What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2003

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Author and former Kenai resident Hal Thornton will visit the central Kenai Peninsula to promote his new book "Alaska Odyssey" in September. He will have book signings at the Kenai Community Library from 2 to 4 p.m. today, at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center at noon Friday and Alaskan Gift and Gallery from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday.

World Music for the Kenai presents Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion at 7:30 pm. today 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.

Events and Exhibits

The Kenai Elks Club will host the fourth annual KDLL Oktoberfest event at 7 p.m. Saturday. The public radio fund-raiser will include live music by Alaska Blaskapelle, a nine-piece "oom-pah" band from Anchorage, micro brew beer from the Homer Brewing Company, and food including brats, sauerkraut, soup and "apfel kuchen."

The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has "The Journey or the Memory," a mixed media show by Paula Dickey, on display through Sept. 20. Dickey will give a lecture and slide presentation from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 18 at the college in room 132.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Emily Grossman as its featured art of the month and hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Mykel's Restaurant has Pat Foster 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.


Common Ground in Kenai presents music by local acoustic bands Simpleton Square and the Tim Sturm Band at 8:30 p.m. today. Admission is $5.

Millie's Moose River Inn in Sterling presents karaoke at 9 p.m. today and music by Kindred at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Ten-Cent Zen at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by J. D. Uponen from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Moose Lodge in Kenai presents music by Bull Don and the Moose Nuggets from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. 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.


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

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. "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. 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 Sunday. 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. Today, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.,the museum hosts Jazz After Hours events where participants can view the museum's special exhibitions and permanent collections while listening to jazz music.

The University of Alaska's music department will hold its annual Jazz Week Benefit Concert Series starting Sept. 24 with the Snapping Turtle Swing Band, which will perform songs from its new CD, "Snappitude." On Sept. 26, American composer Lawrence Moss will be featured in a concert of his works featuring Alaska and guest artists. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the UAA Arts Building's recital hall, room 150. Tickets will be sold only at the door and are $10 for general admission, $2 for UAA students and $5 for seniors, students and military members.

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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