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What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, September 25, 2003

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The Peninsula Art Guild will hold its Harvest Art Auction and Gala at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. The event will be catered. The perusal time starts at 6 p.m. with an outcry auction following. The entry fee is $20 at the door. Contributing artists are exempt from the fee.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has "Earth, Fire and Fiber," a traveling exhibition with art made from natural mediums, on display through Oct. 24. Admission is $3. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Events and Exhibits

The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has a three-dimensional mixed media painting exhibit by Jo Going that will be on display until Oct. 17. The gallery's hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays.

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.

Entertainment

Sackett's Kenai Grill in Cooper Landing presents blues, Hawaiian and folk music by Mike Morgan at 8 p.m. today.

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 the Tone Brothers at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents blues, Hawaiian and folk music by Mike Morgan from 6:30 to 9 p.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.

Films

Call Orca at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.

Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for weekly listings and show times.

Upcoming Events

A fund-raiser auction will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Tustumena Lodge in Kasilof. There will be raffles, live music and an Italian dinner. Proceeds will benefit Kasilof residents Teri Leto and daughter, Lily, who lost everything in a house fire. For more information or to donate items to the auction, call Evy Gebhardt at 262-5057.

The second annual Dog Dash for Dee Dee will be held Oct. 4 at Tsalteshi Trails at Skyview High School. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the race starts at 10 a.m. The race is about 3.8 miles and is for people with or without dogs. All dogs must be on a leash. For more information, call Mindee at 283-3954.

World Music For the Kenai presents a concert by Australian lap-style guitar player, singer and songwriter Jeff Lang at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Peninsula Grace Brethren Church auditorium on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Tickets will be sold only at the door. Tickets are $18 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students. Admission for children under 12 free. Family discounts are available. For more information on the concert, contact Mike Morgan at mjmorgan@gci.net or 262-6548. For more information on Lang, visit the Web site www.jefflang.com.au.

The Performing Arts Society presents "Strings and Stories", a combination of favorite children's stories, classical music and mime, with violinist Linda Rosenthal and actor Bill Blush at 3 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Tickets are available at Alaskan Gift and Gallery and Already Read Books in Kenai and Northcountry Fair and River City Books in Soldotna and at the door. Tickets are $5 for youths up to age 18 and $10 for adults.

The Kenai River Folk Dancers will host a smoke- and alcohol-free community contra dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 18 at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Live music will be provided by the Contra BanD. Beginners should come early, since the easiest dances start at 7 p.m. Participants should bring clean, nonmarking shoes and snacks to share. No partners are required. Admission is $5. Children under 16 can get in for free if accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 260-4171 or 283-9382.

Down the Road

The Pratt Museum presents "Facing the Elements," the museum's annual outdoor exhibition along the Forest Ecology Trail is on display through September. "Bears, Beetles and Darkened Waters," a stewardship exhibit, is on display in the museum's lower level. Films about Alaska grizzly bears, the Exxon Valdez oil spill and longtime pioneers are shown in the lower level of the museum at 3 p.m. every day. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

Anchorage Events

Writer Jodi Picoult, winner of the 2003 new England Bookseller Association Award for Fiction, will discuss her craft at 3 p.m. today at the in the University of Alaska Anchorage Commons, room 106. At 7:30 p.m., Picoult will do a reading of her work at Title Wave Books. Both events are free and open to the public.

On Friday at 7:30 p.m., there will be a piano master class with Olga Kern. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for University of Alaska Anchorage students. On Saturday at 12:30 p.m., there will be a free informational talk titled "Classical Appetites" at the UAA arts building. Call 272-1471 to reserve a seat to either of these events. At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, there will be a preconcert talk with local pianist Dr. Juliana Osinchuk in the Atwood Concert Hall that is free to concert ticket holders.

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "Ready, Set, Go!" an exhibit of toys and games in art, through May.

The University of Alaska's music department will continue its annual Jazz Week Benefit Concert Series on Friday, when American composer Lawrence Moss will be featured in a concert of his works including Alaska and guest artists. The concert 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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