Homer High School students Marissa Geissler (let) and Theodore Castellani, as Riff, perform a scene from “West Side Story” during a dress rehearsal Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the Mariner Theatre in Homer, Alaska. The musical is this year’s production for the school’s Concert Choir class, and and was last performed by the high school 15 years ago. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Warm up your snapping fingers: “West Side Story” comes to Homer

A forbidden love. A bitter rivalry. And love and hate expressed through rhyme. No, it’s not Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Students in Homer High School’s… Continue reading

Homer High School students Marissa Geissler (let) and Theodore Castellani, as Riff, perform a scene from “West Side Story” during a dress rehearsal Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the Mariner Theatre in Homer, Alaska. The musical is this year’s production for the school’s Concert Choir class, and and was last performed by the high school 15 years ago. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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Bunnell artist-in-residence holds show Bunnell Street Art Center’s artist in residence Jaimie Warren holds a community share to culminate her month-long residency at Bunnell Street… Continue reading

Tom Collopy, left, and Mary Frische, right. (Photo provided)

Wildlife photographers close life chapter

Just like a hobbit can take a second breakfast, some people get a second retirement — a closing of a career after previous work. After… Continue reading

Tom Collopy, left, and Mary Frische, right. (Photo provided)
TOP: Artist in Residence Jaimie Warren, center, discusses how to make a log costume with Mila Stickrod, left, and Alex Franklin, right, at her temporary studio at Bunnell Street Arts Center. The Brooklyn, New York, artist visits Homer this month. (Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)

Bunnell artist residency aims to make a big mess — and something cool

In artist residencies sponsored by Bunnell Street Arts Center over the past few years, a clear pattern seems to have evolved: • Invite a talented… Continue reading

TOP: Artist in Residence Jaimie Warren, center, discusses how to make a log costume with Mila Stickrod, left, and Alex Franklin, right, at her temporary studio at Bunnell Street Arts Center. The Brooklyn, New York, artist visits Homer this month. (Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)

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Marilyn Sigman launches book Author Marilyn Sigman visits Homer this weekend for the launch of her book, “Entangled: People and Ecological Change in Alaska’s Kachemak… Continue reading

Taz Tally signs his new book, “Backroads & Byways of Alaska,” Friday at the Art Shop Gallery. (Photo provided)

First Friday

Art Shop Gallery 202 W. Pioneer Ave. Backroads & Byways of Alaska by writer and photographer Taz Tally 5-7:30 p.m., First Friday Writer and photographer… Continue reading

Taz Tally signs his new book, “Backroads & Byways of Alaska,” Friday at the Art Shop Gallery. (Photo provided)
The shell of the bird egg rests in a box in a file cabinet at the Pratt Museum on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. Part of the shell has broken away to reveal a type of foam that had been pumped into the egg to help preserve it. Collections Manager Savanna Bradley said this is an older method that is no longer practiced at the Pratt. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

History abounds in rooms of the Pratt

Savanna Bradley is the collections manager at the Pratt Museum in Homer, but she’s been a personal fan and lover of the building and all… Continue reading

The shell of the bird egg rests in a box in a file cabinet at the Pratt Museum on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. Part of the shell has broken away to reveal a type of foam that had been pumped into the egg to help preserve it. Collections Manager Savanna Bradley said this is an older method that is no longer practiced at the Pratt. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
The cover of Atz Kilcher’s “Son of a Midnight Son.” (Cover photo by Scott Dickerson)

Atz Kilcher gets personal, introspective in new memoir

Atz Kilcher has been a storyteller for decades. Whether through his music, art or other projects, his preferred method of communicating is through anecdotes, and… Continue reading

The cover of Atz Kilcher’s “Son of a Midnight Son.” (Cover photo by Scott Dickerson)
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Brandi Carlile will headline Salmonfest Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile has been added as a major headliner to the 2018 Salmonfest lineup. Carlile will close Friday night,… Continue reading

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The Young Dubliners, pictured here, will play at the Down East Saloon on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (Photo courtesy Young Dubliners)

For longtime Irish rock band, Homer is one of a few constants over the years

When musicians or bands who have enjoyed as long and varied a career as the Irish rock group Young Dubliners say they “just love” playing… Continue reading

The Young Dubliners, pictured here, will play at the Down East Saloon on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (Photo courtesy Young Dubliners)
Olivia Glasman and Delta Fabick perform in the 2016 Jubilee. (Photo provided)

‘Tic Toc’ gives new twist — and time — to Jubilee

If it seems like Jubilee! is happening a bit early this year, it is. Traditionally, the annual youth talent show— put on by Homer Council… Continue reading

Olivia Glasman and Delta Fabick perform in the 2016 Jubilee. (Photo provided)
The Squirrel Nut Zippers perform 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Homer Mariner Theatre. (Photo provided)

Squirrel Nut Zippers aim to make America weird again

In modern American music, running counterpoint to overproduced pop there often has been something raw and original to upstage the musical centers of New York,… Continue reading

The Squirrel Nut Zippers perform 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Homer Mariner Theatre. (Photo provided)
From left to right to are Melanie Firth, Aspen Firth, Silas Firth, Aurora Firth, Sarah Firth. Members of the Firth family perform instrumental and vocal music at the 2016 Cabin Fever Variety Show at Chapman School in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Firth)

AP Cabin Fever Variety Show offers cure for winter blues

Editor's note: The price for general admission tickets has been corrected. The cost is $7. As any Alaskan knows, the winters are long and cabin… Continue reading

From left to right to are Melanie Firth, Aspen Firth, Silas Firth, Aurora Firth, Sarah Firth. Members of the Firth family perform instrumental and vocal music at the 2016 Cabin Fever Variety Show at Chapman School in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Firth)

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HCOA holds Salon Series The Homer Council on the Arts presents “Short Stories on Heated Moments,” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hannah Heimbuch has… Continue reading

Mountainfilm Fest returns

The Telluride Mountainfilm Festival is returning to Homer once again, for the 16th time, to share tales of adventure and activity. The annual film festival,… Continue reading

Gordon Tentrees (Photo provided)

Yukon musician returns to Homer with eclectic set

If you plugged in “Gordon Tentrees” to an online music radio program, it might start out with something from his last album, “Less is More.”… Continue reading

Gordon Tentrees (Photo provided)

Spotlight on the Library: Library rolls out 2018 Lit Lineup

“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to stay sharp.” —George R.R. Martin When the author Louise Erdrich visited… Continue reading

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Michael Franti and Spearhead is Salmonfest headliner Salmonfest on Monday announced its headline act for the annual festival to be held Aug. 3-5 in Ninilchik.… Continue reading

Mountainfilm fest returns for 16th year

The Telluride Mountainfilm Festival is returning to Homer once again, for the 16th time, to share tales of adventure and activity. The annual film festival,… Continue reading

Artist Julianne Tomich stands next to one of her bear paintings at the First Friday opening of her show at Grace Ridge Brewery. (Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)

‘Bears in Flowers’ looks at the terror of our furry friends

In the Homer art scene, artist Julianne Tomich defies categorization. Comfortable in both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional art, she’s as hard working as she is versatile… Continue reading

Artist Julianne Tomich stands next to one of her bear paintings at the First Friday opening of her show at Grace Ridge Brewery. (Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)
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