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Posted: Thursday, May 06, 2004

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The drama class at Skyview High School is doing an anti-school violence play by William Mastrosimone called "Bang Bang You're Dead" from 7 to 9 p.m. today 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. Friday 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 U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday 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.

Events and Exhibits

The Kenai Pottery Guild will hold its annual Mother's Day pottery sale fund-raiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the guild. Proceeds will help to maintain the Potters Studio and produce the Clay Exhibit.

The Kenai Fine Arts Center has children's artwork from the Kenai Cooperative Preschool on display through Friday. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

"Wild Alaska: Bounty of the Sea," including artwork by 75 Alaska artists, is on display at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Admission is $3 for adults and free for students. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Carissa Larson as its artists of the month. 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 Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch presents music by Yukon Rider at 9 p.m. Saturday.

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

The Vagabond on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents karaoke at 9 p.m. Friday and music by the Danglin' Wrangler, Mark LeBrelle, at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Moosequitos in Sterling presents music by Jughead and Dustin's birthday party on Friday and a deck opening party with music b Jughead on 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 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

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.

Taste of the Kenai, a food and beverage show, will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 15 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 16 at the Soldotna Sports Center. The event will include more than 130 exhibitor booths, door prizes, raffles, entertainment, culinary demonstrations and training seminars.

Down the Road

The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival is held today through Sunday in Homer. It includes 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 and "Bears, Beetles and Darkened Waters," a stewardship exhibit. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

Anchorage Events

The Diavolo Dance Theater will perform Dreamcatcher" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Atwood Concert Hall. Tickets are $18 to $31 and are available at the box office, at CarrsTix locations and online at www.tickets.com.

"100 Years of Broadway," a celebration of America's unique contribution to theater the musical will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and May 14 and 16 and at 3 p.m. Sunday and May 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, a display of contemporary Alaska Native art through Sept. 5, and "Points of View V" where a guest curator chooses work from the collections department to be displayed in the galleries on display through Sept. 25. 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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