Homer Alaska - Arts

Story last updated at 4:45 PM on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Arts in Brief

Bunnell offers wine, chocolate tasting during Friday fundraiser

Bunnell Street Arts Center offers a wine and chocolate tasting starting at 6 p.m. Friday. Enjoy Gordon and Kim Terpening's artisan chocolates while sipping wine from the Grog Shop and listening to Anna Smith on piano.

Ron Senungetuk and Abraham Anghik Ruben's art is on display. A fundraiser for Bunnell, tickets are $10 each and wine is sold by the glass.

'Next to Normal' opens Friday

"Next to Normal," a 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner by Brian Yorkey with music by Tom Kitt, opens Friday for a two-week run at Pier One Theatre. A rock musical in the style of "Rent," the show follows the treatment of a mother's severe case of bipolar disorder, ranging from drug regimens to hypnosis to electro shock therapy, and the impact her illness and treatment has on her family.

The play features Pier One alums Emerson Quarton, Jacob Mayforth and Maura Gibson, as well as relative newcomers Jessica Williams in the main role and Kevin Ray Johnson, a professional actor from the East Coast flying up to Alaska coming off a repertory production of this same show in Pennsylvania.

With an intense storyline, a live orchestra and moving music, the show closes out Pier One's summer season.

Show dates are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and Aug. 23, 24, 25, 26, all at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 general admission with discounts available. For information and reservations call 235-7333. Tickets are on sale at the Homer Bookstore.

Guitta Corey visits Art Shop

Anchorage artist Guitta Corey visits and shows her paper collage originals, prints and glass trays from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Art Shop Gallery. Her appearance is the last of the gallery's summer artist series.

College offers fall art classes

Registration has started for fall art classes at Kachemak Bay College. Upcoming classes include ceramics by Jean Steele, Beginning Painting by Jimmy Riorden, Film and the Experience by Michael Walsh, Digital Photography by Taz Tally, Music Appreciation by JulieAnn Smith, Using Humor in Writing by Rich Chiappone, and the Flash Essay by Eva Saulitis. On-line and walk-in registration is now being held at www.homer.alaska.edu. Advanced registration is required. For more information, call 235-7743.

Houston, Hill to visit KBC

Author Pam Houston and singer-songwriter Emma Hill perform "A Conversation of Story and Song" at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Pioneer Hall, Kachemak Bay Campus. Admission is a suggested $10 donation to benefit the Mary Epperson Campus and Scholarship Fund. Houston authored "Cowboys Are My Weakness," "Sighthound" and "Contents May Have Shifted." Born in Palmer, Hill grew up in Sleetmute, a Yupik village on the Kuskokwim River. She recorded her first album, "Just Me," at 19, and her second album, "Clumsy Seduction," at 21. Her most recent album, "Meet Me at the Moon," was released last year. Houston's books and Hill's CDs will be available for purchase and signing.