Orchestra plans multimedia performance for ‘Exhibition’

Now in its 20th year, the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra will offer an Aug. 7 Homer concert entitled, “Pictures at an Exhibition,” that localizes a 141-year-old story of friendship between a composer and his artist friend. KPO then takes the show to Kenai for a performance on Aug. 8.
In an effort to whet music lovers’ appetites, the orchestra is offering two weeks of smaller concerts meant to reach all ages and audiences at cafes, galleries and the library.
The grand finale at the Homer Mariner Theatre was written for the piano by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky in 1874. He wrote it in remembrance of his friend, Viktor Hartmann, after getting inspired by Hartmann’s work following his death.

Salmonfest rolls out the bands for salmon

Salmonstock’s story is a classic David and Goliath one; a group of dedicated activists working to preserve a world-class salmon fishery from a giant mine – and its role in successfully raising public awareness means some of the fight is over.
Now with its name changed to Salmonfest, the three-day concert July 31-Aug. 2 is under the new stewardship of Kachemak Bay Conservation Society, said promoter Jim Stearns. Five years ago, fighting against the Pebble Mine project in Bristol Bay, the Renewable Resources Coalition developed the event to highlight its “Salmon First” mantra.

Homer’s First Friday celebrates the Fourth of July

First Friday events coincide with Fourth of July festivities this weekend in Homer; a chance to stroll through the famed art galleries of Homer on Friday night in the first round of holiday celebrations.

Effort gets to heart of Alaska’s love for salmon

Nothing gets Alaskans riled up quite the way salmon does, be it through fishing regulations, the conflict between subsistence users and out-of-state fishermen wanting to wet a line, not to mention concerns that development could harm the extraordinary world-renown runs of red fish.
But a project underway in earnest for over a year now hopes to get Alaskans thinking about salmon in a more positive light, away from the politics and controversy. The idea, organizers say, is to get people thinking about how much the resource means to them. Once people realize how important it is, protecting salmon for future generations will come naturally, they say.

First Friday: many mediums, one-of-a-kind finds

With a mixed-media focus on everything from acrylics, clay, textiles and metal, to paper and plastic and pen and ink, June First Friday has something for just about everyone this coming weekend.
All Friday receptions run from 5-7 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

Second year of ‘street eats’ to take place — rain or shine

For the second year since its inception, the Old Town Dinner in the Street is scheduled to take place on May 31 from 4-8 p.m. The event will be located in the middle of the road, and features a four-course meal prepared by local restaurants.
“Dinner in the Street started and continues as a community engagement project,” said Bunnell Director Asia Freeman.

‘Fractal Theory’ creates infinite possibilities for creativity

For Michael Hurd and Bobbye Triplett-Hurd, creativity is a way of life. Having both pursued various forms of artistic expression from a young age, the duo return time and again to the notes of music and ebb and flow of inspiration as a daily mainstay.
That could be the reason the married couple decided to do it everyday as a career, and a lifestyle.
“You can fail at doing something you don’t love,” Michael explained. “So if you are going to fail, fail at doing something that you really enjoy.”
However, in the two years since starting their business, “Fractal Theory,” success and enjoyment have followed their endeavors.

First Friday brings birds, boats and Alaska beauty

As shorebirds continue to arrive for their grand appearance at the 2015 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, some local galleries have included their own nod toward all things avian for May First Friday. Some galleries, however, have chosen to focus on works that have absolutely nothing to do with birds; a welcome sight for those who […]

Spring Cabaret to deliver fresh performances

Framing their show less around a story, and more around a showcase of local artistry, a directorial trio has set out to make the upcoming Cabaret a memorable experience from beginning to end.
Local directors Hannah Heimbuch, Jennifer Norton and Katelyn Wythe began planning for the annual “Spring Cabaret” for the Homer Council on the Arts in the late days of January. Since then, they said, the show has taken on a feel of it’s own.
“We started by sending all of our cast members the definition of cabaret,” said co-director Kaitlyn Wythe. “I think that set the tone well for what we were doing.”

First Friday brings feathers, faces and more to life

For the month of April, Ptarmigan Arts presents, “Water,” a retrospective of Carolyn Seymour’s landscape paintings. Seymour resided, traveled and studied abroad to develop skills with various techniques in two-dimensional expression. While in the Pacific Northwest, she renewed her technique in watercolor and mastered stained-glass design. Seymour’s sketches her landscape pieces with pastel “en plein […]

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