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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2005

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The Chinook Winds, a 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. Saturday. 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.

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. Friday and Saturday 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 a dessert concession by Charlotte's Restaurant. Tickets are $10 for general admission 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.

Events and Exhibits

The Sterling Senior Center will hold its annual arts and crafts bazaar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the center at 34453 on the Sterling Highway, across from the Sterling weigh station.

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

An auction fund-raiser for Yukon Quest and Iditarod musher Lance Mackey of Kasilof will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center. The event includes a buffet-style dinner catered by Charlotte's with beer and wine available and an auction. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children at Top Dog supplies in Soldotna and Charlotte's in Kenai.

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.

Frames and Things in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna has handcrafted Alaska dolls by Norma Daniels, handcrafted gourd and sea grass baskets by Sharon Blades and traditional birch baskets by Regina McAbee on display in November.

The Gary L. Freeburg Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna has an exhibition of photography by Hal Gage titled "Ice" on display until Friday. Starting Tuesday a KPC faculty art show will be on display until Dec. 15.

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

The Kasilof Historical Society's cabin museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays 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 Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai, has the 17th annual Kenai Clay Exhibition put on by the Kenai Potters Guild on display through November. Hours at the center are from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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 in Soldotna and has educational displays and occasional interpretive programs. For more information, call 262-7021.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway has the 2005 "AlaskaWild" state photography show on display until Saturday, and a "Lily, Iris, Iris, Rose" painting exhibit by K. N. Goodrich on display until Dec. 10, as well as 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.


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.

The Decanter Inn in Kasilof has live music by Something Else at 10 p.m. Saturday.

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 an open mic night at 6:30 p.m. today and live music by the Bob Ramponi Jazz Trio at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Sarah Glaves 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

Violinist and composer Kim Angelis will perform with her husband, Josef Gault, who plays flamenco guitar, at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Bunnell Street Gallery in Homer and at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai. Tickets are available at the center and are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and $10 for children 10 and under.

"Dinner at 8, Dead by 9," a dinner theater murder mystery farce written and directed by Mike Druce, will be performed at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19 at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. The performance and accompanying appetizers, dinner and dessert is put on by the Kenai Performers and Kenai Senior Connections program. Tickets are $20 and available at the senior center and Charlotte's in Kenai and River City Books in Soldotna.

The Kenai River Folk Dancers will host a smoke- and alcohol-free community contra dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 19 at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Beginners should come early, since the easiest dances start at 7 p.m. Participants should bring clean, nonmarking shoes and potluck snacks to share. Partners are not required. Admission is $5. Children under the age of 16 can get in for free if accompanied by an adult. The dances are held the third Saturday of each month through April.

The Nikiski High School drama, debate and forensics team will hold an "Encore, Encore!" performance and dessert auction at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Nikiski Middle-Senior High School Auditorium. Admission is $5 at the door. The event is a fund-raiser to pay for the DDF team's travel expenses.


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

Jo Going will give a dance lesson at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Studio in Homer. For more information, call Lorraine at (907) 235-5693.

Vista Quest, an annual event of dancing to bluegrass music by dozens of Alaska musicians, will be Saturday at Beluga Lake Lodge and Restaurant in Homer.

A contra dance with live music by the Spit City Slickers and caller Laura Patty will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at McNeil Canyon Elementary School beyond Homer on East End 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.

The Ninilchik Traditional Council will sponsor a public partner dance following a swing dance demonstration given by Lorraine Haas at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Subsistence Building on the Sterling Highway across from the Ninilchik School. Singles and couples are welcome. Admission is $5. For more information, call Charlene or Kristie at (907) 567-3370.

The annual "Nutcracker Faire" will be held from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at Homer High School.

The Homer Council on the Arts has a holiday gift store featuring work by 17 Homer-area artists through November and December.

Anchorage events

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "Cabinets of Curiosities from the Wood Turning Center" through Sunday, "Quonset: Metal Living for a Modern Age through Dec. 24, "Creating Alaska," an exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the writing of the Alaska Constitution that spotlights the events in Alaska's history that led to statehood, through Jan. 8.; 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.

What's Happening submissions can be e-mailed to news@peninsulaclarion.com, faxed to 283-3299 or dropped off at the Clarion's Kenai office. The deadline s 5 p.m. Mondays. For more information, call 283-7551.

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