Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Around Town

Mike Murphy brings the laughs back for three nights
    Longtime local comedian Mike Murphy is back center stage for three nights only, the first of which is a benefit for Higher Ground Sun Valley, formerly Sun Valley Adaptive Sports, on Thursday, Dec. 27, at the nexStage Theatre on Main Street in Ketchum.
    Tickets to the benefit are $25 for general admission and $100 for VIP tickets that come with front-row seats, wine and appetizers. Tickets for shows on Dec. 28 and 29 are $15. All begin at 6 p.m. with doors open at 5 p.m.
    For details call 726-9298, ext. 3.

After Christmas, shop for antiques
    Stay away from the mall but pick up those somethings—little or big—that didn’t get under the Christmas tree this year at an Antique Market in the Hailey Armory.
    Dealers normally here in the summer will return to present their wares, including vintage linens, estate jewelry, farm treasures and pottery, on Friday, Dec. 28, and Saturday, Dec. 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    There will be wine and hors d’oeuvres Friday and Saturday, and proceeds from sales on those days benefit the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley and Souper Suppers, respectively. There also will be silent auction items to benefit other charitable thrift markets around the valley.
    The armory is off state Highway 75 behind Roberta McKercher Park.

Get tickets early for Reggae in the Mountains at a bargain
    Mountain Niceness Productions presents Reggae in the Mountains with Pato Banton on Saturday, Feb. 2.
    Pato Banton hails from Birmingham, England, where he began his career in his teens as a top emcee and rose to become a top reggae recording musician. He has since been recognized for his community work and his music. He was awarded the BBC’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, received the Black Music Award for Lifetime Achievement and was honored by the Birmingham Reggae Hall of Fame.
    Tickets are $15 through the end of December, $20 through January and $25 at the gate. For details and to buy tickets, visit

Sawtooth NRA photos to benefit Sawtooth Society
    James Bourret Fine Art Photography, of Ketchum, is launching a series of limited-edition Sawtooth National Recreation Area images commemorating its 40th anniversary to benefit the Sawtooth Society.
    There are 10 prints, each of which is individually signed and numbered and contain the society’s goat watermark in the lower left corner.
    The Sawtooth Society is the front-page sponsor for author and hiker Matt Leidecker’s new guidebook, “Exploring the Sawtooths—A Comprehensive Guide.” The waterproof guidebook covers every trail in the range and includes information on mountain biking, scrambling and climbing as well as the range’s history, geology and wildflowers.
    Leidecker has created a special Sawtooth Society ordering webpage, and he will autograph each book and donate 20 percent of all sales from the site
    For more information on Bourret’s images, visit For Sawtooth Society info, visit

Tickets are now on sale for Sun Valley Opera’s Winter Extravaganza
    Tony Winner and Grammy nominee Lisa Hopkins Seegmiller and nationally acclaimed tenor Isaac Hurtado will perform in three events in February, along with other members of the Utah Lyric Opera.
     Diva ticket holders have a pass for all three events, the first of which starts with a Diva Party on Monday, Feb. 11, at The Valley Club, where attendees will be treated to scrumptious appetizers and hosted cocktails. Tuesday, Feb. 12, finds the stars showcasing their talents in a “Broadway and Beyond Concert” at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood. Finally, on Feb. 13, there will be a live performance by the Utah Lyric Opera of “La Bohéme,” considered by many opera lovers to be the greatest love story ever sung, at the Community Campus in the Performing Arts Center.  Individual tickets are available for the performances on Feb. 12 and 13.
    For tickets, call Sun Valley Opera at 726-0991 or order online at

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