Arts

With 15 events, track and field athletes face busy season

Practice for the Homer High School track and field team runs like a well-oiled machine. Athletes work on various training exercises at different stations, while head coach Bill Steyer keeps watch. Steyer sends athletes from one exercise to another, starts a group in a race, and makes sure no one is idle — tasks that keep him ever vigilant. 

“Track’s a pretty busy sport because there’s 15 events to get kids ready for,” Steyer said.

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Mary Perry signs new book at Anchor Poit Library

Anchor Point writer Mary Perry signs her new book, “Mystery on Cheechako Island,” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Anchor Point Library.

First Friday Events

Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

Lyrical Topography, art by Sarah Frary
5-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception; 6 p.m., artists talk

Gwendolyn Chatfield, artist in residency
8 p.m. First Friday concert, $10 member, $15 general suggested admission

April ‘First Friday’ could be called ‘First Weekend’

So much happens with arts events this weekend, the monthly preview of First Friday should be called First Weekend. Not only are there art openings, but performances on Friday and Saturday night.

At Bunnell Street Arts Center, Artist in Residence Gwendolyn Chatfield starts off her residency with a concert at 8 p.m. Friday. Chatfield is in Homer to create a “sound map,” The Folk Tapes of Homer, that captures notions of land and memory through stories, sounds and songs. She also does dance and song workshops this month.

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Artist Julianne Tomich holds talk at library

 

Homer artist Julianne Tomich’s paintings of birds are featured in the Fireside Reading Room through mid-April at the Homer Public Library . She will give a talk on the making of her paintings and how to make your own frames and canvases at 6 p.m. March 31 at the library. 

 

Tacoma musician to play African music at K-Bay Caffé

 

Seldovia writer, artist debut new children’s book

In April 2013, starting from their Seldovia home, Erin McKittrick and Bretwood Higman and their two children, Katmai, now 7, and Lituya, now 5, set off to circumnavigate Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet by foot and pack raft. About a week out a storm stopped them at Aurora Lagoon on the south side of the bay. Low on food, McKittrick said she was trying to figure out how to keep her young son and daughter happy.

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Wasteland Hop plays Friday at Alice’s

 

Fort Collins, Colo., folk-rock-hip hop band Wasteland Hop plays at 9 p.m. Friday at Alice’s Champagne Palace. The band describes itself as “the soulful pourings of Janis Joplin interlaced with the cerebral speech of Aesop Rock.” Fronted by lead vocalist Steph Jay and emcee Mickey Kenny, the six-member band also includes Nick Scheidies on guitar, keyboards and vocals, Liz Gaylor on five-string violin and vocals, Brian Weikel on bass and vocals, and Adam Fallik on drums.

AP Father-son team win ice carving contest in Fairbanks

Barnabas Firth provided the idea and his father, Ben Firth, perfected the technique. Earlier this month the Anchor Point team wowed the judges of the 2016 BP World Ice Art Championship in Fairbanks and took first place in the single-block, abstract art category for their work, “Nature of Conflict.” The team took home more than $1,000 in prizes.

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Homer film premieres today at Homer Theatre

The world premiere of “The Care and Feeding of Jack,” a new film by Homer filmmaker Brian George Smith, shows at 7 p.m. today at the Homer Theatre. The  feature-length film stars Dick Sanders, Jessi Hahn, Peter Norton, Nancy Chastain and Peter Sheppard. 

A suggested donation of $5 helps support the Homer Animal Shelter’s emergency medical fund.

 

Registration starts for Writers Conference

Toby Tyler’s show full of surprises

Longtime Homer artist R.W. “Toby” Tyler’s new show at Ptarmigan Arts lives up to its name, “Surprises from Toby’s Attic.” 

The retrospective show does exactly that: displays works found in Tyler’s attic, from pen-and-ink and watercolor drawings of San Francisco Victorian houses to his series of prints showing the progression of Alaska plants over and within the seasons.

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Marimba Madness slated

for Saturday at Elks Lodge

Homer’s annual celebration of African marimba music returns with four bands performing this Saturday at the Homer Elks Lodge. A fundraiser for the Homer Council on the Arts, new for this year is a Homer youth group, Vheneka, and Kodiak’s first marimba ensemble, Chitsuwa. Also performing are Homer groups Shamwari and an all-women group, Tamba Hadzi. The bands play a musical tradition that has its roots in Zimbabwe and came to North America in the 1960s.

Elder artist Toby Tyler featured

One of Homer’s most revered elder artists, R.W. “Toby” Tyler, gets some special attention in a show opening Friday at Ptarmigan Arts. “Surprises from Toby’s Attic” features treasures from a career dating back to 1961 in Homer, when Tyler opened the 8x10 Studio in a historic log building next to Alaska Wildberry Products. A former school teacher, Tyler, 89, has been a longtime gardener and naturalist, themes reflected in his scientifically accurate watercolor paintings of Alaska plants and flowers.

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‘Living Alaska’ opens 

Friday at Pratt

“Living Alaska: A Decade of Collecting Contemporary Arts for Alaska Museums” opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Pratt Museum. 

Curated by Sven Haakanson Jr., the exhibit opened Nov. 6 at the Anchorage Museum and features works collected by Alaska museums through the Rasmuson Foundation Art Acquisition Fund.  The Pratt exhibit features additional works from its collection purchased through the Rasmuson program.

Work = Art

When the Homer Council on the Arts put out a call for this month’s show, “Work = Art,” director Peggy Paver said at first she thought the art that came in might represent the craft side of creation.

“When the idea first started being bandied about, it was the logical choice of where you might go with ‘work equals art,’” she said. “It was the perception that welding is work, but you also can make some cool art with welding.”

There’s no place like Homer for ‘Wizard of Odds’ winter musical

It takes brains, courage and a lot of heart to put together “Stepping Out,” the Homer Council on the Arts annual variety show. Click those ruby Uggs boots together, and you’ll find there’s no place like, uh, Homer for fun, zany musical theater. 

“It’s a really-make-you-smile production,” said director Sally Oberstein of this year’s work, “The Wizard of Odds.”

The show plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mariner Theatre.

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Shut Up and Write! is Thursdays at Alice’s

“Shut up and write!” takes the writing experience from solitary to social. Sponsored by 49 Writers, writers are invited to work on writing projects in a social setting with other writers from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays upstairs at Alice’s Champagne Palace.

“No critiquing, exercises, lectures, ego, competition or feeling guilty,” writer and organizer Christina Whiting said. “Just a place to show up, shut up and work on your writing projects in the company of other writers.”

First Friday events

Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

Seven Years, installation by Desiree Hagen

5-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception; 6 p.m., artists talk
Noon-4 p.m. Feb. 13, 14, 28: Papercut workshops on stencils (Feb. 13), colored paper cut from photos (Feb. 14) and shadow puppets (Feb. 28)

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