What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2005

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The Gary L. Freeburg Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna opens its 2005-06 season today with an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. for an exhibition of paintings by longtime Alaska artist Alex Combs. The exhibition runs through Sept. 16. The opening is in conjunction with the KPC community "welcome back" barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. at KPC. Also happening is a question-and-answer session about art courses and art degree programs at 4:30 p.m. in the gallery, a tour of the ceramics lab at 5 p.m. and a tour of the photography darkroom and digital lab at 5:30 p.m.

Cellist Owen Berklund of Seward will perform a recital of classical music at 7 p.m. today at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. He will be accompanied on piano by Maria Allison of Kenai. The program includes works by Richard Strauss, Robert Schumann, Bohuslav Martinu and Astor Piazzola. Berklund, a Seward High School graduate, performed in the Kenai-Soldotna area. A $10 donation is suggested but there is no admission charge. A portion of the proceeds will go to prostate cancer research.

Events and Exhibits

Art Works in Soldotna has an exhibit by Marty Hapeman, owner, on display through August.

Frames and Things in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna has work by Alaska artists Bruce W. Nelson, an oil painter, and Regina McAbee, who makes traditional handmade birch baskets.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Ann Letzring as its artist of the month and a chess club that meets at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays.

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 guided tour of Old Town Kenai at 3 p.m. Friday and a "ConocoPhillips LNG Magic Show" with Jed Watkins 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.

The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch has Mic Hoggers karaoke at 9 p.m. today and live music with Full Tilt at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Hooligans in Soldotna 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.

Sockeye's Restaurant at Kenai Landing has live folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic rock acoustic music by Mike Morgan at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Veronica's Cafe in Old Town Kenai has open mic night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today and live music by the Bob Ramponi Jazz Trio from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Sue Biggs and Jack Will from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

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.


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 has the 17th annual "Alaska-WILD" juried photography exhibition on display through August.

The Fireweed Gallery in Homer has "Across the Bay" paintings by Marian Beck and clay vessels by Toni Maury on display through August.

The Young Dubliners, a sextet of Irish and American musicians who play Celtic-tinged rock, will perform at 10 p.m. Sept. 2 and 3 at Duggan's Pub in Homer. Tickets are available at The Homer Bookstore, Solstice Music, KBBI and the Amped Cafe in Homer and online at Ticketweb.com.

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.

Anchorage events

The Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp Instructor Concert, "An Evening of Blues," will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the University of Alaska Anchorage Williamson Auditorium. Bluesman Guy Davis will headline the concert with special guest Naked Blue and openers Canadian Roots artist Doug Cox and Rick Brooks of Anchorage. Tickets are $18 for general admission and are available at Blues Central and Metro Music and Books in Anchorage, online at www.ticketweb.com and by calling Ticketweb at (866) 468-3399.

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.

What's Happening submissions may be e-mailed to news@peninsulaclarion.com, faxed to 283-3299 or dropped at the Clarion's Kenai office. The deadline is 5 p.m. Mondays. For more information, call Jenny Neyman at 283-7551 or e-mail jennifer.neyman@peninsulaclarion.com.

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