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Posted: Thursday, August 04, 2005

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The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Summer Music Festival continues with free noon concerts at area locations: Jack Will and Sue Biggs will play at Mykel's in Soldotna and the Midnight Sun Trio will play at Veronica's Cafe in Kenai today; the DeVere Quartet will play at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on Friday; Nancy Anderson will play at Rosita's on Monday; Brandon Newbould will play at Kaladi Brothers on Tuesday; Youth String Ensembles will play at the Kenai Community Library on Wednesday; the Dixie River Rats will play at Kaladi Brothers on Aug. 11; and the Kalgin Island Quartet will play at Kenai Landing on Aug. 12. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, the DeVere Quartet, along with Maria Allison and Mark Wolbers, will perform a chamber concert at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Tickets for are $15 for general admission, with discounts available, at Charlotte's in Kenai and River City Books in Soldotna. On Sunday, the "Champagne, Chocolate, Chopin a la Tutka" cruise to Tutka Bay will be held. For more information, call (907) 235-7579.

Triumvirate Theatre will perform the thriller "Wait Until Dark" at 8:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at Soldotna High School Auditorium. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, go to the Web site at www.triumviratetheatre.org.

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. Sunday 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.

Events and Exhibits

An Alaska High School Rodeo competition will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ninilchik Fairgrounds. The state competitors who went to the finals in Wyoming also will give a presentation about their trip. an the band Fallen Hero will perform at 7 p.m. after the rodeo. Tickets for the concert are $5 at the door.

Winners of this year's Sing from the Heart competition will be announced during a music jamboree at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Peninsula Center Mall.

The Classic Imperials, known for such songs as "How Great Thou Art," "Bread on the Water" and "He Touched Me" will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday at Lighthouse Community Church. The concert is free. An offering will be taken by the group.

"Damon's Alaskan Frontier," a narrated, fast-paced humorous production highlighting some of the state's interesting facts 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.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Leila Mitchell and Ashley Irmen as its artists 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.

Frames and Things in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna has Bruce W. Nelson as its artist of the month.

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 performance by the DeVere Quartet from noon to 1 p.m. Friday and a presentation about invasive plants in Alaska by Janice Chumley at 3 p.m. Monday. 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.


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

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.

Kenai Joe's has live music by Ten Cent Zen at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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.

Veronica's Cafe in Old Town Kenai has a folk jam from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays.

The Riverside House in Soldotna presents "After 10," a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays favorite Top 40 dance music.

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.

Kenai Joes will have music by Ten Cent Zen Friday and Saturday.

Upcoming Events

The Lauren Pelon Musique Company will perform in Anchorage on Friday, in Homer on Aug. 12 and 19 and in Soldotna at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at Christ Lutheran Church. 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.


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 Homer Council on the Arts will have the 17th annual "AlaskaWILD" juried photography exhibition on display with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, featuring the music of Kirk Olsen and Tim Quinn.

The Fireweed Gallery in Homer has "Across the Bay" paintings by Marian Beck and clay vessels by Toni Maury on display through Aug. 31 with an opening reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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.

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

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, "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, "The Shamans: Spirit Guides of Siberia" through Sept. 18, and "Spot the Dog," the annual children's gallery exhibit, through May. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

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

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