Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Around Town

Go back in time with Dick Dorworth film debut
    In the summer of 1968, adventurers Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins and Dick Dorworth decided to climb the rarely attempted Cerro Fitz Roy, but first they had to drive from California to southern Argentina in a sketchy van. The film “Mountain of Storms” documents the road trip that changed their lives.
     The Wood River Y and the Elephant’s Perch will present the film at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum on Friday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.). Dorworth, a longtime Ketchum resident, will introduce the 60-minute film and a follow-up after with questions and answers.
     Refreshments will be available before the film.

Chef demos and dinners at The Garden
    Join the folks at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden for a series of Chef Cooking Demonstrations and Dinners on Thursdays starting Feb. 20, and continuing March 20 and April 17. The events start at 6 p.m.
     Dinners will be prepared and demonstrated by the acclaimed Wood River Valley chef Felix Gonzalez. “Locally, the name Felix is synonymous with wonderful food,” a news release states. “For over 50 years, he has cooked for many, including time in the kitchens of The Ram, 319, The Christiania, 111, Knob Hill Inn and his own Felix’s restaurant in Ketchum.”
    Each dinner is themed—beef in February, seafood in March and lamb in April—and includes a three-course meal plus wine.
    The garden is located on state Highway 75 south of Ketchum. Call 726-9358 to make a reservation.

Father-daughter dance set
    Fathers, grab your daughters ages 5-13 and whisk them out onto the dance floor while helping support the Young Wolverines Spanish Club and its effort to get to Puerto Rico.
    “A Night of Elegance” father-daughter dance will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, from 6-9 p.m. in the Wood River Middle School cafeteria, in Hailey.
    Admission is $20 per couple and $5 for each extra daughter.
    Enjoy refreshments, a professional photo and a chance to dance with your daughter without having to give her away after.
    Reservations are required by calling 788-1041 or emailing

Marcia Ball in concert at the nexStage Theatre
    The Sun Valley Center for the Arts will present one of its most anticipated winter events—a cabaret-style concert with acclaimed blues musician Marcia Ball—on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum.
    “Marcia Ball is just plain fun,” said Kristine Bretall, director of performing arts. “Her concerts blend her laid-back Louisiana blues and boogie-woogie with her storytelling and incredible piano playing.”
    And to make Ball’s Ketchum appearance truly unforgettable, the nexStage will be transformed into a cabaret for the special night.
    “We’ll set up the theatre with café tables and you’ll feel like you’re in a New Orleans nightclub,” Bretall said.
    Winner of nine Blues Music Awards—including five for Best Piano Player of the Year—the Texas-born and Louisiana-raised singer/songwriter/pianist has been performing and recording for more than 40 years. In addition to her Blues Music awards, Ball is a Grammy nominee and was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame in 1990.
     The night will include more than music: beer, wine and special food platters will be available for purchase—and your first drink is on The Center as part of the ticket price. Advance ticketholders will have an opportunity to pre-order food platters.
    Tickets are $50 for Center members and $60 for non-members. To purchase, go to or call 726-9491.

Experience Wild Gift in action
    Fresh out of the Idaho winter backcountry, the public will have an opportunity to hear about lessons learned by Wild Gift participants during their two-week Winter Alpine Expedition and how it will affect their social-impact work. In addition, each Wild Gift fellow will introduce their self-designed social venture in a two-minute pitch.
    Ketchum Mayor Nina Jonas will welcome these budding social entrepreneurs to our community, followed by remarks from Pia Ayliffe, one of the founding members of Echoing Green.
    The event will be hosted by Velocio in Ketchum, on Sunday, Feb. 23, from 4-6 p.m.
    Inspired by wilderness, Wild Gift empowers young visionaries age 21-35 to create businesses, ideas and projects that can change the world. Its two-week expedition is designed to inspire personal vision and perspective and to collaborate with mentors and peers.
    Founded in 2003, Wild Gift has mentored 43 fellows, launching projects worldwide in the areas of education, agriculture, renewable energy, community development and land preservation.
    Among the 2013-14 Wild Gift fellows are Lisa Curtis, with the Kuli Kuli Bar, part of improving nutrition and livelihoods with a nutrient-rich, superfood bar.
    Marty Schnure started Maps For Good, part of a plan to create multimedia communication tools for those working for better communities.
    James Richards created Solar Dividend, an alternative-energy business that aims to lower collective emissions and create “green collar” jobs.
    Raj Vable will present Young Mountain Tea, which provides a unique business model that will purchase from producer-owned or­ganic cooperatives at fair rates and sell directly to American consumers.

Hellbound Glory at Sun Valley Brewery
    Rising country music band Hellbound Glory will return to Hailey on Thursday, Feb. 20, to play at the Sun Valley Brewery.
    Last year was huge for the band from Reno, having supported Kid Rock’s Rebel Soul Tour in arenas across the country and hitting the road again with legendary rock band The Supersuckers.
    Joining the band will be the Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank and Spike Coggins.
    Tickets are $8 at the door.

Girls on the Run seeking youth to serve on board
    The self-esteem-raising Girls on the Run program is now accepting applications for a youth to serve a one-year term on its board of directors.
    Applications will be accepted through March 31. The term will run from May until June 2015. Youths in grades 9-11 are welcome to submit their applications online.   
    Executive Director Mary Fauth asks potential applicants to consider these questions: “Are you a youth that would like to embrace our differences and find strength in our connectedness? Do you nurture your physical, emotional and spiritual health? Do you believe in standing up for yourself and others, while expressing joy, optimism and gratitude through your words, thoughts and actions?  Would you like to help us lead with an open heart and impact other young girls’ lives in the Wood River Valley?”  
     For more information, visit

Ketchum Arts Festivals launches a call for artists
    Applications are being accepted for the annual Ketchum Arts Festival from July 11-13; submissions must be postmarked by March 15.
    To qualify as a new local artist, one must currently reside in Blaine County.  Those who resided in Blaine County when they previously participated are also welcome.
    Forms and details are available at
    The Ketchum Arts Festival, now in its 15th  year, is a celebration of local arts, food and music, held at Festival Meadow on Sun Valley Road, between Ketchum and Sun Valley.

Boise hotel opens walls to artists
    The Modern Hotel in Boise is offering artists a chance to show off their work in its rooms and halls.
    Submission forms are due by March 10.
    For more information,

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