What’s Happening

Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2006

Best Bets

· 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. Friday. Oysters and cohoritas will be served, and there will a chocolate dessert fountain. See related story.

· The Kenai Performers will present William Inge’s “Bus Stop” on Friday and Saturday and May 4-6 at 7 p.m. and Sundays and 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.

Events and Exhibits

· Kenai Peninsula College will host a “Celebrating the Arts” event at 3 p.m. Sunday at the college. The event includes a closing reception for the KPC Student Art Exhibition and a slide show of images from the Art Student League’s recent trip to Italy.

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

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

· 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 Sunday.

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

· 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 Worth Many Cattle at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

· The Clam Shell Lodge has The Sticky Wicket 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.

· 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 Mike Morgan and Friends 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

· Kenai Kennel Club will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 6 to celebrate National Pet Week. There will be a microchipping clinic, demonstrations of agility, obedience, rally and conformation, refreshments, games and prizes, plus information on 4-H, search and rescue and pet care. The kennel club is in the C Plaza in Kenai next to the Moose Lodge on the Kenai Spur Highway.

· The Triumvirate Theater will present the comedy “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged,” on May 11-13 and 18-20 at 7 p.m. at the theater in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. Tickets are $10 and available at the Triumvirate Bookstore.

· The Kenai Shorebird Festival will take place from May 10-13 at various locations throughout the central peninsula. There will be workshops on photography, bird watching and identification, meals and bird watching trips. All events and excursions are free and open to the public. For more information, call Josselyn at 260-5449.

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 Resurrect Art Coffee House in Seward has Last Night’s Fun, a band that plays traditional Irish music, at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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

· The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival will take place May 47 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.

· Jo Going will host an evening of dance for her former and current students at 6:30 p.m. in her studio in Homer. The cost of the dance is $5. For more information and location, call (907) 226-2087.

· 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 Anchorage Museum of History and Art has on display “From Canvas to Steel,” an exhibit about Ed Crittenden and the architecture of Anchorage through Sunday; “Twice Told Tales,” a solo exhibition by painter Daniel Deroux through Sunday; 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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