* Discover up and coming talent from the central Kenai Peninsula at local coffee houses. Mugz in Soldotna hosts open mic night on Mondays, and Veronica's in Kenai hosts open mic nights on Thursdays. (See story, this page.)
Events and Exhibits
* Artists Without Borders is having a group show 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.
* Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna has Kenai Fine Arts Center Watercolor Group through December.
* The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway will exhibit photographer Kevin Harding's "Rising Sun: Morning Photographs from Japan" and ceramic art ware by Kenai potters through Saturday. 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.
* 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 in Soldotna will have live music with Bill and Bob Mabrey Friday and Saturday, and a New Years's Eve Celebration with Southern Comfort on Monday (advance tickets only).
* The Duck Inn has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.
* The Riverside House lounge hosts After 10 party Fridays and 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.
* Moosequitoes in Sterling is selling raffle tickets for its New Year's 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.
* Veronica's in Old Town Kenai will have open mic at 6:30 p.m. today; Mike Morgan and Friends at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and Ugly Fish and Batter Brown opening for Old Believers Monday at 6:30 p.m.
* 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.
* Triumvirate Theatre will premier an original full-length puppet film entitled "Davenport Flagstop and the Case of the Golden Spike." This hour-long film, written by Joe Rizzo, depicts the adventures of a noir-style detective on the trail of an invaluable Alaskan artifact the golden spike used at the closing ceremony that marked the completion of the Alaska Railroad.
Shot on locations throughout Alaska, the film was produced in cooperation with the Alaska Railroad and funded by the Alaska Humanities Forum. Locations included Soldotna, Kenai, Nikiski, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Nenana, and the Usibelli Coal Mine in Healey. This raucous ride through history includes car chases, explosions, and snappy dialogue that moves the plot along at lighting speed. Music for the film was composed and produced by Matt Boyle and includes a song performed by Keeley Boyle. The film features the voice talents of Joe Rizzo, Shannon Sorenson, Yvette Tappana, Chris Jenness, Paul Nelson, Chris Morin, Andy Gunter, Mike Druce, and Sarah Shoemaker. There is a special guest appearance by the Smothers Brothers.
Show times at the Triumvirate will be 7 p.m. Jan. 4 and 5, 11 and 12, with a special 4 p.m. matinee on Saturdays. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children. For more information visit: www.triumviratetheatre.org.
Down the Road
* The fairgrounds in Ninilchik will host a New Years Eve Teen Dance from 7 p.m. to midnight. The cost is $5 per person. For ages 13 to 18. 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 Sunday. 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.
* The Fireweed Gallery presents "Quest" an exhibit of acrylic paintings by Homer artist Katherine Little through the end of the month. Inspired by the natural beauty of Homer, Little has developed a process of pouring acrylic paint on to large sheets of white canvas, with the end results being grand and lively paintings in pure color, depicting abstracted landscapes and flowers. The Fireweed Gallery, the Essence of Art in Homer is located at 475 E Pioneer Ave.
* The band, "Chill Factor with John Tracy" will play at New Year's Eve Ball in Seward on Monday. 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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