Story last updated at 3:05 p.m. Thursday, December 12, 2002

Arts News
Hawaiian musician to play

Hawaiian slack-key guitarist, Keola Beamer, will perform at the Homer Family Theatre tonight at 8 p.m. Beamer has been reviewed as a slack-key guitar master, and has been performing for several decades. He will be accompanied by his wife, Maunalani Beamer, a hula dancer and teacher. Tickets are $13 for Bunnell Street Gallery members, $14 for seniors, $15 for nonmembers, $35 for member families and $40 for nonmember families. Beamer will also perform in Seldovia on Friday at the Susan B. English School Ottertorium at 7 p.m. No admission will be charged. For more information on the Homer event, call 235-2662. For the Seldovia show, call 234-7614.

Nutcracker continues

Homer's version of the Nutcracker Ballet continues this weekend at the Mariner Theatre. Shows will be held Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $14 for general admission, $12 for Homer Council on the Arts members, $8 for youth 18 and under. For more information or tickets, call 235-4288.

Benefit ball set

The Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic's annual AIDS awareness ball will be held Saturday starting at 8 p.m. at Alice's Champagne Palace. The ball will include music, an appetizer buffet with oysters, a silent auction of art and other items, as well as a dessert auction and raffles. Tickets are $20 in advance for clinic members, $25 advanced general admission and $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the clinic, Two Sisters Bakery, The Fringe, Solstice Music, the Homer Bookstore and from clinic board members. For more information, call 235-3436.

Cuban film coming

The final foreign film offering of 2002 will be "Life is to Whistle," a Cuban film directed by Fernando Perez about three troubled Havana residents on individual quests. The 1998 film is described as a captivating, sensuous, magic-realist look at contemporary Cuba that serves as a metaphor for the country's problems in the twilight of the Castro era. The film shows at both 6 and 8 p.m. at the Kachemak Bay East Campus on Pioneer Avenue. It is sponsored by the campus student association, and there is no admission. Donations, however, are accepted.

High school music en route

The Homer High School band and choir will present a winter concert Monday at 7 p.m. at the Mariner Theatre. The event is free, and all are welcome.

Contributions wanted

The Kenai Peninsula College's literary and art magazine, "Driftwood," is soliciting memoirs, essays, stories, poetry, prose, poems, novel excerpts and artwork from Alaska authors and artists for the 2003 edition. Prose must be limited to 2,000 words, poems to two pages, typed, double-spaced. Multiple entries are accepted. Artwork and photography must be size appropriate for photocopying or scanning, and no pencil or charcoal drawings may be submitted. Send manuscripts to Barb Christian and artwork to Celia Anderson, both at 34820 College Road, Soldotna, AK 99669. For more information, call 262-0364 or 262-0361.

Cracker returning

The band Cracker returns 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.

Gallery proposals wanted

The Fireweed Gallery is accepting proposals for art exhibitions and event applications from studio craftsmen for the 2003-04 season. First round deadline is Dec. 28. Call 235-3411 or e-mail the gallery for details at