Art Briefs

Deadline is Friday for art contest

The deadline for the Artists Know Climate Change contest is Friday. Deliver art submissions to the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve building, 2181 Kachemak Drive. All art must be submitted with a release form and a short statement about the art. The Kachemak Bay Conservation Society offers $2,000 in prize money for the contest. For more information, visit

Youth Orchestra performs April 7-9

The Homer Youth String Orchestra performs at 5 p.m. April 7 at Paul Banks Elementary School’s First Friday. From 1-3 p.m. April 8 in the R.E.C. Room, the orchestra also plays in a collaborative workshop with Youth on Record, sponsored by the Homer Council on the Arts, with visiting artists the Rhythm Future Quartet. At 3 p.m. April 9 in the Homer High School Commons, the orchestra presents its spring concert in a free event, including guest musicians Johnny B. on piano, Jim Buncak on drums, and Dylan Smith on electric bass.

Pushing the Limits series starts

Friends of the Homer Library and the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies sponsor and facilitate a free, four-part reading, viewing and discussion series for adults called Pushing the Limits. Pushing the Limits brings together books and videos featuring authors, scientists and everyday people who thrive on exploring the natural world.

All programs will be held Thursdays at The Homer Public Library. For details or to register, please stop by the library or call 235-3180. The first 10 people to sign up get a free copy of the book to keep. Group discussions are held on these dates and about these ideas and books:

• April 13. Nature: T.C. Boyle, “When the Killing’s Done,”

• April 27. Connection: Erik Larson, “Thunderstruck,”

• May 25. Survival: Clive Cussler, “Arctic Drift,”

• June 15. Knowledge: Jean Auel, “The Land of Painted Caves.”

Spiritrails visits in April

Spiritrails, a two-man show of hip-hop theater, visits Homer on April 11, 14, 15 and 16. Spiritrials fuses theater, hip hop and spoken word to address issues of racial profiling and discriminatory sentencing within the American criminal justice system. Accompanied onstage by DJ Dion Decibels, creator/performer Dahlak Braithwaite is an African-American everyman whose average behaviors and pretty-good intentions provoke outsize reactions on the part of the police, prompting him to reflect about his place in the world and in our society. Spiritrials performs at 7:30 p.m. April 14 and 15 and 5 p.m. April 16 at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Tickets are $10-20 sliding admission. Parental discretion is advised. They also present a lecture, “Adapting History,” on April 11 at Fireweed Academy/West Homer Elementary.

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