This image released by Sony Pictures shows Ansel Elgort, right, and Jamie Foxx in a scene from “Baby Driver.” (Wilson Webb/Sony/TriStar Pictures via AP)

Reeling it in: The good and the bad of 2017

2017 was an odd year for all of us. Outside, the world seems more divided than it ever has, though I can’t say I’ve felt… Continue reading

This image released by Sony Pictures shows Ansel Elgort, right, and Jamie Foxx in a scene from “Baby Driver.” (Wilson Webb/Sony/TriStar Pictures via AP)

What’s Happening

Events and Exhibitions • On display in January at the Kenai Fine Art Center is Art Teachers of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. The… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Before I Let Go’ one to let go

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Before I Let Go’ one to let go

Home is where your heart is. You’ve probably heard that before but is it true? Home is where you put your stuff. It’s where you… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Before I Let Go’ one to let go
Lynn Naden’s giant Root Ball in her Root shows. (Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)

‘Root’ shows expand meaning of community, connection

The Pratt Museum’s Root shows invite lots of interpretations. Tree roots abound in both paper artist Lynn Marie Naden’s solo Root show, upstairs at the… Continue reading

Lynn Naden’s giant Root Ball in her Root shows. (Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)
The Bookworm Sez: ‘Grass Roots’ lays out history of marijuana

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Grass Roots’ lays out history of marijuana

Is the grass greener on the other side of the fence? It doesn’t seem to be. Your side looks just fine, healthy, and filled with… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Grass Roots’ lays out history of marijuana
This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows a scene from the animated film, “Ferdinand.” (Twentieth Century Fox via AP)

Reeling it in: ‘Ferdinand’: The book was better

“Ferdinand” Twentieth Century Fox 1 hour, 48 minutes It’s always a little dangerous to indulge in a large scale adaptation of something you loved as… Continue reading

This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows a scene from the animated film, “Ferdinand.” (Twentieth Century Fox via AP)

What’s Happening

Events and Exhibitions • For the month of January, Jay Goltz’s Solo Water Color Show will be on display at the Soldotna Senior Center. •… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: Heart-pounding thrills in ‘American Radical’

The Bookworm Sez: Heart-pounding thrills in ‘American Radical’

Let’s pretend. Let’s be cowboys, in search of our lost herd. Or you be a dinosaur and I’ll be an alligator. Let’s pretend we’re cooking… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: Heart-pounding thrills in ‘American Radical’
This image released by Lucasfilm shows Daisy Ridley as Rey in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” (Lucasfilm via AP)

Reeling it in: Lining up for ‘The Last Jedi’

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 2 hours, 32 minutes I don’t know if you heard, but there is a new… Continue reading

This image released by Lucasfilm shows Daisy Ridley as Rey in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” (Lucasfilm via AP)

What’s Happening

Events and Exhibitions • KDLL Adventure Talks presents Backyard Backcountry. Join legendary Soldotna skiers Tony Doyle and Trent Sexton for a photo presentation of the… Continue reading

This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Josh Gad, left, and Johnny Depp in a scene from “Murder on the Orient Express.” (Nicola Dove/Twentieth Century Fox via AP)

Reeling it in: A classic tale on the ‘Orient Express’

“Murder on the Orient Express” Twentieth Century Fox 1 hour, 54 minutes The great TV renaissance that’s going on right now has had ripple effects… Continue reading

This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Josh Gad, left, and Johnny Depp in a scene from “Murder on the Orient Express.” (Nicola Dove/Twentieth Century Fox via AP)
Redoubt Chamber Orchestra Conductor Tammy Vollom-Matturro leads the Kenai Peninsula Singers during a rehearsal on Dec. 11. The choir and orchestra will perform together in the 2017 Evening of Christmas on Friday, Dec. 15. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Sounds of the season: Musicians will usher in holiday spirit with annual Christmas concert

It will sound a lot like Christmas at Kenai Central High School this weekend. The Redoubt Chamber Orchestra and Kenai Peninsula Singers will join forces… Continue reading

Redoubt Chamber Orchestra Conductor Tammy Vollom-Matturro leads the Kenai Peninsula Singers during a rehearsal on Dec. 11. The choir and orchestra will perform together in the 2017 Evening of Christmas on Friday, Dec. 15. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
The Bookworm Sez: This psychological thriller crushes it

The Bookworm Sez: This psychological thriller crushes it

Who can forget their first crush? Not you: those shy looks, the careful approaches, awkward hand-holding, a cautious kiss, you’ll remember those things forever. It… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: This psychological thriller crushes it
In this image released by Disney-Pixar, character Hector, voiced by Gael Garcia Bernal, left, and Miguel, voiced by Anthony Gonzalez, appear in a scene from the animated film, “Coco.” (Disney-Pixar via AP)

Reeling it in: ‘Coco’ wins over harshest of critics

“Coco” Walt Disney Studios 1 hour, 49 minutes I don’t know if this was a problem in other families, but at our house, “Coco” was… Continue reading

In this image released by Disney-Pixar, character Hector, voiced by Gael Garcia Bernal, left, and Miguel, voiced by Anthony Gonzalez, appear in a scene from the animated film, “Coco.” (Disney-Pixar via AP)

Winter music programs across the school district

Chapman School — December 12, 7 p.m. — Rootbeer Float Fundraiser Cooper Landing School — December 13, 5:30 p.m. — Play with Santa and Potluck… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: It all comes together in ‘Seven Days of Us’

The Bookworm Sez: It all comes together in ‘Seven Days of Us’

Your seating chart has been made. Very carefully. Uncle Tim doesn’t get along with Aunt Sally, so they can’t sit together. Cousin Jeff is old… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: It all comes together in ‘Seven Days of Us’

Reeling it in: Make time for ‘Stranger Things’

“Stranger Things 2” Netflix There’s no denying that, over the last 10 years or so, television has improved by leaps and bounds. Even mediocre TV… Continue reading

What’s Happening

Events and Exhibitions • The Klimpke Family will be flipping the switch on their annual Christmas Lights Display on Friday. Lights will be on from… Continue reading

Poet’s Corner: If He Should Bid You Sweet Farewell

If He Should Bid You Sweet Farewell By Norm Olson If he should bid you sweet farewell, And though for one night only that farewell… Continue reading

A group of Forever Dance Alaska dancers rehearses for performances at the Forever Christmas show at Kenai Central High School on Tuesday in Kenai. The show, which will run Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., has a Christmas theme and includes all the dancers of all ages from the Soldotna-based studio. Tickets are $5 at the door. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Forever Dance Alaska rings in Christmas

Pint-sized reindeer and Tchaikovsky ballerinas will dance across the stage at Kenai Central High School on Friday and Saturday to usher in the Christmas season.… Continue reading

A group of Forever Dance Alaska dancers rehearses for performances at the Forever Christmas show at Kenai Central High School on Tuesday in Kenai. The show, which will run Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., has a Christmas theme and includes all the dancers of all ages from the Soldotna-based studio. Tickets are $5 at the door. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)