Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Around Town

Free play reading of ‘The Seafarer’
    The nexStage Theatre will present a reading of  “The Seafarer” on Wednesday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. The reading is free, part of nexStage’s ongoing reading series of top contemporary plays. The running time is about one hour and 45 minutes with a short intermission. Doors open at 6 p.m. and there will be refreshments in the lobby before the show and at intermission.
    “The Seafarer” was written by award-winning Irish playwright Conor McPherson, who also wrote “The Weir,” featured in the series in 2012. The cast features Andrew Alburger, Scott Creighton, Steve D’Smith, Keith Moore and Richard Rush and will be directed by Jon Kane.
     “The Seafarer” is a chilling drama, set in Ireland, about the sea and the power of myth.
    It’s Christmas Eve and Sharky has returned to Dublin to look after his irascible, aging brother, who’s recently gone blind. Old drinking buddies Ivan and Nicky are holed up at the house too, hoping to play some cards. But with the arrival of a stranger from the distant past, the stakes are raised even higher.
    The Wall Street Journal called the play “a midnight-black comedy, one that wrenches laughter out of the despair of frustrated men whose lives have come to naught.”
     The nextStage Theatre is at the 120 S. Main St. in Ketchum. Call 726-9124 for more information.

Cast a vote on Facebook for student video
    A video produced by Wood River High School students is in the running to win a $1,000 cash prize in Zions Bank’s “Financialize a Film” video contest, which promotes making good financial choices.
    “The Split” by Zack Freeman and Eli McNees is posted online for a public vote along with 13 other submissions from Idaho middle and high school students, which were chosen from a pool of more than 30 entries.
    The makers of the video that receives the most votes will win the $1,000 prize, plus a $1,000 matching award for their school. Second- and third-place winners will receive $500 and $250, respectively, plus matching awards for their schools.
    The black-and-white, 60-second video “The Split” features an original score and follows two young men, one who spends his paycheck and one who saves it.
    Voting is open until March 31 on Zions Bank’s Facebook page at (click on the “Vote Now” tab). Winners will be announced the week of April 1.

RangeHoods reunion is no April Fool’s joke
    When Whiskey Jacques’ fills the dance floor Monday night, there will no doubt be some fools, but it’s not an April Fool’s joke that Steve Pearson, lead singer and guitarist of the popular rock band of old, The RangeHoods, is back for a reunion party.
    Pearson will perform on April 1 in Ketchum from 7-10 p.m., and there is no cover. Rumor has it that he will be joined by Lucette, his wife and partner in Steve Pearson and the British Racing Green and by “Metal” Marty Chandler, who tours with the Supersuckers and who appeared on Pearson’s album “Battles and Ballads.”
    The acoustic evening should be filled with nostalgic tunes from the old RangeHoods’ favorites.
    Diehard fan Sue Noel, who also was an avid “Forever Plaid” groupie, said that back in the day, “the dance floor would be packed all night and the place would be rockin’ the whole time” the RangeHoods played. “Fans would come early and stay until closing time.”

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