Story last updated at 12:23 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2002

Arts News
Kingsley lectures tonight

Postmodern metalsmith Susan Kingsley will lecture on her work, exploring issues in fashion and fetish at the Bunnell Street Gallery tonight at 7:30. A suggested donation of $5 for gallery members, $6 general admission will be accepted. Call 235-2662 for more information.

Nutcracker auditions set

The Homer Council on the Arts announces the 2002 Nutcracker ballet auditions on Sept. 17 at the Mariner Theatre. Audition schedule and applications will be available at the council, Community School and the Homer Public Library. Participants must bring a completed form and signed parental release to the audition. For more information, call 235-4288.

Book-signing slated

On Saturday from 1-3 p.m., Alaska author Dana Stabenow will be at the Homer Bookstore signing books. Her newest book, "Better to Rest," a continuation of the Liam Campbell series, will be available. For more information, call 235-7496.

Raffle date extended

The Pratt Museum's Board of Directors is extending its cash raffle drawing so that it will coincide with the opening of the first "Festival of Gingerbread" on Dec. 6. This raffle is designed to help offset a decline in funding for general operating costs. Tickets for the raffle are $100 each, and 350 tickets will be sold. The grand prize is $10,000. Three prizes of $500 will be drawn, and 10 prizes of $250 each will also be awarded. The drawing will be held live at a dessert potluck at the Pratt Museum at 7 p.m., but ticket-holders do not need to be present to win. All profits from the raffle will go to support the museum. Call 235-3268 for more information.

Museum starts new hours

The Pratt Museum will begin its winter hours starting Sept. 20. The museum will be open Tuesdays through Sundays from noon until 5 p.m., and the business offices will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Sept. 15 is the last day of the Smithsonian exhibit, "Looking Both Ways: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq People." The museum will be closed Sept. 16-19 to remove the exhibit. The business office will be open regular hours to receive Ritz Art Show submissions.

From Sept. 20-27, admission will be half price as installation of the Ritz Art Show takes place. As always, museum members receive free admission and may bring up to two guests with them at no charge. Call 235-8635 for more information.

Society meeting set

The Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society will hold its fall meeting at the Homer Council on the Arts building on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., with a two-part program starting at 7:15 p.m. First, there will be a video shown of contemporary Alaska art and artists, "The Spirit of Alaska: the Inner Landscape." The video is full of engaging visual imagery for artists of all media. For more information contact Trish Kriendler at 235-3673

Pianist coming

Scott Cossu, a nationally recognized pianist, will perform with flutist Ann Lindquist at the Bunnell Street Gallery on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Cossu's recordings have varied from Latin-jazz style to more classical music. Lindquist has been playing bass, concert and alto flute for 30 years and has performed with Cossu for several years as well as on his recent recording. For more information, call 235-2662.