Caressa, Dean win video contest


Homer musician Caressa and video director Tehben Dean have won first place in F Magazine’s music video contest. The video features Caressa performing her song, “Fall for You,” and was filmed at beaches in Homer. One of 36 entries in the contest, the award was announced Nov. 3 at a reception and viewing held by F Magazine at Out North Art House in Anchorage.

Arts Briefs

Ellis Paul and Radoslav Lorkovic
play together in Homer on Friday 

Longtime friends and internationally touring folk-blues musicians Ellis Paul and Radoslav Lorkovic perform for the first time together in Homer at 8 p.m. Friday at Bunnell Street Arts Center. The concert combines Lorkovic’s vibrant blues musicianship on piano and accordion with Paul’s guitar and vocals and smart, witty songwriting. The two musicians have played together elsewhere, but never on the same stage in Homer. Admission is $20.


‘Feeding the Dead’

Imagine, for just a moment, you’re holding a backstage pass for a concert by your favorite band. There in your grubby little mitts is the key to that storied sanctum only select fans are privileged to see. Cool, eh?

 Yeah, right, like that’ll ever happen.

Homer resident Jim Stearns, however, can give you the next best thing. For the better part of a decade, beginning in the late 1980s, his company provided catering and hospitality services for the Grateful Dead and other rock icons.

First Friday Events

If variety is the spice of life, then think of this week’s First Friday as a smorgasboard of tangy treats. No matter what your taste in art, you’ll find something to please your palate. New encaustic works by Kathy Smith celebrating darkness and light. Paintings and drawings in various media by Michael E. Murray. Paintings inspired by nature from Brianna Bryngelson.
A potpourri of fashion, art, jewelry and gifts from artists throughout the Northwest. Plus, a silent auction fundraiser for a scholarship fund for students of the arts.
Bunnell Street Arts Center

Key figure in shaping state talks on Friday

The Kachemak Bay Campus’s history department invites the public to the book launch celebration for Vic Fischer’s new memoir, “To Russia With Love: An Alaskan’s Journey” at 7 p.m. Friday. The book, written with Charles Wohlforth, traces Fischer’s life from his early days in Germany and Russia to his decades in Alaska, where he was a delegate to the Alaska Constitutional Convention and a member of both the territorial and state Senates. Today, he continues to study state and local government policy and Alaska-Russia issues.

Somewhere my love, it’s Ritz at the Winter Palace

Privet. Ya haschoo vebit vodka? Da? 

Ochen horosho.

Hello. Would you like to drink vodka? Yes? Very good. Dust off your old Russian primers, mangle Cyrillic transliterations, put on a big fur hat and get ready for the 27th annual Ritz Art and Experience Auction with this year’s theme, “Ritz at the Winter Palace.”

“Think Dr. Zhivago,” said Pratt Museum Development Director Michele “Misha” Miller. 

Jo Ann & Monte to perform Nov. 2

Jo Ann and Monte Davis will perform at the Homer Council on the Arts, 355 W. Pioneer Ave., at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 2. Tickets are $5 for youths; $10 for HCOA members and $15 for others.

This will be “an intimate, living room concert with Jo Ann & Monte,” writes the Homer Council on the 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



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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