■ The Irishmen are back on the Kenai, and everyone is welcomed to come together at a concert of traditional Irish music and folklore at KPC today at 7 p.m. in the Ward Building. Performers returning include: Dublin native John Walsh on the Tenor Banjo; vocals and Bouzouki by artist Pat Broaders; and Sean McComiskey on Button Accordian. This event is an annual kick-off for Spring semester, is free, and family friendly. Support for this event is made possible by the UAA Diversity Action Council, the KPC Showcase and the Damon Foundation, the KPC Student Union, and the KPC Multicultural Consortium. For more information: Diane at 262-0328.
■ The Performing Arts Society proudly presents lyric-soprano Jaunelle Celaire and pianist Eduard Zilberkant in concert at Soldotna Christ Lutheran Church on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Internationally recognized pianist and conductor Zilberkant is praised for bringing out “the nuances of the tempo, pauses, and accents … new colors and romantic feeling” in music. Celaire, also known internationally, has offered performances ranging from cabaret to music theatre to solo recitals to opera. She is admired for “producing an intense presentation along with a rich and beautiful lyric sound.” The concert program features Robert Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Tickets are $20 general admission and $10 student admission. They are available at River City Books and Northcountry Fair in Soldotna, Country Liquor and Already Read Books in Kenai, and at the door.
■ Tribal funk band “Pamyua” will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m., Saturday in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. The concert is a fundraiser for the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Yaghanen Youth Program. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance at Kenaitze Indian Tribe offices, and are $10 general admission for all ages.
Events and Exhibits
■ Kaladi Brothers on Kobuk has a new exhibit entitled “Seafaring & Navigate” by Mark Keene. It will be on display for the month of January.
■ The Rarefied Light photography exhibition is on display in the Gary Freeburg Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus.
■ The Triumvirate Theatre, located on the Kenai Spur Highway just north of Kenai, presents “Annie,” directed by Paulene Rizzo and and Brian Lyke, Jan. 23 and 24. Shows start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for adults. Visit www.triumviratetheatre.org.
■ An art show sponsored by Friends of the Soldotna Library hanging in the Soldotna Library with the theme of Winter Wonderland. The art will be on display through Feb. 2. Please stop by and drink in the richness of the art. If anyone is interested in purchasing any of the art pieces, the Friends recieve a 20 percent commission which is used for library program support. The librarians have contact information for the artists.
■ Celebrate the art of local art teachers at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Ave. across from the Oilers Bingo Hall In Old Town Kenai. Art from local teachers will be featured through Jan. 30.
■ A community choir, The Kenai Peninsula Singers, is open to everyone who wants to be there, whether it is their first time singing or they sang at The Met. The choir will rehearse every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Kenai Central High School choir room. Call or email for more details: 907-283-2125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ A bluegrass jam takes place on the first Sunday of the month at from 1-4 p.m. at the Mount Redoubt Baptist Church on South Lovers
■ The Flats Bistro on Kalifornsky Beach Road has live music with Garrett Mayer on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Raymond Machen-Gray on Mondays from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
■ Veronica’s Cafe in old town Kenai has open mic from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, and live music Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
■ An all acoustic jam takes place every Thursday. The jam is at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna on the first Thursday of the month, and at the Kenai Senior Center during the rest of the month. Jam starts at 6:30 p.m.
■ AMVETS Post 4 is open to all military veterans and their families for support and camaraderie. Join us for Friday night tacos, or Saturday night steaks with Karaoke. Sunday afternoon its super hamburgers. Not a member? Stop by and we can show you how to become a part of this special veteran’s organization. AMVETS is located in the Red Diamond Center next door to IDEA Schools.
■ Sharpen your dart skills with a fun tournament every Sunday during the season at the AmVets in the Red Diamond Center. The number of players will determine the game. Sign up begins at 1 p.m. For more information call 262-3540.
■ Odie’s Deli in Soldotna has live music Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Pub Quiz night every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m.
■ The Bow bar in Kenai has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays and live music Fridays, Saturdays at 10 p.m.
■ Hooligans Saloon in Soldotna has poker Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 5:30 p.m. and live music Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
■ The Duck Inn on Kalifornsky Beach Road has karaoke at 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and DJ Arisen on Saturdays.
■ Mykel’s in Soldotna has live music Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. with Robb Justice, and Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. with Bob Ramponi and Dave Unruh.
■ The Duck Inn will have live music from 7 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday with Robb Justice and Trio.
■ The Pinochle Club, formerly from Kasilof, plays at Hooligans Bar & Restaurant in Soldotna Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. Questions? Call Jay Vienup at 907-252-6397.
Markets, fairs and bazaars
■ The Nikiski Senior Center at 50810 Island Lake Road will hold their spring bazaar on March 27 and 28 (Friday and Saturday). Vendors may reserve a table at $10 per day/per table by calling the Nikiski Senior Center at 776-7654 and asking for Loretta.
■ Call Orca Theaters at 262-7003 for listings and times.
■ Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for listings and times.
Down the Road
■ The Pratt Museum in Homer is open Tuesday-Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.prattmuseum.org.
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