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Posted: Thursday, April 22, 2004

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The Homer High School Concert Choir, Kenai Peninsula Community Chorus and Kenai Peninsula Orchestra will perform Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Conductor Mark Robinson will give a preconcert lecture at 3:15 p.m.

The Nikiski Middle-Senior High School drama, debate and forensics team will perform its annual show "Encore, Encore," consisting of a variety of pieces performed at the state DDF meet at 7 p.m. Saturday at the school's theater. Admission is $5 per person. All proceeds will go to the team's travel expenses next year. Due to incorrect information submitted to the Clarion, this date of this event was listed incorrectly in Wednesday's Schools section.

A reunion of musicians from the Kenai Peninsula will present "Here's My Song," a benefit concert for Cook Inlet Academy at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children at the door. Musicians include singer Krissi (Painter) Alsworth, singer and pianist Melodie (Pack) Symington, acoustic guitarist John Averill, electric guitarist John Thornton, bass guitarist Trapper Alsworth and drummer Curtis Bates.

Events and Exhibits

"Independent Media In A Time Of War" will be shown at Kenai Peninsula College on at 7 p.m. Friday in room 110 and at 7 p.m. Tuesday in room 132. The 40-minute documentary film features Amy Goodman, host of the radio program, "Democracy Now!" It discusses mainstream "embedded" media versus independent reporters in recent wartime Iraq. The film was created by the Hudson Mohawk Independent Media Center (www.hm.indymedia.org). It also features author-comedian Al Franken speaking at a recent Media Reform Conference in Madison, Wis. For more information, call Ann at 283-5950.

The 15th annual Visual Celebration of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Student Art Competition is on display through April at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Cook Street in Old Town Kenai. The center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Soldotna Animal Hospital has acrylic paintings by Dawn Nixon on display upstairs through April.

Art Works in Soldotna has an "Artist as Jester" self-portraits exhibit on display.

The United Methodist Church of the New Covenant on Frontage Road in Kenai has a religious art show on display in honor of its 50th anniversary.

The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has a KPC student art exhibit on display until May 3. The gallery's hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Sears Elementary School students as its artists of the month and hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and a cribbage club every Sunday at noon.

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 Gifts, 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

George's Casino in Kenai presents karaoke with Steve Holloway on Tuesday, acoustic open mic night on Wednesday, music by D.J. Jazzy Jake on Thursday and live music by Tuff-E-Nuff on Friday and Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers Coffee in Soldotna presents folk, blues and Hawaiian music by Mike Morgan and Friends at 6:30 pm. Saturday.

Moosequito's in Sterling presents a birthday party with live music at 9 p.m. Saturday and a candle party at 7 p.m. Sunday.

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

The VFW post in Soldotna has karaoke at 8 p.m. Fridays and bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

The Vagabond on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 9 p.m. Fridays through April.

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.

The King's Inn Lounge in Kenai has karaoke Thursdays, western dance lessons at 7 p.m. Saturdays and music by the Danglin' Wrangler at 9 p.m. Saturdays.

The 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.

Films

Call Orca at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.

Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for weekly listings and show times.

Upcoming Events

"Wild Alaska: Bounty of the Sea" including art work by 75 Alaska artists will go on display at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on April 30. There will be a gala celebration of the show from 5 to 9 p.m. April 30 including several of the artists, food, door prizes and "Cohoritas" Alaska-style margaritas. The gala is free and open to the public.

The Kenai School District's Quest Program will host a showing of films from its short movie competition at 7 p.m. April 30 at Soldotna High School. Several categories of films will be shown.

Kenai Peninsula College will host "Bob's Shorts," a collection of short films from recent film competitions hosted by Anchorage film buff Bob Curtis-Johnson, at 2 p.m. May 1.

The Melissa "Jazzmom" Fischer quintet will perform at 7 p.m. May 7 at the Kenai Merit Inn. Tickets are $40 and include the show and hors d'oeuvres by Charlotte's. Tickets are available at HighSpeed Gear, Already Read Books, Alaskan Gift and Gallery and Kenai Merit Inn in Kenai and River City Books, Northcountry Fair and Sweeney's in Soldotna.

Down the Road

The Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College has its annual Student Art Showcase on display at Ptarmigan Arts Gallery in Homer through May 4.Tthe opening reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Alibi's in Homer presents music by Butch Leman at 10 p.m. Saturday.

The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival will be May 6 through 9 in Homer. It will include a keynote address from renowned birder, author and storyteller Pete Dunne, an arts and crafts fair, music, auctions, exhibits, workshops, field trips and boat and kayak tours. To view the complete program, visit www.homeralaska.org.

The Pratt Museum in Homer presents the "Juried Art Show 2004" on display through June 6; "Jubilee! Student Art" through May 3; "Bears, Beetles and Darkened Waters," a stewardship exhibit; and WHIZ Kids learning activity programs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in the museum's lower level. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

Anchorage Events

The Anchorage Symphony presents its Season Finale Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Atwood Concert Hall at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. The Anchorage Concert Chorus will join the symphony for a tribute to freedom featuring works by American composers, including Copland, Bernstein and John Adams. Tickets are $19 to $40 and available by calling (800) 478-7328, at CarrsTix locations, at the center's box office and online at www.tickets.com. Preceding the concert at 7 p.m., there will be a Words on Music presentation by Susan Wingrove, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra education consultant. On Friday at noon in the Z.J. Loussac L:library public conference room, there will be a Lunch and Learn informal discussion of the concert with the Anchorage Symphony Maestro Randall Craig Fleisher.

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition" on display through May 16. Museum winter hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

If you have an event to include in our Thursday InSide section, send the information to the Peninsula Clarion, Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611, fax it to 283-3299 or send it by e-mail to clarion@alaska.net. The deadline for information is Monday at 5 p.m.

For more information, call Jenny Neyman at 283-7551.



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