BEST FIT TO A "T" BET: A lot of great musicians built their careers on the hard experience of playing at subway stations or on city streets. Singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey started in the stations of the Boston "T." You can hear him play at 7:30 tonight at Alice's.
BEST WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? BET: The Alaska Humanities Forum's 20/20 program has been touring the state holding community discussions on what kind of future we want to live in. Eric Wohlforth and Ira Perman visit Homer from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday to talk about the 20/20 project as part of the Pratt Museum's "Community Conversations" series, Deland Anderson facilitates.
BEST DANCE YOUR SOCKS OFF BET: Longtime Homer residents know that the contra dances out at McNeil Canyon Elementary School are always a good time, and a good place to meet new friends. As the Betster's schoolmarm friend says, "Some of those guys clean up right nice." And they're good dancers, too. There's a dance starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Rather Be Dancin' plays, and Rich Kleinleder calls. Tickets are $6, and be sure to wear clean-soled shoes.
BEST WEIRD FOOD BET: Every culture has its strange food that it dares outsiders to eat: Scottish haggis, Inupiaq fermented seal flipper, Australian Vegemite or American Spam. The Scandinavians have lutefisk, described by King Olaf of Norway as "the cod which passeth all understanding." If you have Norse blood and want to show it off, or just appreciate Scandinavian culture, head out to the annual Lutefisk Dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church. The menu also includes Swedish meatballs, pickled herring, rice pudding and Scandinavian cookies. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for high school students and $5 for children up to eighth grade.