A performance of the Ying Yang Twins scheduled for Friday at the Alibi has been posptoned to a date to be announced. Award-winning hip-hop artists Kaine and D-Roc had been slated to play with DJ Nelton Palma and Fifth Corner Hip Hop from Anchorage.
The Ying Yang Twins are known for their club tracks “Salt Shaker,” “Wait (the Whisper Song)” and the Grammy-nominated “Shake” and “What’s Happening.” Their song “Halftime (Stand up and Get Crunk)” has become the unofficial song of the New Orleans Saints.
Old Town artist in residence Allison Warden arrives in Homer this Friday and will join Filmjam with multimedia artists Michael Walsh and Kayla Spaan. Described as “a bold and quirky cut-and-paste pastiche,” the event starts at 9 p.m.
On Friday, The Down East Saloon will host a potluck fundraiser for Lance Mackey. The Lance Mackey: Alaska mushing legend, four-time Iditarod winner, four-time Yukon Quest winner and still the only musher to run and win both the Iditarod and Yukon Quest in the same year.
One of Alaska’s toughest athletes is fighting a long, drawn-out battle with the after-effects of cancer treatment.
Bunnell Street Arts Center has received a $15,000 grant from the Paul Allen Family Foundation to support Bunnell’s visual arts exhibit program. The grant helps sustain Bunnell’s gallery program of presenting sold and group shows of Alaska artists.
The Homer Council on the Arts annual celebration of Zimbabwean music, Marimba Madness, is at 7 p.m. March 1 at the Homer Elks Lodge. Doors open at 6 p.m. The concert features all three of Homer’s marimba ensembles, Shamwari, Tamba Hadzi and Williwaw, with Old Town Artists in Residence guest musicians Soriba and Shelley Fofana. The evening also features a live art auction, a raffle and chili, cornbread and cookies for sale. Tickets are $5 youth, $10 HCOA members and $15 general admission, on sale at HCOA, the Homer Bookstore and online at homerart.org.
The Homer Public Arts Committee holds a special meeting and public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Cowles Council Chambers, City Hall, on a proposal to accept a donation of a bronze statue of Brother Asaiah Bates and place it at WKFL Park as a permanent memorial. The Homer City Council had asked the Public Arts Committee to hold a hearing at its meeting last week, but the hearing was scheduled for a special meeting to meet public notice requirements. In a proclamation on Feb. 10, Mayor Beth Wythe declared Feb. 14 as Brother Asaiah Bates Day.
Award-winning hip-hop artists Kaine and D-Roc of the Ying Yang Twins perform Feb. 28 at the Alibi. DJ Nelton Palma and Fifth Corner Hip Hop from Anchorage open for them at 9:30 p.m. followed by the main act at 11 p.m. Doors open at 9 p.m. The Ying Yang Twins are known for their club tracks “Salt Shaker,” “Wait (the Whisper Song)” and the Grammy-nominated “Shake” and “What’s Happening.” Their song “Halftime (Stand up and Get Crunk)” has become the unofficial song of the New Orleans Saints.
University of Alaska Fairbanks visiting professor and poet Sean Hill does a poetry reading at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Hill also conducts a three-day workshop, “Poetry, Postcards, Personae and Pantoums” from 6-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Kachemak Bay Campus. Register by the close of business Friday at the college. For more information, call 235-7743.
As part of Blues in the School, a Homer Council on the Arts program offered during Black History Month, blues musician Michael “Hawkeye” Herman visits lower Kenai Peninsula schools through March 5. He also performs at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Council on the Arts. Tickets are $5 youth, $10 HCOA members and $15 general, available at HCOA, the Homer Bookstore and online at homerart.org. Herman also performs 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in Nanwalek, 2 p.m. Feb. 28 in Port Graham and 7 p.m. March 1 in Seldovia.
Colors of Homer, a student-directed organization that promotes the creativity of Homer youth, holds an event from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at K-Bay Caffe. Colors of Homer events are designed to be a laid-back, coffeehouse-style, non-audition talent show. Acts can include musical performances, visual art displays, drama, spoken poetry and written works. The event includes a raffle, with prizes such as ear buds provided by Radio Shack, a $15 gift certificate to the Homer Bookstore and a 1-pound bag of coffee from K-bay Caffe. House coffee is half-off if people bring their own mugs.
In the culture of Guinea, a west African nation of about 11 million people and half the size of Alaska, music and dance can be found everywhere. At naming ceremonies, weddings, funerals and even when someone arrives at the airport, drummers, dancers and musicians play.
“Music, dance and drumming is very rich there,” said Ibrahimasory “Soriba” Fofana, of Conakry, Guinea, and now Sante Fe, N.M. “West Africa is very poor, but you’re never going to feel that, because we have so much happiness.”
In response to a call for proposals for its ArtPlace America grants for Old Town Artist in Residence and Old Town Public Art, Bunnell Street Arts Center received more than 140 applications. Six groups of artists have been selected for the residencies and public art projects. They are:
• Ibrahima “Soriba” and
Shelley Fofana, African drumming and dance, Feb. 19-March 9.
• Jarod Charzewski, artist in residence, March 25-April 13;
• Rachelle Dowdy, permanent Old Town Public Art, Bishop’s Beach Park;
Kenai Peninsula photograph Joe Kashi holds an opening reception of his new exhibit, “Homer Beach Ebb Tide” from 5-6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in Pioneer Hall’s Campus Commons. Kashi presents full-color spectrum photos that hold an overall ambience reminiscent of traditional black and white photographs. The photographs represent “what the lens saw” rather than constructed or collaged image processing. The art show will be on exhibit through March.
As part of an Old Town Artist in Residence, drummer Soriba Fofana and dancer Shelly Fofana visit for a month of drum and dance workshops Feb. 8 to March 8. From Guinea, West Africa, Soriba Fofana plays the djembe and dundun drums. With his partner, Shelly Fofana, they will teach the many facets of Guinea music and dance. A potluck and artist talk is 6 p.m. Sunday. Drum and dance workshops are held 5-7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Feb. 17-Feb. 28, at Bunnell Street Arts Center.
Homer performing artist Lynne Roff presents “Creativity, Complexity and Consciousness in the Performing Arts” at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Council on the Arts. Her talk follows the awards presentations at 7 p.m. for the 22nd annual Kenai Peninsula Writers’ Contest. A recipient of an Alaska State Council on the Arts fellowship in choreography, Roff has taught for more than 25 years. She has worked with Pier One Theatre, Dance Theatre North, the Mariner Theatre and Kenai Peninsula College.
“Faked Alaska: An Evening of Improv” shows at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds, Ninilchik. Presented by Royce Roeswood, Ann Flynn and Austin Terrell of Triumvirate Theatre, the evening also features hors d’oeuvres and a light bar. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 youth and seniors. A free youth workshop for ages 13 to 18 is 3-5 p.m. Saturday.
Because of the Feb. 7 storm, First Friday openings at Bunnell Street Arts Center, Homer Council on the Arts and the Pratt Museum were canceled. Those openings will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.
Fans of Celtic music get a double treat this month. Last weekend, the acoustic quintet Lúnasa packed the house at the Mariner Theatre. Next Thursday, the Young Dubliners, another band with its roots in Irish music, performs at the Down East Saloon. Local group Yellow Cabin opens for them at 5:45 p.m. Feb. 20.
The Young Dubliners return to Alaska with a performance Feb. 20 at the Down East Saloon. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, available at the Down East or the Homer Bookstore. Sometimes called a Celtic rock group, their sound is more a hybrid, lead singer Keith Roberts said on the band’s web page. “We all come from different backgrounds. Even though two of us are from Ireland, a lot of the music we listened to growing up wasn’t Irish at all. In truth, the Celtic riffs can just as easily come from the American band members,” he said.
Homer performing artist Lynne Roff presents “Creativity, Complexity and Consciousness in the Performing Arts” at 8 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Homer Council on the Arts. Her talk follows the awards presentations for the 22nd annual Kenai Peninsula Writers’ Contest. A recipient of an Alaska State Council on the Arts fellowship in choreography, Roff has taught for more than 25 years. She has worked with Pier One Theatre, Dance Theatre North, the Mariner Theatre and Kenai Peninsula College.