Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Art Briefs

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Furry fun run

Join the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley for the "Furry 6k" trail run/walk on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 10 am.  

All participants must have a dog partner.  If you don't have your own dog, no problem.  The shelter will let you borrow one of its eager dogs.

Shelter dogs must be reserved in advance on a first-come, first-served basis. Either register now by clicking the link below, or if you plan on registering on race morning, call Nadia at the shelter to reserve your dog: 788-4351.

Participants can also increase their impact by using their run to fundraise for the shelter. When registering online, anyone interested can set up a personal fundraising page so friends and family can sponsor their run by donating to the shelter. For more information or to register online, visit the shelter's website,

Registration will also be available in person at 9:30 am on site on race day. Participants will meet at Quigley Field in Hailey, at the High School football field parking lot on Fox Acres Road. The $20 entry fee benefits the shelter.

Inside the enigma of


Experience senior year in high school through the eyes of five teens in Nanette Burstein's film "American Teen," which will be shown today, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Community School Auditorium in Sun Valley.

The free film screening is part of an ongoing multidisciplinary project on adolescence and identity organized by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts called "Awkward Stage," which includes visual art exhibitions in Ketchum and Hailey, and films, lectures and classes.

Winner of the directing award in the documentary category at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, "American Teen" trails five teens in Warsaw, Ind., for their entire senior year. The teens represent classic high school categories: the Prom Queen, the Jock, the Rebel, the Heartthrob and the Geek.

"It's about the pressures of being 17 and the pressures that you face from your peers ... and having to make these important decisions about your future," Burstein said in a release about the film. "Structurally, it takes on the archetypal story lines you see in fiction film: the 'Mean Girls' story lines, the cross-clique story, the sports story, the nerd story. But they're real people, so they're a lot more complex than what you normally see in a fiction film."

Jona Frank, an acclaimed Los Angeles-based filmmaker and photographer, will visit The Center the next day to show her film "Between Classes" and talk about the photographs she has on display as part of the exhibition at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in Ketchum. The film will be followed by a talk and tour of the exhibition. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Frank shot her 30-minute documentary about social groups at Palo Alto High School in northern California in black-and-white 16mm film.

Also on display are photographs from Frank's "Boys Project," which traces the physical changes as well as the shifts in interests that boys undergo during their teen years.

Frank's work has been widely exhibited and is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, among others. To see examples of her photography and view an excerpt of "Between Classes," visit

Lauren Greenfield's 32-minute film "kids + money" and a free exhibition tour will be held Friday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m.

For more information about Awkward Stage: Adolescence and Identity, visit or call 726-9491, ext. 10.

Author in running for

Reader's Digest story

People can vote on Facebook to help Ketchum resident Rod Tatsuno get a story included in a book to be published by Reader's Digest.

Tatsuno submitted two 150-word life stories to the magazine. The public will vote on finalists on Facebook, and winners will then be chosen by the editors of the magazine for a book to be called "Your Life ... The Reader's Digest Version." The idea of the first of this new series is to create a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people's personal stories to be published and seen by more than 30 million readers. There is a cash award as well.

Tatsuno's entries are "A Run For a Lifetime," about his experience carrying the Olympic flame to Salt Lake City "and the state of Utah, where I had spent my first three years of life behind the barbed wire of the Topaz concentration camp."

The other, titled "My Great White Moby Wave," is about a near-death experience while surfing.

The complete versions can be found at, which is also where to go to vote.

Raise a child who loves reading

Diane W. Frankenstein, author of the award-winning book, "Reading Together: Everything You Need To Know To Raise a Child Who Loves to Read," believes that children who talk about stories better understand what they read, and that children who get more from the books they read are children who love to read.

Frankenstein will review the best practices for childhood literacy and offer strategies on increasing a child's confidence in reading. She will explain how to conduct conversational reading, a successful approach to raising children who love what they read by talking with them about the stories they read.

The author will give a free talk today, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. at the Community Library in Ketchum.

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