This image released by Disney shows Lightning McQueen, voiced by Owen Wilson, left, and Cruz Ramirez, voiced by Cristela Alonzo in a scene from “Cars 3.” (Disney-Pixar via AP)

Reeling it in: ‘Cars 3’ back in the ring

“Cars 3” Pixar Animation Studios 1 hour, 49 minutes In the years since the original “Cars” came out, I’ve become a kind of apologist for… Continue reading

This image released by Disney shows Lightning McQueen, voiced by Owen Wilson, left, and Cruz Ramirez, voiced by Cristela Alonzo in a scene from “Cars 3.” (Disney-Pixar via AP)
The Bookworm Sez: Best band ever? Read and decide

The Bookworm Sez: Best band ever? Read and decide

There are places you remember. And things: the basement rec room in your parents’ house, where the family stereo sat. Your upstairs bedroom, and the… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: Best band ever? Read and decide
The Bookworm Sez: ‘Once a Cop’ walks both sides of the street

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Once a Cop’ walks both sides of the street

You’ve changed your mind. That’s allowed, you know. You can go in a different direction, pick something else, try another thing, have do-overs, or have… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Once a Cop’ walks both sides of the street

What’s Happening

Best Bets n Family Fun in the Midnight Sun is Saturday at the North Peninsula Recreation Center in Nikiski. The event kicks off with a… Continue reading

In this image released by Universal Pictures, Sofia Boutella appears in a scene from, “The Mummy.” (Universal Pictures via AP)

Reeling it in: ‘The Mummy’ comes unraveled

“The Mummy” Universal Pictures 1 hour, 50 minutes One of the most surprising parts of this week’s “The Mummy” happened before the movie actually started… Continue reading

In this image released by Universal Pictures, Sofia Boutella appears in a scene from, “The Mummy.” (Universal Pictures via AP)
Bill Holt tells a fishing tale at Odie’s Deli on Friday, June 2, 2017 in Soldotna, Alaska. Holt was among the seven storytellers in the latest session of True Tales Told Live, an ocassional storytelling event cofounded by Pegge Erkeneff, Jenny Nyman, and Kaitlin Vadla. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)

Organically grown, locally produced stories

Stories your neighbors have told around campfires and dinner tables are now being told through a microphone to a public audience during occasional live storytelling… Continue reading

Bill Holt tells a fishing tale at Odie’s Deli on Friday, June 2, 2017 in Soldotna, Alaska. Holt was among the seven storytellers in the latest session of True Tales Told Live, an ocassional storytelling event cofounded by Pegge Erkeneff, Jenny Nyman, and Kaitlin Vadla. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)
The Bookworm Sez: ‘Splitopia’ takes a different look at divorce

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Splitopia’ takes a different look at divorce

You two have been fighting a lot lately. There’s a lot of he said/she said going on. Blaming. Anger, too, and there’s simply no way… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Splitopia’ takes a different look at divorce
This image released by DreamWorks Animation shows Captain Underpants, voiced by Ed Helms, in a scene from “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.” (DreamWorks Animation via AP)

Reeling it in: ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Captain Underpants’ are a pair of superheroes for everyone

Summer has officially arrived. The sun is out (this morning, anyway) and Hollywood has finally revved up their blockbuster machine to high gear. Usually, the… Continue reading

This image released by DreamWorks Animation shows Captain Underpants, voiced by Ed Helms, in a scene from “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.” (DreamWorks Animation via AP)
From left to right, Cheri Johnson, Sadie Rayne Averill and Terri Burdick act out a dramatic scene during the opening night of “Steel Magnolias” on Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Triumvirate Theatre north of Kenai, Alaska. The play will run again Friday and Saturday, May 19-20. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)

Triumvirate brings ‘Steel Magnolias’ to peninsula stage

Humor and heart collide in this weekend’s Triumvirate Theatre production of “Steel Magnolias,” brought to life by a small cast of Kenai Peninsula women. Written… Continue reading

From left to right, Cheri Johnson, Sadie Rayne Averill and Terri Burdick act out a dramatic scene during the opening night of “Steel Magnolias” on Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Triumvirate Theatre north of Kenai, Alaska. The play will run again Friday and Saturday, May 19-20. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Charlie Hunnam in a scene from, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Reeling it in: Guy Ritchie brings his style to King Arthur’s tale

“King Arthur – Legend of the Sword” Warner Bros. 2 hours, 6 minutes Sometimes it feels like there’s a fundamental imbalance in the way some… Continue reading

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Charlie Hunnam in a scene from, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)
The Bookworm Sez: Are we alone? Book explores possible answers

The Bookworm Sez: Are we alone? Book explores possible answers

Who’s out there? On a dark, stormy night, you might ask yourself that if you hear scratching at the door. Your mind may play tricks… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: Are we alone? Book explores possible answers
Mariano Gonzales discusses his show “Swimming Upstream” on May 4, 2017 at Kenai Fine Art Center in Kenai. The show will hang until May 27. (Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

‘Swimming Upstream’ on display until May 27

Be careful with what you touch at the Kenai Fine Art Center this month— you may get shot by Mariano Gonzales’ piece “Don’t Touch My… Continue reading

Mariano Gonzales discusses his show “Swimming Upstream” on May 4, 2017 at Kenai Fine Art Center in Kenai. The show will hang until May 27. (Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Bookworm Sez: Hockey knowledge not needed for ‘Beartown’

Your favorite team cannot be beat. As soon as they hit the court, field, or rink, they play their hearts out to win. And win.… Continue reading

This image released by STX Entertainment and EuropaCorp shows Emma Watson in a scene from “The Circle.” (AP)

Reeling it in: ‘The Circle’ spins too fast

This week’s big release had just about everything going for it. As far as grown-up thrillers go, how could you ask for more than Tom… Continue reading

This image released by STX Entertainment and EuropaCorp shows Emma Watson in a scene from “The Circle.” (AP)
Paul Tornow, of Soldotna, completed his work “Strength in the Face of Adversity” on the Kenai Peninsula College campus after 11 years of work. (Kat Sorensen/Peninsula College)

Moose statues complete after 11 years

There are a lot of numbers behind the two large moose on Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus. The bull moose are over 16 feet… Continue reading

Paul Tornow, of Soldotna, completed his work “Strength in the Face of Adversity” on the Kenai Peninsula College campus after 11 years of work. (Kat Sorensen/Peninsula College)
Rick Brooks to bring unique style to Kenai

Rick Brooks to bring unique style to Kenai

Rick Brooks is used to traveling with the music. His fingers travel up and down the fret board. He’s travelled throughout Alaska, the Lower 48… Continue reading

Rick Brooks to bring unique style to Kenai
Club and concert series to be hosted at Cannery Lodge

Club and concert series to be hosted at Cannery Lodge

By BEN BOETTGER Peninsula Clarion A building on south shore of the Kenai River mouth — which over the years has been a fish cannery,… Continue reading

Club and concert series to be hosted at Cannery Lodge
The Bookworm Sez: ‘Gideon’ weaves a tangled web

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Gideon’ weaves a tangled web

It wasn’t where you put it down. The last time you saw it, it was over there where you laid it. You remember doing that;… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Gideon’ weaves a tangled web
This image released by Universal Pictures shows, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, seated left, and Nathalie Emmanuel, seated right, and Tyrese Gibson, standing from left, Scott Eastwood, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez in “The Fate of the Furious.” (Matt Kennedy/Universal Pictures via AP)

Reeling it in: Still fast, still furious

“The Fate of the Furious” Universal Pictures 2 hours, 16 minutes Some franchises feel inevitable, like the James Bond films or “Star Trek,” constantly rebooting… Continue reading

This image released by Universal Pictures shows, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, seated left, and Nathalie Emmanuel, seated right, and Tyrese Gibson, standing from left, Scott Eastwood, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez in “The Fate of the Furious.” (Matt Kennedy/Universal Pictures via AP)

Pioneer Potluck: Easter Dinner

On a farm in Northern Colorado 1937-1955 Easter dinner was always planned at least two weeks ahead of time on the farm where we grew… Continue reading