The Bookworm Sez: Book on gun violence no ordinary story

The Bookworm Sez: Book on gun violence no ordinary story

Today was an ordinary day.It had its ups and downs; pleasant surprises came between the mundane and the irritating and you’ll look back at it… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: Book on gun violence no ordinary story

What’s Happening

Best Bets ■ Kenai Fine Art Center invites you to its annual Harvest Auction event Saturday at 6 p.m., with outcry auction of donated member… Continue reading

Bookworm Sez: Cool Nature

Bookworm Sez: Cool Nature

The rocks on the ground outside your door are pretty awesome. Just by looking at them, you can tell what kind of rocks they are… Continue reading

Bookworm Sez: Cool Nature
Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion Pottery stands on display at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 in Kenai, Alaska. The pottery and a collection of other pieces will be up for sale at the Peninsula Art Guild's annual Harvest Art Auction fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016.

Fall auction highlights local artists

A fish surfaces through a milky bath of wax and freezes broadside, the details of its scales and shape frozen in view.The fish hangs in… Continue reading

Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion Pottery stands on display at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 in Kenai, Alaska. The pottery and a collection of other pieces will be up for sale at the Peninsula Art Guild's annual Harvest Art Auction fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016.

Poet’s Corner: Searching

SearchingBy Jennifer Williams, Kenai You were searching for the definition of ideal but most of us don’t even know what we want how can we… Continue reading

In this image released by Sony Pictures, Byung-hun Lee, from left, Ethan Hawke, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio and Martin Sensmeier appear in a scene from "The Magnificent Seven." (Sam Emerson/Sony Pictures via AP)

Reeling it in: Maybe not magnificent, but definitely pretty good

“The Magnificent Seven”Columbia Pictures2 hours, 13 minutesFull disclosure: “The Magnificent Seven” starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen is my favorite western of all time. I’ve… Continue reading

In this image released by Sony Pictures, Byung-hun Lee, from left, Ethan Hawke, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio and Martin Sensmeier appear in a scene from "The Magnificent Seven." (Sam Emerson/Sony Pictures via AP)
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Doug Vandergraft, author of 'A Guide to the Notorious Bars of Alaska,' speaks about his research, favorite bars and more Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 at the Bow Bar in Kenai, Alaska. Vandergraft researched for the book for 14 year in Alaska and Washington D.C.

Author of Alaska bars book makes stop in Kenai

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of author Doug Vandegraft's last name. If you ask Doug Vandegraft, it’s impossible to… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Doug Vandergraft, author of 'A Guide to the Notorious Bars of Alaska,' speaks about his research, favorite bars and more Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 at the Bow Bar in Kenai, Alaska. Vandergraft researched for the book for 14 year in Alaska and Washington D.C.

What’s Happening

Best Bets ■ The Kenai Senior Center and Kenaitze Indian Tribe present Fall Fest, today from 4:30-9:30 p.m. at the Kenai Senior Center. Activities include… Continue reading

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, a film about the life of the poet, is one of nine films to be screened at the Homer Documentary Film Festival beginning today. (Courtesy photo)

Homer Docfest celebrates lucky 13

After 13 years of picking interesting films for the Homer Documentary Film Festival at the Homer Theatre, owners Jamie and Lynette Sutton have dialed in… Continue reading

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, a film about the life of the poet, is one of nine films to be screened at the Homer Documentary Film Festival beginning today. (Courtesy photo)
Actors Sam Neill, left, and Julian Dennison pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Hunt For The Wilderpeople' in London, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ a nice departure from the beaten path

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople”The Orchard1 hour, 41 minutesOver the nearly two decades I’ve been reviewing movies between these pages, I feel like I’ve written at… Continue reading

Actors Sam Neill, left, and Julian Dennison pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Hunt For The Wilderpeople' in London, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
The Bookworm Sez: Don't feel sorry about picking up this book

The Bookworm Sez: Don’t feel sorry about picking up this book

Oh, the things you did in your youth!All those late nights, sneaking out of the house and thinking your parents didn’t know (they did). The… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: Don't feel sorry about picking up this book

Poet’s Corner: I still Haven’y Forgotten

I Still Haven’t ForgottenBy Brett Van Sickle, NikiskiI still haven’t forgotten, the first time I held your hand.Walking on the Kenai beach, my shoes filled… Continue reading

What’s Happening

Best Bets ■ The public is invited to an open house of the newly renovated Brockel Building from 5-7 p.m. today at the Kenai River… Continue reading

Photo by Angela Romano/Courtesy of Mark Kroos Guitarist Mark Kroos plays two guitar parts on his modified double-neck guitar in this undated promotional photo. This week Kroos will play two shows on the Kenai Peninsula: 7:00 p.m at Kenai's Triumverate Theatre on Sept. 17 and a fundraiser for Ninilchik Emergency Services on Sept. 16 at 8 p.m at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds.

Solo Duets

This summer Triumvirate Theatre president Joe Rizzo was trying to teach himself to play “Dueling Banjos.” When he searched YouTube for instructional videos, he found… Continue reading

Photo by Angela Romano/Courtesy of Mark Kroos Guitarist Mark Kroos plays two guitar parts on his modified double-neck guitar in this undated promotional photo. This week Kroos will play two shows on the Kenai Peninsula: 7:00 p.m at Kenai's Triumverate Theatre on Sept. 17 and a fundraiser for Ninilchik Emergency Services on Sept. 16 at 8 p.m at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds.
Darktown: Someone always has to be first

Darktown: Someone always has to be first

Someone always has to be first. That can be a good thing, or a bad one. Good, if it’s a cafeteria, supermarket queue, electronics store,… Continue reading

Darktown: Someone always has to be first
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Tom Hanks, right, and Aaron Eckhart in a scene from "Sully." (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Reeling it in: ‘Sully’ hits high notes but misses opportunities

“Sully”Warner Bros.1 hour, 36 minutes“Sully,” Clint Eastwood’s latest, but hopefully not last, film is a mixed bag of triumphant successes and missed opportunities. It’s a… Continue reading

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Tom Hanks, right, and Aaron Eckhart in a scene from "Sully." (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Poet’s Corner: Community Canine

Community CanineBy Hedy Huss, SoldotnaRecently, a “Gentleman Quarterly” fella moved into the cabin on the property.Oh, what a “hottie.”Bonus! Extra credit — Jackson —his handsome… Continue reading

Reeling it in: Revisiting ‘Blazing Saddles’ for the first time

“Blazing Saddles” Warner Bros. 1 hour, 33 minutes   “Blazing Saddles,” Mel Brooks’ 1974 classic subversive western comedy, is one of those movies that, when… Continue reading

What’s Happening

Best Bets ■ ARTSpace and the Rotary Club of Soldotna will have their annual exhibit and sale from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the… Continue reading

Poet’s Corener: Nestled in the Arms of God

Nestled In the Arms of GodBy Bonnie Marie Playle, SoldotnaIt’s comforting to know whether it be human or animal,that God is always near.It doesn’t matter… Continue reading