Arts Briefs – Sept. 12

Fresh laughs every night
A spoof on television shows, the “Comedy Cocktail Party,” will continue Wednesday nights through September as a fundraising event for several local nonprofits.
Producer Sally Oberstein, along with the help of a creative comedy team of Michael McKinney and Alan Olson, wrote the skits. Most of the money from ticket sales goes to nonprofit organizations.
Shawnie Olson is the musical director and keyboard player, while Hal Spence accompanies Olson for skits. Sound and lights are operated by Tim Quinn, while Bobby Copeland handles the set with the help of Sydney Paulino and Alex Knudtson.
The show morphs weekly and always features one or two special guests. Nonprofits benefiting from September shows include: KBBI, Hospice of Homer, South Peninsula Hospital Foundation. The final show on Sept. 26 benefits the Kachemak Bay Equestrian Association.
Tickets are $28 and include champagne cocktails and appetizers. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. and patrons are advised to arrive early to secure good seating.

Storm on Bay
A reading by Homer poets Eva Saulitis, Erin Coughlin Hollowell and Wendy Erd is slated for Bunnell Street Art Gallery Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
This celebration of Eva Saulitus’s new book of poetry, “Many Ways To Say It,” was written in relationship to the “difficult, extreme, wild landscape of Alaska.” It provides the opportunity to introduce a unique new statewide project, “Poems in Place.”
The evening will weave visual images, poetry and acoustic music by guitarist David Grimes. A book signing will follow a time for audience questions.
Refreshments will be served and donations are welcome.

Put on Ritz at the Winter Palace
Artists and businesses are invited to donate to the Pratt Museums’s 2012 Ritz Art and Adventure Auction.
This year’s fundraiser theme is Ritz at the Winter Palace, and will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 at Wasabi’s.
Donated artwork that will be auctioned at the Ritz will be exhibited in the Special Exhibits Gallery, Oct. 5-28.
Deadline for artist and business donations is 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21.
Please contact the Pratt for more information at 235-8635.

Already that time of year
The Peninsula Art Guild is accepting vendor applications for the 13th-Annual Arts and Crafts Fair held Thanksgiving Weekend at Kenai Central High School.
Applications will be accepted through Nov. 21 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town Kenai.
Call 283-7040 for more details.

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