Arts and culture

Homer Senior Citizens Inc.

Thursday evening, February 27, the Homer Senior Center hosts their annual Senior Fashion Show.

Fifteen seniors from the community will walk the runway decked out in fun and formal and costumes, gowns and suits that address this year’s theme, "Welcome to the Jungle." Robbie Fuller is the Manager of Adult Day Services. She says the fashion show provides an opportunity to shine the light on Homer seniors.

This March, Homer’s first Disability Art Show will take place at Homer Council on the Arts. It’s a collaboration between the arts council and the Independent Living Center. The show will feature work by artists whose lives have been touched by disability in some way. 

Low and Lower performance at Islands and Ocean

Jan 27, 2020
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

The cello and bass duo Low and Lower performed at Islands and Ocean visitor center on January 15.  Cellist Brooks Whitehouse and bassist Paul Sharpe performed a range of pieces from familiar classics to an original work by Sharpe inspired by a kayaking trip in Kachemak Bay; they were joined for two songs by their former student, Homer's own Emily Riedel. 

Low and Lower were brought to Homer by the Homer Youth String Orchestra Club.

KBBI was on hand to record the show, and we are pleased to bring you selections from the evening.

Rika Mouw

Artist Ronald Senungetuk of Homer died on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 after a long illness. He was born in 1933 in Kinigin, Wales, Alaska in a traditional sod house. He attended Mt. Edgecumbe School in Sitka. Ron Senungetuk was Inupiat, a sculptor, silversmith and wood carver of massive cultural influence as an artist, educator and mentor.

On a Fulbright scholarship in Oslo,  Norway beginning in 1960 he both met his wife Turid and was offered and accepted a position at University of Alaska Fairbanks in the budding metalsmithing program.

Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

The Homer Youth String Orchestra Club (HYSOC) brought the North Carolina-based duo Low and Lower to Homer this week.  Cellist Brooks Whitehouse and bassist Paul Sharpe, who is originally from Anchorage, stopped by West Homer Elementary School to give the younger section of HYSOC a lesson in string playing.  KBBI’s Jeff Lockwood sat in on the class.

Pratt Museum Glacier Salon - December 20

Jan 15, 2020
Rivers of Ice
Kathy Smith / Pratt Museum

The Pratt Museum's Glacier Salon took place on December 20, 2019, featuring a perfomance by cellist Nancy Ives inspired by Kathy Smith's Pratt exhibit, Rivers of Ice

Ives is the principal cello of the Oregon Symhony Orchestra and Instructor of Chamber Music at Lewis and Clark College.

The concert was recorded by the Pratt Museum's Curator of Exhibits, Scott Bartlett, and KBBI is pleased to present the recording of the evening in its entirety. 

The 2020 KBBI Mug Design Contest

Jan 13, 2020

KBBI is currently seeking submissions from our talented and creative listeners for the 2020 KBBI members’ mug! The winning design will be featured on limited edition mugs available to KBBI sustaining members during the Fall 2020 drive, as well as on our website and during promotion of the Fall Membership drive. These coveted mugs are considered to be treasured collectors’ items. The artwork will be seen by hundreds of KBBI members, and their families and friends in Southcentral Alaska and beyond.

The winning artist will receive a set of six mugs and TWO tickets to Salmonfest!

Indigenous Roadshow assembles at Bunnell

Dec 26, 2019
Christina Whiting

In a nationwide survey of art organizations interested in hosting Native artists, 80% of responding organizations said they could use help with cultural education, understanding protocols, and engagement with their local Native community.


When a family loses their belongings to fire, when a service member comes home, when a kid needs to sit for a filmed, forensic interview at Haven House, Kachemak Bay Quilters make quilts to help everyone feel safe and welcome. KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson visited their weekly meeting at Kachemak City Center, for this story.

To nominate anyone who has served in any branch of the armed forces for a Quilt of Valor. The application is at 

Wild Shore New Music Live at Bunnell

Oct 3, 2019

This is the complete Wild Shore New Music show at Bunnell Street Arts Center on September 28, 2019.

The New Old Time Chautauqua rolled through town this week on a tour dedicated to the memory and work of Mary Langham. Tyler Langham kicked  off the evening with a few songs, then, the Chautaquans took over.

Recorded live in the studio at KBBI on Thursday July 4th, 2019.

Mckenzie Hansen and Kaitlyn Anderson were singing on the spit this past Sunday. They invited KBBI to turn on the field recorder and this is what we captured. Here's Summer Days, written by Mckenzie Hansen and her dad, Craig Hansen. 

Miia Ranta CC BY-SA 2.0

To examine a culture, the first places to look are its food and music. The Pratt Museum in Homer is hosting a series of potlucks where people can share food, play music and tell stories…about local food and music. Scott Bartlett is Curator of Exhibits at the Pratt. Bartlett says they are collecting local food and music traditions.
"If you want to introduce your community to visitors and family and friends, that is what you share with them,” said Bartlett.

Members of The Kachemak Bay Scottish Club were the guests on Slack Tide this morning and they brought the best in Scottish musicians with them.

Host, Chloe Pleznac welcomed
The Fire, live in the studio.  

Sandy Mazen is a familiar face to many Homer area residents. He is a longtime member of the Coast Guard Auxilliary and for many years taught the local auxiliary chapter’s Safe Boating classes.

Born in Teller, Alaska in 1928, Mazen graduated from Nome High School in 1946. At ninety-one years old, Mazen is now retired and has published a memoir,  Kiyonuk  An Arctic Alaska Boyhood. He stopped by KBBI studios yesterday for a chat with Kathleen Gustafson, beginning with a two minute reading from  Kiyonuk.