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Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2004

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"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 Friday. There will be a gala celebration of the show from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday including several of the artists, food, door prizes and "Cohoritas" Alaska-style margaritas. The gala is free and open to the public.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Quest Program will host a showing of films from its short movie competition at 7 p.m. Friday at Soldotna High School. Several categories of film 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 6 p.m. Saturday in room 132. Following the screening there will be a reception for KPC's Student Art Show with live music by Mike Morgan.

Events and Exhibits

The Kenai Central High School dance team's spring concert will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at KCHS. Admission is $5.

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 Monday. 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 through Friday and Carissa Larson from Monday through May. It also 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

The Decanter Inn in Kasilof presents music by Butch Leman at 9 p.m. Friday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Nancy Anderson from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

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

The drama class at Skyview High School is doing an anti-school violence play by William Mastrosimone called "Bang Bang You're Dead" on from 7 to 9 p.m. May 5 and 6 in the school library. Admission is free and there will be an open discussion after the play including the school nurse, district psychologist, principal, cast and audience members. For more information about the script, visit the Web site www.bangbangyouredead.com.

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 HiSpeed 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.

The United States Army Field Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 8 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Admission is free. The group is the premier touring musical representative for the U.S. Army and has performed around the world.

River City Books will host book readings and signings with Rachel King, author of "Don't Kill In Our Names: Families of Murder Victims Speak Out Against the Death Penalty," from 7:30 to 9 p.m. May 13 and Bill Pelke, author of "Journey of Hope ... From Violence to Healing," from 7:30 to 9 p.m. May 14.

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 Tuesday. the opening reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival will be held 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 "Jubilee! Student Art" through Monday; the "Juried Art Show 2004" on display through June 6; "Bears, Beetles and Darkened Waters," a stewardship exhibit; and WHIZ Kids learning activity programs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through this week in the museum's lower level. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

Anchorage Events

"100 Years of Broadway," a celebration of America's unique contribution to theater the musical will be performed at 7 p.m. May 7, 8, 14 and 16 and at 3 p.m. May 9 and 16 in the University of Alaska Anchorage Williamson Auditorium. The show is recommended for adults and children of all ages and will feature performers familiar to the Anchorage musical theater community. Songs include such classics as "Give My Regards To Broadway," "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" and the modern sounds of "Greased Lightnin,'" "Do You Hear The People Sing" and "One." Tickets are available at the door and are $7 for adults and $5 for students, military and seniors. Thursday and Friday matinees are available for schools and large groups. For more information and school reservations, call the UAA Theatre for Young People at 786-6883.

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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