Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Around Town

Wood River High presents ‘The Crucible’
    Wood River High School Drama Department presents Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” the winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play.
    This drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both an historical play and a parable of our contemporary society.
    The story focuses upon a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife’s arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie—and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. The farmer, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others.
    The students are in rehearsal now with opening night Wednesday, Oct. 10. The play will continue through Friday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. and a matinee at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater at the Community Campus.
    Tickets are $4 for students, $6 for seniors and $8 for adults at the door.

‘King and I’ at nexStage
    The lavish and poignant musical “The King and I” by Rogers and Hammerstein, based on a true story, will be presented for four days at the nexStage Theater on Main Street in Ketchum from Thursday, Oct. 18, through Sunday, Oct. 21.  
    The play is set in the exotic Kingdom of Siam in 1862 where an English widow, Anna, takes a position to teach the King’s many children and wives Western ways. Though Anna and the King experience cultural clashes, they develop a deep friendship and respect for one another.
    Curtain is at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:15. In addition, there will be matinees at 2 p.m on Saturday and Sunday. There is no reserved seating except on Friday, Oct. 19, which is a special benefit for the Bilkey Memorial Scholarship Fund with foods and libations for patrons. Reserved center seating is available for patrons. Call for ticket prices.
    General admission tickets are available by calling 726-5349 x15 or at Iconoclast Books. Tickets are $25 for adults, and $10 for children through age 18. Special student rush prices for first 10 young adults ages 19-22 are $10.

Two ways to keep The Mountain School flourishing
    Bidding is open for auction items at The Mountain School Garden Party Fundraiser, kicking off an effort to raise $30,000 to provide scholarships to the Waldorf school in Bellevue. Tickets also are on sale for the Third Annual Garden Party and Auction, to be held Saturday, Oct. 6.
    Presented by The Mountain School Parents’ Association, the party and auction fundraiser include cocktails and garden hors d’oeuvres at the school from 5-7 p.m.
    There are currently 132 items ranging from spa and ski packages to sunglasses and gym memberships.
    Auction items are listed at
    A second fundraiser for The Mountain School, a women’s yoga retreat at Miracle Hot Springs with Tener Rogers and Laurie Wertich, is filling up fast for the weekend of Nov. 2-4.
    Yoga, lodging, use of the pools and vegetarian food cooked by Anaya Gruber are included in the $250 fee.
    To reserve a spot, contact Rogers at 720-6441 or Svea Grover at 720-0377.

Film screening of “G-Dog” to benefit The Hunger Coalition
    The Hunger Coalition presents the Sun Valley premiere of “G-Dog” by Academy Award winner Freida Lee Mock at the Sun Valley Opera House on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m.
    G-Dog is a film about second chances starring the visionary Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries. A special VIP reception with light dinner will be held at the Boiler Room prior to the screening. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet two “Homies” (former gang members), along with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Mock. Tickets for the reception are $50 and include VIP seating for the screening. Copies of the New York Times bestseller “Tattoos on the Heart,” which inspired the film, will be given to first 50 VIP ticket buyers.
    General admission tickets for the screening are $10. Tickets can be purchased at Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum and Wood River Motors in Hailey. Go to or for more information. Proceeds sales will go toward fighting hunger in Blaine County.

Arts Commission invites creative to breakfast
    The Hailey Arts Commission invites all local artists and representatives of arts organizations to an informal continental breakfast and discussion on Thursday, Oct. 11, at Hailey’s Community Campus from 8-9:30 a.m.
    Commissioners will lead discussions about their current activities and plans and ask what support artists need from the commission.
    The Hailey Arts Commission has recently adopted a long-range plan, “The Five by Five Plan” to expanded incorporation of public art in the community.
    “We want to make sure that we have accurate contact information for as many artists and arts organizations in our community as possible so that we can easily and successfully communicate with this dynamic group,” says Hailey Arts Commission Chair R.L. Rowsey.
    For more information about this event, contact Rowsey at 720-7909 or email the commission at

‘Growing Wellness’ through the Sawtooth Botanical Garden events
    The Sawtooth Botanical Garden says it is regrouping, expanding and growing with a new executive director, board members and a focus on ‘Growing Wellness,” which launches with three events Saturday, Oct. 6.  
    This campaign will feature classes, demonstration gardens and lectures focused on reconnecting human nature with the local environment, said Executive Director Stephanie McCord.
    Including in the evolution will be reconstructing the layout of the greenhouse at the garden at state Highway 75 and Gimlet south of Ketchum.
    “We will be growing herbs, teas and flowers used for wellness and are clearing out the beautiful potted plants currently growing there,” she said. “We have many potted succulents and blooming plants that need new homes.”
    The sale, from 9 a.m. to noon at the garden, will kick off the “Growing Wellness” campaign.
    Following the plant clearance will be tai chi on the lawn. Tai chi is a form of Chinese martial arts traditionally practiced for its health benefits and also for defense training.
    There will also be a booth at Webb’s Annual Harvest Festival in Bellevue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a membership drive, face-painting and other activities.

Catch author Alexandra Fuller on ‘Dialogue’
    The 19th season of “Dialogue” premieres Oct. 5 with an interview with Jackson Hole, Wy., author Alexandra Fuller in the first of four new “Conversations from the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference.”
    “Dialogue,” can be seen Fridays at 8 p.m. Fuller’s latest novel is “Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness,” published in 2001.

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