Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Around Town

Play reading at nexStage
    The nexStage Theatre in Ketchum will present a play reading of “The Cripple of Inishmaan” by Martin McDonagh at 7 p.m. today, July 30. Admission will be free and complimentary wine and cookies will be served.  
    The reading will run two hours with a short intermission. The cast features Freddie Harris, Kathy Wygle, Patsy Wygle, Charlotte Hemmings, Will Hemmings, Scott Creighton, Keith Moore, Steve D’Smith and Ben Flandro. The reading will be directed by Jon Kane. The play is currently enjoying a sold out revival on Broadway.

Symphony gala set for Sunday
    In celebration of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony’s milestone 30th anniversary, lawn tickets are available at $75 per ticket for the symphony’s Gala Concert with Renée Fleming on Sunday, Aug. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sun Valley Pavilion.
    This is the first time since the symphony’s 2010 benefit concert with Garth Brooks that the lawn will be open for a benefit performance. As the one performance of the summer concert season that isn’t free, the annual fundraiser helps fund all of the free summer concerts, as well as the Sun Valley Summer Symphony School of Music and adult music education programs.
    Known as much for her stage presence as her voice, Fleming has recorded movie soundtracks, indie-rock and pop covers, jazz and opera. The Grammy Award winner will perform everything from popular music to well-known arias.
    Pavilion seating is sold out. Lawn tickets must be purchased online at

Braun Brothers to reunite again
    The Braun Brothers Reunion will boast national headliners at the 11th annual Alternative Country Music Festival in Challis next week.
    Idaho’s musical Braun family consists of original brothers Muzzie, Gary and Billy, along with Reckless Kelly’s Cody and Willy Braun and Micky and the Motorcars’ Micky and Gary Braun.
   The concert at the Challis golf course driving range will get started at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, with McCall’s own Jeff Crosby and the Refugees. Other Thursday performers will be Mississippi songwriter Chris Knight, The Turnpike Troubadours and Micky and the Motorcars.
    Grammy Award winner Rodney Crowell will headline the Friday, Aug. 8, night concert, along with Nashville song master Radney Foster. Festival favorites Cody Canada and the Departed  return along with Americana songwriter Hayes Carll. The original Braun Brothers will kick off Friday’s festivities at 4 p.m.
    Things get started at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, with the Guitar Pull, which features many of the artists from the weekend. Next up are the Braun Family, the Black Lillies, the Greencards, the Randy Rogers Band and Reckless Kelly.
    Tickets, camping and other festival information is available at Passes will also be available each day at the venue.

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