Photo courtesy of ARTSpace Alaska This undated lithograph by Jim Evenson is titled "Setting the Net."

Evenson lithographs collected in limited-edition book

A new limited-edition book portrays the long artistic career of Nikiski homesteader, commercial fisherman, and lithographer Jim Evenson with 50 images Evenson chose as favorites.… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of ARTSpace Alaska This undated lithograph by Jim Evenson is titled "Setting the Net."
The Bookworm Sez: 'Unlock the Weird' a perfect diversion

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Unlock the Weird’ a perfect diversion

School has started, and you’ve got it all locked down.You know your class schedule, who your teachers are, who assigns the most homework, and who… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: 'Unlock the Weird' a perfect diversion

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Best Bets ■ The Peninsula Art Guild will honor the artists who generously contributed their own artwork to the Harvest Art Exhibit and Auction at… Continue reading

This image released by Focus Features shows Kubo, voiced by Art Parkinson in a scene from the animated film, "Kubo and the Two Strings." (Laika Studios/Focus Features via AP)

Reeling it in: ‘Kubo’ takes animation to new levels

“Kubo and the Two Strings” Laika Entertainment 1 hour, 41 minutes   A recent trend among animated movies has been to have a sequence of… Continue reading

This image released by Focus Features shows Kubo, voiced by Art Parkinson in a scene from the animated film, "Kubo and the Two Strings." (Laika Studios/Focus Features via AP)
Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion This clay mask made by Helene Griffith was photographed on Tuesday, Aug. 30 in Kenai. This weekend Griffith will begin leading free mask-making workshops at the Reading Corner Bookstore in Kenai, and will open her Ancient Earth Art Gallery on Oct. 1. The gallery will exhibit masks made in the workshop at the end of October.

Masks of Earth

Helene Griffith said she’s naming her new art gallery after an entity she described as “the master creator.” Her Ancient Earth Gallery will open on… Continue reading

Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion This clay mask made by Helene Griffith was photographed on Tuesday, Aug. 30 in Kenai. This weekend Griffith will begin leading free mask-making workshops at the Reading Corner Bookstore in Kenai, and will open her Ancient Earth Art Gallery on Oct. 1. The gallery will exhibit masks made in the workshop at the end of October.

Poet’s Corner: Caffeine, Drones and the First Day of School

Caffeine, Drones and the First Day of SchoolBy Kathy Matta, SoldotnaRainy morning, sunny faces. Playful anticipation.Mommy stops at the coffee shop on the way to… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: Suggestions for refueling in 'The Full Tank Life'

The Bookworm Sez: Suggestions for refueling in ‘The Full Tank Life’

At the end of the day, you’re out of gas.There’s nothing left in your reserves, not a drop. You’re done, wondering if this is as… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: Suggestions for refueling in 'The Full Tank Life'

What’s Happening

Best Bets ■ The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank’s 20th annual Soup Supper and Auction fundraiser is Saturday at Kenai Central High School. Tickets are $50… Continue reading

Reeling it in: Led by Radcliffe, acting carries ‘Imperium’

“Imperium” Lionsgate Premiere 1 hour, 49 minutes   Daniel Radcliffe is turning out to be a far more interesting actor than you might have guessed… Continue reading

Photo courtesy Conway Seavey

Conway Seavey to put on Soldotna concert

This weekend Conway Seavey and his crew will put on their Soldotna concert for a second time for local fans and the community. The band’s… Continue reading

Photo courtesy Conway Seavey

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Best Bets ■ The Kenai Peninsula Fair is Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik. Fair activities include live music, a rodeo, rides… Continue reading

This image released by STX Productions shows, from left, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn in a scene from, "Bad Moms." (Michele K. Short/STX Productions via AP)

Reeling it in: Nice guys, bad moms and heartwarming dragons

“Bad Moms”STX Entertainment1 hour, 40 minutesThis week was a good one at the movies for me. I saw not one, not two, but three movies… Continue reading

This image released by STX Productions shows, from left, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn in a scene from, "Bad Moms." (Michele K. Short/STX Productions via AP)

Poet’s Corner: Alaskan Seasons

Alaskan SeasonsBy Bonnie Marie Playle, SoldotnaSpringWhen the naked trees begin to bud to produce the new fresh leaves,the gentle sound blowing in the breeze.All the… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: 'Accepted' a slam for pro wrestling fans

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Accepted’ a slam for pro wrestling fans

You are the champion of all-time.Nobody can beat you; nobody can even tie your record. When it comes to thumb-wresting, you know all the moves… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: 'Accepted' a slam for pro wrestling fans
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Shane Borth, a violinist and composer for Quixotic, plays during the group's performance Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 at Salmonfest in Ninilchik, Alaska. Quixotic is a cirque nouveau that blends live music with dance, lights and other performance art.

Balancing acts: Salmonfest brings the noise, knowledge

Always a music fan, never a music festivalgoer. That’s been my M.O. since I was old enough to attend. Call me crazy, but the prospect… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Shane Borth, a violinist and composer for Quixotic, plays during the group's performance Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 at Salmonfest in Ninilchik, Alaska. Quixotic is a cirque nouveau that blends live music with dance, lights and other performance art.

What’s Happening

Best Bets ■ The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra will present the 2016 Summer Music Festival, two weeks of music culminating in our Gala Concerts, “Russian Scenes,”… Continue reading

Suicide Squad/Hillary's America

Suicide Squad/Hillary’s America

“Suicide Squad” Warner Bros. 2 hour, 10 minutes   “Hillary’s America” Documentary by Gerald R. Molan 1 hour, 47 minutes   I saw two movies… Continue reading

Suicide Squad/Hillary's America
Bookworm sez: Playing dead

Bookworm sez: Playing dead

Your wallet is genuine, original faux-leather from faux-Venezuela. It matches the pleather jacket you love so much and your favorite fake-silk shirt, which you like… Continue reading

Bookworm sez: Playing dead
In this image released by Universal Pictures, Matt Damon appears in a scene from "Jason Bourne." The movie opens July 29, 2016 in U.S. theaters. (Jasin Boland/Universal Pictures via AP)

Reeling it In: A treat and bore: guess which is which

“Jason Bourne” Universal Pictures 1 hour, 53 minutes   “The Legend of Tarzan” Dark Horse Entertainment 1 hour, 50 minutes   Sometimes it feels like… Continue reading

In this image released by Universal Pictures, Matt Damon appears in a scene from "Jason Bourne." The movie opens July 29, 2016 in U.S. theaters. (Jasin Boland/Universal Pictures via AP)

What’s Happening

Best Bets ■ The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra will present the 2016 Summer Music Festival, 2 weeks of music culminating in our Gala Concerts, “Russian Scenes,”… Continue reading