‘Nutcracker Ballet’ charms in its 28th year

From putting up decorations to making festive foods, there are numerous ways people celebrate the holiday season. On the Kenai Peninsula, taking in the Homer Nutcracker Ballet has become an annual tradition for many residents over the past 27 years.
“The production has been going on since 1987 when my mom, Jill Berryman, had the idea,” said Breezy Berryman, who, along with Jennifer Norton, will be the co-artistic directors for this year’s 28th annual performance, as they have the past five seasons.
Jill Berryman, along with Joy Stewart, Marianne Markelz and Ken Castner, built the show up over 22 years from a little production with a few sets and costumes into a giant yearly tradition.

December First Friday exhibit artists’ talent

The final First Friday of 2015 flirts with a flush of color and a touch of texture as artists hold opening receptions at their respective galleries. The December event offers a host of holiday handiwork sure to keep everyone on your gifting list happy this year. All First Friday receptions run from 5-7 p.m. unless […]

Arts Briefs

Dan Bern plays Bunnell Street “With his acoustic guitar and a batch of witty and insightful songs, Dan Bern is rapidly becoming the voice of a new generation of folk music.” – NPR Dan Bern is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, novelist and painter. His music is often compared to that of Bob Dylan, Woody […]

Library provides patrons with more than just books 

Jennifer Roundstone sat at one of the 16 public computers at the Homer Public Library. Roundstone doesn’t have internet access at home and said she prefers it that way. For her, the library is a great reason to get out of the house and keep in touch with friends and family far away.
Sara, known to many as “Sara the Hitchhiker” said the library is all about the books for her. She’s read through many genres and authors and has just begun reading novels about war.
Walk through the library any day of the week, and you’ll find that, regardless of your needs, the library has it.

Arts Briefs

‘Come on upstairs and see me sometime’ Alice’s Champagne Palace will host, “It’s a Mave” on Friday, Nov. 13. The vaudeville celebration of Mavis’ lucky “Friday the 13th” birthday runs from 6-9 p.m. and stars “Mave West” and her accomplices. Come for dinner and stay for dancing with live music by Acoustic Oosik.

November First Friday full of philanthropy

• Pratt ‘fashionably late’ with Saturday’s 30th-annual Ritz If you’re looking to add to your art collection, now might be the very best time to do so. Ptarmigan Arts and the Pratt Museum are both looking to raise money for their respective causes with auctions chock full of art offerings — and much more. Plus, […]

Arts Briefs Nov. 4

Daniel Zatz/ Homer Maker Space It’s nautical November at the Homer Maker Space, where they are designing and 3D-printing boats, powered by rubber bands that will race at the end of the month. The Maker Space is open Monday and Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. for students in fourth through eighth grades. It’s free, and it’s […]

Bears, bears and more bears showcased at the Pratt

Staff report The Pratt Museum’s new Art & Science Collaborative comes to the dense woods in search of understanding bears.  In 2010 the museum lead a community conversation on “Living by the Tides,” in search of a multi-disciplinary ubermenschen of life by the seashore, a subject close to all residents. This time we are taken […]


Photos by Martin Renner Animalia: A Wearable Arts Show of costumes, clothing, masks and performance inspired by animals, real or imagined (SEE PHOTOS) delighted audiences at the Mariner Theatre Oct. 24. Born out of the wearable arts tradition, this year’s offering partnered with Artist in Schools units taught by Kiki Abrahamson at Big Fireweed. They […]

Arts Briefs

Poety reading at K-bay Caffe Kane Smego will be giving a spoken word poetry performance this 5 p.m. Oct. 29 at K-Bay Caffe in Homer. Kane Smego is an international touring spoken word poet and hip hop artist, educator, cultural diplomat, National Poetry Slam finalist, and the co-founder and former Artistic Director of the award-winning youth […]

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