What’s Happening

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2006

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· Kenai Performers will stage “Sudden Theatre,” a series of 10-minute plays, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Old Town Playhouse in Old Town Kenai. General admission is $12, or $10 for seniors and students. See story, this page.

· 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. Saturday at refuge headquarters on Ski Hill Road. Guided, half-hour nature walks will be at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Call 262-7021 to preregister for walks.

Events and Exhibits

· The Kambe Theatre’s Can-Do Attitude Can Film Festival will be held today. By donating three small canned foods, donors will receive a free movie admission and small popcorn. Call 283-4554 for movie selections and times. All food collected will be donated to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. For more information, call 262-3111.

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

· Already Read Books in Kenai has “The Nose Project” on display through September. See story, this page.

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

· The Gary L. Freeburg Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has an exhibition by Alaska black and white photographer Barry McWayne on display.

· 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 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 “Alaska Wild 2006,” a traveling photo exhibit put on by the Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers; and “Sammy Goes Home,” a solo exhibit by Nikiski artist and illustrator Chris Jenness on display through Oct. 14. An opening reception for both shows will be Oct. 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The center also 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 Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays and live music at 9 p.m. Saturday.

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

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

· 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.

· Hooligan’s in Soldotna has an open jam session at 10 p.m. Thursdays, Ten Cent Zen 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 Hunger Hut in Nikiski has karaoke with Steve Holloway at 9 p.m. Saturdays.

· Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has music by Jake Zufelt from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

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

· 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; live music by Tuff-e-Nuff at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and a jam night at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

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

· Moosequitoes in Sterling has music by Paul Davis on Saturday night.

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

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

· The Tustumena Lodge hosts a cribbage club at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. For more information, call 262-1939.

· The Vagabond Inn in Kenai has a Texas Hold ’Em tournament at 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

· 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 Chris Bjerken from Palmer performs alternative, indie and folk music at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Upcoming Events

· “An Experimental Installation,” a collaborative project hosted by the Kenai River Council on the Arts, will open Oct. 5 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai. A public reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 5. It will be on display through October.

· 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 and the Central Peninsula Youth and Community Orchestra. 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 Homer Documentary Film Festival will run Friday through Oct. 5 at the Homer Theatre. Films will be shown throughout the week, including “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.

·The Kenai Peninsula State Fair will host a high tea at noon Sunday at the fairgrounds. Winner of the “Fair to Remember” Quilters Challenge will be announced and ideas for fundraisers also will be discussed.

· 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. Sunday 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 Brown’s band.

· The Pratt Museum has fish feedings at 4 p.m. Fridays and Tuesdays, “The Sami: Reindeer People of Alaska” on display through September, and a “Creating Alaska” touring exhibit from the University of Alaska about the 50-year anniversary of the Alaska Constitution through Oct. 29. 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. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday 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 Tuesday through Oct. 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 Sunday; “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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