Arts

‘Calling All Polar Bears’ shows Friday, Saturday; tickets $15

Allison Atkootchkoot Warden, also known as Aku-Matu, presents a one-woman show, “Calling All Polar Bears,” at 8 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27 at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center auditorium. Tickets are $15 general, $10 youth at Bunnell Street Arts Center and the Homer Bookstore. Warden visits Homer that week and does free outreach activities at West Homer Elementary School and Homer Middle School on Oct. 24.

Opera series opens


 

Welcome to the Opera Season. We are looking forward to seeing our seasoned opera lovers and want to encourage those who are interested but have not yet attended an opera. This season’s first Live in HD Metropolitan Opera showing, “L’Elisir d’Amore,” will be a delight to all. This comedic opera is one that will have you on edge until the cosmic question, “Can you have it all?” is answered. The twist to this opera is whether you can have love and money by simply drinking a potion.

Arts in Brief

KBC Director Swartz receives governor’s award

Kachemak Bay Campus Director Carol Swartz received the Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities for Distinguished Service to the Humanities. Swartz was honored for her work in founding the annual Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference. Sven Haakenson, executive director of the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository, Kodiak, also received a Distinguished Service to the Humanities award.

Finding humor the Chiappone way

BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

STAFF WRITER

A cat, a fly fisherman, a bear and a stinky dog walk into a college classroom, and the professor says, “What is this? Some kind of joke?”

Well, it could be if you’re taking “Uses of Humor in Writing,” a one-credit creative writing class taught by Homer writer Rich Chiappone. The class runs five sessions starting Monday at Kachemak Bay Campus. Space in the class is still available, and students can register through Friday at the college.

Artist wears her gallery around her neck

Previous Bunnell Street Arts Center artists-in-residence like Mike Houston and Jim Woodring have set up studios in the gallery space that sprawled across the rough old wooden floors. This month’s artist-in-residence, Micki Lippe, a Seattle jewelry artist, has a temporary studio that’s as spare and elegant as her art. “Spare and elegant” could describe Lippe herself, a small, soft spoken woman of almost 70 who looks 10 years younger and could walk your socks off on a hike.

Arts in Brief

Freeman receives award for All Alaska Juried Art work

Homer artist Asia Freeman received a $250 award for her paintings selected for the All Alaska Juried Art Exhibition XXXIV at the Anchorage Museum. The exhibit shows through Feb. 3. The highly competitive exhibition drew 479 submissions by 140 Alaska artists. Massachusetts-based juror Susan Cross selected 40 artworks by 27 different artists. Her selections focus on artwork that reflects a powerful sense of place, the museum said in a press release.

First Friday shows highlight unusual media

A painting by Donna Ridener from her show.

For October's First Friday openings, artists show works in traditional media like oils and watercolors. See media a bit out of the ordinary at other exhibits featuring metal jewelry and unusual beach stones. At Bunnell Street Arts Center, visiting Seattle-based artist Micki Lippe kicks off her residency with a display of her jewelry inspired by shapes in nature. At the Homer Council on the Arts, Donna Ridener exhibits her spirit rocks. Ridener draws with pen and ink scenes and images she sees in collected rocks that call to her as she walks Kachemak Bay beaches.

Homer Theatre announces Doc Fest awards

 

The Homer Theatre has announced the winners of the ninth annual Homer Documentary Film Festival. The winners are:

•  Forget-Me-Not Audience Award: "Samsara."

"By far the audience favorite. This magnificent visual-ensemble was a truly Homer type of film," said Mac Sutton for the theater.

•  Golden Puffin Jury Prize Award:  "House I Live In" 

"Best overall documentary, a very well-constructed and edited film loaded with painfully true information; a real eye-opener," Sutton said.

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