Friday, December 25, 2009

Holiday weekend offers plenty to do

Enjoy off-the-slopes music, shopping and activities

Express Staff Writer

Ethan Tucker will perform at The Brickhouse in Bellevue on Saturday, Dec. 26. Express photo by Mark Oliver

With fresh new snow on the ground and a special spirit permeating the air, Christmas in Sun Valley is a special time. This year, the Christmas weekend is filled with many activities and much entertainment, including shows at Sun Valley's Boiler Room and Duchin Lounge as well as live music at Whiskey Jacques' in Ketchum.

Sun Valley continues its holiday experience with The Fabulous Vuranettes at the Boiler Room in Sun Valley Village on Saturday, Dec. 26, and Tuesday, Dec. 29. The Fabulous Vuarnettes will also perform on Saturday, Jan. 2. All shows begin at 6 p.m. and tickets are $15 at the door. In addition, the "Forever Plaid" quartet will give a performance on Sunday, Dec. 27, at 6 p.m. in the Boiler Room. Tickets are $15 at the door.

The Boiler Room will also feature the comedy of longtime valley resident Mike Murphy beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 2, through the end of March. Murphy will perform his comedy from 6-7:30 p.m.

"I have decided for the winter season not to charge for my shows," Murphy said. "My first two shows this season were very successful, and I was trying out new material. It's time to give back to Sun Valley. Things are turning around, and it's much like the way après ski use to be."

Sun Valley's Duchin Room will offer live music by Leana Leach on piano today, Dec. 25, from 4-9 p.m. followed by the Joe Fos Trio until 1 a.m. Leach will play piano in the Duchin Room from 3-5 p.m. through Saturday, Jan. 2. The Duchin Room will welcome back one of winter's favorite entertainers, the Paul Tillotson Trio, on Saturday, Dec. 26, from 5-8:45 p.m. The trio will perform nightly through Saturday, Jan. 2.

Enjoy dining at Galena Lodge for special holiday dinners. Chef Don Shepler has prepared multi-course dinners for Christmas Day and a holiday dinner for Saturday, Dec. 26. In addition, the lodge will offer a Full Moon dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 29, and Wednesday, Dec. 30. A New Year's Eve dinner will be served on Thursday, Dec. 31. Dinners start at 6:30 p.m. and reservations are required. Galena Lodge is 23 miles north of Ketchum off state Highway 75. For details, call 726-4010.

Several valley restaurants and establishments will feature live music until the end of the year. The Brickhouse Restaurant in Bellevue will feature reggae artist Ethan Tucker on Saturday, Dec. 26, at 9 p.m. for a free show. At the Silver Dollar saloon in Bellevue, enjoy karaoke night. At the Roosevelt Grille in Ketchum there will be DJ music.

Papa Hemi's Hideaway in Ketchum will feature live music on Christmas Day with a prix fixe menu from 5-9 p.m., and on Saturday, Dec. 26, will have live music by the Mighty Shims from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Whiskey Jacques' in Ketchum will have live music by the Jeremiah James Gang on Saturday, Dec. 26, at 10 p.m. and on Monday, Dec. 28, by Steam Powered Airplane.

Don't miss Company of Fools' lively production of "A Year With Toad and Frog." Family entertainment for all ages, "A Year With Toad and Frog" is great fun. Show times are Saturday, Dec. 26, at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 27, at 3 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 7 p.m, at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey.

Performances at the Liberty Theatre continue through Jan. 3, and the Fools have announced an online ticket purchasing option at Tickets are $25 for adults, $18 for seniors (62 and over) and $10 for children (18 years and under). For groups of six or more, tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for children. For tickets, call 578-9122 or visit

Finally, don't miss out on the Ketchum Winter Holidays Antiques Show at the nexStage Theatre from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, through Wednesday, Dec. 30. The show will feature a special Jack Dempsey collection, as well as vintage Chanel, antique watches and many more hard-to-find, collectible items. Dempsey was an American boxer who held the world heavyweight title from 1919 to 1926. The show offers free admission.

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