The Arts in Brief

Tickets on sale for Pink Martini

Tickets are now on sale for Pink Martini, performing 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Mariner Theatre. Johnny B. and the Devil’s Club Orchestra open. Sponsored by the Homer Council on the Arts, tickets are $35 HCOA member, $50 general admission and $100 VIP. VIP tickets include a pre-show cocktail party, trolley transportation and early seating. Tickets are available at HCOA, Homer Bookstore, Classic Cook and online at

Portland, Ore., native and political activist Thomas Lauderdale founded Pink Martini in 1994 out of a frustration with the quality of music at fundraisers. He created the little orchestra of Pink Martini “to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks,” Pink Martini writes on its website. With Harvard classmate and singer China Forbes, they began to write songs together, including the French hit “Sympathique.” With 10 albums, Pink Martini has grown to a dozen musicians performing a multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and North America. Their most recent album is “Dream a Little Dream,” featuring the Von Trapps, four great-great grandchildren of Captain and Maria Von Trapp, the inspiration for “The Sound of Music.”

For more information and music samples, visit Pink Martini’s website at


Pottery workshop is Friday-Saturday

In conjunction with ceramic artist Deb Schwartzkopf’s show at Bunnell Street Arts Center, Schwartzkopf holds pottery workshops
Friday and Saturday at Annette Bellamy’s Studio in Halibut Cove. Schwartzkopf starts the workshop with an image presentation where she talks about her inspirations and influences.  Explore with her ways to alter wheel-thrown sections and use slabs to crate non-round, functional forms. Spark  your ideas as you watch demos and participate discussions about surface, studio practice, marketing or whatever questions you bring. Tuition is $150. To sign-up or for more information, call Bunnell at 235-2662 or visit


Album release party set

Next week, Alice’s will host an album release party for “So Deep,” the fourth album by Homer local Reverend Poorchild. Stop in for dinner music and select tracks from the singer-songwriter’s new album. The official release show is at 7 p.m. Aug. 13.


Jazz is back at Pier One

“Jazz is Back” (also referred to as “Outrageous Jazz”) with Homer’s own Karen Strid and her multi-talented friends from Ketchikan to Anchorage performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Pier One Theatre on the Homer Spit near the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon.

“It’s the kind of show where you can fish in the lagoon and catch some of the powerful, fun music, but the best part is to be inside where you can watch the play between the musicians, and the decisions as to who gets the next solo. There is a lot of comfortable, cool interaction between these folks who love to get together once a year in Karen’s home town, and they love it. As audience, we love it, too,” Pier One said in a press release.
Tickets are $15, with discounts available, on sale at the Homer Bookstore and at the door. For reservations, call 235-7333.


Bunnell holds sale of Sirl work

As a benefit for the Bunnell Street Arts Center, former Homer artist Mike Sirl holds a studio sale and reception from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at his Diamond Ridge Road studio. Sirl offers about a dozen large paintings and 50 sculptures for purchase or by silent auction, with proceeds benefitting Bunnell. Several sculptures also will be held in reserve to benefit the Pratt Museum. Now living in rural Oregon, Sirl is preparing his studio for sale and wanted his Alaska works to stay in Alaska and benefit local arts organizations.

Every guest to the reception will be included in a lottery of Sirl’s print, “Complete Map of Kachemak Bay.” His studio is the first building west of the intersection of Nearly Level and Rucksack Roads and Diamond Ridge Road. Please bring an appetizer or beverage to share.

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