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Posted: Thursday, November 03, 2005

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First Thursday events today include an opening reception for the 17th Kenai Clay Exhibition at the Kenai Fine Arts Center from 5 to 8 p.m., an artists reception for David Edwards-Smith at Already Read Books in Kenai from 5 to 7 p.m., an artist reception for William Heath at Art Works in Soldotna from 6 to 8 p.m., a bluegrass jam at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna at 6:30 p.m. and music by Stefane Bouchard at Veronica's in Kenai at 6:30 p.m.

Kenai Performers will stage "Black Comedy," a Peter Shaffer farce about how a struggling artist's shining moment turns dark when a power outage forces him and his party to shed light on hidden truths at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5, 3 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and 12 at the Old Town Playhouse in Kenai. The show will be followed by a dance performance by Lucas Anderson and Linsey Krueger of All American Dance'N More and dessert offerings by Charlotte's Restaurant. Tickets are $10 for general audiences and $8 for Kenai Performers members. A $1 refund will be given at the door for those who show a ticket stub from October's performance of "Fathers and Sons." Tickets are available at Charlotte's in Kenai, River City Books in Soldotna, M&M Market in Nikiski and at the door. See story, this page.

KPC Showcase presents a performance by Tamba! Marimba at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Brockel Building at Kenai Peninsula College. Tamba! Marimba is an ensemble of eight musicians from Homer who perform the joyful music of Zimbabwe on hand-crafted marimbas (instruments resembling large, wooden, stand-up xylophones) accompanied by gourd rattles called hoshos, drums, and occasional vocals.

Events and Exhibits

The 17th annual Kenai Clay Exhibition put on by the Kenai Potters Guild is on display at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai. Hours at the center are from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Already Read used book store in Kenai has David Edwards-Smith as its artist of the month.

Art Works in Soldotna has William Heath as its artist of the month.

The Gary L. Freeburg Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna has an exhibition of photography by Hal Gage titled "Ice" on display until Nov. 11.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has a chess club that meets at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has animal mounts, historic items and Native Alaska 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 Kasilof Historical Society's cabin museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. every day and has a resident carver at work those days, as well as historical displays. 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, call 262-0822.

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 near the intersection of the Sterling Highway and Funny River Road in Soldotna and has educational displays and occasional interpretive programs. For more information, call 262-7021.

Entertainment

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.

The Big T bar in the Tustumena Lodge has live music from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturdays.

Hooligan's in Soldotna has live music by 9 Spine at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday followed by a DJ.

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

Mykel's in Soldotna has live music by Dave Unruh from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has live music by the Mabrey Brothers from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The Riverside House in Soldotna presents "After 10," a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays favorite Top 40 dance music.

Veronica's Cafe in Old Town Kenai has live music by Stefane Bouchard at 6:30 p.m. today, the Bob Ramponi Jazz Trio at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Robb Justice at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

VFW Post No. 10046 in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Fridays and bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for members and guests.

Upcoming events

An arts and crafts fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 12 and noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 13 at Soldotna High School. For more information, call 260-7570.

The Chinook Winds, a woodwind quintet of UAF music faculty members, will present a concert of French music at Kenai Peninsula College in the Brockel Building at at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Quintet members are George Rydlinski, bassoon; Candy Rydlinski, oboe; Dorli McWayne, flute; Jane Aspnes, French horn; and Daniel Cathey, clarinet. Maria Allison, Kenai pianist, will performing with the quintet on the "Poulenc Sextet," a work for woodwind quintet and piano. This concert is part of the Performing Arts Society's 2005-06 series. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students with ID. A reception will follow. For more information, call 262-4084.

Films

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 Fireweed Gallery in Homer presents "Looking Back," a show of paintings, drawing, weaving and sculpture by Michael and Martha Murray that reflects the experiences and interpretations of life in rural southwest Alaska as experienced by the artists. The show is on display through Nov. 30 with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, a First Friday event.

Homer's "Artrageous" weekend will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at various locations in Homer. The weekend includes First Friday gallery openings, the Pratt Museum's annual "Putting on the Ritz" gala art and adventure auction, artist demonstrations and workshops, food, a marimba concert and travel, lodging and shopping deals. For a complete schedule and more information, visit www.homeralaska.org. or call (907) 235-7740.

The Homer Council on the Arts will host a holiday gift store featuring work by 17 Homer-area artists opening 5 to 7 p.m. Friday with live music. The store will stay open through November and December.

Anchorage events

The Anchorage Symphony will perform Dvorak's "New World Symphony" and the premiere of cellist David Teie's "Cello Concerto" at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Atwood Concert Hall in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets range from $20 to $42 with discounts for youth and seniors and are available at www.centertix.net, the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts box office and by calling (907) 263-ARTS.

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "Cabinets of Curiosities from the Wood Turning Center" through Nov. 13, "Quonset: Metal Living for a Modern Age through Dec. 24 and "Spot the Dog," the annual children's gallery exhibit, through May. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.



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