What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2002

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The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra will perform a young people's concert at 3 p.m. Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. This year's performance includes "Andante Festive" by Sibelius, "American Celebration Overture" by Bill Holcombe, "The Great Gate Of Kiev", which is the finale movement from "Pictures at an Exhibition" by Mussorgsky, three chorales by J.S. Bach, "Stomp and Fiddle" by Red McLeod, "Roundelay in D" by Richard Stephan and a batch of pieces show casing Suzuki violin students, accompanied by the orchestra. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12.

The Peninsula Promenaders Square Dance class meets Monday at 7 p.m. in the Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School multipurpose room. Participants should bring gym shoes. Singles and couples are welcome. Admission is $3 per person. For more information, call Dudley at 260-2961 or Betty at 262-9387.

Events and Exhibits

A "Coffee Table" talk show with House Districts 33 and 34 candidates will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. today on KDLL. Another show with Senate District Q candidates will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Oct. 31.

The Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch will hold an Abate Halloween Party on Saturday. There will be food, games and music, which will begin at 9 p.m.

The Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery has "The Sea and Other Roads," a solo exhibition of paintings and drawings by Thor Evenson, until Nov. 24. 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 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," a biennial exhibition of the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, will be on display until Saturday. 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 Nov. 29. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

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 and Synthesesia at 7 p.m. Friday.

Sackett's Kenai Grill in Cooper Landing presents music by Mike Morgan from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Tuff-E-Nuff at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Mike Morgan from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna presents music by Dave Unruh, on acoustic guitar, at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Unruh and Barney Wilborg, on upright bass, at 6:30 p.m. 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 Performing Arts Society will present its first show of its All-Alaskan Season with the Borealis Brass Trio, John Aspnes and Maria Allison at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Soldotna Christ Lutheran Church. Tickets are $12 and $15 and are available at River City Books and Northcounty Fair in Soldotna and Already Read Books and Alaska Gift and Gallery in Kenai.

The University of Alaska Anchorage wind ensemble will perform with the Skyview High School band at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Soldotna High School auditorium. The performance will feature UAA's new professor of voice, Dr. Mari Hahn. Hahn will perform "Five American Gospel Songs for Sporano and Symphonic Wind Ensemble," adapted and arranged by Luigi Anielle. The wind ensemble will begin its performance with "The Ramparts," a concert overture by Clifton Williams, and will play the "Second Suite in F for Military Band," composed by Gustav Holst.

The Kenai Central High School drama department will present "Spirit of Belonging" at 7 p.m. Nov. 7, 8 and 9 and at 3 p.m. Nov. 10. in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at KCHS. The production is a celebration of families in the U.S. and was created by the drama department. Tickets will be available at the door.


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 Kachemak Bay campus of Kenai Peninsula College presents a poetry reading by University of Alaska Fairbanks professor John Morgan at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The reading is free and open to the public.

The Homer Senior Citizens Center will hold a luau at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in its dining room. Admission is $15, which includes a dinner of suckling pig, Hawaiian chicken, Lomi-Lomi salmon, rice, fruit kababs, pineapple cake and volcanic punch, and entertainment by "Dan Ho" Hornaday and "Little Lani" Parsons. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling 235-7655 or stopping by the center.

The Fireweed Gallery presents an oil painting exhibit by Tony Crocetto of Talkeetna through Wednesday. For more information, call 235-3411.

The Pratt Museum is hosting its Ritz2002 art show through Nov. 2. The Ritz gala and art auction will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 2. Tickets are $40 per person and $75 per couple and are available at the museum and the Homer Bookstore. For more information, call Heidi Stage at 235-8635, extension 35.

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 Anchorage Concert Association presents the Australian Dance Theater in "Birdbrain," a wild mix of dance, video, art and a driving musical score, Friday and Saturday at the Discovery Theatre.

The Alaska Native Heritage Center is hosting the third annual All-Alaska Native Juried Art Show through Nov. 15. During the event, the public will be asked to cast their vote for a special people's choice award. Exhibit hours begin on Saturday and will continue during the center's normal winter hours of Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m.

Singer/songwriter John Prine will perform in Anchorage on Saturday at the Atwood Concert Hall. Prine will be accompanied by bass player Dave Jacques and instrumentalist Jason Wilber. The concerts are part of a tour to promote Prine's DVD project "John Prine Live -- Sessions At West 54th." The DVD contains footage from a PBS program of the same name but has some unaired footage and a one-on-one interview with series host John Hiatt. For more information, call Dan Einstein at (615) 742-1250 or e-mail him at doc@ohboy.com.

The University of Alaska Anchorage University Singers will perform its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the UAA arts building. The group will perform Mozart's "Coronation Mass in C Mayor" and "Lux Aeteria," written by Morten Lauridsen. The concert is free and open to the public.

The first play of the season for the University of Alaska Anchorage's theater and dance department is "Dr. Faustus," by Christopher Marlow, presented through Sunday 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.

The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra presents its Halloween family concert Alien Antics at 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Atwood Concert Hall. Costumes are encouraged and there will be trick-or-treating for children after the show. Tickets are $8 for youths and seniors and $11 to $19 for adults.

The Anchorage Concert Association presents a performance by the Ethos Percussion Ensemble with the Anchorage Concert Chorus Nov. 2 at Atwood Concert Hall.

The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra presents a "Lunch and Learn" presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Z.J. Loussac Library Public Conference Room. The orchestra's conductor, Jung-Ho Pak, will discuss the orchestra's November classic concert. The concert will be at 8 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Atwood Concert Hall .

The University of Alaska Anchorage dance ensemble will have a performance called "Fall" Nov. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 at the Black Box Studio in the UAA arts building. The performance will feature original choreography by Brian Jeffery, who joined the UAA Theatre and Dance department faculty this year. Friday and Saturday performances will be at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances will be at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available for purchase by phone at 786-4849 or at the UAA tickets office in the arts building. All seats are general admission and seating is limited. Season ticket subscribers will receive a $3 discount. For more information, call 786-1798.

The Alaska Public Radio Network presents the seventh annual Song of the Year contest concert Nov. 9 at the Sydney Laurence Theatre. The fund-raising event is the culmination of the Song of the Year contest in which dozens of Alaska songwriters submit their creations for the yearly title. The performance will feature the top five scoring songs in this year's contest, which are "Aurora," "Midnight Sunatina," and Schizoblue" by Barney McClure of Fairbanks, "Day to Day" by Frank Solivan II of Juneau and "First Born" by Yonni Fischer of Fairbanks. Category winner also will perform their songs. All proceeds from the Song of the Year contest concert benefit the Alaska Public Radio Network. Log onto the APRN Web site at www.aprn.org for more information. Tickets are available at Metro Music and Books, Carrs Tix locations and by calling 1-800-GR8-SEAT.

The Anchorage Concert Association presents the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning musical "Rent," written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, Jan. 7-13 at the Atwood Concert Hall. Ticket prices range from $41 to $61 and are on sale now. Tickets are available at all CarrsTix locations, the box office at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, online at www.anchorageconcerts.org, or by calling 1-800-478-SEAT. Information on discounts for students and groups of 10 or more is available by calling 272-1471.

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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