Story last updated at 2:25 p.m. Thursday, August 22, 2002

Arts News
Improv this week, really!

Homer's seasonal improvisation group, Fresh Produce, will hold a public performance at 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at the Art Barn located at 1060 East End Road. Tickets are available at 7:15 p.m. before the show and are $8 for adults, $6 for students.

Poetry Slam on tap

For the fourth year in a row, the Homer Poetry Slam will take place at Alice's Champagne Palace on Saturday at 7 p.m. Admission is $5, and participating poets get in free. Poems must be original, under three minutes and competitors should come prepared with at least three different poems. First prize is $50, second is $25.

Requiem choir sings again

Choir singers who performed in this year's performance of Mozart's "Requiem" are invited to sing again on Sept. 11 as part of an international project. The first rehearsal is Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Homer High School choir room. Call Laura at 299-2453 for more information.

Art for Kids restarts

The Art for Kids fall session with Renee Jahnke will be held Wednesday and Friday afternoons at the Homer Council on the Arts building. Mediums will include pastels, clay, watercolor and more. All supplies are included. Cost is $30 for council members and $35 for nonmembers. For kindergarten through second grade, classes will be Fridays starting Aug. 30 and running through Sept. 20. For grades three through six, classes are Wednesdays starting Aug. 28 and running through Sept. 18. For more information call 235-4288.

"Ritz2002" art wanted

The Pratt Museum is now seeking donated entries for the "Ritz2002 Art Show." The show will be on display at the museum Sept. 27 through Nov. 2. This year, Anchorage artist Steve Gordon will be critiquing the artwork and selecting several pieces for awards. There will be a review reception with awards for participating artists in mid-October. The "Ritz2002" gala art auction will be held on Nov. 2 at the museum. Participating artists may choose to receive a 40 percent ticket discount. All donated works will be displayed in the art show. Pieces must be at the museum by Sept. 20. The museum is also looking for a volunteer to help as an assistant for planning and installing the show. Call Heidi Stage at 235-8635, ext. 35 for more information.

Pratt raffle on tap

To help offset declining funding for general operating costs, the Pratt Museum's Board of Directors is holding a cash raffle to raise about $20,000 for the museum's coffers. Tickets for the Pratt Museum Jackpot Cash Raffle go for $100 each. Only 350 tickets will be sold. The grand prize is $10,000, given to the holder of the last ticket drawn. Second prize is $1,000. Holders of the 100th, 200th and 300th tickets drawn will win $500 each. Prizes of $250 will be awarded to 10 other tickets drawn. The drawing will be held live at a dessert potluck at the museum on Friday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. Ticket-holders need not be present to win. All profits from the raffle will go to support the museum. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum Store or by contacting a museum board member.

Art architect coming

As the Homer Council on the Arts begins to look at renovations of the Homer Center for the Arts, it is holding a couple of pre-design architectural meetings facilitated by Ketchikan architect Linda Millard. A meeting for arts organizations will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. and a community-wide meeting will be held the same day at 7 p.m. For more information, call Janet Bowen at 235-4288.

College art classes set

The Kachemak Bay Campus is offering a selection of fall art classes for the general public as well as those seeking a bachelor's degree in art. General registration for all classes begins today. Classes include ceramics, drawing, watercolor painting, photography, and history of art, as well as a six-week seminar on the work and philosophy of contemporary artists. This semester's faculty will be artists Karla Freeman, Carl Bice, Asia Freeman, Willa deSousa, Kathy Baldwin, and visiting artist Susan Kingsley. Kingsley will conduct a workshop titled "Postmodern Metalsmithing" on Sept. 6-8 focusing on studio projects, writing and discussion on ways to conceptualize and make objects that relate to the cultural, political and economic world. The campus will also offer two classes in creative writing. Register through Friday for all classes. For further information, call 235-7743.

Ani sold out

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The Buffalo-born expressive songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Ani DiFranco has sold out the Mariner Theatre for her Tuesday evening show. DiFranco, who is known for her free vocals and rapid-fire guitar playing, has released 13 solo albums on her label, Righteous Babe Records. From her early days on the coffeehouse circuit in New York City, DiFranco's music has evolved with funk, jazz, the spoken word and ever-maturing songwriting. In recent years, DiFranco has moved away from solo performances to work with her five-piece band. DiFranco's Homer performance is one of only two Alaska shows she will present this year, and if reviewers are any indication, those without a ticket are missing quite a show.

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