First Thursday events today include an opening reception for a display of drawings by Nathan Nash at Already Read Books in Kenai from 6 to 7 p.m., a performance by the Tim Sturm Band at Veronica's Coffee House in Kenai from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., a bluegrass jam at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and receptions with refreshments at the Jim Evenson and other galleries at Kenai Landing until 9 p.m.
The Deep Creek Music Festival will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds with food, vendors, camping, a beer garden and live music by Emmylou Harris and Buddy Miller at 8 p.m. Friday and Hot Buttered Rum String Band, Three-Legged Mule, Ciento Nova, Butch Leman, Worth Many Cattle and Zachary James starting at noon Saturday. Tickets are $35 for KDLL and KBBI members and $37 for nonmembers for Friday night and $20 for members and $22 for nonmembers for Saturday. Tickets for both days are $50 for members and $52 for nonmembers. Camping is free with purchase of tickets for both days. Tickets are available at Zumwalt's Music in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road, in Homer at The Homer Bookstore, Amped Cafe, Solstice Music and KBBI and online at www.ticketweb.com.
Events and Exhibits
"Damon's Alaskan Frontier," a one-hour, narrated, fast-paced humorous production highlighting some of the state's interesting facts and oddities is performed at 5 and 7 p.m. daily at Kenai Landing behind Sockeye's Restaurant. The show is presented by Damon Bowen, who has been employed as a state and federal field-research biologist doing work in remote areas of the western United States. Tickets are $10 and available at Sockeye's and the front desk at Kenai Landing. Tickets for youths under 18 are $5.
There will be a "Survivor Concert" at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. Admission is free but donations will be accepted. The concert's theme is about the community's youth begin survivors in the culture surrounding them. Youth talent from the community will perform.
Art Works in Soldotna has "Illustration," a show by artist and illustrator Chris Jenness, on display through July.
Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Rhon Lyons as its artist of the month, a chess club that meets at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays and a cribbage club that meets from noon to 3 p.m. Sundays.
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has "Alaska 2005 Native Arts Now" on display. The free summer interpretive program includes a presentation on Yupik baskets from southwest Alaska with Margaret Menting at 3 p.m. Friday, "Finding and fishing Kenai lakes," by Dave Atcheson at 3 p.m. Monday and songs from Hobo Jim, Alaska's official balladeer, at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The center also has natural history mounts, a historic area and Native Alaska artifacts on display. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, call 283-1991.
Saturday markets are held at the bus turnaround at the corner of Corral Street and the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna and outside at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Items offered from vendors include art, crafts and produce.
The Kasilof Historical Society's cabin museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. every day and has a resident carver at work those days, as well as historical displays. 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, call 262-0822.
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 and has educational displays and occasional interpretive programs. For more information, call 262-7021.
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center at the intersection of the Sterling Highway and Kalifornsky Beach Road has natural history mounts, including the world-record king salmon, on display and a boardwalk along the Kenai River. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For more information, call 262-1337.
AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturdays.
BJ's in Soldotna has live music by Hobo Jim, Alaska's Balladeer, at 9 p.m. Saturday.
The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch has Jammin with Jer at 9 p.m. Saturday.
Hooligans in Soldotna has "The Real Alaska Show," a music and comedy production, at 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. The show lasts about two hours. The cost is $26.99 for adults and $21.99 for children and seniors and includes an appetizer plate. Seating is limited and space can be reserved by calling 262-9951. At 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, the band Tuff-e-Nuff will play.
The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays.
Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road has live music by Ten Cent Zen at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and LuLu Small at 6 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Veronica's Cafe in Old Town Kenai has a folk jam from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and live music by the Tim Sturm Band from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today, the Bob Ramponi Jazz Trio from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Katie Skhra and Robert Pepper from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
VFW Post No. 10046 in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Fridays and bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for members and guests.
The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has live music by The Mabrey Brothers from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The Riverside House in Soldotna presents "After 10," a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays favorite Top 40 dance music until 5 a.m.
The Lauren Pelon Musique Company will perform in Anchorage on Aug. 5, in Homer on Aug. 12 and 19 and in Soldotna on Aug. 13. Under the title, "The Living Roots of Music," Pelon performs music from the 1st to the 21st centuries on archlute, guitar, lute-guitar, lyre, recorders and various other instruments and traces the story of music, telling stories about the development of instruments throughout history. When Pelon was in the group Banish Misfortune, she played in various Alaska venues, including in Soldotna.
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 Bacot Basement Babes Jazz Harp Trio will perform at Pier One Theatre in Homer at 7:30 p.m. today and 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. This performance showcases original songs as well as jazz and pop standards. Saturday night's performance will include champagne with chocolates. There is limited seating. For advance reservations and more information, call Pier One at (907) 235-7333.
Square dancing is held at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center. The caller and instructor is Lenora Regeon. For more information, call (907) 567-1004 or 252-6420.
Daniel Nelson, author of "Northern Landscapes: The Struggle for Wilderness Alaska," will tour Alaska to share stories of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act's passage and its legacy across the state. He will speak in Homer at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Islands and Oceans Visitors Center, 95 Sterling Highway.
DJ's Wheelhouse in Seward has live music by 9 Spine on Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 20.
The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has on display "Light Motifs: American Impressionist Paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art" through Sept. 5, "The Shamans: Spirit Guides of Siberia" through Sept. 18, "Points of View VI: Defiant Objects," which juxtaposes selections from the museum's collection of contemporary arts and crafts with items in its ethnographic collection, through Sept. 11 and "Spot the Dog," the annual children's gallery exhibit, through May. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.
To submit information, fax it to 283-3299 or send it by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, call Jenny Neyman at 283-7551.
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