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Story last updated at 1:20 PM on Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Arts in Brief


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Ann Keffer, Louise Seguela and Sunrise Sjoeberg, from left to right, perform last year for "On the Wing."

'On the Wing' returns for 9th year

Now in its ninth year at the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, "On the Wing" features an evening of music and poetry. The show opens at 7 p.m. May 10 at the Homer Theatre for the first official day of the festival. Poets Nancy Levinson, Ela Gordon, John Seitz, Milli Martin, Carol Dee, Mary Langham, Jean Steele, Dottie Cline and Naomi Klouda read works all related to birds, nature and wildlife.

Music is by Judith James, Jessica Guietierrez, Falcolm Greear, Ann Keffer, Louise Seguela, the trio of Sunrise Sjoeberg, Marjolein Cardon and Lindianne Sarno, Tim Quinn, and the Seaside Singers. The Homer Ukulele Society also performs, including an original ukulele composition by Homer Mayor James Hornaday.

Sjoeberg started "On the Wing" as way to incorporate music and writing into the annual birding festival, now in its 20th year. Admission is $10 and is a fundraiser for the Shorebird Conservation education fund, which supports programs like the Junior Birder Badge and the Beluga Lake wildlife viewing platform.

Ninilchik celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Saturday at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik with musicians Jack and Sue Biggs. The evening starts at 6:30 p.m. with music at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and include hors d'oeuvres.

Proceeds benefit the Kenai Peninsula Fair and the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra.

Artist in Schools meeting set

Bunnell Street Arts Center holds its annual spring Artist in Schools meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the center. Bunnell invites all prospective and participating artists, parents, volunteers, teachers and school representatives to attend. The meeting is strongly encouraged for all participating schools and is open to all.

Bunnell has provided Artist in Schools programs since 2000 and follows the Alaska State Council on the Arts model. It is available to all lower Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools for students in kindergarten through high school. The program is funded by the Alaska State Council on the Arts with support from Rasmuson Foundation, Jazzline, private donations and school participation fees.

HCOA offers summer workshops

The Homer Council on the Arts offers the following summer art workshops for youth up to age 18: Circus Arts, Marine Debris Assemblage with the Center for Alaska Coastal Studies, Nature Journaling, Crochet, music and art projects for little ones, and Teen Self Expressive Painting. Register by June 1. For more information or to register, call 235-4288 or visit homerart.org.

Pier One holds auditions

Pier One Theatre holds auditions this weekend for Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana." Auditions are from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Mariner Theatre; check for exact location on door signs. Roles are for four men and four women, with a few roles for older women for a tour group.

Bobbie Lee Briggs directs the play, to be shown the first three weekends in July. For more information, call Briggs at 299-4870 or Pier One Theatre at 235-7333. Auditions are coming in later June for "Next to Normal," directed by Marc Oliver and showing in August.

Plate Project opens Saturday

Bunnell Street Arts Center's annual Plate Project opens at 5 p.m. Saturday. A Cinco de Mayo theme dinner follows at 6 p.m. Handpainted plates are available as premiums at the $100 level and above for new and renewing members.

Acoustic folk rock stars Evan Phillips and Meg Mackey present a CD release concert at 7:30 p.m. following the Plate Project reception. Admission to the concert is $10 or pay-as-you can.