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Posted: Thursday, December 02, 2004

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The Soldotna High School drama department presents "The LeBonte' Sisters," a comedic mystery thriller at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at the SoHi auditorium. The Nikiski High School drama, debate and forensics team presents "Encore, Encore," a performance of the pieces they have performed during the DDF season at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Nikiski Middle-Senior High School Auditorium.

Events and Exhibits

First Thursday events today are a writers' night from 6 to 8 p.m. at Art Works in Soldotna, a bluegrass jam at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna from 6:30 to 10 p.m., and an opening reception for "From the Woodpile," an exhibit by Homer artists Deb Lowney and Dave Brann at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center from 5 to 7 p.m.

n The Kenai Central High School Choir will perform a winter concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at KCHS. Music selections will include carols and traditional solos from students. There will be a donation box to help pay for the piece of music the choir has commissioned a composer to write for them to perform an their international choir tour to Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic in March.

The Peninsula Promenaders hold square dancing lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. every Friday at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Partners are not necessary. Admission is $4.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has "From the Woodpile," an exhibit by Homer artists Deb Lowney and Dave Brann on display through Jan. 7. The exhibit shows the versatility, beauty and functionality of wood as an artistic medium.

The Kasilof Historical Society's cabin museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and has a resident carver at work those days, as well as historical displays. Area artists and craftspeople are invited to display their work at the cabin on weekends and weekend hours may be extended. The cabin is at Mile .5 Kalifornsky Beach Road. Anyone interested in displaying artwork, donating historical items or more information may call 262-0822.

The Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College has artwork by KPC faculty on display until Dec. 17.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Bob McDonald as its artist of the month. It also hosts a chess club every Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and a cribbage club at noon every Sunday.

Mykel's Restaurant and Lounge in Soldotna has May Oehlert as its artist of the month.

Art Works in Soldotna has work by Thor Evenson on display until Jan. 5.

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; Beluga Lookout Gifts, 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

Veronica's in Old Town Kenai has live jazz guitar music by Bob Ramponi at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, guitar and vocals by Keeley Boyle and Nelson Kempf at 6:30 p.m. Friday and a performance by a Kenai Central High School choir ensemble with April Nyquist, Synneva Hagen-Lillevik, Audrey Coon, Jordan Jenckes, Elena Bird, Larissa Cochran, Gavin Baker, Lydia Link, Chris Amen, Quinn Stoops, Evan Mayer, Eric Cox, Aarick Carlson, Kristian Larson, Christopher Hall and Ian Uponen at 6:30 p.m. Saturday to raise money for its international choir trip.

Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents a Kaladi customer Christmas event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday with live holiday music by Mike Morgan and Friends, and live music by Matt, Mark and Dave from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Kenai Joe's in Kenai has live music by Ten Cent Zen from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday and 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday.

Hooligans Saloon in Soldotna has live music by 9 Spine at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Vagabond Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road has live music by Butch Leman at 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has live music by The Mabrey Brothers at 10:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The VFW post in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Fridays and bluegrass jam sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for members and guests.

The Riverside House in Soldotna presents "After 10," a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. A DJ plays 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.

The Maverick Saloon in Soldotna has karaoke at 9 p.m. Mondays.

Upcoming Events

Vergine's Dance Studio will present "The Nutcracker" at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and 4 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Tickets are $15 and are available at Charlotte's, River City Books, Halcyon Spalon and at the studio in Soldotna.

Films

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

Nikiski artist Chris Jenness has an art show on display at Ptarmigan Gallery in Homer called "Illustration." The show is on display until the end of December and an opening reception will be held Friday.

The Pratt Museum in Homer presents "Kachemak Bay: An Exploration of People and Place" exhibit, a "SeeBirdCam" broadcasting live video of nesting shorebirds from Gull Island and "Bears, Beetles and Darkened Waters," a stewardship exhibit. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Anchorage events

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has "Tibet: Mountains and Valleys, Castles and Tents; from the Newark Museum," a collection of Tibetan art and artifacts, through Jan. 2; "The Art of Gold," an exhibit of artwork by goldsmiths, through Jan. 7; and "Holiday Dolls and Toys," a collection of antique dolls and toys, on display through Jan. 4. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Anchorage Symphony and Anchorage Opera present Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman," a ghostly tale of love and redemption, Jan. 21, 23 and 29.

To submit information for the InSide section, send it to the Peninsula Clarion, Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611, fax it to 283-3299 or send it by e-mail to news@peninsulaclarion.com.

The deadline is Tuesday at 5 p.m. For more information, call Jenny Neyman 283-7551.



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