Story last updated at 3:27 p.m. Thursday, November 21, 2002

HOMER'S BEST BETS
So last week the Betster was hanging out in the newsroom, antennae on alert for any hot upcoming bets, and the gang commenced to discussing this new calendar from Kachemak Bay Family Planning, Stud Muffins of the Spit or something like that. One of the guys said, "Hey, would you do something like that?" and the other guys said, "No way!" This led into a healthy, insightful analysis of male and female body self-image, gender stereotypes and comments along the lines of "does it really count as a nude photo if you ride a horse topless and wearing chaps?" Somehow -- don't ask the Betster how -- the conversation shifted into how one actually makes lutefisk, and did it taste better than sushi, and the next thing you know, we're debating the charming character of the Boston subway system. Well, if you're into analysis, stinky fish or urban buskers, has Homer got a weekend for you.

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.

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