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Posted: Thursday, November 06, 2003

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The Kenai Central High School drama class presents "Lost in Yonkers" today, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. Tickets are sold at the door for $5.

First Thursday events today in Soldotna are an opening reception for a Jim Evenson exhibit called "Gem of the Peninsula" from 6 to 8 p.m. at Art Works, a bluegrass jam and potluck from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church and the opening of a David Edwards-Smith exhibit at Mykel's Restaurant. In Kenai, there will by a reception for a digital photography show by Clayton Hillhouse and the opening of "Alaska WILD: 2003" from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

Events and Exhibits

The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center's fall bazaar and seventh annual art show will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the center, 197 W. Park Ave.

The Kenai Potters Guild has a Clay Art Show on display through Nov. 29 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Cook Avenue in Kenai. Visitors are asked to vote on their favorite pieces, and three awards will be given to the winners. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The Kenai Memorial Dart Tournament will be held at 8 p.m. Friday and at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Eagles Aerie No. 35255 on the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. Registration closes 15 minutes prior to each event. Entry fees are $14 for singles events and $24 for doubles events. Participants can preregister for all events by 7:45 p.m. Friday night for $64. There will be $3,000 in payouts. A full schedule is available at www.alaskadarts.com.

Kenai Abate will hold a food drive at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Rainbow Bar in Kenai. There will be a pot luck dinner, live music and dancing, a merchandise raffle and a 50-50 raffle. All proceeds will benefit area families. A $5 donation or nonperishable food items will be taken at the door. For more information, call Craig at 262-1910 or Bud at 283-1655.

The Kenai Peninsula Photographers Guild will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center to view and discuss "Alaska Wild: 2003," an annual statewide exhibition of landscape and scenic photography. The public is invited to attend and everyone is encouraged to bring examples of their photography to share. For more information, call Marianne at 398-0649.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has "Alaska WILD: 2003," an annual traveling exhibit of the Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photography, on display in the gallery through Nov. 28. Also on display is a collection of digital photography prints by Clayton Hillhouse through Nov. 21 in the conference room. There will be a reception with refreshments for both shows from 5 to 7 p.m. today as a First Thursday event. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has a book and box structures and sculptures exhibit by Susan Share on display through Nov. 14. The gallery's hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Paul Andrew Lawrence as its featured artist of the month and hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Mykel's Restaurant has David Edwards-Smith as its art 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 Collectibles, Donna's Country and Victorian Gifts, Frames and Things, Malfunction Junction Gifts, Northcountry Fair and Tammy's Flowers and Gifts in Soldotna; Alaskan Gift and Gallery, Fireweed Herb Garden and Gifts, Kenai Fine Arts Center 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. 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.


Sackett's Kenai Grill in Cooper Landing presents blues, Hawaiian and folk music by Mike Morgan at 8 p.m. today.

The American Legion Post No. 20 in Kenai presents music by Bull Don from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday.

Sackett's Kenai Grill in Cooper Landing presents music by Sue Biggs and Jack Will from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday.

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

The Casino Bar in Kenai presents music by Jughead at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Couzins from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Melissa Kay Smith from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Sackett's Kenai Grill in Cooper Landing presents music by Don Weller and J. D. Uponen at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Rainbow Bar in Kenai presents music by The Mabrey Brothers at 10:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The Katmai in Kenai presents western dance lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, karaoke with Lori from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and music by the Danglin' Wrangler from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturdays.

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 AMVETS Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. every Saturday.


Call Orca at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.

Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for weekly listings and show times.

Upcoming Events

The drama department at Soldotna High School will present the comedy murder mystery, "And Then There Was One Too Many," at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14 in the SoHi theater. The one-act play is the third and final installment of two earlier comedies, "And Then There Was One," and "And Then There Was One Too," staged by SoHi students in spring 1996. The mystery surrounds 10 randomly chosen guests who are invited to a remote island to write a play for $10,000 apiece. As events unfold, the guests and audience can't tell if the offer to write the play is real of if it's an elaborate scheme to do away with the guests. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. The play runs approximately 45 minutes.

Tlen-Huicani from the capital city of Veracruz, Jalapa, will perform traditional Latin American folk music at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $18 for general admission, $15 for seniors, students and KDLL members, $10 for teens with a parent and free for children under 12. Family discounts will be available. For more information, call Mike Morgan at 262-6548.

The Kenai Performers present an evening of dinner theater featuring "Killer Reviews," a murder mystery farce in one act written and directed by Mike Druce, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 and 15 at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Tickets are $20 and include appetizers, dinner, dessert and the show. Tickets are available at the senior center and Charolette's in Kenai and River City Books in Soldotna.

Author Bob Blair will sign copies of his new book "Courage to Change" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna.

The Kenai Peninsula College Showcase program presents filmmaker Brian George Smith who will talk about a variety of aspects concerning the art and business of video production and filmmaking at 4 p.m. Nov. 15 in room 132 at KPC. The presentation is free. He also will present some film clips from his feature "Dixie Blue Summer" and from his new feature "The Roosevelt Tree," which he describes as a story about "saving the last wild places on Earth" and taking action as an individual.

The Kenai River Folk Dancers will host a smoke- and alcohol-free community contra dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 15 at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Live music will be provided by the Contra BanD. Raymond Hanson will be the caller. Beginners should come early, since the easiest dances start at 7 p.m. Participants should bring clean, nonmarking shoes and snacks to share. No partners are required. Admission is $5. Children under 16 can get in for free if accompanied by an adult. Dances are held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 260-4171.

The Kenai Peninsula College Showcase program presents a talk by Cathryn Pearce, associate professor of history at KPC, about the Cornish practice of wrecking from her research on Cornish maritime history accomplished while on sabbatical in London at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in room 132 at KPC.

Down the Road

The Pratt Museum in Homer presents "Ritz 2003" a display of work from Southcentral artists who have donated their art for the museum's auction fund-raiser Saturday. The exhibit includes photographs, sculptures, watercolors, monoprints, jewelry, fiber arts, oil paintings, encaustic paintings and ceramic pieces. From 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21, there will be an opening reception for "Earth, Fire and Fibre," the biennial Alaska juried craft exhibition, which is on display through Dec. 31. On Dec. 5, the museum will open its second annual "Festival of Gingerbread," a display of gingerbread houses made by amateurs, children and professional bakers in Homer. Prizes will be awarded to bakers in each category and there will be raffles for the public. The display will be up through Dec. 14. "Bears, Beetles and Darkened Waters," a stewardship exhibit, is on display in the museum's lower level. Films about Alaska grizzly bears and the Exxon Valdez oil spill are shown in the lower level of the museum at 1 and 3 p.m. every day. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

The Homer Theater will show "Russian Ark" as a fund-raiser for the Pratt Museum on Nov. 13. The film was shot in a single take with a cast of 3,000. It is an ode to St. Petersburg's Heritage Museum.

The Fireweed Gallery in Homer presents a show by Homer photographer Dennis Anderson called "The Aurora Borealis: A Fine Arts Approach." The show runs through Dec. 3.

Anchorage Events

The Anchorage Symphony presents a performance by tubist Mike Martinson at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Atwood Concert Hall. On Friday at noon in the Z.J. Loussac Library public conference room there will be a Lunch and Learn program where the symphony's guest conductor, Barbara Yahr, and Martinson will have an informal, brown bag lunch discussion about the concert. On Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Atwood Concert Hall there will be preconcert lecture given by the symphony's education consultant, Susan Wingrove.

The Alaska Native Heritage Center will host its fourth annual All-Alaska Native Juried Art Show through Tuesday. Exhibit hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The second annual Alaska Rock and Mineral Show will be held Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 pm at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, 401 E. 6th Ave., on the second floor. Vendors, displays and kids' activities will be held Saturday. Admission is free. To rent table space or for more information, call Sharon at (907) 563-9229.

Tlen-Huicani from the capital city of Veracruz, Jalapa, will perform traditional Latin American folk music at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Atwood Concert Hall. Ticket prices range from $14 to $29.

The Alaska Poetry League presents a Classic Slam at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Fly By Night Club on Spenard Road. Former members of Alaska's National Poetry Slam teams will compete for cash prizes and other participants will read from the works of famous living and dead poets. Celebrity judges also will be involved. This is a smoke-free event. Admission is $10 and reservations are recommended. To reserve a seat, call (907) 279-7726.

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "Ready, Set, Go!" an exhibit of toys and games in art, through May.

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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