* The Nikiski High School drama department, under the direction, Joe Rizzo, will put on the production "The Last Vanishing Act" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Nikiski High School auditorium. The period production about a 1920s magician fighting the tide of change as movies replace live acts and Vaudeville. Tickets will be available at the door for $10 a person. For more information, call the school at 776-3456, or e-mail Joe Rizzo at email@example.com.
* Funny River Players will perform "The Plane Truth" at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Funny River Community Center; at 4 p.m. Sunday at The Kenai Municipal Airport; and at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15 the Triumvirate Theater at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. The musical is set at the Chicago O'Hare Airport, where everyone gets stuck for the holidays. For more information, call Jill Tyler at 262-6148.
* Trav'lin Tales Storytelling Troupe from the Kenai Performers will perform at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Kenai Community Library. The presentation is titled "Celebrations." For more information, call 283-4378.
* Kenai Central High School's concert band and drumline and the Kenai Middle School bands will hold a joint concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. Desserts of all types to be bid on in a silent auction will be held before the concert and during intermission. The arts program will also be have original art pieces by students up for auction. Auction begins at 2:30 p.m. Winners will be able to pick up their dessert at the end of the concert. For more information, call 283-7524.
Events and Exhibits
* Artists Without Borders is having a group show, meet the artists reception from 5 to 7 p.m. today upstairs in the 4D Professional Building on the corner of Marydale and Spur Hwy in Soldotna in the conference room of the 4D Professional Building on the corner of Marydale and the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna. For more information, call Susan at 262-3958.
* Art Works in Soldotna will hold an artist reception for Jim and Thor Evenson from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
* The Dragonfly Gallery 165 S. Soldotna Ave. (behind Jersey Subs) is hosting an opening of handcrafted jewelry by Vicki Potter of Orion Designs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
* Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Kenai Fine Arts Center Watercolor Group through December. The First Thursday meet the artist will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today.
* The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway will hold an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. today for photographer Kevin Harding's exhibit "Rising Sun: Morning Photographs from Japan" and for ceramic art ware by Kenai potters. These shows will be on exhibit today through Dec. 29. The center also displays animal mounts, historic items and Alaska Native artifacts. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 283-1991.
* The Kasilof Historical Society's cabin museum is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. It has historical displays and area artists and crafters are invited to display their work on weekends. The cabin is at Mile 1.5 Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information, call Dave at 262-5125.
* The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center on Ski Hill Road outside Soldotna shows films on wildlife, the refuge and the history of the area daily at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.
* Kenai Peninsula College will host Anchorage ceramics artist Gina Hollomon to the Gary L. Freeburg Gallery. Hollomon's exhibition, "Fur, Feathers, Fins, Fire" is a menagerie of imaginative creatures. The exhibit will run through Dec. 14.
* Mykel's in Soldotna artist for December will be Andy Baltensperger.
* AmVets Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturday and blind darts at 2:30 p.m. Sundays.
* Bluegrass jam sessions at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. The first Thursday of the month at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna and all others at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.
* The Crossing will host Mike Morgan with folk, blues, Hawaiian and classic acoustic songs at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
* The Duck Inn has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.
* Hooligan's in Soldotna has music by the Free Beer Band on Monday nights, karaoke Wednesday nights, 150 Grit on Thursday nights and live music Friday and Saturday nights.
* Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has live music with Charmers Daughters from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and Vickie Tinker and Katie Evans from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
* Moosequitoes in Sterling will host line and square dancing competition Friday and a limbo contest Saturday. Prizes will be awarded for the limbo contest. It is selling raffle tickets for its New Years Eve activities.
* Mugz Coffee Lounge in the Blazy Mall will host Mugz Monday open mic nights; acoustic music from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday by Jay C. Smith; and a featured local musician from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday nights.
* Rainbow Bar will have live music with Tuff-N-Nuff today through Saturday and Dec. 13,14 and 15.
* Veronica's in Old Town Kenai will have open mic at 6:30 p.m. today; and acoustic vocals with Katie Evans and Vicki Tinker at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
* 406 in Kenai has karaoke with Steve and Debbie at 9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
* Call Orca Theaters at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.
* Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for weekly listings and show times.
* The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, the Kenai Peninsula Community Chorus and the Homer High School Concert Choir under the direction of Mark Robinson, will combine forces to present a full performance of George Frederick Handel's "Messiah" at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Renee C, Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School and at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Homer High School Mariner Theatre.
Each concert will have a pre-concert lecture 45 minutes before show time.
The concerts will feature Anchorage soloists: Anastasia Jamieson, soprano; Marlene Bateman, mezzo-soprano; Andrew Sweeney, tenor; and Todd Jackson, bass. They will be accompanied by a 220 voice choir and a 45 piece orchestra. Tickets are available at River City Books in Soldotna, Charlottes in Kenai and Etude Music Studio and The Homer Bookstore in Homer. Admission are prices: general admission, $18; senior citizens, $16; Raven's Club, $15; youth, $10 and family, $52.
During the Homer High School Concert Choir will hold theme basket raffle and bake sale at both Messiah performances in Homer. Raffle tickets will be $1 each or $5 for seven.
Down the Road
* Tickets for the 19th annual production of the Homer Nutcracker Ballet are on sale at Etude Music Studio, The Homer Bookstore and Solstice Music in Homer and River City Books in Soldotna or by calling 235-7579. Tickets are $10 for all seats. Show times will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (907) 226-4606.
* Homer Council on the Arts at 355 W. Pioneer Ave., Suite 100, will present fiber artist Carrie Reed's "Kaleidoscope Quilts," in addition to fiber art workshops offered by Kathy Pfundt. Pfundt will offer a specialized form of knitting to felting for adults from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 19. For more information, call (907) 235-4288, fax (907) 235-4308, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.homerart.org.
* The fairgrounds in Ninilchik will host the following events: a double feature of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" followed by "The Order of the Phoenix" on Dec. 15. Admission is $5 per person. Call for times.; On Dec. 22, a community Christmas will be held in Carol Bock Hall. Call for times.; and New Years Eve Teen Dance from 7 p.m. to midnight. The cost is $5 per person. For ages 13 to 18. Call for cost. For more information, call Lara McGinnis at (907) 567-3670 or visit www.kenaipeninsulafair.com.
* The Pratt Museum in Homer live remote Wildlife Cameras: View the seabird rookery at Gull Island. The SeeBird Cam is visitor-controlled and always on. The Bear Cam is done for the season but there is prerecorded bear footage to view on the museum big screen. Fish feedings are at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. The Pratt Museum's quilt collection will be on exhibit through Dec. 30. The exhibit honors the people within the community who have created a unique collection of quilts. The museum is documenting the stories of the quilts and their creators. Winter hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays at 3779 Bartlett St. in Homer.
* First Friday art opening with Artist reception for Regina McAbee will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Picture Alaska Art Gallery, 448 E. Pioneer Ave in Homer. McAbee's work features Birch Bark Vessels and Birch Jewelry.
* The band, "Chill Factor with John Tracy" will play at New Year's Eve Ball in Seward on Dec. 31. The party kicks off the fundraising campaign for the new library museum project and will be dubbed the "49ers' Ball, Countdown to 50."
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