What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2003

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The band Fearless Leader will headline a concert at 8 p.m. today at the Soldotna Sports Center in celebration of the last day of school. Tickets are $6 and available in advance at Bruce's Street and Skate in the Soldotna Mall and will be available at the door.

Millie's Moose River Inn in Sterling has karaoke at 9 p.m. today and music by Kindred at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Also Saturday, in celebration of Memorial Day, there will be barbecue food on sale and a bonfire weather permitting at 7 p.m. Free camping is available today, Friday and Saturday in Millie's back parking lot on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no electricity, showers or water in the parking lot. Campers may use Millie's bathrooms. Small campfires will be allowed if there is no burn ban in effect.

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.

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.

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. 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.

Entertainment

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 classical acoustic and original music by Synthesesia from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday for a $2 cover charge at Buster's Coffee House in Kenai.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Tuff-E-Nuff at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Moosequitos in Sterling presents music by Wishbone Creek on Friday night and music by a DJ and a Chinese auction at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Sackett's Kenai Grill in Cooper Landing presents acoustic blues, Hawaiian and folk music by Mike Morgan from 7 to 10 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.

Upcoming Events

The Peninsula Promenaders will have square dances at 7 p.m. May 31, June 14 and 28 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.

The Kenai Watershed Forum will hold its 5-kilometer Run for the River on June 14, coinciding with the 2003 Kenai River Festival at the festival grounds at the city of Kenai's Green Strip Park on Main Street. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on race day; the race starts at 10 a.m. Preregistration is $5 for adults and free for children under 18. Registration on race day is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 18. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. For more information, call Josselyn Burke at 260-5449 or download a registration form online at www.kenaiwatershed.org.

World Music for the Kenai presents a performance by songwriter, storyteller and master of the autoharp Bryan Bowers at 7:30 p.m. June 19 at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church, 44175 Kalifornsky Beach Road. Tickets are $18 for general admission and $15 for seniors and Kenai Peninsula College students. Admission for children under 10 is free. Family discounts are available. Tickets will be sold only at the door. For more information, contact Mike Morgan at mjmorgan@gci.net or 262-6548.

American Dance Force national touring workshops will be held at the North Star Dance Studio in the Superstructure building in Soldotna on Aug. 2. Flamenco dancer Antonio Vargas will give intensive, 90-minute Flamenco workshops designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced students of all ages. Workshops cost $45. For more information or to register, contact American Dance Force by phone at (877) 500-2544, by e-mail at info@americandanceforce.com. or its Web site at www.american danceforce.com.

Films

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 documentary film, "Rivers and Tides," will be shown at 8:30 p.m. today at the Homer Family Theater as a fund-raiser for the Pratt Museum, Bunnell Street Gallery, Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and Cook Inlet Keeper. Regular theater admission prices apply.

The second annual Kachemak Kayak Fest in Homer runs Friday through June 1. The event is for kayakers of any age and experience level. There will be kayak demonstrations and test rides; workshops on rescue, weather and navigation; lectures on techniques, safety and gear; a keynote speaker; a race; a fashion show; a barbecue; movies and an exploding kayak act, as well as many kayaking opportunities. For a detailed schedule of events, visit the festival web site at www.kechemakkayakfest.com. Fore more information, call the Homer Chamber of Commerce at (907) 235-7740.

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. "Eight Stars of Gold the Story of Alaska's Flag," a historic collection of schoolchildren's designs that tell the story of Alaska and how the winning flag design supported the campaign for statehood, is on display in the museum's mezzanine and lower levels. "Bears, Beetles and Darkened Waters," a stewardship exhibit, also is on display in the museum's lower level. The museum's "SeeBirdCam" is operational through September, allowing patrons to control a live video camera on Gull Island from the museum's Marine Room. 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 Seldovia Arts Council presents its third annual Summer Solstice Folk Music Festival on June 20 and 21. Headline performers are blues musician "Hawkeye" Herman and mountain dulcimer player Mark Nelson. Hawkeye, winner of the Blues Foundation's 1998 "Keeping the Blues Alive" award, performs a wide variety of traditional blues, ballads, swing and original tunes on six-string and 12-string guitars and plays the slide guitar and slide mandolin. Nelson is one of the nation's foremost mountain dulcimer players, with a repertoire ranging from soulful Celtic airs to lightning fast fiddle tunes. He also is accomplished on many other instruments and is a composer and author of several Mel Bay books on the dulcimer. Also performing will be Robin Hopper, Mike Campbell, Rick Brooks and The Matanuska Thunder Pluckers, Seldovia's own Looney Creek, Radoslav Lorkovic, Dan McElrath, Midnight Starlight, Esther Golton, Larry Zarella, Anna Stange, Patric Doyle and Earl and Alice Mullins. Festival performances will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with additional performances at 1 p.m. Saturday. Workshops in beginning guitar, the blues, slack key guitar, and east African folk songs and stories will be offered. Music jams will happen periodically around town, along with a local craft. Tickets for the event are $25 for a festival pass and $15 for a daily pass. Children's prices are $15 for a festival pass and $10 for a daily pass. For more information on the festival or to inquire about performing, contact Susan Mumma at (907) 234-7614 or seldarts@yahoo.com, or visit the Arts Council's Web site at www.xyz.net/~seldarts. For information on getting to Seldovia and its accommodations and attractions, visit www.seldovia.com or call the Seldovia Chamber of Commerce at (907) 234-7612.

Anchorage Events

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "Eskimo Drawings" on display, featuring more than 250 original drawings, watercolors and pastels, through Sept. 14. Also on display is "Soaring Like the Ravens: Aviation Alaska Style," through Sept. 21. On Saturday and Sunday, the museum will show "War Photographer," a documentary from Switzerland about the life of renowned photojournalist James Nachtwey. On Wednesday, "The Winds of War," a documentary featuring survivors of the battle of Attu in World War II, will be screened at the museum to mark the 60th anniversary of the battle. The film includes combat footage, some of which has been unseen for 50 years. The screening is free.

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 clarion@alaska.net.

The deadline for information is Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.



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