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Story last updated at 3:38 PM on Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Zimbabwean musician offers concert


Photo by Michael Armstrong

Mbira player Patience Chaitezvi demonstrates playing the mbira as Homer Council on the Arts director Gail Edgerly watches at a 2009 concert.

Master mbira player, drummer and dancer Patience Chaitezvi returns to Homer for a gallery concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Homer Council on the Arts. Admission is $5 youth, $10 HCOA member and $15 general admission. Chaitezvi is a history and culture teacher in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, and a member of the Shona people. The daughter of a traditional healer and spirit medium, Chaitezvi began playing mbira about age 10. She plays in traditional mbira ceremonies as well as in concert.

Chaitezvi also offers workshops in mbira, singing, drumming and dance during her visit to Homer. At HCOA, she offers a series of workshops in Mafuwe drumming, singing and dancing, music used in traditional rainmaking ceremonies. "The drumming and dance is not difficult," Chaitezvi said. "Old people can do it, too. If one can walk, he can dance. If one can talk, he can sing. If one can move his arms, he can drum."

Workshops offered at HCOA include

• Drumming, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. $25 adults, $15 youth 16 and under.

• Singing, 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Adults, $20, $12 youth 16 and under.

• Dancing, 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday. $20 Adults, $12 youth 16 and under, or $45 for adults, all three classes, and $25 for youth, all three classes.

From 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, Chaitezvi offers beginning mbira at Michele Stenger's house, 55675 Hill Ave. She teaches Karigamombe, a song commonly taught to beginning students; $25 adults, $15 youth. Private lessons also are available. For more information, call Stenger at 235-3788 or HCOA at 235-4288.

Pratt seeks Ritz donations

The Pratt Museum seeks art and business donations for its annual Ritz fundraiser auction. This year's theme is "Ancient Ritz: A Night on the Nile." The deadline for donations is 5 p.m. Sept. 16. Art donated for the auction goes on exhibit Oct. 7 through Nov. 3 at the Pratt. For more information, call 235-8635.

'Faces of Fishing' opens

"Faces of Fishing," 34 large-scale black-and-white portraits by artist Lauryn Axelrod, go on display at around Homer on Saturday. The show "seeks to celebrate the local fishing industry and humanize the complex issues of the industry in Homer," Axelrod said.