What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2007

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* The Kenai River Folk dancers will host a community contra dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Admission is $5 with children under 16 admitted free with an adult. Potluck refreshments are served. Attendees are asked to wear clean, non-marking shoes. Dances are held the third Saturday of each month. For more information, call Raymond at 283-5403.

* The Performing Arts Society will host the band Zum at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai. The band will perform folk traditions from around the world including Celtic, salsa, bluegrass, klezmer, Arabic, calypso, tango, gypsy melodies and jazz. Admission prices are $15 for general admission and $10 for students. Tickets are available for purchase at Northcountry Fair, River City Books and Sweeney's in Soldotna, at Already Read Books, Charlotte's, Veronica's and Old Town Music in Kenai or at the door. For more information, call Pete Sprague at 262-4073 or visit www.performingartssociety.org and www.zum.org.uk. See story this page.

Events and Exhibits

* Kenai Peninsula College, Gary L. Freeburg Gallery is showing a KPC art faculty exhibit. Most of the art faculty will have work in the show including the new art adjunct instructor Ellen Chambers. The opening event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

* Frames and Things Artist of the Month is Laura Faeo. Original paintings and sculptures will be on display.

* Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Emily Grossman as its Artist of the Month.

* The Kenai Fine Arts Center have "Self," an experimental art exhibit, through October. The exhibit is sponsored by the Kenai River Council on the Arts. "Self" is an individual exploration of the sense of each artist's identity demonstrated through personal artistic media and expression. Participating artists include Celia Carl Anderson, Joy Falls, Doug Field, Clarice Kipp, John Lagoutaris, Gaye LaRane, Maryanne Phillips, Tracie Stang, Connie Tarbox, Zirrus VanDevere, Lauren Marshall Wakefield and Carol Walkiewicz. For more information call, the center at 283-7040 from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The center is located at 816 Cook St. in Kenai.

* The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway displays animal mounts, historic items and Alaska Native artifacts. 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. It will host "Inheritance", a solo exhibit by Sandy Gillespie through October.

* 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 on weekends. The cabin is at Mile .5 Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information, call Dave at 262-5125.

* The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center on Ski Hill Road outside Soldotna shows films on wildlife, the refuge and the history of the area daily at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

* Mykel's Lounge's Artist of the Month is Pam Mersch.


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

* Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna will host a blue grass jam at 6:30 p.m. today.

* The Crossing in Soldotna will have Mike Morgan at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

* The Duck Inn has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

* Hooligan's in Soldotna has music by the Free Beer Band on Monday nights, karaoke Wednesday nights, 150 Grit on Thursday nights and live music Friday and Saturday nights.

* Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has live music with Charmers Daughters from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and Vickie Tinker and Katie Evans from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

* Mykel's' has music by Dave Unruh at 6:30 Friday and Saturday through November.

* The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has the Mabrey brothers at 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and Bob Mabrey at 10 p.m. Wednesdays through October.

Today comedian Morgan Preston will perform from 8 to 10 p.m.

* Veronica's in Old Town Kenai has open mic night at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays; and Mike Morgan (blues, folk and Hawaiian) and Friends at 6:30 p.m. Friday.


* 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 Pratt Museum in Homer live remote Wildlife Cameras: View the seabird rookery at Gull Island. The SeeBird Cam is visitor-controlled and always on. The Bear Cam is done for the season but there is pre-recorded bear footage to view on the museum big screen. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Current exhibits include "Kachemak Bay: An Exploration of People and Place"; and "Facing the Elements" Poets, writers, musicians, dancers, performance artists and actors have been invited to participate in exhibit, along with visual artists, on the Pratt Museum's Forest Ecology Trail. Also the museum's fundraiser Chez RITZ 2007 with works of art and adventure packages may be viewed at the Pratt Museum through October in the Museum's special exhibits gallery. Winter hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays at 3779 Bartlett St. Homer.

* Fireweed Gallery will present fiber artist Ann-Lillian Schell's "InVESTments for all Seasons", wearable art for every month of the year along with the work of many area artists exhibiting seasonally themed works in bead and fiber will be showcased through October. The gallery is located at 475 E Pioneer Avenue, Homer. For more information, call 235-3411.

Upcoming Events

* World Music for the Kenai in conjunction with Kenai Peninsula College MultiCultural Consortium and KDLL will present Canadian quartet PO' GIRL (www.pogirl.net) and its folksy, bluesy, jazzy, style of soul and song at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Peninsula Grace Auditorium, 44175 Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Tickets available only at the door. General admission price is $23; KDLL, seniors and students for $20; and there will be discounts for families and teens. For more information, call 262-6548 or e-mail mjmorgan@gci.net.

* Sterling Senior Center hosts Friday night at the movies through the winter. On Oct. 26 the movie will be "The Ballad of Little Jo" starting at 7 p.m. A special snack consisting of freshly smoked turkey and ham prepared at the Sterling Senior Center, with all the trimmings needed to make all you can eat sandwiches will be available at 6 p.m. Popcorn and coffee is free. For more information, e-mail csponsel@acsalaska.net.

* A Halloween extravaganza to benefit the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27 at the north end of the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. Games prizes, crazy hair, pictures, treats and a fortune-teller are planned. Attendees donating canned food will receive tickets for carnival booths. Proceeds from purchased tickets and canned food will be donated to the food bank. For more information, call 262-2678 or 262-3111.

* The Whirling Rainbow Foundation will hold an evening of interactive drumming, primal rhythms, prayer, dance and celebration for the family with the Grandmother Drum Prayerformance on Oct. 28 at the Peninsula Oilers Club, Bingo Hall, 817 Cook Avenue in Old Towne Kenai. The Grandmother Drum is an intertribal drum and was built in Alaska in 2001 with input from native elders. It is 7 feet in diameter and 5 feet deep and has travelled around the world as a symbol of peace. Ticket prices are $15 for advance, $20 dollars at the door and children under 16 are admitted free. Limited Space. For tickets call (907) 299-5433 or 260-7800. For information on the foundation visit www.whirlingrainbow.com or call (907) 745-5636.

* Peninsula Awareness Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28 at the Peninsula Olier's clubhouse at 817 Cook Avenue in Kenai. Psychic readers, intuitive artists, body works and energetic healers, peninsula artists and lectures and workshops are planned. Festival admission is $5. On Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. the Grandmother Drum, an intertribal drum performance will be held. Drum performance prices are $20 at the door and children ages 15 and under admitted free. Advance tickets are available for $15 by calling Body Mind and Spirit at 283-4200, Pye Wackets at 260-7800 or Something to Believe In at (907) 235-5433.

* The Kenaitze Indian Tribe will host a free celebration of national American Indian Heritage Month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at 9583 Kenai Spur Highway. The day-long celebration will have cultural performances and demonstrations, arts and crafts and a youth career and post-secondary education fair. Alaska musical group Pamyua will perform at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 12 and under. Proceeds will help support the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's youth programs. For more information, call Michael Bernard at 283-3633.

Anchorage Events

* Indigenous World Music Festival AlaskaFest will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Alaska Native Heritage Center. The festival boasts an array of indigenous and non-indigenous talent. Hawaiian, South American, Latino and Reggae groups will play. Performers include Joy Harjo and the Arrow Dynamics Band, Alma Andina, Bare Roots and Hector Ortiz & El Combo Tropical Latino, as well as Alaska Native dancing by Miracle Drummers, Lepquinm Gumilgit Gagoadim, Sivuqaq Dancers and Imamsuat.

Admission is $9.95 for adults and $6.95 for children. Members of the Alaska Native Heritage Center are free. For more information, call Shelly Wozniak at (907) 257-2331 or e-mail her at swozniak@Anchorage.net.

n Anchorage Symphony Orchestra (ASO) will hold a lunch and learn from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Loussac Library conference room. Maestro Fleischer will give a lecture on the music of the ASO's "Synergy: Jazz Meets Classical", including an inside look at "Spontaneous Combustion", a new violin concerto by jazz master Chris Brubeck.

* Anchorage Symphony Orchestra will host words on music at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 and at 3 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Atwood Concert Hall. Susan Wingrove, ASO's education consultant will give a preconcert lectures on the personalities and music of "Synergy: Jazz Meets Classical."

* Anchorage Symphony Orchestra will present "Synergy: Jazz Meets Classical" at 8 p.m. Oct. 27 and at 4 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Atwood Concert Hall. The lively colors of jazz converge with the power and drama of the symphony. Violinist Nicolas Kendall joins the ASO to premiere "Spontaneous Combustion", a new work by jazz master Chris Brubeck. Also on the program will be Bernstein's "On the Town" and Gershwin's "An Amercian In Paris." For more information on ASO events call (907) 263-2787 or visit www.centertix.net.

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