First Friday events

Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center

95 Sterling Highway

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival Art, paintings by various artists

4:30-6:30 p.m., First Friday Reception

A show of painted canvases depicting Alaskan birds, created and donated by 28 artists, which will be sold at the festival’s annual online art auction. The 6-inch-by-6-inch canvases feature painting from artists including, Gary Lyon, Mossy Kilcher, Conrad Field, Marjorie Scholl and Carla Stanely. 

Leaving it all behind

Seattle artist Julia Harrison aims to leave Homer a little more beautiful than how she found it. Bunnell Street Arts Center’s current artist-in-residence came to town with simple hand tools that she uses for carving and jewelry making and plans to leave without any artwork she creates during her two-week stay. 

Instead, Harrison wants to leave it in and with the community.

Homer shows pay tribute to pop artist David Bowie

Homer musician Tyler Munns has always been an avid David Bowie fan. So when the pop musician’s album “Blackstar” was released Jan. 8, Munns didn’t waste any time listening to it.

He wasn’t disappointed. 

“It was so much more challenging and innovative than any artists in their prime right now. It was just kind of mind blowing to me,” says Munns.

Two days after the album’s release, the 69-year-old Bowie was dead of cancer.

His death on the heels of the album’s release had a profound effect on Munns.

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Jubilee Youth Performing Arts Show is Friday


The Homer Council on the Arts annual Jubilee Youth Performing Arts Show is 7 p.m. Friday at the Mariner Theatre. Tickets are $5 youth, $10 HCOA members and $15 general admission, on sale at HCOA and the Homer Bookstore.

Homer woman goes ‘Alone’ into the wilderness

With the airing of the second season of the History Channel’s survival show “Alone” on April 21, Mary Kate Green joins the cast of Homerites representing their town on television.

Unlike the Kilcher’s “Alaska: The Last Frontier” or the Time Bandit crew of  “Deadliest Catch” fame, which portrays people in their element, “Alone” takes Green to an empty area of Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada, with only 10 items for survival. No camera crew or other contestants were nearby for assistance or comradery. 

New show takes artist in different direction

In map making, artists depict the landscape with lines and shading. A city map can be all streets, but in the wilderness, cartographers add rivers and lakes, forests and grasslands, and ridges and valleys. The result can seem static, a map that comes alive only in the imagination of the reader.

That’s not so with the maps of Sarah Frary. In her new show at Bunnell Street Arts Center, “Lyrical Topography,” Frary shows Cook Inlet and Alaska as a landscape come alive.

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KBC student art show opens Friday


Students from Asia Freeman’s drawing class show their work in a Student Art Showcase this month. The exhibit opens with a reception from 5-6:30 p.m. Friday in the Kachemak Bay Campus Pioneer Hall Commons gallery.


HHS students present ‘Colors of Homer’


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Pier One holds auditions


Pier One Theatre holds auditions for two of its summer plays. Auditions are 5-7 p.m. Friday and 4-6 p.m. Saturday at the Mariner Theatre. The plays are “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, directed by Peter Sheppard, with roles for two couples, and “Grace and Glory,” directed by Linda Ellsworth, with a role for an older woman and a younger woman. For more information, call 235-7333.


Library friends honor Chamberlain, Bunting at Lifelong Learning gala

National Library Week is April 10-16, and the Friends of the Homer Library will be ushering it in Saturday with its annual fundraiser, the Celebration of Lifelong Learning.

A silent auction, live music, appetizers from Maura’s Café and a trivia tree will all accompany presentations of this year’s Lifelong Learner Award and Youth Learner Award. Haines author Heather Lende will be the keynote speaker.  

With 15 events, track and field athletes face busy season

Practice for the Homer High School track and field team runs like a well-oiled machine. Athletes work on various training exercises at different stations, while head coach Bill Steyer keeps watch. Steyer sends athletes from one exercise to another, starts a group in a race, and makes sure no one is idle — tasks that keep him ever vigilant. 

“Track’s a pretty busy sport because there’s 15 events to get kids ready for,” Steyer said.

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Mary Perry signs new book at Anchor Poit Library

Anchor Point writer Mary Perry signs her new book, “Mystery on Cheechako Island,” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Anchor Point Library.

First Friday Events

Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

Lyrical Topography, art by Sarah Frary
5-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception; 6 p.m., artists talk

Gwendolyn Chatfield, artist in residency
8 p.m. First Friday concert, $10 member, $15 general suggested admission

April ‘First Friday’ could be called ‘First Weekend’

So much happens with arts events this weekend, the monthly preview of First Friday should be called First Weekend. Not only are there art openings, but performances on Friday and Saturday night.

At Bunnell Street Arts Center, Artist in Residence Gwendolyn Chatfield starts off her residency with a concert at 8 p.m. Friday. Chatfield is in Homer to create a “sound map,” The Folk Tapes of Homer, that captures notions of land and memory through stories, sounds and songs. She also does dance and song workshops this month.

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Artist Julianne Tomich holds talk at library


Homer artist Julianne Tomich’s paintings of birds are featured in the Fireside Reading Room through mid-April at the Homer Public Library . She will give a talk on the making of her paintings and how to make your own frames and canvases at 6 p.m. March 31 at the library. 


Tacoma musician to play African music at K-Bay Caffé


Seldovia writer, artist debut new children’s book

In April 2013, starting from their Seldovia home, Erin McKittrick and Bretwood Higman and their two children, Katmai, now 7, and Lituya, now 5, set off to circumnavigate Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet by foot and pack raft. About a week out a storm stopped them at Aurora Lagoon on the south side of the bay. Low on food, McKittrick said she was trying to figure out how to keep her young son and daughter happy.

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Wasteland Hop plays Friday at Alice’s


Fort Collins, Colo., folk-rock-hip hop band Wasteland Hop plays at 9 p.m. Friday at Alice’s Champagne Palace. The band describes itself as “the soulful pourings of Janis Joplin interlaced with the cerebral speech of Aesop Rock.” Fronted by lead vocalist Steph Jay and emcee Mickey Kenny, the six-member band also includes Nick Scheidies on guitar, keyboards and vocals, Liz Gaylor on five-string violin and vocals, Brian Weikel on bass and vocals, and Adam Fallik on drums.

AP Father-son team win ice carving contest in Fairbanks

Barnabas Firth provided the idea and his father, Ben Firth, perfected the technique. Earlier this month the Anchor Point team wowed the judges of the 2016 BP World Ice Art Championship in Fairbanks and took first place in the single-block, abstract art category for their work, “Nature of Conflict.” The team took home more than $1,000 in prizes.

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Homer film premieres today at Homer Theatre

The world premiere of “The Care and Feeding of Jack,” a new film by Homer filmmaker Brian George Smith, shows at 7 p.m. today at the Homer Theatre. The  feature-length film stars Dick Sanders, Jessi Hahn, Peter Norton, Nancy Chastain and Peter Sheppard. 

A suggested donation of $5 helps support the Homer Animal Shelter’s emergency medical fund.


Registration starts for Writers Conference

Toby Tyler’s show full of surprises

Longtime Homer artist R.W. “Toby” Tyler’s new show at Ptarmigan Arts lives up to its name, “Surprises from Toby’s Attic.” 

The retrospective show does exactly that: displays works found in Tyler’s attic, from pen-and-ink and watercolor drawings of San Francisco Victorian houses to his series of prints showing the progression of Alaska plants over and within the seasons.


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