What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2005

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World Music for the Kenai and the KPC Multicultural Center present Celtic 12-string guitarist Andy White and cajun-blues piano and accordion player Radoslav Lorkovic at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Old Town Playhouse in Kenai. Irish-born singer-songwriter White has worked with Van Morrison, Sinead O'Connor and others. Lorkovic will be making his fourth visit to the central Kenai Peninsula. Tickets will be available at the door for $23 for general admission, $20 for seniors, students and KDLL members, $15 for teens with an adult and free for kids 12 and under. Family discounts will be available. For more information on the concert, contact Mike Morgan at mjmorgan@gci.net or 262-6548. For more information on the performers, view their Web sites at www.andywhite.com and www.radosl avlorkovic.com.

The Kenai Community Library and Kenai Performers will present a collection of "Cinderella" tales from around the world at 1 p.m. Sunday at the library. This is the first monthly Family Story Time event with prizes and treats. The event is free.

Events and Exhibits

Veterans picnics will be held at three locations around the Kenai Peninsula on Sunday. Picnics will be held in Kenai at the American Legion Post 20, in Ninilchik at the Ninilchik Senior Center and in Homer at the American Legion Post 16. Music, games, door prizes and food will be available. All three picnics will run from noon until 3 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Darlene Sheldon at (907) 235-6789 or Dave at 260-7640.

Artist Tim Fowler has work on display at Already Read Books in Kenai.

The Gary L. Freeburg Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna is hosting an exhibition of paintings by longtime Alaska artist Alex Combs. The exhibition runs through Friday. Starting Sept. 20 a display of paintings and mixed media work by Spelman Evans Downer will be on display through Oct. 13.

The Peninsula Art Guild is holding its annual Harvest Artwork display and auction at the Kenai Fine Arts Center during September. Donated works are on display from noon to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at the center on Cook Street in Old Town Kenai. A gala and auction fund-raiser with appetizers, drinks and music will be held for these items at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 Frames and Things in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna has Katzenberger pottery and traditional handmade birch baskets by Regina McAbee through September.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has 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 through Saturday. The center also has natural history mounts, a historic area and Native Alaska artifacts on display. 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.

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 until Saturday. 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.

Entertainment

AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturdays.

The Big T bar in the Tustumena Lodge has live music from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturdays.

Hooligan's in Soldotna has live music by Tuff-e-Nuff at 9 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.

The Riverside House in Soldotna presents "After 10," a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays favorite Top 40 dance music.

Veronica's Cafe in Old Town Kenai has an open mic night at 6:30 p.m. today, and live music by the Bob Ramponi Jazz Trio at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Mike Morgan and Friends at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

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.

Upcoming events

Nick Jans, author of "The Grizzly Maze: Timothy Treadwell's Fatal Obsession with Alaskan Bears" will hold a book reading and discussion at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Kenai Community Library.

An Evening of Classics Concert will be performed at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Admission is $10. The concert is a fund-raiser for the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra. Musicians involved are the Redoubt Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Tammy Vollom-Matturro, the Central Peninsula Youth and Community Orchestra directed by Mellisa Nill and soloists and ensembles including Bill Larned, guitar; Erin Southwick, flute; Siri Larson, soprano vocalist; Sue Biggs, violin; Natasha Vaissenberg, piano; Phillip Hart, piano; the Amanita Trio; and the Kalgin Island Quartet. There will be a guest appearance by former Mrs. Alaska, Charlissa Magen.

Films

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 2005 Seward Music and Arts Festival will be Sept. 23 to 25 in the Alaska Railroad Seward Cruise ship terminal building with proceeds going to the Seward band and choir booster programs. The event will include Seward's "Mural in a Day" project, live music, a community art show, food, kids' activities, art vendors, artist demonstrations and a beer garden.

The Fireweed Gallery, 475 E. Pioneer Ave. in Homer, has a "mad hatter" photography exhibition called "Just Ask Alice" by Homer artist Aleda Yourdon on display through Oct. 5.

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

Nikiski artist Jim Evenson is exhibiting paintings and stone lithographs in a solo show at Alaska Pacific University through Sept. 30.

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has on display "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 Sunday; "The Shamans: Spirit Guides of Siberia" through Sunday; 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 can be e-mailed to news@peninsulaclarion.com, faxed to 283-3299 or dropped off at the Clarion's Kenai office. The deadline s 5 p.m. Mondays. For more information, call Jenny Neyman at 283-7551 or e-mail jennifer.neyman@peninsulaclarion.com.



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