The Kenai Peninsula State Fair isn’t just about the annual three-day event that draws a crowd of thousands every August.
For instance, on March 29 there was a sell-out crowd of hundreds at the fair’s annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner with music by the Grammy winning musical group Beau Soleil and Michael Doucet of New Orleans. The dates will be announced soon for a summer of rodeo events. And on April 20-21, the Fiber Arts Festival will be held in the fair’s Chinook Bay Building from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Alaska Intuitive Arts
158 W. Pioneer Ave.
Spirit-ah-graphy by Joluna Love
11 a.m.-8 p.m.,
First Friday Opening
Intuitive artist Joluna Love shows her digital photography with kaleidoscopic images and more. Alaska Intuitive Arts reopens for spring after being closed for two months.
Bunnell Street Arts Center
106 W. Bunnell Ave.
With youth art shows at the Homer Council on the Arts, the Pratt Museum and Paul Banks Elementary School, April First Friday is all about the kids. The annual Jubilee art shows open at HCOA and the Pratt, and once again Paul Banks features its Art Extravaganza. Artist Gail Baker has been doing an artist’s residency at Paul Banks, inspiring students to create space-themed masks in association with the school’s read-a-thon.
The Alaska State Council on the Arts seeks 1-percent for art qualifications for two projects. One project is for exterior artwork to be commissioned for the K-12 Amaqigciq Elementary/Caputnguaq High School in Chefornak in the Lower Kuskokwim School District. This project is for Alaska artists only. The budget is $159,000.
Pier One Theatre holds auditions for the play “Up” from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Mariner Theatre. Written by Bridget Carpenter, the play is loosely based on the life of Larry Walters, the “Lawnchair Guy,” who tied 42 helium-filled weather balloons to his lawn chair in San Pedro, Calif., in July, 1982 and soared to 15,000 feet before popping a few balloons with his BB gun.
Esther Lucille Haakenson, 92, passed away on March 12, 2013, at Main Street Assisted Living residence in Homer. A memorial service is 2 p.m. April 13, 2013, at Chapman School in Anchor Point.
Esther was born July 1, 1920, in International Falls, Minn. She was the third of five children born to Fred and Laura Larson.
Writer Ron Carlson leads a writers retreat Sept. 6 to 8 at Tutka Bay Lodge. Director of the graduate program in fiction at the University of California, Irvine, Carlson is an award winning poet, short story writer and novelist. At the retreat, he will explore questions like “How do writers move from an experience and event in their lives into fiction? How can you use place to find your story?” Sponsored by 49 Writers, the Anchorage based writing center, the fee is $525 for 49 Writers members and $575 for nonmembers and includes instruction, meals, lodging and water taxi.
As part of Sexual Assault Awareness month, South Peninsula Haven House sponsors a showing of “The Invisible War” at 6 p.m. April 11 at the Homer Theatre. A suggested donation is $6. Nominated for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards, “The Invisible War” looks at the issue of sexual assault in the United States military. Directed by filmmaker Kirby Dick, the film includes interviews with military officials and members of Congress about the conditions that exist for rape in the military, its history and what can be done to bring about change.
Jubilee, the Homer Council on the Arts annual celebration of youth art for grades kindergarten through 12, happens in April, with art exhibits and the performing arts show. Upcoming deadlines are:
• Visual art show entries are due Friday at the HCOA office on Pioneer Avenue. The First Friday opening for the Jubilee Youth Visual Art Show is 5 to 7 p.m. April 5 at HCOA.
• Performing Arts Show audition applications are due April 15 at HCOA, with auditions at 3:30 p.m. April 17. The performance is 7 p.m. April 26 at the Mariner Theatre.
For writers, books don’t appear whole out of thin air. Instead, like orca whales sliding underwater, they can be elusive, works in progress until some event causes the creative idea to surface.
‘Honk!’ plays April 5-7
The Youth/Teen Musical Theatre program of the Homer Council and the Arts and Pier One Theatre presents “Honk!,” a family musical based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling.” It plays at 7:30 p.m. April 5 and 6 and 3 p.m. April 7 at the Christian Community Church. Admission is $5 for youth, $8 for HCOA and Pier One members and $10 general for the 7:30 p.m. shows and by donation for the 3 p.m. April 7 show. Tickets are on sale at HCOA and the Homer Bookstore.
The Pen the Kenai community writing project seeks submissions from Kenai Peninsula residents. Pen the Kenai is a companion to the Paint the Kenai community mural project, where artists from around the peninsula are invited to paint a mural tile that represents the artist’s take on “Life on the Kenai.” Pen the Kenai asks peninsula residents to represent what “Life on the Kenai” means to them. All submissions will be displayed with the murals at the visitors center in Kenai.
Just because the weather says it’s spring doesn’t mean ski movies should be taken off your Netflix queue. The Down East is making sure the ski season stays alive and strong next Wednesday with the showing of the 2011 ski film “Being There” and slush-skiing rock of the band Salem from Breckenridge, Colo.
The one-hour film by Norway-based Field Productions is the eighth ski movie on the company’s curriculum vitae, featuring Norway’s biggest names in modern freeskiing from big mountain to big jumps.
If you’ve been seeing boys walking around town in black-leather jackets and rolled up jeans and girls in poodle skirts and white ankle socks, no, that’s not some hip Homer retro look flashing back to the 1950s.
Heidijo films music video
Homer musician Heidijo films a video from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday at AJ's OldTown Steakhouse. She will perform her song, "Honeytune," for a music video. The song will be on her first album, "Magazine Street," recently recorded in New Orleans after a successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign.
"Magazine Street" is still in the mixing and editing stage of production, and is tentatively slated for release in late April.
FilmJam is Friday
How do you take an opera written for the 16th century and turn it into a Las Vegas setting in the 1960s? How is Rigeletto going to be depicted as a jester?
You will have to attend the Homer Theatre's showing at 6 p.m. March 21 of the Metropolitan Opera's "Rigeletto" to find out. How will the Met pull this off?
We are encouraging people who are sitting on the fence to come check out the wonderful venue we offer in Homer. Get off the fence and come see a modern setting for this show.
Sticks and stones may break your bones, but when it comes to nature inspired art, they do something else: bring two artists together. The title of a collaborative exhibit showing this month at Ptarmigan Arts, it's also the media Homer artists Deb Lowney and Dan Fischer use independently and together to create organic sculptures that can be displayed indoors and outdoors.
Singer-songwriter Emma Hill and longtime band mate Bryan Daste release their fourth full-length album, "The Black And Wretched Blue," this month in an Alaska tour.
The official release is March 15 at Out North Theatre in Anchorage, but the duo perform music from their new album in a statewide tour, including a performance at 8 p.m. March 23 at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Tickets are $15 or pay-as-you-can. They also perform in Seward, Fairbanks, Talkeetna and Palmer.
in 'Power of Youth' contest
Two Homer students are finalists in F Magazine's "Power of Youth" statewide student art and writing competition. Homer High School student Molly Mitchell is a finalist in both the writing and art categories and Homer Middle School student Audrey Russell is a finalist in the writing category.
A celebration for the contest is 5:30 p.m. March 16 at Out North Theatre in Anchorage. Artwork of finalists is hung at the gallery, and the top winning writing works will be interpreted or read aloud by professional actors and readers.
Lies, two-headed boys and hope. Out of the shared experience of Tim O'Brien's Big Read book, "The Things They Carried," Homer readers received those odd gifts from a visit last week by the writer himself.
Thursday night, high school and college students and local writers attended a master class by O'Brien at Kachemak Bay Campus. The capstone event was on Friday, when O'Brien read from his book and talked about writing at the Mariner Theatre.