The Homer Public Library is a 2016 Star Library in the annual ranking of U.S. public libraries by Library Journal. In its index of Public Library Service, Homer Public Library is one of only 260 libraries to receive the highest rankings from the prestigious publication for the U.S. library community. This is the fifth time HPL has been named a Star Library in the nine-year history of the index.
Poet Peggy Shumaker and her husband Joe Usibelli announced they would like to name the Storyknife main house after poet, writer and teacher Eva Saulitis. The cost of the house is $250,000, and Shumaker and Usibelli will match every dollar donated two-to-one.
Saulitis died in 2016 of breast cancer. A teacher at Kachemak Bay Campus and the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference, Saulitis wrote several books of poetry, a memoir, “Into Great Silence,” and a series of essays about dying, “Becoming Earth.”
“Homestead Kitchen” was born out of the same kind of connection that started the Kilcher family’s reality television show — a Facebook message to Eivin Kilcher.
“Alaska: The Last Frontier,” the Discovery channel show that made the Kilchers a family name known in households across the United States, had been on for about three years when a literary agent reached out to Eivin and asked if there was interest in writing a book. Coincidentally, he and his wife Eve had tossed the idea around of writing a cookbook around before, so they pitched it.
Lavallee visits Art Shop Gallery
Artist Barbara Lavallee visits the Art Shop Gallery from 1-6 p.m. Saturday. She will be available to personalize and sign calendars, prints and books. Call the gallery at 235-7076 to have items signed if unable to make the visit.
To see Lavallee’s new work, visit www.artshopgallery.com.
Bunnell 10x10 show up Friday
“Windows,” this month’s solo exhibit by Felicity Jones at the Homer Council on the Arts, expands on the idea of a traditional art show. While many exhibits feature art carefully hung on walls, Jones, 17, presents her art as if you’d walked into a living room. A large window stands at the front of the gallery, with empty picture frames and other windows lying on the floor or hung on walls. Sculpture stands hold Sculpy clay figurines. Pen-and-ink drawings dominate the show.
Inspired by Diaries exhibit opens
The Pratt Museum’s Inspired by Diaries exhibit opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday. Have you ever kept a diary or journal? Had the opportunity to peruse the personal writing of your ancestors?
Several diaries and journals are held in the collections of the Pratt Museum. Their stories range from weather reports and moose sightings to extended narrative and personal reflection. Often the written word leaves much to be imagined, and can serve as a jumping-off point for something more.
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.