Pluvial lakes offer insights

What does the rise and fall of latest Pleistocene pluvial lakes in the northern Great Basin have to tell us about water and carbon cycles, landscape response to climate change, and how the role the continents play in modulating habitable surface conditions over geologic time?

Beats me, but Daniel Enrique Ibarra, visiting assistant professor of environment and society at Brown University, has some thoughts about the subject. And he will share them at the next presentation of the Geologists of Jackson Hole, set for 6 p.m. Jan. 19 via Zoom.

“Early geologists documented extensive lacustrine shoreline deposits in many terminal basins of the Great Basin,” writes, “and in doing so formally documented evidence for many classic Earth science concepts including uniformitarianism, isostasy and diastrophism, and glacial-interglacial cycles.”

‘Home From School’

In 2017 a Northern Arapaho delegation traveled from the Wind River Indian Reservation to Carlisle, Pennsylvania, to retrieve their children buried there a century ago.

The film “Home From School: The Children of Carlisle” documents the unearthing of the remains, delves into the troubled legacy of Indian boarding schools and follows the efforts of native peoples to heal historic wounds.

The Center for the Arts will stream the film starting at noon Jan. 13, followed by a Q&A with Yufna Soldier Wolf, one of the individuals featured in the documentary; Crystal C’Bearing, deputy director of the Northern Arapaho Tribal Historic Preservation Office; and producer Jordan Dresser. Geoff O’Gara, director of “Home From School,” will moderate.

Visit for information and to join the free streaming of “Home From School.”

Artists talk urban wildlife

Artists Emily Poole, Nate Udd, Elizabeth Mordensky and Jocelyn Slack — four Wyoming artists featured in the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s exhibition “Urban Wildlife,” on display through Sunday — host an online webinar starting at 5 p.m. Friday.

“Together, they’ll be answering questions about the intersection of science and art and how this culminates in the creation of a finished work,” the museum writes on

Dr. Lucy Spelman, founder and leader of Creature Conserve, and Sari Ann Platt, the museum’s associate curator of education and outreach, will moderate.

At you’ll find details and a link to register for this free Zoom seminar.

Music Fest’s summer set

While the fate of cultural events in summer 2021 is still a matter of faith, the Grand Teton Music Festival is preparing for the best.

The coronavirus put the kibosh on its 60th season, but the nonprofit classical music organization released a few highlights it has planned for its 61st summer, set to launch with its July Fourth bash and running through Aug. 21.

“The first two weeks of the festival include outdoor performances for larger audiences and then returns to socially distanced, indoor performances for five weeks at Walk Festival Hall,” festival organizers say at

In addition to the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, made up of world-class musicians from ensembles from across the country, returning artists include pianist Yefim Bronfman, violinist Leila Josefowicz, and conductors Stephane Deneve and Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Cellist Skeku Kanneh-Mason and conductor Gemma New make their Grand Teton Music Festival debuts, Australian-born composer Melody Eötvös premieres a new work, and vocalists hand-picked by Maestro Donald Runnicles present highlights from favorite operas.

The festival plans to present its orchestral performances, chamber music, esteemed soloists and more in accordance to coronavirus health and safety guidelines. Depending on conditions come July, that may include adjustments to the capacity and seating plan at Walk Festival Hall, shorter concerts without intermissions and required masks. Some orchestral and chamber programs will presented via live stream. Quick, regular testing of musicians and staff will take place throughout the season.

The festival says it will release complete details of its 2021 season in February. In the meantime, visit for info and updates, and tune in the second Tuesday of each month through the spring for streamed “GTMF on Location” recitals. The next one, featuring 10 Houston-area festival players performing works by Brahams, Mozart, Reicha and Farkas in St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, is set to stream Jan. 14.

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