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  • Take six musicians who have played everything from Cajun to classical to blues, add original compositions by Homer’s boogie-woogie piano guy Johnny B, and mix with Alaska videos by Daniel Zatz and you have “Wild Mountains Bright Water.” Featuring the Devils Club Orchestra, the show is one of t...

    Thu, 05/07/2015 - 11:24am
  • After decades living in Homer, the Betster can finally admit it. Yours truly has succumbed to birder fever. Consider the evidence: bird nerd sweatshirt by Amanda Brannon, two pairs of binoculars and a spotting scope kept in the Betsterbaru, seven bird guides on the shelf and checklists for the last ...

    Thu, 05/07/2015 - 11:10am
  • Busy. This is the point in the gardening season that so much happens at once. We have had a long spring, very unusual, and the extra days have been a boon to say the least. Nevertheless, there is much to be done. For those of you with a career and/or families now is the time to pick your battles. Pr...

    Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:59am
  • Arctic cod are proving highly susceptible to warming ocean temperatures, but the good news is that Pacific cod, the kind caught commercially in pots and trawls around Alaska, not so much. A NOAA lab in Newport, Ore., is reportedly the first to successfully spawn Arctic cod in captiv...

    Wed, 05/06/2015 - 2:17pm
  • Last Thursday the Betster took a photo safari looking for sandhill cranes at Beluga Slough. The B. got a solid tip that cranes had been seen at 11 p.m. last Wednesday, right on time for Earth Day. Out in the grass about 70 greater white-fronted geese waddled around feeding on whatever geese feed on ...

    Thu, 04/30/2015 - 8:38am
  • Acclaimed improv group The Second City performs at 7 p.m. Friday at the Mariner Theatre. Started in 1959 in Chicago, The Second City has become famous for launching the careers of comedians like John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Dan Akroyd, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell. “The Best of the Se...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:53pm
  • The Homer Council on the Arts board of directors has hired a new executive director, Peggy Paver of Ashland, Ore., and a new operations and programs coordinator, Austin Parkhill of Barrow.  Parkhill arrives in Homer in June to work with current director Gail Edgerly before she leaves. Parkhill ...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:52pm
  • With KBBI’s Concert on the Lawn and Homer Council on the Arts Street Fair taking a break this summer, the season’s big festival will be the Kachemak Bay Celt Fest, held June 19-20 at Karen Hornaday Park. The event kicks off with a performance by Celtic music group Tempest at 7 p.m. June 19 and c...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:49pm
  • “On the Wing,” Homer’s annual celebration of birds and spring through poetry and music, starts off the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival at 7:30 p.m. May 7 at the Homer Theatre. With an all-ages roster, performers range from elder poet Nancy Levinson to Fireweed Academy kindergarteners. Sunrise ...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:48pm
  • Art Shop Gallery 202 W. Pioneer Ave. Collages by Guitta Corey 5-7:30 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception Artist Guitta Corey shows her new work.   Bunnell Street Arts Center 106 W. Bunnell Ave. Shaping Alaska, art by Sarah Be...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:46pm

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Lupin bloom at the head of the bay