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Story last updated at 12:13 PM on Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Arts Briefs


Photo by Peter Hennig

Peter Hennig's 1960s photograph of the Yul and Ruth Kilcher family was used in "Rousseau's Children." From left to right are Yul, Ruth, Mossy, Wurtila, Fay, Atz, Sunrise, Otto, Stellavera and Catkin Kilcher.

New Kilcher film shows Saturday

A Swiss film about the Yul and Ruth Kilcher family, "Rousseau's Children," premieres at noon Saturday at the Homer Theatre. Admission is free. The 53-minute documentary, written and directed by Monika Scharer of Topic Films, uses original 16 mm film footage shot by the late Yul Kilcher in the 1950s that also was used in a 1984 Topic Films production, "The Difficult School of the Simple Life," produced by Andre Amsler and directed by Alfi Sinniger.

Scharer said she got the idea for the film after seeing the Kilcher film footage in the Topic Films archive. Working with a Swiss television company on a documentary for the 300th anniversary of the philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau, born in Geneva, Scharer explores the connection between Rousseau's philosophy on nature and how the Kilcher family lived close to nature on their Homer homestead. Last April, Scharer and her crew filmed interviews with the Alaska Kilcher children and scenes of their homestead. It was broadcast on Swiss and German-language television this summer. A DVD in English will be available soon.

Tally shows HoPP photos

Homer photographer Taz Tally visits the Art Shop Gallery from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday with a multimedia celebration of the Homer Playground Project, or HoPP. Tally photographed construction of the volunteer supported playground at Karen Hornaday Park in May. His show includes a time-lapse video of the project. Tally also unveils his new photo, "Magnificence Found on the Anchor Point Beach." The multimedia presentation shows all afternoon.

Outrageous Jazz! returns to Homer

The Karen Strid Quintet returns for the second year to Pier One Theatre with its Outrageous Jazz! concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The quintet includes Strid, Dale Curtis, Brenda Vulgamore, Curtis Bates and Heidi Herbert-Lovern. Tickets are $12 general admission and on sale at the Homer Bookstore. For reservations call 235-7333.

Brooks presents guitar workshop

Acoustic guitarist Rick Brooks presents "Beginning Fingerpicking," a guitar workshop, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Homer Council on the Arts. The class will cover pattern picking, monotonic / alternating bass, introduction to drop-D tuning, how to use the basic harmonized scale, improvisation over a single chord and improvisation over simple chord progressions. Limited to eight students, another class can be added if there is sufficient demand. The fee is $60. To register or for more information, call Brooks at (907) 240-1954 or email rick@akrick.com.

Library friends get 'Big Read' grant

The Friends of the Homer Public Library has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to hold The Big Read in Homer starting Jan. 18. NEA's The Big Read is designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read in Homer will focus on National Book Award winner Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried," a novel about the Vietnam War and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The Big Read in Homer culminates with a capstone speech by Tim O'Brien on March 1.

Friends of the Homer Public Library coordinator Erin Hollowell said, "We are so excited to have the opportunity as a community to discuss O'Brien's amazing book 'The Things They Carried.' The novel is an amazing work that centers on memory, imagination, conflict and the redemptive power of story-telling, and will provide a chance for all segments of our community to share in the pleasure of reading a good book."

The Homer Public Library will use the Big Read grant to promote and carry out community-based reading programs featuring activities such as reader's theater, book discussions, lectures, movie screenings, and art exhibits. For more information about The Big Read, please visit neabigread.org.

Pratt gets federal grant

The Pratt Museum has received a $129,497 grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Sciences to continue to develop its education programs.