What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, July 14, 2005

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The melodrama "Little Nell" by John Nash will be performed today, Friday and Saturday and next week on July 21, 22 and 23 at the Soldotna High School Auditorium at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. The show is put on by the Alaska Children's Institute of the Performing Arts and Triumvirate Theatre. For more information, go to the Web site www.triumviratetheatre.org.

Cooper Landing resident Will Troyer, author of "Into Brown Bear Country," will give a presentation and book signing at 1 p.m. Friday at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center and from noon to 4 p.m. July 30 at River City Books in Soldotna.

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.

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 Native Youth Olympics demonstration with the Kenaitze Indian Tribe at 3 p.m. Friday, an air-powered rocketry presentation with Tamra Wyre at 3 p.m. Monday and an "Ancient Voices, Future Visions" musical presentation by Bunny Swan-Gease 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 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the bus turnaround at the corner of Corral Street and the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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.

Entertainment

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. today, Friday and 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.

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

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.

Sockeye's Restaurant at Kenai Landing has live folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic rock acoustic music by Mike Morgan at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The Sunrise Inn in Cooper Landing has live funk, reggae and jazz music by the Moses Dank Band at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road has live music by LuLu Small at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Veronica's Cafe in Old Town Kenai has a folk jam from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, an open mic night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today and live music by the Bob Ramponi Jazz Band at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Sue Biggs and Jack Will at 6:30 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.

Upcoming Events

The Lauren Pelon Musique Company will perform in Anchorage on Aug. 5, in Homer on Aug. 12 and 19 and in Soldotna at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. 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. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors and are available at River City Books in Soldotna.

World Music for the Kenai presents a concert with rhythm and blues harmonica and saxophone musicians Chris Condie and Joe Hanson of Salt Lake City's Uptown Hustlers, backed by local band the Baked Alaskans, featuring Kurt Eriksson, Matt Boyle, Joe Tromblee and Mike Morgan at 4 p.m. Aug. 7 at Morgan's Moose Pasture, near Mile 107.1 of the Sterling Highway in Kasilof. Opening acts will feature Alaska performers. Tickets will be available at the door and are $23 for general admission, $20 for seniors, students and KDLL-KBBI members, $15 for teens with adults and free for children 12 and under. Family discounts are available. For more information, contact Mike Morgan at 262-6548 or mjmorgan @gci.net.

Films

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

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.

A street fair with arts and crafts, live music and found will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Homer High School. for more information, call the Homer Council on the Arts at (907) 235-4288.

DJ's Wheelhouse in Seward has live music by 9 Spine on Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 20.

An "Old Bags Tea" will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. July 24 at the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College in Homer. The event features a fashion show of handbags transformed into art, an auction, tea and cake. A prize will be awarded for the best tea party costume. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for Homer Council on the Arts members and are available from the council at (907) 235-4288.

Anchorage events

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 news@peninsulaclarion.com. The deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, call Jenny Neyman at 283-7551.



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