Homer Alaska - Arts

Story last updated at 3:47 PM on Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Arts in Brief

'We Are Not Amused' opens

Pier One Youth Theatre's Skills Camp production, "We Are Not Amused," opens at 7 p.m. Friday at the theater on the Homer Spit. It also shows at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Director Clara Noomah describes "We Are Not Amused" as "the crowning achievement of Pier One Youth Theatre Skills Camp, showcasing the dizzying creativity of some of Homer's finest actors ... From cheese shops with no cheese to passionate public speaking to puppets trying to sell you things and a small yet persistent feline with possibly murderous intent, this year's show promises to be — at the very least — unmiscible and massively entertaining." Ticket prices are $10 general admission. Call 235-7333 for reservations.

Reggae legend plays in Homer

International reggae legend Pato Banton plays at 10 p.m. Friday at the Alibi. Limited seating is available, with tickets $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Born in London and raised in Birmingham, England, Pato Banton has performed with his bands Crucial Music and Reggae Revolution, and toured with Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, Burning Spear, Third World, Yellowman, Black Uhuru, and Dennis Brown and Steel Pulse. He worked with Sting on a reggae remix of "This Cowboy Song" and a remake of the Police classic "Spirits in a Material World." Working with Peter Gabriel's organization, WOMAD, Pato Banton toured in Europe, Australia, North and South America, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa. Through his organizations Muzik Links and School of Musical Arts and Technology in England, he has helped at-risk youth become involved in musical opportunities. He received the BBC Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his community work and the Black Music Award for Lifetime Achievement. For more information and music samples, visit patobanton.com.

Pier One holds auditions

Pier One Theatre holds auditions 5:30-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Mariner Theatre for its last three plays of the summer. The upcoming plays are "Moon over Buffalo," a theatrical farce by Ken Ludwig and directed by Joe Lawton; "The Answer," by Nancy Chastain, and "Flip," by Kate Rich. Call 235-7333 for more information.

Artists offer classes in Cove

Artists Alexis Roberts Keiner and Suzanne Peck teach a community art class 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily July 5-10 at the Cove Gallery and Studio in Halibut Cove. Based on "Emotional Quality of Light," the philosophy and teaching of Diana Tillion, the class offers a week of watercolor, sketching and octopus ink painting in beautiful Halibut Cove. Students work inside the studio and plein aire, first in water-based media and then painting in octopus ink. All levels are welcome. The class is by donation only. Students living outside Halibut Cove are asked to email Keiner about days they plan to attend. Contact her at ak@nerrivik.com.

New Tom Reed book available

Pre-publication orders can now be made for writer and photographer Tom Reed's new book, "The Other Side," at his website, www.tomreed.com. A 400-page paperback about Reed's travels in South America, it's written in the same style as his photographic essay book, "Granite Avatars of Patagonia," and includes expanded sections published in that book. The sale of the first 200 pre-publication copies will finance printing costs. Each of the first 200 books is signed and numbered. Pre-publication copies are a discounted $16.95 each.

Group seeks authors for book about drunk driving victims

The Forget Me Not Foundation, publisher of "Soul Shaking Grief: A Victim's Memorial," seeks authors for a companion book, "Soul Shaking Grief for Teens." The new book will raise awareness of impaired and dangerous driving through personal stories by teenagers about their own experience with drunk and dangerous driving. Young writers can send stories to StopDUI@forgetmenotmission.com. A contest for a cover design also is being held, with a prize of an iPad going to the artist of the best cover design.Writers can submit stories anonymously. For more information, call (907) 978-7809 or visit the foundation's website at www.forgetmenotmission.com.

Founded by Royal and Nancy Bidwell, the Forget Me Not Foundation's mission is to remember the victims of drunk and impaired driving crashes and raise awareness of the issue. Nancy Bidwell's daughter, Shelly Reed, was killed by a drunk driver in 1983.