Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Around Town

Writer, angler and conservationist Chris Hunt has released a book called “Fly Fishing Idaho’s Secret Waters,” which can inform fishermen of new, off-the-beaten-path sites to try. Courtesy photo

Learn the fishing secrets of the Gem State
    Writer, angler and conservationist Chris Hunt has released a book, “Fly Fishing Idaho’s Secret Waters,” just in time for the fishing season to kick in.
    The book, available as an e-book as well as through, is the result of Hunt’s travel to some of the state’s most idyllic areas to find the best fishing.
    He gives directions off the beaten path and tips and seasonal strategies for each location.

Paul Tillotson and friends wrap up season at the Duchin Lounge
    Get there early and plan to stay late to see off Paul Tillotson and friends during a special set for the final shows in the Duchin Lounge in Sun Valley.
    Piano man Tillotson will team up with Josh Kelly on drums and Victor Little on bass, tonight through Saturday night. From Thursday night on, they will be joined by a special guest, the Allman Brothers Band’s Johnny Neel.
    “He is an incredible talented blues singer and organ/piano player. We all played together in the Ketchum Town Square last summer,” Tillotson said.
    The shows on March 27 and 28 run from 4:30-8:30 p.m. and on Saturday, March 29, from 7-11 p.m. There is no cover.

Free play reading at nexStage Theatre
    Actors Claudia McCain, Levie Smith, Steve D’Smith, Nate Farrell, Charlotte Hemmings and Jon Kane will present a reading of Nicky Silver’s dark comedy “The Lyons” as part of their 2014 play-reading series.
    The reading takes place tonight, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum. The running time is two hours plus a 10-minute intermission. Admission is free and complimentary refreshments will be served.
    “The Lyons” is the first play that the nexStage has read by the acclaimed playwright. It debuted on Broadway in 2012 to rave reviews. The comedy documents the travails of a seriously dysfunctional family, struggling to come to terms with the meaning of life and relationships.
    Kane will direct the reading.

Hot country artist to appear at Whiskey’s
    Granger Smith, whose ninth studio album, “Dirt Road Driveway,” debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Country Chart and No. 15 on the Top Billboard Country Albums Chart, will play at Whiskey Jacques’ in Ketchum on Saturday, March 29.
    Smith’s powerful, heartfelt, blended hits have made him into a fan and critic favorite over the years. With more than 19 million unique YouTube views, 200 tour dates nationwide and 1.3 million social-media followers, Smith became the best-selling independent country music album in digital sales in 2013.
    The music video for Smith’s current single, “Miles and Mud Tires,” world premiered on Thanksgiving Day across multiple Country Music Television platforms.
    The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Start off April with Company of Fools’ news
    The Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Company of Fools will kick off their summer season with the annual Fools Day Celebration on Tuesday, April 1, at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey.        Be among the first to hear about upcoming Company of Fools productions and The Center’s lecture and performing arts series. Guests will gather at the Liberty for desserts and appetizers and the unveiling of The Center and Company of Fools’ upcoming season at venues throughout the valley.
    While details about the approaching season will be revealed during the Fools Day event, both organizations have hinted that the 2014 lineup is filled with inspiring and compelling performances and special guests.
    According to Kristine Bretall, director of performing arts, the always-popular summer concert series will be as exciting as ever. “The Center’s summer concerts are going to be fantastic,” she said. “We love to present a variety of shows that offer the community a chance to gather to enjoy live music on the grass at River Run.” Bretall didn’t disclose performers’ names but hinted that the lineup is loaded with talent to please any audience: “The concerts offer something for everyone, from up-and-coming musicians and some that have deeper history. Come find out whom you will be dancing to this July and August!”
     Fools Days is free and open to the community. It will start at 5:30 p.m.

The Center to host community meetings
    The nonprofit Sun Valley Center for the Arts will host two community meetings in early April to discuss the status of the organization’s capital campaign and new building plans. Both meetings will be held at The Center in Ketchum—on Wednesday, April 2, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Monday, April 7, from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
    The Center announced last month that it was discontinuing plans to build a new headquarters facility on Lot 1 of the Simplot subdivision across from the Ketchum Post Office.
    Since the capital campaign was launched in 2006, The Center has expanded its programs, merged with the Company of Fools theater troupe and weathered the challenges of an economic downturn.
    “As a result, the board and staff believe it is time to initiate a fresh planning process to meet The Center’s future needs and those of the entire community,” a news release states.
    The Center said there are two goals for these meetings:
·    To answer any questions people may have about the project that was proposed for the Second Avenue lot.
·    To discuss the organization’s future.
    Artistic Director Kristin Poole, former Executive Director Sally Boettger and Board Chair John Gaeddert will lead the conversation and answer questions at the meetings.
    For more information, call 726-9491.

Kiwanis Club seeks vendors
    The Kiwanis Club is hosting its first home and garden show on Saturday, May 17, at the Hailey Armory, and is seeking vendors.
    Proceeds from the show will be used for new playground equipment in the valley.
    For details, call Lorna at 720-6674 or Bob at 720-2438.

Land Trust to hold weed workshop
    The Wood River Land Trust, together with the Blaine County Noxious Weed Department, invite landscapers, homeowners and land managers to attend a free workshop to learn effective noxious-weed-control methods. Both alternative and traditional methods will be discussed at the workshop, set for Thursday, April 10, from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden south of Ketchum. Coffee and treats will be served at
8:30 a.m.
    Information on weed identification, practices to reduce pesticide use, bio-control strategies, creation of a community insectuary and utilizing integrated pest management will be discussed.
    For more information, contact 788-5516, or go to facebook.comccwma for an agenda.

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