Rup Sidhu, “The human beat box.” (Photo courtesy Homer Council on the Arts)

Rup Sidhu, “The human beat box.” (Photo courtesy Homer Council on the Arts)

Arts briefs

‘Human Beatbox’ performs Saturday

RupLoops, “The human beatbox,” performs 7 p.m. Saturday at the West Homer Multipurpose Room. On an Alaska tour that includes visits to Cordova, Valdez, Bethel, Kodiak, Haines and Skagway, Rup Sidhu is an interdisciplinary artist musician and composer who specializes in vocal percussion and live looping.

“The sounds he shares blends rhythms of poetry and spoken word with a dynamic range of cultural hybridism,” said Homer Council on the Arts Marketing Coordinator Emilie Springer. “He is a percussionist who brings hip-hop with content appropriate for the masses, to schools and more. The vocal percussion is dynamic with an incredible range of unique rhythmic sound. He also uses an array of musical devices, both electronic and traditional.”

Sidhu brings diverse stage experience with a wide array of national and international performances. Homer’s performance will be youth oriented, and he encourages audience engagement, Springer said.

“Working with young people has always been kind of a passion for me,” Sidhu said on his website. “The youth can be super-interactive and really engaged in enjoying the show.”

As part of his visit, RupLoops also will perform for students on Friday afternoon.

Tickets are $10 for HCOA members, $12 general admission, and $5 for students in grades K-12. Preschool children are free. For more information, visit

Ptarmigan Arts scholarship auction continues

Online bids can now be made for the annual Ptarmigan Arts scholarship auction. Featuring items, adventure trips and art donated by local artists and others, the auction raises funds for the scholarship program. Each year Ptarmigan awards annual scholarships to talented young artists. The scholarship is administered through the Homer Foundation.

Items are on display in the Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery or online at

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