Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Around Town

French opera “Werther” Live in HD
    Join Sun Valley Opera at the Bigwood Theatre in Hailey on Saturday, March 15, for Jules Massenet’s opera “Werther.”
    Jonas Kaufman sings the title role of Massenet’s adaptation of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s revolutionary romance.  The opera is loosely based on the novel “The Sorrows of Young Werther.”
    The Wall Street Journal called the production “a taut drama about passion, obsession and pursuit.”
    Doors open at 10 a.m. Dick Brown will give a pre-opera lecture beginning at 10:15 a.m. and the opera will run from 11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
    Tickets are available for purchase at any time at the theater box office. They are $24 for general admission, $20 for seniors and $18 for students.
    For more information about Sun Valley Opera, go to

Food drive for food pantry
    The Hunger Coalition and local businesses have launched the annual Spring Corporate Food Drive through March 19.
     With record numbers of people needing food assistance, the Spring Corporate Food Drive comes at a critical time for The Hunger Coalition.
     “We have more people receiving food assistance from us right now than ever before,” said Jeanne Liston, the organization’s executive director. “Recently, we had a record number of people come through our doors in a single day.  This is a record that we never wanted to break.”  
    The coming months have been dubbed the “hunger season,” when need is at its highest and food donations plummet, leaving people at risk of going hungry.  
    The most-needed food items include canned fruits or apple sauce, grains and rice, canned beans and meals (high protein, low sodium) and healthy snacks for kids.
    For more information about donating, visit

Crisis Hotline training offered
    Learn how to help fellow community members in crisis and the services available by participating in Crisis Hotline training every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. in Hailey through April 24.
    The Hotline asks for two days a month in return. The sessions, led by professional health-care specialists, will teach supportive communication with people who are struggling with difficult life transitions or situations.
    No previous experience is necessary.  Participation in the training is free, and it is open to anyone in the community interested in developing listening skills and learning the dynamics of crises such as family violence, suicide, substance abuse, depression, child abuse and neglect, mental illness and domestic violence.
    The classes will be held next to the old Hailey chamber office, downstairs meeting room on the north side of Blaine Manor parking lot at 706 S. Main St.
    For more information, contact the Crisis Hotline office at 788-0735.

Get a better understanding of Waldorf education
    Liz Beaven will explain the theory of a Waldorf education—the curriculum basis for the new charter school Syringa Mountain School—on Tuesday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m.
    Beaven will give the history of the nature-based program and explain why it is relevant to today’s education model and answer questions from the public.
    The event is free and will be held in the Minnie Moore Room at the Community Campus in Hailey.

Don’t miss these high school “Fools”
    The Wood River High School drama department is bringing a production of Neil Simon’s “Fools” to Hailey on Wednesday, March 12, and Thursday, March 13, at 6 p.m., and Friday, March 14, at 7 p.m. with a  Saturday, March 15, matinee at 1 p.m.
    Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for high-schoolers, $3 for middle-schoolers, and $1 for elementary school students.  The performances will be held at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater.
    American playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon is widely regarded as one of the most successful, prolific and performed playwrights in the world. He has received more Academy Award and Tony nominations than any other writer. Awards that he has received include the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Awards and a special Tony Award for Overall Contribution to the Theatre.
    Cast and crew are Hayden Mann, Drake Arial, Caroline Scarbrough, Sadera Shultz, Logan Scarbrough, Taylor Lenane, Eva Sorensen, Kagen Albright, Alexandra Begly, Sammy Black, Yisel Reigle, Hallie Taylor, Shannon Robertson, Brenna Marshall, Hilarie Neely and the high school play production class, Interact.

Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery Gypsy Tour stops here
    Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery will play at the Sun Valley Brewery in Hailey on Wednesday, March 12, during the third leg of their “Gypsy Tour.”
    Channeling the foot-stomping vibe of a post-modern Neil Young, this storming Midwestern folk-rock trio creates a rustic American sound with lush plate reverb and vocal harmonies from the Powell brothers.
    There is no cover for the 8 p.m. concert.

Finalists selected for film apprenticeship
    Nat Geo WILD, the Sun Valley Film Festival and the African Wildlife Foundation have named three finalists in the first annual “Wild To Inspire” short film competition.
    Finalists include “Always Endangered” by Jim Laybourn; “Bee Happy” by David Thompson and Jacob Taylor; and “Wolf Mountain” by Dan Duran, Sam Price-Waldman and Brendan Nahmias.
    Their films will be screened for festival attendees on Saturday, March 15, at noon, ahead of the world premiere of Nat Geo WILD’s “Kingdom of the Apes.”

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