‘Muscle Shoals’ wins Homer Doc Film Fest award

“Muscle Shoals,” a film about an Alabama music recording studio, won the Audience Award for the 10th annual Homer Documentary Film Festival. Second place went to “Crash Reel,” about a snow boarder’s recovery from a devastating accident, while third place went to “Genetic Roulette,” about genetically modified organisms. Finishing a close fourth was “20 Feet from Stardom,” about back-up singers to popular musical acts. “The Old Believers,” director Ryan Loughlin’s short film about the lower Kenai Peninsula Old Believer communities, finished fifth.

Live at Met movie series starts

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series opens 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Homer Theatre with Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” staring Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien. Step into the world of Imperial Russia and follow the love story of Tatiana and Onegin.

Tickets are $15 general, $10 seniors and $5 students and children.

Soldier-novelist Abrams reads at KBC

Retired U.S. Army military journalist and Butte, Mont., novelist David Abrams reads from his work and holds a craft talk at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Kachemak Bay Campus. Author of “Fobbit,” a novel about the Iraq War, Abrams’ book was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2012 and a Best Book of 2012 by Paste Magazine, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Barnes and Noble. As a military journalist, his tours of duty took him to Thailand, Japan, Africa, Alaska, Texas, Georgia and the Pentagon.

First Friday Events

Ben Firth Studio

Mile 161 Sterling Highway

Learning Experience, art by Emily Coble, Ben Coble and Anna Firth

5-8 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception

Emily Coble, Ben Coble and Anna Firth, students of artist Aurora Firth, show their work in pencil, pen-and-ink, watercolor, acrylic and other media. The show remains on exhibit 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, Nov. 4-8, at the studio near Black Water Bend on the Sterling Highway.


Work in Progress performs Friday at HCOA

Work in Progress, the ever-changing Homer musical group, performs ecletic bluegrass rock in a gallery concert 8 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Homer Council on the Arts. The group consists of Jenny Martin, Mindy Parks, Glen Caldwell, Bobby Creamer, Randy Creamer and Johnny B. Tickets are $5 youth and HCOA members, $10 general admission. For more information, call 235-4288 or visit

Group shows featured for November First Friday

For November’s First Friday exhibits, a wide variety of artists creating in diverse media dominate exhibits from East End Road to Black Water Bend. Except for Melissa Daubert’s “String Calendar” installation at Bunnell Street Arts Center, all shows this month feature groups of artists. Two shows highlight student and emerging artists. At Ben Firth Studio at Mile 161 Sterling Highway near Black Water Bend, three students of Aurora Firth show their work.

ArtQuest classes start Monday

ArtQuest, a six-week series of visual art classes for youth with Katy Countiss, starts Oct. 28 at the Homer Council on the Arts. 

The classes are for youth ages 10 and older. Two-dimensional art is taught 3:45 - 5:15 p.m. Mondays and three-dimensional art is taught 3:45 - 5:15 p.m. Wednesdays at HCOA. 

Each class is $50 for HCOA members, $60 for nonmembers.

‘String Calendar’ connects artist to community

In Melissa Daubert’s art installation in progress, “String Calendar,” a cord circling the room around her small sculptures started out as the rope that bound bales of coir, coconut straw mats she uses to make her whimsical figures of birds, fish, rabbits and trucks.

That cord also has another purpose: The rope connects art inspired by Daubert’s experiences during her residency at Bunnell Street Arts center since Sept. 15. It also symbolically connects Daubert to the people she has met during her visit.

Writers Contest deadline is Nov. 20

Writers and poets have until Nov. 20 to enter the 22nd annual Kenai Peninsula Writers Contest, sponsored by the Homer Council on the Arts. The entry fee is $3 per submission for students K-12 and $5 per submission for adults. The contest is open to residents of the Kenai Peninsula. For entry guidelines, visit Winners are announced Feb. 6 with a public reading on Feb. 15.

Artist-in-schools academy offered

Artists, teachers and administrators interested in learning or refreshing skills as a teaching artist can take the Teaching Artist Training Academy 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 9 and 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Kachemak Bay Campus. Dancer Alison Marshal, the lead presenter, gives a keynote address at 7 p.m. Friday. All are welcome to the free talk and to hear Marshal speak on the latest brain research in movement based learning.

HCOA seeks performers for Stepping Out show

The Homer Council on the Arts seeks new and established performing artists for its Stepping Out show, to be held in January. Interested participants are invited to a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the HCOA offices, 355 W. Pioneer Ave. Directed by Jessica Williams, Stepping Out will showcase actors, singers, musicians, dancers, writers, poets, performance artists and others. Young and inspired artists who might need some mentoring also are encouraged to participate. For more information, call 235-4288.

Artist-in-Residence holds workshop

Melissa Daubert, Bunnell Street Arts Center’s artist in residence for October and November, holds a free public workshop from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Bunnell. Visiting Homer from Cleveland, Ohio, through the Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program, Daubert specializes in interactive sculpture and community engagement. During her residency she will create an installation of creatures and life forms she has seen here. At the workshop people will help create a collaborative sculpture. Stop by and visit Daubert’s studio at Bunnell from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Events celebrate Kenai Peninsula fishing tradition

The chords, familiar to many in the bar, drifted out over the audience who sat laughing and talking to each other. Several lifted glasses to drink as Richard King leaned into the microphone and crooned out the words to a classic Mexican song.

“Besame, Besame mucho. Como te ama (sic) esta noche la ultima vez,” he sang, his fingers expertly flicking his guitar strings as he grinned and leaned toward the audience.

Then, a twist that only a fisher poet could imagine.

McBride writes book about lodge

Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge owner and author Michael McBride has written and had published “The Last Wilderness: Alaska’s Rugged Coast,” a memoir about living and raising a family at his lodge in China Poot Bay. With his wife, Diana McBride, he has lived at the lodge for almost 50 years. The book tells his  story of pursuing a dream of living at a wilderness location and the many people he has met there.

Faust publishes book on alpacas

Nina Faust, a retired Homer High School teacher, has published “Alpaca Relaxation Guide,” a book that offers advice for humans from the alpaca point of view. Faust started training and working with alpacas 10 years ago. The book includes 50 pages of color photos. She describes the book as offering “humorous advice on how to live the alpaca way, including some tongue-in-cheek guidance on ‘alpaca zen.’”


Five years ago when the Homer News checked in with Mica Thomas, the Homer-grown theater artist, he spoke of the work he’s been doing with Quixotic, a Kansas City, Mo., performance troupe. Thomas, the group’s associate artistic director, said Quixotic had been trying to build up its foundation so it could easily go on tour, maybe even to Alaska.

“I’d love to,” he said in 2009 of the prospect of touring in his home state. “I think it would be really fun to bring it up here.”

First Friday Events

Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

ARTrageous Gaye-la, paintings by Gaye Wolfe
Installation by Melissa Daubert

5-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception; 6 p.m., Melissa Daubert artist talk

7-10 p.m. Saturday, ARTrageous Gaye-La celebration. Tickets are $45 at Bunnell or the Homer Bookstore


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