Story last updated at 4:34 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2002

Arts News
Pier One auditions

Pier One Theatre will hold auditions for "W;T" by Margaret Edson today and Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the Mariner Theatre. The production will be directed by Kathleen Balsemo. The play calls for a cast of nine, and anyone with medical training is specifically asked to audition as the play takes place in a hospital and contains a scene where resuscitation is called for. The production will run the last two weeks in August. Scripts are available for 48-hour checkout at the Homer Public Library. Call 235-7333 for more information.

Pratt program extended

The Pratt Museum is offering an extended late registration for this year's Summer Adventure Program. Designed exclusively for Homer-area students entering the sixth, seventh and eighth grades, this eight-week program is said to be a unique experience that involves hands-on science projects, art activities and museum interpretation with the Pratt's Bird-cam. The program is free. For more information and to pick up an application, please come by the Pratt Museum. Applications are due at the museum by Friday, June 21 at 6 p.m. Call 235-8635 for more information.

Solstice festival coming

The Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival, June 21-22, will host a series of workshops on Saturday, June 22, for both beginners or experienced musicians. Take a private guitar lesson with woman finger-style guitarist Muriel Anderson, or learn to sing a duet with Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, whose album "Tanglewood Tree" is said to be the No. 1 most played album on folk music radio for the year 2000. Join Annie Wenz as she shares stories and songs from her travels around the world, and bring your kids to sing and dance with Alaska's own Robin Hopper. Each workshop costs $5. The music continues at 7 p.m. with performances by these musicians.

Writers to hold readings

As part of the Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference, the public is invited to hear several well-known authors and conference participants read their work at 8 p.m. on June 24-26 at Land's End Resort. On Monday, June 24, novelist Russell Banks, memoirist Judith Barrington, poet Jerah Chadwick, and essayist and poet Kim Stafford will read. Tuesday, June 25, an open mike for conference registrants will be held. On Wednesday, June 26, memoirist Derick Burleson, poet Gray Jacobik, fiction writer David Long and nature writer Kathleen Dean Moore will read.

All readings are open to the public and are free. For more information about the conference, call 235-7743 or visit the conference's Web site at

Short films rolling

The 2002 Academy Award-nominated shorts, 10 of them in total, will be shown at 11 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, June 20 at the Homer Family Theatre. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 for Homer Council on the Arts members, and $6 for youth. Call 235-4288 for more info or visit Some material is not suitable for young children.