· The improvisational group Sidecar will perform at 8:30 p.m. today and Friday and 7 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Old Town Playhouse in Kenai. Each show will be different; every other performance will be family friendly. The group also will hold an improv workshop at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Playhouse. In Homer, Sidecar will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Homer Council on the Arts office. Tickets are $10 for one show and $5 for each additional show and are available at Charlotte's in Kenai, River City Books in Soldotna and the HCA in Homer. See story this page.
· A carving contest and festival will be held at Scott Hanson's Town of Living Trees along the Sterling Highway outside Soldotna from today through Sunday. The festival includes a three-day chain-saw carving contest with an auction of the carvings at 2 p.m. Sunday, a sawdust pile for kids, barbecue and vendor booths. For more information, call Sandy at 394-3821 or 260-3822.
Events and Exhibits
· The Kenai Saturday Market is held Saturday afternoons in the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center parking lot. The Soldotna Wednesday Market is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every week until Sept. 26 at Soldotna Creek Park along the Sterling Highway, with a variety of food and crafts vendors. For more information, contact Annette Villa at 252-7264.
· Visual artists Spelman Evans Downer and Laura Myntti are showing "Cosmic Rivers" from Saturday to Aug. 4 at the Kenai Peninsula's Gallery Turquoise. The opening reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday with a multimedia presentation from 10 p.m. to midnight. Gallery Turquoise is located at Mile 49.5 of the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing. Hours are Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. or by appointment, call (907) 595-1434.
· Jon Van Zyle, official artist of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and member of the Iditarod Hall of Fame, will exhibit his well-known acrylic paintings and prints during a week-long show at the G.L. Freeburg Gallery from Sunday through July 27 at Kenai Peninsula College. An opening reception and talk by Van Zyle will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Kenai River Campus. The exhibition will include original works and prints by Van Zyle with Iditarod and fishing themes. A limited number of signed Van Zyle "Fishing Alaska" prints will be for sale, with proceeds benefitting the KRC Student Art League.
· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Retired Hands Loretta Flanders, Dick Hahn and Connie and Jay Goltz as its artist of the month for July.
· Mykel's in Soldotna has Connie Goltz as its artist of the month.
· The Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town Kenai has a show by painter Pat Lytle on display through July.
· 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 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.
· The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center on Ski Hill Road outside Soldotna shows films on wildlife, the refuge and the history of the area daily at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.
· 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; and live music by Mike Morgan and Friends at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Katie Evans and Vicki Tinker at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
· Vagabond Inn has music by Lulu and Trish at 9 p.m. Friday.
· The Riverside House in Soldotna has "After 10" with Top 40 dance music Friday and Saturday nights.
· The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has live music by the Mabrey Brothers at 10:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and a poker challenge at 6:30 p.m. Mondays.
· Moosequito's in Sterling has a Texas hold 'em poker tournament every Wednesday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m., 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 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Loretta Spalding from 7 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.
· 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 Theatre presents "Nunsense" at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Saturday and July 27, 28, Aug. 3 and 4; at 7:30 p.m. July 26, 29 and Aug. 2; and 4 p.m. Sunday. Also showing is "Invisible Ink" at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. For more information, call (907) 235-7333.
· Naturalist Dale Chorman will lead an exploration of birds, plants and scenery in Neptune Bay across Kachemak Bay from Homer from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 29. Bring lunch, water, layers of clothing including rain gear, and knee-high boots or hip waders. The trip is limited to 16 people. The cost is $85, which includes the round-trip boat trip. Sign up by July 26 by calling (907) 235-5263.
· Fireweed Gallery's July show features Jim Curran with new work in mixed media, metal and beads, as well as MaryBee Kaufman's "Rediscovering Landscapes: Kachemak Bay," a show of watercolor and handmade books. The gallery is at 475 E. Pioneer Ave.
· The Pratt Museum in Homer has a live BearCam. Each Wednesday evening from 6 to 8, visit with horticulturist and museum gardener Katy Rice as she works in the botanical garden. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays and historic harbor walking tours are 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. To find out about other activities, call (907) 235-8635.
· BeauSoleil will perform at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik on Aug. 17. Tickets are on sale at The Buzz Cafe in Ninilchik, Homer Bookstore and online at inticketing.com. For more information, call (907) 567-3670 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
· The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has on display "Points of View VII: Con-Census" through Sept. 2; "Inuniunniq aqvunniagun A Way of Life through Whaling" through Sept. 16; "Gift of the Whale," photographs by Bill Hess through Sept. 16; "Arctic Spirit," Inuit art from the Albrecht Collection at the Heard Museum through Sept. 16; "Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2," contemporary Native North American art from the West, Northwest and Pacific through Sept. 16; and "Out of the Ordinary," the children's gallery exhibit, through May 2008. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
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