Homer Alaska - Arts

Story last updated at 5:38 PM on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Arts Briefs

Author signs new book

Local author Joyce Porte signs her new book, "Pale Lion Rising," from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Bookstore.

Doc film fest starts Sept. 29

The Eighth Annual Homer Documentary Film Festival starts with a gala opening at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 and the Homer premiere of "Buck" and runs through Oct. 6. Nine films are shown, including the world premiere of "Soul Resonance," a film about the origin of Zimbabwean marimba music and its spread to North America. Filmed and directed by former Homer residents Doug and Laurel Epps, they will be on hand for its showings. Other films include "Cave of Forgotten Dreams, "I Am," "Being Elmo," "The Interrupters," "New York" and "Project Nim." A festival pass for all nine films and including the gala opening night barbecue is $45 adults, $35 seniors, students and youth under 11. The gala only is $15 adults, $10 seniors, students and youth. Individual films are $8 adults, $6 seniors, students and youth. Matinees are $6 for 2 and 4 p.m. shows. For full schedule see www.homertheatre.com.

Zimbabwean musician visits

Zimbabwean musician Tendai Muparutsa visits Homer for a 10-day residency starting today. The arranger of some of the music in Doug and Laurel Epps' film, "Soul Resonance," Muparutsa presents public workshops in drumming, dancing, cultural immersion and marimba on Sept. 27. Workshops offered include, 10 a.m. Sept. 27, drumming, dancing and cultural immersion. The fee is $20 for adults, $12 for youth 16 and under. 1 p.m. Sept. 27, beginning marimba. Learn about Zimbabwean style marimba music using a full eight-piece set of marimbas. The class is limited to 16 participants, but extra classes can be added on Sept. 29 if there is more interest. The fee is $25 adults, $12 for youth 16 and under. Register for both classes at the rate of $40 adults, $25 youth.

Muparutsa also teaches workshops for local musicians and in the schools and performs with local musicians after the premiere showing of "Soul Resonance" at 8 p.m. Oct. 1.

Exhibit opens at Fireweed Gallery

A special exhibit celebrating the art of Russian born artist Alexei Bobrusov opens with a reception 4-7 p.m. Friday at Fireweed Gallery. Bobrusov has participated in exhibits in Moscow, Russia, Europe and China. His etchings and lithographs depict fanciful scenes of Moscow and impressions of buildings and people from his travels.