· Kenai Peninsula College will host a Celebration of the Arts at 5 p.m. Saturday in support of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and readings from “Driftwood,” the college’s literary and visual arts magazine; a “fashion show;” a reception for artists displaying work in the KPC Students Art Exhibition; and a “Band-Aid” concert at 7 p.m. featuring local musicians. Donations are encouraged to support the food bank. There will be soup available before the concert. See story, this page.
· The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s spring concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School and 3 p.m. Sunday 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 Beethoven’s “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 are available at River City Books in Soldotna, Charlotte’s in Kenai, and Etude Music Studio and The Homer Bookstore in Homer. See story, this page.
Events and Exhibits
· Soldotna High School will present the play “John Lennon and Me,” by Cherie Bennett, at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at SoHi. The touching comedy is about Hollywood-wannabe Star, the ultimate Beatles fan, who’s cystic fibrosis diagnosis lands her in the hospital, where she confronts fate with imagination and learns about herself through the help of her roommate, cheerleader Courtney, who is seemingly Star’s opposite.
· 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 at 7 p.m. Saturday 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.
· 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 Saturday.
· 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, music by Katie Evans, Harlan Gambel, Shannon Darling and Vicki Tinker at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Jay C. Smith on acoustic vocals at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
·· The Vagabond Inn in Kenai has a Texas Hold ’Em tournament at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.
· 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.
· 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 folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic acoustic music by Mike Morgan from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and Robb 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 live music 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.
· The Crossing in Soldotna has folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic acoustic music by Mike Morgan 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. Saturday and blind darts at 2:30 p.m. Sundays.
· Call Orca Theaters at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.
· Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for weekly listings and show times.
· The Performing Arts Society presents Patricia Hoy, pianist, and Eric Wilson, cellist, in concert at 7:30 p.m. May 4 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and are available at Already Read Books and Charlotte’s in Kenai and Northcountry Fair, Sweeny’s and Rive City Books in Soldotna.
· The Kenai Performers will stage “The Dining Room,” a comedy by A.R. Gurney, directed by Laura Forbes, May 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 at the Old Town Playhouse in Kenai. Shows are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors, and are available at Charlotte’s in Kenai, River City Books in Soldotna, and at the door.
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.”
· The “Jeopardy! Brain Bus” will be at Shimek’s on Benson Boulevard in Anchorage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday with appearances by the Clue Crew, prizes and a chance to try out for the show.
· The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra will perform Verdi’s “Requiem” at 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $15-$42 and half price for students and seniors. Tickets are available by calling (907) 263-2787, and online at www.centertix.com.
· 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 Collection of Father Jules Jette, S.J.,” through April 29; the children’s exhibit, “Zoom! Planes, Trains and Automobiles;” through May, and “Points of View VII: Con-Census,” through Sept. 2. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
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