Heidijo releases new CD

When a musician solicits Kickstarter funding for a project, the payoff for patrons comes when a CD gets released. Singer, songwriter and pianist Heidijo Smith, who performs just as Heidijo, does just that with her release party of “Magazine Street” at 5 p.m. Sunday at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Although a vinyl limited-edition isn’t yet ready, Heidijo will be rewarding her supporters with CDs and download cards. Last year, Heidijo raised $5,600 to help fund a recording session held earlier this year at The Music Shed, a New Orleans studio.

Pratt seeks 2015 exhibit proposals

The Pratt Museum seeks exhibit proposals for 2015. Proposals will be considered for solo, group and multimedia art shows as well as scientific, historical and interdisciplinary exhibits about the culture, science and art of the Kachemak Bay region. Proposals should fit within the museum’s mission and values. For more information, download and complete the Exhibition Proposal Form at Proposals are due Jan. 15, 2014.The Pratt Exhibits Committee will review proposals and make recommendations in early 2014.

Life Drawing models needed

Models are needed for the weekly Life Drawing Group, meeting 6:30-
9 p.m. Tuesdays at Homer Art & Frame, 4001 Lake St. Models are compensated for their time. For more information, contact Lynda at Homer Art & Frame, 435-3999.

HCOA seeks nominations for annual Arts Awards

The Homer Council on the Arts seeks nominations for its annual Arts Awards. The awards go to individuals and businesses who have contributed significantly to the arts in the community. Nominations are sought for the categories of Arts Leadership/Advocacy, Arts Education, Youth Artist of the Year, Artist of the Year, Arts Lifetime Achievement and Business Arts Patron. Nominations are due Dec. 20. Winners will be announced in January and awards presented at the HCOA Annual Meeting on Jan. 24. To nominate, visit or call 235-4288.

Young Homer artists place in Ice Classic poster contest

Two Homer artists, twin sisters Marissa and Chelsea Lind, both 16, are the second-place winners of the 2014 Nenana Ice Classic poster contest, winning a cash prize. The sisters worked together on the poster and it will be used as an image for the Ice Classic pins. The sisters are part of a multi-generational family of artists. Their grandfather, Peter Lind Sr., helped revive the art form of the Alutiiq hunting visor, and their grandmother, Darlene Lind, makes bronze sculptures of Alutiiq figures.

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.”


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