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

Poets Corner: Ode to Hobo Jim

Ode to Hobo JimBy Trish Thompson – AKA Princess PatriciaHe definitely has a god given talentTo write those purely original songsWhen he strums on his… Continue reading

Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion Sue Biggs (right) plays the fiddle with flautist Mi'shell French (right) during a noon concert on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 at the Flats Bistro in Kenai, Alaska. Biggs and French join a host of other musicians playing daily concerts on the central and southern Kenai Peninsula for the annual Summer Music Festival, which features a variety of musicians from the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra as well as guest artists from Alaska and elsewhere.

Sweet sounds of summer

During recent rehearsals, Tammy Vollom-Marrurro told her violinists to play as horribly as possible.The harsh, raking sound is an important part of the drama required… Continue reading

Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion Sue Biggs (right) plays the fiddle with flautist Mi'shell French (right) during a noon concert on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 at the Flats Bistro in Kenai, Alaska. Biggs and French join a host of other musicians playing daily concerts on the central and southern Kenai Peninsula for the annual Summer Music Festival, which features a variety of musicians from the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra as well as guest artists from Alaska and elsewhere.
Trials of the Earth

Trials of the Earth

Your toast was burnt this morning.It was the first in a tsunami of irritation you had to endure today: the house WiFi was down, your… Continue reading

Trials of the Earth

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

If I believed

If I believedMarilyn Wheeless, KenaiIf I believed I would have to live the rest of my lifeCrouching behind windows peeping out at my worldIn fear.If… Continue reading

The man who made things out of trees

Shade feels good right about now.Just sitting in it seems to lower your temperature by ten degrees. It calms you, too, and makes you feel… Continue reading

Hundreds of Salmonfest attendees became part of the art in the rodeo arena in August 2015. Homer artist Mavis Muller will return again this year to lead the 6th annual aerial group photo on Sat. Aug. 6 at 3 p.m.

Salmonfest 2016: Summer weekend of environmental consciousness, music, art

As the sun begins to set before 11 p.m. and an end to summer seems just around the corner, Salmonfest appears a reminder not to… Continue reading

Hundreds of Salmonfest attendees became part of the art in the rodeo arena in August 2015. Homer artist Mavis Muller will return again this year to lead the 6th annual aerial group photo on Sat. Aug. 6 at 3 p.m.
In this image released by Paramount Pictures, from left, Anton Yelchin, Chris Pine and John Cho appear in a scene from, "Star Trek Beyond." (Kimberley French/Paramount Pictures via AP)

Reeling it in: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ energizes series

“Star Trek Beyond”Paramount Pictures2 hours, 2 minutesI think a lot of people out there are getting superhero fatigue, or franchise fatigue, or are simply tired… Continue reading

In this image released by Paramount Pictures, from left, Anton Yelchin, Chris Pine and John Cho appear in a scene from, "Star Trek Beyond." (Kimberley French/Paramount Pictures via AP)

What’s Happening

Best Bets ■ Market Daze at The Market, 44720 Sterling Highway in Soldotna, is 1-11 p.m. today, featuring live music from Robb Justice at 7… Continue reading

Poet’s Corner: Anticipation

AnticipationBy Hedy-Jo Huss, SoldotnaBurgers, hot dogs and friesare ready to go.(Watch out for flies.)Toppings are added one by one.Make sure to leave room for a… Continue reading

Under the stars

Under the stars

Away from any lights, the stars seem to triple in number.They’re closer to the earth, too, and shinier. When you’re outdoors, you also hear things… Continue reading

Under the stars