Organic clay-based paint stands stacked in the window at the “Art Shack,” an art studio space owned by Sue Mann, on Friday, May 4, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. Mann, who owns the art supply store Artzy Junkin on the lot next to the Maverick Bar, opened the space as a joint studio space for artists to teach classes or make art. It’s been a longtime goal she is starting this year, with classes like a mother and daughter chandelier-making class, mosaic, tie-dye and stained glass. She currently has five artists working on contract, she said. “Really, that’s my heart for this — bringing artists together,” she said.

Art from salvage

The group of old buildings behind the decorative mushrooms and tall spruce alongside the Sterling Highway are all rescued and finding new life with art.… Continue reading

Organic clay-based paint stands stacked in the window at the “Art Shack,” an art studio space owned by Sue Mann, on Friday, May 4, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. Mann, who owns the art supply store Artzy Junkin on the lot next to the Maverick Bar, opened the space as a joint studio space for artists to teach classes or make art. It’s been a longtime goal she is starting this year, with classes like a mother and daughter chandelier-making class, mosaic, tie-dye and stained glass. She currently has five artists working on contract, she said. “Really, that’s my heart for this — bringing artists together,” she said.
This still released by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Storyteller Distribution Co. from the film “The Post” shows Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) and Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep). (Photo by Niko Tavernise)

Even less than his best, Spielberg brings spark to ‘The Post’

The box office silence between “Infinity War” and the rest of the summer has been a little deafening. The only things on offer have been… Continue reading

This still released by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Storyteller Distribution Co. from the film “The Post” shows Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) and Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep). (Photo by Niko Tavernise)

‘All the Money’ doesn’t live up to hype

“All the Money in the World” TriStar Pictures 2 hours, 12 minutes During the last Awards Season, Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World”… Continue reading

What’s Happening

Events and Exhibitions n KDLL public radio presents Adventure Talks: Hart of the Mountains. Join Alaska mountaineer Dave Hart for a presentation about climbing Redoubt,… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Tough Mothers’: The title says it all

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Tough Mothers’: The title says it all

Your mom is tough as nails. The minute you were placed in her arms, she became your personal warrior, cheerleader, and banker. She remembers the… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Tough Mothers’: The title says it all

Poet’s Corner: Mother

Mother By Bonnie Marie Playle, Soldotna Mother, that woman who has unending hope, for her children, like none other. The unseen soul; how I love… Continue reading

What’s Happening

Events and Exhibitions n Nikiski Middle-High School’s production of “Mary Poppins” takes the stage at 7 p.m. May 4 and 5. Tickets are $15. n… Continue reading

This image released by Marvel Studios shows, from left, Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Dave Bautista, Chris Pratt and Pom Klementieff in a scene from “Avengers: Infinity War.” (Marvel Studios via AP)

Reeling it in: ‘Infinity War’ is an epic film

“Avengers: Infinity War” Marvel Studios 2 hours, 29 minutes Every now and again a movie comes along, the story of whose mere existence is bigger… Continue reading

This image released by Marvel Studios shows, from left, Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Dave Bautista, Chris Pratt and Pom Klementieff in a scene from “Avengers: Infinity War.” (Marvel Studios via AP)

Poet’s Corner: The Promise of Spring

The Promise of Spring By Norm Olson, Nikiski That morning, yes that morning when The sun in its golden-gray cast Rose differently this day than… Continue reading

A watercolor flower by Melinda Hershberger hangs at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Wednesday, May 2 in Kenai. Hershberger’s painting is part of the watercolor exhibit that will show there until May 25, with an opening reception on Thursday May, 3 from 5 p.m to 7 p.m. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)

Watercolors in bloom at Kenai Fine Arts Center

Watercolor flowers are blooming on the walls of the Peninsula Art Guild’s Kenai Fine Art Center — alongside landscapes, portraits (human and animal), and a… Continue reading

A watercolor flower by Melinda Hershberger hangs at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Wednesday, May 2 in Kenai. Hershberger’s painting is part of the watercolor exhibit that will show there until May 25, with an opening reception on Thursday May, 3 from 5 p.m to 7 p.m. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)
Jane Banks (played by Leora McCaughey) waits for a scene to start during a dress rehearsal for Nikiski Middle-High School’s production of “Mary Poppins” on Monday, April 23, 2018 in Nikiski, Alaska. The play premiers Friday at 7 p.m. at the high school. Tickets are $15. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Nikiski’s ‘Mary Poppins’ premieres Friday

Some of the actors in Nikiski Middle-High School’s production of “Mary Poppins” have mastered their characters’ British accents. Some are still working on it. To… Continue reading

Jane Banks (played by Leora McCaughey) waits for a scene to start during a dress rehearsal for Nikiski Middle-High School’s production of “Mary Poppins” on Monday, April 23, 2018 in Nikiski, Alaska. The play premiers Friday at 7 p.m. at the high school. Tickets are $15. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Poet’s Corner: Mushing the Fortymile

Mushing for the Fortymile By John A. Anderson, Kenai Above the hoarfrosted aspens a horned moon casts a yellow glow through the bare and lifeless… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: ‘The Wild Inside’ will make you howl

The Bookworm Sez: ‘The Wild Inside’ will make you howl

Mom always said that you were a wild child. Feral, she said. Uncivilized. The kind of kid for whom a layer of dirt was a… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: ‘The Wild Inside’ will make you howl

What’s Happening

Events and Exhibitions • Travel vicariously to the Galapagos Islands with Sammy and Bud Crawford as they share their January “bucket list” trip, retracing the… Continue reading

Wild kitchen: “The Alaska from Scratch Cookbook” highlights locally sourced food

Wild kitchen: “The Alaska from Scratch Cookbook” highlights locally sourced food

It’s a scenario that Alaskans know well. A recipe calls for a specific ingredient, maybe fresh chives, but the grocery store has little to offer… Continue reading

Wild kitchen: “The Alaska from Scratch Cookbook” highlights locally sourced food

What’s Happening

Events and Exhibitions n The AFS Intercultural Exchange Program’s 38th annual fundraising dinner is Sunday at 6:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Down to the River’ a PI thriller

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Down to the River’ a PI thriller

Something’s wrong. It may look just fine, but you know better. Call it intuition, call it plain-as-day, but there’s something off, something not-quite-right about a… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Down to the River’ a PI thriller
Chris Pepper (right) and Shaylon Cochran (left) stare into the distance during a rehearsal for Triumvirate Theatre’s production of “Forrest Guppy” on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. Pepper plays Forrest Guppy, a parody of the main character from the classic film “Forrest Gump,” in the comedy parody of the film. The theater troupe last put on the dinner theater production in 2010. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Triumvirate revisits ‘Forrest Guppy’

All the actors in “Forrest Guppy” can turn accents on and off like kitchen faucets. During a rehearsal Tuesday, thick Alabama accents, bright “tourist” tones,… Continue reading

Chris Pepper (right) and Shaylon Cochran (left) stare into the distance during a rehearsal for Triumvirate Theatre’s production of “Forrest Guppy” on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. Pepper plays Forrest Guppy, a parody of the main character from the classic film “Forrest Gump,” in the comedy parody of the film. The theater troupe last put on the dinner theater production in 2010. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)
Krysten Ritter attends the Netflix original series premiere of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” season 2 at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on March 7 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Reeling it in: Keeping up with ‘Jessica Jones’

“Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” Season 2 Netflix series This turned out to be another of those weeks I wasn’t able to make it out to the… Continue reading

Krysten Ritter attends the Netflix original series premiere of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” season 2 at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on March 7 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Stir the pot with “Last Wild Men”

Stir the pot with “Last Wild Men”

Sometimes, you need to stir the pot. Agitate things, take chances, try something different because change is good. The status quo can be boring and… Continue reading

Stir the pot with “Last Wild Men”