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

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

Bookworm Sez: ‘Dracul’ — a terrifying take on a horror classic
Closeup flute on the keyboard of piano, musical instrument (File photo)

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

Closeup flute on the keyboard of piano, musical instrument (File photo)
SoHi’s ‘Chicago’ set to razzle dazzle audiences

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

SoHi’s ‘Chicago’ set to razzle dazzle audiences
Bookworm Sez: ‘Nine Pints’ — Following the trail of blood

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

Bookworm Sez: ‘Nine Pints’ — Following the trail of blood
‘Fact and Fiction’ art show to showcase contrasting styles

‘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

‘Fact and Fiction’ art show to showcase contrasting styles
Everything is good in ‘The Good Place’

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

Everything is good in ‘The Good Place’

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

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

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

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

‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ — a haphazard sequel lacking heart, and coherence

‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ — a haphazard sequel lacking heart, and coherence

There’s a scene at the beginning of “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” that’s an annoying dog whistle, a call out to those extremists who seem… Continue reading

‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ — a haphazard sequel lacking heart, and coherence
‘Lame Duck and Dark Horses’ returns

‘Lame Duck and Dark Horses’ returns

At Monday’s rehearsal for “Lame Ducks and Dark Horses,” the jokes were so thick, the laughter so omnipresent, that when it came to the actual… Continue reading

‘Lame Duck and Dark Horses’ returns
Life in the pedestrian lane: The Location of the Library

Life in the pedestrian lane: The Location of the Library

The Location of the Library is the only thing you ever absolutely need to know according to Albert Einstein. I spent my so-called formative years… Continue reading

Life in the pedestrian lane: The Location of the Library
‘The Darkest Minds’ — a solid YA outing

‘The Darkest Minds’ — a solid YA outing

There was a brief moment where YA post-apocalyptic fiction was all the rage. Do we put the start of that at “The Hunger Games?” I’m… Continue reading

‘The Darkest Minds’ — a solid YA outing
Internationally renowned pianist to play in Soldotna

Internationally renowned pianist to play in Soldotna

At first blush, it’s a tad unbelievable that a pianist of international renown will be playing Soldotna Christ Lutheran Church on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.… Continue reading

Internationally renowned pianist to play in Soldotna
A unique way to spend your PFD: Native Arts and Crafts show slated for Friday

A unique way to spend your PFD: Native Arts and Crafts show slated for Friday

It’s once again time for the annual injection of oil profits into the Alaska economy, colloquially known around the state as PFD Day. On Oct.… Continue reading

A unique way to spend your PFD: Native Arts and Crafts show slated for Friday

Poet’s Corner: Buddy Benches

Buddy Benches by Hedy Huss Lately, I heard of Virginia installing “buddy benches” on school playgrounds. on school playgrounds. do exist here in Soldotna! They’re… Continue reading

‘A Star is Born’ — Less sappy than the original, with better music

‘A Star is Born’ — Less sappy than the original, with better music

I must confess — I’ve never seen the 1976 “A Star is Born,” starring Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. That’s not particularly shocking to my… Continue reading

‘A Star is Born’ — Less sappy than the original, with better music

Poet’s corner: One-moon planet

One-moon Planet By Hedy Huss Planet Jupiter trumps all the rest. In numbers, it the best with 63 moons! So many moons … Their dozens… Continue reading

‘UFO’ — If you’re looking for engaging sci-fi, look elsewhere

‘UFO’ — If you’re looking for engaging sci-fi, look elsewhere

I’ve always been a big science fiction fan, but lately I’ve been really into a subset of that genre, the so-called “hard” science fiction. This… Continue reading

‘UFO’ — If you’re looking for engaging sci-fi, look elsewhere
Pioneer Potluck: In celebration of my little brother Jim McClure’s 71st birthday

Pioneer Potluck: In celebration of my little brother Jim McClure’s 71st birthday

By Ann “Grannie Annie” Berg Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 would have been my little brother Jim McClure’s 71 birthday. I remember the morning my Dad… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: In celebration of my little brother Jim McClure’s 71st birthday