Arts

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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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.

First Friday outrageous for August

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.

Salmonfest casts a wider net

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. 

Composer with Homer roots taking part in international event

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.)

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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.

Wild Shore fest designed to inspire, create new music

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.

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