Story last updated at 2:34 p.m. Thursday, December 5, 2002

Arts News
Gingerbread festival set

Nothing says Christmas like gumdrop-covered gingerbread houses, and this year, the Pratt Museum takes gingerbread decoration to a whole new level with the Festival of Gingerbread, opening Friday with a reception from 5-7 p.m. The festival includes houses created by many local food artists. Each creation is sponsored by a local business, and the gingerbread has been baked into fantasy houses, historical buildings and well-known local businesses. Prizes will be awarded, including a people's choice award, and while the homes aren't for tasting, special gingerbread cookies will be available. The Homer High School Swing Choir will perform at 6 p.m. and there will be a raffle to see who can guess the cost of making a house from cookie dough. All proceeds go to support the museum. Call 235-8635.

Nutcracker Faire set

Nearly 100 vendors will fill the Homer High School commons and gym areas this weekend for the Nutcracker Arts and Crafts Faire. The faire will be open from 11 a.m. -7 p.m. Saturday and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday and booths will be filled with everything from kids stocking stuffers to that perfect Alaska gift for the in-laws. For more information, call 235-4288

AIDS ball coming

The annual AIDS Awareness Ball will be held Dec. 14 at Alice's Champagne Palace. The ball features live music, a buffet including oysters, a silent auction and a dessert auction. It all starts at 8 p.m. and is a fund-raiser for the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic. Call 235-3436 for more information.

Laughs on tap

Comedian Charlie Laborte will work the crowd at Duggan's Waterfront Pub tonight starting at 8 p.m. Laborte's act consists of impressions and light adult humor, including a look at 'crappy kung fu movies' with sound effects. Laborte developed his comedic style after working in The Comedy Store in Hollywood, Calif., hobnobbing with all the big names in comedy, and a few not so big ones, too. He's performed all over the West Coast and Hawaii, as well as in Korea. Tickets are $10 at the door. Call 235-9949 for more info.

Czech tragicomedy coming

The Kachemak Bay Campus Foreign Film Festival's first offering for December is "Closely Watched Trains," showing at 6 & 8 p.m. Friday. The film, said to be a highly entertaining, thought-provoking tragicomedy, follows a naOve apprentice train dispatcher and his attempts at sexual initiation during World War II. The film is free, and donations are accepted. Early arrival is recommended.

Hobo celebrates 50th

Hobo Jim is turning 50, though he hides it well under that big, white hat. He's celebrating the date with a gig at Alice's Champagne Palace on Wednesday starting at 9 p.m., and everyone's invited. His fans are asked to bring along any photos, stories or other Hobo regalia to decorate the walls. Photos will be scanned and returned. Call 235-6948, 235-0630 or 235-7650 for more information.

Cracker returning

The band Cracker, which rocked the house last year, is coming back to Alice's Champagne Palace for a 9 p.m. performance Dec. 21. The gig is sponsored by KBBI and Downward Dog Productions, and tickets are $27 general admission, $25 for KBBI members. Tickets are on sale at the Homer Bookstore, Solstice Music, KBBI and Alice's.

First Friday openings up

Homer's galleries will fling open their doors this Friday evening for the monthly First Friday gallery gluttony. Artists' opening s typically run from 5-7 p.m., and artists this month range from watercolor flowers by Hatcher's Pass artist Sylva Alana Smyth-Timinskis to the Bunnell's no-holds "The Body Adorned" members art show. Check out the Arts Calendar below for all the listings.

Art News events can be sent to