Web posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002

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One weekend every July the Homer High School parking lot turns into the Summer Street Fair, with music, food and booths to peruse.

Stepping out: Homer's unique style of entertainment


A multitude of entertainment possibilities will entice Homer's visitors, not only in summer but throughout the year. From touring professionals to local amateurs, Homer vibrates with the work of actors, singers, dancers, mimes and folk, rock-'n'-roll and classical musicians. In addition, several of Homer's bars present live dance music throughout the week and the latest movies play at the theater downtown.

The Homer Council on the Arts (235-4288) coordinates arts events and workshops for the community throughout the year, from concerts to watercolor classes. Call the council or check the Homer News to find out what programs might be happening during your stay. On the third weekend in July it sponsors the Summer Street Fair, featuring live music, fresh food and a variety of arts, crafts and educational merchandise.

Pier One Theatre has presented live community theater in a converted city warehouse on the Homer Spit since 1973. Local actors and technicians offer weekend performances this year from May 10 to Labor Day. Shows range from Shakespeare to Sheppard, traditional to off-the-wall. Dance Theatre North in Concert, Youth Theatre productions and more add to the variety. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:15 p.m., Thursdays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. Call Pier One at 235-7333 or Etude Music at 235-7579 for information and reservations. Check the Homer News for schedules.

Another annual summer event is the Concert on the Lawn, a fund-raiser for public radio station KBBI AM 890. This year set for Saturday and Sunday, July 27-28, the festival showcases Alaska musicians playing everything from acoustic to reggae and rock in a picnic setting with food and arts and crafts booths.

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Pier One Theatre tackles comedies and drama old and new, sometimes putting a unique twist on classics such as "Frankenstein."

Classical music lovers will enjoy the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Summer String Festival, which runs Aug. 1-11. It includes short concerts daily in Homer and elsewhere around the Kenai Peninsula. One special event is "Champagne, Chocolate and Chopin," a combination Kachemak Bay cruise and concert Aug. 4 featuring the DeVere String Quartet. The festival culminates with full orchestra gala performances Friday and Saturday, Aug. 9-10. Call 235-6318 for details or check the Homer News when you get to town.

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Depending on the weekend, visitors can catch local musicians as well as touring professionals playing at various venues around Homer.

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