Arts

KPO rocks the house

Chock full of puns surrounding how an orchestra can rock — passing out literal rocks to musicians and hauling a rocking chair on stage — the Link Up concert with Kenai Peninsula Orchestra rocked the house in the Mariner Theatre on Friday, Jan. 15. 

MountainFilm back to cheer up gloomy town

In an alleged winter besotted by gray skies and cold rain, the Telluride MountainFilm On Tour festival has just the prescription. It actually includes two doses of “Nature Rx” — short films that could result in “authenticity, confidence, spontaneous euphoria or being in a good mood for no apparent reason,” as the films are described.

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Telluride Mountainfilm next week

For the 16th year, Telluride Mountainfilm shows in Homer. Two evenings of films show at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 and 16 at the Mariner Theatre. A fundraiser for Community Recreation, tickets for each show are $10, on sale at the Homer Bookstore or at the Community Recreation office at Homer High School. 

Healing rhythms: Homer residents part of CD release concert

If Anchorage Symphony Orchestra violinist Daniel Perry had been told a few weeks ago he would be chanting healing songs in front of an intimate crowd of people, he might not have believed it.

Yet the Homer resident who said his specialty is playing the classics found himself performing chants and songs from multiple cultures at the Sterling Community Center in late December as part of a release concert for the CD “Holy Ground.”

“It’s so different from what I do,” Perry said. “I’d say it’s a spiritual adventure. ... I’ve never chanted.”

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HCOA offers new classes

The Homer Council on the Arts offers several new classes this winter. Upcoming classes include:

• Beginning Metalsmithing and Jewelry Fabrication with Brett Glidden, 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Jan. 12-April 15 (13 weeks). For ages 10-18. The fee for HCOA members is $260 and $312 for nonmembers.

New Year's events

From Old Town to downtown to the Homer Spit, Homer’s bars offer New Year’s Eve celebrations from the sedate to the spirited. At AJ’s OldTown Steakhouse and Tavern, the night is young when AJ’s rings in the New Year on New York time — 8 p.m., live from Times Square. Other celebrations are more traditional, ringing in the year at midnight Homer time with champagne toasts and party favors.

Homer celebrates Christmas with services, singing, performances

As the northern hemisphere turns toward the winter solstice and the Christian Advent proceeds, through the next week Homer’s diverse faiths hold services leading up to the celebration of the birth of Jesus. At many churches, there will be traditional caroling and candlelight Christmas Eve services. Some churches, like the Salvation Army and Church on the Rock, hold Christmas services this Sunday. At the Salvation Army, a children’s choir sings.

“They’re dressed up like angels. It’s going to be super cute,” said Pastor Lt. Caleb Fankhauser.

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HCOA holds Second Friday show

The Homer Council on the Arts holds a Second Friday show from 5-7 p.m. Friday. Artist and HCOA volunteer Gundega Snepste has decorated the gallery with traditional Latvian style decorations. The name of her show is “Puzuri,” a Latvian word for the kind of decoration she used. There will be refreshments and live music as well.

 

Marian Call performs Saturday

Latest books by Homer writers:

With the holiday season in full swing, odds are you’re on the hunt for gifts for friends and family. Luckily, 2015 was a busy year for local authors. Here are six new titles available at the Homer Bookstore, for sale by the author, or on iTunes — check out Shelley Gill’s new whale info app. From memoirs about frontier Alaska to a novel of romance and danger in Africa to creative and kooky new books for kids, there’s something new by a Homerite for every member of the family.

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Auditions slated for today 

for ‘The Wizard of Odds’

Auditions continue at 6 p.m. today for “The Wizard of Odds,” another Stepping Out show produced by Sally Obserstein and crew. All age auditions are at the Homer Council On the Arts gallery. Come ready to sing and have a little fun with the group. 

For more information, email hannahheimbuch@gmail.com.

 

First Friday Events

Alice’s Champagne Palace

195 E. Pioneer Ave.

First Friday Art Night with Patrick Bradley

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception
7 p.m., Music by Neck and Neck

Artist Patrick Bradley will have psychedelic coloring books to color and big paper and fresh Sharpies to draw with for an evening of collaborative art.

Art Shop Gallery

202 W. Pioneer Ave.

First Friday offers holiday art gifts

Art lovers looking to buy gifts made by local artists have a variety of options to choose from at shows opening this month. Most exhibits are by Homer artists or artists with a Homer connection.

Bunnell Street Arts Center holds a second reception for its 10x10 Members Show that opened last month. Now in its second year, the show challenged artists to create within the confined space of 10-inches squared or, for sculpture, 10-inches cubed. Many artists chose to create two or three works, sometimes as a triptych.

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Nutcracker Faire Dec. 5-6

The annual Homer Council on the Arts Nutcracker Faire is 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and noon-6 p.m. Dec. 6 at Homer High School. Browse arts and crafts and food booths and listen to live music. All arts and crafts being sold are 100-percent handmade gifts from Kenai Peninsula vendors. Tickets also are on sale for the Nutcracker Ballet.

 

Homer boy gets $1,000

from Awesome Foundation

Community art shows feature Homer’s talent

Three community shows around Homer this week highlight one thing town residents have to be thankful for: a plethora of talented artists.

 

KBC class develops work
by diverse artists

Head into the lobby of Kachemak Bay Campus at any point this month, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by warm, brightly colored works of art. Students in Asia Freeman’s fall painting class at the college gathered on Nov. 12 to celebrate the display of their work from the semester.

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Nutcracker tickets now on sale at bookstore

Tickets have gone on sale for the annual Nutcracker Ballet. Shows are 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 3 p.m. Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 3 p.m. Dec. 12. All seats are $10. Tickets are on sale at the Homer Bookstore and will be on sale at the Nutcracker Faire on Dec. 5 and 6.

 

Artists, arts groups 

receive state grants

Letters Aloud sheds light on flip side of being famous

Three months before “Born to Run” was released, Bruce Springsteen scrawled a note to his landlady explaining that he couldn’t pay the rent. Amelia Earhart got cold feet on her wedding day. Clyde Barrow of infamous crime duo Bonnie and Clyde wrote a fan letter to Henry Ford a month before he was killed in his Ford V8. Bruce Lee’s 1969 diary includes a promise to himself to become “the highest paid Oriental super star in the United States.”

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KBC art show opens 

Students in Asia Freeman’s fall Kachemak Bay Campus painting class show their work in the Fall Student Art Showcase. The exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today in the Commons of the Pioneer Hall at KBC of Kenai Peninsula College. The show runs through December.

 

‘Assimilation’ set
for Nov. 27, 28

Maker Space combines creativity, high tech

At 5:30 p.m. Monday, when his mother told him it was time to leave the Homer Maker Space for the day, an elementary school student let out a moan of ultimate suffering. 

“You’ll be back tomorrow,” said Mom.

“Yeah, I will,” responded her son with absolute conviction, grudgingly closing a laptop on the boat design he was working on.

Sitting nearby helping another student on a laptop, Daniel Zatz smiled.

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