Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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Lynsey Dyer wants girls to find role models in ski films.
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Kickstart a film about girl skiers by January 16
    Anyone interested in seeing more great role models for young women and girls is encouraged to look into professional big mountain skier Lynsey Dyer’s project that is hoping to raise $60,000 by Jan. 16 to launch.
    According to Dyer’s Kickstarter project page, “Pretty Faces, the story of a skiergirl,” has raised a little more than $25,000 towards the film, which is to celebrate womens’ achievement in the mountains while inspiring girls to believe in their dreams.
    Dyer says in her introduction at, that as a skier and co-founder of SheJumps, she has seen women consistently get overlooked despite the growing female interest in the sport.
    “I was compelled to do something about this by contributing a film that can embolden women young and old by showing them what is possible on and off the hill to live up to one’s potential. Put simply, I wanted to create something little girls could look to and use as proof that ‘if she can do it, then so can I.’
    Some motivating statistics include that despite a reported 40 percent of woman in the ski population and 30 percent presence in the audiences of ski films, only 14 percent of major ski films contained women.
    “We see this as an opportunity to provide an inspiring documentary ski film told from a female’s perspective to connect with and celebrate skiing’s female population,” Dyer says.
    Also, statistics show that most kids are active but around 11-15 years old many girls tend to drop off and stop participating in sports.
    “Although skiing is the focus of the film, we hope to showcase women’s on-hill success—from professional skiers to recreational enthusiasts—to inspire girls of all ages to pursue their dreams, walk the path less traveled, and reach their fullest potential, whatever path they choose.”
    Dyer’s phone mail was full and she couldn’t be otherwise reached for comment.

Rev up for summer symphony with Upbeat with Alasdair
    Join Sun Valley Summer Symphony Music Director Alasdair Neale as he explores the process of commissioning new works, the role of patronage and the new music he has personally conducted including an upcoming commission for the Sun Valley Summer Symphony’s 30th Anniversary season.
    The public is invited to a free Upbeat with Alasdair event on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Library in Ketchum. Neale will discuss “Musical Midwifery: Bringing New Works into the World.” 
    All Upbeat with Alasdair events are free but space is limited. To reserve seats, please contact the Sun Valley Summer Symphony at (208) 622-5607 or

Wilderness Reading Series Begins late January
    “Wilderness Considered,” a five-week, scholar-led, reading and conversation series on the meaning of wilderness in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act, starts at the College of Southern Idaho Jan. 29.
    Meeting over five Wednesdays until Feb. 26, 6-7:30 p.m. each evening, at the Community Campus in Hailey, the series is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required, and texts will be available on loan to the first 25 participants to sign up at the Blaine County Center.
    The Idaho Humanities Council in offering the series in partnership with the College of Southern Idaho Blaine County Center.
    Five scholars from several Idaho colleges and universities will lecture and lead discussions on works by Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, Wallace Stegner, and more. Participants will be loaned two texts when they sign up, “American Wilderness: A New History,” an anthology edited by Michael Lewis, and “Indian Creek Chronicles: A Winter Alone in the Wilderness,” by Pete Fromm. In addition to reading essays, stories, and memoirs that reflect on the experience and meaning of wilderness, scholars will touch on historical controversies surrounding wilderness and some contemporary public policy issues regarding new wilderness designation.
    For more information about the series, or to review the syllabus, contact the CSI Blaine County Center at 788-2033.

Playreading slated for Thursday at nexStage Theatre
    The public is invited to a free reading of David Harrower’s play “A Slow Air” on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m at the theatre in downtown Ketchum.
     The cast features Claudia McCain and Scott Creighton and is directed by Jon Kane. The running time is 75 minutes and complimentary refreshments will be served before the show.
    Harrower, of Scotland, received the Olivier Award for his play “Blackbird” that the nexStage did as a reading three seasons ago.
    The story revolves around a middle-aged brother and sister who have fond and not so fond memories of their upbringing and definite opinions about each other.
    Call the nexStage: 726-9124 for more information.

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