What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, September 05, 2002

Best Bets

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's Soup Supper and Auction will be Friday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Central Peninsula Sports Center. Tickets are $25 and seating is limited. Raffle tickets will be sold for $10 for a trip for two to Hawaii. For more information, call 262-3111.

First Thursday events today will be a closing reception for the "Spirit of Alaska: The Inner Landscape" summer art show at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center from 4 to 6 p.m., a healing arts fair from 6 to 8 p.m. at Art Works in Soldotna, author Steven Stringham (of "Beauty Within the Beast") will be at River City Books in Soldotna from 6 to 8 p.m., artist Maxine Cloutre will feature her felt art creations at Claudette's Folk Art and Collectables in Soldotna from 6 to 8 p.m., a blue grass jam from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna and open mic music with Lois Holleman from 7 to 10 p.m., at Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna. For more information, call Marty at 262-1777.

Events and Exhibits

Kenai Peninsula College has a Graham Dane exhibit on display through Sept. 21 in its art gallery. Dane will give a lecture on his work from 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 20. There will be a closing reception for the exhibit immediately after the lecture. He will do a one day workshop on Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., entitled "Collage and Abstraction." There will be a limit of 20 participants, and the workshop fee will be $25.

The Kenai Fine Arts Center exhibit for September is the Harvest Auction, which will benefit Planned Parenthood.

Kaladi Brothers Coffee in Soldotna has Kevin Harding as its artist of the month.

Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna presents Sarah May Glaves as its artist of the month.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center presents "Spirit of Alaska: The Inner Landscape," an Alaska art show, through Sunday. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. There is a one-time fee of $3.

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 Collectables, Donna's Country and Victorian Gifts, Frames and Things, Malfunction Junction Gifts and Northcountry Fair in Soldotna, Alaskan Gift and Gallery, Fireweed Herb Garden 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. There are many scenic hiking trails, including the Kenai River trail, which begin near the center. 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.


Buster's Coffee House in Kenai presents music by Mike Morgan and Friends at 7 p.m. today.

Sackett's Roadhouse Grill in Sterling presents music by Mike Morgan and Friends at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Kenai Grill on Kenai Lake in Cooper Landing presents music by guitarist Jack Will and fiddler Sue Biggs, known as "Rusty Spur," at 8 p.m. Friday.

The American Legion Post No. 20 in Kenai presents music by Bull Don and the Moose Nuggets at 9 p.m. Friday.

Kaladi Brothers Coffee in Soldotna presents music from Joe Reinhardt and Kelley at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Vagabond Inn presents music by Jughead Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.

The Katmai in Kenai presents karaoke with Sherri at 9 p.m. Fridays, The Danglin' Wrangler performs country music at 9 p.m. Saturdays, and ladies' night karaoke is Tuesdays.

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.


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

Bunnell Street Gallery presents Anchorage artist Katherine Coons as its exhibiting artist for September. Coons will exhibit abstract paintings in her "Chance Operations on the Stick" exhibit. Today, modern metalsmith Susan Kingsley will lecture on her work exploring issues in fashion and fetish. The suggested donation is $6 for general admission and $5 for gallery members. Kingsly will present a workshop called "Post Modern Metalsmith" at the Homer branch of UAA on Saturday and Sunday. On Sept. 21, nationally recognized pianist Scott Cossu will perform with flutist Ann Lindquist.

The Fireweed Gallery presents a Beth Blankenship "Jewels of Summer" oil painting exhibit through Oct. 2. There will be an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Gordon Rowland, Mary Wright and Matt Yaki will perform a "Three Guitars" concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Mariner Theater. The acoustic guitar program will include original compositions by Rowland, classical and popular selections and jazz improvisations. The concert is a benefit for the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for center members and $8 for students. Tickets are available at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies office on Lake Street, Solstice Music, the Bookstore, Etude Music Studio and at the door. For more information, call the center at 235-6667.

"Facing the Elements," an annual outdoor art exhibition along the Forest Ecology Trail at the Pratt Museum, is on display until Sept. 15.

"Looking Both Ways: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq People," an exhibit reflecting the traditional lifestyle and rich cultural history of Alaska's Alutiiq people, is on display at the Pratt Museum through Sept. 15.

The Pratt Museum presents a historic harbor walking tour from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The tour features local history, a memorable array of local characters, boats of all types and fresh seafood products. The tour begins at the Pratt Museum wheelhouse booth, next to the Salty Dawg on the Homer Spit. Tickets are $5 and are available at the museum or from the tout guide at the wheelhouse booth.

The Pratt Museum presents "Bears, Beetles and Darkened Waters," a stewardship exhibit that tells stories of promise and loss in the region, in the museum's lower level. Topics include "Nature's Hand: Our Falling Forest," "Brown Bears of the Kenai: A Population at Risk," "A Sanctuary for Bears: The River of Bears" and "A Man-Made Disaster: Darkened Waters -- A Profile of an Oil Spill." Public viewing of fish feedings are Tuesdays and Fridays at 4 p.m. at the museum.

Anchorage Events

Adrienne Rich, author of 17 volumes of poetry and four of prose and winner of several prestigious poetry awards, will read from her work at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium, University of Alaska Anchorage campus. Following the reading will be a reception and book signing. The evening is free and open to the public. For more information, call 786-4330.

Tickets for the celebrated and provocative play, "The Vagina Monologues," by Eve Ensler, are on sale at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts box office, tickets.com, any Carrs Tix location and by calling (800) GR8-SEAT. The play will run Sept. 12-15 at the Discovery Theatre. The play raises money to stop violence against women and girls and help those who are survivors of violence. Money raised from the play is donated to local charities where it is performed. The participating actors will be Edie McClurg, the school secretary in the film, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," and New York actors Rhonda Ross and Glynis Bell.

The Anchorage Concert Association presents Old Blind Dogs performing Scottish ballads and jigs at the Atwood Concert Hall Sept. 14. Tickets are available by calling 272-1471.

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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