Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion Jack Dean said when blowing into a glass piece it is essential to hold the surface directly in the flame, otherwise the formation may explode sending hundreds of tiny glass shards into the air Monday, April 11, 2016, in Kenai, Alaska.

Behind the torch: amateur glassblower hones craft from garage

Kenai resident Jack Dean has an admittedly modest setup, from which he can turn out 10 simple pipes in only one hour. That is, after… Continue reading

Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion Jack Dean said when blowing into a glass piece it is essential to hold the surface directly in the flame, otherwise the formation may explode sending hundreds of tiny glass shards into the air Monday, April 11, 2016, in Kenai, Alaska.
Photo courtesy by Jack Swenson Alaskan author Kim Heacox, pictured here, will present at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 11 at the McLane Commons as part of the Kenai Peninsula College Showcase series.

KPC presents ‘An Evening with Author Kim Heacox’

Kim Heacox said the decision to become a photographer was made easy in 1983 when a magazine paid him $300 for a story, and his… Continue reading

Photo courtesy by Jack Swenson Alaskan author Kim Heacox, pictured here, will present at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 11 at the McLane Commons as part of the Kenai Peninsula College Showcase series.
In this image provided by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., a scene from "Point Break" is shown. In a remake of the 1990s cult classic "Point Break," extreme sports of every kind, not just surfing, take center stage and the filmmakers used athletes, not stuntmen, to make the scenes as realistic as possible. (Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. via AP)

Reeling it in: ‘Point Break’ remake falls short of original

“Point Break” Warner Bros. 1 hour, 54 minutes   I’ve spent the last week brooding over how depressingly bad “Batman v Superman” was. Zack Snyder’s… Continue reading

In this image provided by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., a scene from "Point Break" is shown. In a remake of the 1990s cult classic "Point Break," extreme sports of every kind, not just surfing, take center stage and the filmmakers used athletes, not stuntmen, to make the scenes as realistic as possible. (Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. via AP)

What’s Happening

First Thursday ■ There is a First Thursday opening from 5:30-7 p.m. today at the Kenai Fine Art Center, 816 Cook Avenue, in Kenai for… Continue reading

Soldotna High School senior Kayla Haeg plays "Joan" during an uncostumed rehearsal of The Giver on Thursday, March 31 in the Soldotna High School auditorium.

Soldotna drama group to perform Lois Lowry’s “The Giver.”

The Soldotna High School drama group’s spring play will take audiences into “The Giver,” a classic young adult novel by Lois Lowry about conformity, empathy,… Continue reading

Soldotna High School senior Kayla Haeg plays "Joan" during an uncostumed rehearsal of The Giver on Thursday, March 31 in the Soldotna High School auditorium.

What’s Happening

Events and Exhibitions ■ The Soldotna Public Library will host Special Guest Story Time with Alaskan author Erin McKittrick at 6 p.m. today, who will… Continue reading

Exploring the deaths of our presidents

Exploring the deaths of our presidents

Someday, you might have your very own stone. Everyone will know it’s yours because your name will be on it, along with a couple of… Continue reading

Exploring the deaths of our presidents

A violinist, a pianist and an actor

Violinist Linda Rosenthal, based in Juneau, has performed all over the state as well as in Europe and Asia. However, she said there is something… Continue reading

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Ben Affleck, left, and Henry Cavill in a scene from, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."  (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Reeling it in: ‘Batman v Superman’: What just happened?

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”Warner Bros.2 hours, 31 minutesLeaving “Batman v Superman” is kind of like walking away from a car wreck. You’re sore.… Continue reading

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Ben Affleck, left, and Henry Cavill in a scene from, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."  (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)
This image released by The Weinstein Company shows Samuel L. Jackson in a scene from "The Hateful Eight." (Andrew Cooper/The Weinstein Company via AP)

Reeling it in: ‘Hateful Eight’ is good, but is it Tarantino’s best work?

“The Hateful Eight” The Weinstein Company 3 hours, 7 minutes   Quentin Tarantino is a strange filmmaker. And I’m not talking about the quality of… Continue reading

This image released by The Weinstein Company shows Samuel L. Jackson in a scene from "The Hateful Eight." (Andrew Cooper/The Weinstein Company via AP)

What’s Happening

Best Bet ■ Triumvirate Theatre presents its 11th Annual Dinner Theatre and Art Auction at Mykel’s Restaurant in Soldotna. This year’s hilarious parody show is… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Chris Peppers, left, Delana Green (Duncan) and Rob Ernst joke with each other before a rehearsal for the Triumvirate Theatre's upcoming dinner theatre and auction on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna, Alaska.

May the fish be with you: Triumvirate actors to parody ‘Star Wars’

Light sabers and fish puns will abound in the latest annual dinner theater and auction put on by the Triumvirate Theatre. While the two may… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Chris Peppers, left, Delana Green (Duncan) and Rob Ernst joke with each other before a rehearsal for the Triumvirate Theatre's upcoming dinner theatre and auction on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at Mykel's Restaurant in Soldotna, Alaska.
Houdini's love was magical

Houdini’s love was magical

The day you met your beloved, it was magical. Think about it: billions of people in the world, and the two of you – random… Continue reading

Houdini's love was magical

Poet’s Corner: Undefined

UndefinedBy Chyanne Lewis, KenaiExisting as a thought formed slightly in the mindStill not quite reality, I feel I am confinedTo pure imagination that is locked… Continue reading

What’s Happening

Events and Exhibitions ■ The Performing Arts Society announces the return of popular Alaskan violinist Linda Rosenthal, who will join pianist Richard Dowling in concert… Continue reading

Poet’s Corner: Nobody but you

Nobody But You Bill Lowe, Sterling   Offering hope, assurance and truth to cling to, You cared about us before we ever knew you. Nobody… Continue reading

Reeling it In: “10 Cloverfield Lane”

“10 Cloverfield Lane” Paramount Pictures 1 hour, 43 minutes     This week’s film marks a rare occasion for me. In the days before the… Continue reading

What’s Happening

Events and Exhibitions ■ The Performing Arts Society announces the return of popular Alaskan violinist Linda Rosenthal, who will join pianist Richard Dowling in concert… Continue reading

Poet’s Corner: Fun with Elephants

Fun with ElephantsBy Brent Johnson, Clam GulchYou can’t win argumentswith elephants,because they’re a hotbedof perfect knotheads!Belly big and a very great weightAlaska is an elephant… Continue reading

This image released by Disney shows Judy Hopps, voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin, left, Nick Wilde, voiced by Jason Bateman,  second left, in a scene from the animated film, "Zootopia." (Disney via AP)

Reeling it in: ‘Zootopia’ shows depth, complexity – and fun

“Zootopia”Walt Disney Studios1 hour, 48 minutesI have a feeling the early part of the 21st century is going to be looked as a kind of… Continue reading

This image released by Disney shows Judy Hopps, voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin, left, Nick Wilde, voiced by Jason Bateman,  second left, in a scene from the animated film, "Zootopia." (Disney via AP)