· First Thursday art events today include a reception for artist Libby Berezin at Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna from 5 to 7 p.m., European comic books collected by Domonique Collete from 5 to 7 p.m. at Already Read Books in Kenai, a reception for the Artists Without Borders’ June show from 5 to 8 p.m. at the 4D Professional Building in Soldotna, a reception for artist Kathy Matta at Art Works in Soldotna from 6 to 8 p.m., a reception for a dual show with Laura Faeo and Regina McAbee from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town Kenai, a bluegrass jam at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna at 6:30 p.m., art by Zirrus VanDevere at Mykel’s Lounge in Soldotna and open mic night at Veronica’s in Kenai.
· The Kenai River Festival will be held Friday and Saturday at Soldotna Creek Park in downtown Soldotna. Activities include a five-kilometer and 10-mile Run for the River, vendor booths, food and entertainment.
Events and Exhibits
· Already Read Books in Kenai has European comic books collected by Domonique Collete on display through June.
· Artists Without Borders has its June show on display at the 4D Professional Building in Soldotna.
· Art Works in Soldotna has work by Kathy Matta on display this month.
· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Libby Berezin as its artist of the month for June.
· Mykel’s in Soldotna has Zirrus VanDevere as its artist of the month.
· The Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town Kenai has a dual show on display through June with clay sculpture, pottery and paintings by Laura Faeo and traditionally worked birch bark vessels by Regina McAbee.
· The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has “The Journals of Captain Cook” and 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.
· 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 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays; open mic night at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays; folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic acoustic music by Mike Morgan at 6:30 p.m. Friday; and music by Robert and Chris Pepper 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.
· Mykel’s Restaurant in Soldotna has music by Dave Unruh from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
· 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.
·n 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 Nancy Anderson from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic acoustic music by Mike Morgan 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 the Free Beer Band on Monday nights, 150 Grit on Tuesday nights, karaoke Wednesday nights, Alter Ego on Thursday nights, and Tuff-E-Nuff on Friday and Saturday nights.
· 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.
· 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.
· The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch will host the Clam Jam music festival June 15, 16 and 17 with live music and free parking and camping. Admission is $5 a day or $10 for the weekend. Musicians are: June 15 Jammin with Jer and Co. at 5:30 p.m., Danny Lesperance at 6:30 p.m., LuLu Small at 8 p.m. and Push-K at 9:30 p.m.; June 16 Spoon Guy at 12:30 p.m., Free Beer Band at 1 p.m., Rob Justice at 2 p.m., Katie Evans at 3 p.m., Unknown Connection at 4:30 p.m., Soulution at 5:30 p.m., Wishbone Creek at 7:30 p.m., and Sport-N-Woodies at 9:30 p.m.; June 17 Tony and Kiki at noon, Scott Merry at 1 p.m., Whitey at 2 p.m., the Mabrey Brothers Band at 3 p.m., C.R.E.W. at 4:30 p.m. and Stickey Wicket from 6 to 10 p.m.
· Quilting on the Kenai’s 13th annual Quilt Extravaganza and Viewers Choice Quilt Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 21 and June 22, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 23 at 46719 Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna. Classes, vendors, demonstrations and more than 100 quilts are some of the planned events and displays. An Art to Wear fashion show will be held at 7:30 p.m. June 23 at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai. The grand door prize will be a Pfaff sewing machine.
· 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
· Pier One Theater in Homer presents “Yo’ Mama!” written by Heather Arnet and directed by Kammi Matson, at 7:30 p.m. today and 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The show is set in a post-natal yoga class where women share honest, humorous and irreverent tales of new motherhood as they move continuously in and out of yoga postures. For reservations and more information, call (907)235-7333 or visit www.pieronetheatre.org.
· The Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference will be held Friday through Tuesday in Homer. For more information, visit http://writersconference.homer.alas ka.edu.
· First Friday art events in Seward from 6 to 8 p.m. this week include mixed media work by Sioux Blackledge at Ranting Raven, oil paintings by Bill Lawrence at Resurrect Art, sculpture by Dennis Treadwell at Starbird Studio, “Kenai on canvas” by Kerry Cline at Softly Silk, and watercolors by Dot Bardarson at Edgewater Hotel.
· The Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival will be held June 22 and 23. For a list of performers and more information, visit www.xyz.net/~seldarts.
· 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.
· 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.
· The Midnight Sun Golden Retriever Club will hold a family fun day from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club Waldron Park Soccer Field in Anchorage. There will be games, contests and prizes and all events are free.
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