‘The Noel Stranger’ — a familiar, yet cozy holiday tale

You thought you knew what was inside the box. Though it was wrapped, you could tell what it was. You shook it, upended it, and… Continue reading

‘Never Home Alone’ — a tale of creepy, crawly invaders you should invite in

Ahhhhh, a quiet night at home. You’ve been promising yourselves that for a long time. A nice dinner. Maybe a movie, or soft music and… Continue reading

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ fails to justify its existence

There are certain movies that I think we can all agree are just unnecessary. That doesn’t mean that they are bad or good, just that… Continue reading

‘Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey’ — a helpful primer on giving thanks

A great big bear. That’s what you’ve sounded like all week: a growl here, a snort there, grump, grump, snarl. Everything that could go wrong… Continue reading

‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ — a gorgeous, nearly unwatchable masterpiece

If I really stop to think about it, Joel and Ethan Coen are probably my favorite all around filmmakers because I’ve never seen a movie… Continue reading

Life in the Pedestrian Lane: Mom sez…

By VIRGINIA WALTERS Life in the Pedestrian Lane Have you ever really considered how much your mother has influenced your life in ways you probably… Continue reading

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ never quite rocks you

“We Will Rock You.” “Another One Bites the Dust.” “Bohemian Rhapsody.” These are the hits by the rock band Queen that everyone knows. They’ve worked… Continue reading

‘The Ballad of Kenai’ makes comeback for 50th anniversary

Kenai Performers are reviving “The Ballad of Kenai” for the play’s 50th anniversary. The historic play explores Kenai’s change and progress through the years, beginning… Continue reading

Bookworm Sez: ‘National Geographic Almanac 2019’ — Addicting and brief dive into anything and everything

You know? Of course you do, because you’re no dummy. You’re on top of things, ear to the ground, you make it your business to… Continue reading

True Tales Told Live to cap Startup Week

The first True Tales Told Live of the season will cap off Startup Week at 6 p.m. Friday at Odie’s Deli in Soldotna. True Tales… Continue reading

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‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ — Passable family entertainment for the holidays

Let me get out of the way at the outset that this week’s “Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is not a great movie by any… Continue reading

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Bookworm Sez: ‘Dracul’ — a terrifying take on a horror classic

It was just a little scratch. You wouldn’t have even noticed it, except for the blood — and there was a lot of that. A… Continue reading

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Raften, Allison to perform Friday

The first Performing Arts Society concert of the season showed the international-caliber talent this area can attract in pianist Teresa Walters. The second one will… Continue reading

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SoHi’s ‘Chicago’ set to razzle dazzle audiences

This week, the Soldotna High School theatre department is putting on the razzle dazzle with the three-day showing of “Chicago” — one of its edgier… Continue reading

Bookworm Sez: ‘Nine Pints’ — Following the trail of blood

“Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood” by Rose George It didn’t hurt at first. At least not for a… Continue reading

‘Fact and Fiction’ art show to showcase contrasting styles

Tonight’s opening reception for the “Fact and Fiction” art showcase is expected to have something for everybody. The reception, hosted tonight from 6 to 8… Continue reading

Everything is good in ‘The Good Place’

This week marks a bit of a departure from my usual review. Over the years, I’ve drifted from strictly theatrical films to streaming films, or… Continue reading

Poet’s Corner: Embrace Love

Embrace Love By Gaye LaRane One more day I rise to find another act of hate. One more day to suffer shock and offer prayers… Continue reading

Bookworm Sez: ‘Plight of the Living Dead’ — Zombies meet science in an unsettling read

What’s bugging you today? Poli-ticks making you want to flea? Ant Doris on your case about the holidays already? It’s tough, really, especially when you’re… Continue reading

Poet’s Corner: PFD — Wheeee!

PFD — Wheeee! By Hedy Huss Sixteen hundred bucks seemed so Big to me! Like a small fry with candy. And … sort of free. Throngs of shoppers… Continue reading