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Project Jukebox makes historic Homer stories available online

It's been almost 17 years since lower Kenai Peninsula residents spoke in informal sessions for the Alaska Communities of Memory Project, but now those recorded interviews have come into the digital age in a new online format.
Through Project Jukebox, 11 interviews with more recent and longtime Kachemak Bay residents are now available on the web. Project Jukebox has been organizing and putting online Communities of Memory oral histories from around the state. Videotapes were made and archived, but not easily available.

Arts Briefs

Bunnell receives Allen Foundation grant
For the third year in a row, Bunnell Street Arts Center has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Washington-based Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. The grant supports Bunnell’s Visual Arts Exhibition Program which showcases Alaska artists in monthly solo and group shows featuring an opening reception and artists talk on the first Friday of each month.

U.S. Air Force Band performs in Homer

On a return visit to Homer, the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific's "Top Cover" is set to bring its upbeat rhythms to local students and a free performance for the public.
The band -- comprised of Senior Master Sgt. Michael Williams on piano, Technical Sgt. Dennis Pack on guitar, Technical Sgt. Clint Whitney performing vocals and on guitar, Staff Sgt. Natalie Madison-Rascoe also performing vocals, Staff Sgt. Mike Henrie on drums and percussion, Senior Airman Jordan Kimble on bass and Staff Sgt. Josh Deal providing audio engineering -- will perform:

El Clemenza di Tito

Lions, tigers and horses? Oh my! Last month's opera, "Aida" is supposed to have animals from the region, elephants, giraffes, etc., in the Triumphful March. I was expecting the same from the Met, but it had horses, just horses. What a let down. I love horses, so the Met redeemed themselves to some extent with the interview of the horses after the show. I also have to say that this is the first disappointment that I have experienced with the Met so far. I am just sure they will not do it again.

Arts Briefs


Bunnell receives Allen Foundation grant
For the third year in a row, Bunnell Street Arts Center has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Washington-based Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. The grant supports Bunnell’s Visual Arts Exhibition Program which showcases Alaska artists in monthly solo and group shows featuring an opening reception and artists talk on the first Friday of each month.

Homer authors publish new books

National publishers have recently published two new books by Homer authors. Beacon Press of Boston published last month scientist, poet and nonfiction writer Eva Saulitis’ “Into Great Silence: A Memoir of Discovery and Loss Among Vanishing Orcas” (Beacon Press, Jan. 15, $26.95). A biologist who has been studying orca whales in Prince William Sound for 24 years, Saulitis writes of the whales and landscape she came to know. “There’s great tenderness in this book, and great pathos,” author Bill McKibben said of her book.

Arts Briefs

HCOA holds Quixotic fundraiser
The Homer Council on the Arts holds a fundraiser at 7 p.m. today at the Homer Theatre for its fall show, Quixotic Fusion. Video selections of Quixotic performances will be shown. The fundraiser also includes live auction with items such as massages and meals at local restaurants. Tickets are $10 at HCOA or online at homerart.org.

Museum gets up close with whales in new exhibit

The title of the Pratt Museum's new exhibit tells it all: "Encounters: Whales in Our Waters."
And by "encounter," does the museum ever mean encounter.
Not only does the exhibit include stories, trip logs and photographs of people's interactions with whales, it includes a 38-foot, fully articulated gray whale skeleton hanging at eye level.
"It's in your face and front and center and up front and personal," said Lee Post, the bone expert who organized articulating the skeleton last summer.

Winners, 21st annual Kenai Peninsula Writers’ contest

Kindergarten –
3rd grade
$25 prize for all winners
Poetry
Judge: Charlotte Glover
Winner: Alexis Schneider, “Favorite Things About Me”
Honorable mention: Serena John, “I Am From”
Fiction
Judge: Charlotte Glover
Winner: Clara Stading, “My Near Death Experiences: The Hawaiian Disaster”
Honorable mention: Leif Restad, “Being in the Forest”
Nonfiction:
Judge: Charlotte Glover
Winner: Eli Zatz,
“Galapagos Travels”
4th-6th grade:
$25 prize for all winners
Poetry
Judge: Charlotte Glover

HCOA announces Writers’ Contest winners

Now in its 21st year, the Kenai Peninsula Writers’ Contest has been going on long enough that writers who might have first won the contest in elementary school are now winning as adults — like Hannah Heimbuch. Heimbuch, who won first prize in poetry for grade 6 and younger in 1996, won this year in the adult/open nonfiction category for “Feed Me.”

HCOA announces Writers’ Contest winners

Now in its 21st year, the Kenai Peninsula Writers’ Contest has been going on long enough that writers who might have first won the contest in elementary school are now winning as adults — like Hannah Heimbuch. Heimbuch, who won first prize in poetry for grade 6 and younger in 1996, won this year in the adult/open nonfiction category for “Feed Me.”

K-Bay Caffe Open Mic tonight

K-Bay Caffe on Pioneer Avenue holds an open mic at 

7 p.m. today. Sign up at 6:30 p.m. Perform music, comedy and poetry. Open mics also are held Feb. 7 and 14.

At 7 p.m. on Saturday, K-Bay sponsors another performing arts opportunity, “Colors of Homer,” an opportunity for teenagers to express their creative passions. Organized by Homer youth, Colors of Homer gives high-school age youth a chance to perform music, read poetry, tell stories, sing, juggle, act, dance and show their talents. 

Nominate poems celebrating parks


The Poems in Place Project seeks nominations for poetry to be placed at state parks in Ketchikan and near Fairbanks. Alaska State Parks, the Alaska Center for the Book and a steering committee of Alaska writers and poets are collaborating on the Poems in Place Project, a statewide project to celebrate the natural beauty of Alaska’s state parks with poetry. 

Homer Bookstore holds World Book Night


The Homer Bookstore participates in the second annual World Book Night on April 23, with the sign-up deadline extended to Jan. 25. Plans are already in motion on several fronts to match and exceed the successes of the campaign’s first year, when 25,000 volunteer book givers went out in 5,800 towns and cities across America and personally gave a total of a half-million paperbacks to members of their communities, many without means or access to printed books.

Visiting writer speaks at KBC

Award winning fiction writer Alan Heathcock will read from his work and hold a craft talk at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday as part of Kachemak Bay Campus’ annual visiting writers’ series. He is the author of “VOLT,” a collection of stories named a 2011 best book by numerous magazines and newspapers as well a New York Times Editors’ Choice. His fiction has been published in many of America’s top magazines and journals, including GQ, Publishers Weekly, Salon, the Chicago Tribune and the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

National Geographic holds casting call

The National Geographic Channel holds an open casting call for Russian Old Believer families working in the fishing and boat building industries interested in appearing in an upcoming “docu-reality” television series. A meeting about the series is 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Nikolaevsk School in Nikolaevsk. National Geographic producers will be at the meeting and in town Jan. 28 to Feb. 1 to meet with prospective families. 

HCOA announces Art Awards

The Homer Council on the Arts announced the winners of the 2012 Art Awards. The awards are given annually for achievements in the arts. The winners are:


Arts Leadership/Advocacy: Bunnell Street Arts Center

• Arts Education: Carol Swartz

• Artist of the Year: Marian Beck

• Youth Artist of the Year: Drew Turner

• Lifetime Achievement: Gaye Wolfe

• Business Arts Patron: Era Alaska.

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