Homer Alaska - Arts

Story last updated at 11:49 AM on Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Arts Briefs

Mamet's 'Oleana' opens Friday

Playwright David Mamet's two-character drama about male-female power struggles opens Friday at Pier One Theatre on the Homer Spit. Directed by Marc Oliver, and starring Oliver as John, a college professor, the play also stars Ruby Quarton as Carol, a student who accuses the professor of sexual harassment. The New Yorker called it "A powerful, exciting play that shows off (Mamet's) enormous skills as a writer." Dark and intense with strong language, the play contains adult themes. Show times are 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices are $15 general admission, $10 for Raven's Club and $5 for youth under age 21. Call 235-7333 for reservations.

Sloan performs this weekend

Alaska blues legend Gary Sloan, now living in Arkansas, returns to Alaska and Homer for performances at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at AJ's OldTown Steakhouse. There is no cover charge. With his band, Sloan has been performing since the 1970s, and recently released a new CD featuring music based on the 1950s style of rock and blues. CDs will be available.

Students sing at Bunnell

Elsa Bishop and Amber Gauthier, two students continuing studies in vocal music, perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Bishop recently graduated from Southern Oregon University with a bachelor's degree in theater arts and music. She has studied with teachers Ellie Holt-Murray and Laurie Anne Hunter and plans on moving to the San Francisco Bay Area to continue her studies with Pamela Fry and Marcie Stapp in September, while applying to graduate programs in music. Gauthier is currently working on her masters in opera at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in vocal performance at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Concert proceeds support their continuing studies. Tickets are $40 general, $35 Bunnell members, with dessert and refreshments. Porch seats are pay as you can.

Salmonstock coming to Ninilchik

In celebration of Alaska wild salmon, the Renewable Resources Foundation sponsors Salmonstock, a three-day music festival Aug. 5-7 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik. Headline acts include the Grateful Dead's Bill Kreutzmann and the 7 Walkers, Jackie Greene, Clinton Fearon and Great American Taxi. Other groups include Flowmotion, The Whipsaws, Pamyua, Old Believers, Superfrequency, The Dirt Band, Jim Page, Dana Lyons, Susan Grace, Holy Santos Gang and more. For more information, visit www.salmonstock.org.

With two stages, the arena fairgrounds also include food booths, a beer garden, Alaska arts and crafts and information on protecting wild salmon by the Renewable Resources Coalition. A three-day pass is $95 through Aug. 3 and $115 at the gate. Friday and Sunday passes are $40, and the Saturday pass is $50. Tickets also are available at CenterTix. For more information, visit www.salmonstock.org.