Story last updated at 12:13 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2002

Arts News
Horns to play

The Anchorage Horn Club will perform at the Bunnell Street Gallery on Saturday, 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 horn. You will hear "Amazing Grace," on an 8-foot alphorn and a hunting horn selection played on antique valveless horns. JulieAnn Smith will accompany the horns on some sections. Tickets are $6 gallery members; $8 general; $20 member families and $25 nonmember families. Call 235-2662 for more information.

"Short Flights" coming

A series of one-act plays titled "Short Flights of the Imagination" will be shown Wednesday through Sunday, May 12 , presented by Pier One Theatre at the Smoky Bay Learning Center on Bunnell Avenue. The plays are directed by Craig Phillips and include profiles of a variety of people, including a woman confronting her fear of heights and a man trying to give up smoking who meet on a Ferris wheel as well as other interesting characters. Tickets for the Wednesday show are $5. All other shows are $7. The show starts at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, May 11 with a matinee performance at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 12. For reservations or information, call 235-7333.

Entertainment flocks in

The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival celebrates the annual bird migration in many ways, some of which include entertainment of soaring quality. On Friday, May 10, the annual Gallery Migration fund-raiser will kick off, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Homer Council on the Arts building. From there, participants will board a bus and flock from one gallery to the next, dining and indulging along the way. The event will finish back at the council building with a finale dessert party, featuring live music by the Banana Slug String Band. Cost for the evening is $25. For more information, call 235-4288.

On Saturday, May 11, the Homer High School commons area will be transformed into an arts and education fair for all ages from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Hand-crafted goods, art and food will be offered, and numerous educational exhibits will be displayed.

Later that day, the Banana Slug String Band will perform at the Mariner Theatre starting at 4 p.m. This Northern California-based band includes a mandolin, bass, harmonica, banjo and percussion instruments along with guitars and vocals. Their music ranges from rock to rap and from folk to funk. There's even some puppetry and audience participation is highly encouraged. The Alaska Children's Choir will join the Slugs for a song or two. Cost is $6 per person.

Pier One sets auditions

The Pier One Theatre will hold auditions for its production camp presentation of "the Search for Odysseus," by Charles Way on Friday, May 10 between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. at the Mariner Theatre. Auditioners must be at least 11 years old and have filled out an application for production camp. Applications are available at the Community Schools office at Homer High School or Etude Music Studio, the Homer Council on the arts or by calling Pier One Theatre at 235-7333. Copies of the play are available at the library for 24-hour check out.

Quilts show coming

The 18th annual Kachemak Bay Quilt Show will be held at the Homer Elks Lodge from Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., to Sunday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Quilts may be dropped off at Seams to Bee on Wednesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Friday, May 10 before noon. Quilts may be picked up on Sunday, May 12 between 4:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or make other arrangements. An entry fee of $1 per quilt will be charged. For more information, call 235-7023.

Students win for duck art

Eight artists from the Homer and Anchor Point areas placed in the 2002 Alaska Junior Duck Stamp Competition out of a field of 502 entries representing 41 schools across Alaska. Alex Martushev of Kachemak Selo School won first place in the fourth through sixth grade category, while Aurora Firth, a home-school student in Anchor Point, won first in the seventh- through ninth-grade category. Receiving honorable mentions in various age categories in the area were Barnabas, Silas and Sarah Firth, Iona Basargin, Nikita Serebrekoff and Joe Martushev.

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.