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Story last updated at 8:23 PM on Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Arts in Brief

Carrie Newcomer plays in Seldovia

Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer performs at 7:30 p.m. March 24 at the Susan B. English School Commons in Seldovia.

Newcomer presents music from her repertoire, including from her most recent album, "Before and After." Newcomer's prior albums include "Regulars & Refugees," "The Age of Possibility," "The Gathering of Spirits" and "The Geography of Light," which earned her Artist of the Year and Album of the Year from Folk Wax Magazine. She has toured with Alison Krauss and Union Station.

Of her work, Rolling Stone wrote, "Rapturously tuneful, Newcomer's material asks all the right questions and refuses to settle for easy answers." The San Jose Mercury News wrote, "The singer-songwriter crafts compositions that are as meaningful as they are lovely. The melodies are memorable, the lyrics eloquent. And they're delivered to perfection via her rich, warm, soulful voice."

Tickets are $15 adults, $8 students and $35 family and available at the door.

'The Freedom Show' at Bunnell

Local troubador Lindianne Sarno shares songs and tales of freedom with Marcia Lynn and friends in a concert at 5 p.m. Sunday at Bunnell Street Arts Center.

A revue of freedom songs, free speech, music and dance, Sarno describes her show as "Act Two of my northern folk opera, 'Lost Child and the Medicine People.' In Act Two, Lost Child and The Nomads arrive in the north and are welcomed by the Medicine People. This evening, The Freedom Show stands alone as a celebration of stories that illustrate the spiritual nuts and bolts of freedom."

Admission is $5 to $20 on "pay as you can" sliding scale, with a $10 suggested admission.

'Rent' plays at Homer High School

The Homer High School Concert Choir and Pier One Theatre's production of the Broadway musical "Rent" opens next weekend. Performances are 7:30 p.m. March 25 and 3 and 7:30 p.m. March 26 at the Mariner Theatre.

General admission is $12, with tickets on sale at Etude Studio and the Homer Bookstore. For reservations call 235-7579.

Mark Robinson is the music director and Lance Petersen is the stage director. The book, music and lyrics are by Jonathan Larson.

With the permission of his estate, the Homer High School version has been adapted for use in schools, with slight changes to language and one song, "Contact," deleted.

Filmmaker offers Film Boot Camp

Brian G. Smith, the filmmaker for "Puffin Bay," still has space available in his a two-day intensive filmmaking retreat from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 26 and 27. Learn all aspects of making a movie, including scripting, pre-production, editing, marketing and distributing. Students will produce a 5-10 minute short film over the weekend. The retreat is held at Smith's Homer home. The workshop is limited to 12 people. All tools and materials are provided. The cost is $265. For more information, e-mail Smith at sojourn50@alaska.net.

Artist offers plate painting class

Artist Michele La Friniere offers a plate painting workshop noon-3 p.m. March 26 at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Bunnell's annual membership drive, The Plate Project, has started with dozens of bisqued plates awaiting painters at Bunnell Street Arts Center. The plates are created by local potters.

Everyone interested in painting is encouraged to stop by. New painters can learn how to paint plates in a workshop with La Friniere. Experienced painters may simply sign-out a plate. Bring your own brushes. For more information call 235-2662 or e-mail info@bunnellstreetgallery.org.