What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, August 05, 2004

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"The Nazi Chronicles," a new play by Joe Rizzo, will be performed at 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday and next week Aug. 12, 13 and 14 at Soldotna High School. Tickets are $8 at the door. The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Summer Music Festival runs through Aug. 15. The DeVere Quartet and Friends will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday 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. Sunday. 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 at 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 Mykel's Restaurant today, Kaladi Brothers on Friday and Aug. 12, Don Jose's in Kenai on Monday, the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on Tuesday, the Kenai Community Library on Wednesday, and the Kenai Senior Citizens Center on Aug. 13. For more information, call (907) 235-6318.

Events and Exhibits

A bluegrass jam will be held tonight at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna as a First Thursday event.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center's upcoming summer interpretive programs include a a presentation about Alaska native plants by Janice Chumley at 3 p.m. Friday; a presentation about viewing wildlife in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge by Nicole Johnson at 3 p.m. Monday; a Kenai Peninsula Orchestra concert at noon Tuesday, a digital photo manipulation presentation by David Edwards-Smith at 3 p.m. Wednesday; and a concert by the members of the Los Angeles Doctors Orchestra at noon Aug. 12. Programs are free and open to the public.

The Sing From The Heart singing contest is being held 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.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Mary Krull as its artists of the month. It also hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

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

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

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

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Dave Beagle from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

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.

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 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 the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. 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

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

Downward Dog productions presents a performance by Flowmotion at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Alice's Champagne Palace in Homer. The Saturday 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 Tuesday at 5 p.m. For more information, call Jenny Neyman at 283-7551.



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