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Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2003

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World Music for the Kenai presents a performance by pianist, singer and composer Radoslav Lorkovic at 7:30 p.m. today at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church, 44175 Kalifornsky Beach Road. Autoharpist Bryan Bowers was originally scheduled to perform but is not able to. Lorkovic is a world-renowned blues singer and New Orleans-style stride pianist. More information is available on him at www.radoslavlorkovic.com. 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

The KDLL Art and Music Festival will be from noon to midnight Saturday at the Diamond-M Ranch on Kalifornsky Beach Road. The ninth annual Quilting on the Kenai event is today, Friday and Saturday.

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 are 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. On Friday, for Alaska Heritage Day, Carrie Anvil Swanson, from the Alaska Native Heritage Center will discuss and demonstrate traditional Yupik Eskimo dress, culture and arts. On Monday, Janice Chumley of the Cooperative Extension Service, will discuss local gardening. On Wednesday, Doug Capra will speak about research on Alaska Nellie. All summer interpretive programs begin at 3 p.m., and there is no charge.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Kevin Harding as its artist of the month and hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Mykel's in Soldotna has photographer Bill Heath as its artist of the month.

The Soldotna Animal Hospital has a photography display from students who were enrolled in spring art classes at Kenai Peninsula College. The show includes black-and-white landscape photography, hand-colored photography, night photography, computer-generated art and mixed media with computer drawing techniques. The show will be on display through July.

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.


Petal Pushers in Kenai presents piano music by Remarkable Ralph at 3 p.m. every Thursday.

Sackett's Kenai Grill in Cooper Landing presents acoustic music by Don Weller and J.D. Uponen at 7 p.m. Friday.

Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna presents music by Dave Unruh from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Ten Cent Zen from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Two Cent Syndicate from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch will have a summer solstice party with live music from Tuff-E-Nuff at 9 p.m. Saturday.

The American Legion Post No. 20 in Kenai presents oldies music by Bull Don and the Moose Nuggets from 9:30 p.m. to 12:20 a.m. Saturday.

Moosequitos Bar in Sterling presents music by Wishbone Creek on Saturday to celebrate its one-year anniversary.

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. June 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.

World Music for the Kenai presents a performance by Detroit city's "High Energy Rockabilly Kings," the Twistin' Tarantulas at 4 p.m. July 1 at Mike Morgan's Moose Pasture in Kasilof. For more information on the band, visit www.twistintarantulas.com. Local musicians also will perform, including Katie Skrha, Melissa Schmidt and Rich King. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $18 for seniors and Kenai Peninsula College students. Family discounts are available. For more info and directions to the show, contact Mike Morgan at 262-6548 or mjmorgan@gci.net.

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.americandanceforce.com.


See our movies page for local times and listings.

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

Downward Dog Productions presents a concert by bluegrass musicians Phillips, Grier and Flinner with an opening act Radislov Lorkovic at 8 p.m. Friday at Alice's Champagne Palace in Homer. Tickets are $20 for KBBI members and $22 for nonmembers. Tickets are available at Solstice Music, The Bookstore, KBBI and Alice's in homer. This is a nonsmoking show. Tickets can be ordered by phone by calling (907) 235-1921 or online at Ticketweb.com.

The Seldovia Arts Council presents its third annual Summer Solstice Folk Music Festival on Friday and Saturday. 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.

Diana Nyad, Rudy Maxa and other radio professionals will perform the public radio travel show "The Savvy Traveler" from Mariner Theater at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The hour-long radio show will be taped before a live audience, then edited to its 60-minute length and aired at a later date. Scheduled guests include writer and radio personality Tom Bodett. Tickets are $10 for KBBI and KDLL members and $12 for general admission. Tickets are available by calling KBBI at (907) 235-7721.

The Fireweed Gallery in Homer has "Outdoor Art 2003," a mixed media show of felt, fiber, metal, stone and wood on display through July 2.

The Pratt Museum will hold an opening reception and performance of its ninth annual "Facing the Elements" outdoor art exhibition from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. From 5 to 7 p.m. June 27, the museum will present the latest exhibit design plans for the new main gallery exhibit renovations during an open house.

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. "Quilter's Glory," a collection of community quilts, is on display throughout the museum's galleries 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. Films about Alaska grizzly bears, the Exxon Valdez oil spill and longtime pioneers are shown in the lower level of the museum at 11 a.m., 1, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. every day. Historic harbor guided walking tours are given from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting at the museum's wheelhouse booth on the Homer Spit for $5. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

Anchorage Events

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "Eskimo Drawings," featuring more than 250 original drawings, watercolors and pastels, on display through Sept. 14. Also on display is "Soaring Like the Ravens: Aviation Alaska Style," through Sept. 21 and "Ready, Set, Go!," an exhibit of toys and games in art, through May 2004. Every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. through Sept. 11, the museum hosts Jazz After hours events where participants can view the museum's special exhibitions and permanent collections while listening to jazz music. At 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the museum will show the film "Lan Yu," a gay love story set in China. The film was made in secret, has won several awards and is banned on mainland China.

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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