Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, January 25, 2001

Youth production tryouts planned

Central Kenai Peninsula youths are encouraged to sign up for the Boys and Girls Club Winter Youth Drama production of "Pinocchio and the Fire Eater" and folk and fairy tales from "In One Basket."

"Pinocchio and the Fire Eater" is open to youths ages 5 to 18 and includes a traveling carnival troupe, dancing puppet dolls, musicians, clowns, a peddler, audience children and the main characters.

"In One Basket" has parts for youths ages 12 to 18. The folk and fairy tales are told in theater fashion, where the actors play both narrator and character.

Reading for parts will be held at the club Feb. 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. Everyone who signs up will get a part. Rehearsals will be held three nights a week during February and March. The performance is scheduled for mid-April.

For more information, call Kim Lee at 283-2682.

Kids lip sync contest planned

This year's Showin' Off the Kids lip sync and choreography contest, sponsored by Soldotna Community Schools, is scheduled for Feb. 24 at Soldotna High School.

The annual competition is for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade. Applications, which need to include a two-minute audio tape, are available at the Soldotna Dairy Queen.

Applications were distributed to the schools over the last week. The deadline for applications and taped selections is Feb. 7. A mandatory practice will be held Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. at the school.

For more information, call 262-6768.

Hospice event planned

Hospice of the Central Peninsula will present an auction and wine tasting event at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Soldotna Senior Center. Tickets cost $37.50 per person and may be purchased by calling 262-0453.

Raffles and a silent auction will be held with all proceeds going toward hospice programs and services.

Mystery convention planned in February

More than 100 mystery authors will converge on Alaska Feb. 15-18, when Left Coast Crime takes place in Anchorage.

It's the first time that LCC, a national mystery convention, has ever taken place in Alaska. It's sponsored by the Alaska chapter of Sisters in Crime, a national group formed to promote literacy and appreciation of the mystery genre.

Participants will meet authors such as Michael Connelly, J.A. Jance, Anne Perry and Lindsey Davis. Mystery fans and those interested in writing mystery novels will be able to attend how-to workshops conducted by the visiting authors. In addition, 50 of those writers will travel throughout Alaska as part of the "Authors to the Bush" program.

For more information, call (907) 257-4328 or (907) 332-8748 or send e-mail to

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