Sklyanskaya presents piano concert
Chicago pianist Olga Sklyanskaya performs in concert at 2 p.m. Aug. 30 at Bunnell Street Arts Center. She plays the French Suite in G Major by J.S. Bach, 10 Lyric Pieces by E. Grieg and Images, Book 1 by C. Debussy. Tickets are $10.
Legendary reggae artist Pato Banton comes to Homer this week. Banton’s tour of Alaska begins at The Alibi tonight leading into a headlining performance at Ravenfest, a two-day music festival.
The music fest will be Friday and Saturday at the Ravenhouse Alaska Bed & Breakfast Rentals near Whiskey Gulch north of Anchor Point.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the location of Ravenfest.
Portland indy band Animal Eyes plays at the Down East Saloon on Aug. 19 and 20. A group of five friends who grew up in Alaska, including Homer, Animal Eyes has become an up-and-coming band in the Portland music scene.
They tour Alaska Aug. 13-26 to promote their new single, “Mushroom Hunter,” a track from their next album, “Where We Go,” due for release in spring of 2016.
Annie Baker’s drama, “The Flick,” opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Pier One Theatre, with performances also at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Aug. 20-23. Tickets are $15 with discounts, on sale at the door or the Homer Bookstore.
Today, Alice’s Champagne Palace is hosting the release party for “So Deep,” the newest album by Richard Olson. This will be the fourth studio album released by the Homer musician, who goes by the stage name Reverend Poorchild.
“So Deep” retains the Alaska rock sound and political themes prevalent in Olson’s previous work. The album’s 20 new tracks are reminiscent of a patchwork blanket: all together an eclectic musical quilt of Reverend Poorchild’s soul.
Tickets on sale for Pink Martini
Tickets are now on sale for Pink Martini, performing 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Mariner Theatre. Johnny B. and the Devil’s Club Orchestra open. Sponsored by the Homer Council on the Arts, tickets are $35 HCOA member, $50 general admission and $100 VIP. VIP tickets include a pre-show cocktail party, trolley transportation and early seating. Tickets are available at HCOA, Homer Bookstore, Classic Cook and online at Homerart.org.
Art Shop Gallery
202 W. Pioneer Ave.
Prints on steel by Taz Tally
5-7:30 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception
A few years ago, the late artist Gaye Wolfe organized ARTrageous August, an end-of-the summer celebration of art. While Homer no longer has a formal August art celebration, Wolfe’s spirit and idea lives on anyway with an ad-hoc occurrence of outrageous art this weekend, including Jazz is Back, Karen Strid’s jazz group, performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Pier One Theatre.
The first year of Salmonfest, the event formerly known as Salmonstock, promises the compelling combination of musical entertainment and salmon habitat conservation efforts that have drawn thousands to the Ninilchik Fairgrounds year after year.
Conrad Winslow, who grew up in Homer, was selected as one of only eight resident composers at the annual Mizzou International Composers Festival being held this week in Missouri. The festival started Monday and runs through Saturday.
Winslow now lives in Brooklyn, N. Y. He will return to Homer in August as one of the directors for the Wild Shore Festival for New Music. (See related story, this page.)
Artists needed to decorate buoys
for Homer’s first halibut festival
The Alaska Marine Conservation Council is inviting artists of all makes and media to add their personal touch to the first Homer Halibut Festival.
What do you hear when the tide rushes in or deviously trickles out? A soothing change of pace? A familiar and eternal breath of ebb and flow? Our location, perched on Alaska’s wild coast, encourages creative interpretation in many ways.
This creative flux inspires the Wild Shore Festival for New Music. This summer the Bunnell Street Arts Center presents the third annual festival from Aug. 5-11. Audiences can explore inspired new music and delve into the creative process through composing, handling instruments and playing with sonic possibilities.
Lavallee visits Art Shop Gallery
Artist Barbara Lavallee visits the Art Shop Gallery from 1-6 p.m. Saturday. The gallery will have three new prints, a large selection of originals, older prints, books and ornaments.
Milo Fritz memoir included
in new anthology
Editor’s Note: This story has been edited to correct the spelling of Tomoka Raften’s name and to show that the cost for the student master class is $25. Dates of some NoonTime Tunes also have been corrected. The Homer News regrets the errors.
War, racism, personal traumas and societal changes are all hard to talk about. Voices from Alaska’s rural Native villages are seldom heard in mainstream media. “Hunting in Wartime,” a new documentary film coming to Homer, breaks that silence.
In it, a group of Tlingit men from Hoonah who fought in the Vietnam War talk candidly about their experiences during and after combat and how those experiences shaped their lives and community. What emerges is a multilayered and nuanced story about struggle, survival and healing.
1130 Ocean Drive
New works by M. Marali Sargent-Smith
5-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception
Formerly Homeric Traders, Alaska Marketplace features work by Homer artist M. Marali Sargent-Smith. A lifelong Alaskan, she grew up commercial fishing in Bristol Bay. She works with stained and fused glass, mosaics, jewelry, silver and other metals, clays and fiber, and paints with oils, acrylics and watercolor. She sells originals and giclee prints and does some art commissions.
The Fourth of July weekend starts off with an affirmation of one of the basic rights of free people: to create art. As Homer hits the peak summer month, from Old Town to the Homer Spit galleries display exhibits.
In her Homer debut at the Homer Council on the Arts, Homer-raised artist Hailey Smith presents “Wildlands,” paintings of wild places, but also places taken back by nature. In her Ptarmigan Arts show, “Botanica,” photographer Debbie Fanatia looks at nature close up and from a distance, from the stamen of a lily to whispering aspen groves.
The Ninilchik Chamber of Commerce is organizing its Inaugural Clam Scramble Mud Obstacle Run. This family-oriented event is set for Saturday. The chamber’s goal is to create an annual solstice event in a central location on the Kenai Peninsula for the whole family, according to a press release.
Proceeds from the run will benefit the Ninilchik Emergency Services.
The race begins at Deep Creek State Park.Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and the race starts at noon.
Shows in Pier One Theatre’s summer season continue through August. Auditons for “Treasure Island,” a youth production, are 4-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
Now showing at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Pier One is “The Last Five Years,” featuring Katelyn Wythe and Nathan Lander. Tickets are $14 general, $13 seniors $12 Raven’s Club and $10 youth, on sale at the Homer Bookstore or the Pier One box office. For reservations or more information, call 235-7333.
All shows are at 7:30 p.m. Upcoming shows are: