Arts

Holy cow!

Joan Brown Dodd is the archetypal Homer woman: born somewhere else, exceedingly tough, multi-talented, artistic and humble. She’s gentle but assertive; she drinks her coffee black. 

And at age 82, she’s a self-published, best-selling author.

Despite having been on the shelf for only six months, Dodd’s memoir “Cow Woman of Akutan” was Homer Bookstore’s fourth best seller in 2014. It’s not hard to see why. Both the book’s conception and subject matter are unusual.

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Fresh Produce performs again

Fresh Produce 2.0 will have another all-improvised benefit performance at 7:30 p.m. at the Art Barn, 1060 East End Road. Some material may contain adult themes and/or language. A donation of $7 is suggested and all proceeds will go to the Diabetes Testing Supply  Fund. For information, call Martty Zeller at 509-294-0451.

 

Nomination deadline extended

 for Governor’s awards

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Artist in residence visits 

through Nov. 15


Rasmuson Artist in Residence
 Amy Casey visits Bunnell Street Arts Center through Nov. 15. A welcome potluck is at 6 p.m. Sunday at Bunnell. From Cleveland, Ohio, Casey will do an art exchange during her residency. Sign up for the exchange and she will make a portrait of your house. In return, you make something for her. The art exchange is 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 26-Nov. 1.

 

Doc Fest family affair for Suttons

For 12 years, Homer has been treated to a luxury most small towns don’t have: a documentary film festival. 

Each fall, Doc Fest, which was founded and has been run every year by Homer Theatre owners Jamie and Lynette Sutton and their children, Mac, Alex and Thea, provides Homer residents with a selection of nine of the best documentaries released that year. 

But this season may prove to be the festival’s last.

First Friday events

Alice’s
Champagne Palace

195 E. Pioneer Ave.

Homer Halibut Festival Buoy Art by various artists

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Buoys decorated by artists for the first Homer Halibut Festival are on display.

Art Shop Gallery

202 W. Pioneer Ave.

Jewelry Trunk Show by Sara Hondel

5-7:30 p.m., First Friday Reception
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Homer to get taste of Pink Martini

Life can often take unexpected turns when the best laid plans give way to unforeseen opportunities. Thomas Lauderdale, 45, learned this first hand at the outset of his political career. Lauderdale had planned to pursue political office, but would instead go on to found the world-renowned music group Pink Martini.  

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Body movement class
set to start Sept. 16

An Insightful Body Movement class starts Sept. 16 at the Homer Council on the Arts for people with Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, the after effects of stroke or tremors. Taught by Dotti Harness-Foster and Cathy Stingley, the exercise program focuses on flexibility, balance and coordination. “Mobilize your feet and hands, strengthen your core and gain insight to how you move, vocalize and swallow, and learn tips to redirect a ‘frozen’ gait,” she said.

The Arts in Brief

Body movement class
set to start Sept. 16

An Insightful Body Movement class starts Sept. 16 at the Homer Council on the Arts for people with Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, the after effects of stroke or tremors. Taught by Dotti Harness-Foster and Cathy Stingley, the exercise program focuses on flexibility, balance and coordination. “Mobilize your feet and hands, strengthen your core and gain insight to how you move, vocalize and swallow, and learn tips to redirect a ‘frozen’ gait,” she said.

Let the creek run

Volunteers with the Woodard Creek Coalition on Sunday paint a swath of blue on Pioneer Avenue near Bartlett Street to show where Woodard Creek passes under the road. The coalition has been working to increase awareness of and protect the creek, with plans to daylight or expose the creek in some areas.

Rufus Wainwright performs Sunday

How does a musician born into a famous musical family craft his own voice? This Sunday, Homer can see and hear how Rufus Wainwright has done that when the singer-songwriter performs at the Mariner Theatre. Wainwright is the headline act in a show that includes special guest performances by some of his family. His sister, Lucy Wainwright Roche, opens the show, and Rufus Wainwright will be joined on stage by special family guests, including his father, Loudon Wainwright III, step-mother, Suzzy Roche, and aunt, Sloan Wainwright.

Rufus Wainwright performs Sunday

How does a musician born into a famous musical family craft his own voice? This Sunday, Homer can see and hear how Rufus Wainwright has done that when the singer-songwriter performs at the Mariner Theatre. Wainwright is the headline act in a show that includes special guest performances by some of his family. His sister, Lucy Wainwright Roche, opens the show, and Rufus Wainwright will be joined on stage by special family guests, including his father, Loudon Wainwright III, step-mother, Suzzy Roche, and aunt, Sloan Wainwright.

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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. 

Animal Eyes plays next week at Down East

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. 

Reverend Poorchild releases fourth album

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. 

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