What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2003

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The Pratt Museum in Homer will host the first of a series of monthly luncheon series to discuss future plans for the museum and topics of interest to participants on the main exhibit gallery and renovation and site plans. The brown bag lunch will be at noon on the museum's lower level. For more information, call (907) 235-8635.

The Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery has a student art exhibit on display through May 2. On Sunday 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.

Events and Exhibits

The Peninsula Promenaders will have a square dance at 7 p.m. Saturday 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.

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.

Entertainment

Buster's Coffee House in Kenai presents a song circle acoustic jam session from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, acoustic blues, Hawaiian 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. Friday, Whitey's Blue Moon Revue, featuring Sarah Glaves, will play original music at 7 p.m.

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.

Moosequitos in Sterling will feature music by Frozen Chozen at 10 p.m. Friday.

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.

Kaladi Brothers will feature the music of Mike Morgan from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Upcoming Events

The Performing Arts Society presents a performance by the Anchorage-based Melissa Bledsoe Fischer Quartet in a cabaret setting at the Kenai Merit Inn at 7:30 p.m. May 9. Bledsoe, commonly known as "Jazzmom," has released three CDs and is a jazz pianist and vocalist, singing and playing with emotion. She will perform with Dick Westfall on bass, Pat Owens on trumpet and flugelhorn and Rick Nunes on drums. Tickets are $25 and are available at River City Books and Northcountry Fair in Soldotna and Alaska Gift and Gallery, HiSpeed Gear, Already Read Books and the Kenai Merit Inn in Kenai. Plates of hors d'oeuvres will be available for $10 each, and there will be a full-service no-host bar.

Films

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 will host the presentation of "Changing Times for Wetlands and Coastal Resource Protection" from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday. Richard Hildreth, ocean and coastal law professor at the University of Oregon Law School, will discuss recent threats to federal wetlands, plus an overview of the Clean Water Act and the Coastal Zone Management Act, with a focus on oil and gas development. For more information, call 235-8635.

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. Whiz Kids workshops are from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday through Wednesday in the lower level of the museum. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

Fireweed Gallery will have three openings May 2, with refreshments at 5 p.m. The annual spring show this year is "Wetlands and Beyond." The show offers the best of members' work and will have a special section dedicated to wetlands. The second opening is for "Don Henry, found object metal sculpture." This Homer resident will have a first solo showing of his often whimsical sculptures and other works. "Karen Austen Watercolors" is the title of a showing of her work. Austen is an Alaska painter of portraits, florals and landscapes. All exhibits run through June 4. For more information, call 235-3411.

Anchorage Events

Alaska Theatre of Youth and the UAA Department of Theatre and Dance present a collaborative production of "Into the Woods" through Sunday at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium at UAA. The Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine is a seamless fusion of fairy tales. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at the door, or by calling 786-4TIX. The full performance is recommended for children ages 10 and above. Just the first act, which is recommended for younger kids, is performed this morning. To attend one of those special showings, call (907) 338-4901 or or e-mail alaskatheatreofyouth@hotmail.com.

The University of Alaska Anchorage dance program presents its spring show, "Voices," at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the UAA Arts Building Mainstage. Admission is $8 for students, seniors and military personnel and $10 for general admission.

The Anchorage Symphony's season finale performance will be Saturday at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. On the program is Hector Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique," guest soloist performances of Chabrier's "Larghetto for Horn and Orchestra" and Mozart's "Horn Concerto No. 3" by world-renown horn virtuosi Hermann Baumann, and Dvorak's "Slavonic Dance in F Major, Op. 72, No. 3." Tickets are $19 to $38 with youth and senior discounts and are available at CarrsTix locations, the center's ticket office, online at www.tickets.com and by calling (800) 478-7328.

The Anchorage Concert Association presents "Stomp" in the Atwood Concert Hall from Wednesday to May 4. Tickets 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.

Out North contemporary art house presents "Morning, Noon and Night," a comedic look at fatherhood and the nuclear family performed by Spalding Gray at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Discovery Theatre. On Tuesday, Gray will perform an interview with the audience at 7 p.m. at Out North. Tickets for the April 28 show are $19 to $39 and are available at CarrsTix locations and at www.tickets.com. Tickets for the April 29 performance are $55 for advanced tickets and $75 at the door. For more information, call (907) 279-8200.

Seward

Bardarson Studio in the Seward Harbor will host Seward's Centennial Art Show starting Friday through May 9. Fifty artists were asked to paint historical Seward. A reception will be held Friday at 6 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., the Centennial Singers will introduce "The Seward Song" at the studio.

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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