What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, August 07, 2003

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The play "The Doll Collection," written and directed by Kenai playwright Joe Rizzo, will be performed at 8 p.m. today, Friday, Aug. 14, 15 and 16 at the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Admission is $5. This is a suspenseful play with special effects and is not recommended for small children.

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra presents its annual Gala String Festival through this weekend. Members of the orchestra and other musicians will perform free luncheon concerts at noon at several locations in the Kenai-Soldotna area. The Kalgin Island Quartet will perform today at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center; Bill Larned will perform today at Mykel's Restaurant; Sue Biggs and Jack Will will perform Friday at Don Jose's in Kenai; and the DeVere Trio will perform Friday at Kaladi Brothers. The orchestra's gala concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kenai Central High School and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Homer High School with preconcert lectures starting at 6:45 in both locations. The featured pianist is Dean Epperson. Tickets are available at River City Books, Alaskan Gift and Gallery, at the door and at the luncheon concerts. Tickets are $15 with discounts. On Sunday, members of the DeVere Quartet will perform with JulieAnn Smith at the Homer Bunnell Street Gallery at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $12 with discounts.

Events and Exhibits

First Thursday events in Soldotna today include a reception for Kodiak artist Bruce Nelson from 6 to 8 p.m. at Art Works and a bluegrass jam from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church.

World Music for the Kenai presents an evening of Irish music, featuring fiddler Tony DeMarco and flutist, piper and singer Linda Hickman, along with many Alaska musicians at Mike Morgan's Moose Pasture in Kasilof (watch for signs at Mile 107 of the Sterling Highway) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $20 general admission, $17 for seniors and students, $10 for teens with a parent or guardian, free for children under 12 and $50 for a family. Patrons can bring chairs, blankets, coolers and food. For more information and directions, call or e-mail Mike Morgan at 262-6548 or mjmorgan@gci.net before Monday.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has "Alaska 2003: A Celebration of Wildlife Art," featuring 76 original paintings by 44 world-renowned artists, through Sept. 6. The cost to view the exhibit is $3 for adults and free for students and children. On Friday, for Alaska Heritage Day, Dena'ina artist Bunny Swan will present "Ancient Voices, Future Visions," her multifaceted examination of where her people have been, where they are and where they are going. Summer interpretive programs begin at 3 p.m. and are free. The center's hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. For more information, call 283-1991.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Retired Hands as its artist of the month and hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Mykel's Restaurant has Chris Jenness as its artist of the month.

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, 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.


Millie's Moose River Inn in Sterling presents karaoke at 9 p.m. today and Friday and a going away party for Turk at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Moosequitos in Sterling presents reggae music by Different Culture at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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

The American Legion post in Kenai will host oldies music by Bull Don and the Moose Nuggets at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

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

The Katmai in Kenai presents western dance lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, karaoke with Lori from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and music by the Danglin' Wrangler from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturdays.

The Riverside House in Soldotna presents "After 10," a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. DJ Ian will play favorite Top 40 dance music until 5 a.m.

Upcoming Events

Hand-painted silk artist Chelline Larsen will have a studio show Aug. 16, open to the public. Her studio is at 28300 Robinson Loop Road, about 1.6 miles down on the left.

The Seafair Safety Rodeo will be held Sept. 1 in Homer starting with a Coast Guard helicopter rescue demonstration at 1 p.m. Boat crew competitions will follow the demonstration, including an immersion suit relay and damage control trainer operations. The entry fee is $100 per boat for a crew of four people who are or who have been employed on a boat. There also will be an oyster slurp, having line and fish fillet contest. There is no fee for individual entries. Prizes will be awarded in each category, as well as a grand prize of all the entry fees. Childrens' games, a boat and gear swap meet, vendor booths, complimentary EPIRB testing and a variety of safety equipment and flare demonstrations and displays will take place as well. For more information, call the Homer Chamber of Commerce at (907) 235-7740.


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

The Fireweed Gallery in Homer presents an oil landscaped show by David Rosenthal on through Sept. 3.

The Pratt Museum presents "Fire and Ice," a thematic exhibition about Alaska's glaciers and volcanoes with photographs by Carmen Field and fiber arts pieces by Kenai Peninsula artists, on display through Sept. 21. Also on display is "Eight Stars of Gold the Story of Alaska's Flag," a historic collection of schoolchildren's designs that tell the story of Alaska and how the winning flag design supported the campaign for statehood, in the museum's mezzanine and lower levels. "Bears, Beetles and Darkened Waters," a stewardship exhibit, is on display in the museum's lower level. The museum's "SeeBirdCam" is operational through September, allowing patrons to control a live video camera on Gull Island from the museum's Marine Room. Films about Alaska grizzly bears, the Exxon Valdez oil spill and longtime pioneers are shown in the lower level of the museum at 11 a.m., 1, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. every day. Historic harbor guided walking tours are given from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting at the museum's wheelhouse booth on the Homer Spit for $5. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

Anchorage Events

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "Eskimo Drawings," featuring more than 250 original drawings, watercolors and pastels, on display through Sept. 14. Also on display is "Soaring Like the Ravens: Aviation Alaska Style," through Sept. 21 and "Ready, Set, Go!" an exhibit of toys and games in art, through May 2004. Every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. through Sept. 11, the museum hosts Jazz After Hours events where participants can view the museum's special exhibitions and permanent collections while listening to jazz music. At 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday, the museum will show the film "The Saltmen of Tibet,"a documentary that follows the caravan of four pilgrims to the salt lakes of Northern Tibet for a centuries-old ritual of gathering the tears of the goddess Tara.

If you have an event to include in our Thursday InSide section, send the information, in writing, to "What's Happening," c/o the Peninsula Clarion, Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611, fax the information to 283-3299 or send it via e-mail to clarion@alaska.net.

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

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