Students unite for concert
The school season is winding down but that doesn’t mean Jackson’s middle or high school students have caught a break yet.
Musically inclined students will showcase the culmination of the past year’s worth of work in a series of spring concerts Monday. The Jackson Hole Middle School bands will kick off the show before the Jackson Hole High School Jazz Band and Concert Band take the stage.
The middle school group will showcase their talents as a group, and as individual sections before the jazz ensemble works its way through a selection of jazz standards, putting its members’ improvisational chops on display along the way. Fresh off receiving its seventh award from the Wyoming Music Educators Association Southwest District Music Festival, the concert band will round off the evening with a collection of songs from Broadway and Hollywood.
The concert, set for 6 p.m. Monday at the Jackson Hole High School auditorium, is free and open to the public. More information can be found at TCSD.org.
Kids ‘made this’ art
It’s not every day that kids get the opportunity to hang their work in a professional gallery. But on Thursday they’ll get the opportunity to do exactly that.
The Art Association of Jackson Hole’s newest exhibition, “I Made This,” will open with a focus on work from students and artists who participate in the Creating Hand-in-Hand Outreach program. In partnership with more than 10 nonprofits the program has been giving students an opportunity to create and show their work for the past 25 years.
This year’s exhibit will kick off with an opening celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Art Association Gallery in the Center for the Arts. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. “I Made This” will close May 31.
For information, visit ArtAssociation.org.
Fly away at Cowboy Coffee
Jill Auerbach has lived all over the country, but, in her painting, she’s always been drawn to the little birds of the Mountain West: those that, like the goldfinch or the robin, manage to either endure the difficult winter climate or migrate south for the winter.
Anyone who shares Auerbach’s affinity for the birds can stop into Cowboy Coffee to see her latest exhibition, “Birds — Place and Spaces,” which will hang until the end June. The collection of impressionist paintings features small birds on open canvases to highlight, as Auerbach put it, the birds’ “presence in the larger world and their toughness in surviving it.”
For information about Auerbach’s work, which includes petroglyph-inspired paintings as well as her collections of avian canvases, visit JillAuerbach.com.
Join a chorus line
Off Square Theatre Company has opened a call for auditions for “A Chorus Line,” a musical about a group of people auditioning to be in a Broadway musical’s chorus line.
If that sounds a bit meta to you, it is.
The first run of “A Chorus Line” in 1975 was an off-Broadway affair. Its subsequent production made it to Broadway and the play ran until 1987, when it took a two-decade break before returning to San Francisco. Broadway performer and choreographer Jeremy Benton will direct Off Square’s production, set to run from Oct. 24 to Nov. 3.
Interested in auditioning? You’ve got time. Auditions won’t happen until June 3 and 4 in the Center for the Art’s black box theater. Rehearsals will begin Sept. 23.
Auditions are open to anyone, Off Square Artistic Director Natalia Duncan Macker said.
“We want as many people as possible from the community to come out to auditions, even if it’s been a been a while and you’re brushing stuff off,” she said.
For information, visit OffSquare.org.
‘Fat Pig’ returns
Didn’t make it out to see one of last week’s “Fat Pig” shows? There’s still time.
Riot Act Inc.’s production of Neil LaBute’s Olivier Award-winning play will return for shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The play tackles complex issues — body image, social stigma and pressures, among others — and asks audience members to take a look at how they treat themselves and others. Sessions with experts on nutrition and body image will accompany Friday’s performances.
“You have to be open to coming to a show like this,” said Patrick Nolan, an actor in the production. “It’s about affecting someone, whether that’s the characters or the audience.”
This weekend’s shows start at 7 p.m. in Riot Act Inc.’s new studio, room 305 at the Center for the Arts. Tickets cost $20 for adults, and $15 for students and seniors. Visit RiotActInc.org for more information. A preview of the play made the cover of the May 8 Scene section. Read the full article at JHNewsAndGuide.com/scene.
Witness some history
Russian history, that is.
Off Square Theatre Company and the Russian Club of Jackson Hole will host a Thursday screening of “The Russian Ark,” a film that traces an unseen narrator’s jaunt through Russian history. Set in The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the film was shot in one day and one take in December 2001, making it a pioneer of sorts in the world of film (the infamous steadicam sequences in “Birdman” didn’t make it to the Academy Awards until 2015). The show will be accompanied by an introductory lecture and post-show conversation with professor Dr. Reade Dornan, who earned her doctorate from Michigan State University and spent decades teaching overseas.
Doors open 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Center for the Arts’ black box theater. Tickets are $15, plus a $3 processing fee. For more information, visit JHCenterForTheArts.org.
Choir to cover Mozart
If Russian art history isn’t your thing, but you’re still looking for a classical fix before the Grand Teton Music Festival kicks off, drop into the Center for the Arts on Sunday afternoon, when Cathedral Voices Chamber Choir is set to close its winter season by performing of a number of Mozart pieces.
The free event starts at 4 p.m. Information can be found at JHCenterForTheArts.org.
Calling all musicians
Don’t have a label? Got a few songs on Spotify?
The Wyoming Arts Council has put out a call for submissions to its annual summer road trip playlist, an annual release promoted at a number of the state’s high-traffic tourism zones. Independent musicians of all genres are encouraged to fill out an interest form at TinyURL.com/wyoroadtrip and create or update their profile on the Wyoming Arts Council’s directory (TinyURL.com/wyodirectory). There’s no limit to the number of songs that Eric Gilbert, the director of Boise, Idaho’s Treefort Music Fest, will add to the playlist.
Art from flint and beads
Grand Teton National Park has announced the lineup of Native American artists who will be creating traditional and contemporary art throughout the summer at the Colter Bay Visitor Center. Debbie and Willy Lamere of the Shoshone Nation will kick off the season, working with beads and flint knapping until May 27.
The full list of artists-in-residence can be found at TinyURL.com/colterbayartists.
Early bird gets the worm
Or, at least, discounted pricing for tickets to the Jackson Hole Food and Wine Summer Festival, which is returning for its third year.
The festival will take place from June 20 to June 22 and feature a slew of culinary classes, tasting and dinners with national royalty de cuisine. Local culinary talents will also be on display.
Early bird ticket sales close today. Visit JHFoodAndWine.com for more details about ticket pricing, classes and events.
- BIlly Arnold