What’s Happening

Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2007

Best Bets

· The Kenai Performers will present Second Sunday Stories at 1 p.m. Sunday (held back a week due to Easter) at the Kenai Community Library.

· Skyview High School will present a 1950s sock hop from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday 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. (See story, this page.)

Events and Exhibits

· The Nikiski Drama, Debate and Forensics team will perform “The Maltese Salmon” dinner theater at 6 p.m. Friday 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.

· Moose Jaw Seims, aka A.J. Seims, will perform his one-man storytelling play “Yarns of Alaska” at 7 p.m. Saturday 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.

· The Nikiski High School dance concert will give an encore performance at 3 p.m. Sunday 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. Tickets are $5 at the door.

· Already Read Books in Kenai has quilted postcards curated by Janie Odgers on display through April.

· 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.

· Art Works 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.


· Veronica’s in Old Town Kenai has an open mic night at 6:30 p.m. today, blues and folk music by the Peppers at 6:30 p.m. Friday and folk and bluegrass music by Sue Biggs, Jack Will and Friends at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

· The Vagabond Inn in Kenai has a Texas Hold ’Em tournament at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and music by Lulu and Aquanets on Saturday night.

· The Riverside House in Soldotna has “After 10” with Top 40 dance music Friday and Saturday nights.

· The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has the Mabrey Brothers from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and a poker challenge at 6:30 p.m. Mondays.

· Moosequito’s in Sterling has a Texas Hold ’Em poker tournament at 8 p.m. Wednesdays and music by LuLu Smalls on Friday night.

· The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays and live music by the Free Beer Band on Sunday nights.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has music by Katie Evans from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and Rob Justice from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

· The Hunger Hut in Nikiski has karaoke with Steve Holloway at 9 p.m. Saturdays.

· Hooligan’s in Soldotna has music by the Free Beer Band on Tuesdays, karaoke Wednesdays, 150 Grit on Thursdays, and music by 10 Cent Zen this weekend.

· The 406 Bar at the Kenai Spur Lodge in Kenai has karaoke with Steve Holloway at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.

· The Duck Inn has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

· AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has live oldies music by Bubba at 8 p.m. Saturday and blind darts at 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

Upcoming Events

· Skyview High School will have a student talent show and artwork exhibition at 6 p.m. April 19.

· Alaska Native storyteller Jack Dalton will read a traditional Yupik story, “The Boy Who Ate Too Much,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 22 at the Kenai Community Library.

· 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.

· The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s spring concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 28 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School and 3 p.m. April 29 at Mariner Theatre at Homer High School. There will be a preconcert lecture 45 minutes before each concert. On the program is the world premiere of Adrienne Albert’s “An Alaskan Symphony,” Shubert’s “Mass in G” featuring the Kenai Peninsula Community Chorus and Homer High School concert choir, and a Beethoven triple concerto with pianist Maria Allison, cellist Andrew Cook and violinist Linda Rosenthal. Tickets are $18 for general admission, $16 for seniors, $15 for Raven’s Club members, $10 for youth under 21, and $52 for a family. Tickets retail locations will be announced soon.

· Kenai Peninsula College will host a Celebration of the Arts on April 28 in support of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank with a concert by local musicians and art displays.


· 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

· 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 “Beauty and the Bug.”

Anchorage events

· 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 Sunday; “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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