· First Thursday events today include an opening reception for “Divergent Views” and a solo show by Thor Evenson from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center; an open house for the annual high school and kids’ art show at 6 p.m. at the Kenai Fine Arts Center; an opening reception for “Unhinged” from 5 to 8 p.m. in the upstairs conference room in the 4D Professional Building in Soldotna; a meet the artist opportunity with Annette Beck from 6 to 7 p.m. at Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna; a reception for watercolorist Pam Mersch at 6 to 8 p.m. at ArtWorks in Soldotna; a bluegrass jam at 6:30 p.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna; and quilted postcards curated by Janie Odgers from 5 to 7 p.m. at Already Read Books in Kenai.
· KPC Showcase will hold a comedy show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, featuring Kyle Dunnigan and an opening set by Mark Muro of Anchorage. Dunnigan’s comedy credits include the shows “Reno 911,” “Cedric the Entertainer,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Jim Breuer Show” and “Premium Blend,” and he’s performed at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. See story, this page.
Events and Exhibits
· The Nikiski High School dance concert will be performed Friday and Saturday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School with guest performances by the SoHi Star Sensations, Peninsula Artists in Motion and Encore Dance Studio. Presale tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and kids 18 and under, available at the Bear Paw Cafe in Nikiski, Charlotte’s in Kenai and River City Books in Soldotna. Tickets at the door will be $10 and $8.
· A community Easter egg hunt will be held at noon Saturday. Meet in the lobby of the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center for directions to the hidden eggs. Bags will be provided.
· Cook Inlet Academy will hold its annual spring carnival at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s gym. Proceeds will go to purchase playground equipment and soccer goals. Food, games and prizes are planned, as well as a jumping house. Students are selling raffle tickets for mega prizes. Tickets also are available at the school office. For more information, call Kerri Nelson at 262-9642.
· Artists Without Borders presents “Unhinged,” featuring works done on doors or windows, on display through April in the upstairs conference room in the 4D Professional Building on the corner of the Kenai Spur Highway and Marydale Avenue in Soldotna. For more information, call Susan at 262-3958.
· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Annette Beck as its artist of the month.
· ArtWorks in Soldotna has Pam Mersch as its artist of the month.
· The Kenai Fine Arts Center has the annual juried high school art show and kids’ art show sponsored through the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on display through April 28.
· The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has the “Divergent Views,” a group show of paintings by Melinda Nelson, Nathan Nash and Pat Lytle, and a solo exhibition of paintings and sculpture by Thor Evenson through April. The center also displays 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.
· The Kasilof Historical Society’s cabin museum is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. It has historical displays and 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 or to set an appointment, call Dave at 262-5125.
· 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.
· The Crossing in Soldotna has piano music by Ron Levy at 6:30 p.m. Friday and dancing with the Bob Ramponi Trio from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
· The Duck Inn has karaoke at 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.
· The 406 Bar at the Kenai Spur Lodge in Kenai has karaoke with Steve Holloway at 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, pool league on Tuesdays and darts Wednesdays.
· George’s Casino in Kenai has a poker challenge at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays.
· Hooligan’s in Soldotna has music by the Free Beer Band on Tuesdays, karaoke Wednesdays, 150 Grit on Thursdays, and music this weekend.
· The Hunger Hut in Nikiski has karaoke with Steve Holloway at 9 p.m. Saturdays.
· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic acoustic music by Mike Morgan from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Katie Evans from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
· The King’s Inn in Kenai has karaoke Monday nights.
· The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays and live music by the Free Beer Band on Sunday nights.
· Moosequito’s in Sterling has a Texas Hold ’Em poker tournament at 8 p.m. Wednesdays.
· The Place Bar and Grill in North Kenai has Texas Hold ’Em poker at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
· The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has the Mabrey Brothers from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, a poker challenge at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and pool league on Tuesdays.
· The Riverside House in Soldotna has “After 9” DJ oldies and country rock dance music Thursday nights, and “After 10” with Top 40 dance music Friday and Saturday nights.
· The Vagabond Inn in Kenai has a Texas Hold ’Em tournament at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.
· Veronica’s in Old Town Kenai has an open mic night at 6:30 p.m. today, music by the Three Muses --Katie Evans, Sarah Superman, and Jeni Toliver -- at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Jay C. Smith and Melissa Kay at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
· The Nikiski Drama, Debate and Forensics team will perform “The Maltese Salmon” dinner theater at 6 p.m. April 13 at the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center. The show is a mystery spoof with local satire that finds Sam Spade on the trail of the elusive Maltese Salmon. Dinner is at 6 p.m. with the show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25, available at the Nikiski senior center and Nikiski Middle-Senior High School. For more information, call Carla Jenness at 776-3456.
· Skyview High School will present a 1950s Sock Hop from 8 to 11 p.m. April 13 in the Skyview commons featuring choreographed swing and jitterbug dances, live music and recorded music for freestyle dancing and audience participation, ’50s era skits and commercials, homemade refreshments and a “dancing dog.” High school students from other schools must be signed up in advance at the front office; younger children are welcome with accompanying adults. Tickets are $5 at the door.
· Moose Jaw Seims, aka A.J. Seims, will perform his one-man storytelling play “Yarns of Alaska” at 7 p.m. April 14 at the Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. Seims wrote and performs the single-evening show, full of tales any sourdough would be proud of. Tickets are $10, available at the Triumvirate Bookstore in the Peninsula Center Mall and at the door. For more information, call (907) 953-7262.
· Skyview High School will have a student talent show and artwork exhibition at 6 p.m. April 19.
· The Twin Cities Quiz Bowl, a lighthearted trivia challenge pitting the mayors of Kenai and Soldotna and their teams against each other, will be held April 28 at Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. Tickets are $10, available at the door and in advance at the Triumvirate Bookstore in the Peninsula Center Mall. For more information, call Joe Rizzo at 283-6109.
· 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
· Ball in the House, an a cappella singing group from Boston, will perform with members of the Homer High School choir at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Mariner Theatre at Homer High School. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for HCOA members and $12 for youth 18 and under, available at River City Books in Soldotna and the Bookstore, Etude Studios and Homer Council on the Arts office in Homer.
· The Pratt Museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Currently on display is “Kachemak Bay: An Exploration of People and Place,” and “Southwest Alaska: A World of Parks and Wildlife Refuges at the Crossroads.”
· Sandra Sterling, of Soldotna, has a photography essay “Stainless Steel to Sterling Silver --Cafe’s Across America” on display at Cafe del Mundo during April.
· The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has on display “The Creative Process,” the 34th annual Anchorage School District Exhibition, through April 15; “The Collection of Father Jules Jette, S.J.,” through April 29; and the children’s exhibit, “Zoom! Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” through May. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
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