What's Happening

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2001

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The Kenai Performers present "Hot Times, Cold Read Theatre Thursdays" where actors do a cold read-through of plays at River City Books in Soldotna every Thursday, excluding Thanksgiving and First Thursday, at 6:30 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 13. The play for today is "The Nerd" by Larry Shue.

A juried outdoor and nature photography exhibition, "Alaska Wild," is on display through Wednesday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. A special closing reception will be held Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to critique the exhibit and provide outdoor and nature photography tips. The exhibit and evening reception are fee and open to the public. The center's hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Events and Exhibits

River City Books will have stories for kids with Connie Tarbox at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, and Dave Unruh hosts an open microphone night at 7. Sunday at 2 p.m., bring your own show-and-tell rocks to share with geologist Dick Reger.

The Kenai River Folk Dancers will host a family and community folk dance Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School with live music by the Contra BanD. No experience is necessary, but come at 7 p.m. to learn the basics. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children under 16 with an adult. Bring clean, nonmarking shoes. Potluck refreshments are encouraged. For more information, call 283-9227.

The 14th annual Kenai Clay Exhibition is on display at the Kenai Fine Arts Center through Nov. 30. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Soldotna Animal Hospital Gallery presents oil paintings by Corrie Fairchild and watercolors by Marian Bowser through the end of November.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents Chelline Larson 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, Malfunction Junction Gifts and Northcountry Fair in Soldotna, Alaskan Gift and Gallery and Fireweed Herb Garden in Kenai and Peninsula Furs Inc. in Sterling.

Old Town Village Restaurant features historic pictures of the early days in Kenai.

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 begins 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.

Entertainment

The Decanter Inn in Kasilof presents rock and roll with Guitar Wally at 9 p.m. Friday.

The Vagabond Inn will have music by the Baked Alaskans Band at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna will have music by Nancy Anderson from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Singer/songwriter Tim Easton of Los Angeles will perform at Kaladi Brothers at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. David and Keeley Boyle will open the show. Tickets are $15 and sold only at the door.

King's Inn in Kenai presents music by Butch Leman at 8:30 p.m. on 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.

George's Casino in Kenai has a DJ playing Top 40 music every Tuesday through Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday there is live music.

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.

Upcoming Events

A Ten Thousand Villages sale, put on by the Soldotna United Methodist Women, will be held Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Soldotna United Methodist Church on Binkley.

The Kenai Peninsula College Sunday Showcase program presents the College-Community Choir in a "'Fibber McGee and Molly' Christmas Show -- Fibber Paints a Christmas Tree," Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. in the Brockel Building. The program invites a studio audience to enjoy music and jokes for the radio show that was last heard in December 1945.

Films

Visit our movies page for local show times and listings

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 Bunnell Street Gallery presents An Evening of Turkish Arts, with music, dance and visual arts, Saturday at 7 p.m. For more information, call 235-2662.

The AIDS Awareness Ball will be held Saturday. Location and time will be announced. For more information, call Kachemak Bay Family Planning at 235-3436.

The Fireweed Gallery presents a holiday arts and crafts fair Saturday from 10 to 6 p.m. with artful gifts, demonstrations, music and refreshments.

The Pratt Museum presents a stocking stuffer party Nov. 24 with fun for kids, including cookie decorating, graham cracker houses, art activities, storytelling, musicians and Santa Clause. For more information, call 235-8635.

"Homer for the Holidays" will be Nov. 30 with a Santa parade and a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. On Dec. 1, Homer businesses will hold open houses from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 235-7740.

The Fireweed Gallery presents "Between the Spaces," a collage by Judith Hoesting, through Nov. 30.

The Pratt Museum presents a free WHIZ KIDS family activity program. Workshops will be held Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the lower level of the Pratt Museum from 3 to 5 p.m. On these days, kids ages 5 to 95 may drop in at the museum to participate in hands-on arts and crafts activities that explore the history, art and cross-cultural connections in the museum's exhibits and collections. For more information, call (907) 235-8635.

Anchorage Events

The Anchorage Museum Association presents the Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Tasting and Silent Auction from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. Tickets are $35 for museum members and $45 for nonmembers and are available at 343-6179.

The Anchorage Opera will present Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca," Friday and Sunday in the Discovery Theatre at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. All performances will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. Tickets range in price from $20 to $75 and are available at Carrs Tix locations, by calling (907) 263-ARTS or at www.tickets.com.

The Anchorage Opera's Studio Theatre presents "Dark Night" series No. 1 on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Discovery Theatre in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts

The works of more than 300 Alaska artists will be featured at the 23rd annual Arts and Crafts Emporium, Saturday and Sunday at the Egan Convention Center and the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Anchorage Museum is holding two quilt shows. "Quilts of Alaska" will run through Sunday, and "Quilt national" is at the museum through Dec. 31.

The "The Nutcracker Ballet," performed by Ballet West, the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and local dancers coordinated by Alaska Dance Theatre, will be performed Nov. 23 through 25 at the Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Carrs locations, the box office, online at www.anchorageconcerts.org or by calling (800) 478-7328.

The Anchorage Concert Association presents "Footloose -- The Musical" at the Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall Dec. 4 through 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 8 and 9 at 3 p.m.

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. Deadline for information is Monday at 5 p.m.



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