Homer Alaska - Arts

Story last updated at 2:20 PM on Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Arts Briefs

'We Alaskans' closes Pier One's season

"We Alaskans: This One is For You," a musical multimedia show on Alaska's wild frontiers, closes out the Pier One Theatre summer season. Musician Johnny B. accompanies and is the host of the show.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for one weekend only. Tickets are $15 with discounts for students, seniors and Raven's Club members and on sale at Homer Bookstore. For reservations call 235-7333.

Authors sign at Homer Bookstore

Two authors hold book signings at the Homer Bookstore during the next week. From noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Monica Devine signs her children's book "Kayak Girl," just published by the University of Alaska Press. "Kayak Girl," $12.95, is illustrated by Mindy Dwyer.

"The watercolor illustrations take readers to a magical place along an Alaska river and demonstrate the power of memory and a sense of place in the natural world as a young girl bonds with her grandfather after her mother's death," the bookstore wrote in a press release.

Richard Olson, writing as Reverend Poorchild, signs his new books from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday (see story, page 14).

Community Chorus reforms

The Kenai Community Chorus is reforming, with rehearsals starting soon for a performance next April of Brahm's "Requiem." Rehearsals are 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays starting Sept. 6 and through Oct. 11 in the Homer High School choir room. Homer High School music teacher emeritus Mark Robinson conducts the choir. Rehearsals also will be held next March. There is a fee for participating. For more information, call Laura Norton at 299-2453.

Burning Basket starts Sept. 9

Homer's annual Burning Basket community art project starts Sept. 9 and continues noon to 5 p.m. daily through Sept. 15. This year's basket is "Inspire: A Basket of Remembrance and Unburdening." Facilitated by Mavis Muller, the project also includes a labyrinth. At 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, on the new moon before the fall equinox, the basket is given to the community. All are invited to walk through the labyrinth and interact with the basket sculpture by decorating it with written words.

At 6 p.m. is a potluck and an artist's talk, and at sundown the basket is ignited to burn in "the theme of remembrance of departed loved ones, releasing of burdens and dispersing of well-wishes," Muller said. The celebratory art event includes community drumming and fire spinning. The labyrinth remains until washed away by rain, snow, wind and tides.

This is the ninth annual Burning Basket and the 24th burning basket project coordinated by Muller in Alaska, California, Oregon, Hawaii and the New Mexico-Mexico border. For more information, visit www.mavismullerart.com or email mavis@mavismullerart.com. Funding support is by the Alaska State Council on the Arts, Rasmuson Foundation, Black Rock Arts Foundation, San Francisco, Calif., and Source Interactive Art Foundation, Maui, Hawaii.