Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2001

First Thursday gets under way today

Today marks the first First Thursday, a series of open houses celebrated by art-related businesses.

Marty Hapeman, owner of Art works gallery in Soldotna, is the motivating force behind the program. The idea is to encourage people to get out and see the arts in the area.

Activities planned this evening in Soldotna include the following:

At Art works -- "Kava Kava Kiva," mellow tea and drumming(bring your own drum!) from 5:30 to 8. For more information, call 262-1777.

At Malfunction Junction -- Jana Coffey will demonstrate glass bead making from 6 to 8. For more information, call 262-1932.

At Mykel's -- It's open-mike music from 7 to 9. For more information, call 262-4305.

At River City Books -- Author Carla Rusk of Naptowne will talk about Sterling in the 1950s from 6 to 8. For more information, call 260-7722.

At Claudette's -- Featured pottery artist Penny McClain will be on hand from 6 to 8. For more information, call 262-9513.

At Sugar Magnolias -- There will be an open jam from 6 to 8. For more information, call 262-7004.

First Thursday is endorsed by the Kenai River Council on the Arts.

Celtic music slated for Saturday

Musicians Johnnie Cunningham and Susan McKeown with Aidan Brennan will perform an afternoon of Celtic music Sunday at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church hall on Kalifornsky Beach Road. The concert begins at 4 p.m., admission is $10 and all tickets will be sold at the door.

Johnnie Cunningham is a Scottish fiddler and storyteller who has appeared with Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Hall and Oates, Don Henley and Warren Zevon.

Susan McKeown is a member of the Celtic pop band Chanting House and has performed with Sinead O'Connor, Natalie Merchant and Mary Margaret O'Hara. She teamed up with Cunningham eight years ago and the two have worked together for various performances for National Public Radio.

The duo will be joined by Irish guitarist Aidan Brennan for their central peninsula appearance.

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