What’s Happening

Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2006

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· College Heights Baptist Church in Soldotna has This Hope at 7 tonight. The vocal group consists of five male vocalists performing with and without accompaniment. The concert is free.

· Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna has Andrew Cook and Friends at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The concert of chamber music features Andrew Cook, a Los Angeles resident, on cello, accompanied by area musicians Maria Allison on piano, Emily Grossman on violin and Tammy Vollom-Matturro on clarinet. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students and available at River City Books, Northcountry Fair and Sweeney’s Clothing in Soldotna and Already Read Books, Veronica’s and Charlotte’s in Kenai.

Events and Exhibits

· Skyview High School in Soldotna has a talent show at 6:30 p.m. today in the auditorium. Tickets are $3.

· The Kenai Performers will present William Inge’s “Bus Stop” on Friday and Saturday, April 28, 29 and May 4-6 at 7 p.m. and Sundays through May 7 at 3 p.m. at the Old Town Playhouse in Kenai. Tickets are $14 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors and available at Charlotte’s Restaurant in Kenai and River City Books in Soldotna.

· The Nikiski High School Auditorium will host a talent show at 7 p.m. Saturday. Local performers will compete for prizes. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, call 776-8669.

· Already Read Books in Kenai has the work of comic book artist Tim Dahl on display through April.

· Art Works in Soldotna is featuring the works of poet and watercolor artist Gaye LaRane through April.

· Winners of the Arctic Winter Games “Release the Spirit Within” quilt art challenge are on display at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska and the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai and the Aspen Hotel, Robin Place Fabrics, Hutchings Chevrolet, the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, Kaladi Brothers Coffee, Mykel’s Restaurant, Wells Fargo Bank and Raven’s Roost in Soldotna.

· The G.L. Freeburg Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has “Arctic Dreaming,” an exhibition featuring the work of artists from Homer, Kenai, Soldotna and Anchorage who have lived in Alaska for at least 20 years.

· Mykel’s Lounge in Soldotna has watercolors from Dominique Collet through April.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has work from Soldotna artist Jan Wallace on display through April.

· The Kasilof Historical Society’s cabin museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays and has a resident carver at work those days, as well as historical displays. 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, call 262-0822.

· 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 in Soldotna and has educational displays and occasional interpretive programs. For more information, call 262-7021.

· The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has 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.

Entertainment

· Veronica’s Cafe in Kenai has an open mic at 6:30 p.m. today, the Bob Ramponi Jazz trio at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Mike Morgan and Friends at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

· The Clam Shell Lodge has Push K at 9 p.m. Saturday.

· Hooligan’s in Soldotna has an open jam session at 10 p.m. Thursdays, live music from Tuff ‘E’ Nuff at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dan Sullivan at 8 p.m. Sunday, The Free Beer Band at 10 p.m. Mondays and karaoke at 10 p.m. Wednesdays.

· Moosequito’s in Sterling has 9spine at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

· 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.

· The Riverside House in Soldotna has “After 10,” a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays favorite Top 40 dance music.

· The Place Bar and Grill in North Kenai has karaoke at 9 p.m. Saturdays and poker at 7:30 p.m. Sundays and Mondays.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has J.D. Uponen at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

· 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.

· George’s Casino in Kenai has a poker challenge at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays.

· The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays.

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

· VFW Post No. 10046 in Soldotna has bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for members and guests.

Upcoming Events

· The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center’s opening for “The Kenai Experience,” its summer-long art exhibit, will run from 5 to 8 p.m. April 28. Oysters and cohoritas will be served, and there will a chocolate dessert fountain. Classes wishing to set up a field trip to the exhibit should call Dana at 283-1991 or e-mail dana@visitkenai.com.

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

· The Homer Council on the Arts gallery has work from Renee Janke’s “Art For Kids” classes through April.

· The Alibi has Elders on Fire, a group playing disco, dance, two-step and rock music, at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

· “Jubilee,” the spring youth variety show, will take place at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Council on the Arts. Tickets are $15 and available at the council, Etude Studio and the Homer Bookstore in Homer.

· The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival will take place May 4 through 7 at various locations around Homer. Events will include speakers, live bird presentations, open shorebird viewing stations, guided bird walks, wildlife tours and a nature film festival. For more information, visit www.homeralaska.org or call (907) 235-7740.

· The Kachemak Kayak Fest will take place May 26 through 28 at various locations in Homer. Events include beginning to advanced on-the-water instruction in paddling technique, rescue, safety and wildlife viewing, evening talks, slide shows and equipment demonstrations. For more information, visit www.kachemakkayakfest. com or call (907) 235-7740.

Anchorage Events

· The 13th annual Alaska Women’s Show will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. The show features 250 vendors of beauty, fashion and collectible products, cooking demonstrations and a variety of seminars, including daily seminars from Chicago-based interior designer Sally Morse titled “Ten Steps to a Perfect Room.” For more information on the show, call (907) 562-9911.

· The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has on display “From Canvas to Steel,” an exhibit about Ed Crittenden and the architecture of Anchorage through April 30; “Twice Told Tales,” a solo exhibition by painter Daniel Deroux from Sunday through April 30; and “Spot the Dog,” the annual children’s gallery exhibit, through May. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

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