What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, April 01, 2004

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First Thursday events today 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. Friday 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.

Events and Exhibits

Artist and anthropologist Joan Tenenbaum will present a lecture and slide show titled "Connected to the Tundra" at 7:30 p.m. today in the Kenai Peninsula College Commons and at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Pratt Museum in Homer. The presentation will trace the evolution of her work from her early years to the present and the transformation that occurred as a result of her experiences living as an anthropologist in rural Alaska villages in the 1970s. There is no charge for the KPC lecture. Admission to the Pratt lecture is free for Pratt members and $5 for general admission.

Frames and Things and Soldotna Community Schools will offer a demonstration on watercolors by Kathy Painter from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday 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 Saturday.

The Soldotna Animal Hospital has acrylic paintings by Dawn Nixon on display upstairs through April.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has a digital art show called "Kenai Digital Funk" on display through April 10. 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 Friday. Starting Tuesday, a KPC student art exhibit will be displayed until May 3. 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.

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. and a cribbage club every Sunday at noon.

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.


Hooligan's Saloon in Soldotna presents Chippendale dancers at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $20 presale at Hooligan's and $25 at the door.

The American Legion presents music by BDMN from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday.

Moosequitos in Sterling presents music by Jughead at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kenai Joe's presents music by Ten Cent Zen on Friday and Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Jody Doyle and Tollef Thompson at 6:30 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.


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

The 15th annual Visual Celebration of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Student Art Competition will be displayed at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Cook Street in Old Town Kenai with an opening reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 9. The center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival will be held May 6 through 9 in Homer. It will include a keynote address from renowned birder, author and storyteller Pete Dunne, an arts and crafts fair, music, auctions, exhibits, workshops, field trips and boat and kayak tours. To view the complete program, visit www.homeralaska.org.

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 hold a Symphony of Wines fund-raiser from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at the BP Atrium. The black tie optional event will include wine tasting featuring owners and representatives from more than 30 wineries, appetizers, music and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $50 in advance and $55 at the door. Participants must be 21 or older. Tickets are available at the Brown Jug Warehouse in Anchorage and by calling the symphony office at (907) 274-8668.

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "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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