Wooden Boat Festival provides variety of entertainment

The Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society is staging its 20th annual Wooden Boat Festival Sept. 6-9 primarily behind the Pier One Theatre on the Homer Spit.
The fun starts Thursday at the Salty Dawg Saloon with sea chanteys, tall tales and fisher poets at 7 p.m.
At 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Gart Curtis’ ex-navy motor whaleboat Pyro, (named for the U.S. Navy ammunition carrier the USS Pyro) will be giving harbor tours. Mako Haggerty will be presenting the tours. Check in with Mako’s Water Taxi above ramp 2 in Homer Harbor. Tickets are $10. Call 235-9055 for reservations.
Then Friday, movies and speakers will entertain at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

‘Object at Hand’ trains Pratt interns

Pratt Museum summer interns have the opportunity to investigate the thousands of items in storage at the museum and select one, retrieve it from storage, research, write about it and present their project to the public Wednesday afternoons.
Today Aidan Coyle will present his Steller’s sea cow rib research. The program is held between 2-3:30 p.m. on the lower level.
Last Wednesday, Caroline deCreeft exhibited her choice, a great horned owl, and discussed it with museum visitors.
Earlier this month Emily Schmidt displayed and explained the history of birch bark baskets created by the Dena’ina people. One of the rarest artifacts is a well-preserved, 1,000-year-old Kachemak Tradition birch bark basket that miraculously survived in a tide-swept cliff. The museum is recognized by the Kenaitze Indian Tribe of Dena’ina Athabaskans as a regional repository for cultural materials.

New gallery opens, old favorites return and Cove Jazz

The Photo Depot Gallery at 378 E. Pioneer Ave. in the Orca building, has much more to offer than art and photos.
Karen Garvey, who was employed by Eagle Eye Photo for several years, bought the business from John and Suzi Luzadder and moved it to it’s new location a little over a month ago and has expanded it.
The new shop offers photo finishing, graphic design, standard and wide format printing, laminating, fax service, vinyl signs, engraving, black/white copying and canvas prints.
A family business, Karen’s husband Larry – who is perhaps best known as owner of ChimChimney chimney sweepers – also handles engraving at the gallery.
Daughter Pam does the graphic design work, and daughter-in-law Elizabeth Garvey creates jewelry and paints realistic impressionist works in acrylic. She will be in charge of the First Friday shows, as well as art work displays in the front gallery and consignment art.

Variety benefits planned for July and September

Eight Homer nonprofit organizations will benefit from a never-before-tried effort that involves a dozen Homer entertainers who’ve volunteered to ham it up in a medley of musical skits offered throughout the summer at Alice’s Champagne Palace.
“A Comedy Cocktail Party” is Homer’s live version of several popular old TV series. Think Jed Clampett getting a High Tunnel. Or Love Boat meets Deadliest Catch.
From the folks who brought you Old Songs and Duct Tape, Lipstick and Chapstick, this evening of champagne, appetizers and humor will keep you laughing as some old television favorites are reinterpreted and presented by actors, musicians and surprise guests.

Grimms’ beware: Carefully enter the woods

“Into the Woods” takes creative license with centuries old Grimms Fairy Tales, and in the process resurrects them to new levels of logic.
Like Cinderella’s wicked stepsisters. After the famed ball Cinderella flees and drops a slipper and the Prince and his valet arrive.
In their eagerness to be the one whom the shoe fits, the stepsisters chop off their own big toes. That illustrates ambition.
And what’s the deal with Cinderella’s flight from the prince? If landing a prince-husband is such a desirable goal some would chop off a toe for the honor, why would a girl in her right mind flee?

Inupiaq film debuts in classic new cinema

The film “On the Ice” premieres Thursday and Saturday in Homer; a rare glimpse into life at Barrow by an Inupiaq filmmaker.
Director Andrew Okepeaha MacLean’s film presents what critics are calling an engrossing and suspenseful feature film about two teenage boys who share a dark secret. Played by Barrow residents Josiah Patkotak and Frank Qutuq Irelan, the boys have grown up like brothers and “go about their lives in the comfortable claustrophobia of an isolated Alaska town.”

Living ‘Life on Ice’

Hig and Erin Higman took on North America’s largest tidewater glacier to learn about climate change, trekking with their toddler and baby. They will talk about their experiences at 7 p.m. tonight at Islands and Ocean Visitors Center.
The talk is called “Life on Ice.” Over the course of two months in the wilderness, they watched a world in transformation.
Dramatic coastal erosion, newborn lakes, disappearing rivers, giant bears, and forests on shifting ice make this 1,000-square mile glacier one of the most dynamic places in the world.

Naturalists take to rap for loving mother earth

When Dax Radtke starts his karaoke show by announcing, “We’ve got a little something weird going on here tonight,” take him seriously.
This is, after all, karaoke. Karaoke at the Down East Saloon in Homer, no less. Where a heartfelt Janis Joplin ballad to Bobby McGee is followed by a grind down into the dirt of Alice in Chains grunge. Where patrons wait patiently for refills while the bartender and sound engineer belt out the entire, full-length, six-minute, 17-second rendition of Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer,” complete with oversized, sparkly glasses as flamboyant as their choreography. Where the regulars include a soulful songstress who classes up the mic every time she takes the stage, followed by a guy only referred to as “Evil Spawn,” who has perfected his Tenacious D “Tribute” knee slide to the point where his black stovepipe top hat doesn’t budge off his head.

DDF dominates at Service

This past weekend, the Homer Debate, Drama and Forensics team headed up to Service High School, earning more top awards than in previous years. They won: 1st Place, Dramatic Interpretation – Matthew Meyer; 2nd Place, Dramatic Interpretation – Casey Parrett; 1st Place, Humorous Interpretation – Theo Noomah; 2nd Place, Humorous Interpretation – Johnny Hamilton; 1st […]

First Friday tackles cabin fever

Winter Moon Metals Fireweed Gallery presents “Winter Moon Metals,” hand-wrought  jewelry by Homer’s Mary Huff of Salty Girls. Mary hammers and etches sterling silver and copper metals and combines them with the moody bluesy gemstones of labradorite, moonstone and aquamarine. She then takes it a step further and mixes in the natural materials of wood, […]

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