This photo released by Warner Bros. Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. shows Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) in “Tomb Raider.” (Photo by Ilzek Kitshoff/Warner Bros. Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.)

‘Tomb Raider’ adequate, but not all the way there

“Tomb Raider” As a teacher, one of the ways you know you’ve been at the job a long time is when you start getting kids… Continue reading

This photo released by Warner Bros. Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. shows Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) in “Tomb Raider.” (Photo by Ilzek Kitshoff/Warner Bros. Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.)
Susan Share dismantles “Trellis Wardrobe” at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Monday in Kenai. The piece is the largest sculpture in her upcoming exhibition “InFormal Nature.” The sculpture is made entirely of paper, with the exception of many magnets that are used to hold the piece together, and allow the work to open and shut like a closet. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

‘InFormal Nature’ explores the possibility of paper at Kenai Fine Arts Center

  When viewing Susan Share’s latest exhibition at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, it’s hard to believe that the work is almost all made with… Continue reading

Susan Share dismantles “Trellis Wardrobe” at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Monday in Kenai. The piece is the largest sculpture in her upcoming exhibition “InFormal Nature.” The sculpture is made entirely of paper, with the exception of many magnets that are used to hold the piece together, and allow the work to open and shut like a closet. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Peter Sheppard, left, and Matt Lees, right practice a scene from Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot.” Sheppard directs the play, opening at 7 p.m. Friday, May 25, for the start of Pier One Theatre’s 2018 season. (Photo by Richard Rose)

Homer’s Pier One theater opens season this weekend

Now in its second season after former Pier One artistic director Lance Petersen passed the torch to current artistic director Jennifer Norton, the little red… Continue reading

Peter Sheppard, left, and Matt Lees, right practice a scene from Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot.” Sheppard directs the play, opening at 7 p.m. Friday, May 25, for the start of Pier One Theatre’s 2018 season. (Photo by Richard Rose)
This still released by Disney and Lucasfilm shows Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” (Photo by Jonathan Olley/Lucasfilm Ltd.)

Internet trolls ruin ‘Solo’ for everyone else

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ “George Lucas destroyed my childhood.” If you’ve never heard that particular complaint, then you’ve wisely stayed out of the whiniest… Continue reading

This still released by Disney and Lucasfilm shows Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” (Photo by Jonathan Olley/Lucasfilm Ltd.)
Mindy Rowland performs with her Fishermen at the 44th Annual Alaska Folk Festival in Centennial Hall on Monday, April 9, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

A brain injury took away her speech. Music helped bring it back

Wearing a purple sweater, purple skirt, black leggings and purple nail polish to match, Mindy Rowland bounded onto the stage on the first night of… Continue reading

Mindy Rowland performs with her Fishermen at the 44th Annual Alaska Folk Festival in Centennial Hall on Monday, April 9, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
In this film still from “Deadpool 2” released by 20th Century Fox, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) leans on Blind Al (Leslie Uggams). (Photo courtesy 20th Century Fox)

‘Deadpool 2’ brings more heart amid violence

The first “Deadpool” was a bizarre movie. I was always amazed both at the fact that it was such a big hit and that they… Continue reading

In this film still from “Deadpool 2” released by 20th Century Fox, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) leans on Blind Al (Leslie Uggams). (Photo courtesy 20th Century Fox)
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