December shows offer locally made gifts

With Homer’s reputation as one of Alaska’s thriving arts communities, local art lovers can find creations worthy of sharing as gifts at shows opening Friday. First Friday exhibits won’t be the only place to find art. From 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Saturday at Homer High School, the Homer Council on the Arts holds its annual Nutcracker Faire, with almost 85 booths of arts and crafts by lower Kenai Peninsula and other Alaska artists.

Magic continues with silver anniversary of Nutcracker Ballet

“As full of magic as the story it tells,” reviewer Jan O’Meara called the Homer Nutcracker Ballet in the Dec. 14, 1989, issue of the Homer News. “From start to finish it was completely enchanting.”

That magic continues with the 25th production of the Homer Nutcracker Ballet, the homegrown, small-town version of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet. The Nutcracker opens with performances at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, and continues Dec. 8, 13 and 14. All performances and all seats are $10 (see box, this page).

‘Break the Silence’ video premieres at MAPP meeting

Walking down a long hallway lined with teenagers at their lockers, Margret Maze’s body language shows that she’s not in a good way. Maze, played by Homer actor Sydney Paulino, clutches her notebook tightly. She seems oblivious to the stares of other students, but through the magic of film — and the writing of Homer High School graduate Adela Sundmark — the viewer can see what her friends think. 

“I wonder if you are OK?” one student is shown thinking in a thought bubble.

Alaska Railroad seeks submissions for commemorative art and poster

The Alaska Railroad seeks ideas for artwork that may become the basis of the railroad’s official 2015 commemorative art print and poster. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 21, 2014. Artwork must include an Alaska Railroad theme. Submissions should be mailed or delivered in person no later than Feb. 21 to: Stephenie Wheeler, Alaska Railroad Corporate Affairs Alaska Railroad, P.O. Box 107 Anchorage, AK 99510-7500, or hand delivered at ARRC Headquarters, 327 W. Ship Creek Ave., Anchorage, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. , Monday-Friday. The railroad retains all rights to the artwork.

NOAA marine debris art contest is open

The National Atmospheric and Oceans Administration’s Marine Debris Program’s annual “Keep the Sea Free of Debris” Art Contest for grades K-8 is now open. Students can submit artwork through Dec. 19. The art contest challenges children to consider “How does marine debris effect the ocean environment?” and “How will you help be part of the marine debris solution?” 

R.E.C. Room holds youth slam poetry workshops this weekend

The R.E.C. Room, Homer’s youth Resource and Enrichment Co-op, sponsors a visit by Brave New Alaskan Voices, a youth slam poetry group from Anchorage. Brave New Alaskan Voices holds these workshops and performances:

• 3-6 p.m. today, youth workshop, R.E.C. Room, 3967 Nielsen Circle;

• 3:30-6 p.m. Friday, youth workshop with Youth on Record, R.E.C. Room;

• 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday, slam poetry performances, K-Bay Café; donations accepted.

Beatles’ White Album to be performed at Alice’s this weekend

A 14-piece band, the Mothers Superior, performs the entire Beatles album, the White Album, first released 45 years ago on Nov. 22, 1968. Officially titled “The Beatles,” but popularly known as the White Album because of its lack of graphics and white cover, the two-disc, four-sided album of 30 songs included works that would later become classics, such as “Revolution,” “Helter Skelter,” “Back in the USSR,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Dear Prudence,” “Blackbird” and “Rocky Raccoon.”

Wearable Arts shows art of ‘slow clothing’

Back after a two-year hiatus, Wearable Arts once again amazed viewers with fiber art from the fabulous to the frivolous. Even the concept of “fiber” got stretched, with artists creating outfits out of marine debris, cereal box liners, metal cookware and coffee bags. Two shows were held last Saturday at Land’s End Resort.

“Innovation and craftsmanship on anything that’s basically walkable and wearable,” is how Bunnell Streets Arts Director Asia Freeman described the show.

Dean brothers win video contest

Two Homer brothers, Tehben and Jebarri Dean, have won the F Magazine’s F-action music video contest for “Tiny Birch Basket,” a song written by Michael Howard. Their video also features the puppetry of Buzz Schwall, the Alaska puppet maker who died this summer. The winners were announced, trophies awarded and videos screened Nov. 7 in ceremonies at the Tap Root in Anchorage. Judges described their video as “evocative and appropriate to the tone of the music,” “beautifully executed, great editing and cinematography.”

Wearable Art show is Saturday

Wearable Arts: Show Off! is at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday at Land’s End Resort. The art, fashion and design show features more than 70 pieces of wearable art created by Homer and Alaska artists. Sponsored by Bunnell Street Arts Center and the Homer Fiber Arts Collective, proceeds from this year’s show will help start a fund dedicated to future fiber arts events, including workshops, shows and scholarships. Work will be available for sale after each show. Tickets are $20 for Bunnell members and $25 for general admission, available at Bunnell, the Fringe and the Homer Bookstore.

‘Fobbit’ author visits Homer

In the genre of war novels, the best books often come from soldier-authors, the men and women who have stared at bullets and mortar rounds and come back to write about war. These writers face a dilemma, though. They write not necessarily for other soldiers, but for civilians. As one Vietnam veteran said when asked if he wanted to participate in last year’s Big Read for Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried,” he’d lived that war and why did he want to read about it again?

Homer photographer is finalist in Red Bull contest

Homer photographer Scott Dickerson has been selected one of 50 finalists in the third Red Bull Ilume international sports photography contest. Dickerson’s photograph of three people surfing the bore tide on Turnagain Arm made the final cut in the “Playground” category. 

The top 50 photographs were exhibited at an awards ceremony in Hong Kong and will be in an exhibit opening Nov. 14 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The photos will be shown in light boxes along the Scottsdale waterfront.

Wearable Arts returns

The Wearable Arts show, a collaboration between the Homer Fiber Arts Collective and Bunnell Street Arts Center, returns with shows at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Nov. 16 at Land’s End Resort. Tickets are $20 Bunnell Street Arts Center members and $25 general admission, on sale at Bunnell, Land’s End and the Homer Bookstore.


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