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Story last updated at 9:28 PM on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Arts Briefs


Photo by Michael Armstrong

Kate Baum sings at "Out of the Woodwork."

Kate Baum performs at HCOA gallery

Ninilchik singer and songwriter Kate Baum performs in a gallery concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Homer Council on the Arts. Baum opened for HCOA's "Out of the Woodwork" concert in February. Baum grew up in Dell Rapids, S.D., where her early musical experience started with singing in a church choir. Her father's guitar playing led her to pick up the guitar herself and eventually start writing her own songs.

"She encourages her listeners to put themselves into her songs of love, tragedy and change, seeing herself only as a medium through which the songs flow," said HCOA director Gail Edgerly. "Kate Baum is not a performer to miss."

Tickets are $5 youth, $10 HCOA members and $15 general at HCOA.

Youth symphony to play this Friday

The Anchorage Youth Symphony performs at 7 p.m. Friday at the Mariner Theatre. Sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, tickets are $10, with students high school age and under free.

Homer artist chosen for Art Bank

"Low Tide," art work by Homer artist and Bunnell Street Arts Center director Asia Freeman, is one of 15 new pieces by Alaska artists selected by the Alaska State Council on the Arts Contemporary Art Bank for its rotating collection to be displayed in public buildings.

The pieces were selected through a jury process by the Visual Arts Advisory committee, a panel of 11 artists and arts administrators from around the state. Over 400 pieces were submitted. Artists selected are Carmel Anderson, Ketchikan; Christina Barber, Anchorage; Bill Brody, Fairbanks; Don Cornelius, Petersburg; Mike Criss, Wasilla; Jim Fowler, Juneau; Asia Freeman, Homer; Hal Gage, Anchorage; Brandon Hauser, Juneau; Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Anchorage; Kimberly Marcucci, Anchorage; James Robson, Anchorage; Ryan Romer, Anchorage; Duke Russell, Anchorage; Ruth Sorensen, Anchorage.

Homer Theatre offers 'Grease' sing-a-long

As part of its sing-a-long series, the Homer Theatre presents "Grease" at 6 p.m. May 26. Jenny Martin emcees the showing of the movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The first 75 guests in costume receive goody bags. "We hope to see lots of poodle skirts or guys in Levis, leather jackets and slicked back hair," said manager Colleen Carroll, "A Pink Lady, a T-bird, beauty school dropout, Sandy in poodle skirt or Sandy in black latex."

The Homer Theatre also shows "Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides" as part of the national release of the movie. The first show opens at late Thursday night — technically, at 12:01 a.m. Friday to open on the official release date of May 20. The lobby will be decorated pirate style, the Homer Theatre encourages movie goers to attend in pirate costume. A free showing of the third movie in the series, "At World's End," is 6 p.m. today.

Shorebird photo contest winners announced

NOMAR has announced the winners of its annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Amateur Photo contest. Shelly Twing won a Best of Show and $300 prize as well as first place in the wildlife category. Other winners are:

• First place, scenic: Jerrold Matthews, Kasilof

• First place, human interest/Alaskana: Cori Miller

• People's choice: Jerrold Matthews, Kasilof, for his photograph of a very angry goldeneye duck.

Judges were Taz Tally, Rachel Buck and Karen West. All photos in the contest are on display 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at NOMAR, 104 E. Pioneer Ave.

Broadcast dates, showing set for Homer-made film

The feature film "Puffin Bay," starring local actors and writer, director, producer Brian Smith, will premiere on 360 North June 1 at 8 p.m., again at 11 p.m., at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. June 2, and at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. June 5. 360 North is available on GCI cable channel 15, on MTA cable 302, on-the-air on KAKM-DT 7.3 and on DirecTV and DishNetwork. It also is available worldwide at www.360north.org and www.gavelalaska.org as a live stream. An Anchorage premiere of "Puffin Bay" will be at Cyrano's Playhouse, at 7 and at 9 p.m. July 10. The 9 p.m. showing will be a double feature, paired with Smith's last film, "The Roosevelt Tree, staring the late Jerry Harper. $10 all shows. Reservations are encouraged due to limited seating. Call (907) 274-2599. DVDs of Smith's films, $20 including shipping, can be ordered by e-mailing sojourn50@alaska.net.