Laura Love returns to Homer on Friday, July 5 at 10 p.m. at Alice's Champagne Palace. Love is known for not being shy about tackling environmental and social issues with her songs, but she does so with a musical performance that reviewers say stands all on its own. From funk to folk, some refer to her sound as Afro-Celtic, but others say that's just too generalized. Love came to town last year without her band, but this time, the whole troupe's coming.
Tickets are $21 for KBBI members, $23 for nonmembers.
Odysseus search opens
"The Search for Odysseus," the culmination of the opening session of Pier One Youth Summer Theatre Camp, will take the stage this weekend only at the theater on the Homer Spit. The Charles Way production, directed by Laura Forbes, contains a cast of 11 local youth ages 11 to 16. The tale follows Telemachus, played by Jake Schmutzler, who is the son of Odysseus, played by Dylan Carter. Telemachus decides he has waited too long for his Odysseus to come home from the Trojan Wars and sails away to find his father and bring him home. He encounters witches, monsters and a sea storm with a whirlpool to the underworld. Sets and lights are also done by youth. The show starts tonight at 7:30 p.m. with shows Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee at 2:30 p.m. For reservations or information, call 235-7333.
If a youthful jazzy funk band is up your alley this weekend, then Wasabi may be the answer. The Santa Cruz, Calif., band plays at 9 p.m. at Alice's Champagne Palace tonight. Admission is $8 at the door. For more information, call 235-7650.
Robin Wettach-Glosser, son of Rita Wettach-Glosser and Scott Glosser, was the winner for the Regional Digital Photogra-phy Category in his age group at the ImageMakers photography contest. Wettach-Glosser's photo was taken during a Boys and Girls Club of Homer photography class earlier this summer and will now be displayed in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf for 10 days before being sent to a national competition in Atlanta, Ga.
Art classes coming
Art For Kids offers one more summer session for youth grades kindergarten through second and third through sixth through the month of July. Younger artists meet Mondays and Wednesdays starting July 8, while the older group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays starting July 9. Classes run through July 17 & 18. Council members pay $30, nonmembers pay $35. For more information, call 235-4288.
Photo, paint classes
From July 12-14, Hal Gage presents a close-up photography workshop at the Across the Bay Tent and Breakfast Adventure Company outside Seldovia. Paula Dickey presents a waterfront watercolor workshop from July 19-21. The workshops cost $265 each, which includes water taxi, meals and accommodations. For more information, call 235-3633.
Historic tours offered
The Pratt Museum offers a historic harbor walking tour throughout the summer featuring local history, a memorable array of local characters, boats of all types and fresh seafood products. Guides will meet participants at the Pratt Museum wheelhouse booth next to the Salty Dawg at 3 p.m. each Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The tour concludes at 4:30 p.m. at Coal Point Trading Company, where fresh seafood samples will be available. Tickets are $5 per person and are available at the museum or from your guide at the wheelhouse booth.
Rocker on tap
Tommy Rocker, owner of his own Las Vegas night club, will perform at Duggan's Waterfront Pub on Tuesday at 9 p.m. Rocker calls his shows, "jokes you can dance to," and has opened for the Doobie Brothers, Blues Traveler and others. There is no cover for the show.
Improv workshop coming
Martin Zeller's annual improvisation workshop for theater, movement, play, writing and communication returns this year July 12-13 at the Art Barn on East End Road. Classes run from 7-9 p.m. July 12 and 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. July 13. Class size is limited, and participants 12 to 112 are welcome. Cost is $75. For more information, or to enroll, call 235-8086 or e-mail email@example.com.
SPAM recipes wanted
While the SPAM recipe contest has long been a staple of the Alaska State Fair, this year, the lunch meat's addition of an oven-roasted turkey variety provides more fodder for the creative mind. First-place winners advance to national judging for a chance at a $2,500 shopping spree and an all-expense paid trip to Minneapolis. To enter your recipe, contact the state fair entry office at 745-4827.
Wrangell writing offered
The nonprofit Wrangell Mountains Center is hosting visiting writer Gretchen Legler during the fifth annual Wrangell Mountains Writing Workshop on Aug. 11-18 in McCarthy. The workshop will offer intimate writing workshops focusing on nonfiction and poetry. Cost is $395 including meals and camping. There is a 10 percent discount for early enrollment. Lodging and university credit are available for additional costs. For more information, call 248-1016 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.