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Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2002

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The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has Robert Glenn Ketchum's "Arctic" photography exhibition on display through Jan. 25. The exhibit consists of 51 images of the Alaska and Canadian arctic.

The Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery has a KPC faculty show on display 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.

Events and Exhibits

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has a Daniel Ogan exhibition, the "Myths of Kodiak," of nine egg tempera paintings on display until Friday. 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 Saturday 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.

Entertainment

Buster's Coffee House in Kenai presents acoustic music by Mike Morgan and Friends from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.

Kaladi Brothers presents music by Mike Morgan 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.

Upcoming Events

Homer author Lorraine Williams, who writes the comic strip "You Know You're in a Small Town When" for the Homer News, will have a book signing from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at River City Books in Soldotna. She has compiled three years of her cartoons into a book.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will host a screening of "Bob's Shorts in Public," a collection of short films from Alaska filmmakers at 6 p.m. Dec. 5. Historic Alaska political footage featuring interviews with former legislators, home movies of statehood and political commercials from the past also will be shown. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. On Dec. 7 at 1 p.m., bear biologist Steve Stringham will give a presentation on the body language of bears. Stringham will speak about his bear research, his experience raising orphaned bear cubs and information about bear viewing issues in western Cook Inlet and will show video footage of two cubs he is working with now. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Jay Barrett at 283-1991.

The Sunrise Inn in Cooper Landing will host a concert of five performers from the Anchorage Opera Company at 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Reservations for dinner during the performance are recommended. To make a reservation or for more information call 595-1222.

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 Tuesday. Reservations can be made by calling 283-3041.

The Kenai Community Library will have a Christmas open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 12.

The Seldovia Arts Council and several Seldovia-area businesses will present a concert by slack key guitarist Keola Beamer, at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Susan B. English School auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. There will be a Pacific Rim dinner preceding the concert with food prepared by chefs Lynn Corwin and Hann. There will be a charge for the dinner. For more information on the dinner, call 234-7614. For more information on the concert, visit the Seldovia Arts Council's Web site at www.xyz.net/~seldarts.

World Music for the Kenai presents a concert featuring acoustic pop rock singer, songwriter and guitarist Kim Acuna of Anchorage at 7 p.m. Dec.14 at the Brockel Building of Kenai Peninsula College. Acuna recently released her first CD, "Shadows," on her own Anchorage-based label, Rock Rose Media. She plays original blues, Latin and jazz music, among other styles. Admission is free to KPC students and donations to World Music for the Kenai are optional for the general public. For more information on Acuna, visit her Web site at www.kimacuna.com.

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 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 through Dec. 30.

The Homer Council on the Arts and Spenard Builders Supply present the 14th annual Nutcracker Ballet on Dec. 7, 8, 13 and 14 at the Mariner Theatre in Homer High School. Tickets are $14 general admission, $12 for Homer Council on the Arts members and $8 for children ages 18 and under. Tickets for the Dec. 7 matinee performance are $10 general admission, and $5 for children. Tickets are available from the Homer Council on the Arts, The Homer Bookstore, Etude Studio, Solstice Music and River City Books in Soldotna. To charge tickets by phone, call 907-235-4288. A Nutcracker arts and crafts fair will be held in conjunction with the ballet from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at Homer High School. The fair will feature nearly 100 vendors selling a variety of items. For more information, call the Homer Council on the Arts at 907-235-4288.

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.

Anchorage Events

The University of Alaska Anchorage's theater department presents "Somewhere in Between," winner of the 2002 Edward Albee Last Frontier Theatre Contest, 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. The play, written by Aoise Stratford, follows the character Molly Malone from the 17th century to present-day America. Tickets for Friday and Saturday shows are $12 general admission and $17 reserved seating. Tickets for Sunday shows are $9 general admission and $3 reserved seating. For more information, call (907) 786-4849.

The Anchorage Concert Association presents The Nutcracker Ballet on Friday through Dec. 1 with performances at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily. Ticket prices range 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.

The University of Alaska Anchorage music department presents "Song Circle," a performance of music, poetry and drama at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in the arts building, room 150. Admission is free. For more information, call (907) 786-1009. On Dec. 7, the music department will present the third concert in its annual jazz week benefit concert series. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in the arts building, room 150, and will feature UAA jazz students. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $2 for UAA students, $5 for seniors, students and military and $10 general admission. For more information, call (907) 786-1684. On Dec. 8, the music department will present Guitar Fest 2002, an annual program recognizing the achievements of students pursuing guitar studies through UAA. Performances begin at 4 p.m. in the arts building, room 150. The program is free and open to the public.

The Anchorage Concert Association presents the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning musical "Rent," written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, Jan. 7-13 at the Atwood Concert Hall. Ticket prices range from $41 to $61 and are on sale now. 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. Information on discounts for students and groups of 10 or more is available by calling (907) 272-1471.

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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