A sign advertising the annual Homer Documentary Film Festival hangs on the side of the Homer Theatre Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Annual Homer Documentary Film Festival returns this week

Hold onto your popcorn, it’s time to talk docs. The Homer Documentary Film Festival is coming to a theater near you — well, the only… Continue reading

 

Arts Briefs

Wild Shore performs Friday Music group Wild Shore performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bunnell Street Arts Center. The Alaska-grown, New York-based musicians return to… Continue reading

 

The 2018 Burning Basket, Dream, catches fire on Sept. 9, 2018 at Mariner Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

An intimate view of the Burning Basket from formation to flames

The image came via text in early June: a lilac-painted 1972 Volkswagen van set against a picturesque backdrop of nettles and fireweed. Not a bad… Continue reading

 

Larry Yazzi performs a dance for a small crowd Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 in the Homer High School Mariner Theatre in Homer, Alaska. Yazzi’s group, the Native Pride Dancers, traveled from Minnesota to performs in several schools and venues on the Kenai Peninsula. Their visit was made possible by the by the Native Youth Community Project. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Larry Yazzi performs a dance for a small crowd Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 in the Homer High School Mariner Theatre in Homer, Alaska. Yazzi’s group, the Native Pride Dancers, traveled from Minnesota to performs in several schools and venues on the Kenai Peninsula. Their visit was made possible by the by the Native Youth Community Project. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

New Anchor Point writer publishes second novel

When a former journalist writes a novel with an unreliable narrator about the editor of a weekly newspaper going gonzo, the subject will come up.… Continue reading

David Pettibone’s “Year of the Tree” exhibit features a single tree painted at the Eagle River Nature Center painted over the span of a year. His show opens Sept. 7, 2018, at the Homer Council on the Arts, Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)
                                David Pettibone’s “Year of the Tree” exhibit features a single tree painted at the Eagle River Nature Center painted over the span of a year. His show opens Sept. 7, 2018, at the Homer Council on the Arts, Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

First Friday

Art Shop Gallery 202 W. Pioneer Ave. Aurora Fire Jewelry Trunk Show, handmade jewelry by Liz Bowen 5-7:30 p.m., First Friday Reception Liz Bowen’s new… Continue reading

David Pettibone’s “Year of the Tree” exhibit features a single tree painted at the Eagle River Nature Center painted over the span of a year. His show opens Sept. 7, 2018, at the Homer Council on the Arts, Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)
                                David Pettibone’s “Year of the Tree” exhibit features a single tree painted at the Eagle River Nature Center painted over the span of a year. His show opens Sept. 7, 2018, at the Homer Council on the Arts, Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)
Participants in a pre-performance silent estuary walk contemplate Wendy Erd’s poetry on Sept. 2, 2018 at the Beluga Slough in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Mira Klein)

Beluga Slough inspires a new creative collaboration

Ten minutes before the performance was set to start, an at-capacity audience at Bunnell Street Arts Center already sat in silence. They watched as dancer… Continue reading

Participants in a pre-performance silent estuary walk contemplate Wendy Erd’s poetry on Sept. 2, 2018 at the Beluga Slough in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Mira Klein)
Shine, the 2017 Burning Basket, burns on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. (Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)

Arts Briefs

The annual Burning Basket build week starts Sunday, Sept. 2 and runs noon to 8 p.m. daily through Sept. 8 at Mariner Park on the… Continue reading

Shine, the 2017 Burning Basket, burns on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. (Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)
<span class="neFMT neFMT_PhotoCredit">File photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News</span>
                                In this photo taken on Aug. 24, 2018, a pile of gravel behind the Homer Council on the Arts offices on Pioneer Avenue shows the general area planned for the Mary Epperson Performing Arts Center in Homer. HCOA has put aside plans to build a large yurt for the center and instead will build a more permanent building.

HCOA scraps yurt idea for Epperson PAC

Over the past few years, the Homer Council on the Arts has been exploring and raising money for a low-tech, seemingly simple way to fulfill… Continue reading

<span class="neFMT neFMT_PhotoCredit">File photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News</span>
                                In this photo taken on Aug. 24, 2018, a pile of gravel behind the Homer Council on the Arts offices on Pioneer Avenue shows the general area planned for the Mary Epperson Performing Arts Center in Homer. HCOA has put aside plans to build a large yurt for the center and instead will build a more permanent building.
Janet Klein, left, holds her grandson, Silas Reising, 4, while she visits with her daughter, Deborah Klein, center, and son-in-law George Reising, right, at Bishop’s Beach, Homer, Alaska, on Aug. 9, 2018. Not shown is Kai Reising, 6. Sylas and Kai were the inspiration for the Klein’s “color and learn” book, “Alaska’s Dinosaurs and Other Cretaceous Creatures.”

Kleins publish new book on Alaska dinosaurs

A new children’s book out this month fulfills a request made by two Seward boys to their mother. Kai, 5, and Sylas Reising, 4, had… Continue reading

Janet Klein, left, holds her grandson, Silas Reising, 4, while she visits with her daughter, Deborah Klein, center, and son-in-law George Reising, right, at Bishop’s Beach, Homer, Alaska, on Aug. 9, 2018. Not shown is Kai Reising, 6. Sylas and Kai were the inspiration for the Klein’s “color and learn” book, “Alaska’s Dinosaurs and Other Cretaceous Creatures.”

Arts Briefs

State Parks artist in residence speaks at Bunnell Artist in Residence Sheryl Maree Reily presents a talk on her art and residency from 6-7 p.m.… Continue reading

Pratt to close this winter for renovations

The Pratt Museum will close to the public for major renovations from Sept. 5, 2018, to May 4, 2019, museum director Laurie Stuart announced in… Continue reading

Trinity White, 10, and Alexa Richards, 12, chase pigs down the track during the pig races at the Kenai Peninsula Fair on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 in Ninilchik, Alaska. Race organizers need volunteer chasers to keep the pigs going in the right direction. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Pigs, sword swallowers and magic, oh my: it’s fair time

Kenai Peninsula Fair The Kenai Peninsula Fair runs Friday through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik. Events include up-and-coming country-western act 4th + Main, Dan… Continue reading

Trinity White, 10, and Alexa Richards, 12, chase pigs down the track during the pig races at the Kenai Peninsula Fair on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 in Ninilchik, Alaska. Race organizers need volunteer chasers to keep the pigs going in the right direction. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Arts Briefs

Chatfield plays Bunnell Scottish singer-songwriter Gwendolen Chatfield performs from 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Bunnell Street Arts Center. A previous Artist in Residence at… Continue reading

Indigo Sonnenborn, far right, rehearses a scene from “The Wind in the Willows.” Joining her are, from left to right, Thea Person, Esme Golden, Elsa Pietsch and Poppy Smith. The Pier One Youth Theatre play shows Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 9-12, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Arts Briefs

Youth Theatre show opens today Pier One Youth Theatre’s “The Wind in the Willows” opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, and continues at 7 p.m. Friday… Continue reading

Indigo Sonnenborn, far right, rehearses a scene from “The Wind in the Willows.” Joining her are, from left to right, Thea Person, Esme Golden, Elsa Pietsch and Poppy Smith. The Pier One Youth Theatre play shows Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 9-12, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Participants in an aeirial art installation march through the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds, with a king salmon leading the way, at this year’s Salmonfest on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 in Ninilchik, Alaska. Homer artist Mavis Muller designs the art installation each year, with a message about salmon or water. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Salmonfest continues tradition of highlighting female artists while promoting salmon activism

Continuing a tradition of promoting female musicians, Salmonfest brought thousands of music lovers and a popular Washington national act to the Ocean Stage in Ninilchik… Continue reading

Participants in an aeirial art installation march through the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds, with a king salmon leading the way, at this year’s Salmonfest on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 in Ninilchik, Alaska. Homer artist Mavis Muller designs the art installation each year, with a message about salmon or water. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Joan Brown Dodd, left, and Doug Dodd pose for a photo at the Homer News on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Author couple publish new books

Homer has long been known for its support of new and established authors. Through college classes, readings, workshops and writers groups, local literary artists teach… Continue reading

Joan Brown Dodd, left, and Doug Dodd pose for a photo at the Homer News on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Joanne Thordarson’s photograph of three birds is part of the “Between Heartbeats” show at Ptarmigan Arts. (Photo provided)

First Friday features photography

Two shows opening this Friday highlight a medium not often celebrated in Alaska art: photography. Longtime Homer photographer Taz Tally shows his new work, “Landscapes… Continue reading

Joanne Thordarson’s photograph of three birds is part of the “Between Heartbeats” show at Ptarmigan Arts. (Photo provided)

2017 Kenai Peninsula History Conference releases book with presentations, stories, pictures and more

Book recaps Kenai Peninsula historical conference Last spring, local historians organized a history conference to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the U.S. purchase of Alaska… Continue reading

<span class="neFMT neFMT_PhotoCredit">Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion</span>
                                Stu Schmutzler dances at the River Stage during Rabbit Creek Ramblers’ set at the 2017 Salmonfest in Ninilchik, Alaska on Aug. 4, 2017.

Salmonfest: Get ready for three days of fish, love and musc

The organizers of Salmonfest are ready to bring the people of Alaska another three days of “fish, love and music” next month, with a cause… Continue reading

<span class="neFMT neFMT_PhotoCredit">Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion</span>
                                Stu Schmutzler dances at the River Stage during Rabbit Creek Ramblers’ set at the 2017 Salmonfest in Ninilchik, Alaska on Aug. 4, 2017.