· The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway will hold an opening reception for “The Journals of Captain Cook” exhibit from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday. This week marks the 229th anniversary of the date Cook first navigated Cook Inlet. Also on display is the summer show, “Sticks and Stones, Alaska Structure.” The center also displays 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.
Events and Exhibits
· Already Read Books in Kenai has river art by Mrs. Carter’s Montessori School students on display this month.
· The Dragon Fly Gallery in Soldotna has painter and mosaic artist Tracy Kemp as its artist of the month.
· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Melinda Hershberger as its artist of the month.
· The Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town Kenai has “Small Shots” on display this month.
· The Kasilof Historical Society’s cabin museum is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. It has historical displays and 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 or to set an appointment, call Dave at 262-5125.
· Veronica’s in Old Town Kenai has a folk music jam on the deck at 6 p.m. Tuesdays; open mic night at 6:30 p.m. today; folk and blues music with Robb Justice, Chris Pepper and Aaron Allen at 6:30 p.m. Friday; and “girl music” with Sarah Superman, Jeni Tolliver and Katie Evans at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
· The Riverside House in Soldotna has “After 10” with Top 40 dance music Friday and Saturday nights.
· 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.
· Moosequitos in Sterling has a Texas hold ’em poker tournament every Wednesday night, open mic night with Pete Jackson today and karaoke with Jason on Friday night.
· The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays and live music by the Free Beer Band on Sunday nights.
· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has music by Emily Grossman from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and Jake Zufelt from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
· The Hunger Hut in Nikiski has karaoke with Steve Holloway at 9 p.m. Saturdays.
· Hooligan’s in Soldotna has music by 150 Grit at 5 p.m. Sunday and Thursdays and live music by Tuff-e-Nuff Friday and Saturday nights. Hooligans also has music by the Free Beer Band on Tuesdays and karaoke Wednesdays.
· The 406 Bar at the Kenai Spur Lodge in Kenai has karaoke with Steve Holloway and Debbie at 9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
· The Duck Inn has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.
· The Crossing in Soldotna has live folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic acoustic music by Mike Morgan at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
· AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturday and blind darts at 2:30 p.m. Sundays.
· 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 Kachemak Bay Sea Festival is held Friday through June 3 in Homer with various arts, music and outdoors activities. For information and a schedule, visit www.kbayseafest.com.
· The Fireweed Gallery in Homer has the Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society’s annual spring show of members’ work on display to the end of May.
· The Pratt Museum in Homer is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Currently on display is “Kachemak Bay: An Exploration of People and Place,” and “Beauty and the Bug” through Sunday. The museum has fish feedings at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays and holds historic harbor walking tours at 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays for $5 starting at the Pratt Museum wheelhouse booth on the Homer Spit. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
· Author Ken Ross will speak about his new book, “Pioneering Conservation in Alaska,” at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer. The event is free.
· The Pratt Museum and Kachemak Heritage Land Trust are hosting a “History of the Head of Kachemak Bay” program and campfire barbecue June 2. Meet at Mossy Kilcher’s Swift Creek cabin at the bottom of the switchback trail at the end of East End Road. Bring a sack lunch with barbecue ingredients. Dessert will be provided. Reservations are required by Wednesday. Call (907) 235-5273 for reservations and more information. The cost is $10 per person.
· The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has on display the children’s exhibit, “Zoom! Planes, Trains and Automobiles” through May; “Points of View VII: Con-Census” through Sept. 2; “Inuniunniq aqvunniagun A Way of Life through Whaling” through Sept. 16; and “Gift of the Whale: Photographs by Bill Hess” through Sept. 16. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
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