Around town Events- Sept. 16

WedSept16 Karaoke with Dax • 10 p.m. The Alibi, 453 East Pioneer Ave. Team Danger • 10 p.m., Kharacters, 197 E. Pioneer Ave. Open Mic with Mikey’s Chair • 8 p.m. Down East Saloon, 3 Mile East End Road, 235-6002. DownEastSaloon.com. Bingo • 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Every Wednesday. Sponsored by Homer […]

Arts Briefs- Sept. 9

Andres Condon and friends bring ‘Americalma’ In a concert of spiritual and transcendent music from around the world, Berlin-based Chilean musician Andres Condon and German singer Navino Condon join Chilean singer Astrid Brinck to present “Americalma” at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center on Sept. 12. Local guest artists — including Marjolein Cardon on bass — will […]

2015 Burning Basket ‘reaches’ for the heavens

ire really hasn’t been much of anything to celebrate this summer — until now. With the onset of September’s cooler temperatures and amid a cacophony of colorful falling leaves, local artist Mavis Muller brings her annual “Burning Basket” to Homer’s Mariner Park. Muller — along with a bussell of helpers — uses a variety of natural materials to build a structure that she plans all summer, builds in the fall and then ceremoniously sets ablaze. It’s what Muller calls a “community-based, interactive, impermanent art experience.

Arts Briefs – Aug. 19

Wainwright to play Mariner Theatre Musician Rufus Wainwright will perform 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Homer High School Mariner Theatre. A New-York born, Montreal-raised singer/songwriter, Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. The New York Times praises him for his “genuine originality,” and he has […]

Sklyanskaya to play Bunnell

Bunnell Street Arts Center presents Olga Sklyanskaya in concert, playing the French Suite in G Major by J.S. Bach, 10 lyric pieces by E. Grieg and Images, Book I by C. Debussy on piano. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Sklyanskaya started playing the piano at the age of six. In 1995 she has moved to Chicago […]

RavenFest 2015 homesteads a new musical experience

Homer-area music fans turn out in droves for lawn concerts and the salmon-celebrating music festival at Ninilchik, but the venues don’t arrive frequently enough compared to festival hot spots like Girdwood and Trappers Creek, a local promoter contends.
To create what he hopes will be a brand new festival enjoyed in the years ahead, Andrew Pruitt of Edge of the World Music Productions is introducing RavenFest 2015. Planned for Aug. 21-22, it will be located at Raven House, Mile 154 of the Sterling Highway, just outside Anchor Point near Whiskey Gulch.

Art Briefs – Aug. 5

A ‘steel’ of a deal Mike Sirl returns to Homer to prepare his property for sale and disseminate his collection of paintings and sculptures. Sirl lived on Diamond Ridge from 1974 to 2000, and produced an impressive body of large-scale paintings and steel sculptures.  Visit Saturday’s reception and studio sale from 4-7 p.m. where Sirl […]

First Friday brings bursts of color and a love of nature

As many of us in Alaska begin to see the slow approach toward chilly mornings and school busses, Homer galleries have found a way to keep color, movement and the healing power of flowers in August’s First Friday offering.
First Friday Art Exhibits around town feature local and visiting artists and their recent works in everything from paintings and pottery to mosaics and more.
Opening receptions on Aug. 7, run from 5-7 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

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.

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