There will be a benefit concert for the Kenai-Soldotna Shrine Club featuring music by Hobo Jim, recording artist Michael Johnson, and Katie Skrha today at 6:30 p.m. at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Doors open at 6 p.m. Advanced tickets are available at Zumwalt's Music Shoppe. The first 300 students will be admitted free. Proceeds will stay in Alaska to benefit Kenai-Soldotna Shrine programs.
First Thursday events today in Soldotna are a Renaissance jam at Art Works from 6 to 8 p.m., jack-o-lantern carving at River City Books from 6 to 8 p.m., a display of nautical collages by Liz Chase at Claudette's Folk Art and Collectables from 6 to 8 p.m., a bluegrass jam at Christ Lutheran Church from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and a display of artwork by Jim Evenson at Mykel's Restaurant. First Thursday events today in Kenai are an opening reception for the "All Alaska Juried Art Show" and Daniel Ogan painting exhibition at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center from 4 to 6 p.m. and a performance by Mike Morgan and Friends at Buster's Coffee House.
Events and Exhibits
The Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery has "Structures," a group art show with painters Mark Anderson, Mary Whiteley and Carol Crump Bryner, on display through Oct. 18. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
The Kenai Fine Arts Center presents an opening reception at 7 p.m. Friday for the 2002 juried watercolor show on display through October. The center is at 816 Cook Ave. in Kenai. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 283-7040.
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center is hosting two separate exhibitions. The "All Alaska Juried Art Show XXIX," 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 paintings will be on display until Oct. 29. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Kevin Harding as its artist of the month.
Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna has Jim Evenson 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 from 7 to 10 p.m. today.
Sackett's Roadhouse Grill in Sterling presents music by Mike Morgan from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.
BJ's in Soldotna presents stand-up comedy by Eric Haines at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are available at BJ's.
Kenai Joe's in Kenai presents music by Ten-Cent Zen at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Jughead at 10 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.
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and KDLL public radio present a performance of "A Sense of Wonder" by award-winning actress Kaiulani Lee at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Soldotna High School theater. The two-act dramatic play is the story of environmentalist Rachel Carson's love for the natural world and her fight to defend it. It is presented in honor of the 40th anniversary of Carson's book, "Silent Spring" and in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge system. The performance is free. Due to the nature of some of the material, it is not recommended for children under 13 . The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session with Lee.
The Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers presents a Bellamy Brothers concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Wayne Carson will open the show. The country-reggae duo has 14 No. 1 country singles, including "Let Your Love Flow," "For All The Wrong Reasons" and "Reggae Cowboy." Tickets are available at Zumwalt's Music Shoppe in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road.
World Music for the Kenai, the Multicultural Consortium and the Sunday Showcase of Kenai Peninsula College present a concert by folk musicians Suzzy and Maggie Roche at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. These singer-songwriters have toured the world as The Roches for years. Suzzy and Maggie sing, strum and play keyboards like a pair of mischievous angels. For more information about The Roches, visit their Web site at www.roches.com. Tickets are $18 for general admission and $15 for seniors and KPC students and will be available at the door. For more information, call the KVCC at 283-1991 or Mike Morgan at 262-6548.
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
The Fireweed Gallery presents an opening reception for an oil painting exhibit by Tony Crocetto of Talkeetna from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 30. For more information, call 235-3411.
The Bunnell Street Gallery presents an Anchorage Festival of Music Fall Chamber Music Soiree, featuring pianist Juliana Osinchuk, cellist Ira Glanskeek and violinist Dawn Lindsay at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Advance reservations are recommended. Tickets are $16 for general admission, $14 for gallery members, $15 for seniors, and half price prices for children ages 6 to 16. Tickets are available at Bunnell Street Gallery.
The Pratt Museum presents a Community Conversation program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 11. The topic is "Catalysts of Change" and it will be facilitated by Deland Anderson.
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.
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.
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The deadline for information is Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.
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