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Eight years ago when Andrew Vait graduated from Homer High School and went off to the University of Miami to study music, he took his saxophone, planning to become a jazz musician like his mentor, the late Howard Hedges. When Vait returns to Homer this week to visit family and perform at Alice's Cha...

Thu, 12/29/2011 - 12:36pm

Paramount Pictures2 hours, 13 minutes Buzz, in this day and age, is inevitable and, for a movie of any scale, omnipresent. It's unavoidable, and I, being and unabashed movie lover, often get swept up in it just like anyone else....

Thu, 12/22/2011 - 12:52pm

"Hugo"Paramount Pictures2 hours, 6 minutes Was anyone else a little dubious when they heard that Martin Scorsese was directing a magical 3-D family-friendly tale about a little boy living in a Paris train station in the 1920s? Unless the titular Hugo was on the run from the mob, or perhaps working a...

Thu, 12/15/2011 - 12:56pm

It includes doctors, teachers and entrepreneurs. Redoubt Chamber Orchestra's "An Evening of Christmas 2011" is a reflection of the Kenai Peninsula's community, said Maria Allison, orchestra member. "The community is in the orchestra, and it's nice for people that come to the concert to see their nei...

Thu, 12/15/2011 - 12:48pm

There’s a new face slated to perform at Veronica’s Coffee House this Saturday. Anchorage-based musician Marian Call is making her first central Kenai Peninsula appearance. “I’ve played a lot of other places around the Peninsula, but I have not played Kenai yet, so I’m excited,” the vocal...

Thu, 12/15/2011 - 3:33am

So much works in this new "Muppet" film, from the bottomless cast of old characters, to the music -- which was really good. The Muppets themselves looked great, though their voices were a little difficult to get used to. Piggy sounded perfect, and most of the minor characters were great as well. Frank Oz apparently threw some kind of a fit about the whole thing and is not in the movie, but I very much liked Fozzie and the others. I also liked the storyline. The journey from Smalltown to Los Angeles to Hollywood is a good one.

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 1:09pm

"Immortals"Relativity Media1 hour, 50 minutes This week was one I'd been looking forward to. Like anyone of my generation (and most others, I'd imagine) I am a huge fan of the Muppets. I grew up watching the show, then the movies, as well as all the ancillary Muppet media, including a little show yo...

Thu, 12/01/2011 - 12:51pm

Dance companies in Southcentral Alaska are a tight-knit mix of performers and choreographers. From classical ballet to modern dance, companies work together to cultivate culture throughout the area.  “Our number one marketing strategy is really just to keep close relationships with other danc...

Thu, 11/17/2011 - 1:21pm

Magician Eric Giliam, an Alaska-grown talent who has received national recognition, will visit Soldotna for three shows this weekend. Giliam, of Anchorage, will perform at the Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall at 7 p.m. Friday, and at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Giliam recently won an...

Thu, 11/10/2011 - 8:36pm

Imagine, if you will, a world where money has no meaning, and a man's worth is measured by time he has left instead of the green in his wallet. A world where the poor live short lives filled with desperation, and the rich can live forever. Will Salas was born into this world, and his time has been meted out little by little, day by day. But all that's about to change. He'll find all the time he needs, in the Twilight Zone.

Thu, 11/10/2011 - 12:48pm

"Puss in Boots"DreamWorks Animation1 hour, 30 minutes I should say at the outset that I am not a fan of the "Shrek" movies. That's not exactly true. Looking back at my reviews of parts 1-3 (I skipped the fourth one) they pretty well sing the praises of the series. I guess it's hindsight, and perhaps...

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:23pm

The University of Alaska Wind Ensemble will play a free concert at noon Friday at Kenai Central High School's Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. The program will feature historic masterworks from 1943-1956 for wind band by John Ireland, Bernard Heiden, William Grant Still, and Peter Mennin. Featured sol...

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:16pm

We all know what a "fan" is. Someone who likes something. Facebook will allow you to easily be a fan of everything from a rock band to your uncle's choice of sandwich. It's fandom that's kept George Lucas in solid gold bunny slippers since the early 80s. Fans are the reason a show as insipid as "Two and a Half Men" can't die even when its star commits career suicide in such a massive fashion that it requires a nationwide tour to contain it.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 12:24pm

The travel destination was Dubai, and although the location was unique in itself hypnotist Don Spencer never expected to be sharing drinks and conversation with its sheikh, or ruler. That's exactly what happened one night after Spencer's comedy show. "One of the great things about being on the road,...

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 12:19pm

When Kevin Bacon rolled into town in 1984’s “Footloose,” he was basically an unknown, having done quite a bit of TV, as well as few small parts in bigger films like “Friday the 13th” and “Animal House.” Little did he know that the wildly popular movie would catapult him into six degrees of stardom.

Thu, 10/20/2011 - 1:35pm


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