Arts and culture

Juan Sarmiento

Homer High School senior Juan Sarmiento is one of 10 finalists competing for the chance to represent Alaska at the National Poetry Out Loud Competition.

KBBI’s Shahla Farzan spoke with Sarmiento about the competition and how he first became interested in poetry.

Local Metalworker Turns Forks Into Bikes

Feb 24, 2017
Pratt Museum

Bikes by the Bay is the exhibit by local metalworking artist Don Henry currently on display at the Pratt Museum.

Growing up in Montana, he was around motorbikes from an early age. Since moving to Homer, he’s dedicated more of his time to making art, using bikes and salvaged materials as inspiration.

Michael Dirda

Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirda will give a keynote presentation on Feb. 25 at the Homer Public Library as part of this year’s Big Read program. Dirda is a long-time columnist for The Washington Post and has written for a number of other publications, including The New York Review of Books.

KBBI’s Shahla Farzan spoke with Dirda about how he first developed his love for reading and where he stands on the "book versus tablet" debate.

Winter Landscape Inspires Local Artist In Bunnell Show

Feb 23, 2017
Bunnell Street Arts Center

For the month of February, the interior of the Bunnell Street Arts Center is covered top to bottom in dried winter plants.

It’s the first exhibition by local textile artist and conservationist Mandy Bernard, who was Bunnell’s local artist in residence in January.

KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver spoke with Bernard about her work, the natural world, and finding a place to call home:

Courtesy of Homer Council on the Arts

Homer Council on the Arts is on the cusp of a long-awaited expansion project. The plan is to upgrade the existing structure and add a large yurt as a new performance and gathering area. In the end, they hope to have a space that can hold nearly 200 audience members and accommodate a wide range of performing arts.

KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver spoke with Homer Council on the Arts Executive Director Peggy Paver about the project:

Backcountry Film Festival Celebrates Winter Wilderness

Feb 3, 2017
Winter Wildlands Alliance

A series of short films centered around the outdoor experience is coming to Homer Feb. 9, from 7-9 p.m. The Backcountry Film Festival is produced annually by the nonprofit Winter Wildlands Alliance, based in Boise, Idaho.

The goal of the festival is to show people how to protect and use landscapes in winter. For that reason, the Alliance says funds raised at local screenings stay within the community to support conservation and education efforts.

KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver spoke with Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition volunteer Willy Dunne about the event:

CoffeeTable: Teri Robl Holiday Cooking Show

Dec 22, 2016
Alder Seaman, KBBI

Local chef and columnist Teri Robl joined Kathleen Gustafson to share holiday recipes and cooking tips on the CoffeeTable program.

2016 KBBI Holiday Program Schedule

Dec 16, 2016

The 2016 KBBI Holiday Program Schedule can be found here.

The schedule is subject to change.

CoffeeTable's Annual Holiday Book Show

Dec 14, 2016
Alder Seaman

Homer author Dana Stabenow joined host Terry Rensel, and callers, to talk about the books that we've read in the past year. Dana also gave recommendations of books to give to yourself, or that someone special in your life.

You can find a complete list of all the books mentioned at Dana's website.

Orchestra Summer Music Festival Set for Gala Ending

Aug 11, 2016
Photo by Jenny Neyman

Audiences have been enjoying the sweet sounds of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Summer Music Festival this week and last. It’s about to wrap up, with noon concerts today and Friday, and gala concerts Friday and Saturday.

Photo by Rose Grech/KBBI

Earlier this month, local artist and KBBI volunteer Desiree Hagen received an individual artist award from the Rasmuson Foundation. She plans to use the grant on a community art project making paper out of invasive plants in the Homer area. She hopes to both help remove the species from native plant areas and create awareness of their effects on the ecosystem. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver spoke with Hagen about her art.

  SGO: First of all, can you describe the scope of your project so people can have an idea of what you’re hoping to create with this?

Thanksgiving Day Specials

Nov 24, 2015

Join KBBI on Thanksgiving Day from 8-10 a.m. for The Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential, their annual live Thanksgiving call-in show. This year's scheduled guests this year are Jacques Pepin, Dave Isay, Nigell Lawson, and Andrew Zimmern.

You can find out more about the program, including the number to call-in with your questions at

New Park Gives Soldotna A Face Lift

Oct 28, 2015
Photo Courtesy of KDLL Public Radio and Joe Kashi/ARTSpace, Inc. / ARTSpace, Inc.

Soldotna is getting a new look thanks to an arts initiative. That's according to KDLL Public Radio Reporter Jenny Neyman: 

Anchorage Painter Dispels Trauma Through Art

Sep 22, 2015
Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

An Anchorage artist who opened a new gallery exhibit in Homer earlier this month uses art to show damaged objects and people who have suffered through trauma can still be beautiful. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler has more.

Homer Nonprofit Books Pink Martini

Sep 22, 2015
Homer Council on the Arts

Homer Council on the Arts sponsored a number of events featuring the world famous band Pink Martini this week. The Homer nonprofit is especially proud of the opportunity to expose Kenai Peninsula students to the wide range of music in Pink Martini’s repertoire.  KBBI’s Quinton Chandler has more.