Nikiski High School's state champion drama, debate and forensics team will present "Encore, Encore," an evening of comedic and dramatic reader's theater at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Nikiski High School auditorium. Live music will be provided by The Kenai 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. Saturday 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.
Events and Exhibits
The Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery has "The Sea and Other Roads," a solo exhibition of paintings and drawings by Thor Evenson, through Friday. On Tuesday, the gallery will exhibit a KPC faculty show through Dec. 20. 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.
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.
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.
The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents blues and classic rock music by Mike Morgan and the Baked Alaskans at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Kaladi Brothers presents music by Mid-Life Crisis 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.
World Music for the Kenai presents 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 Bob 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.
Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna will host a sew Saturday event from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 for $15, which includes lunch. Reservations are required by Dec. 3. Reservations can be made by calling 283-3041.
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 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 University of Alaska Anchorage dance ensemble will have a performance called "Fall" Friday, Saturday and Sunday 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 University of Alaska Anchorage presents a piano recital by Dmitry Rachmanov at 7:30 p.m. Friday 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 Friday 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 Friday. 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 Saturday at 8 p.m., Wednesday at 7 p.m., 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's theater department presents "Somewhere in Between," winner of the 2002 Edward Albee Last Frontier Theatre Contest, Nov. 22 through Dec. 8 at UAA's Mainstage Theatre. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m. There will be a benefit rehearsal for the food fank at 8 p.m. Nov. 21 with free admission for two cans of food. The play, written by Aoise Stratford, follows the character Molly Malone from the 17th century to present-day America. Stratford will attend the opening night performance Nov. 22 and talk with the audience after the show. Tickets for Friday and Saturday shows are $12 general admission and $17 reserved seating. Tickets for Sunday shows are $9 general admission and $13 reserved seating. For more information, call 786-4849.
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. Sunday. Admission is free.
The Anchorage Concert Association presents The Nutcracker Ballet Nov. 29 through Dec. 1 with performances at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily. Ticket prices rage from $24 to $38. Sugar Plum parties will follow the matinee performances. This year the ballet will be performed by the Cincinnati Ballet in collaboration with dancers from the Alaska Dance Theatre. Tickets 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.
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The deadline for information is Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.
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