Library hours expand

With Teton County’s COVID-19 risk level down to yellow, for “low,” Teton County Library is welcoming more people for longer period of time, and making meeting rooms available by reservation.

Changes at the main Jackson library include extended hours, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, with weekend hours remaining at 1-5 p.m. and Sunday reserved for pickup only; a doubling of the visitor capacity to 50 for the main wing and 20 in the Youth Wing; two meetings rooms available by reservation at TCLib.org/meetingrooms; double the number of public computers and extended time to use them; and a Curative COVID-19 testing kiosk near the entrance of the lot available Monday through Friday.

As before, patrons are allowed only one visit a day beyond the lobby, and face coverings are required to be worn by anyone entering the building, except those with health restrictions and children under two.

The Alta Branch also will double its capacity to 10 guests at a time.

WildWalls artists named

Jackson Hole Public Art has named 10 artists to participate in this year’s WildWalls, an annual event during which local artists transform Jackson’s blank exterior walls into an open-air gallery from June through September.

Continuing the tradition of bringing the art and science communities together, this year’s artists will be responding to scientific data and developments from within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

In addition to nine temporary, wheat-paste murals to be located throughout downtown Jackson, artist Katy Fox will begin work on a new, permanent mural at Trio Bistro sponsored by JH Public Art, The Nature Conservancy and the Teton Conservation District. It will be Fox’s first large-scale mural in Jackson, and the 60-foot Trio alley wall has already begun its transformation, with taking place throughout May.

Artists of temporary murals are Julia Brady and Lida Steves, Natalie Connell, Ryan Dee, Nicole Gaitan, Ava Reynolds, Helen Seay, Shannon Troxler, Drew Yerkovich and the University of Wyoming Migration Initiative.

Save the date for a WildWalls open-air opening celebration on June 29; more information to follow.

Benyaro to perform

Benyaro, the indie roots project of Jackson Hole musician Ben Musser, is set to perform a one-man show Wednesday, May 26, at the Center for the Arts.

Musser’s music has been described as “punk-Americana” and “indie-acoustic soul power.” His third full-length album, “One Step Ahead of Your Past,” was produced with Danny Kadar (Avett Brothers, My Morning Jacket) and earned him showcases at SXSW, Sundance Film Festival’s ASCAP Music Cafe, Treefort Music Fest, Magic City Blues Festival, Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival, and headlining slots at concert series across the country.

Benyaro’s one-man live show features him playing drums, percussion, guitars and singing — all at the same time with no looping. It’s an act to witness with your own eyes, in addition to your ears.

The Center will welcome 124 people into its Center Theater for the show —tickets cost $49 plus processing fee — and also will livestream it for virtual viewing from the comfort of your own home. Tickets for virtual viewing start at $10, but Center supporters can donate up to $75, for a ticket good for everyone in one household. Buy them at JHCenterForTheArts.org.

‘Visit’ Greenland terrain

Take a geologic tour of eastern Greenland when the Geologists of Jackson Hole host Geo World Travel founder James Cresswell for the group’s next virtual presentation at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Some 80% of Greenland is covered by ice, in some places more than 2 miles thick, which makes it tricky to observe a lot of rock. But 150,000 square miles is ice-free and mostly sparsely vegetated, leaving the rocks exposed and the geology easy to see.

Cresswell will join the Jackson gang via Zoom from his home in Greenland, seven hours ahead of our Mountain Time Zone, to offer a glimpse of Scoresby Sund, Kong Oscar and Kejser Franz Joseph fjords in the largest ice-free area autonomous territory of Denmark. It has incredible geodiversity, with basement rocks as old as 3 billion years, an almost complete sedimentary record of the last 1.6 billion years and huge volumes of flood basalts from the splitting of the Atlantic.

See GeologistsOfJacksonHole.org for the link to the event.

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