Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Talk set on Sawtooths guidebook
    Photographer, writer and guide Matt Leidecker will give a free presentation on his guidebook “Exploring the Sawtooths” on Thursday, July 18, at 8 p.m. at the Redfish Center amphitheater at Redfish Lake near Stanley.
    For his research, Leidecker biked 221 miles and hiked 360 miles, while his wife Christine hiked 140 miles, for a total of 721 miles and vertical distance of 157,000 feet.
    “My book provides a perspective of the Sawtooths you will not get anywhere else,” Leidecker said. “The history and geology in the Sawtooths is amazing, from early mining and trapping routes to geological discoveries.”
    Leidecker’s presentation will include a brief historical and geologic background to the Sawtooth Mountains, anecdotes about hiking with his family, and a Q&A and photos.
    The Community School graduate also partnered with the Sawtooth Society, a conservation organization whose mission is to “preserve, protect and enhance” the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.
    For more information, visit or contact

Summer is fly-fishing-on-film season
    Join Silver Creek Outfitters at the Sun Valley Opera House on Friday, July 19, for a reception, fly-casting games and information and a series of films about the sport that rivals skiing and biking for popularity in the Wood River Valley.
    Tickets are $15, and the party starts at 5:30 p.m. at the store in the Sun Valley Mall. Films begin at 7 p.m.

Seattle clay artist to lecture
    Well-known Seattle clay artist Carol Gouthro will give a free lecture at the Community Library in Ketchum at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 19.
    Gouthro will show slides of her award-winning work and talk about trends in contemporary clay art.
    For more details, call 726-4484 or email

‘Other Desert Cities’ runs through July 26
    There are still a few shows left to catch the contemporary family drama “Other Desert Cities” with Company of Fools.
    Pulitzer Prize nominee Jon Robin Baitz’s story is directed by Fools founder Rusty Wilson and stars Keith Moore, Denise Simone and Patsy Wygle and guest actors Hanna Cheek and Adrian Rieder.
    When Brooke Wyeth arrives at her parents’ Palm Springs mansion on Christmas Eve with the manuscript of her tell-all memoir in tow, she unearths a devastating family secret that throws her parents into a panic and threatens to rip the clan apart.
    Tickets are $35 for full price, $25 for seniors and Center members and $10 for students (18 and under). Groups of six or more receive $25 tickets. Arrive an hour before show time and get a chance at one of ten front row seats for $10.
    Remaining show times are tonight, July 17, at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 20, at 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 23, through Thursday, July 25, at 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, at 8 p.m.
    Pick up tickets at the Liberty Theatre box office on Hailey’s Main Street or visit

Events at the Community Library
    On Thursday, July 18, at 6 p.m., Afshin Mofid will talk about growing up in Iran and moving to New York City to dance for George Balanchine.
    Balanchine, the father of American ballet, was one of the 20th century’s most prolific and famous choreographers. He co-founded the New York City Ballet and led there for more than 35 years.
    After years in dance, Mofid is now primary chiropractor for Ballet Idaho and the Boise Philharmonic Symphony.
    The final film in the debut of the Wood River Jewish Film Festival is “Orchestra of Exiles,” which will be show at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 22. The film tells the story of Bronislaw Huberman, world-renowned violinist during the days of Hitler. It is an inspiring and against-all-odds story directed by Academy Award nominee Josh Aronson.
    Both events are at the Community Library in Ketchum and are free.
Have you a Bigfoot fetish?
    Sasquatch investigator Jeff Meldrum will speak at the Ketchum Community Library in Ketchum on Tuesday, July 23, at 6 p.m.
    Meldrum is a professor at Idaho State University, where he teaches human anatomy, evolution and primatology classes.
    His academic interests in the legendary Sasquatch began when he literally crossed paths with a set of enigmatic 15-inch footprints in the mountains of southeastern Washington. In his search for answers, he has conducted collaborative laboratory and field research throughout the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains, China and Russia. He has spoken about his findings in interviews, television appearances and public presentations. Jane Goodall said that his book “Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science” brings “a much-needed level of scientific analysis to the Sasquatch-Bigfoot debate.”
    Meldrum’s research in paleoprimatology and paleoanthropology has taken him from the skeleton cabinets of far-flung international museums to remote fossil beds of South America, Korea and Hawaii.  
    He has published extensively on the evolutionary history of neotropical primates and has described several new extinct species. More recently, his attention has returned to the emergence of modern human walking; he edited and contributed to the influential book, “From Biped to Strider: the Emergence of Modern Human Walking Running and Resource Transport.”
     He just published the Sasquatch Field Guide, providing a how-to for identifying, collecting and preserving possible evidence for Sasquatch discovered in the field. He edits the Relict Hominoid Inquiry, an online scholarly refereed journal, engaging the evidence of potentially unrecognized primate species worldwide.

Artists’ work captured ‘en plein air’
    Each summer, Kneeland Gallery brings a group of respected plein-air painters from all over the West to the Wood River Valley to paint the local landscape over a three-day period. The public is invited to watch the artists as they create a painting on the easel from start to finish.
     This year’s event takes place July 31 and Aug. 1, and culminates with the Gallery Walk on Aug. 2.
    Participating artists are Steven Lee Adams, Ovanes Berberian, John Horejs, Shanna Kunz, Lori McNee, Robert Moore, Linda Tippetts, Jack Braman and Bart Walker.
    “En Plein Air” is a French expression meaning “in the outdoors” and is particularly used to describe the act of painting on location. The artist faces the challenge of changing light throughout the day, and has to work fast to capture subtle changes on canvas. As this is such a fast-paced technique, each artist brings in one or more wet paintings to the gallery at the end of each day. There they are signed, framed, wired and hung for display during the gallery walk.
    The first day of painting will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the artists will paint the historic Sun Valley barn from Festival Meadows. Interested parties should contact the gallery on the morning of Day 2 for specific artists’ locations.
    Friday features a still-life painting demonstration by Ovanes Berberian at the gallery, followed by Gallery Walk from 5-8 p.m.

Volunteers needed for folk festival
    The 36th annual Northern Rockies Folk Festival is fast approaching and seeks a few good volunteers to take tickets and sell beer for two-hour shifts from 4-10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, and from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3.
    Volunteers receive a free pass to the festival on the day they work for each two-hour shift.
    Interested? Contact Stefany Mahoney at 720-8227.
    Discount festival tickets are available online until they are gone at
    Friday’s show features Up a Creek, Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams and Hayes Carll. Saturday’s show starts with Paddy Wagon, Captain Dano & the Nobodies, Steph Sloan & Elephant Parade, George Devore and the Electric Cigarettes, The 44s and headliner Ruthie Foster.
    Headliners include Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster, Hayes Carrl, the 44s, and Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams.
    Tickets are 15 percent less online than they will be by show time. Online tickets are $17 for Friday, $28.50 for Saturday and $38.25 for both days.
Lefty’s charity trivia changes days
    Trivia nights at Lefty’s in Ketchum are now being held on Monday nights at 8:30 p.m. for the summer.
    While always intended as a fundraiser, the organizers have decided to honor a specific charity each week and will invite all the charity’s friends and fans to turn out to play for pay.
    Check in at to see which charity is selected.

Scholarships offered for writing camp
    Got a writer in the making? The Cabin is offering generous scholarships to students in grades 3-12 for the Idaho Writing Camp, which will be held in Hailey in August.
    Campers work with a professional writer in a small-group setting, find inspiration in nature and cultural attractions and have their work published in a professionally printed anthology.
    For a complete listing of classes, times, locations and fees, visit Request a scholarship form by emailing and for registration call 208-331-8000. Costs range from $135 to $240.
Restaurant invited to locavore event
    Ketchum’s della Mano has been asked to do the first ever Outstanding in the Field dinner in the state, and will travel to Sweet Idaho’s Sweet Valley Organics July 20 to participate.
    The nonprofit organization Outstanding in the Field holds dinners across the country all summer long on farms, vineyards and urban farms to bring people closer to their food.
    For more information, visit

Harvest Festival announces chefs
    Now in its fourth year, the Sun Valley Harvest Festival will be held Sept. 19-22.
    One of the most anticipated events of the weekend is a day of professional chef demonstrations at Carol’s Dollar Lodge on Saturday, Sept. 21.  
    This year’s chefs will demonstrate their signature dishes during individual one-hour-long presentations.  Attendees can then sample the chefs’ dishes paired with a wine from one of the sponsoring wineries followed by an opportunity to meet each chef, ask questions and take photos.
    Chefs include Malika Ameen, from byMdesserts, Chicago; Rodrigo Bueno, from Rancho Pescadero, Mexico; Akasha Richmond, from L.A.’s AKASHA; Tal Ronnen and Scot Jones, from L.A.’s Crossroads; Tina Ruggiero, award-winning cookbook author from Tampa and New York.   
    Over the course of the weekend, festival guests can sip bourbon on a rooftop deck, enjoy the Restaurant Walk, learn from health and nutrition experts, talk with culinary entrepreneurs, ride the mountain gondola up to the martini and caviar party, cheer on the river guide cooking demonstration and peruse specialty food from hand-selected purveyors at the Harvest Marketplace.  
    For the outdoor adventurer, there is a new Fit Pass, which includes guided hikes and other outdoor activities.
    For details and ticket information, visit or call 450-6430.

Librarians unite for community health
    The Idaho Commission for Libraries has partnered with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, the Idaho Primary Care Association, the Idaho Hospital Association and the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians to develop a “Get Connected” bookmark that lets patients know what resources are available at Idaho’s libraries and encourages them to access those resources to take an active role in their own health.
    The bookmarks will be distributed to Idaho health-care providers and hospitals. As the health-care providers and hospitals begin to make patient information available online, they can give the bookmarks to patients to make them aware of the Internet access and resources available at the libraries.
    See more at
    To support patient engagement, health-care systems in Idaho are working to make health information available to patients electronically. A federal program that provides incentives to health-care providers and hospitals to help them adopt electronic health records will begin requiring health-care providers and hospitals to make health information available to patients online in 2014.
    However, not all Idahoans have a computer or Internet access in their homes.
    “Idaho’s public libraries can play a critical role in helping Idaho residents cross the digital divide when it comes to accessing health information online,” said State Librarian Ann Joslin in a release. “The libraries have free Internet and public access computers. In many communities, this is the only free public Internet access available.”

nexStage announces fall production
    This fall, nexStage Theatre will present “Brilliant Traces,” a play by Cindy Lou Johnson, starring local actress Charlotte Hemmings and New York actor Chris Wendelken, and directed by Jon Kane.
    “Brilliant Traces” is scheduled to open Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. and run through Sunday, Sept. 8. There will be reduced ticket prices and complimentary champagne cocktails at the pre-show party in the lobby on opening night. Tickets are available by calling 726-4857 or in the theater box office weekdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    The romantic “dramedy” was first produced by the Circle Repertory Company in New York in 1989 and has since been presented by many of the nation’s top regional theaters to critical acclaim. The New York Times wrote that the play “deals with common issues of love and family, and does so with characters, story and dialogue so fantastic that they could exist only within the enchanted realm of the stage.”

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