Pier One Theatre opens on a high note

Every season, Pier One Theatre brightens the Spit with its lively performances, but more than that, it brightens the whole community with its passion for the arts. With productions for any taste — comedy, drama, musicals and more — there is something for everyone. The standard holds true for this season as well.

Pier One kicked off its season on June 14, with a performance by Johnny B, which will occur every other Tuesday through Sept. 20.

Mural project facilitated by visiting artist kicks off

More than a splash of color appeared on the Star Car Wash building over the June 3 weekend as Anchorage mural group Spellar started and completed the first mural in Bunnell Street Arts Center’s Peonies on Pioneer public art project. 

Peonies on Pioneer, a brainchild of the Homer Chamber of Commerce Pioneer Revitalization task force and Bunnell’s current artist-in-residence Kady Perry, came about after Freeman read Perry’s proposal for a “compelling” public mural project, said executive and artistic director Asia Freeman. 

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‘The Drunkard’

auditions this weekend

Auditions for The Drunkard, a melodramatic morality musical to be performed the second and third weekends in September, will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Mariner Theatre. There are roles for all ages and the cast will ultimately be about 25 people. If you have questions, or conflicts with the audition times please contact Laura Norton at 299-2453.

‘Paint In’ returns for First Friday

Last summer’s Paint In live-art series at the Homer Elks Lodge returns for First Friday this month. Artist and sign painter Dan Coe is joined by his son David as they each paint a large canvas on the back deck of the Elks Lodge. The action starts at 5 p.m., and paintings will be auctioned at 9 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Elks Scholarship Fund.

Powerful play shows in Homer

In 2003, writer and journalist David Holthouse plotted to kill a man — the Bogeyman. He’d bought a throwaway pistol and silencer, and he’d go up to the man who raped him when Holthouse was 7 and put three bullets into his head.

Instead, Holthouse wrote an essay.

“Stalking the Bogeyman” shows one time only at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Mariner Theatre, part of the University of Alaska Anchorage Theatre and Dance Department’s tour. The play premiered in Asheville, N.C., in 2013, and played Off Broadway in 2014.

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‘Made of Salmon’ reading is Friday

Authors from the anthology “Made of Salmon: Alaska Stories from the Salmon Project” hold a reading at 6 p.m. Friday at the Homer Public Library. Editor Nancy Lord and contributing authors Rich Chiappone, Kirsten Dixon, Jerre Wills and Michael Dinkel will read excerpts from their essays in the anthology.  


‘Rhythm of the North’ starts next week

Artists inspired by science in new Pratt exhibit

Birch trees, bugs and now bears. For more than a decade, the Pratt Museum has brought together scientists and artists to explore aspects of natural history, culture and science. Partnering with organizations like the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve, the museum sponsors scientific talks and invites artists to learn about specific themes. Artists even do some hands-on science in Discovery Labs at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

Writers’ conference includes graphic narrative in the mix, celebrates 15th year

The Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference will mark changing tides in the literary world and the Homer community with its 15th year.

Sarah Leavitt, a writer from Vancouver, British Columbia, will give the conference’s first workshops on graphic narrative. Leavitt’s first book, “Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me,” told the story of her mother’s illness by combining words with drawings. While Leavitt planned to write a memoir after her mother’s death in 2005, but she didn’t always plan for it to be in the style of a graphic narrative. 

Marrying life, art


he partnership of Homer artists Skywalker and Brian Payne sounds like a romance novel tease. Can a storyteller-poet-dancer raised in a military family find true love, bliss, creative support and happiness with a Midwestern comic book writer? And can they thrive as artists in a small town at the end of the road?

First Friday events

Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center

95 Sterling Highway

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival Art, paintings by various artists

4:30-6:30 p.m., First Friday Reception

A show of painted canvases depicting Alaskan birds, created and donated by 28 artists, which will be sold at the festival’s annual online art auction. The 6-inch-by-6-inch canvases feature painting from artists including, Gary Lyon, Mossy Kilcher, Conrad Field, Marjorie Scholl and Carla Stanely. 

Leaving it all behind

Seattle artist Julia Harrison aims to leave Homer a little more beautiful than how she found it. Bunnell Street Arts Center’s current artist-in-residence came to town with simple hand tools that she uses for carving and jewelry making and plans to leave without any artwork she creates during her two-week stay. 

Instead, Harrison wants to leave it in and with the community.

Homer shows pay tribute to pop artist David Bowie

Homer musician Tyler Munns has always been an avid David Bowie fan. So when the pop musician’s album “Blackstar” was released Jan. 8, Munns didn’t waste any time listening to it.

He wasn’t disappointed. 

“It was so much more challenging and innovative than any artists in their prime right now. It was just kind of mind blowing to me,” says Munns.

Two days after the album’s release, the 69-year-old Bowie was dead of cancer.

His death on the heels of the album’s release had a profound effect on Munns.

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Jubilee Youth Performing Arts Show is Friday


The Homer Council on the Arts annual Jubilee Youth Performing Arts Show is 7 p.m. Friday at the Mariner Theatre. Tickets are $5 youth, $10 HCOA members and $15 general admission, on sale at HCOA and the Homer Bookstore.

Homer woman goes ‘Alone’ into the wilderness

With the airing of the second season of the History Channel’s survival show “Alone” on April 21, Mary Kate Green joins the cast of Homerites representing their town on television.

Unlike the Kilcher’s “Alaska: The Last Frontier” or the Time Bandit crew of  “Deadliest Catch” fame, which portrays people in their element, “Alone” takes Green to an empty area of Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada, with only 10 items for survival. No camera crew or other contestants were nearby for assistance or comradery. 

New show takes artist in different direction

In map making, artists depict the landscape with lines and shading. A city map can be all streets, but in the wilderness, cartographers add rivers and lakes, forests and grasslands, and ridges and valleys. The result can seem static, a map that comes alive only in the imagination of the reader.

That’s not so with the maps of Sarah Frary. In her new show at Bunnell Street Arts Center, “Lyrical Topography,” Frary shows Cook Inlet and Alaska as a landscape come alive.

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KBC student art show opens Friday


Students from Asia Freeman’s drawing class show their work in a Student Art Showcase this month. The exhibit opens with a reception from 5-6:30 p.m. Friday in the Kachemak Bay Campus Pioneer Hall Commons gallery.


HHS students present ‘Colors of Homer’


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Pier One holds auditions


Pier One Theatre holds auditions for two of its summer plays. Auditions are 5-7 p.m. Friday and 4-6 p.m. Saturday at the Mariner Theatre. The plays are “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, directed by Peter Sheppard, with roles for two couples, and “Grace and Glory,” directed by Linda Ellsworth, with a role for an older woman and a younger woman. For more information, call 235-7333.


Library friends honor Chamberlain, Bunting at Lifelong Learning gala

National Library Week is April 10-16, and the Friends of the Homer Library will be ushering it in Saturday with its annual fundraiser, the Celebration of Lifelong Learning.

A silent auction, live music, appetizers from Maura’s Café and a trivia tree will all accompany presentations of this year’s Lifelong Learner Award and Youth Learner Award. Haines author Heather Lende will be the keynote speaker.  

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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