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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2003

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The Kenai Central High School spring choir concert will by 7 p.m. today in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. Half of the concert will be performed by the European tour choir group. Admission is free.

The Soldotna High School drama department presents its original play "We Were Stardust" at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday in the SoHi auditorium. The play is set on a mythical college campus in the late 1960s and is about four friends who deal with the issues of the 1960s and 1970s. The play features Matt Meacham as the central character, Simon; Heidi Biggs as his on again, off again girlfriend; Nick Sorrell as Simon's roommate and friend; Clyde Folley as Simon's friend and the comic foil; and Amy Shoemaker as Simon's friend and an activist. Also featured are Will Cook, Riley Kent, Andi Hakkinen, Scott Cornelius, Krista Collinson, Haley Smith, Christa Martin, Rhyme Penttila, Joe Smith, Ty Mann-Schweigert, Nichole Collinson, Mark McCartan, Justin Johnson, Kaitlin Vadla, Rocky Dean, Bets Pindras, Kristen Galvin, Lacy Bush, Jennifer McCard, Tess Caswell, Sierra Williams, Makena Roesch and Molly Eastham. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students.

Events and Exhibits

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra will present a concert in conjunction with the Anchorage Civic Orchestra at 5 p.m. Saturday at Seward High School and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Discovery Theater in Anchorage. 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." Tickets are $12 at the door. For more information, call 235-7579.

The Peninsula Promenaders will have square dances at 7 p.m. Saturday and April 26 at the North Star Dance Studio, Mile 88.3 of the Sterling Highway. Beginners are welcome. For more information, call Dudley at 260-2691 or Betty at 262-9387.

The Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery has a juried Kenai Watershed Forum photography show through Friday. The theme is "The Many Landscapes of the Kenai Watershed -- Micro to Macro." For more information, call Josselyn Burke at 260-5449. On Tuesday, a student art exhibit will go on display until May 2. On April 27 at 3 p.m., there will be a reception for the show as part of the Showcase of the Arts program and the gallery will be renamed the "Gary L. Freeburg Gallery" in honor of past KPC art professor and director of the Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery, Gary Freeburg, who will attend the reception. 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 Saturday. 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 Saturday. 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. Tuesdays, acoustic blues and folk music by Mike Morgan from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays for a $2 cover charge and open mic night from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays for a $2 cover charge.

Sackett's Kenai Grill in Cooper Landing presents acoustic blues and folk music by Mike Morgan from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Throbbin' Joe and the Nikiski All Stars at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers presents music by Nancy Anderson 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

Author and University of Alaska Anchorage professor Jo-Ann Mapson will read from excerpts from her work at 8 p.m. Friday 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. Monday 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.

The Pratt Museum presents "Wetlands: Going with the Flow," an invitational art exhibition in collaboration with a scientific exhibit presented by the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve and Cook Inlet Keeper, through July 6. The exhibit will open with a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday and a discussion with artists and scientists about the aesthetic and ecological importance of wetlands at 6:30 p.m. Also on display is "Jubilee 2003," an art exhibition for students in grades kindergarten through 12 from the Homer and Kachemak Bay region, in the museum's lower level through April 20. On April 17 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., there will be a presentation on the Kijik National Historical Landmark in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve and the Telaquana Trail by past Lake Clark National Park and Preserve ranger and historian, John Branson. On April 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., there will be a community conversation titled "The Homogenization of Homer," facilitated by Deland Anderson. Whiz Kids workshops are from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday through April 30 in the lower level of the museum. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

Anchorage Events

The Anchorage Concert Association presents a performance by Burning River Brass, a blend of refined sound and exceptional musicianship, Saturday in the Atwood Concert Hall. On April 18 and 19, Rhythm in Shoes and the Red Clay Ramblers will present "Rambleshoe," an energetic celebration of the American spirit in music, dance and theater, in the Atwood Concert Hall. Tickets for both events 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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