Friday, August 26, 2011


The story of Tokyo Rose

Two-time Oscar winner, director, producer and writer Terry Sanders will discuss his latest film project, "Tokyo Rose," on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 6 p.m. at The Community Library in Ketchum. The film is the real story of Iva Toguri, the Japanese-American UCLA graduate who participated in a propaganda broadcast transmitted to Allied soldiers in the South Pacific during World War II.

After the Japanese defeat, Toguri was detained for a year by the U.S. military before being released for lack of evidence. Her broadcasts were deemed innocuous by the Department of Justice, but when she tried to return to the U.S., the uproar caused the FBI to renew its investigation of her wartime activities.

She was ultimately charged with eight counts of treason and was convicted of one. She was the seventh American to be convicted on that charge.

Investigative journalists found that key witnesses claimed they were forced to lie during testimony and President Gerald Ford pardoned her in 1977.

Sanders will discuss the project and present two short films. The event is free.

Dancers to highlight ice show

Ice dancing team Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, said to be the best ever skating pair in U.S. history, will bring their award-winning routines to the Sun Valley ice rink on Saturday, Aug. 27.

The five-time U.S. gold medalists' and Olympic silver winners' show begins at 8:45 p.m.

The team has been praised for their charisma and chemistry as well as their skating skills. They have said they knew they found their perfect match when they first were paired by a coach eight years ago. Together they have grown into formidable competitors considered one of the foremost dance teams to grace the sport.

Sasha Cohen, winner of Olympic silver, two world medals and a pair of U.S. medals will close the Sun Valley Ice Show season on Saturday, Sept. 3.

Tickets for the shows are available at

'Progressive psychobilly folk grass' and more

Wrap up a long, hot week with some live music at the Sun Valley Brewery in Hailey. Jonathan Warren & The Billy Goats will play at 7 p.m. today, Aug. 26.

The band from Boise's Facebook page describes their style as "a goat chewing on a can, it's a cat scratching at your door, it's foot stompin' music that makes you want to eat a biscuit. Melodies you wake up humming in the morning, and stick to your bones like peach cobbler.

It's new-timey, post-retro, pre-apocolyptic, southern Appalachian, gypsy porch swing."

Later tonight, Aug. 26, it's Str8up at Silver Dollar Saloon in Bellevue at 9 p.m.

For an outdoor music evening that's a bit more mellow, Saturday, Aug. 27, classical guitarist Jimmy Mitchell will perform on Lefty's Deck in Ketchum from 6-9 p.m.


10th anniversary of 9/11 and Company of Fools

On Sunday, Sept. 11, Hailey's Company of Fools will invite the community to come together to reflect upon the events of 9/11 through music and a reading of Anne Nelson's "The Guys."

"The Guys" is a dialogue between a fire captain who has lost most of his men in the collapse of the Twin Towers and an editor who helps him write the eulogies as she herself struggles to come to terms with the events of 9/11. Fools' actors Denise Simone and Joel Vilinsky will perform the work under the direction of John Glenn. A Few Good Men, the valley's newly created a cappella group, will provide the music.

The play was originally performed as a workshop production with Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver, and its initial year-long run featured other notable performers including Susan Sarandon, Anthony LaPaglia, Tim Robbins, Helen Hunt, Marlo Thomas, Stephen Lang, Amy Irving, Bill Irwin, Swoosie Kurtz and Dan Lauria.

This special event will be held at the Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St. in Hailey. It is free but donations are welcome and will go toward Blaine County Search and Rescue.

Open house at historic Stanley lodge

To say "thank You" to the Stanley and Wood River Valley communities, departing proprietor Karen Zak is hosting a public open house and "closing sale" to benefit the Stanley school at the Salmon River Lodge in Stanley on Sunday, Aug. 28. Zak and her family are inviting people to the lodge to enjoy it for a day before it is turned over to new owners.

Learn about Sawtooth geology

Geologist Glenn Thackray will shed light on the geology of the Sawtooth Mountains during talks at the Stanley Museum and Redfish Center on Friday, Aug. 26.

Thackray is a professor of geology at Idaho State University. His teaching and research specialties focus on earth surface processes, including glaciers, landslides, rivers and earthquake faulting. He has conducted research in the Sawtooth Mountains and elsewhere in Idaho for more than a decade.

Thackray will explore the crystallization and uplift of granites that make up much of the Sawtooth Mountains, the glaciers that have sculpted the range and the valley, and the history of the recently discovered earthquake fault and its effects on Redfish Lake.

The talks will take place at 5 p.m. at the Stanley Museum and 8 p.m. at Redfish Center.

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