The Arts in brief

‘Rubber Ducky’ shows Friday

Local filmmaker Silas Firth and Standing Tide Productions holds the world premiere of his short film, “Rubber Ducky,” at 5 p.m. Friday at the Homer Theatre. Admission is free. On his website, Firth said the film is “about the innocence and beauty of childhood in contrast with the darkness of the world, and the need for family and to let go of the past.” Unique to the project is that is has no dialogue, and the story is told entirely visually, Firth said.

Firth wrote and directed the film. It starts Colt Cannon as the boy and George and Gaylene Hosier as theparents. The film was shot in June in Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna River valley area. For more information and a trailer, or Facebook at


Griffith, biographer read at library

Wilderness adventurer Dick Griffith and his biographer, Kaylene Johnson, visit for a reading of “Canyons and Ice: The Wilderness Travels with Dick Griffith,” Johnson’s book about the veteran Alaska adventurer. The reading is at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Public Library. Jon Krakauer, author of Into the Wild, said of Johnson’s book, “As this gripping and inspiring book explains, Griffith is simply afflicted with an irresistible inclination to attempt what others say can’t be done. When asked what possesses a man to repeatedly strike out alone across hundreds of miles of rugged, lonely country, he replies, ‘Every so often, it’s just time to walk.’”


‘Care and Feeding of Jack’ set
for Oct. 13 at Homer Theatre

Homer filmmaker Brian George Smith presents an encore showing of his film, “The Care and Feeding of Jack,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Homer Theatre. Admission is $10 at the door. The feature-length film stars Dick Sanders, Jessi Hahn, Peter Norton, Nancy Chastain and Peter Sheppard and is about a small town animal shelter and some special critters it helps. DVDs of the film as well as another Homer-produced movie, “Puffin Bay Revisted,” are available from Smith for $20 each or $30 for both, with $5 for shipping. Contact Brian G. Smith, P.O. Box 3541, Homer, AK 99603 or


‘Let it Flow’ watercolor workshop Oct. 21-22 to benefit church

Watercolor artist and teacher Jan Thurston teaches “Let it Flow,” a beginning watercolor workshop, from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 21 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 22 at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 619 Sterling Highway. The fee is $35 and includes tuition and materials. The class is limited to 12 adults. To register, send a $15 deposit with your name, address, phone number and e-mail address to Jan Thurston, P.O. Box 6469 Halibut Cove, AK 99603. For more information, call Thurston at 907-296-2281.

This event is a fundraiser for St. Augustine’s.



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