What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2004

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World Music for the Kenai and KDLL 91.9 FM will present Salt Lake City saxophonist Joe Hanson, backed by the Baked Alaskans, Sunday at Morgan's Moose Pasture in Kasilof. Opening for Hanson will be area musicians Katie Skrha and the Couzinz, Nancy Anderson, Melissa Schmidt 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 with tarps available if it rains. 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 Sunday at 262-6548 or mjmorgan@gci.net.

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Summer Music Festival takes place Monday through Aug. 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 Monday, River City Books on Tuesday, Charlotte's in Kenai on Wednesday, 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.

Events and Exhibits

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 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, The Cover Gallery at Kenai Landing, 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.

Entertainment

Sockeye's at Kenai Landing (the old Ward's Cove cannery in Kenai) presents the acoustic music by Katie Skhra today from 6 to 10 p.m.

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

Sackett's Kenai Grill in Cooper Landing presents acoustic music by Nancy Anderson from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesdays through the summer and blues, classic rock and Hawaiian folk music by Mike Morgan at 7:30 p.m. today.

Kenai Joe's presents rock and blues music by Ten Cent Zen on Friday and Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Nancy Anderson at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Mark LeBrelle, the Danglin' Wrangler, at 9 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

"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. Tickets are $8 at the door.

The Kenai Performers' Summer Theatre Camp 2004 presents "The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Graham and directed by Carol Ford at 7 p.m. Aug. 12, 13 and 14 at the Old Town Playhouse in the Malston's building in Old Town Kenai. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $6 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at Charlotte's , River City Books and Coffee Roasters. For more information, call Mary Kennedy at 776-8328.

Author Margaret Doyle will do a book tour on the Kenai Peninsula in August to promote her new book, "The Fisherman's Quilt. The book is about a young wife struggling to make a life for herself, her baby and commercial fisher husband after arriving in Alaska. Doyle will have book signings from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 22 at River City Books in Soldotna and from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 22 at Cook Inlet Books in Anchorage.

World Music for the Kenai and KDLL 91.9 FM present singer-songwriter Stacey Earle, sister of Steve Earle, and instrumentalist Mark Stuart at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at Peninsula Grace Auditorium, 44175 Kalifornsky Beach Road. More information about Earle is available at www.staceyearle.com. Tickets will be available only at the door for $20 general admission, $18 for seniors, students and KDLL members, $15 for teens accompanied by a parent and free for children 12 and under. Family discounts will be available. For more information, call or e-mail Mike Morgan at 262-6548 or mjmorgan@gci.net.

Films

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

A 120 Drums of Thunder event will take place on the Homer Spit on Saturday and Sunday. The event is a gathering of Native American leaders from Alaska, the U.S., Canada and other nations, including from the communities of Nanwalek, Port Graham, Seldovia, Homer, Kenai and Soldotna. The purpose is to heal the land, strengthen relationships, honor chiefs, leaders and elders, and promote unity. Everyone is invited to bring their regalia and participate. For more information, call Dave Gilbert at (907) 399-7747, Steve Eayrs at (907) 299-2100 or Lanny Simpson at (907) 299-0207, or visit www.homerspit.com.

Pier One Theatre on the Homer Spit presents "Rhinoceros" by Eugene Ionesco, performed by the Pier One Youth Theatre. The play is about a man trying to maintain his identity when everyone around him is turning into a rhinoceros. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and possibly Sunday, Aug. 5 and 6. For more information, call (907) 235-7333.

Ptarmigan Arts Studios and Gallery in Homer will have pastels by Erica Miller on display from Aug. 6 to Sept. 1 with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 6. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Downward Dog productions presents a performance by Flowmotion at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7 at Alice's Champagne Palace in Homer. The Aug. 7 concert is a benefit for Kindness Without Borders. Tickets are $12. For more information on the band, visit its Web site at www.flowmotion.net.

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 news@peninsulaclarion.com.

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



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