Homer Alaska - Arts

Story last updated at 4:08 PM on Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Arts Briefs

Ocean Film Festival shows today

Nine short films on ocean adventure, coastal cultures and marine science from Alaska and around the world show Thursday for the annual Alaska Ocean Film Festival. Films start at 6 p.m. at the Homer Theatre. The short documentaries explore adventures like "Team Clark Goes Canoeing," about a family's six-week journey from Valdez to Whittier, as well as environmental issues, such as "The Majestic Plastic Bag," a "mockumentary" about the amazing journey of a plastic bag around the ocean.

In partnership with the Alaska Center for the Environment, the festival also includes light humor, like the Dutch film "Monsterboards," about small-wave surfing in Holland. Other films are "Eating the Ocean," "Into the Deep with Elephant Seals," "Capture: A Waves Documentary," "The Coral Gardener," "Landscapes at the World's Ends," and "Birdathlon."

Admission is $10.

Art sought for Big Fat Bike Fest

The Homer Cycling Club seeks art submissions for its Big Fat Bike Festival Art Show, to be held Feb. 24-26. The theme is "celebration of the bicycle." Works in all media are accepted, including video. Submissions should be show ready by Feb. 17. For more information bigfatbikefestival@gmail.com or the Homer Cycling Club at (907) 756-1920.

Bait & Tassels show returns

The Burly-Q's Bait & Tassels neo-burlesque troupe returns with "Bottoms Up!," an all-new show with all-new acts starting at 9 p.m. Feb. 16 and 17 at Wasabi's. The troupe premiered in Homer in December with its musical, dance and variety acts in the burlesque tradition of Gypsy Rose Lee and others of the classical period of the 1930s and 1940s, but updated for the 21st century.

Tickets are $20 and on sale now at Wasabi's. Cocktail hour starts at 8 p.m. with the curtain cal at 9 p.m. Parking is limited, so carpooling or taxi rides are suggested.

Bunnell, Pratt awarded Paul G. Allen Family Foundation grants

Bunnell Street Arts Center and the Pratt Museum have been awarded grants from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the foundation announced this week. Bunnell received a $10,000 grant to support its 2012 visual arts exhibition programs and the Pratt Museum received $60,000 to support a capacity building project on audience research, program evaluation and marketing analysis.

The foundation awarded $6.6 million in its latest cycle of awards, including $1 million given to projects in Native American communities to confront serious challenges in those areas and to support their dynamism and resiliency.

In total, 58 grants in five program areas were issued as part of the foundation's latest giving cycle.

"At the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation we focus our efforts on productive community initiatives that create opportunity," said Susan M. Coliton, vice president of The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. "In a variety of ways, across a diverse set of focus areas, all of our work is focused on our longstanding mission to transform lives and strengthen communities.

For more information, visit the foundation's website at pgafamilyfoundation.org.