerpted movements of large works, creating a new whole. In this concert, they will perform pieces by Dvorak, Jon Deak and a collage of movements celebrating humor in music. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for youth and will be available at Alaskan Gift and Gallery and Already Read Books in Kenai, River City Books and Northcountry Fair in Soldotna and at the door. For more information, call Jean Brockel at 262-4084.

The Kenai Community Library and Friends of the Library will celebrate storytelling with nationally recognized storyteller Donald Davis at 6 p.m. March 29.

Kenai Peninsula College will host a comedy showcase at 8 p.m. April 10 featuring Eric Nieves, a sought-after Latino comic who had a guest-starring role on "NYPD Blue" and appearances on "Showtime at the Apollo" and the BET channel's "Comic View," and Daniel Tosh, who has participated in international comedy festivals and appeared on "Late Night With David Letterman," "Comedy Central Presents" and Comedy Central's "Premium Blend."

The Soldotna High School drama department will present the comedy "The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild" at 7:30 p.m. April 15, 16 and 17.

The Homer High School Concert Choir, Kenai Peninsula Community Chorus and Kenai Peninsula Orchestra will perform Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" at 4 p.m. April 25 in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Conductor Mark Robinson will give a preconcert lecture at 3:15 p.m.

Down the Road

The Alaska Islands and Oceans Visitors Center in Homer is offering spring break activities this week, including noon presentations about St. Lazaria Island in Southeast Alaska by biologist Leslie Slater, Kodiak by biologist Tracy Fischbach and tips about taking ferries to islands by naturalist Doug Stewart. Special activities for families will follow the presentations at 1 p.m., including "What's Floating Around the Islands: Microscopic Marine Life" with Carmen Field at 1 p.m. today.

The Fireweed Gallery in Homer presents "Landscapes and Mindscapes A Celebration of Color," a display of paintings and sculpture by Homer artist Peg Belcastro, 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 Alaska Bear Festival will host a Film Fiesta on bears Saturday at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium at the University of Alaska Anchorage. A variety of bear-related films will be shown starting at 3 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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