Arts in brief

Comedians to perform at Alice’s

Power Plant Productions will present a night of stand-up comedy starting at 8 p.m. Friday at Alice’s Champagne Palace. The evening features comeidans Justin Lawrence Hoyt, Mathew Plant, Rudy Ascott, Joe Stolz and Kass Smiley.

Tickets are $15 and on sale at Alice’s or by calling Terry Plant at 299-1693.

Author publishes second ferret book

Homer author Jeannette Aragones has published another book about living with ferrets, “Cosmo and Me.”

The book continues the adventures of her two ferrets, Oscar and Cosmo, that she wrote about in “I Am Oscar. I Am in Charge,” published in 2017. The new book tells the story of the adventure of the two ferrets as they encounter big dogs and scary eagles. Aragones is a dancer and instructor and created the Latin Dance Therapy class for all ages. She works as a Certified Nursing Assistant at South Peninsula Hospital and volunteers to teach children to dance.

A short, 29-page book, “Cosmo and Me” is available for sale at the Homer Bookstore.

HCOA offers dance class

The Homer Council on the Arts offers a dance class, “Momentum Dance Collaboration: Contemporary Modern.”

Taught by Becky Kendall, the class meets 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the HCOA offices.

“This class will encourage a sense of fun and creative risk taking that will encompass full body phrase-work, movements in and out of the floor, and musicality,” the description reads on HCOA’s website. “Incorporating a free flowing movement vocabulary, basic ballet vernacular, and post modern dance concepts, the class encourages you to further the development of your physicality and artistry. Warm up will aim to both condition the body as well as build class cohesion and collaboration. The aim is to improve your understanding and execution of dance technique, encourage your own exploration of the art form and emphasize the strengthening your personal movement style in a safe, non judgmental environment.”

For more information, call 235-4288 or visit

Rasmuson grant application period opens

The Rasmuson Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2019 Individual Artist Awards (IAA). Applications will be accepted until midnight on March 1.

The awards are solely for artists living and working in Alaska. They are intended to support artistic growth and exploration of new creative ground. Artists from around Alaska are eligible and can pursue either a project award or a fellowship (but not both). The Project Award grants offers $7,500 for a specific, short-term project that clearly benefits the artist’s growth. Artists at all career stages — emerging, mid-career and mature — are eligible. Applications are accepted in all 11 recognized disciplines, the five listed below for fellowships as well as for media arts, multidiscipline, music composition, new genre, presentation/interpretation, and visual arts.

Fellowships offer $18,000 for mid-career and mature artists to focus their energy and attention on a yearlong period of creative exploration. In 2019, the fellowship categories are choreography, crafts, folk and traditional arts, literary arts/scriptworks, and performance art.

The foundation recruits a panel of experts in the arts from across the country to review applications and ultimately select 10 fellows and 25 project award recipients. Applications are highly competitive. The Foundation offers resources to help artists with the process.

For more information on how to apply, online applications, a recorded webinar and tips on how to write an artist statement, visit

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