Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Go out on the town for Wagon Days

Labor Day weekend events stretch from Sun Valley to Bellevue

Express Staff Writer

Misha Dichter will play at the Sun Valley Pavilion on Sunday, Sept. 5, as part of the Sun Valley Artist Series.

Wagon Days and the Labor Day holiday weekend in the Wood River Valley have lots of entertainment fun to end the summer season. This year, the three-day weekend will include live music from Sun Valley to Bellevue. The festivities will start with a Sun Valley Gallery Association Gallery Walk from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3. All are welcome to view a variety of exhibitions throughout Ketchum.

During Gallery Walk, take a stroll by "Center Piece," an installation by Patrick Dougherty for the Sun Valley Center for the Arts' exhibition, "Beam, Board, Breath: An Investigation of Trees." A dramatic hut made of willows gathered in Bellevue, across from the Ketchum Post Office, will have improvisational dance performances at 6 and 7 p.m. Dancers include Footlight Dance Director Hilarie Neely and fellow faculty members Anne Winton, Michele Minailo, Shellrae Garnes, Julie Fox-Jones, Pat Robinson, Lori Head and Dantzel Cherry.

In addition, the dance performances will be accompanied by musicians Johnny Valenzuela, a multi-instrumentalist who has worked in the music business all his adult life, Tom Nash, percussionist and freelance artist, The Community School elementary drama teacher Pat Robinson on violin, and Travis Job on cello.

Also, on Friday, Sept. 3, at 6:30 p.m., Sun Valley Resort will host a Silver Oak Cellars wine dinner at the Roundhouse restaurant on Bald Mountain. The dinner is $175 per person and will include a gondola ride to the Roundhouse, champagne reception, five-course dinner and wine tasting.

After the Wagon Days Parade in Ketchum on Saturday, Sept. 4, the Casino on Main Street will feature live music by Old Death Whisper at 2:30 p.m. and Whiskey Jacques' on Main Street will offer live music by Stacy Tuel and Friends at 3 p.m.

Listen to Dallas Alice on Friday, Sept. 3, and Saturday, Sept. 4, at Whiskey Jacques' at 10 p.m., and Australian band Blackhart & Strangelove on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 8 p.m. at the Sun Valley Brewery in Hailey. For a complete listing of live music and entertainment, see Page 10 of Section C of the newspaper.

For family entertainment, the final Sun Valley Ice Show of the season will take place on Saturday, Sept. 4, featuring Sasha Cohen, an Olympic Silver medalist and two-time world silver medalist. The show starts at dusk at Sun Valley Resort.

A more sophisticated entertainment event and benefit will feature world-renowned concert pianist Misha Dichter. Dichter will perform on Sunday, Sept. 5, for a gala concert in the Sun Valley Pavilion to benefit the Sun Valley Artist Series. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

For tickets for Sun Valley Resort events, call 622-2135 or purchase online at

The weekend celebrations continue in Bellevue with more family fun entertainment beginning on Saturday, Sept. 4, with a family-friendly street party at The Brickhouse in Bellevue with live music by Hoodwink. More Labor Day celebrations continue on Sunday, Sept. 5, with live music from 1:30-8 p.m. at Bellevue Memorial Park. The lineup for Sunday includes STAN, Up A Creek, Joshua Tree and Dallas Alice. On Monday, Sept. 6, the Labor Day celebration continues at Bellevue Memorial Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with Carter Freeman, The Mighty Shims, Cow Says Mooo, X-Latino and Sound County. Each day, beverages and food will be for sale, and the park will also host art and antique vendors. The live music is free.

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