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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2002

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The Kenai Peninsula College Sunday Showcase presents "A Celebration of the Arts," at 3 p.m. Sunday. Activities include a reception for the "Student Art Show," along with entertainment featuring KPC dancers as well as a variety of performances highlighting the wide range of musical talent found at KPC. Among those performing will be Dr. Dave Wartinbee, Les Bender and a duet with Whitey and Sarah Glaves.

The Kenai River Folk Dancers will hold their last family and community contra dance of the season from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Clean, dry, nonmarking shoes are required for dancing. Potluck refreshments are encouraged. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 16 if accompanied by an adult.

Events and Exhibits

The Kenai Community Library presents "Low Tide and Libraries," a reading by Dana Stabenow at 6:30 p.m. today.

River City Books in Soldotna presents Stories for Kids with Tom Anderson at 11:15 Saturday. At 7 p.m., Sasha Lindgren will give a presentation about the ancient K'beq archeological site on the upper Kenai River.

The Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery presents the annual "Student Art Show" on display through April 26. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Visual Art Celebration," a Kenai Peninsula Borough School District student art show, will be on display at the Kenai Fine Arts Gallery during April.

Kaladi Brothers Coffee in Soldotna presents Jay and Connie Goltz as its artists 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 Collectables, Malfunction Junction Gifts and Northcountry Fair in Soldotna, Alaskan Gift and Gallery and Fireweed Herb Garden 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, behind Summit Cleaners on the Kenai Spur Highway, presents music by Mike Morgan from 7 to 10 p.m. today.

The Decanter Inn in Kasilof presents music by Butch Leman at 9 p.m. Friday.

George's Casino in Kenai presents blues and classic rock music by Mike Morgan and the Baked Alaskans, featuring Phil Blythe, at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Gypsy and the Big Spanker at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch presents music by Tuff-E-Nuff at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Mike Morgan from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Katmai in Kenai presents karaoke with Sherri at 9 p.m. Fridays, The Danglin' Wrangler performs country music at 9 p.m. Saturdays, and ladies' night karaoke is Tuesdays.

George's Casino in Kenai has a DJ playing Top 40 music every Tuesday through Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday there is live music.

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

Karen Savoca will perform with Pete Heitzman at 7:30 p.m. April 25 at the Seward High School Auditorium to debut her latest CD, "All My Excuses." Tickets are $15 and available at Railway Cantina in Seward, Estes Bros. Grocery in Moose Pass, at the door and by contacting Erin Knotek at 288-3674. Doors open at 7 p.m. and refreshments will be available at the show. For more information, call 288-3674.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center presents "Spirit of Alaska, The Inner Landscape," an art exhibition exploring the Alaska sense of place, including original art by 90 of the top contemporary artists in Alaska, May 1 to Sept. 8. The exhibition includes paintings, carvings, fiber, ceramics, photography, quilts, sculpture, jewelry and mixed media pieces.

Brigham Young University's Living Legends dance group will perform a 90-minute celebration of Latin American, Native American and Polynesian song and dance at 7:30 p.m. May 3 at Kenai Central High School. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, free for children 4 and under and $35 for a family of six or more. Tickets are available at River City Books and The Music Box in Soldotna, the Kenai Merit Inn, the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center and Peninsula Insta Care in Kenai.

Hawaiian slack key guitarist George Kahumoku Jr. (www.kahumoku.com) will perform traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music at 7:30 p.m. May 15 at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center. He will be accompanied by Nancy Sweeney, who will dance a traditional hula as part of the evening's performance. Tickets will be available at the door and will be $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and Kenai Peninsula College students and free for children under 10. For more information, contact Mike Morgan at 262-6548, or e-mail him at mjmorgan@hotmail.com. Kahumoku and Sweeney will perform in Seldovia on May 20.


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 presents "Juried Art Show 2002," an exhibition featuring 40 works of art by 26 artists from Southcentral Alaska, through today.

The Fireweed Gallery presents "Flower Power," a color photography show by Carmen Field, through May 1.

The Pratt Museum presents a book-signing with Ray Troll, Ketchikan author, artist and shark expert, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Troll will introduce his new book, "Sharkabet," and present a slide show of amazing facts. There will be door prizes, admission is free and "Sharkabet" posters will be given to the first 25 people (one per family).

Performance artist Patricia Eckert will perform "Born Vegetarian" and "Scared Silly," the first two parts of a performance memoir Eckert wrote, at 7 p.m. April 26 at the Bunnell Street Gallery in Homer. For mature audiences only.

The Mud Bay Madrigal Society will sing a "Welcome to Spring" concert at 3 p.m. April 28 at the Bunnell Street Gallery in Homer. The selection of English and Italian madrigals range from springtime themes to tragic, comical, unrequited, and often discreetly ribald love.

"Looking Both Ways: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq People," an exhibit reflecting the traditional lifestyle and rich cultural history of Alaska's Alutiiq people, will open at the Pratt Museum with a reception May 3. The museum will be closed Friday through Monday to prepare for the exhibit.

The Pratt Museum presents a seven-series program of community conversations on the third Friday of each month. These conversations are an attempt to foster understanding and tolerance through diversity of opinion. They will offer a comfortable setting in which to discuss a variety of topics. Participants are asked to bring a finger food dish to share during the discussion. Dr. Deland Anderson will facilitate a discussion on "View: Do You See What I See?" Friday. For more information, call Michelle Bayes at 235-8635, ext. 25.

Anchorage Events

The Anchorage Concert Association presents Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violinist, with Sergio and Odair Assad, guitarists, performing an afternoon of gypsy-inspired music at 4 p.m. April 28 at the Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall. Tickets are available at Carrs Tix locations, the box office at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, online at www.anchorageconcerts.org or by calling (800) 478-7328. Ticket prices range from $17 to $32.

The Anchorage Concert Association presents "Titanic -- The Musical" April 30 through May 5 at 7:30 p.m., and May 4 and 5 at 3 p.m. at the Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall. Tickets are available at Carrs Tix locations, the box office at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, online at www.anchorageconcerts.org or by calling (800) 478-7328. Ticket prices range from $26 to $61.

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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