Redoubt Chamber Orchestra Conductor Tammy Vollom-Matturro leads the Kenai Peninsula Singers during a rehearsal on Dec. 11. The choir and orchestra will perform together in the 2017 Evening of Christmas on Friday, Dec. 15. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Sounds of the season: Musicians will usher in holiday spirit with annual Christmas concert

It will sound a lot like Christmas at Kenai Central High School this weekend. The Redoubt Chamber Orchestra and Kenai Peninsula Singers will join forces… Continue reading

Redoubt Chamber Orchestra Conductor Tammy Vollom-Matturro leads the Kenai Peninsula Singers during a rehearsal on Dec. 11. The choir and orchestra will perform together in the 2017 Evening of Christmas on Friday, Dec. 15. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
The Bookworm Sez: This psychological thriller crushes it

The Bookworm Sez: This psychological thriller crushes it

Who can forget their first crush? Not you: those shy looks, the careful approaches, awkward hand-holding, a cautious kiss, you’ll remember those things forever. It… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: This psychological thriller crushes it
In this image released by Disney-Pixar, character Hector, voiced by Gael Garcia Bernal, left, and Miguel, voiced by Anthony Gonzalez, appear in a scene from the animated film, “Coco.” (Disney-Pixar via AP)

Reeling it in: ‘Coco’ wins over harshest of critics

“Coco” Walt Disney Studios 1 hour, 49 minutes I don’t know if this was a problem in other families, but at our house, “Coco” was… Continue reading

In this image released by Disney-Pixar, character Hector, voiced by Gael Garcia Bernal, left, and Miguel, voiced by Anthony Gonzalez, appear in a scene from the animated film, “Coco.” (Disney-Pixar via AP)

Winter music programs across the school district

Chapman School — December 12, 7 p.m. — Rootbeer Float Fundraiser Cooper Landing School — December 13, 5:30 p.m. — Play with Santa and Potluck… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: It all comes together in ‘Seven Days of Us’

The Bookworm Sez: It all comes together in ‘Seven Days of Us’

Your seating chart has been made. Very carefully. Uncle Tim doesn’t get along with Aunt Sally, so they can’t sit together. Cousin Jeff is old… Continue reading

The Bookworm Sez: It all comes together in ‘Seven Days of Us’

Reeling it in: Make time for ‘Stranger Things’

“Stranger Things 2” Netflix There’s no denying that, over the last 10 years or so, television has improved by leaps and bounds. Even mediocre TV… Continue reading

What’s Happening

Events and Exhibitions • The Klimpke Family will be flipping the switch on their annual Christmas Lights Display on Friday. Lights will be on from… Continue reading

Poet’s Corner: If He Should Bid You Sweet Farewell

If He Should Bid You Sweet Farewell By Norm Olson If he should bid you sweet farewell, And though for one night only that farewell… Continue reading

A group of Forever Dance Alaska dancers rehearses for performances at the Forever Christmas show at Kenai Central High School on Tuesday in Kenai. The show, which will run Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., has a Christmas theme and includes all the dancers of all ages from the Soldotna-based studio. Tickets are $5 at the door. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Forever Dance Alaska rings in Christmas

Pint-sized reindeer and Tchaikovsky ballerinas will dance across the stage at Kenai Central High School on Friday and Saturday to usher in the Christmas season.… Continue reading

A group of Forever Dance Alaska dancers rehearses for performances at the Forever Christmas show at Kenai Central High School on Tuesday in Kenai. The show, which will run Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., has a Christmas theme and includes all the dancers of all ages from the Soldotna-based studio. Tickets are $5 at the door. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)
This image released by Marvel Studios shows the Hulk, from left, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Tom Hiddleston as Loki in a scene from, “Thor: Ragnarok.” (Marvel Studios via AP)

Reeling it in: In ‘Ragnarok,’ Thor shines

“Thor: Ragnarok” Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 2 hours, 10 minutes Marvel movies are not particularly hard to analyze. That’s why you tend to have… Continue reading

This image released by Marvel Studios shows the Hulk, from left, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Tom Hiddleston as Loki in a scene from, “Thor: Ragnarok.” (Marvel Studios via AP)
Female directors are ready to topple an ignoble Oscar stat

Female directors are ready to topple an ignoble Oscar stat

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer NEW YORK — Four. It’s one of the most glaring numbers in Academy Awards history. That’s how many women… Continue reading

Female directors are ready to topple an ignoble Oscar stat

What’s Happening

  Best Bet • Soldotna High School’s drama program is performing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” Nov. 9-11 at the SoHi auditorium. Showtime is at 6:30… Continue reading

Anya Hondel rehearses a scene for the upcoming Soldotna High School musical Cinderella, which starts its run at the school’s auditorium tonight through Saturday with performances starting at 6:30 p.m. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Cinderella goes steampunk

On the surface, Soldotna High School’s rendition of Cinderella may seem a little off. Instead of a fireplace, there is a boiler room and instead… Continue reading

Anya Hondel rehearses a scene for the upcoming Soldotna High School musical Cinderella, which starts its run at the school’s auditorium tonight through Saturday with performances starting at 6:30 p.m. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Reeling it in: ‘It Comes at Night’ — Good, but hopeless

“It Comes at Night” A24 1 hour, 31 minutes I’ll be happy this week when “Thor” finally comes out. (Actually, if you’re reading this on… Continue reading

Up from deathbed, Flair set to style, profile

Up from deathbed, Flair set to style, profile

  Ric Flair was on his deathbed. The Rolex-wearin’, kiss-stealin’, wheelin-dealin’, limousine-ridin’, jet-flyin’, son of a gun was nothing but a 68-year-old man filled with… Continue reading

Up from deathbed, Flair set to style, profile

Poet’s Corner: Autumn on the Farm

Autumn on the Farm By Dave Thompson, Kenai It’s that time of year again As the early Autumn wanes When grass turns brown as leaves… Continue reading

What’s Happening

Events and Exhibitions • “Threads &Dots!” and “Olga’s Oils” are on display for the month of November at the Kobuk Kaladi’s Coffee Shop. There will… Continue reading

Reeling it in: ‘Brawl’ a disturbing ride

Brawl in Cell Block 99 RLJE Films 2 hours, 12 minutes “Once bitten, twice shy.” Or maybe, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me… Continue reading

Poet’s Corner: Battle for the Bards

Battle for the Bards By Paulee Whitehorse, Nikiski The bell has been rung The evil doers have hung Again the bells will ring It’s time… Continue reading

What’s Happening

Best Bet • October’s installment of the KDLL Adventure Talks series continues at 7 p.m. today at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center with stories… Continue reading