Friday, March 30, 2007

University of Wyoming Events

Lots of cultural events at the University coming up:

Monday, April 2, 7:30 p.m. -- UW Department of Music presents the civic Chorus, Fine Arts Center concert hall. Free.

Wednesday, April 4, 7:30 p.m. -- UW Cultural Programs presents Mark O'Connor and Appalachia Waltz Trio in the Fine Arts concert hall. Tickets -- $16, students and seniors; $20, all others.

Wednesday, April 4, 8 p.m. -- The ASUW presents Ft. Collins jam-band Prism, Wyoming Union Gardens Skylight Lounge. Free.

Thursday, April 5 -- Symposium on Northeast Asian Security in the 21st Century, includes panel discussions from 1:35-2:45 p.m., and 3-4:15 p.m., and a roundtable discussion at 4:15 p.m., all in the College of Agriculture auditorium. Free.

Thursday, April 5, 7:30 p.m. -- UW Faculty Recital Series presents Faculty Composers' Concert in Fine Arts Center concert hall. Tickets- $5, students and seniors; $7, others.

Art exhibits, in the Centennial Complex, 2111 Willett Drive, Admission is free, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. -- "Image: Kaarina Kaikkonen, And It Was Empty"; "Debbie Fleming Caffery, Portrait of Neglect: Injustice of Hurricane Katrina"; "Women's Work, a century of art by women"; "American Modernists"; and "New
Acquisitions: The James Nolan Collection of Southwestern Art"

Call (307) 766-5000 for updates on UW events and activities or on the web at Also visit for Department of Theater and Dance and Department of Music event information and tickets.

76 Trombones?

March 31, the Second Annual Trombone Festival will be held all day at Northwest College. The entire day is free for both players and audience goers who attend the 7:30 p.m. concert at the Nelson Performing Arts Center. Info: (307) 548-2647 or

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Teton County Library's April Calender of Events

For more information about Teton County Library's April happenings go to Among the many activities: Free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance; Pop-Up Creations-a children's craft workshop; a presentation on solar energy; The Book Buzz-for teens in grades 6-12, and much more. All events and press releases are available online.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Saturday, May 5, 2007 is the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in Cheyenne. There will be a parade on Saturday beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Capitol. Parade route ends at the Depot. There will be vendors both in the Depot and on the Plaza from 12:00 to 5:00 in the afternoon. Also, live band performances, a car (and other modes of transportation) show, authentic Mexican food, ethnic musical entertainers, City of Cheyenne Proclamation reading, and a break dance competition complete the roster.

For more info, contact the staff of the Depot Musuem by calling (307) 632-3905; email; or call the Cinco de Mayo Committee at (307) 635-4369.

Casper Chamber Music Society performance

With a combined 40 years of experience as Wyoming Symphony Orchestra principals, Pamela Glasser, horn, Richard Turner, bassoon and recorder, and Richard Cohen, bass, will be performing Saturday, March 31, 2007 at 7:30 p. m. at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church. Tickets are $8, $6, $2, children 12 and under are free.
Casper chamber Music Society seeks to celebrate young chamber musicians by holding an annual competition. Winners will be showcased during this recital.
For more info check out the website at or phone Richard Turner at (307) 237-0778.

Wyoming Library Roundup Winter Issue arriving

The winter issue of the Wyoming Library Roundup. the official publication of the Wyoming State Library, the Wyoming Library Association, and the Wyoming Center for the Book, are being mailed out. Read about:

---Emily Parker, who spent her high school years in Laramie and now works for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. Now that most libraries have been set up with computers, upgraded and replaced equipment and provided technology training to staff, the focus has turned to growing libraries as community technology hubs. The Gates foundation wants to help libraries flourish in that role.

---Carol McMurry, who, in 2000, established the Carol McMurry Library Endowment with a $2.5 million gift to the Wyoming Community Foundation. Carol's interest in libraries comes from her grandmother, who took her to the Carnegie Library in Casper every Saturday. As a college student, Carol began shelving books at UW's Coe Library. Carol recognizes the importance of younger people being trained as librarians, because, contrary to opinion that libraries won't survive, Carol believes that libraries are part of the cultural community. "It's something that makes us civilized and places where people come together."

---Sales at your local library and the dedication and hard work by the many volunteers who make for a successful sale.

---The project of Wyoming's Carnegie Libraries, begun in 1886 by Andrew Carnegie, who spent $56 million and built 1,681 public libraries in the United States. Between 1899 and 1917, sixteen Wyoming towns received grants totaling $245,000. Per capita, Wyoming received more money than any other state.

---Mabel Wilkinson:Horseback Librarian, who delivered books as Park County librarian in 1919 under the seeming motto, 'no fence, thunderstorm, angry bull or rattler will keep me away from my mission.' For a copy of Mabel Wilkinson's story, "Experiences of a Library Field Worker," contact or call (307) 777-6338.

---Dr. William T. Close, who went on a mission to Africa in 1960 for six weeks and ended up staying sixteen years, becoming physician to some of the most powerless and destitute in the Belgian Congo, as well as to the most powerful man in the country, President Mobutu Sese Seko.

For more information about this publication contact the Wyoming state Library Publications and Marketing Office, 516 S. Greeley Hwy., Cheyenne, WY 82002; phone (307) 777-6338; website:

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Busy April for Sheridan's WyoTheater

Mark O'Connor, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Ten Little Indians, Michael Peterson, and the Valley Lutheran Great Plains Lutheran High Honor Choir are just a sampling of the various presentations at the WyoTheatre in Sheridan, Wy., during the month of April.

For more information, please call the box office from 12:00-5:00, Monday through Friday, at (307) 672-9084 or visit the website at .

"Trouble" for author Dennis Goldberg

Dennis Goldberg's new book for young readers, Double Bubble Trouble, is now available (published by Level 4 Press, Inc). Goldberg resides in Powell, Wyoming and is an award-winning screen writer.

For more about Dennis and his work please visit his website at

Cheyenne Civic Center April Events

Easter services, sponsored by Cheyenne Hills Church, will be held Sunday, April 8, 2007 at 9:30 & 11:00 A. M.

Enjoy an evening of song and laughter, "Who Knew She Could Sing?" with the one and only Suzanne Somers on Friday, April 13, 2007 beginning at 7:30 P. M.

On Saturday, April 28, 2007, the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra presents, "Musical Revolutionaries," beginning at 7:30 P. M.

Call the box office (hours M-F 10:00-5:00) for tickets at (307) 637-6363 or visit their website for more information at .

Don Kirby workshop

Don Kirby presents his workshop, Expressive B&W Photography:From the Field to the Finished Photograph, August 23-27, 2007. This is an intensive five-day workshop during Jackson Hole's "thunderstorm season." Field sessions followed by negative development and printing in the Art Association's state-of-the art darkroom will provide hands-on practice of all the skills.

For more information phone (307) 733-6379 or visit the website

"American Crafts" series debut on PBS

PBS presents its landmark documentary series in three parts, Craft In America beginning April 29 and running through May 13, 2007 (check your local listings for times). In conjunction with this television presentation, a seven-city museum exhibition also begins in April, as well as publication of the book Craft In America: Celebrating Two Centuries of Artists and Objects, which launches online in April.

For more information about this project visit, or call (310) 659-9022;
fax (310) 246-9310.

Artist's Summit 2007/ Sinks Canyon Center

Several workshops at the Sinks Canyon Center in Lander, WY, will take place throughout the 2007 summer season. Offerings for college credit or pleasure include:

Landscape Painting and Drawing with guest painter/instructor Bill Yankee

Iron Pour with guest sculptor/instructor Lorre Hoffman

Creating the World Through Your Own Lens with guest photographer/instructor Adam Jahiel

A Feltmaker's Bag of Tricks with guest artist/instructor Jorie Johnson from Kyoto, Japan

Process and Place: Discovering New Directions and Ideas for Your Art with guest artist/instructor Bronwyn Minton

Transforming the Landscape: Drawing into Printmaking with guest printmaker/instructor Jean Gumpper

Fire and Smoke: Ceramic and Raku Firing with guest artist/instructor Jason Dayton

For more information about class cost, credits, meals, and lodging please call Central Wyoming College Lander Center at (307) 332-3394 or for more information about the courses, instructors, and the Sinks Canyon site, visit the website at and click on "Courses and Events" link.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Robert Pack event postponed

A presentation by noted Montana poet and author Robert Pack scheduled for Thursday, March 29, 7 p.m., at the Center for Conferences and Institutes at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne has been postponed due to illness. FMI: 307-778-1285.

Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts (AFTA) is now registering its members for its 2007 Annual Convention in Las Vegas on June 1-3. This year's theme is Risk and Reward: Balancing Acts in Arts and Community. Check out the website for more information at

TourWest deadline

The deadline to apply for funding for Western States Arts Federation's (WESTAF) TourWest grants is Monday, April 2. Look back at your season and see if there might be one or two programs that would benefit from a TourWest grant.

To review the current guidelines, go to and click on the guidelines link.

Pleasae note that the WESTAF office will be closed March 31 and April 1 (Saturday and Sunday). For further assistance, you can call the WESTAF office at (303) 629-1166 or email

Piatigorsky Arts Tour

The Piatigorsky Arts Tours are coming to Wyoming on April 15-25. Wyoming Arts Alliance (WyAA) is teaming up with the Wyoming Arts Council and Piatigorsky Foundation to bring artists Evan Drachman and Richard Dowling back to our state. Schedule is being finalized at this posting and further updates will be forthcoming. If you are interested in hosting a portion of this tour, please contact Sherlyn at

Monday, March 26, 2007

Roster Application Deadline Friday

The postmark deadline for new applications to the Wyoming Arts Council's artists' roster is Friday, March 30. If you're planning on dropping it by the WAC offices, make sure it gets to 2320 Capitol Avenue in Cheyenne before 5 p.m. on Friday.

Find the printable roster application on the
WAC web site.

We welcome new applicants! For more info or assistance, call (777-7742) or e-mail
Mike Shay or Annie Hatch.

BBHC celebrates the "Spirit of the West"

Just another reminder:
The 25th annual Cowboy Songs and Range Ballads program will be held April 12-15, 2007 in Cody, WY saluting cowboy songwriters and poets who have captured the spirit of the West in their work. Performers pay tribute to this great event while also presenting their original music. More than just cowboy music, it's a weekend celebration of entertainment, education and fun. For more information, go to and click on the Cowboy Songs and Range Ballads link.

WyoPoets Workshop

WyoPoets workshop "When Words Have Wings," a celebration of poetry featuring Joan Puma Bennet's workshop, "Living to Write," will be held Saturday, April 28, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, in Casper, WY, at the Hampton Inn. Poets who register by March 31 may include a poem to be critiqued by Ms. Bennett at no additonal charge. Registration is $30 before March 31 (and includes the critique), after, $35, which does not include a critique. Registrations at the door are welcome, and full-time students' registration is $5.

Joan Puma Bennett has taught creative writing for 20 years in a variety of settings in Wyoming and across the country. Ms. Bennett was a staff writer for the The New Yorker for many years. Her poetry manuscript, Om-ing in Wyoming, was a finalist for the 2006 Doubleday Literary Fellowship.

For further information please contact Lee Ann Siebken, (307) 358-2898, or visit the website at

"Trials of the Travel Writer" at UW

Pico Iyer, an internationally known travel writer and novelist, will give two presentations at UW on Tuesday, April 17. Iyer will join with Mark Jenkins, a Laramie adventure author and global correspondent for Rodale Press, in a symposium entitled "The Trials of the Travel Writer," from noon-1 p.m. in the Family Room of the UW Student Union in Laramie. Vickie Lindner, of the UW English Department, will moderate. At 7 p.m. that same evening, Iyer will also read and talk about his work in the Business College Auditorium. A reception will follow the reading highlighting specially priced books by the author from the UW bookstore.

Titles of Iyer's well-known works include, Video Night in Kathmandu: And Other Reports from the Not-So-Far East; The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto; Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places in the World; Sun after Dark: Flights into the Foreign; Cuba and the Night; and Abandon: A Romance. Iyer is currently working on a book about his long relationship with the Dali Lama.

For more information please call (307) 766-2867 or visit the website at

Friday, March 23, 2007

Cheyenne Symphony plays revolutionaries

April 28 marks the Cheyenne Symphony's last regular season concert. Musical Revolutionaries is a tribute to four of the greatest composers in history: Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, and Ludwig von Beethoven.

May 24 will be the last Hausmusik performance of the season. Bring the family to the Wyoming Hereford Ranch Sale Barn for an authentic bluegrass festival. Have your photos taken, enjoy an old-fashioned beef dinner, then relax and enjoy cowboy poet Keith Rounds, music from East High School's Strolling Strings and the sounds of the Crescent Moon String Band. Activities start at 6pm, dinner at 7 p.m. FMI: 307-778-8561.

The 4th of July concert in the park will be held at 3:30 pm at the Lion's Park Ampitheatre. Seating is general admission and admission is free. Pack your picnic basket and bring your lawn chairs.

Children's Book Conference

Sponsored by Portland State University's School of Extended Studies, the Eighth Annual Pacific Northwest Children's Book Conference for writers and illustrators will be held July 9-13, 2007, on the campus of Reed College, located southeast of Portland's Eastmoreland neighborhood, five miles from downtown and at the headwaters of Crystal Springs Creek.

Special guest editor is Marcia Leonard, editor at Clarion Books. Leonard has been a consultant, project manager, packager, editor, publicist, and illustrator's representative.

There will be a full week of lectures, workshops, and critique sessions that focus on the different genres of children's books (picture books, chapter books, young adult); on the writers' tools and materials, from poetic language to structure and exposition' on the challenges of writing nonfiction; on finding inspriation; on pursuing nontraditional markets for your work; and more.
For more information contact:
Continuing Education at (503) 725-8279, 1-800-547-8887, or or visit the website at where you can also register online.

Sandlin looks to the future

Read Tim Sandlin's new book, Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty. Published by Riverhead Books, it has been on sale since January 16. Larry McMurtry says of Tim, "[he] has long been one of our most engaging novelists, and Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty proves that he has not lost his touch. It's a fine read, and its tone lingers."

Art instructor Richard Jacobi retiring

Casper College art instructor Richard Jacobi will be retiring this summer after 26 years. An art exhibit of his work, entitled "Molting" will be on display through March 30 at the Goodstein Gallery in the Visual Arts Center on the Casper College campus. For more information please call (307) 268-2110 or visit the website at

Jackson Hole Mountain Festival

The Jackson Hole Mountain Festival begins Saturday, March 24 through April 8 in the Teton Village. There will be a free concert by the Wreckers on March 31 and by the House of Blues All-Stars Rock & Roll on April 6. Please call (307) 739-2770.

Youth Arts Month

In association with the NEA and the Wyoming Arts Council, Students in Instructor Eric Lee's Cheyenne Central High School Advanced Placement Class have created images for a poster celebrating Wyoming Arts Council's forty years of sevice to the arts entitled Periodic Table of the Arts. Contact WAC if you would like a copy sent to you or your organization.

Wyoming Writers, Inc

Wyoming Writers 33rd annual conference will be held June 1-3, 2007 in Thermopolis, Wyoming at the Holiday Inn of the Waters. As always this conference brings in talented people in various genres of the literary arts. This year's participants are:
Fiction: Michael and Kathleen O'Neal Gear; Screenwriting: Tim Sandlin; Children's: Dr. Toran Isom; Poetry: Sandra Alcosser; Editor: John Helfers.

Also available is the manuscript critique portion of the conference. Postmark deadline is March 24 with a fee of $20 payable to the proper panelist. Contact Chris Williams, 3229 NW Gumwood Ave., Corvallis, OR 97330 or at or by phone at (514) 602-0700 for more details.

For more conference details or to request a brochure please visit the Wyoming Writers, Inc website at

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Literary Connection

Laramie County Community College's Literary Connection "Between Readers and Writers" is being held in Cheyenne, WY, April 27 and 28. Participating authors are Kim Addonizio, Jeffrey Hawthorne Bullock, Myla Goldberg, Jill McCorkle, and Bob Shacochis. Authors Bullock and Hawthorne offer a free seminar on Friday the 27 from 1-4 p.m. at LCCC in the Union Pacific Centennial Room. Pre-registration is required. A book signing follows.

Saturday's event at the Hitching Post Inn, "An Afternoon with Five Best-selling Authors" runs from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Master of Ceremonies is Wyoming's own Poet Laureate David Romtvedt. Lunch is included in the registration fee--$55; after April 6, $65. Book signing also follows. Register online at

Music teacher is "Casper Woman of Distinction"

Marcia Patton has been named this year's "Casper Woman of Distinction." She spent 34 years as a teacher, 14 of those teaching vocal music at Kelly Walsh High School. She founded the Casper Children's Chorale 28 years ago. She now works for the University of Wyoming in its professional learning communities prorgram, helping student teachers in the music field.

A selection panel chose Marcia for the award from among seven nominees in the 12th annual program. It's sponsored by the American Association of University Women, the American Society of Women Accountants, The Girl Scout Council of Wyoming and Soroptimist International of Central Wyoming.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Centennial Theatre presents five one-acts

The Centennial Community Theatre presents its next dinner theatre presenteation, "An Evening of One Acts," on March 30-31 and April 1,6,7 and 8 at the Trading Post Dinner House in Centennial. Featuring the work of directors Bliss Ragsdale, Natalie Dollison, Darin Hill, and Chris Weber. Tickets are $32 ($30 for seniors) and includes dinner and the shows. Reservations are required. Call 307-742-7731.

Coming in June: "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." Now taking reservations for presentations of this rousing musical comedy on June 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16, and 17.

River Writing with Page Lambert

From one-time WAC fellowship winner Page Lambert: Wyoming Writers member Page Lambert will be once again use the guise of writer as a good excuse to get back on the river. She'll be leading a six-day River Writing Journey for Woman on the Colorado River (through Cataract Canyon in Canyonland's National Park) with professional outfitter Sheri Griffith Expeditions in July; a 3-day August trip for women on New Mexico's Rio Chama (with outfitter Arkansas River Tours); and a 5-day canoe trip on the Green River with The Women's Wilderness Institute.

In addition, August will also find her on the south rim of the Grand Canyon leading a 3-day "Writing Along the Rim" retreat in partnership with the Grand Canyon Field Institute. And men, please take note, the Grand Canyon writing retreat is open to MEN and women. More information at the Page Lambert web site.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

"Jentel Presents" April 3 in Sheridan

Current residents at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Banner will present their work at Sheridan College's Student Services Art Gallery on Tuesday, April 3, 5:30-7 p.m. "Jentel Presents" is a community outreach program that features slide presentations and readings by the visual artists and writers at the residency.

Featured will be Kate Hill Cantrill, Serge J.F. Levy, Heidi W. Durrow, David Licata, Jane Waggoner Deschner, and Marcie Lenke.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Sara Needles to lead Cultural Resources

Governor Freudenthal has appointed Sara Needles as the new administrator of Wyoming's Division of Cultural Resources in Cheyenne. She will oversee the five agencies within the division, which includes the Wyoming Arts Council.

Sara is a Wyoming native, born in Laramie. She attended UW, earning a degree in Anthropology in 1998 and a Masters of Arts in Anthropology in 2005. She worked for UW as an archaeologist for five years before joining state government. She began working for the State Historic Preservation Office in 2002. She's served as the State Historic Preservation Officer since November 2005.

As division administrator, she will serve on the board of the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund which provides funding programs to develop and preserve Wyoming's cultural heritage, and will serve on the Wyoming Historic Mine Trails and Byways Commission, established in 2005 by the late State Senator Robert Peck.

Here's a quote from Sara: "Throughout my career I have always focused on how cultural resources can enrich the lives of all people. I believe that experiencing our shared cultural heritage is a privilege every Wyoming citizen should have. As the State Historic Preservation Officer, I had the opportunity to promote the preservation and interpretation of historic and prehistoric resources. As Administrator over the Cultural Resources Division, I embrace the opportunity to enhance the public's ability to experience all of Wyoming's cultural treasures through the arts, museums, and historic preservation."

Summit addresses future of Wyoming's wildlife

The Wildlife Heritage Summit, sponsored by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Wyoming, will be held May 11-12 at the Parkway Plaza Hotel in Casper. Sam Western, author of “Pushed Off the Mountain, Sold Down the River," will be one of the featured speakers on Friday, May 12. His topic will be, “Two Very Different Wyomings: How Will We Look in 2050?” The WHFW will hold a silent auction & raffle at the conference featuring a valuable signed and framed print of "Northern Goshawk" (shown above) by Charles Frace, donated by Jay Lawson, the state's chief game warden and author of the book, "Men to Match Our Mountains."

Monday, March 19, 2007

Auditions for "Cat" March 26-27

Auditions for the Tennessee Williams classic, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," will be held Monday and Tuesday, March 26-27, 7 p.m., at the Mary Godfrey Playhouse, 2706 E. Pershing, Cheyenne. The Cheyenne Little Theatre Players presentation is being directed by Brenda Lyttle. She will be casting four women who can play ages 20-65; five men who can play ages 25-70; and five children (three girls and two boys) who can play ages 5-10.

For more information, or to check out a script, call the CLTP at 307-638-6543 during regular business hours M-F.

"Make Your Song" at UW this weekend

The University of Wyoming Centennial Singers will perform an original musical revue, "Make Your Song," in Laramie on Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24. Each performance will be at 7:30 p.m. in the College of Arts and Sciences auditorium, Laramie. Tickets cost $8 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for children 12 and under. They are available at the Fine Arts Center box office. Tickets will also be sold at the door. Call 307-766-3076 for more information.

"Make Your Song" follows a young man's quest to write his breakthrough song for a Broadway musical. The man finds inspiration in songs from award-winning musicals woven throughout the revue. The musical numbers assist him in finally writing his "first song."

Book discussion explores "Enrique's Journey"

You can sign up now for a Spanish Book Discussion featuring "Enrique's Journey" at the Teton County Public Library in Jackson. This book group will follow in the footsteps of a teen undertaking a hazardous journey to find his mother, who left him in Honduras to work in the United States.

Journalist Sonia Nazario's "Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother," first appeared as a Pulitzer Prize-winning series in the Los Angeles Times. Nazario expanded the story, with additional research, to create a book, now being made into a dramatic series for television. Patricia Rocha, the library's Latino Services Assistant, selected the book because it highlights challenges faced by some Latino families in Jackson.

Book group participants will meet in the library's Ordway Auditorium from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 to discuss the book. The program is free and open to adults and teens, ages 15 and up, with books provided. Space is limited to 15 people; registration is required. To sign-up, stop by the library's Information Desk or call Rocha at 733-2164 ext. 237.

En espanol at

Friday, March 16, 2007

Sheridan Civic Theatre Guild: "I Hate Hamlet"

“Community theaters, as with many volunteer organizations, are a huge time commitment. Participation and enthusiasm go through cycles. Veterans burn out. New people come in and stir things up. Veterans return to feed off of the new energy.”

This quote comes from a March 16 Casper Star-Tribune story by Kristy Gray – “Neighbors on stage” -- about the Sheridan Civic Theatre Guild.

The Guild celebrates its 51st year tonight with the opening of “I Hate Hamlet” in the old carriage house behind the Trails End Mansion, 419 Delphi Ave., Sheridan.

Tickets may be purchased online via the WYO Theater website. Or call 307-672-9886.

On the Road with Sheriff Longmire's Pal

From Wyoming mystery writer Craig Johnson:

We started the "Kindness Goes Unpunished" tour yesterday with a fun event in Casper at the Natrona County Library. The signing was sponsored by our good friends Lisa and Jim Craft of The Blue Heron. Hey, I must have been okay, because the Friends of the Library asked me back for a shindig in November! Of course, it could have something to do with my six-pack honorarium for libraries. I
shuffle off to Buffalo (yeah, I know, bad pun) this morning for a radio gig and then to The Office for some more John Hancock's. Then tonight at The Sheridan Stationary and tomorrow at Barnes and Noble in Billings. Off to Tucson, Phoenix, San Mateo, etc (see
web site for schedule). There have been a few changes to which I want to alert you. I am in Tucson at Clues Unlimited at 4:30 on Sunday
(there was a conflict with the taping of the show Books and Company for Arizona Public Radio), the event at Mysteries to Die For is at 11 a.m., and the signing at Murder by the Book in Denver is at 5:30 p.m. I've also added San Antonio and Houston, Texas, to the April schedule (Remember the Alibi) at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 and Murder by the Book in Houston at 7 p.m. on April 23. See some of you on the road, I hope. And don't forget to order or purchase your book(s)!

Call for Entries: Cody Country Art League

The Cody Country Art League invites visual artists to submit work for the organization's 42nd annual art show June 15-July 15 in Cody.

The competition is open to all professional and amateur artists. Original works will be accepted in the following categories: oil/acrylic, watercolor, pastel, graphics and drawings, sculpture, and "other."

Entry forms and fees are due by May 18. Work must be at CCAL offices no later than June 8.

FMI: CAL, 307-587-3597;

Art by Rock Springs' Students on Display

Celebrate Youth Arts Month in Wyoming by attending the Students' Art Exhibit March 19-31 at the Community Fine Arts Center, 400 C St, Rock Springs.

The exhibit features work by students at Rock Springs and Independence high schools. A public reception will be held at the center from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22.

FMI: CFAC, 307-362-6212

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Cat's Dog Books Going to WYO Kids

Good news from children's writer Cat Urbigkit:

My fourth children’s book "Cattle Kids: a year on the western range," is at the printer and my publisher, Boyds Mills Press, is starting the design for my fifth title, "Shepherd’s Trail." Since I’ve stayed focused on educating kids about agriculture, it’s been a thrill to see how well the books have been received by teachers, librarians and critics.

But this week was the best. I was notified that my rhyming volume for young children, Puppies, Puppies Everywhere!" was selected by Children's Choices for 2007, a project of the International Reading Association and The Children's Book Council. The great thing about making this list is that kids are the ones who decide. "Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs" has been selected for the 2008 Monarch Award: Illinois' K-3 Children's Choice Award Master List, and is a finalist for the 2007 (Texas) Mockingbird Award. "Brave Dogs" is also one of the six books chosen for Wyoming Reads program, in which books are distributed to students in May.

In May, I’ve been invited to be a panelist and guest at two book signings by Intermountain Therapy Animals at its Salt Lake City conference on May 18-20. This conference is for those who use Reading Education Assistance Dogs (the program that found that kids who have a hard time reading do better reading to dogs). I’m pleased kids read my books to dogs.
MacGillivray and Guests Perform at UW

From a press release: Troy MacGillivray, Ellen MacPhee and Jason Murdock will perform a free concert of traditional and contemporary Celtic music from Nova Scotia Thursday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the University of Wyoming College of Education auditorium in Laramie.

Guitar accompanist is UW student Jason Murdock, who has accompanied many of the top names in the Cape Breton tradition. Other performers include Rod Garnett, professor in the UW Department of Music; Carrick Eggleston, professor in the UW Department of Geology and Geophysics; and UW students Amy Lenell of Cheyenne and Ingrid Thorstensen of Vikhammer, Norway.

The concert is sponsored by the UW Department of Music, UW Cultural Outreach, and the Associated Students of UW Student Activities Council. FMI: Campus Activities Center, 307-766-6340.

Schedule Update: Dance Across Wyoming

A Grand Performance, with selections from all three Dance Across Wyoming programs, will be held on Saturday, March 24, 7:30 p.m., in the Center for the Arts, 240 S Glenwood, Jackson, 307-733-4900. Tickets: $10.

University of Wyoming Department of Dance Tour
March 20-25

Wednesday, March 21, daytime performance & master classes, Lander Valley High School Auditorium; 7 p.m. public performance, Lander Valley High School Auditorium, 307-349-3128

Thursday, March 22, daytime master classes in Big Piney; 7 p.m. public performance, Pinedale High School Auditorium, 307-367-7322

Friday, March 23, daytime music workshop at Afton High School, Afton, and a dance workshop in local elementary schools; 7 p.m. public performance, Afton High School Auditorium, 307-885-3198

Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m. public performance, Rock Springs Auditorium, 307-362-6212

Contemporary Dance Wyoming Tour
March 25-29

Sunday, March 25, 7 p.m., performance, Hot Springs County High School Auditorium, Thermopolis, 307-864-6524

Monday, March 26, daytime, Lucerne Elementary School, Thermopolis

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 27-28, daytime performance and master classes, Crowheart Elementary School

Thursday, March 29, 7 p.m., public performance, Middle School Auditorium, Worland, 307-347-4102

Wind River Reservation Powwow Performance Tour

Saturday, March 24, Gillette, 307-682-9133

Saturday, April 21, Torrington, 307-532-8200

June/July, Cody, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, 307-587-4771

June, Casper

TBA, Rawlins

For more info, contact the Wyoming Arts Council at 307-777-7742.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Lander Celebrates Youth Arts Month

The Lander Art Center, 123 Main Street, features “Lander Valley High School Select,” an exhibition through April 10 of 2-D and 3-D work by LVHS and Starrett Junior High School students. A public reception will be held at the Art Center on Friday, March 16, 6-9 p.m.
Carbon Co. Non-profit Seeks Artists

From a press release: We are having a fundraiser for Versatile Services, a non-profit employment services organization serving people in Carbon County who have disabilities. As part of our program, we would like to feature works (especially paint and small sculpture media) from interested artists. We envision two-dozen works total that would be displayed (for sale and viewing) for patrons of the “Tastes of Carbon County” event. Interested artists may also consider auctioning works for a 50 percent share of the sale. Interested parties may call executive director Dan Pont at 307-321-0307 or e-mail him at

Monday, March 12, 2007

Music Educator Dunham Wins Achievement Award

Tom Dunham, band director for the Jackson Hole Middle and High Schools, was the recipient of the Grand Teton Music Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Music Education on Friday, March 9, in Jackson. In a ceremony held on stage at the Center for the Arts just after the intermission of the Festival’s Brass Quintet concert, Music Director Donald Runnicles presented Dunham with a commemorative plaque honoring his achievements.

Dunham has played an integral role in the development and success of the Festival’s music education programs, and has grown the local school band program over the past few years, from five students in 1999 to 105 students today.

For more information about the Grand Teton Music Festival’s education and outreach programming, contact Liz Kintz at 307-733-3050 x109.

Art & Writing Contests Highlight Jewish Cultural Awareness Week

The University of Wyoming student organization Hillel sponsors a creative writing and art competition to raise awareness during Jewish Cultural Awareness Week March 26-29. Members of the UW Hillel executive committee will judge the competition and award a $50 prize. Entries are due by March 20.

Winning work will be submitted to a special edition of a student publication Aysh ("Fire") that will be published during Jewish Cultural Awareness Week.

The magazine will include student submissions for creative writing, art work, essays, poetry, stories collages and any other creative contributions. The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Work must be previously unpublished materials and related to the theme of Jewish cultural awareness.

To submit, e-mail your entries to Seth Ward, UW Hillel faculty adviser, Room 333 of Hoyt Hall. For more info about the competition, e-mail Barbara Woontner, Hillel president, or call 307-766-9273.

Friday, March 9, 2007

WAA Meets in May

The Wyoming Artists Association will hold its 2007 convention May 11-13 at the Fremont County Fairgrounds Armory Building in Riverton. Artists who want to exhibit must pay their membership dues and fees for meals by May 4. Workshops on Saturday and Sunday will be conducted by Kathy Wipfler (oils) and Lynn Newman (pastels). Get registration material from Jamie Penuel in Cody by calling 307-856-7574 or via e-mail.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

The Impossible Dream -- Not

This is opening night for “Man of La Mancha” by Cheyenne Little Theatre Players at the Mary Godfrey Theatre in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the CLTP Box Office on weekdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and opens again one hour before curtain time. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $12 for students. Get more information by calling 307-638-6543.

“Man of La Mancha” -- by Dale Wasserman with Lyrics by Joe Darion and Music by Mitch Leigh -- plays March 8-11, 15-18 and 22-25, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

A short description from a CLTP press release: “The show is a wonderful look into the mind of Miguel de Cervantes as he takes on the Spanish Inquisition and transforms not only his life, but the lives of the motley crew of prisoners he has found himself among as he tells his story.”
Calling All Art Teachers

On Friday, May 18, The Lab School of Washington (D.C.) will host its 14th annual workshop, “The Power of Art: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities.”

The one-day workshop provides art teachers with a better understanding of learning disabilities, original ways to teach, and how art can be used to teach academic skills. The Rauschenberg Foundation kindly provides hotel accommodations and limited travel funds. Because artist Robert Rauschenberg was not diagnosed until adulthood with dyslexia, he wants to stress the value of art education in the classroom, especially those students with learning disabilities. Either he or his son, artist and photographer Chris Rauschenberg, will attend the workshop and meet with the teachers.

Applicants must teach K-12 art in a U.S. public or private school where some or all of their students have learning disabilities. Applications are due April 2. Thirty-two teachers will be selected to attend the workshop.

Founded in 1967 by Sally L. Smith, The Lab School of Washington, D.C., is an arts-based independent school for students of average to above-average intelligence with moderate to severe learning disabilities.

For more information about "The Power of Art" or to receive an application, please call The Lab School at 202-944-3083 or e-mail Emily Marchetti. Downloadable applications at The Lab School web site.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Dance Blooms in March

Dance Across Wyoming, an American Masterpieces project of the Wyoming Arts Council, presents these 2007 dance performances in 16 Wyoming communities:

Powwow Concerts with Dancers from the Wind River Reservation: Gillette (3/24), Torrington (4/21), Cody (6/21), Casper (June), Encampment/Riverside (June).

Modern Dance Concerts with University of Wyoming's Theater & Dance Department: Lander (3/21), Pinedale (3/22), Afton (3/23), Rock Springs (3/25) and others TBA.

Modern Dance Concerts with Dancer's Workshop's Contemporary Dance Wyoming: Thermopolis (3/25), Crowheart (3/27, 3/28), Worland (3/29) and others TBA.

Dance Across Wyoming Grand Performance featuring selections from all three productions: Jackson, Center for the Arts, Saturday, March 24, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

FMI: Call the WAC at 307-777-7742.

“Dance Across Wyoming, an American Masterpieces project, is supported in part by grants from the Wyoming Arts Council with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wyoming State Legislature and the Western States Arts Federation.”

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Bolivia Trip May Leave UW Musicians Breathless

From a University of Wyoming press release:

Members of the UW Symphony Orchestra (UWSO) will use spring break (March 10-18) to share Western classical music with South American youth during five performances in Bolivia.

UWSO's international spring break is the cumulating event for this year's cultural exchange between UW and Bolivia's musical community.

Stephan Barnhart, professor of percussion in UW's Department of Music, made the initial contact at Christmas when he joined UW violin professors Naomi Gjevre and Javier Pinell, a Bolivian native, in the country's capital, La Paz. Over UW's winter break, the trio conducted music clinics in El Alto, a community outside of La Paz. In January UW hosted a symphony performance featuring Bolivian musicians Fredy Cespedes, concertmaster of the Bolivian National Symphony Orchestra; Juan Jose Choque, percussionist and bass player for the Municipal Orchestra of El Alto; and Willy Flores, declamation teacher at the Municipal School of the Arts in El Alto.

Once again, it is the UWSO's turn to journey south. UWSO will perform three evening concerts, two school performances and work individually with the El Alto youth orchestra.

"Some of our players will give private lessons, we'll also conduct clinics. We are going to do everything we can to help these kids improve their music skills," Griffith says. "It's all an effort to shrink a cultural gap between Bolivians and Americans; we hope to build some bridges."

As part of the student outreach, more than 30 El Alto youths will be invited to perform a piece with the UW orchestra during the community concert there. Griffith says the El Alto musicians may be better conditioned for performing in the thin air.

"There is no way (for the UW students) to prepare for performing at a higher altitude. Being in great physical shape does not help; living at 12,000 feet does." Griffith says, noting that trombone soloist Lorralee Slough, a junior from Rapid City, S.D., is practicing her concerto with places for extra breaths.

UW student violinist Edgar Tumajyan from Armenia, also will perform a concerto. The program itself will feature the world premier, "Fanfare for Mountains and Peace," a piece Anne Guzzo, assistant professor in the Department of Music, composed for the exchange.
Poetry Out Loud Names Champ

These results just in: Josh Schaberg, a senior at Buffalo High School, has been named the winner of the 2007 Wyoming Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest. Josh will represent the state in the national POL finals in late April in Washington, D.C . Second place goes to Danielle Then, Guernsey-Sunrise High School. In third place is Sarah Whittle of Cheyenne East High School.

Judges for this year's competition were Liz Jackson, English and creative writing instructor at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne; performer and playwright Bob Berky of Jackson; and Rita Meyer, Wyoming State Auditor.

The next round of Wyoming Poetry Out Loud will begin with the 2007-2008 school year. Sign up now and beat the rush by e-mailing Mike Shay at the Wyoming Arts Council.

Monday, March 5, 2007

Make Masks at AVA Center

“Masks of the World,” a multi-media collage and mask-making class for children in grades 1-6, will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2-5 p.m. at the AVA Center, 509 W. Second St., Gillette. Join artist Melissa Wickwire to make a mask and a collage while learning about a variety of different cultures. The fee is $15 and includes all supplies. Register by calling 307-682-9133 or on the AVA web site.
“Painting with Light” at Jackson Library

“Seeing the Unseen: Photography Workshop,” will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 31 and April 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Teton County Public Library in Jackson. Mark Andres, director of Seeing with Photography, a New York collective of photographers with varying visual abilities, leads this workshop that explores vision, photos from the library’s exhibit “Shooting Blind,” and the photography technique called “painting with light.” Photographs will be created collaboratively, with photographers wearing blindfolds and working in a darkened room, using flashlights to paint their subjects with light.

Registration is required and begins March 5 for ages 15 and up. There is no fee. Register with Oona Doherty, 733-2164 ext. 135 or e-mail her.
Call for Artists - Heart of the West Bronze Show

From a press release: The Lander Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lander Art Center are proud to host one of the finest exhibitions of bronze sculpture in the Western U.S. Artists from all over the nation are invited to participate in the Heart of the West Invitational Bronze Show and Sale, which will be held October 25-27, and will celebrate our western heritage.

Artists may bring one piece for the juried exhibition and sale. They can display other works at their booth during the exhibition for sale to the public. Award recipients are selected by a juror based on established criteria for each award, and presented Friday evening during an artist's reception. Awards include a Best of Show award from Pamida for $2,500, a Best Native American Representation award by the Wind River Casino for $1,500, a People's Choice Award, by the Lander Valley Medical Center for $1,000, and the Heart of the West Purchase Award by Fremont Realty and Fremont Motor Company.

Applications are being accepted until March 15.

FMI: Call 307-332-3892 or go to the Lander Chamber web site.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Poetry Out Loud Finals in Cheyenne

High School students from throughout Wyoming will participate in the state finals of the "Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest," at 7 p.m., Monday, March 5, at the Plains Hotel in downtown Cheyenne.

Winners of this year’s competition will be announced at an awards ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda at 8 a.m., March 6. The public is invited to attend both the evening competition and awards ceremony.

FMI: Mike Shay, WAC, 777-7742.

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Postmark deadline for the Wyoming Arts Council's Grants to Organizations category is Thursday, March 15 (a.k.a. "The Ides of March"). Go to the WAC web site and click on the "grants/applications" link at the top of the home page and apply on-line. If you run into any gremlins, call WAC staff at 307-777-7742 and we'll help.

Friday, March 2, 2007

BBHC Celebrates "Spirit of the West"

The 25th annual “Cowboy Songs and Range Ballads” program will be held April 12-15 at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody. This anniversary celebration salutes the cowboy songwriters and poets who have captured the spirit of the West in their stories and songs. It includes dinner concerts, jam sessions, workshops, gear-making demonstrations, and presentations of a variety of subjects. The 25th anniversary "Cowboy Songs" educational symposium on Friday is "The Two Booted Tradition: Commercialism and Traditionalism in Cowboy Music and Culture." Featured speakers include Hal Cannon, director of the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada; Wyoming writer and cowboy poet Jim Garry; and Annie Hatch, the Wyoming Arts Council’s folk and traditional arts specialist.

Tickets are available at the BBHC admissions desk Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.Dinner concert tickets are only available through Megan Wasp or by calling 307-578-4028.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Evanston Group Receives NEA Grant

The National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C, announced today that Young Musicians, Inc., in Evanston has received a Challenge America Fast-Track grant for $10,000. It will support the organization’s summer “Music, Arts, and Technology Camp.” At the end of the camp, adult and youth students will present a series of public concerts.

The Arts Endowment awarded 136 grants totaling $1,360,000 to organizations throughout the U.S. in this category.

For more information about NEA grants, call 202/682-5581.