What’s Happening

Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2006

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· The Performing Arts Society will present a family-oriented concert by the Fairbanks Arctic Chamber 7 p.m. Saturday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. The orchestra will perform “Peter and the Wolf” and Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony. See story, this page.

· The Gary L. Freeburg Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has an exhibition by Alaska black and white photographer Barry McWayne starting Sunday with an artist reception at 3 p.m. and slide show and lecture at 4 p.m.

Events and Exhibits

· Already Read Books in Kenai has “The Nose Project” on display through September.

· Art Works in Soldotna has art by Laura Faeo on display through September.

· Kaladi Brothers has Lisa and Riley Kent as their artists 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 at the cabin 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, 816 Cook St. in Old Town Kenai, has the seventh annual Harvest Art Exhibition and Auction on display through Saturday, when the donated pieces will be auctioned from 6 to 10 p.m. for the benefit of the Peninsula Art Guild and participating artists. The auction gala includes appetizers, wine and live music. A $20 donation is requested as admission.

· 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 in Soldotna and has educational displays and occasional interpretive programs. For more information, call 262-7021.

· The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has animal mounts, historic items and Alaska Native 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.


· The Crossing Restaurant in Soldotna has acoustic folk, blues and Hawaiian music by Mike Morgan at 6:30 p.m. today and Friday.

· The King’s Inn in Kenai has a nine-ball tournament at 8 p.m. today, karaoke with Steve Holloway at 9 p.m. today, Friday and Monday, and a jam night at 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 p.m. Tuesday.

· Veronica’s Cafe in Kenai has an open mic at 6:30 p.m. today, the Bob Ramponi Jazz Trio at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and Stefanie Bouchard, Katie Evans and Robert Pepper at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

· Hooligan’s in Soldotna has an open jam session at 10 p.m. Thursdays, Tuff-e-Nuff at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dan Sullivan at 7 p.m. Sundays, Bill and Grady at 10 p.m. Mondays, 150 Grit at 10 p.m. Tuesdays and karaoke at 10 p.m. Wednesdays.

· The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has the Mabrey Brothers from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and a poker challenge at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

· The Tustumena Lodge hosts a cribbage club at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Yearly dues are $15 and the suggested weekly donation is $10. Proceeds benefit the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race. For more information, call Cliff Bond at 262-1939.

· The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays and live music at 9 p.m. Saturday.

· Mykel’s Restaurant in Soldotna has music by Dave Unruh at 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

· The Riverside House in Soldotna has “After 10,” a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays favorite Top 40 dance music.

· Kaladi Brothers has music by Abbotron from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

· George’s Casino in Kenai has a poker challenge at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays.

· AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturdays and blind darts at 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

· The Hunger Hut in Nikiski has karaoke with Steve Holloway at 9 p.m. Saturdays.

· Moosequitoes in Sterling has music by the Carhartt Brothers on Saturday night.

· The Place Bar and Grill in North Kenai has karaoke at 9 p.m. Saturdays and Texas Hold ’Em poker at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

· The Vagabond Inn in Kenai has music by Mark LeBrelle at 9 p.m. Saturday and a Texas Hold ’Em tournament at 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

· The Duck Inn has karaoke at 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

· The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays.

Upcoming Events

· The Homer Documentary Film Festival will run Sept. 29 through Oct. 5 at the Homer Theatre. The following films will be show throughout the week: “US versus John Lennon,” about the attempt of the Nixon government to have John Lennon deported; “Beyond the Call,” about a Vietnam veteran on death row for the killing of a policeman and the woman who tries to get him to plea for clemency; “Wordplay” a hit with crossword puzzle enthusiasts; “Been Rich All My Life,” a portrait of a troupe of veteran Harlem tap dancers between the ages of 84 and 96; “Who Killed the Electric Car,” about the environmental mandate and the lobbying corruption surrounding the abandonment of producing electric vehicles; and “The Real Dirt on Farmer John,” about a rebel-doing-right as he inspires young people riding on the back of his tractor shouting and carrying-on.

· Kenai Performers will stage “Sudden Theatre” a series of 10-minute plays, at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 and 30 and 3 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Old Town Playhouse in Old Town Kenai. General admission is $12, or $10 for seniors and students.

· The Kenai Peninsula College Student Union presents an open mic night from 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 29 in the KPC commons. Canned goods donation for the food bank will be accepted. Sign-up for musicians is in the student union office. It is open to the public.

· The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will have a Fall Family Fun Day with activities, door prizes, snacks and hot drinks from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 30 at refuge headquarters on Ski Hill Road. Guided, half-hour nature walks will be at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Call 262-7021 to preregister for walks.

· The Vera Howarth Memorial Bed Race will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 30 on Park Street near the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center.

· An “Evening of Classics” concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna, a fundraiser for the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra. The Redoubt Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Tammy Vollom-Matturro, as well as the Central Peninsula Youth and Community Orchestra, directed by Mellisa Nill, will be featured along with many other musicians performing solos and ensembles. Allen Auxier of KDLL will emcee the program. Admission is $10 at the door. For more information, call 283-3024.

· The Bellamy Brothers with Brewer and Shipley will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Kenai Central High School, sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers. Tickets are $29. For more information, call 283-9302.


· 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 Kachemak Heritage Land Trust will hold a geology kayak trip from the Homer Harbor to Kachemak Bay’s Nubble Point on Saturday, guided by geologist Taz Tally. Departure is at 9 a.m. and return at 4:30 p.m. The cost is $195 per person, reservations required. The trip is a fundraiser for the trust. No kayak experience is necessary. Participants will provide their own lunch and receive a suggested equipment list via e-mail upon registration. There will be an organization-equipment check at 6 p.m. Friday at the trust office, 315 Klondike Ave. in Homer.

· The Fireweed Gallery has the work of mixed-media artist Judy Winn and paintings by Catherine Senungetuk on display through September.

· The Seldovia Arts Council presents progressive bluegrass banjoist Alison Brown at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Susan B. English School. Tickets will be available at the door for $15 for adults and $8 for children. There also will be a special musicians workshop at 3 p.m. with the members of Alison’s band.

· The Pratt Museum has fish feedings at 4 p.m. Fridays and Tuesdays, and “The Sami: Reindeer People of Alaska” on display through September. Also at the museum is “Facing the Elements,” a natural art installation outside the museum on display through September. The museum, at 3779 Bartlett St. in Homer, is open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

Anchorage events

· The Anchorage Symphony will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5” and “Les Petits Reins” with the New York Baroque Dance Company at 8 p.m. Sept. 30 and 4 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Atwood Concert Hall at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available at www.centertix.net, at the box office and by calling (907) 263-2787.

· “Man of La Mancha” will be performed Oct. 3 through 8 at the Atwood Concert Hall at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available at www.centertix.net, at the box office and by calling (907) 263-2787.

· The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has on display “The Alaska Railroad” through Oct. 1; “Tools as Art: The Hechinger Collection” through Dec. 3; “Sharing Knowledge: Alaska Native People and the Smithsonian Collections” through March 26; and the children’s exhibit, “Zoom! Planes, Trains and Automobiles” through May. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

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