What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2003

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Pier One Theater in Homer presents "The Electric Rolaids Antacid Test," written, scored and directed by David Webster, today, Friday and Saturday. The play is about struggling Homer musicians in a bar band that win the Nenana Ice Classic and use the winnings to buy an old school bus, pay off their debts and hit the road, trying to live their dream of becoming full-time musicians. During their shows in small-town clubs and American Legion halls they meet people who tell them how they should change their act to achieve success. Tickets are $15 with discounts for seniors, students and families.

The Seafair Safety Rodeo will be held Monday 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, heaving 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.

Events and Exhibits

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. 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 featured art 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.


Sackett's Kenai Grill in Cooper Landing presents blues, Hawaiian, and folk music by Mike Morgan at 8 p.m. today.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Two Cent Syndicate from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

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

This Hope, a contemporary gospel group originally from the Kenai Peninsula, will perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai Central High School.

Author and former Kenai resident Hal Thornton will visit the central Kenai Peninsula to promote his new book "Alaska Odeyssey" in September. He will visit the Kenai Senior Citizens Center at noon Sept. 10.

World Music for the Kenai presents Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion at 7:30 pm. Sept. 11 at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church, 44175 Kalifornsky Beach Road. Guthrie and Irion are carrying on the folk music tradition of Guthrie's father, Arlo, and grandfather, Woody Guthrie. This will be the couple's only full-length concert in Alaska. Tickets are $18 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students. Admission for children under 12 is free. Family discounts also are available. Tickets will be sold only at the door. Contact Mike Morgan at mjmorgan@gci.net or 262-6548 for more information.


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

Tim Easton will perform at 8 p.m. today at Bunnell Street Gallery in Homer. Tickets are $16 for general admission with a $2 discount for KBBI and Bunnell members. Tickets are available at Solstice Music, The Bookstore and Bunnell Street Gallery.

Musician Brooke Wilkes, originally from Alaska, will perform with her band Stellar at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Seward High School Auditorium as part of Seward's centennial Founders Day celebration. Tickets are $10 each, on sale at Ranting Raven and Bardarson Studio and at the door the night of the performance. For more information, visit the Web site www.brookewilkes.com.

The Fireweed Gallery in Homer presents an oil landscape show by David Rosenthal through Wednesday.

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. Tours will end for the season Saturday. 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 "Bread and Tulips," about a bored housewife who takes an opportunity for freedom in Venice that leads her to romance and self-discovery.

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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