The Kenai Central High School drama department will present "Spirit of Belonging" at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday 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.
First Thursday events today in Soldotna are a visit from the author of "The Wild Horses of Summer Bay" from 5 to 7 p.m. at River City Books, an artist reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Art Works, holiday stuff from 6 to 8 p.m. at Claudette's Folk Art and Collectables, the opening of a month-long exhibition by Ken Green at Mykel's Restaurant and a bluegrass jam from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church. First Thursday events in Kenai are a reception for the opening of the "Alaska Wild" show from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center and music by Mike Morgan and Friends from 7 to 10 p.m. at Buster's Coffee House.
Events and Exhibits
Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna will hold its annual lutefisk and lefse dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, call 262-4757.
Kenai Peninsula College will present a creative writers night from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at River City Books. Writers will present short stories, essays, poems and memories.
The Kenai Peninsula College Sunday Showcase presents "Popera" -- from pop to opera -- a vocal recital featuring Judy Russell, accompanied by Maria Allison, and with special guest Eric Larson at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Kenai Peninsula College.
The Kenai Potters Guild presents its 15th annual Kenai Clay Exhibition through Nov. 30 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Ave. in Kenai. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 260-7652.
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 Visitors and Cultural Center is hosting two art exhibits this month. Alaska Wild, the annual photography show of the Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers is on display through Nov. 25 in the gallery. The show is comprised of mainly landscape and wildlife images from photographers around the state. 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 Liz Chase 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 acoustic music by Mike Morgan and Friends from 7 to 10 p.m. today and the Tone Brothers from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.
The Clam Shell Lode in Clam Gulch presents music by Frozen Chosen at 8 p.m. today and 9 p.m. Friday and free food with music by Butch Leman at 6 p.m. Monday in honor of Veteran's Day.
Kaladi Brothers presents music by Nancy Anderson from 6:30 to 9 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 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.
Nikiski High School's state champion drama, debate and forensics team will present "Encore, Encore," an evening of comedic and dramatic vignettes at 7 p.m. Nov. 14, 15 and 16 in the Nikiski High School auditorium. Live music will be provided by the River Rats, a local Dixieland band. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door.
The Kenai River Folk Dancers will have its monthly contra dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 16 at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Partners and experience are not needed. All dances will be taught, with the easiest dance beginning at 7 p.m. Participants should bring clean, dry, non-marking shoes and potluck refreshments. Admission is $5 and children under 16 are admitted free with an adult. This is a nonalcoholic, nonsmoking event. For more information, call 283-9382.
World Music for the Kenai, the Multicultural Consortium and Sunday Showcase of Kenai Peninsula College present singer, songwriter and guitarist Peter Mulvey with guitarist Jeff Lang at 7 p.m. Nov. 24 at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Mulvey is a composer and performs his songs and music by Dylan, Kottke, Gillian Welch, Los Lobos, Paul Simon and the Beatles. Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 for seniors and KPC students and 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 Fireweed Gallery in Homer presents a joint exhibit of paintings by Marion Beck of Halibut Cove and pouring vessels by Lisa Wood Beck of Homer through Dec. 3.
The Pratt Museum will host the All Alaska Juried Art Exhibition from Friday through Dec. 30. On Tuesday, James Kari, professor of linguistics with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will give a slide presentation about recent research on Dena'ina language and Cook Inlet prehistory at 7 p.m. at the museum. On Nov. 22, the museum will host a "Vision 2002" community conversation, facilitated by Deland Anderson, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Eric Wohlforth and Ira Perman of the Alaska Humanities Forum will present their Alaska 20/20 program, which will provide participants an opportunity to speak out about their vision for Kachemak Bay and Alaska in the year 2020.
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.
The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra presents a "Lunch and Learn" presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Z.J. Loussac Library Public Conference Room. The orchestra's conductor, Jung-Ho Pak, will discuss the orchestra's November concert. The concert will be at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Atwood Concert Hall.
The University of Alaska Anchorage dance ensemble will have a performance called "Fall" Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Nov. 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 Saturday 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. Category winners 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, CarrsTix locations and by calling 1-800-GR8-SEAT.
The University of Alaska Anchorage presents a piano recital by Dmitry Rachmanov at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in UAA's arts building. Admission is $12 for general admission and $10 for seniors, students and military. Tickets will be available at the door and by calling the box office at 786-4849.
The Anchorage Concert Association presents an Irish music and dance performance by Kila on Nov. 15 at the Atwood Concert Hall. For more information, call 272-1471.
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 are Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m.
The Anchorage Opera will perform "Orefeo ed Euridice" by Christoph Willibald Gluck on Nov. 16 at 8 p.m., Nov. at 7 p.m. 20, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 24 at 4 p.m. at the Discovery Theatre at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets range from $20 to $75 and 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.
The University of Alaska Anchorage Sinfonia, a string chamber group, will perform its fall concert at the UAA Arts 150 Recital Hall at 4 p.m. Nov. 17. Admission is free.
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