What’s Happening

Posted: Thursday, March 30, 2006

Best Bet

· Jody Grage Haug, founder of Nonviolent Peacekeeper Pool of Seattle and co-chair of the Green Party of the United States will speak at 7 p.m. today at River City Books in Soldotna. Haug will discuss the availability of political alternatives and options, election reform and peace and justice concerns. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Events and Exhibits

· Kenai Community Library and the Kenai Performers will present free classic folk and fairy tales at 1 p.m. Sunday at the library.

· Winners of the Arctic Winter Games “Release the Spirit Within” quilt art challenge are on display at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska and the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai and the Aspen Hotel, Robin Place Fabrics, Hutchings Chevrolet, the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, Kaladi Brothers Coffee, Mykel’s Restaurant, Wells Fargo Bank and the Raven’s Roost in Soldotna.

· Frames and Things in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna has work by doll designer Norma Daniels, Alaska birch bark artist Regina McAbee, local photographer John Ferguson and painter Ed Tussey on display through Friday.

· 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 Kenai Fine Arts Center at 816 Cook Ave. has the Peninsula Art Guild’s Biennial Judged Exhibit on display through Friday.

· 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 Friday.

· 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. 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.

Entertainment

· Veronica’s Cafe in Kenai has an open mic at 6:30 p.m. today, the Bob Ramponi Jazz trio at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Mike Morgan and Friends at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

· Hooligan’s in Soldotna has an open jam session at 10 p.m. Thursdays, live music from Sonic Overdrive at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, a lingerie show at 9 p.m. Saturday, 150 Grit at 10 p.m. Mondays and karaoke at 10 p.m. Wednesdays.

· The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has 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 has “After 10,” a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays favorite Top 40 dance music.

· 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.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Sonn Ogle at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

· 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.

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

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

· The Duck Inn has karaoke at 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

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

Upcoming Events

· Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna will host soprano Mari Hahn and pianist Dean Epperson in a concert called “On Wings of Song: Music for the Spring,” at 7:30 p.m. April 8. Hahn is a music professor and head of the voice division at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and available at River City Books, Northcountry Fair and Sweeney’s in Soldotna, Already Read Bookstore, Veronica’s and Charlotte’s in Kenai or at the door.

· The Nikiski High School Speech and Debate team will present “Encore, Encore,” a series of skits, at 7 p.m. April 8 in the Nikiski High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door.

· The Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna has the Tim Sturm Band and Sue Biggs at 8 p.m. April 15. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and available at Veronica’s in Kenai and the Triumvirate Theatre.

· The Kenai River Folk Dancers will host contra dance musician’s workshop from 1 to 10 p.m. April 15 at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Players of all instruments are welcome. There will be youth and adult workshops, a potluck dinner and a community contra dance that evening from 7 to 10 p.m. Early registration is recommended by Saturday, and the cost is $15. For more information, call Treesa Holland at 260-4171. To register, e-mail your name, age (if under 18), instrument and level of experience to Heidi at chay@alaska.net.

· The Nikiski High School Auditorium will play host to a talent show at 7 p.m. April 22. Local performers will compete for prizes. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, call 776-8669.

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 Homer Council on the Arts gallery has “Squared2,” a series of mixed media works by Homer artist Heather Feaga, on display through Friday.

· The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra will present a Masterworks Through the Ages Italy Tour Home Concert with the Homer High School Concert Choir and Kenai Peninsula Community Chorus at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mariner Theatre and 3:45 p.m. Sunday in the Renne C. Henderson Auditorium. Tickets are $9 and available at the Homer Bookstore, Etude Music Studio in Homer and River City Books in Soldotna.

· The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival will take place May 4 through 7 at various locations around Homer. Events will include speakers, live bird presentations, open shorebird viewing stations, guided bird walks, wildlife tours and a nature film festival. For more information, visit www.homeralaska.org or call (907) 235-7740.

· The Kachemak Kayak Fest will take place May 26 through 28 at various locations in Homer. Events include beginning to advanced on-the-water instruction in paddling technique, rescue, safety and wildlife viewing, evening talks, slide shows and equipment demonstrations. For more information, visit www.kachemakkayakfest. com or call (907) 235-7740.

Anchorage Events

· The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has on display “From Canvas to Steel,” an exhibit about Ed Crittenden and the architecture of Anchorage through April 30; “Twice Told Tales,” a solo exhibition by painter Daniel Deroux from Sunday through April 30; 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.

· The Anchorage Concert Association will host “Cats,” the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, for eight shows at various times Tuesday through April 9 at 430 W. 7th Ave., Suite 200, in Anchorage. For more information, visit www.anchorageconcerts.org or call (907) 272-1417.

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