* First Thursday events include a reception for the Harvest Auction Exhibit, held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kenai Fine Arts Center (the auction will be Sept. 22); Kenai Performers feature the artwork of Nathan Nash, a peninsula artist, from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Old Town Playhouse; a closing reception for "Sticks and Stones" at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m.; a bluegrass jam at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna will be held at 6:30 p.m.; and Open Mic Night at Veronica's Coffeehouse in Kenai will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Events and Exhibits
* 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.
* 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 Fine Arts Center in Old Town has an "Alaska Nature Photographers" exhibit on display this month.
* Mykel's in Soldotna has Pam Mersch 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" on display. 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 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 Crossing in Soldotna has folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic acoustic music by Mike Morgan at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
* 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 Mailorder Brides at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Chames's Daughters at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
* Kenai Landing's Dockside Cafe has live acoustic music by J.D., accompanied by Sue Biggs and Jack Will, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and 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., and karaoke on Thursdays.
* Mykel's' has music by Dave Unruh from 6:30 to 9:30 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 open mic night at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays; and music by Mike Morgan and Friends at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
* 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
* Fireweed Gallery presents "Pods Seeds of New Beginnings" with Homer artists Gail Baker and Lynn Naden. Work by Baker includes paintings, assemblages and mixed media. Works by Naden include clay and mixed media. "Pods" represents the artists' way of putting their lives together to say "this is what I know right now", as they attempt to organize the world around them. Meet the artists at the opening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at the gallery at 475 E. Pioneer Ave. Call 235-3411. The show runs through Oct. 2.
* 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.
The museum will host a end of season party at 4 p.m. Monday. Supporters, volunteers, employees and members may attend.
* Homer Theatre will host the following documentaries at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Sept. 28 through Oct. 4: "Sicko," "Arctic Tale," "In the Shadow of the Moon" and "No End in Sight." The price of admission is $7 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and children. Festival passes are available to all six films for $28 for adults and $16 for seniors and children.
* Restless Heart, known for "Bluest Eyes of Texas," "Why Does it Have to be Wrong or Right?," "I'll Still Be loving You," and "Fast Movin' Train" will hold a concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Kenai Central High School. Thom Bresh, singer, songwriter and guitar impressionist also will perform. Proceeds will benefit Safety Bear, Explorer Scouts, DNA identification kits and youth sports on the peninsula. For more information or tickets call 283-9302.
* The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has on display "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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