Story last updated at 1:42 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2002

Arts News
Jubilee performers ready

Youth from the community perform in this year's Jubilee Friday at the Mariner Theatre starting at 7 p.m. More than 20 acts including classical and not so classical ballet, jazz and Irish dancing poetry readings, piano concertos, guitar and vocals and even a penny whistle act will be featured. Proceeds from the show go to support the Homer Council on the Arts Youth Scholarship programs. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 for members, $5 for youth 18 and under and $20 for a family of four. Tickets are on sale at the Homer Bookstore, Etude Studios and the council office. Call 235-4288.

'Nunsence' auditions set

Pier One Theatre will hold auditions for "Nunsense," a musical with five dancing nuns, on Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mariner Theatre. The play will be directed by Arthur Griffith, with musical direction by JulieAnn Smith. All materials for the audition will be provided, just bring your voice. The production will run the first three weekends in July. Scripts are available for 48-hour checkout at the Homer Public Library. For more information, call 235-7333.

Comedy troupe forming

The Living Room Coffee House, next to Don Jose's, is looking for funny folks to form a comedy troupe. Anyone interested in auditioning can call Dave Radtke at 235-9421 or just show up during the Saturday night "Comedy Variety Night," around 9 p.m. The club also offers Karaoke at 8 p.m. Saturdays, and on Friday, Aug. 26, poet Rebecca Yates as well as others will read their work starting around 8 p.m.

Out North artist coming

Anchorage performance artist Patricia Eckert will visit Homer on Friday, April 26 for a performance of "Scared Silly," and "Born Vegetarian," two solo dramatic works using video and slide projection. The performance will be held at the Bunnell Street Gallery at 7 p.m. The works were commissioned by Out North Contemporary Art House of Anchorage as part of its "Under 30" showcase. Tickets are $10 gallery members, $12 general admission, $11 seniors. The program is recommended for mature audiences only.

McManus brings 'Love'

Returning to Homer is the side-splitting, hilarious one-man play, "McManus in Love," written by Pat McManus and performed by veteran comedian Tim Behrens. Several of McManus' well-known characters step into the fearful world of dating, and conjure up a load of comedic experiences. The play will be shown on Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m. at the Mariner Theatre. Tickets are $17 general admission, $15 for Homer Council on the Arts members and youth 18 and under. While this is a family show, it is not recommended for youth under the age of 9. Tickets are on sale at the Homer Bookstore, Etude Studios and the council office. Call 235-4288 for more information.

Square dance at McNeil

There will be a square and contra dance on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at McNeil Canyon Elementary School. Laura Patty will call to music by Laura Light and Jeff Graham. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes to dance in. Beginners are welcome. A $6 admission will be charged.

Madrigal Society singing

The Mud Bay Madrigal Society will sing a "Welcome to Spring concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, at the Bunnell Street Gallery. The selection of English and Italian madrigals range from springtime themes to tragic, comical, unrequited and often discreetly ribald love. Tickets are $4 for gallery members; $6 general; $12 member families and $15 nonmember families. Call 235-2662 for more information.

Horn Club sounds off

The Anchorage Horn Club will perform at the Bunnell Street Gallery on Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. The Horn Club is made up of teachers, engineers, doctors, office workers and anyone who enjoys playing the horn. The 10-member troupe will perform favorites such as the "Alaska Flag Song," as well as take the audience through the history of the horn including animal horns, hunting horns, natural horns, and of course, the ever popular garden hose. Tickets are $4 gallery members; $6 general; $12 member families and $15 nonmember families. Call 235-2662 for more information.

Writers win fellowships

Two Homer writers have been awarded the Connie Boochever Arts Fellowship, a $2,500 award recognizing practicing Alaska artists and educators of "exceptional talent in the performing, literary, visual and media arts to further their creative careers." Eve Saulitis, an English and creative writing instructor at the Kachemak Bay Campus of the Kenai Peninsula College, and Nancy Lord, author of "The Man Who Swam with Beavers," "Green Alaska," and "Fishcamp," each received the award. Four awards were given by the Alaska State Council on the Arts on behalf of Boochever, an avid performer, director and producer of community theater in Juneau.

Artists booths offered

The Kenai Watershed Forum is now accepting applications from Kenai Peninsula artists interested in reserving booth space at the June 8-9 Kenai River Festival in Kenai. Space is limited so reservations must be made by May 13. Contact Kelly Shea at 260-5449 or go online at