Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Around Town


Get as close to ABBA as possible without the real thing with Arrival from Sweden’s The Music of Abba. Tickets for the July 7 show at the Sun Valley Pavilion on sale April 1. Courtesy photo

Get tickets now for The Music of ABBA in Sun Valley
    Sun Valley Opera announces The Music of ABBA in the Sun Valley Pavilion on Sunday, July 7, along with the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra.
    Playing to rave reviews throughout world, this Swedish band is the only group sanctioned by ABBA to perform its music. The original group’s songs topped the charts worldwide from 1972 to 1982.
    Joining in The Music of Abba is the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra, which was founded in 2008 by Dr. Craig Jessop, former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He is the artistic director and conductor of 270 talented singers from Utah and of an orchestra that is a professional ensemble made up of instrumentalists from Utah State University, including members of the university’s highly acclaimed Fry Street Quartet.
    Tickets go on sale April 1. Get diva tickets at www.sunvalley.com or by calling 726-0991. General admission tickets are available at www.seats.sunvalley.com or by calling 622-2135.

‘Inspire Your Heart with Art’ gallery walk fundraiser
    Go for the art, stay for the party at the annual fundraising gallery walk for the Big Wood School in Ketchum, Thursday, March 21, from 6-7:30 p.m.
    Showcased will be the masterpieces of the up-and-coming artists of the Big Wood School. There will be a cake walk, bouncy house, hors d’oeuvres, and a live and silent auction.
    Some winnable items this year are a guided fishing trip for two, a stay at the Amangani Resort in Jackson Hole, a beautiful stone sculpture designed by Gabriel Embler, a Sun Valley ski package, a Boise family adventure with tickets for the zoo and an overnight stay, and a Big Wood “birthday bash bundle.”
    Raffle prizes will include a kids mountain bike from Scott, massages and gift certificates to many local businesses. This is a benefit suited for all ages.
    Call with questions to 726-9053.

Bring it home through exhibit tour
    Enjoy a glass of wine and learn more about the art on view during a free tour of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts exhibition “Home Front” on Thursday, March 21, at 5:30 p.m. No reservations are necessary—just drop in.
    The exhibition looks at what the term “home front” means today—and what it’s like for a soldier to return home. It features vintage World War I and World War II posters from the Wolfsonian Museum alongside work by contemporary artists Jennifer Karady, Cat Mazza, Stephanie Freid-Perenchio, Chad Person and Allison Smith.
    The exhibition continues through May 25; for more information, visit www.sunvalleycenter.org.
    To arrange a group tour at another time or in Spanish, call 726-9491, ext 10.

UpBeat with Alasdair on ‘Dressing the Mannequin’
    When passing a storefront window and catching  a glimpse of mannequins, eyes are invariably drawn to their clothes and the shape of the torso beneath.
    Find out what that declarative riddle means by joining Sun Valley Summer Symphony Music Director Alasdair Neale for another Upbeat With Alasdair as he shows how composers can manipulate raw material to create new and imaginative sounds.
    Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” and Colin Matthews’ orchestrations of Debussy’s Piano Preludes are the mannequins in question: Come see how they’re dressed up.
     The free event will be held Thursday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Library in Ketchum.
    Reserve a seat by calling the symphony at 622-5607 or by email to info@svsummersymphony.org.

Two nights of ‘live” on Broadway
    The Sun Valley Opera and the Community Library in Ketchum are offering two screenings of beloved Broadway musicals this week.
    “Rent” will be shown Tuesday, March 26, at 6 p.m. and “Memphis” will be shown Wednesday, March 27, at 6 p.m. in Ketchum are offering two screenings of beloved Broadway musicals this week.

‘Let’s Talk About It’ at Hailey Library on robotic pals
    Have you seen “Robot & Frank” (2013) or “A.I.” (2001) and wondered—is robotic companionship possible? Is it ethical?
    Scholar Matthew Haynes returns to the Hailey Public Library for an ambitious discussion of Sherry Turkle’s latest book, “Alone Together.” All are welcome to join the last of this year’s discussions on technology and its place in our lives on Thursday, March 21, at 6 p.m.
    In her book, Turkle investigates why we want more from technology and less from each other. She discusses how Tamagotchi pets, Furbies and other technologies have influenced our ability—and desire—to relate to other human beings.
    Haynes is a faculty member in the English department at the College of Western Idaho where he teaches literature, film, humanities, creative writing and composition. He has been a finalist for the Faulkner Award in Nonfiction and has received partial fellowships to attend the Prague and St. Petersburg Summer Seminars.


Art donation benefits hospital’s ambiance
    The Community School’s third-grade class has chosen to support St. Luke’s Wood River’s fine art collection, donating funds for an art display box to showcase student artwork.
    The art display box was funded by the young philanthropists in conjunction with WOW Projects, a local organization committed to educating students about the importance of generosity.   
    The students crafted the first student art exhibit, which features adorable “ugly dolls.” The students imagined, stuffed and stitched the dolls themselves. The art display box will continually rotate student artwork to spread good cheer throughout the second floor of St. Luke’s.
    Alongside the hospitalwide fine art collection, the students’ generosity will enhance the experience of all St. Luke’s visitors, volunteers, patients and staff.

More accolades for Trailing of the Sheep
    America the Beautiful, a USA-destination marketing agency, has named the annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival one of the Top Ten Events in Idaho.      
     “Out of the hundreds of events that happen each year across your state—we have selected yours as one of the Top 10 that represents your state very well,” wrote Peter Smith, president of the organization. “Our goal is to encourage travel across these United States by our residents and encourage visitors from around the world to explore all that our country has to offer.  The event you host every year is a vital part of the amazing culture that we maintain here in America and we are proud of all that you do.”
    This year’s event will be the 17th year of the Trailing of the Sheep Festival, one of the largest festivals in the Wood River Valley, drawing more than 19,000 visitors each fall. It will be held Oct. 10-13.




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