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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.”
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.
for Nov. 27, 28
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.
The annual “Play Like Crazy” community coed volleyball tournament rounded out two days of intense, fun play on Saturday evening with a tournament win for the Gold Diggers, a team made up of mostly Homer High students.
The championship game pitted them against Homer E-Z Pass, an eclectic group of community athletes of all ages, who were undefeated until that final match-up.
Hospice, HCOA collaboration starts Friday
As fall approaches winter and the daylight hours fade, the season turns to that magical time of the year when the low angle of the sun makes the mountains and glaciers glow. That quality of light is revered by photographers and artists. In a new exhibit by Halibut Cove artist Jan Thurston, “Light,” opening Friday at Fireweed Gallery, illumination is her theme, both literally and spiritually.
In her artist’s statement, Thurston said that mentor and teacher Diana Tillion urged her students to always be aware of the source of light.
Poet gives spoken word performance tonight
Take one look at Amy Casey’s paintings, and you might be inclined to ask, “What are you doing in Homer?”
Most of Casey’s work centers around cities. She paints houses tightly packed, in a way residences seldom are in Homer: piled up on each other, winding up into the sky on stilts or hanging down in nets, surrounded by ribbons of roadway, wound together with strings.
Every Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon for the last month, Bunnell Street Arts Center has been a hub of happy activity.
The Pratt Museum currently is featuring the exhibit “Museum Macabre: Darkest Secrets of Kachemak Bay.”
The show will run through Oct. 31.
“Some stories from Kachemak Bay have been lost to common knowledge, swept under the rug and into collections storage at the Pratt Museum,” according to a press release from the museum. “Now is your chance to learn about the dark days of our past through original artifacts and rare images”
On display are:
• Silver bullet casting molds from the werewolf outbreak of 1934;