Retailers might worry that the traditional post-Thanksgiving holiday season will be crammed into just 26 shopping days, but that’s not a problem at one of Homer’s biggest events, the annual Nutcracker Faire. It’s always a little hectic at the two-day event, held the first weekend in December.
“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).
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.
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.
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?”
Homer writer Tom Kizzia’s book, “Pilgrim’s Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier” (Crown, July 2013) has been named one of Amazon’s editors top-20 books of the year, placing at number 5 in the list of fiction and nonfiction books.
Warren Miller’s new ski film, “Ticket to Ride,” shows at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Homer Theatre. This is a benefit for the Homer Rope Tow. Tickets are on sale at the Homer Bookstore.
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.
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.”
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Artist, storyteller, playwright and curator Jack Dalton visits Bunnell Street Arts Center for November. A National Endowment for the Arts Artworks resident artist, Dalton presents these public opportunities:
• 6:30 p.m. Saturday, potluck, Bunnell Street Arts
Center; bring a dish to share;
• 8 p.m. Saturday, “My Heart Runs in Two Directions,” a play, Bunnell Street Arts Center, $10-$20, pay as you can;
• 8 p.m. Nov. 30, staged reading of “Ada: An Opera of the Arctic,” $10-$20, pay as you can.
The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies community marine debris workshops continue with regular hours 3:30-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the workshop space, 2416 Clover Place. Help turn marine debris into art. For more information, visit akcoastalstudies.org or call 235-6667.
“When Crab was King” opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Pratt Museum Special Exhibits Gallery. The exhibit combines the Kodiak Maritime Museum’s exhibit, “When Crab Was King: Faces of the Kodiak King Crab Fishery 1950-1982,” with stories of the commercial king crab fishery in Kachemak Bay. The Kodiak exhibit features portraits of 24 individuals who fished during the boom years of the Kodiak King Crab fishery, with oral histories presenting each of their stories.
If you need an example of how the Homer Council on the Arts’ Emerging Artists show helps new artists, consider Jesse Smith. Smith, who also uses the name Moonkloud, came to the First Friday opening and saw on one of his paintings, “The Fire Within,” the little red dot that brings joy to artists’ hearts — the sign someone bought his art.
“His piece was the first one that was sold,” said HCOA director Gail Edgerly. “There was competition for it. It was so cool.”
Nominations are now open for the 2013 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in the following categories: Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Alaska Native Arts and Languages, Business Leadership, Arts Advocacy Award and Individual Artist. Eligibility is open to any individual, organization or institution that has made a significant contribution to the arts in Alaska, with the exception of current ASCA Council members, staff or prior Award recipients. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 15. Nominate online at bit.ly/2013GovAwardsAK.