Friday, September 9, 2011

Living Briefs

Get tickets for Womack

Country singer Lee Ann Womack, best known for her song encouraging the down or brokenhearted, "I Hope You Dance," will sing for the annual Idaho's Governor's Cup benefit today, Sept. 9, at the Sun Valley Pavilion.

The concert is part of an Idaho-themed weekend fundraiser that brings out golfers, trap shooters, philanthropists and country music lovers together for competitions that raise money for scholarships. More than 550 donors are set to descend on Sun Valley starting Wednesday, Sept. 7.

For tickets to Womack, visit or call 622-2135.

Conversations with Cronkite

Don Carleton had a close relationship with the late CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite, hailed as the most trusted man in America. On Tuesday, Sept. 13, Carleton will be talking about that experience, which resulted in helping Cronkite write his best-selling autobiography, "A Reporter's Life."

In the forward to the book called "revealing and entertaining" by the Dallas Morning News, Cronkite colleague Morley Safer said that out of the media spotlight, Cronkite "could be as ornery and petty and vain as the rest of us, but also a man by nature who could be relied upon to always do the right thing."

The book is a compilation of conversations that Carleton, director of the University of Texas at Austin's Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, had in 1996. Cronkite died in 2009. Carleton will sign his book after the talk at The Community Library in Ketchum. It begins at 6 p.m., is free and is open to the public.

The following evening, Wednesday, Sept. 14, Carleton will put on his executive producer hat and join co-producer Alison Beck in a screening of the film "When I Rise."

The story is of an East Texas black girl, Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted music student at the University of Texas thrust into a civil rights storm that changed her life forever when she was cast in an opera to co-star with a white male classmate.

Both events are fee and open to the public, located at Fourth and Spruce streets.

Celebrate International Day of Yoga

Grab your yoga mat and come on down to Ketchum Town Square on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 9 a.m. and be a part of Salutation Nation, which will be going on across the globe.

Led by Cathie Caccia and sponsored by athletic-clothing company lululemon athletica, this event is open to all levels and costs nothing.

Join the community and move, breathe and connect while you get your downward-facing dog on!

Author John Rember to read

Celebrated author and educator John Rember will visit the Hailey Public Library on Tuesday, Sept. 13, to read from his new work, "MFA in a Box." He will also share essays from his blog while opening a discussion about writing in today's world.

Rember's book "Traplines: Coming Home to Sawtooth Valley," won the Idaho Book of the Year Award. His latest work explores the relationship between writers and love, grief, place, family, race and violence.

The public is invited to this free event. For more information, call 788-2036 or visit The library is on Main and Croy streets in Hailey.

Books for sale to benefit Animal Shelter

Even if you didn't stop by Gallery DeNovo during last weekend's art walk and enjoy the show by photographer Martin Usborne called "Mute: The Silence of Dogs in Cars," benefiting the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley, you can still get a fun art book and help out the homeless.

Usborne's "My Name is Moose, Modern Life Through a Dog's Eyes" is still on sale at the gallery on 320 First Ave. N. in Ketchum.

Sixteen books were sold and two dogs adopted at the opening of Usborne's exhibit, according to owner Robin Reiners. The show will remain up until Oct. 12.

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Breast cancer information and networking group

A support group will provide an informative and networking venue for cancer survivors on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. It will be facilitated by certified social worker Gay Miremont at St. Luke's Center for Community Health, 1450 Aviation Drive, Suite 200, in Hailey.

For more information, call 727-8733.

Amateur Sleuths Sought to Solve Mystery "Murder"

Imagine this: A major motion picture, to be directed by the award-winning David Howard and starring Broadway actress Diane Van Houten and Katie Osbourne from TV's One Life to Ruin will be filmed in Sun Valley this fall. Just as the famous director starts auditions for the smaller roles, someone is murdered.

Mark the calendar now and take part in solving this murder mystery at nexStage's "Audition for Murder," a supper theatre production and benefit evening Saturday, Sept. 17.

Guests will start with appetizers and drinks in the lobby and mingle with the actors. By dinner, the action will have moved to the stage and someone is dead by dessert time. Guests will witness criminal acts, interrogate the suspects and search for clues.

Once all the clues are discovered, a solution "scene" is played and prizes are awarded for the best solution as well as the most clueless and most outrageous solutions.

Tickets are $100 each, which includes a $50 tax-deductible donation to the nexStage Theatre's annual fund.

Call 726-9124 and talk to Kathy or Patsy Wygle at the nexStage to make a reservation for this one-night event.

Enjoy "A Night in Old Vienna"

The singers of Caritas Chorale of Sun Valley are primed and practiced and ready to perform for the group's most significant fundraiser of the year on Sunday, Sept. 11.

The theme for the evening will be "A Night in Old Vienna," featuring "The Merry Widow Waltz" by Franz Lehar and music from "Die Fledermaus (The Bat)," an operetta composed by Johann Strauss.

Tickets for the evening of dinner and dancing at the Valley Club in Hailey are $150 and include hors d'oeuvres, wine and a cash bar with an orchestra and Viennese operettas by Caritas.

Caritas performs free concerts throughout the year and survives on donations and from the pockets of the choir itself.

Upcoming events include the annual Christmas concert "A Ceremony of Carols" and the world premiere of a newly commissioned work based on the stories of the Nez Perce tribe of Lewiston, Idaho, by David Earnest with words by writer and rancher Diane Josephy Peavey. It is the story about the Nez Perce connection to the earth and their life-saving efforts with the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806.

For reservations, call Ann Taylor at 726-5402.

Ice ... It's Hard

Find out how hard it is to cross over from novice skater to amateur performer at this weekend's Battle of the Blades at Sun Valley Ice Rink.

Teams of professionals and amateurs skating for their selected charities will perform before a live and voting audience Saturday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Live music by local diva Tyia Wilson will precede the competition, which begins at 8 p.m. and includes choreographed pairs routines, video montages of the amateur contestants' daily lives and their first day on the ice.

Battle of the Blades is intended to raise awareness of the important role figure skating plays in the community while raising funds for local charities.

Local celeb amateurs include Liz Brown, skating for Company of Fools and Sagebrush Equine Training Center for the Handicapped; Ron Fairfax for Hailey Ice; Mat Gershater for Idaho Base Camp and greenscool; Don Haisley for Hemingway Elementary Publishing House; David Holmes for the Community School; Doran Key for the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley; Langely McNeal for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation; Nappy Neaman for Galena Lodge and Muffy Ritz for the VAMPS scholarship fund.

They are working for a $3,000 purse.

The event judges are Linda Fratianni, former Olympic silver medalist and the first competitor to land triple jumps in competition, man-about-town Kipp Nelson (who is rumored to bring an alter-ego to such events) and Chanel DaSilva, a principal dancer with the Trey McIntyre Project. The judges' estimates of talent will only make up 50 percent of the competitors' scores. The other 50 percent will be based on audience responses, which will be tested scientifically with custom-designed "applause-o-meters."

Tickets for the evening cost $20 and can be purchased by contacting, Iconoclast Books in Ketchum or The Yellow Brick Road in Hailey, or by calling 622-8020.

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