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Posted: Thursday, April 03, 2003

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The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra will present several concerts in conjunction with the Anchorage Civic Orchestra. These joint concerts are the first time the two groups have merged. The conductors are Mark Robinson of Homer and Karl Pasch of Anchorage. The program will include Antonin Dvorak's ninth symphony, "From the New World," Edward Elgar's "Elegy for Strings," Aaron Copland's "Shaker Variations," J. S. Bach's "Little Fugue in G minor," and Modest Mussorgsky's "Great Gate of Kiev." Concerts will be performed at Homer High School Mariner Theater at 5 p.m. Saturday, Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School at 3 p.m. Sunday, Seward High School at 5 p.m. April 12 and at the Discovery Theater in Anchorage at 2 p.m. April 13. Tickets are $12 at the door. For more information, call 235-7579.

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. Saturday at Kenai Peninsula College. He will perform "Silam Inua" by Alaska 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.

World Music for the Kenai presents The Burns Sisters at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church, 44175 Kalifornsky Beach Road. The Burns Sisters -- Annie, Jeannie and Marie -- hail from Ithaca, N.Y., and are renowned for their crafty songwriting and seamless harmonies. Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 for seniors and students and will be available at the door. Admission for children under 10 is free. For more information on the show, call Mike Morgan at 262-6548 or e-mail him at mjmorgan@gci.net. For more information on The Burns Sisters, visit www.burnssisters.com.

Events and Exhibits

There will be a "Fun Raiser" banquet for the Kenai Peninsula State Fair on Friday in the Carol Bock Hall at the Kenai Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Ninilchik. The evening will include entertainment, unique raffles, games and an auction. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a no-host bar and entertainment and dinner is served at 7 p.m. The dinner features herb-crusted New York steak, prawns and vegetable-kabobs, twice-baked potatoes, dinner rolls, Caesar salad and an ice cream bar with a dessert recipe contest. Tickets are $30 per person, $55 per couple and are available at the Ninilchik General Store and Deep Creek Sport Shop in Ninilchik, Kasilof Mercantile in Kasilof, Homer Bookstore in Homer, Kristie Leif State Farm Agency in Kenai and Beemun's in Soldotna. All proceeds will be used for new and improved seating at the fairgrounds. For more information, or to donate something for the event, call Mary at the fair office at (907) 567-3670.

The Nikiski High School dance concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday 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.

The Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery has a juried Kenai Watershed Forum photography show through April 11. The theme is "The Many Landscapes of the Kenai Watershed -- Micro to Macro." There will be a photographers' reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the gallery, open to anyone. Refreshments will be served, the winners will be announced and there will be a short critique from one of the judges. For more information, call Josselyn Burke at 260-5449. 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. Green's exhibit, "Durable Breath," consists of graphic representations of Peter Kalifornsky's writing in both Dena'ina and English. Sabo's "Millennial Faces" exhibit combines formal portraits of Natives of all ages with elements of their environment in striking montages. "Mystery in a Common Place," a photography exhibit by Kenai Peninsula College instructor Jayne Jones will remain on display in the Conference Room Gallery until April 12. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Stephanie Holley as its artist of the month and hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna has photographer Lauren Jones as its artist of the month.

The Soldotna Animal Hospital Gallery has watercolor painter Sarah Glaves 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 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.


Buster's Coffee House in Kenai presents a song circle acoustic jam session from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, acoustic blues and folk music by Mike Morgan from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday for a $2 cover charge, open mic night hosted by Joe Reinhardt from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday for a $2 cover charge and music by Nancy Anderson from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday for a $2 cover charge.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Jughead at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers presents music by Bill Larned 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 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 Kenai River Folk Dancers will host a smoke- and alcohol-free community contra dance from 7 to 10 p.m. April 19 at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Experience and partners are not required. Beginners should come early as the easiest dances start at 7 p.m. Participants should bring clean, nonmarking shoes. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 16 and under if accompanied by an adult.


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 Pratt Museum has Robert Ketchum's photography exhibit, "Arctic" on display through Sunday. 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.

Author and University of Alaska professor Jo-Ann Mapson will read from her work at 8 p.m. April 11 at Bunnell Street Gallery. She is the author of seven fiction books and is a visiting writer at the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College. At 7:30 p.m. April 14 at Bunnell Street Gallery, San Francisco novelist Alfredo Vea will read his work. He also is a visiting writer at the Kachemak Bay Campus. Sitka author John Straley, another visiting writer, will also read from his mystery books.

Anchorage Events

Alaska Anchorage Student Activities presents a screening of the "Best of Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour" on Friday and Saturday at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium at UAA. Tickets are available at CarrsTix locations and online at www.tickets.com. Ticket prices start at $3 for UAA students with a valid ID and $8 for general admission. For more information, call (907) 786-1219 or visit www.uaa.alaska.edu/events.

The Anchorage Concert Association presents a performance by Burning River Brass, a blend of refined sound and exceptional musicianship, April 12 in the Atwood Concert Hall. 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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