What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2002

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World Music for the Kenai, the Multicultural Consortium and the Sunday Showcase of Kenai Peninsula College present Toshi Reagon and the Big Lovely Band at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on the Spur Highway in Kenai. Reagon is the daughter of Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock, and has produced several of Sweet Honey's latest CDs. Reagon's electric music is a combination of gospel, modern blues and urban funk. Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 for seniors and KPC students and will be available at the door. For more information, call Mike Morgan at 262-6548.

The Tustumena Lodge will host a benefit for musher Ed Borden Saturday. Hobo Jim will play from 1 to 3 p.m. and Mike Morgan will play from 3 to 4 p.m. There will be an Italian buffet from 3 to 6 p.m. for $10 per person. There will also be raffles and a puppy poop board. All proceeds benefit Borden, who has been diagnosed with cancer.

Events and Exhibits

The Kenai River Folk Dancers will hold a potluck dinner and folk dance Saturday at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary. The evening features caller Tom Paul from Juneau and fiddler Jeff Graham of Palmer playing Irish music with Karen Rosene playing penny whistle and flute. The potluck begins at 5 p.m. with dancing from 7 to 10 p.m. No experience is necessary. Admission is $5 and children under 16 are free with an accompanying adult. Clean, nonmarking shoes are required. This is a nonalcoholic, nonsmoking event. For more information, call 283-9382.

The Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery will host a "Structures" group art show with painters Mark Anderson, Mary Whiteley and Carol Crump Bryner through Oct. 18 in its gallery.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center is hosting two separate exhibitions. The "All-Alaska Juried Art Show, a biennial exhibition of the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, will be on display until Oct. 26. The show includes 64 paintings, photography and sculptures from some of Alaska's best artists. A Daniel Ogan exhibition, the "Myths of Kodiak," of nine egg tempera nautical paintings will be on display until Nov. 29.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Kevin Harding as its artist of the month.

Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna presents Sarah May Glaves 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 Collectables, Donna's Country and Victorian Gifts, Frames and Things, Malfunction Junction Gifts and Northcountry Fair in Soldotna, Alaskan Gift and Gallery, Fireweed Herb Garden 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. There are many scenic hiking trails, including the Kenai River trail, which begin near the center. 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.


Buster's Coffee House in Kenai presents music by Mike Morgan and Friends today from 7 to 10 p.m. and Dave Unruh and Barney Wilborg at 7 p.m. Friday.

Moosequitos in Sterling presents music by The Alcan Gypsy on Friday. Call Moosequitos for more information.

Mykel's Restaurant presents dinner music by Dave Unruh on acoustic guitar and Barney Wilborg on upright bass at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents blues and classic rock music by Mike Morgan and the Baked Alaskans at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Millie's Moose River Inn presents music, a pool tournament and food during a farewell party for Turk at 9 p.m. Saturday.

BJ's Lounge in Soldotna presents the end-of-season shows by Hobo Jim at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Katmai in Kenai presents karaoke with Sherri at 9 p.m. Fridays, The Danglin' Wrangler performs country music at 9 p.m. Saturdays, and ladies' night karaoke is Tuesdays.

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.

Upcoming Events

The Kenai Fine Arts Center will host a watercolor group exhibit for the month of October. The center is at 816 Cook Ave. in Kenai. For more information, call 283-7040.


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

Bunnell Street Gallery presents Anchorage artist Katherine Coons as its exhibiting artist for September. Coons will exhibit abstract paintings in her "Chance Operations on the Stick" exhibit. On Saturday, nationally recognized pianist Scott Cossu will perform with flutist Ann Lindquist.

The Pratt Museum presents a historic harbor walking tour from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The tour features local history, a memorable array of local characters, boats of all types and fresh seafood products. The tour begins at the Pratt Museum wheelhouse booth, next to the Salty Dawg on the Homer Spit. Tickets are $5 and are available at the museum or from the tour guide at the wheelhouse booth.

The Pratt Museum presents "Bears, Beetles and Darkened Waters," a stewardship exhibit that tells stories of promise and loss in the region, in the museum's lower level. Topics include "Nature's Hand: Our Falling Forest," "Brown Bears of the Kenai: A Population at Risk," "A Sanctuary for Bears: The River of Bears" and "A Man-Made Disaster: Darkened Waters -- A Profile of an Oil Spill." Public viewing of fish feedings are Tuesdays and Fridays at 4 p.m. at the museum.

Anchorage Events

The first play of the season for the University of Alaska Anchorage's theater and dance department will be "Dr. Faustus," by Christopher Marlow, presented Oct. 11-27 at the UAA Main Stage in the Arts Building. In the play, Dr. Faustus, a brilliant scholar, sells his soul to the devil in exchange for limitless knowledge and powerful black magic, yet remains unfulfilled. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m., with a special Halloween showing at 10 p.m. Oct. 31. Reserved ticket prices are $17 for adults at Friday and Saturday showings and $13 at Sunday showings, $15 for UAA students, staff and faculty members and $12 per person for groups of at least 15 people. General admission prices are $12 for adults at Friday and Saturday showings and $9 at Sunday showings, $10 for UAA students, staff and faculty members and $7 per person for groups of at least 15 people. Tickets are available at the UAA box office at 786-4849.

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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