Homer resident Margarida Kondak, author of "The Wild Horses of Summer Bay," will be on hand for a book-signing on Saturday at noon at the Homer Bookstore. The book, which is illustrated by Mary Kondak, Margarida's sister-in-law, tells the story of two horses that live in Unalaska and a boy who takes a special interest in both horses. Both Kondaks lived in Unalaska for a time, and the story and images are based on their experiences there. For more information on the book, contact the Homer Bookstore, or Wizard Works at www.xyz.net/~wizard.
Dog concerts coming
It's time to pull out those dancing shoes because Downward Dog Productions has put together an end-of-summer string of musicians. Tonight, Chicago blues musician Eric Noden will perform at Alice's Champagne Palace at 9 p.m. Noden has performed for years on the Chicago blues circuit and is a regular at Buddy Guy's Legends and the House of Blues. Kirk Rundstrom, the lead guitarist and singer for last year's visiting band Splitlip Rayfield, will perform a solo show on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 10 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door. Amazing as it is, Ani DiFranco will play one of only two Alaska performances in Homer on Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. at the Mariner Theatre. Tickets are $33 in advance for KBBI members, $35 for nonmembers. Anchorage musician Colleen Coadic will open the show. The Danny Godinez Band will perform Sept. 7 at Alice's Champagne Palace at 10 p.m. This concert by the returning Seattle band will be a benefit for the Cook Inlet Keeper. Also coming this fall will be country-folk singer Iris Dement, playing Oct. 11 at the Mariner Theatre. John Prine will play the same venue on Oct. 22. For more information on any of these shows, call 235-1921.
Native gathering coming
The Pratt Museum is planning the semi-annual Alaska Native celebration "Tamamta Katuhlutta -- A Gathering of Native Tradition 2002" Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 in the Homer area. The Labor Day event includes a reception with key figures in the creation of "Looking Both Ways: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq/ Sugpiaq People," currently on display at the museum. A vessel landing and beach ceremony, a community potluck and an evening of Native dance are planned. Other activities include exhibits, demonstrations, storytelling, plays, healing walks and more. Call 235-8635 for more information.