Two local authors reach Oprah
Former Bellevue resident Brandon Jones and songwriter Carole King have each penned a book that made Oprah's Top 10 list of books to look for in May.
Jones, a Community School graduate, will be in town Monday, May 7, at Iconoclast Books in Ketchum starting at 7 p.m. to sign copies of "All Woman and Springtime," his novel about two young Korean women friends seeking better lives who end up enslaved as sex workers.
King's memoir, "A Natural Woman," is on stands now, and she will sign copies at the store July 7.
Local photographer Paulette Phlipot will be on hand with sample menu items from her beautiful recipe book, "Ripe," on Saturday, May 26.
Orchestra to celebrate spring
The Wood River Community Orchestra, under the direction of Brad Hershey, will perform its fifth anniversary Spring Concert on Sunday, May 6, at 4 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum.
The orchestra will perform Schubert's Symphony No. 3, selections from "West Side Story," Massenet's "Meditation," James Ployhar's "Gaslight Gaieties" and as special tribute to the late Carl Eberl, his composition "Where Else But Idaho."
Admission is free.
The Wood River Community Orchestra aims to restore the place that playing music once had in the daily life of the community. It has members ranging from 11-84 years old.
Living this example are four members of the Schiers family: Larry, the dad, plays trumpet, son Andrew plays trombone, daughter Heidi plays violin and daughter-in-law Kristal plays the flute.
WRHS women's choir to present "Adiemus" with orchestra
Wood River High School women's choir Carmina Montis will perform a free concert this weekend of "Songs of Sanctuary: Adiemus" by celebrated English composer Karl Jenkins.
The work is about 50 minutes long, and was composed for choir, string orchestra and percussion. There will be two performances of the work, on Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, both at 7 p.m. in the newly remodeled performing arts theater at the Community Campus.
The collaborative performance includes the high school string orchestra, rehearsed by orchestra instructor Rebecca Martin. Max Stimac will conduct the performance, which includes innovative choreography by director/choreographer/performer Sara Gorby.
Carmina Montis and the Wood River High School orchestra have just come back from the Heritage Music Festival, having both won gold awards for their performances.
Hailey fetes Arbor Day with festival
Be a part of the first annual ArborFest, celebrating "trees, community, earth and art," in Hailey Saturday, May 5.
Activities include free tree seedlings, expert advice from local arborists, a visit from Smokey the Bear, a bouncy forest, musical performances and an ArborFest MudRun.
Start at 10 a.m. with "Right Tree, Right Place," presented by Craig Westling. Music starts at 11 a.m. and there will be a mayoral proclamation at noon.
MudRun relays, mazes and crawls will start at 12:30 p.m.
All is happening at Hop Porter Park in Hailey until 3 p.m.
For more information, call 788-3484 or 788-4221.
Remember 'Fame' and relive it on stage
All high school teens and young adults are invited to audition for the phenomenal pop rock musical "Fame" on Sunday, May 13, from 2-5 p.m. and Monday, May 14, from 4-6 p.m. at St. Thomas Playhouse.
No theatrical experience is necessary and all levels are welcome.
Auditioners should prepare 16 bars of a song, and scenes from the show will be available for perusal before the audition for those wanting to read for a speaking part. Basic dance movements may also be part of the audition.
The production is called the Summer Theater Project, strictly for ages 14 through 20s. The auditions will be at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Sun Valley Road and will be conducted by director Kevin Wade, choreographer Peter Burke, musical director James Martin and the staff of St. Thomas Playhouse.
The show is about the experiences of a group of teens attending the prestigious yet extremely challenging New York High School of Performing Arts in the 1980s. Rehearsals begin on May 20 and the show runs from June 20-23. For more information, call Sara at 726-5349, ext. 16.