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Homer to get taste of Pink Martini

Life can often take unexpected turns when the best laid plans give way to unforeseen opportunities. Thomas Lauderdale, 45, learned this first hand at the outset of his political career. Lauderdale had planned to pursue political office, but would instead go on to found the world-renowned music group Pink Martini.  

Rufus Wainwright performs Sunday

How does a musician born into a famous musical family craft his own voice? This Sunday, Homer can see and hear how Rufus Wainwright has done that when the singer-songwriter performs at the Mariner Theatre. Wainwright is the headline act in a show that includes special guest performances by some of his family. His sister, Lucy Wainwright Roche, opens the show, and Rufus Wainwright will be joined on stage by special family guests, including his father, Loudon Wainwright III, step-mother, Suzzy Roche, and aunt, Sloan Wainwright.

Rufus Wainwright performs Sunday

How does a musician born into a famous musical family craft his own voice? This Sunday, Homer can see and hear how Rufus Wainwright has done that when the singer-songwriter performs at the Mariner Theatre. Wainwright is the headline act in a show that includes special guest performances by some of his family. His sister, Lucy Wainwright Roche, opens the show, and Rufus Wainwright will be joined on stage by special family guests, including his father, Loudon Wainwright III, step-mother, Suzzy Roche, and aunt, Sloan Wainwright.

Reverend Poorchild releases fourth album

Today, Alice’s Champagne Palace is hosting the release party for “So Deep,” the newest album by Richard Olson. This will be the fourth studio album released by the Homer musician, who goes by the stage name Reverend Poorchild.

“So Deep” retains the Alaska rock sound and political themes prevalent in Olson’s previous work.  The album’s 20 new tracks are reminiscent of a patchwork blanket: all together an eclectic musical quilt of Reverend Poorchild’s soul. 

Jake Moe finishes first in Spit Run for third time

A cool overcast morning made for perfect running weather on Saturday. Almost 300 people gathered at the high school for the Homer Spit Run, a 10-kilometer race to the end of the Spit. 

Hosted by the Kachemak Bay Running Club, the annual Spit Run is a course certified by USA Track & Field, the national governing body for long distance running. New this year was a 10-K walk beginning ahead of the run. 

Mariners boys finish soccer season strong

The Mariners’ 2015 soccer season drew to a close Friday. The boys team had a fantastic season and reached state for the third time in Mariner history, before ending the season with a 2-1 loss against Bartlett.

The team put up a solid defense against Bartlett, refusing to go down without a fight. Senior Kenneth Schneider scored a penalty kick against Bartlett.

“You know it was a tough game. It ended up being our last, but the boys never stopped playing. ... We went out very well,” said Head Coach Warren Waldorf.

Girls soccer eliminated at regionals

On Thursday the Girls Soccer team squared off in the first round of regionals against Colony. Colony had proven to be a challenge for the Mariners all season, and beat the girls 0-4.

 

Unfortunately this was a first round elimination, and effectively ended the girls soccer season. 

 

Though a disappointing ending to a difficult season, 2015 proved to be a promising year several players. Uliana Reutov, a sophomore, ended the season with the most points, scoring 7 total goals and an assist throughout the season.

 

Boys soccer survives first round at regionals

The regionals have proven to be a tense challenge for the Mariners. But after Beating both Wasila and Grace Christian, the boys soccer team is forging it’s own path ahead to the state championship.

 

Thursday was the first round of the regionals in Palmer, and was a sudden death elimination. Teams that lost this first round were immediately knocked out of the bracket. The Mariners faced off against Wasilla for a challenging start to the conference.

 

Dinner in the Street dazzles

Dinner in the Street returns to Homer this Sunday with an evening of food, family and fun. Old Town will come alive with friends, artists, and the cooking of some of Homer’s finest restaurants.

Hosted by the Bunnell Street Arts Center, Dinner in the Street will be a four-course helping of culture and socializing. The festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with music by the Howlin’ Whales and a silent auction in the Bunnell Street Arts Center. Parking will be available at the Homer Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center or the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

Homer scores against Seward

A phenomenal season for the boys’ soccer team is nearing its conclusion as the Mariners prepare for regionals.

This past week made for an exciting buildup to the end of the season. On May 13, the boys faced Soldotna for the second time. Soldotna has proven to be a challenge for the Mariners, having wiped out the team 3-0 in past games. 

This time, while the Mariners still lost, the boys were able to score against the Soldotna Stars and finish the game with a score of 3-1.

Photographer finds inspiration in her children

“Making Love to Business and Politics” is a politically driven and topical photography exhibit being hosted by the Homer Council on the Arts. The thought-provoking photography is the work of Homer’s own Kate Henry. While her work often plays with the abstract as well as the political, Henry draws inspiration from grounded and relatable sources.

Henry, who is 34, has a lifelong interest in photography. Before she had ever pointed a camera at a subject, she remembers admiring wildlife magazines as a child.

Boys post win against Kodiak

After a series of losses, the Mariners boys’ soccer team proved they were still a force to be reckoned with as the boys scored a 4-0 win against Kodiak on Tuesday.

Freshmen Charles Rohr hit the ground running scoring a goal in the first half with an assist from Ren Carroll, a junior. The mo- mentum Rohr began in the first half only grew in the second.

Environment inspires shorebird artist’s work

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 red squirrel splitting open a nut. A giant Pacific octopus nestled in the tide. Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival featured artist Kim McNett’s art revolves around the ecosystem, and each creature’s place within it. 

She takes great pride in her realistic depictions of fungi or nudibranchs (sea slugs), strange alien like organisms. McNett is irresistibly attracted to the strange and bizarre aspects of nature. The subjects of her work often look like something ripped from a science fiction film. 

Mariner boys defeat Palmer, fall to Colony

An intense and exciting game played out last Friday as the Mariners boys’ soccer team squared off against Palmer. The game was neck and neck for the first half, with Palmer stealing away with a single goal keeping the Mariners at bay. 

Thanks to fleet-footed freshman Charles Rohr, the Mariners took away the match in the second half for a 3-1 one win.

“Yeah it was exciting because we had to come from behind,” Coach Warren Waldorf said.  “The boys really played well this game, they worked well together.”

Girls varsity beats Palmer; JV beats Colony

The Mariner girls soccer team had a successful weekend, bringing home two wins against Palmer and Colony teams.

On Friday the varsity team defeated Palmer 3-1. While Palmer played well and made for a formidable challenge, the Mariners’ resilience and leadership shone through. 

Sophomore Desiree Cleary out maneuvered the completion and scored twice, with Rachell Ellert, a junior, and Aspen Daigle, a senior, assisting. 

Trend is ties for Mariners’ boys soccer team

The Mariners’ boys varsity soccer team put up a solid defense on Saturday against Eagle River, holding the line and ending the game with a 1-1 tie.

Quinn Alward, a junior, scored the only goal for the Mariners, assisted by freshman Charles Rohr.

The team brought every ounce of determination and energy they had to the game, despite still being exhausted from their match against Wasilla the night before. That game also ended in a tie with a final score of 3-3.

Quilts tell tales

Abigail Kokai is a story teller. But this talented artist from Ohio does not use pen or paper as her medium. Rather, she sews intricate quilts that capture her characters and memories with fabric and thread.

On April’s First Friday, Bunnell Street Arts Center unveiled its latest exhibit, a collection of quilts and patchwork by Kokai, 32. She explained how these tactile illustrations each tell a story.

Artist inspired by outdoor world

There is something about the Alaska landscape that attracts a certain kind of person. Alayne Tetor was drawn to Alaska by its wild, untamed frontier, adventure lifestyle and simple living. She was attracted by the background vistas and glacier landscapes. Tetor, 28, an art teacher at Homer High School, captures these moments and sights through mixed media, water colors and photography. Her show, “awAKenings,” opened this month and is on exhibit through March 31 at the Homer Council on the Arts

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