Patagonia’s latest film, “Artifishal,” is about the plight of wild salmon. The conservation-oriented documentary will be shown for a second time in Jackson at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Center for the Arts. Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard will attend for a follow-up question-and-answer session.

A date with Chouinard

“Artifishal” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, and Jacksonites will get a chance to see it on the big screen this week — and chat with Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard.

The Patagonia-produced film explores the complicated relationship between people and rivers, as well as the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. It explores wild salmon’s slide toward extinction, threats posed by fish hatcheries and fish farms, and the overarching theme of loss of faith in nature.

A question-and-answer session with Chouinard will follow the screening.

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Center for the Arts. The film will be screened at 8, and the Q&A is scheduled to start after the screening.

Tickets cost $15 and are available online at

Teach a man to fish ...

… and you feed him for a lifetime.

Now’s your chance. The Wyoming Wildlife Federation is hosting a free, family-friendly angling-based informational event called “Match the Hatch.”

The evening will include a fly-casting demo, information on local hatches and a brief advocacy session.

Drinks will be available from Jackson Hole Still Works and Snake River Brewing.

The fishing-focused evening is set to run from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Orvis on 485 W. Broadway.

Visit and search “Match the Hatch” for information.

‘Skin a Cat’

Please don’t. At least, not literally.

Riot Act Inc. is hosting auditions for its September production of “Skin a Cat,” a play by Isley Linn that opened in 2016 in London.

The play is about a young woman’s pursuit of losing her virginity, as well as the “sexual odyssey” — and conundrums — that ensue.

Auditions will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday in Riot Act Inc.’s studio in Room 305 at the Center for the Arts. All are welcome to try out.

For information visit

Democratic honcho here

A high-profile Democrat is an unusual sight in Teton County.

Still, Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez is scheduled to stop in town this week for a fundraiser cocktail party from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Old Wilson Schoolhouse Community Center.

This is Perez’s second appearance in the region since he was elected in 2017 to lead the organization that oversees the national Democratic Party’s platform and activity.

“It’s unique and somewhat surprising that such a high-level Democrat is coming to Jackson Hole and that he’s willing to participate in a fundraiser for the Wyoming Democratic Party,” said Marylee White, chairwoman of the Teton County Democrats. “We’re thrilled about that.”

With the summer influx of wealthy residents, Teton County has historically been a lucrative stop for political fundraising, and Perez decided to return this year.

The proceeds from the cocktail party will, at least in part, fund a handful of field coordinators who will campaign through the state this summer and next, in the run-up to the 2020 elections.

Tickets for the event cost $100 and are available at

Sabbath is for swingin’

L’Chaim! It’s time for the Jackson Hole Jewish Community’s annual Swingin’ Sabbath concert.

The Friday evening event will begin at 6 p.m. with an abbreviated musical Shabbat service with chazzan Judd Grossman, backed up by Grand Teton Music Festival drummer and percussionist Richard Brown and his musicians. Brown and his jazz band will then dial up the energy post-service. The event is free and family-friendly. Food and drinks available.

Email for directions to the venue.

There’s no Planet B

Where better to learn about environmentally minded storytelling than in the country’s first national park?

Asher Jay, a Yellowstone Forever and National Geographic Explorer, will lead a “Storytelling Goes Wild” course exploring how to tell stories of conservation in the digital age.

Jay has worked on notable campaigns for conservation organizations, including a digital billboard for National Geographic displayed on Times Square.

The three-day course is open to anyone who wants a conservation-related professional development opportunity — artists, designers, communicators and journalists included.

The class will run Tuesday through Aug. 9 at Lamar Buffalo Ranch in Yellowstone National Park. Tickets cost $712.50.

— Leonor Grave, Cody Cottier and Billy Arnold

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