Slide into your 50s, and sometimes things you put aside years ago don’t look as bad as you might have thought. That’s the perspective legendary folk singer John Gorka gained recently when he took a look at an album he recorded in 1985 at age 27 with producer Jim Rooney at Cowboy Jack Clements’ studio in Nashville, Tenn. Backed by a full band, Gorka recorded the album in five days — and then he shelved it.
John Gorka performs Nov. 11 at Bunnell
Downward Dog Productions presents Red House Records recording artist John Gorka in concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Tickets are $26-28, on sale at Bunnell.
Bunnell Street Arts Center
106 W. Bunnell Ave.
Artist in Residence work by Claudio Orso-Giacone
5-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception; 6 p.m., artists talk
Rasmuson Artist in Residence Claudio Orso Giacone’s closing exhibit includes new works created during his residency at Bunnell. On Nov. 18 Bunnell opens its “10 x 10” annual members exhibit of works up to 10-inches square in any media.
475 E. Pioneer Ave.
Old and New, by Michael Murray
5-7 p.m., First Friday Opening
November’s First Friday openings feature a mix of the old and new. That describes not only the collection of artists, but also the title of watercolor artist Michael Murray’s exhibit at Fireweed Gallery, “Old and New.” A veteran artist who has been creating since childhood, Murray is a founding member of the Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society and a longtime exhibitor at local galleries. Another longtime artist born before statehood, Karol Kahn Miller, shows her original pencil drawings at Ptarmigan Arts.
Do not adjust your peepers. If you go to the Pratt Museum’s fundraiser on Saturday, Black and White Ritz Cabaret Ball, and everything looks grayscale, no, you haven’t acquired dog eyes.
“Black and white” is the theme for the 31st annual gala fundraiser, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Wasabi’s Restaurant.
By the time Chicago-based improvisational theater group Second City rolls into town, game seven of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians will be over. So, whew, Homer audiences won’t have to worry about the traveling troupe forgetting to show up for its performance at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Mariner Theatre.
“Free Speech! (While Supplies Last)” brings back to Homer the wacky humor when Second City presented “The Best of Second City” in 2015. This time around, it’s a show with some political bite.
Library holds novel writing month kick-off
Friends of the Homer Library holds a National November Writing Month —NaNoWriMo — Kick-Off from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Homer Public Library. Come share your writing project ideas.
There will be refreshments, writing prompts, and of, course books to check out. Then come to the library over the month of November to work on your novel. Be sure to sign in and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to The Homer Bookstore.
Youth orchestra plays at K-Bay Caffé Saturday
The Homer Youth String Orchestra Club performs from noon-1 p.m. Saturday at K-Bay Caffé on Pioneer Avenue. Come and hear what the young musicians have been practicing.
Down East holds lip-syncing contest; grand prize, $150
The Down East Saloon holds a lip-syncing contest at 9 p.m. Saturday. The grand prize is $150, and there also are prizes for second and third place. Contestants will perform two songs each, and will be judged on lip-sync ability, choreography and attire.
At the quarter point between the equinox and the solstice, spiritual and secular celebrations appear in numerous cultures, such as the Celtic tradition of Samhain, the Christian tradition of Allhallowtide and the secular holiday of Halloween.
Christians honor the dead, saints and martyrs, and Pagans mark the end of the harvest and the transition into winter, when spirits and fairies more easily come into our world.
Mexicans in the United States and Mexico honor the dead with a similar festival, Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, traditionally held on Nov. 2.
HPL Book Club reads Chiappone’s ‘Liar’s Code’
For October, the Homer Public Library Book Club reads Homer writer Rich Chiappone’s “Liar’s Code,” a collection of essays and stories about fishing.
The club meets from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the library. Chiappone will join the club to answer questions.
Proposals for Giving Salmon sculpture being sought
After several years of Bunnell Street Arts Center artist residencies, the concept has evolved into a simple but elegant concept. Invite an artist to stay in one of the Old Inlet Trading Post apartments. Give them a corner of the gallery to set up a studio. Let them enjoy life in a small arts town with an awesome natural setting. Ask them to conduct workshops on their craft and art. Step back.
Women of the World perform
It might be October and well beyond the end of the summer tourist season, but First Friday this month promises to be lively — if a bit morbid — with group shows at the Homer Council on the Arts and the Pratt Museum. Individual artists also show their work.
Topping off the list is a reception for Rasmuson Artist in Residence Claudio Orso-Giacone at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Born in Italy, Orso-Giacone now lives in Oberlin, Ohio, and brings his extensive talents in maskmaking, paper art and wood-cut block printmaking.
‘Rubber Ducky’ shows Friday
Local filmmaker Silas Firth and Standing Tide Productions holds the world premiere of his short film, “Rubber Ducky,” at 5 p.m. Friday at the Homer Theatre. Admission is free. On his website, Firth said the film is “about the innocence and beauty of childhood in contrast with the darkness of the world, and the need for family and to let go of the past.” Unique to the project is that is has no dialogue, and the story is told entirely visually, Firth said.
Three years ago, Homer writer Dana Stabenow had a dream: build a retreat where women writers could go through the same life-changing experience that she had in 1989 at the Hedgebrook Writers Retreat on Whidbey Island, Wash.
Called Storyknife, after the Inuit storytelling tool, the compound would be built in a fireweed meadow near Homer overlooking Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay. Stabenow plans to build six cottages and a community hall where writers would stay for two-week to two-month residencies.
Bones, feathers, porcupine needles, beads and other items covered the tables of Homer Flex’s workshop area as students and staff drilled, threaded and attached components of their art pieces. Melissa Shaginoff, the Kenai-raised artist facilitating the Sept. 8-9 “Objects of Importance” workshop, moved throughout the room and offered aid to anyone with questions.
Thursday, Sept. 15
SMALL FRY STORYTIME
11:30 a.m.-noon, Homer Public Library
noon, 8 p.m. Hillas Building
Alcoholics Anonymous meets daily at noon and 8 p.m. Contact: 235-6822.
DANCE FOR CONNECTION WITH KARA CLEMENS
noon -1:15 p.m., Homer Council on the Arts
Contact: HCOA, 235-4288.
ARTQUEST: ACRYLIC PAINTING WITH SEBASTIAN PIERRE
3:30-5 p.m., Homer Council on the Arts
Contact: Kari Odden 235-4288 .
CIRCUSARTS AERIAL ARTS CLASSES WITH KAMMI AND BRIDGET
After 13 years of picking interesting films for the Homer Documentary Film Festival at the Homer Theatre, owners Jamie and Lynette Sutton have dialed in their selection criteria:
• “Is it well made movie?” Jamie Sutton said.
• “Does it matter?”
“The best documentary film festival north of Toronto,” as Sutton calls it, opens with a barbecue dinner at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 22 followed by a gala showing of “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.” The gala show is free with a festival pass purchase or $20 general admission.
Gallery director gives
talk on Cuban art scene
Wilfredo Benitez, executive director of Fundación Ludwig Gallery, Havana, Cuba, gives a slide talk on Cuba’s contemporary art scene at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 at Bunnell Street Arts Center. The Ludwig Foundation is an autonomous and nongovernmental institution promoting contemporary Cuban artists and culture. Its programs include performances, festivals, exhibitions, exchanges, lectures, seminars, academic courses, workshops, conferences, scholarships and grants.