The Arts in Brief

Poet gives spoken word performance tonight

Spoken-word poet Kane Smego performs at 5 p.m. today at K-Bay Caffe. Smego is an international touring spoken-word poet and hip-hop artist, educator, cultural diplomat, National Poetry Slam finalist, and the co-founder and former artistic director of the award-winning youth arts nonprofit, Sacrificial Poets. He has performed all across the U.S. and abroad in Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, as well as instructed a college course on Spoken Word and Oral History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

His 30-minute performance will include poems and stories that explore his experiences using poetry and hip hop as tools for connecting with youth and building community across lines of difference at home and abroad. The event is free, but donations for the performer are appreciated.


Port Graham film 

shows Friday

At 6:30 p.m. Friday, the Homer Public Library shows “Kiputmen Naukurlurpet: Let it Grow Back,” a film about the survival of the Sugt’estun Alutiiq language in Port Graham. It was made about a decade ago by the Pratt Museum in collaboration with Port Graham. Wendy Erd was integral to the project, and has been a catalyst of its reshowing. Attending the showing will be one of the elders deeply involved with the project and possibly the Port Graham village chief, Pat Norman. The event is a collaboration between the Pratt Museum and the Friends of the Homer Library.


Homer artist shows 

in Kenai

Homer artist Ed Hutchinson shows a new exhibit, “Wild Arctic Life,” featuring 30 new oil paintings, next month at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Avenue in Kenai’s Old Town district. An artist’s reception is 6-9 p.m. Nov. 5. Hutchinson has become known for his unique white-on-white style in which white impasto paint interacts with light to produce shadows, with the shadows producing the visual image. The reception will go late to allow Homer residents time to make the trip after work.


HCOA seeks art,

theater teachers

The Homer Council on the Arts seeks instructors to teach in its ArtQuest and TheatreSkills programs. The programs meet twice a week after 3 p.m. Applicants must be prepared with an energetic curriculum to work with kids after school. Age groups are flexible. For more information, call or email HCOA at 235-4288 or


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