* The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Summer Music Festival runs through Sunday. Events include luncheon concerts in Kenai and Homer; a gala concert, featuring violinist Paul Rosenthal performing Beethoven's "Violin Concerto," and ethnic flautist Gary Stroutsos performing "Richardson's Song of the Lonely Man," "Along the River" and "Mars, Venus and Jupiter (excerpts from Holst's The Planets)" with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Rene C. Henderson Auditorium and Saturday at the Mariner Theatre; and the Southwest String Quartet with JulieAnn Smith at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Faith Lutheran Church in Homer. For more information call (907) 235-4899 or visit www.kpoalaska.org. See story this page.
* Singer-songwriter Sally Shuffield will perform from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at Veronica's in Kenai. For more information about her, visit www.sallyshuffield.com.
Events and Exhibits
* The Kenai Performers present two summer theater camp shows at the Old Town Playhouse in Kenai directed by Carol Ford. The older kids will perform "The Wishing of Biddy Malone" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday. The show has original songs and live music. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $6 for students and seniors and are available at the door. Seating is limited.
* Author and illustrator Chris Jenness, of Nikiski, will hold a book signing for his new book "Sammy Goes Home" from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna.
* Author Alice Wright will do a reading from "Alaska Animals, We Love You" from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Cornerstone Books and Supplies in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna.
* The Kenai Saturday Market is held Saturday afternoons in the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center parking lot. The Soldotna Saturday Market is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next to Soldotna Elementary School. The Soldotna Wednesday Market is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every week until Sept. 26 at Soldotna Creek Park along the Sterling Highway.
* Already Read Books in Kenai has Nathan Nash as its artist of the month.
* Artists Without Boarders in the 4D building in Soldotna has "Red is Blue? Green is White? Blue is Blue?", an experiment in color by Bill Hutchinson on display this month.
* Art Works in Soldotna has Celia Anderson as its artist of the month.
* Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Da'Von Lattimore as its artist of the month.
* The Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town has an "Alaska Nature Photographers" exhibit on display this month.
* Mykel's in Soldotna has Kathy Matta as its artist of the month.
* The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has "The Journals of Captain Cook" and the summer show, "Sticks and Stones, Alaska Structure." The center also displays animal mounts, historic items and Alaska Native artifacts. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 283-1991.
* The Kasilof Historical Society's cabin museum is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. It has historical displays and area artists and crafters are invited to display their work on weekends. The cabin is at Mile .5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information or to set an appointment, call Dave at 262-5125.
* The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center on Ski Hill Road outside Soldotna shows films on wildlife, the refuge and the history of the area daily at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.
* AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturday and blind darts at 2:30 p.m. Sundays.
* The Duck Inn has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.
* The 406 Bar at the Kenai Spur Lodge in Kenai has karaoke with Steve Holloway and Debbie at 9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
* Hooligan's in Soldotna has music by the Free Beer Band on Monday nights, 150 Grit on Tuesday nights, karaoke Wednesday nights, Alter Ego on Thursday nights, and live music Friday and Saturday nights.
* The Hunger Hut in Nikiski has karaoke with Steve Holloway at 9 p.m. Saturdays.
* Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has music by the Chamus's Daughters at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Mike Morgan at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
* The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays and live music by the Free Beer Band on Sunday nights.
* Moosequito's in Sterling has a Texas hold 'em poker tournament every Wednesday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m., karaoke on Thursdays and live music by 10 Cent Zen on Friday and Saturday nights.
* 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 at 10:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and a poker challenge at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
* The Riverside House in Soldotna has "After 10" with Top 40 dance music Friday and Saturday nights.
* Veronica's in Old Town Kenai has a folk music jam on the deck at 6 p.m. Tuesdays; open mic night at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays; original folk music by Sally Shuffield at 6:30 p.m. Friday; and Suzanne Little, Vicki Tinker and Katie Evans at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
* 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
* Pier One Youth Theatre presents "Revenge of the Space Pandas" by David Mamet, directed by Paul Jones. This full-length comedy follows three friends on an interstellar journey where they must rely on each other when a bunch of pandas try to kill them. Showtimes are 7 p.m. today and Friday, and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday. For more information and reservations, call (907) 235-7333 or visit www.pieronetheatre.org.
* Homer's Pub Theater presents the musical comedy "Old Songs and Chapstick" at 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 1 at Alice's Champagne Palace. The play is about four quirky women who buy the establishment where they used to perform and try to rekindle their musical magic. For more information or reservations, call (907) 299-0601 or visit www.oldsongsandchapstick.com.
* Fireweed Gallery's August show is "Organized Chaos" by mixed media artist Gaye Wolfe. The gallery is at 475 E. Pioneer Ave.
* The Pratt Museum in Homer has a live BearCam. Each Wednesday evening from 6 to 8, visit with horticulturist and museum gardener Katy Rice as she works in the botanical garden. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays and historic harbor walking tours are at 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays for $5 starting at the Pratt Museum wheelhouse booth on the Homer Spit. Current exhibits include "Kachemak Bay: An Exploration of People and Place"; "Kachemak Perspectives," an exhibit of art depicting various aspects of the bay area; ; and "Tradition, Inspiration, Innovation, which features contemporary Native influenced mixed-media art by Alvin Amason, Lena Amason, Perry Eaton, Jerry Laktonen and Rebecca Lyon. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. To find out about other activities, call (907) 235-8635.
* BeauSoleil will perform at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik on Aug. 17. Tickets are on sale at The Buzz Cafe in Ninilchik, Homer Bookstore and online at inticketing.com. For more information, call (907) 567-3670 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna will hold an art auction for watercolor painters Rube Tikka and Pam Mersch on Aug. 25. Their work is currently on display in the bookstore portion of the theater.
* The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has on display "Points of View VII: Con-Census" through Sept. 2; "Inuniunniq aqvunniagun A Way of Life through Whaling" through Sept. 16; "Gift of the Whale," photographs by Bill Hess through Sept. 16; "Arctic Spirit," Inuit art from the Albrecht Collection at the Heard Museum through Sept. 16; "Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2," contemporary Native North American art from the West, Northwest and Pacific through Sept. 16; and "Out of the Ordinary," the children's gallery exhibit.
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