For three days at the beginning of August, thousands of people will fill the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik for Salmonfest, a celebration of “fish, love and music.”
Library book group meets
‘Shoot for the Stars’ picnic
Given the powerful influence of the Alaska landscape, wildlife and people, it should be no surprise that Alaska artists draw inspiration from the great land. Shows this month explore Alaska in all its aspects, with some approaches a bit surprising and even subversive.
Art Shop Gallery
Pier One Theatre’s big Broadway musical, “Chicago,” opens 7:30 p.m. Friday and continues July 1-2, 6-9 and 12-15. All shows are at 7:30 p.m. Set in 1920s Chicago, the musical tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail.
He’s got a famous name, a passion for music and a love for Jesus. This Saturday at the end of the Homer Spit, John Lee Hooker Jr. will share his own blend of gospel funk music and a story of redemption.
Johnny B. show starts
In her show “Emergence,” now on exhibit at the Homer Council on the Arts, Astrid Friend’s paintings have a soft focus. Her images appear like the Kenai Mountains clouded in wispy fog. Colors from her palette reflect the light of winter, pale blues and pinks from a low sun. Some paintings have a stark contrast, though, sharp lines and bold geometric shapes that Friend said she used in her black-and-white film photography.
Seldovia once again offers a weekend of music and art around the summer solstice. Sponsored by the Seldovia Arts Council, the 17th annual Summer Solstice Music Festival runs June 22-25 at Homer’s village neighbor on the south shore of Kachemak Bay.
For attendees at the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference, listening to keynote addresses can be like panning for gold at an Alaska back road tourist attraction. You have to pay to get in, and sometimes you don’t find much to take home. Open-to-the-public readings bring writers and poets out into the community, but the opening talk is just for the conference goers. Most keynote speakers deliver inspiring talks, though.
Internationally acclaimed Homer garden designer, Brenda Adams, has just published her second book on the subject of gardening in northern latitudes. The new book from the University of Alaska Press, “Cool Plants for Cold Climates: A Garden Designer’s Perspective,” has already received high praise from garden experts worldwide.
At the first Kachemak Bay Writers Conference in 2002, keynote speaker Russell Banks drove a cherry-red Hummer to Homer for a magazine article he wrote.
Garden designer Adams signs new book at Bookstore
SNL band leader plays Monday at Bunnell
Multiple artist shows are featured for First Friday art openings. At Bunnell Street Arts Center, printmaker and woodcarver Sara Tabbert joins ceramic artist Carla Potter. At Ptarmigan Arts, more woodworkers show their art, with Ted Heuer, George Overpeck and Jerry Froeschle. At Fireweed Gallery an aunt and her niece, beader Kate Broylan and tattoo artist Annie Rivers, exhibit their work in “The Black Line.” The show’s title refers to the common motif of tattoo art, but also the theme of their show.
Except as noted, all performances are $15 general, $14 seniors, $13 Raven’s Club, $10 youth and $45 family.
Now in its 44th year, Homer’s little red theater opens the 2017 season with “The Drunkard,” the play that began it all when Pier One Theatre started in 1973 in a former beer warehouse at the end of the Spit.
‘Cow Woman’ author signs new book
Bear Creek Music Fest is Saturday