What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2004

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The Fairbanks Shakespeare Festival will present "The Winter's Tale" at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at Pier One Theatre in Homer and at 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday at Kenai Landing (formerly the Ward's Cove cannery in Kenai). Tickets are $16 general admission, $12 for seniors and students over 18 and free for those under 18.

Events and Exhibits

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center's upcoming summer interpretive programs include a presentation by the Kenaitze Indian Tribe at 3 p.m. Friday; a presentation about measures to protect the Kenai River by Robert Ruffner at 3 p.m. Monday; a "glass act" presentation by James D. Kaiser at 3 p.m. Wednesday, and a demonstration of simple and effective fly tying by Dave Atcheson at 3 p.m. July 30.

The Sing From The Heart singing contest is being from 2 to 6 p.m. every Saturday through Aug. 21 at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. Finalists were chosen from tryouts and now compete for a trip to Hawaii or to the American Idol tryouts in Anchorage this winter. For more information, call Karen Cowan at 260-1929 or 394-2429.

"Wild Alaska: Bounty of the Sea," including artwork by 75 Alaska artists, is on display at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Admission is $3 for adults and free for students. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center hosts square dancing at 7 p.m. every Thursday. The event is casual dress and there will be a caller and instructor.

The Soldotna Animal Hospital, 42479 Sterling Highway, has an exhibit by Ron Yandell on display in the upstairs gallery through July.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Liz Chase and Connie Hocker as its artists of the month. It also hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and a cribbage club every Sunday at noon.

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, Beluga Lookout Gifts, 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.


BJ's Lounge in Soldotna presents music by Hobo Jim today, Friday and Saturday and July 29, 30 and 31; and Aug. 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21.

Sackett's Kenai Grill in Cooper Landing presents blues, classic rock and Hawaiian folk music by Mike Morgan at 7:30 p.m. today.

Don Jose's in Kenai presents blues, classic rock and Hawaiian folk music by Mike Morgan from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents karaoke with Bill Sanzi at 9 p.m. Friday and music by Mark LeBrelle, the Danglin' Wrangler, at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Mid Life Crisis at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Hooligans in Soldotna presents the Alaska Dinner Show starring Hobo Jim and the Klondike Girls. Show times are Mondays and Thursdays at 5 p.m. The price, which includes dinner and the show but not gratuity, is $42 for general admission, $39 for seniors 62 and over, $35 for children under 12 and free for children under 2 and seniors over 80. For reservations, call 262-9951.

The Rainbow Bar in Kenai presents music by The Mabrey Brothers at 10:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The VFW post in Soldotna has karaoke at 8 p.m. Fridays and bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

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 AMVETS Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturdays.

The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays.

Upcoming Events

World Music for the Kenai and KDLL 91.9 FM will present Salt Lake City saxophonist Joe Hanson, backed by the Baked Alaskans, on Aug. 1 at Morgan's Moose Pasture in Kasilof. Opening for Hanson will be area musicians Katie Skrha and the Couzinz, Nancy Anderson and others. The show begins at 5 p.m., with Hanson appearing at 8:30 p.m. The concert site is near Mile 106.5 of the Sterling Highway. Directional signs will be posted on the highway the day of the concert. Bring blankets, chairs, pillows, coolers, food and beverages. Barbecue grills will be available. The concert will go on, rain or shine. Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the show and will be $20 for general admission, $18 for seniors, students and KDLL members; $15 for teens accompanied by parent and free for children 12 and under. Family discounts will be available. For more information, call or e-mail Mike Morgan well before Aug. 1 at 262-6548 or mjmorgan@gci.net.

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Summer Music Festival takes place Aug. 2 through 15 this year. The DeVere Quartet and Friends will perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna and at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at Faith Lutheran Church in Homer. A Champagne, Chocolate and Chopin a la Tutka cruise in Kachemak Bay will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 8. The gala concert including Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5" and Bruch's "Double Concerto" featuring violist Eric Gustafson and clarinetist Mark Wolbers will be at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai Central High School and at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Homer High School. Luncheon concerts will take place at noon throughout August at several area locations, including Wing's Family Diner on Aug. 2, River City Books on Aug. 3, Charlotte's in Kenai on Aug. 4, Mykel's Restaurant on Aug. 5, Kaladi Brothers on Aug. 6 and 12, Don Jose's in Kenai on Aug. 9, the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on Aug. 10, the Kenai Library on Aug. 11, and the Kenai Senior Citizens Center on Aug. 13. For more information, call (907) 235-6318.

"The Nazi Chronicles," a new play by Joe Rizzo, will be performed at 8 p.m. Aug. 5, 6 and 7 at Soldotna High School.


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 of high-energy dance music by Shanti Groove at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Alice's Champagne Palace. The concert is a benefit for the Cook Inlet Keeper scholarship started to help students studying social justice issues. Tickets are $14 with a $2 discount for KBBI members and are available at the door. Smokers will be asked to smoke on the deck. For more information on the band, visit its Web site at www.shantigroove.com.

Washington state pianist Scott Cossu and flutist Anne Lindquist will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bunnell Street Gallery in Homer. The $25 tickets include the concert, dessert, beverages and conversation with the performers. For reservations and more information, call (907) 235-2662.

The Pratt Museum in Homer presents "Kachemak Bay: An Exploration of People and Place" exhibit, a "SeeBirdCam" broadcasting live video of nesting shorebirds from Gull Island and "Bears, Beetles and Darkened Waters," a stewardship exhibit. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

Historic Harbor Walking Tours on the Homer Spit will be offered from 3 to 4:30 p.m. during the summer. Tickets are $5 and tours start at the Pratt Museum's wheelhouse booth next to the Salty Dawg on the spit.

Anchorage Events

On display at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art is contemporary Alaska Native art through Sept. 5; a retrospective exhibit of Alaska artist Fred Machetanz featuring 150 of his oil paintings, drawings and prints, through Sept. 12; and "Points of View V" where a guest curator chooses work from the collections department to be displayed in the galleries through Sept. 25.

If you have an event to include in our Thursday InSide section, send the information to the Peninsula Clarion, Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611, fax it to 283-3299 or send it by e-mail to clarion@alaska.net.

The deadline for information is Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call Jenny at 283-7551.

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