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. Friday. 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.
An Evening of Classics, a fund-raiser for the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. More than 30 Kenai-Soldotna area musicians will perform a collection of classical music, ranging from vocal and instrumental solos to string and brass ensembles. Tickets are $5 at the door. Marc Berezin will emcee the program. For more information, call Maria Allison at 283-3024.
A junior theater group consisting of home-school students will present a "Winnie-The-Pooh" musical at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at 3 p.m. Sunday and at 3 p.m. May 18 at the Kenai Central High School Little Theater. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for anyone 18 and under. Tickets are available at River City Books in Soldotna, Coffee Roasters on Kalifornsky Beach Road and Charlotte's Restaurant in Kenai. There is limited seating so advanced purchase of tickets is recommended.
Events and Exhibits
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has "Alaska 2003: A Celebration of Wildlife Art," featuring 76 original paintings by 44 world-renowned artists, through Sept. 6. The cost to view the exhibit after Memorial Day will be $3 for adults and free for students and children. The center's hours after Memorial Day will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. For more information, call 283-1991.
The Kenai Fine Arts Center, on Cook Street in Old Town Kenai, has an exhibit by the Kenai Peninsula Photography Guild through May. The center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Anchorage artist Graham Dane is the artist in residence at Sears Elementary School through May 16. He will give community workshops, a presentation on his work and experiences in Alaska and talk about a project he and students are working on at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Sears library. On May 16, there will be a reception for Dane from 6 to 7 p.m. at the school.
Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Penny McClain and Deaglan Vann as its artists of the month and hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna has Dawn Nixon 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.
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, open mic night from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays for a $2 cover charge and music by Nancy Anderson from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday for a $2 cover charge.
The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by the Tone Brothers at 10 p.m. Friday.
Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Nancy Anderson from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday and the Skyview Jazz Band at 2 p.m. Sunday.
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.
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.
Free square dance lessons will be given at 7 p.m. May 15 at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center.
The Kenai River Council on the Arts will have a free May Faire renaissance fair fund-raiser from 2 to 6 p.m. May 18 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Cook Street in Old Town Kenai. The fair will include artisan booths, entertainment and revelry. There will be a pub area inside for adults and lots of family entertainment on the grounds. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a five-course, catered meal by Mykel's of Soldotna for $50 each. Dinner includes entertainment by the Mud-Bay Madrigal Society, a Chinese auction and a complimentary, handmade ceramic tankard.
The Peninsula Promenaders will have square dances at 7 p.m. June 10 and June 31 at 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.
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 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. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.
The Fireweed Gallery has "Wetlands and Beyond," "Don Henry, found object metal sculpture," and "Karen Austen Watercolors" on display through June 4. For more information, call 235-3411.
The University of Alaska Anchorage's music department will host a performance by Don Maloney at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the UAA Recital Hall. Maloney will perform a tribute to Bing Crosby and will be accompanied by Jack Jackson and Vera Crews. Tickets are $2 for UAA students, $5 for seniors and $10 general admission.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for information is Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.
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