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Posted: Thursday, November 20, 2003

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Kenai singer-songwriter and guitarist Bunny Swan will have a CD release benefit concert from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Swan's new CD is "Make Love Last." The concert is a fund-raising event for the youth of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, who will travel to the 2004 Arctic Winter Games in Wood Buffalo, Canada.

World Music for the Kenai and KDLL 91.9 present singer and multi-instrumentalist Tracy Grammer, accompanied by Jim Henry on mandolin, dobro, guitar and vocals, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, 11471 Kenai Spur Highway. The duo performs the music of the late Dave Carter, a songwriter, mathematician, jazz pianist and psychologist. Special guest Kim Acuna, Anchorage-based guitarist and singer-songwriter, will open the show. Tickets will be available at the door. Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for seniors, students and KDLL members, $10 for teens with an adult and free for children 12 and under. Family discounts will be available. For more information, contact Mike Morgan at mjmorgan@gci.net, 262-6548 or visit www.wmftk.

Events and Exhibits

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. today in room 132 at KPC.

Frames and Things in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna will host artist Ed Tussey from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. There will be new works, the original and prints of Tussey's latest release, "Tern Lake," and several previously sold-out prints for sale. Tussey will be available to personalize art purchased at the show or any of his art people already own. For more information, call 262-5248.

The Riverside House in Soldotna and Alaska Wedding Brokers will hold a candlelight dinner and Christmas fashion show at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Riverside House. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. followed by the fashion show, which will feature evening wear for the holiday season. Advance tickets may be purchased at Alaska Wedding Brokers and the Riverside House.

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 Friday in the conference room. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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 Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has an oil pastels painting show by Kes Woodward of Fairbanks on display through Dec. 20. 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.

Entertainment

Geroge's Casino in Kenai has music by Hobo Jim at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road presents music by Ten Cent Zen from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday and karaoke from 8 p.m. to midnight Sunday.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Bill Larned from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Hooligan's Lounge in Soldotna has karaoke at 8 p.m. Thursdays.

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. Saturdays.

Films

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 Pratt Museum in Homer presents an opening reception for "Earth, Fire and Fibre," the biennial Alaska juried craft exhibition, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday. The show will be 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 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 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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