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Posted: Thursday, April 07, 2005

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The Soldotna High School drama department will perform two one-act plays, "The Cave" by Tim Kelly and "The Romancers" by Edmond Rostand today, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the SoHi auditorium.

First Thursday events today are a reception for an exhibit by Jim Evenson and a quilting display from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, a performance by the Midnight Sun Trio from 5 to 7 p.m. at Already Read Books in Kenai, a viewing of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Student Exhibit until 7 p.m. at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, a reception for ceramic artist Libby Berezin from 6 to 7 p.m. at Fireweed Herb Garden and Gifts in Kenai, a reception for egg tempera artist Andy Hehnlin from 6 to 8 p.m. at Art Works in Soldotna, a bluegrass jam from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna and music by David and Keeley Boyle at 6:30 p.m. at Veronica's Coffee House in Old Town Kenai.

Events and exhibits

The Kenai Fine Arts Center has a Kenai Peninsula Borough Student Exhibit on display through April. The center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 810 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai.

On display at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center is the third annual Kenai Quilt Exhibition, featuring work from area quilters, through today; and "Acrylics on Paper," a solo exhibit of abstract paintings by Nikiski artist Jim Evenson, through April 16.

Frames and Things in Soldotna has photographer Kevin Harding as its artist of the month. His work will be on display through April with a reception Saturday.

The Kasilof Historical Society's cabin museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and has a resident carver at work those days, as well as historical displays. Area artists and craftspeople are invited to display their work at the cabin on weekends. The cabin is at Mile .5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. Anyone interested in displaying artwork, donating historical items or more information may call 262-0822.

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; Beluga Lookout Gifts, Fireweed Herb Garden and Gifts, the 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

Veronica's Coffee House in Old Town Kenai has live music by Keeley and Dave Boyle at 6:30 p.m. today Mike Morgan and Friends at 6:30 p.m. Friday and J.D. Uponen and Don Weller at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

BJ's Lounge in Soldotna has live music by Hobo Jim at 9 p.m. Friday.

The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch has live music by Sweet and Simple from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday with karaoke following until closing.

Emily Gomuluk and Tori Marcano of Soldotna will perform from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday on the Local Expressions radio show on KWGJ, 91.5 FM in Kasilof.

The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has live music by The Mabrey Brothers at 10:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The VFW post in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Fridays and bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for members and guests.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

The Kenai River Folk Dancers will host a smoke- and alcohol-free community contra dance from 7 to 10 p.m. April 16 at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Live music will be provided by the Contra BanD. Beginners should come early, since the easiest dances start at 7 p.m. Participants should bring clean, nonmarking shoes and potluck snacks to share. Partners are not required. Admission is $5. Children under 16 can get in for free if accompanied by an adult. For more information, call Theresa Holland at 260-4171.

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

Square dancing will be held at 7 p.m. Saturdays starting this week at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center. Lessons will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. starting April 21. The caller and instructor is Lenora Regeon. For more information, call (907) 567-1004 or 252-6420.

The Fireweed Gallery in Homer has "Bead and Fiber 2005," an annual exhibit of bead and fiber art by local and statewide artists, on display. The show runs through May 4.

"Woven Harmony," a collaborative residency by Rebecca and Robert Bluestone, tapestry artist and classical guitarist, is presented by the Homer Council on the Arts. Rebecca's tapestries will be on display at the council building through today. There will be performances and discussions through the week with a final collaborative guitar and tapestry performance at 7 p.m. Friday at the Mariner theater. The cost is $15 for general admission, $10 for members and $5 for youths.

Homer and Nikiski high school drama, debate and forensics (DDF) teams will join together to present "Encore! Encore!" — a showcase of humorous and dramatic skits and persuasive and entertaining speeches performed by students at the Mariner Theater in Homer at 7 p.m. today. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. This is a fund-raiser for Homer High DDF.

Homer and Nikiski High School debate teams will debate the topic of whether the Homer Service Area should secede from the Kenai Peninsula Borough and form its own local government at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Kachemak Bay East Campus of Kenai Peninsula College. Deland Anderson will lead a community conversation on the topic following the debate.

Anchorage events

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "A Cultural Kaleidoscope," an exhibition from Anchorage School District students, on display through April 17; "Arctic Transformation," the jewelry of Denise and Samuel Wallace, on display through June 12; and "The Blue Guitar: An Exhibition of Music in Art" in the children's gallery through May. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.



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