Thursday, May 31, 2007

Rand writes intro to reissued dime novel

From Ken Rand, who lives in Utah but whose heart is in WYO:

I've been commissioned by Doug Wood, publisher of Notorious Press to write an introduction to a release of the dime novel The Huge Hunter, or The Steam Man of the Prairie, by Edward S. Ellis, which originally came out in 1895. The book will probably be released later this summer or early fall. Notorious Press has previously released my short-story collection Soul Taster: Four Dark Tales. I've received some notoriety in science fiction/fantasy circles for my Western-flavored fantasy stories and novels, including Tales of the Lucky Nickel Saloon, Fairy BrewHaHa at the Lucky Nickel Saloon, Dadgum Martians Invade the Lucky Nickel Saloon!, Golems of Laramie County, and Through Wyoming Eyes. Doug further credits my qualifications to write the introduction to the fact that I've lived and worked in and written about Wyoming for many years, and have done extensive research (inspired by Mike and Kathy Gear) for my alternate historical-fantasy novel Pax Dakota, due out in May 2008.

Nic's Free Summer Concert Series

Bring your chair or blanket and listen to some of the best entertainment around this summer!

June 27- -The Tremors, and acoutsitc blues/jazz and cabaret band with a "ragtime gospel edge."
July 11--Platte River String Band, showcases American Roots music.
July 18--Special Consensus, is Bluegrass at its best.
July 25--Seeds-N-Stems, a melting pot of ideas, emotion, and feel-good music.
August 1--Jeff Troxel, singer and guitarist, crossing between Fogelburg and Lightfoot
August 8--Dan Walker Band, attracts a wide genre of music lovers across the Nation
August 15--The Fireants, a Cajun/Latin/Zydeco dance band

FMI go to the www.thenic.org

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Nominate your favorite small library

Library Journal is seeking nominations for the 2007 Best Small Library in America Award. Co-sponsored with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the annual prize comes with $15,000 and a feature article in the Journal. Deadline for nominations is Nov. 5, 2007. For nomination info, go to the Library Journal web site.

Apply now for creative writing fellowships

Wyoming residents are invited to apply for the 2008 creative writing fellowships in creative nonfiction. Up to three winners will be chosen in the competition. Each will receive a $3,000 award plus a $500 stipend to read their work at the Casper College Literary Conference Oct. 17-19 in Casper. Postmark deadline is July 6, 2007. Printable applications and guidelines are available through the Wyoming Arts Council web site.

Memoirist and poet Nick Flynn will serve as the judge for this year’s competition. His memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the "Art of the Memoir," and has been translated into 13 languages. His essays, creative nonfiction, and poems have been published in The New Yorker, the Paris Review, and The New York Times Book Review. His work has also been featured on National Public Radio’s "This American Life."

FMI: Michael Shay at the WAC offices in Cheyenne, 307-777-5234.

Read one, read all

Come to Cheyenne for the Wyoming Library Association conference this September, and plan to stay for the Wyoming Book Festival Sept. 14-15, 2007. More than 50 authors and presenters are lined up for two days of exciting book events - free and open to the public. Among them is Nancy Pearl, the Seattle librarian who wrote Book Lust and who originated the One Book/One Community programs. See the festival authors page at http://www.wyomingbookfestival.org/authors.html for bios and photos.

Because the Wyoming Book Festival is free to the public and coordinated by the Wyoming Center for the Book, a nonprofit organization, it relies on donor and in-kind support to offer great book programming.

The Wyoming Book Festival is supported in part by:
The Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, a program of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources
The Flying V Donor Advised Fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation
The Cheyenne Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
The Wyoming Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Campaneria nominated to NCA

President George W. Bush has announced his intent to nominate Miguel Campaneria, Artistic Director of Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico, to serve on the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body of the National Endowment for the Arts. Campaneria's nomination will be sent to the Senate for confirmation.

"Miguel Campaneria's nomination continues our tradition of having legendary artists from the dance world as members of the National Council," said NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. "His expertise and international experience will be enormously beneficial to the Arts Endowment. He has been in great demand as a guest artist, teacher, and choreographer, and we are delighted to welcome him to the Council."

Campaneria, the first Council nominee from a Puerto Rican arts organization, has danced with a number of companies, including the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Harkness Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and as a principal dancer with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. He joins a distinguished group of dance leaders who have served on the National Council on the Arts, among these are Martha Graham, Judith Jamison, Trisha Brown, and Robert Joffrey.

When confirmed, Campaneria will replace outgoing Council member Gerard Schwarz, Music Director of the Seattle Symphony. Campaneria will serve on the Council for a six-year term, until 2012.

Fine writing, reading at Hot Springs State Park

Hot Springs State Park, the Wyoming Arts Council, and Wyoming Writers, Inc., are teaming up June 1-2 to present readings by some of the state’s finest writers at the Hot Springs State Park pavilion in Thermopolis. On Friday, June 1, 7:30-10 p.m., writers attending the annual Wyoming Writers, Inc., annual conference at the Holiday Inn, will read from their work on the pavilion stage. On Saturday, June 2, 8:30-10 p.m., the featured writers will include Mike and Kathy Gear, best-selling novelists from Thermopolis; Jackson’s Tim Sandlin, author of the new novel "Jimi Hendrix Turns 80;" and Montana Poet Laureate Sandra Alcosser. Emcee will be Michael Shay of the Wyoming Arts Council. The readings are free and open to the public. Come early to enjoy Hot Springs State Park, and stay late to experience "Writers in the Park." For more information, contact Michael Shay, Wyoming Arts Council, 307-777-7742 or mshay@state.wy.us. For information on the writers’ conference, go to www.wyowriters.org. For more about Hot Springs, go to www.wyoparks.state.wy.us/hsslide.htm.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Tour Carissa Gold Mine in South Pass City

This June, visitors will get a unique opportunity to visit the amazing Carissa gold mine. The history of the mine dates back to the 19th century and functioned into the 1940s. South Pass City State Historic Site will offer public tours of the facility each Saturday in June (2, 9, 16, 23 and 30). These tours will give the public an opportunity to see the Carissa Mill House prior to the extensive restorations that took place.

Due to safety regulations, tours are limited to 20 people and reservations must be made with South Pass City State Historic Site. To make a reservation, call 307-332-3684, and ask for Carissa Tour Reservations. The tour, conducted by South Pass City Curator of Public Programs Jon Lane, will take the visitor through the complex workings of the mill and give an overview of the development of the mine from 1870 to the late 1940s. The tour is very rigorous and participants should be able to negotiate steep terrain and steep stairs. This tour is not appropriate for young children.

In 2003, the Wyoming State Legislature purchased the Carissa Mine, adding it as a South Pass City State Historic Site. The Carissa was the main economic engine for South Pass City.

Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program Grantees

Six Wyoming individuals will have an opportunity to pass on their talents in various folk arts to a younger generation thanks to the 2007 Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grant program. This year’s grant recipients will help nurture and strengthen Wyoming’s diverse traditional heritage in its most natural community setting such as in garage workshops, community halls and homes.
Folk art is the traditional art, music, knowledge and practices that are circulated through oral communication and example over a period of time. Folk artists reflect, communicate and help maintain the identity of a particular community through the practice of their art form.

This year’s recipients are:
William Chippewa of Fort Washakie, who will teach his grandson, Patrick Thayer, the appropriate steps in creating a Shoshone war shield, from gathering materials to the painting and meaning of articles on the shield. Chippewa and Thayer meet weekly and will continue through October.

Cleo Goggles of the Wind River Reservation will teach her daughter, Linda Goggles, the art of beading a Shoshone man’s vest, which might be used for pow-wows, graduations and social functions. The project continues through October.

Mary Maynard of Laramie will teach Isobel Nichols the techniques of tatting – the art of using a shuttle, thread and square knot to create lace art. The apprenticeship continues through October.

Jack Mease of Lander will teach Mike Alley the craft of fine rawhide and leather braiding to create cowboy horse gear. Their work will continue through August.

Sally O'Connor of Elk Mountain will teach Maria Foster of Cheyenne the various forms and styles of splint/reed basket weaving and chair caning. The two meet on weekends and will continue their project through the summer.

Reba Jo Teran of Fort Washakie will teach her niece, Georgietta Teran Acebo, and friend, Rory Tendore, to make traditional Shoshone saddle trappings, which include saddle pommel ornaments, martingale and stirrup decorations. The project continues through October.

Applications for next year’s grant will be available in August and due in November. For more information, please contact Anne F. Hatch, Folk and Traditional Arts Specialist at 307-777-7721 or ahatch@state.wy.us.



Friday, May 25, 2007

New exhibitions at UW art museum


American Modernists continues through March 1, 2008 in the Guthrie Special Exhibits Gallery.
Bill Gollings: Cowboy Artist--Paintings from the Sherry Nicholas Collection--May 5-September 1, 2oo7 in the South Two Gallery.
From the Collection: Recent Landscape Photography--May 12-September 1, 2007 in the James Forrest Rotunda.
Resonance from the Past: African Sculpture from the New Orleans Museum of Art--May 26-August 12, 2007 in the Friends and Colorado Galleries.
Pinturas de Fe: the Retablo Tradition in Mexico and New Mexico--June 2-September 1, 2007 in the Boyle and south One Galleries.
Ancient Bronzes of the Asian Grasslands from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation--April 7-August 19, 2007 in the Chicago and East Galleries.

Edwards wins prize

Melodie Edwards just received notice that a story she wrote for a contest for Symphony Space's Selected Shorts radio program received a first place prize and will be broadcast on May 30th on participating radio stations (KDMN in Gillette hosts the program). The name of the story is "The Bird Woman" and it will be read by Tony award winning actress Kelli O'Hara.

UW Theatre Students Lauded at William Inge Festival

University of Wyoming student Anna Brownsted of Dallas,Texas, and a small UW cast were invited to perform a scene at the recent annual William Inge Festival in Independence, Kan. During February's Region VII Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) and Northwest Drama Conference, Brownsted won a new fellowship from KCACTF and the William Inge Center for the Arts. The fellowship recognizes the most outstanding student-directed and student-acted scenes written by famed American playwright William Inge or by a past William Inge Festival award winner. The festival, widely attended by industry professionals, celebrates Inge's legacy with an intensive four-day series of performances, readings, workshops,panel discussions and retrospectives.

"It was an honor to have our work seen by professional luminaries," says Brownsted. "We received compliments all the way around, but the highlight was the moment when Sheldon 'Call me Shelly' Harnick took my hand, looked me directly in the eye, leaned in, and said with complete sincerity that it was an honor for him to see our work," she adds.

Jentel presents...

Current artist and writer residents of Jentel, a community outreach program, will be featured in a presention at the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library Inner Circle on Tuesday, June 5, 2007 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Presenters include:
Alice Leora Briggs, Lubbock, TX: a printmaker; writer Rachel Cantor, Philadelphia; sculptor Kate Carr, Marlboro, VT; writer Pamela Harris, NYC; photographer Tatana Kellner, Kingston, NY; oil painter Elizabeth Papenfuss, Duluth, MN;

For anyone looking for a stimulating evening, come join the crowd at the Inner Circle. There is no admission charge for “Jentel Presents” and refreshments are available.

The Jentel Artist Residency Program accepts applications twice a year from visual artists in all media and writers in all genres for a one month residency. A residency includes a comfortable accommodation, common living, dining and recreation areas, a private workspace and a stipend to help defray expenses during the program.

Spaces still available for CLT summer theatre classes

The Cheyenne Little Theater still has available limited spaces for Cheyenne Summer Theatre classes. Students K-9 are eligible to learn more about theatre. Classes are designed to introduce the novice to basic theatre skills and to help the experienced student hone their craft. Classes begin June 11th and run consecutively for progressing grade levels throughout the summer. Call (307) 638-6543 or check out CLT's website at www.cheyennelittletheatre.org

Talented writers at Jackson Writers Conference

The Jackson Hole Writers Conference takes place June 28-July 1 at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. Guest authors will facilitate five writing workshop tracks.

The faculty of writers includes--
Daniel Glick: author/journalist, outdoors/travel track;
Amanda Gersh: young adult and teacher track;
Todd Strasser: young adult track; Lee Zacharias: teacher and fiction track;
Terry Tempest Williams: creative non-fiction track;
Alexandra Fuller: creative non-fiction track;
Craig Johnson: fiction track;
Tim Sandlin: fiction track.

The conference offers writers a chance to have their manuscripts critiqued by editors, agents and published authors. Call (307) 413-3332 or go to www.jacksonholewritersconference.com
or www.jhcenterforthearts.org FMI.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Summer exhibits at Centennial's Phoenix Gallery

May 25-June 17: "Quilts Galore!" Moderns quilts by Marilyn Lanham. Artist's reception will be held Friday, May 25th, 7-9 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
July 5-15: "Sculptures of Vince Valdez." Fine works by this beloved sculptor. Champagne reception: Thursday, July 5, 7-9 p.m.
August 31-September 9: "The Naked Truth; The World of Bill Goldie." A collection of large, unique paintings. Artist's reception will be held Friday, August 31, 5-8 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

The Phoenix Gallery is located at 11 Oak Avenue, by the Trading Post (with the turquoise trim).
Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday-Sunday and by appointment. Call (307) 742-7731 FMI.

Activities in Casper

Natrona County High School's Choir Concert takes place Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m.
Also on Thursday, Natrona County Public Library sponsors Dance Dance Revolution for teens.
On Friday at 7:00 p.m., Casper Planetarium presents Black Holes In Space.
Wednesday, May 30 is Bach's Lunch Organ Recital at First United Methodist Church.

Dancers perform in Jackson

Diavolo, a company comprised of dancers, gymnasts and actors will perform at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, June 16. Called the "National Football League" of modern dance, Diavolo is a cinematic experience of powerful images. The outrageous sets of everyday items provide the back-drop for dramatic movement--leaping, flying, twirling--that create metaphors and narratives of the human condition. Jacques Heim, Diavolo's Artistic Director, says "building a team that allows for complete trust has been essential to creating a kind of work where dancers are inspired to take serious risks."

October 13--Hubbard Street 2 (HS2) is a vibrant company of six dancers who explore dance and their individual artistry through creative collaborations with emerging choreographers and performances of a diverse and exciting body of work. Led by Julie Nakagawa Bottcher, HS2 is an integral part of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, which, through outreach programs, exposes students and audiences to dance, and nurtures young choreographers.

Powwow at Buffalo Bill Historical Center

The 26th anniversary Plains Indian Museum powwow will be held June 16-17 in the Robbie Powwow Garden in Cody, Wyoming.

Grand entry is at noon. Men and boys featured dances include Traditional, Fancy, and Grass; women and girls feature Traditional, Fancy and Jingle Dress dances. Prizes will be given in age groups, as well as team dancing and winner takes all. There will also be Chicken Dance and Tiny Tots dancing.

Master of Ceremonies--Leo "Chico" Her Many Horses. Arena Director--Lydell White Plume. Head Judge--Garrett Goggles. Host Drum--New Town Singers, from New Town, South Dakota. The Color Guard--Arapahoe Warriors, Riverton, Wyoming. Invited Drum--Apsaloka Nation, Crow Agency, Montana; Crazy Horse Singers, Pine Ridge, South Dakota; Fox Trail, Ft. Washakie, Wyoming; High Eagle, Ethete, Wyoming; Little Sun, Ethete, Wyoming; Night Hawk, Lodge Grass, Montana; Red Cedar, Arapaho, Wyoming; River Bottom Juniors, Arapaho, Wyoming; and Tongue River, Lame Deer, Montana.

For more information, please call the Buffalo Bill Historical Center at (307) 587-4771 or visit the website at www.bbhc.org

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Music In The Hole


The Grand Teton Music Festival is pleased to present their annual free community July 4th concert, Music In The Hole, for the 11th year in a row! This year, Music In The Hole is especially delighted to welcome back the Wyoming Army National Guard, which returns from a two year absence to participate in the concert’s finale, accompanying the Festival Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture on Howitzer cannons. Daylong festivities culminate in a performance by the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra led by Music Director Donald Runnicles, and feature pre-symphony entertainment by local performers. None of this is possible without the financial support of the Jackson Hole community, and the Grand Teton Music Festival seeks support in reaching its fundraising goals for its 11th Annual Music In The Hole. Music In The Hole takes place Wednesday, July 4th at Alpine Field in the town of Jackson.
It takes a community to make Music In The Hole happen – you and your business can become a supporter. There are significant benefits at all levels of support;
Contact Erin Roy at 307.733.3050 x103 to find out more about:
Individual Gifts
Business Sponsorship
Corporate Support
Created in 1997, Music In The Hole has become a perennial favorite of Jackson locals and visitors alike. This patriotic outdoor picnic-style concert for the community attracts as many as 8,000 people annually – the Grand Teton Music Festival is proud to celebrate the 11th Anniversary of Music In The Hole this summer!
Contact: Amanda Flosbach at (307) 733 3050 x107, amanda@gtmf.org

Terry Tempest Williams to teach at UW

Internationally-acclaimed nature and environmental writer, Terry Tempest Williams, will be University of Wyoming's first "Eminent Writer-in-Residence" during the 2007-2008 academic year. She has accepted Wyoming's first state-endowed professorship funded by the Excellence in Higher Education Endowment. The 2006 Wyoming State Legislature established the endowment that included $70 million to create senior faculty positions for "highly distinguished scholars and teachers." While in residence in the UW Department of English, she will teach a creative writing Master of Fine Arts workshop and direct MFA theses. She will also host brown bag lunch "conversations" for members of the university and Laramie communities during the fall semester. In the spring, she will conduct "weather reports," innovative outreach events in four Wyoming locations, designed to inspire conversations and writing about change in Wyoming communities.

Williams found herself in the literary limelight when she published her sixth book, the 1991 memoir "Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place." In it, she described the epic rise of the Great Salt Lake that flooded her favorite bird refuge as her mother, who had lived down wind from a nuclear test site, was dying of ovarian cancer. Williams' other works include Red: Patience and Passion in the Desert (2001); two essay collections, An Unspoken Hunger, and The Open Space of Democracy; Desert Quartet: An Erotic Landscape, Coyote's Canyon, and Pieces of White Shell: A Journey to Navajoland, along with two children's books. Her essays and articles, appearing in major magazines, have been widely anthologized. An activist dedicated to preserving the environment, Williams has served on the Governing Council of the Wilderness Society, was a member of the western team for the President's Council for Sustainable Development, the advisory board of the National Parks and Conservation Association, the Nature Conservancy, and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. She is the editor of a collection of short stories, Testimony: Writers Speak on Behalf of Utah Wilderness. Among her many honors are the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Lannan Literary Fellowship, the 2005 Wallace Stegner Award by the Center for the American West, and the Wilderness Society's highest honor for a private citizen.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Teton Arts Council announces artist opportunity

August 7th is the deadline for "Images From the Fall," a national juried show that parallels with the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. The show runs from September 8-October 3 at the Teton Arts Council Gallery in Driggs, Idaho. All mediums are accepted and there is a $25 entry fee. The juror will be announced later, and cash prizes will be awarded. For a prospectus, send a SASE envelope to Teton Arts Council, P.O. Box 627, Driggs, ID 83422. Please call (209) 354-4278, or access the website at www.tetonartscouncil.com.

Jay Lawson captures characters in latest book

A discussion of some of Wyoming’s most colorful outdoor men and women will be the topic of a lecture and book signing by Game and Fish Chief Warden Jay Lawson at the Wyoming State Museum at 7 p.m., May 23.

Lawson will discuss, “Men to Match Our Mountains,” his latest book about 20th Century Wyoming trappers, cowboys, forest rangers, hunting guides and early game wardens. Lawson has chronicled the life histories of these intriguing characters, many of whom he met as a young game warden.

Those who love the high country, horses, hunting and mountain adventure will be captivated by these stories. All proceeds from Lawson’s book will be donated to the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Wyoming to further the conservation of Wyoming’s wildlife.

For more information about this and other Wyoming State Museum events, please call
777-7022.

Latchininsky, Lockwood, interviewed for History Channel

A film crew working for the History Channel interviewed UW's College of Agriculture locust and grasshopper experts for a documentary titled The Perfect Swarm. Interviewed were Alex Latchininsky, UW Cooperative Extension Service entomologist, and Jeff Lockwood, former professor in the Department of Renewable Resources and now in the Department of Philosophy. The crew later filmed Latchininsky and Lockwood collecting grasshopper samples west of Laramie.

The documentary should air this fall, says Andy Papadopoulos of the Creative Differences television production company in Studio City, Calif. Scott Ogle, director of photography, and Chas Gordon, audio technician, joined him at UW to film the segment that will be part of the channel's ongoing Mega Disasters series. "This is an unusual subject," says Papadopoulos. "It taps into primordial fears. Locusts themselves have a rich, deep history." The crew asked Latchininsky, a professor in the renewable resources department, his expert opinion regarding locust biology and ecology. They also discussed conditions conducive to locust outbreaks in Africa and elsewhere and the modern methods to monitor and manage locusts, including the use of satellite imagery. "They also asked about the grasshopper situation in the United States and the economic importance of the pests in Wyoming and the West," says Latchininsky.

The crew filmed UW locust and grasshopper collections and exhibits. Schistocercea nitens, live gray bird grasshoppers from Hawaii, were displayed. In 2004, the species began devouring vegetation on the small Hawaiian island of Nihoa. Latchininsky was the grasshopper expert invited by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to spend 11 days on the island last year to lend expertise to possible control efforts. The insect is a distant "cousin" of the infamous Desert locust, Schistocerca gregaria, of the Old World, Latchininsky says. In 2005, the National Geographic Explorer Channel presented The Perfect Swarm, which featured Lockwood's work to discover why the Rocky Mountain Locust became extinct. The subject matter is somewhat different; only the title is the same, Latchininsky says.

Billy Collins in Jackson

Teton County Library and Foundation invite the community to take a voyage through verse with the 44th U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, at the helm. Page to the Podium: Billy Collins presents this master of verse at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 4 in the Jackson Hole High School Auditorium. Collins will read his poems, offer commentary and answer questions. In an excerpt from his poem "Introduction to Poetry" from his book "Sailing Alone Around the Room,"Collins explains how he prefers to chart such literary waters:

I want them to water-ski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author's name on the shore.

But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.

Excerpt reprinted by permission of the author, from his book "Sailing Alone Around the Room," published by Random House. Copyright C2001 Billy Collins.

A Guggenheim winner, Collins has managed to attain both high critical acclaim and broad popular appeal. His work has appeared in periodicals including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The American Scholar, while his last three collections of poems have broken sales records. Aptly described as "unpretentious, funny, and good," Collins is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio. He was appointed U.S. Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003.

While Page to the Podium is free and open to Teton County library cardholders, tickets are limited and must be picked up in person at the library's Front Desk. Patrons will need to show a current library card to receive up to two tickets to the reading. Library cards may be obtained for free with a photo i.d. and local mailing address.

Collins has published eight collections of poetry, including Sailing Alone Around the Room, The Apple That Astonished Paris and Nine Horses. Collins considers humor "a door into the serious." His poems often open on a clear, hospitable note but then take unexpected turns. His work has won praise from fellow authors, including Wyoming author Annie Proulx, who writes: "I have never before felt possessive about a poet, but I am fiercely glad that Billy Collins is ours." For more information on Collins' upcoming visit, contact PaulineTowers-Dykeman at 733-2164 ext. 217. You can also visit the LibraryFoundation online at www.TCLib.org/foundation

Vince Gill, Any Grant at Casper Events Center


Nashville superstar Vince Gill will perform his Friends and Family Tour with special guests Amy Grant and the Del McCoury Band at the Casper Events Center on Saturday, September 1st at 7:30 pm. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 25th at 10:00 am.

Vince Gill deputed on the national scene in 1979 and has had outstanding successes as a solo artist as well as appearing in duets with numerous accomplished artists such as Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Barbara Streisand, and Christian/Pop singer (and wife) Amy Grant.

Vince is the recent winner of the 2007 ACM Award for Vocal Event of the Year for “Building Bridges” with Brooks & Dunn and Sheryl Crow. Vince’s latest release “These Days” is a four disc collection of rockin’, groovy, country/western, and acoustic music featuring acclaimed guests Gretchen Wilson, Bekka Bramlett, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark, and so many more!

Don’t miss your chance to see the final performance of this Vince Gill tour with Amy Grant. All seats are reserved. Tickets are $39.50 and $47.50 and are available at the Casper Events Center Box Office. Charge-by-phone at (307) 577-3030 or (800) 442-2256 or at
www.CasperEventsCenter.com.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Best-selling authors, The Gears, at Wyoming Writers

Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear are hosting a Wyoming Writer's conference workshop in fiction writing. Their latest book, "People of the Nightland," is set 13,000 years ago at the edges of a huge melt-water lake called Lake Agassiz. The Gears have been writing fiction in their field of archeology since 1986. First published in 1990, they have sold millions of copies and their work has been printed worldwide in 23 languages. Their workshop will discuss topics how to put a manuscript together, the dos and don'ts of producing a manuscript and how to treat yourself as a professional once you've sold it, and will also relate some publishing-horror stories.

The Wyoming Writer's Conference runs from June 1-3, at the Holiday Inn of the Waters in Thermopolis. Cost is $135 for members, $160 for non-members. Other workshop presenters include Tim Sandlin--screenwriting, Dr. Toran Isom--children's books, Sandra Alcosser--poetry, and John Helfers--editor. Go to the Wyoming Writers website at www.wyowriters.org

Yiddish Food Festival Sunday

The 2nd annual Yiddish Food Festival takes place Sunday, May 20, at the Mt. Sinai Synagogue, 2610 Pioneer Avenue, from noon to 5 p.m. The event coincides with American Heritage Month, as proclaimed by Governor Dave Freudenthal. Festivities begin with the blowing of the Shofar, welcome and announcements, Howard Rodack singing "Hatikvah," and introductions. There will be an abundance of food selections and food will be sold by the shekel--1 shekel equals $1. Debit or credit cards cannot be used, and money must be exchanged at the door. Other activities include talks, presentations, and history about Jewish culture, tours of the synagogue, and performing groups of dancers and musicians.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Sign up for Wyoming Book Festival email news

The Wyoming Book Festival is only four months away! The festival will be held Sept. 14-15, 2007 in downtown Cheyenne. More than 50 authors will appear. Find out all the festival news by subscribing to the Wyoming Book Festival News & Updates email list. To subscribe, visit http://www.wyomingbookfestival.org/elist.html or email bookfest@state.wy.us with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line. Also, visit the Wyoming Book Festival web site at www.wyomingbookfestival.org.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Lulu Delacre event cancelled

The bilingual author and children's book illustrator, Lulu Delacre, scheduled to give a reading and demonstration May 16, from 6-7 pm, at the Teton County Library has been cancelled.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Film auditions set for Lander, Riverton

The Wyoming Film Office sent this audition notice:

Casting Director Rene Haynes is holding auditions to find an 11-14 year old Native Girl to star in the feature film “Naya Nuki,” based on the novel “Naya Nuki: Shoshone Girl Who Ran” by Ken Thomasma of Jackson.

Audition schedule: Wednesday, May 23, 3-7 p.m., in the Monarch Room of the Pronghorn Lodge (send floor), 150 E. Main Street, Lander; Thursday, May 24, 3-7 p.m., at the Riverton Recreation Dept., 201 E. Washington Ave., (corner of E. Washington Ave and S. 2nd St.), Riverton.

No acting experience? That’s O.K. All interested girls should apply. Please bring a parent or guardian with you. Applicants will be given audition material at the location. Or you can contact nayanuki@rhcasting.com to receive audition scenes in advance. Please put “Wyoming” in the subject line.

Thomasma, author of many books for young people, was once on the Wyoming Arts Council artists' roster.

For more info about filming in the state, contact Michell Howard at the Wyoming Film Office, 307-777-3400.

Slam poets seek Cheyenne, Laramie gigs

We received an e-mail from a slam poet in Albuquerque who is coming to Wyoming with two other slammers May 19-25. His name is Damien Flores and he's on the Albuquerque slam team which won the National Slam Championship in 2005. This is very short notice but maybe Damien and cohorts -- Levi Romero and Lisa Gill -- could come to your school or library to demonstrate slam poetry or to conduct a poetry workshop. Levi received rave reviews for his poetry reading last year at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne.

E-mail Damien for more info.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Sarie Mackay reads from "Lodestar"

The Writer's Voice of the Billings Family YMCA presents writer Sarie Mackay reading from her first novel, "Lodestar," on Thursday, May 10, 7 p.m., at the Yellowstone Art Museum, 401 North 27th St., downtown Billings. Mackay's historical novel draws readers into the adventure and turmoil of life in the Montana Territory of the 1880s. The reading is free to YMCA, Yellowstone Art Museum, and Writer's Voice members. Museum admission is $7. Books will be available for sale the evening of the reading. Mackay will also be reading at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at Red Lodge Books in Red Lodge.

POL gets boost for next year

John Ostrout, director of the State & Regional Partnerships program at the National Endowment for the Arts, sent this news to state arts agencies on May 7:

One week ago today, your state’s Poetry Out Loud (POL) champion participated with peers from across the country to celebrate the arts through poetry. The celebration in Washington, D.C., was truly a remarkable event. Your leadership contributed to its resounding success. Thank you once again. NEA Chairman Dana Gioia has asked us to inform you that the NEA will increase the State POL support from $10,000 to $15,000 for the coming year. In his remarks throughout the POL festivities, he complimented the partnership between the NEA and the SAAs that produced this groundbreaking national initiative.

This means that the
Wyoming Arts Council will receive extra funding during the 2007-2008 school year for Poetry Out Loud. Wyoming has participated during the first two years of POL, and four Wyoming students and their high schools have received cash prizes. WAC staff members consider this an important program and plan to expand it. We encourage interested teachers to e-mail Michael Shay or Camellia El-Antably. And check out the Poetry Out Loud web site for more information.

PHOTO CAPTION: The Poetry Foundation President John W. Barr, 2007 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Amanda Fernandez, and NEA Chairman Dana Gioia at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals. Photo by James Kegley.

"Cowboy Girl" author in Cheyenne May 23

Wyoming legislature commissions art work

Professional artists with experience in commissioned portrait work are invited by the Wyoming Legislature to apply to paint up to five portraits of Wyoming Governors for display in the State Capitol. The criteria for the commission require that the portraits be in harmony with the Capitol’s dignified surroundings.

The portraits are to be ¾ standing or sitting, and done in oil paints. The portraits are to measure approximately 44” x 36”, and completed with competence and accomplished artists merit. The State Legislature has allocated a $10,000 commission for each portrait. A state contracted framer will provide framing of the portraits.

The applications will be reviewed by a selection committee made up of a representative from the current First Family, a Legislative Facilities Committee member, a State Museum curator, a conservator and former first family representatives. The committee is looking for artists that are accomplished in portraiture, have demonstrated qualifications and experience, ability to complete the project within the time frame and budget and have the ability to communicate effectively with the committee.

The application deadline is June 20. The committee will announce their selection in July. Artists living in Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon and Washington are eligible to apply. Applications are available from the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources by calling 307-777-7677, or by visiting www.artsparkshistory.com

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

CWC Sinks Canyon Center offers workshops

Artist's Summit 2007, a collaboration among the Lander Art Center, the Art Association of Jackson Hole and Central Wyoming College in Riverton, introduces seven visual arts workshops this summer in the Wind River Range.

On June 8-13, Adam Jahiel, a photographer from Story, offers “Creating the world through your own lens,” for photographers at any level of expertise to develop their individual “art of seeing.” Lander artist Bill Yankee will teach landscape painting June 9-11. He will lead excursions into the natural areas around Sinks Canyon so participants can practice painting landscapes in the media of their choice. Lorre Hoffman, director of the Lander Art Center, will share her expertise in sculpture, teaching an "Iron Pour" course June 9-11.

From Japan, Jorie Johnson will teach a traditional felting class introducing two- and three-dimensional forms July 6-8.

Three workshops will be held Aug. 8-11. A three-day printmaking course is taught by Jean Gumpper, entitled “Transforming the landscape: Drawing into print-making.” Gumpper brings extensive printmaking and teaching skills to introduce the student to a variety of methods of combining drawing and printmaking. Bronwyn Minton offers “Process and place: Discovering new directions and ideas for your art.” This course is designed to clarify the participant’s working methods to generate ideas and develop new directions. Raku firing of ceramics taught by Jason Dayton will cover the history of Raku firing and offer opportunities to glaze and fire ceramic pieces.

These courses are open to all interested artists. Undergraduate credit is offered through Central Wyoming College and graduate credit is offered for most classes through Idaho State University. CWC is offering, through May 25, a “First Class Stipend” to pay $50 per credit for up to five credits for those who have not taken courses with CWC within the past year.

Participants may stay in one-room log cabins surrounded by historic apple orchards and red buttes that are located close to the classrooms. Or they can make their own lodging arrangements. Meals are prepared by a local caterer, allowing workshop participants an opportunity to get to know each other, exchange ideas, and relax during dining times.

FMI: CWC, Jackson Center, 307-733-7425; CWC Lander Center, 307-332-3394; Art Association, 307-733-6379. Or visit the
Sinks Canyon Center and click on “Courses and Events.”

Bilingual Author, Illustrator Bridges Cultural Gaps

Illustrator and children's author Lulu Delacre creates stories about her Latin American heritage to help bridge cultural gaps among young readers. By painting pictures of Latin American people and places, in English-language books, Delacre empowers Latino children to share their heritage with their English-speaking classmates. Delacre will share her stories and illustrations during a Teton County Library presentation from 6p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16 in the Ordway Auditorium. Delacre will describe how she became a writer, what it takes to illustrate her books and how others can pursue a similar path. The bilingual presentation is free and open to the public.

Delacre's books not only introduce English speakers to Latino culture but also help young Latinos maintain ties to their heritage, says Patricia Rocha, the library's Latino Services Assistant. Keeping Latino traditions and folklore alive gives our children roots,especially as they grow up in two cultures and learn to cherish the language and culture of the United States, Rocha said.

Delacre grew up chasing lizards and climbing tamarind trees in Puerto Rico. She received her first art lessons in Argentina, where her family lived for a year when she was 10 years old. She later studied art at the University of Puerto Rico and L'Ecole Supérieure d'Arts Graphiques in France. The multi-talented author sets a high standard for both the text and art in her books. She has written and illustrated nine books, including Golden Tales: Myths, Legends and Folktales from Latin America and Salsa Stories. This program has been made possible through funding from the Matthew and Virgie O. Dragicevich Foundation and through the general support of the Teton County Library Foundation. For information about the presentation, contact Patricia Rocha at 733-2164 ext. 237.

No lions, no tigers, but Bears

In celebration of its 20th Anniversary, the National Museum of Wildlife Art is sponsoring a state-wide art competition for Wyoming high school art students. "Wild About Bears:Wyoming Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the National Museum of Wildlife Art" challenges students to design and decorate fiberglass bear forms; the completed works will be exhibited and judged at the Wyoming High School Art Symposium in Casper, in April 2008. The top eight winning bears will win cash prizes for their school art programs. First Prize is $7,000; Second is $5,000; Third is $2,000 and five Honorable Mention winners will receive $500 each. Bears will be decorated during the '07 - '08 school year. The winning eight bears will be exhibited in Cheyenne during the summer of 2008. Any art media used on the bears is acceptable, but materials must be non-volatile,durable, and permanent. All artwork must be original.

Interested high school art teachers will be asked to fill out an"Application for Participation" and successful applicants will be awarded bears on a first come first served basis. Some of the 30 bears available have already been distributed to teachers via the Wyoming High School Art Symposium. For contest information and a complete set of rules, contact Jane Lavino at 307-732-5417 or jlavino@wildlifeart.org or mailto:jlavino@wildlifeart.org. The "Wild About Bears" contest and exhibition is generously supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, a program of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources. It is also supported by the Friess Foundation and the National Museum of Wildlife Art www.wildlifeart.org

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Check out New West's book section

Jenny Shank is the editor for the New West web site's books and writers section. Over the past few months, the section has featured stories about Wyomingites Annie Proulx and Mark Spragg. Last fall, it did a story on the Wyoming Authors Wiki sponsored by the Wyoming Center for the Book. It's also a good way to discover book signings, readings, bookfests, and other literary events in the Rocky Mountain region. Go to http://www.newwest.net/books

One other thing: newspaper book sections are disappearing at an alarming rate. Newspapers are experiencing slumping readership and advertising. They cite those factors -- and others -- as reasons to drop literary supplements. I've read a number of columns by outraged writers and readers decrying this trend. I'm a big fan of writing outraged (and possibly outrageous) columns. But it's a bit like howling at the moon. Web-based publications are on the rise and print pubs --newspapers especially -- are dying.

So check out New West Books and Web del Sol and the interesting array of litblogs such as bookslut and Maud Newton and Beatrice.

WAC board meets in Jackson May 17-18

The Wyoming Arts Council will hold its quarterly board meeting in Jackson May 17-18.

The board invites you to attend the public comment session from 4:30-6 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, at the Center for the Arts' Bushnell Drawing Studio, 240 S. Glenwood in Jackson. We welcome your comments about the agency's policies, funding priorities, on-line granting system, and other arts-related topics.

On Friday, May 18, 5:30-7 p.m., the public is invited to a free reception for the WAC’s Biennial Fellowship Art Exhibition at the Center for the Arts. It will feature work by 2006-2007 fellowship winners Jim Laybourn of Jackson, Zane Lancaster of Afton, and Laramie residents Ashley Hope Carlisle, Mark Ritchie, and Ginnie and Jon Madsen. Karen Stewart at the Arts Association will serve as host for the event in the ArtSpace Gallery. Refreshments will be served.

The mission of the Wyoming Arts Council is to enhance the quality of life for the people of Wyoming by providing resources to sustain, promote and cultivate the arts.

FMI: Michael Shay, WAC, 307-777-7742 or mshay@state.wy.us.

Notable upcoming exhibits at DAM

A few upcoming exhibits of note at the Denver Art Museum:
"Artisans and Kings" features selected treasures from the Louvre will run from October 6 through January 6, 2008.
"Color as Field" depicting American Painting from 1950-1975, runs from November 9, to February 3, 2008.
"Inspiring Impressionism" runs from February 23, 2008 to May 25, 2008.

Garden Festival on May 19th

Cheyenne Depot Garden Festival will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2007 from 9 am to 5 pm. The Master Gardeners, Laramie County Cooperative Extension Service and the Cheyenne Depot Museum are partnering to host this free-to-the-public event.

The Master Gardeners' Plant Sale will be held in the Depot Plaza on Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with specials throughout the day. Hundreds of annuals, perennials, vegetables and garden art pieces will be offered for sale. Garden Bargains of gently used garden tools, books, magazines and other treasures will also be available.

Free lectures will be offered to the public in the Cheyenne Depot lobby.
The following topics will be addressed:
10:30am ~ Basic Gardening
11:00am ~ Lawn Care
11:30am ~ Gardening Naturally
12:30pm ~ Basic Gardening
1:00pm ~ Landscaping Possibilities
1:30pm ~ Tree Care

Vendors will be in the Depot lobby and on the Depot Plaza with wares including trees, plants and gardening supplies. In addition, a variety of craft vendors will be available. There will be waterscape and landscape displays to view on the Depot Plaza. This event is sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority and the Laramie County Extension Service. For event and lecture information, please contact the staff of the Cheyenne Depot Museum at 307-632-3905, by email to Pam@cheyennedepotmuseum.org.

Inda Eaton and Friends in Casper

Inda and friends will perform May 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kelly Walsh High School auditorium. Inda is recording this show for a live album and previewing new work-in-progress material from her upcoming studio album. Inda will be appearing with her acoustic trio and special guest artist Eve Nelson. Nelson is a classically trained pianist with an R&B soul background who produced and arranged Chaka Khan's well-received 2005 standards album "Classikhan" with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Fresh from producing new songs for Julie Andrews' best-selling children's books in the Julie Andrews Collection, including the Great American Mousical and Simeon's Gift (both co-authored with Emma Walton Hamilton), Inda returns to the stage with her own internationally recognized brand of rockin', singer/songwriter sound. Inda has recorded and released 5 critically acclaimed independent albums, with songs like "Hey Lie" and "Toughlove" (featuring members of the Subdudes and the Radiators) becoming perennial favorites on college radio. She has opened for names like Hootie and the Blowfish, LeAnn Rimes, Smash Mouth, Chicago and John Hiatt.

FMI, please call ARTCORE at (307) 265-1564 or www.ARTCOREWY.com

Monday, May 7, 2007

Big News about "The Big Read"

The purpose of The Big Read is to encourage literary reading. Big Read grants, ranging from $2,500-$20,000, are available to revitalize the role of literature in American culture. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read will receive a grant, financial support to attend a national orientation meeting, educational and promotional materials for broad distribution, Organizer's Guide for developing and managing Big Read activities, inclusion of your organization and activities on The Big Read Web site, and the prestige of participating in a highly visible national initiative. Approximately 200 organizations of varying sizes across the country will be selected in this cycle. More titles are available for 2008.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest.

Go to www.NEABigRead.org to download the Guidelines and Application. Questions? Call Arts Midwest at (612) 341-0755 or email TheBigRead@artsmidwest.org.

Deadline for intent to apply (strongly encouraged) is June 29, 2007; Application deadline is July 31, 2007; project activity runs from January through June, 2008.

Series of town meetings held by SHPO

A series of town meetings, held by the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), will provide the public an opportunity to provide feedback on the Cowboy State's revised state historic preservation plan. Wyoming's SHPO has responsibility under the National Historic Preservation Act for developing and revising, as necessary, that plan, which also helps to guide the work of the SHPO by providing a vision for historic preservation in the state. Representatives from SHPO will be in the following towns to give the public an opportunity to provide opinions and ideas on how local historic preservation can be improved in the future.

Following is the schedule of meetings:
Cody, May 14, at the Irma Hotel, 1192 Sheridan Avenue, in the Governor's room, from 5-7 pm.
Worland, May 15, at the Washakie Medical Center, 400 South 15th Street, in the Conference Room, from 6-8 pm.
Sheridan, May 16, at the Sheridan County Library, 335 W. Alger, in the Inner Circle room, from 5-7 pm.
Casper, May 17 at the Natrona County Library, 307 E. 2nd St., in the Crawford Room from 7-9 pm.

Gollings exhibit at UW Art Museum


Paintings by Bill Gollings, one of Wyoming's most celebrated cowboy artists, will be displayed May 5-Sept. 1 at the University of Wyoming Art Museum.

"Bill Gollings: Cowboy Artist, Paintings from the Sherry Nicholas Collection," was originally assembled by Dr. William T. Ward and includes 71 paintings, drawings and sketches. Born in Fort Pierce, Idaho, Gollings spent his childhood in Michigan and completed his eighth-grade education in Chicago. In 1896, he returned to the West where he worked odd jobs--branding cattle, driving a stagecoach, trapping for fur, and hunting for gold--to pay for his room and board.

Gollings was fascinated by the Frederic Remington drawings he saw in Harpers Weekly. Encouraged by his brother, he pursued his own art and studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. Gollings established his Sheridan studio in 1909, and devoted his life to depicting early 20th century life in the American West.

This exhibition is funded in part by the National Advisory Board of the UW Art Museum. The UW Art Museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 22nd and Willett Drive in Laramie. The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. The Museum Store is closed until further notice for renovation. For more information, call the Art Museum at (307) 766-6622 or visit www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum.

Come celebrate with Wyoming's historic Territorial Prison

Celebrate "Unlocking Secrets in the Soil", a Save Our History grant from the History Channel. Sponsors of the grant will be at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site May 11th to present the WTPSHS a check for $9,866.77. The WTPSHS will also premier the students' documentary, made with the guidance of SP & CR staff Dean Petersen. The public is invited to tour the excavation site and prison. Tours will be lead by students from the UW Lab Middle School. The event runs from 12:30 to 3. Admission is free during those hours.

For more about this exciting event, go to: http://wyoparks.state.wy.us/secretsinthesoil.htm
Teresa Sherwood, Project Manager for the Save Our History grant curator, WTPSHS 307-745-6161

Friday, May 4, 2007

"Unmasking the Soul" at Lander Art Center

Unmasking the Soul”, an art exhibit at the Lander Art Center, begins May 8th through June 1, 2007. The exhibit maps the high school journeys of five Lander seniors: Missy Coppock, Oakley Corsick-Boycott, Elizabeth Jarrard, Anne Slovisky and Dann Thompson. This retrospective features twenty-five individual masks created during (4) annual year-end sessions, facilitated by Diane Corsick at her studio in Lander. Each artist’s mask evolved through a process of meditation, guided imagery, journaling, story telling, massage and partnering which culminated in artistic mask creation. “Unmasking the Soul” celebrates the depth, dignity and integrity of each featured artist. A reception and open house will be held Friday, May 11, 6:00pm-8:00pm. A special “Artist Forum” will begin at 6:30pm so that those attending will have an opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy dialogue about their creative processes.

Casper College hosts Bower, "Flight"

Friday, May 4 sees Casper College sophomore Cynthia Bower giving her harp recital featuring several solo and ensemble pieces, American folk songs, and spirituals. Cost of attendance is free.

CC's Department of Theatre and Dance presents "Flight: A Story of the Wright Brothers," by Arthur Giron at 7:30 tonight, May 4 (running throughout May). Tickets are $12/adults; $10/children and students ages 5-18. There will be a $2 per ticket discount for groups of 20 or more.

FMI call (307) 268-2500, (800) 442-2963 ext, 2500 or www.caspercollege.edu/theatre.

Teton County Library's Book Sale

Spring showers bring a cascade of books to quench readers' thirst for words during the Friends of the Teton County Library's Book Sale from Thursday, May 17 through Sunday, May 20. The Book Sale offers great deals for book lovers of all interests and ages. Bargain hunters will find a wide range of best sellers, mysteries, travel guides, art books, dictionaries, coffee table books, biographies, cookbooks and children's books. The four-day sale takes place in the library's Ordway Auditorium and Conference Room at 125 Virginian Lane. Book sale hours run from: Thursday--4 to 9 p.m.; Friday--10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday--10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday--1 to 3 p.m.

Adult selection prices start at 50 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hardbacks. Children's paperbacks begin at 25 cents; 50 cents for hardbacks. Videos, CDs and books-on-tape are available for a $1 each. Some books that are over-sized or in excellent condition will be sold for between $3 to $5. On Sunday, from 1 to 3 p.m., the Friends offer special pricing of $1 a dozen, as well as free selections for teachers and nonprofit organizations.

For information, contact Dimmie Zeigler, Volunteer Coordinator, at 733-2164 ext. 229 or e-mail dzeigler@will.state.wy.us.

Upcoming events at Casper Events Center

The Producers, Thursday, May 10 at 7:00 pm. Based on Mel Brooks’ Academy Award-winning 1968 film of the same name, The Producers is the story of down-on-his-luck theatrical producer Max Bialystock and mousy accountant Leo Bloom. Together they hatch the ultimate scam: raise more money than needed for a sure-fire Broadway flop and pocket the difference. Their “sure-fire” theatrical fiasco? None other than the musical Springtime for Hitler.

The Wyoming Cavalry, Saturday, May 12, at 7:05 pm. This is game #5 for the Cavalry.

College Nationals Finals Rodeo (CNFR), June 10-June 16. All performances begin at 7:00 pm.
Slack will be held on Monday, June 11th and Tuesday, June 12th at 7:00 a.m, with a special 'Bulls N Broncs Only' on Sunday June 10th, at a 4:00 p.m. 2007 marks the fifty ninth year for the event.

Art From The Streets

Art From The Streets presents Art By Micah Hayes beginning May 1, 2007 at the Art From The Streets Gallery in the Richards Center, 4700 Ocean Loop, Cheyenne.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Artist Micah Hayes will be on site Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Web site: Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless at http://www.wch.vcn.com/

C. J. Box on "Free Fire" tour

From Penguin group, C. J Box's In Plain Sight, from Berkeley Penguingroup to debut in mass market paperback on May 4, 2007.

LIBRARY JOURNAL named In Plain Sight as the Best Mystery of 2006.

J. W. Keeley is a man with a score to settle. He blames one man for the death of his brother: Joe Pickett. And now J.W. is going to make him suffer. Spring has finally come to Saddlestring,Wyoming and game warden Joe Pickett is relieved the long, harsh winter is finally over. However, a cloud of trouble threatens to spoil the milder weather-local matriarch and ranch owner Opal Scarlett has vanished under suspicious circumstances. Two of her sons, Hank and Arlen, are battling for control of their mother's multi-million dollar empire and their bitter fight threatens to tear the whole valley apart.

Free Fire Debuts May 10 everywhere; the critics are raving...

The New York Times Book Review says, "When I think of crime committed out-of-doors, I think of Joe Pickett," the governor says. So do we. And Joe doesn't let us down, leading us on an exhilarating tour of the park that covers every natural wonder, from showy Old Faithful to secret thermal springs spewing microbes, found nowhere else on earth.

The Free Fire tour begins May 10 in Houston. Look for C. J. back in Wyoming at Ralph's Books and Cards on May 24; in Laramie at Chickering Books on May 25; and in Cheyenne at City News on May 26.

FMI, visit the website at cjbox@cjbox.net.

Dance & music at Cinco de Mayo

A Cinco de Mayo celebration will be held on Saturday, May 5, in Cheyenne. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and goes down Capitol Avenue. From noon-5 p.m., there will be free entertainment and performances on the Cheyenne Depot Plaza, 16th St. and Capitol Ave. Entertainers include “Las Flores de Colores,” Mariachi bands, and Folkloric Dancers and singers. A break-dance competition begins at 4:45 p.m. A car show with low riders, bikes, model cars and motorcycles will also be on display.

This event is also supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State Legislature.

From the jungle to the prairie

"Once On This Island" at Cam-Plex

The Performing Arts Workshop (PAW) is a musical theatre experience for students ages 6-18. Students cultivate their singing, acting, and dancing skills while working toward an end performance. Along the way, challenging instruction helps each student to do his or her best. Students learn the process of putting together a musical from auditions to the end performance.

The students will perform "Once On This Island," a twist on the traditional Little Mermaid tale.

Led by Artistic Director, Gary Abbott, co-founder and Artistic Director of Deeply Tooted Dance Productions in Chicago, he is joined by other professionals from around the country to give students professional instruction.

PAW workshop applications are available through the CAM-PLEX Heritage Center at (307) 682-0552 or (307) 682-8802. Space is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
www.cam-plex.com.

2007 Snowy Range Festival highlights humor

Neil Simon's snappy comedy, "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers," the 78th Street Theatre Lab's "Man in the Flying Lawn Chair," and William Missouri Downs' comedy, "Kosher Lutherans," as well as the Dance Concert Series, make up the fare of this year's University of Wyoming's Department of Theatre & Dance 2007 Snowy Range Festival. Among the guest artists are Jay Edelnant, director, Kimmy Gamble, Mindi Logan, Dodie Montgomery, Devin Sanchez, Brian Slaten, and Michael James Smith, actors, Adam Mendelson, designer, and Alonzo King's Lines Ballet company.

The Last of the Red Hot Lovers--June 12-16, 7:30 pm, Fine Arts Studio.
Man in the Flying Lawn Chair--June 26-30, 7:30 pm, Fine Arts Studio
Kosher Lutherans--July 10-14, 7:30 pm, Fine Arts Studio
Alonzo King's Lines Ballet--July 27, 7:30 pm, Arts & Sciences Auditorium
Dance Festival Gala Concert--July 28, 7:30 pm, Arts & Sciences Auditorium

FMI please call the ticket office at (307) 766-6666 or visit the website at
www.uwyo.edu/finearts.

May and June shows at WYO Theatre

The Sheridan County Children and Youth Chorales present Folk Music from around the World, performs on Friday, May 11, 2007, at 7:00 pm. Ticket prices are $5/adult, $3/senior and student.
The Chorale, in its ninth season, features, in two choirs, eighty of the best 3rd-8th grade singers in Sheridan county.

The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performs Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 7:30 pm. Ticket prices are $20/adult, $18/senior & military, $12/students, $10/21 and under. Renowned for their eclectic innovation as well as classical ballet, Aspen Santa Fe ballet company makes a lasting impression.

Asleep at the Wheel performs Saturday, May 19, 2007, at 7:30 pm. Tickets prices are $25/adult, $22 senior & military, $20/students.
Known as the "post-modern kings of western swing, since 1970, Asleep at the Wheel has brought western swing music to audiences worldwide.
www.asleepatthewheel.com

The one-man show, 8mm...a reel story, with Christopher Cannon, is Saturday, May 26, 2007, at 7:30 pm. Ticket prices are $12/adult, $10/senior, military & students.
Cannon loves 8mm, editing some 20,000 feet into various comedic monologues dealing with subjects in the films--Dads, Moms, and Vacations--interspersed with music videos.
www.georgeporductions.com

Friday, June 1, 2007, The Easter Seals Players present a free performance of An Evening in Kornfield County, an hilarious, travel-back-through-TV-history presentation of down home country antics of the characters. Audience participation is happily encouraged.

Free admission for the family, Friday, June 8, 2007, at 7:30 pm. Learn how you can become a star in your own movie. Wyoming Innovation Film & Media showcases their "Studio G" technology.

Tandem Productions presents Guys and Dolls Wednesday-Saturday, June 20-23, 2007 at 7:30 pm. Ticket prices are $8/adult, $6/senior, $5/student .
Performed by Sheridan's Children's Theater, the story involves Sarah, a pure at heart urban missionary, and Sky, a slick Broadway gambler.

On Saturday, June 30, 2007, at 7:30 pm, the Miss Wyoming 2007, Viva Las Vegas! themed pageant takes place. Ticket prices are $19/adult, $13/senior, student, military, 12 & under.
Miss Wyoming 2007 will represent the state in the national Miss America 2008 pageant.

June pub date for Mike McClure book

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Stan Miller workshop at LCCC in June

The Clay Watercolor Workshop will be held June 11-15 at Laramie County Community College Fine Arts Building in Cheyenne. Guest artists is Stan Miller (his painting "Charles" is shown at right). Tuition is $300. Two hours of college credit are available to participants. For more information, contact Melissa at 307-432-1603.

Nicolaysen's Permanent Collections Exhibition

Celebrate along with the Nic as they display selections from the past forty years from their permanent collection, May 11-July 22, 2007. The opening reception for this show is on May 11, beginning at 6:00 pm. There is free admission and Kid's Corral to members, $5.oo admission to each for non-members.

Camera Obscura, an ancient technology

Visit the Traveling Camera Obscura, on display through May 22 on the Kelly School playground in Kelly. You can go inside this giant camera (shown at right) for a self-directed experience. Interpretive panels on the outside of the camera describe the history and optics.

The camera obscura (Latin for 'dark room') is the ancestor of the modern camera. It is a tent-like device that makes use of an optical phenomenon in which light rays converge when they pass through a small aperture. As a result of this convergence, an image of the outside scenery is projected inside the dark room.

The Traveling Camera Obscura project was created during a photography class with Journeys School Upper School students: Roberson Elledge, Jonas Falkenberg, Patrick Finnegan, Fielding Lewis, Joseph Lovett, Omar Nava, Annie Watters, Journeys School art teacher, Dennis Sanders, visiting artist Bronwyn Minton and Michael Casey.

The camera obscura is portable and is traveling to other locations in Teton County this summer. If you would like more information or would like to schedule the camera for your location please contact Bronwyn Minton at 307.733.6529 or
baminton@earthlink.net.

The camera obscura was supported in part by the Wyoming Arts Council.

Art contest and exhibition

Entries will be received from May 24-28, 2007 for the 25th annual IMAGE regional photography contest and exhibition, taking place from Sunday, June 3-27, 2007, at West Nebraska Arts Center, 106 E. 18th St., Scottsbluff, NE. The opening reception with the artists will be held on Sunday, June 3, from 2-4 pm.

Open to all photographic processes, there will be five awards given in each division for a total of 15 awards in all, ranging from $25-$100.

FMI about all requirements of artwork submissions, call (308) 632-2226; email Mason Burbach, assistant director at wneartsmb@earthlink.net or www.nebraskarts.com/wnac

44th Poet Laureate Billy Collins in Jackson


Teton County Library will begin offering free tickets Monday, May 14, for "Page to the Podium: Billy Collins," an evening with the 44th U.S.Poet Laureate. The Teton County Library and Foundation will present a free public reading by Collins at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 4. He will also offer commentary about his poems and answer questions. A Guggenheim winner, Collins has achieved critical acclaim and popular appeal. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review and The American Scholar. His last three collections of poems have broken sales records. Aptly described as "unpretentious, funny, and good," Collins was appointed U.S. Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003.

Collins has published eight collections of poetry, including Sailing Alone Around the Room, The Apple That Astonished Paris and Nine Horses. Collins considers humor "a door into the serious." His poems often open on a clear, hospitable note but then take unexpected turns. His work has won praise from fellow authors, including Wyoming author Annie Proulx, who writes: "I have never before felt possessive about a poet, but I am fiercely glad that Billy Collins is ours."

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UW student art on Display

The third and final University of Wyoming Loft exhibition of student artwork will be on display above the Curiosity Shoppe, 206 S. 2nd Street, during graduation weekend, May 4-6. An opening reception will be held Friday, May 4, from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. The show also will be on display Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, May 6, from noon to 4 p.m. Exhibiting artists are UW students Jonathan Hickerson of Riverton, Sara Lyttle of Cheyenne, and Heather Storey of Dalton, Neb. Loft also is accepting applications for a special Jubilee Days exhibition. E-mail Rachel Miller at Rmiller@uwyo.edu for an application.

Asleep at the Wheel at Wyo Theater

Asleep at the Wheel, the "post-modern kings of western swing," will be performing on Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 pm at Sheridan's WyoTheater. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and military, $20 for students.

Asleep at the Wheel is an American musical institution: a kinship of like-minded musicians (over 80 to date) united under Ray Benson's crusade to carry the torch of big band western swing music into the 21st century. Over the years, the group has won nine Grammys, and praise and admiration from Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, George Strait, and Van Morrison.

"This is improvisational music, which I think is the whole ball of wax, because that's where the rubber really meets the road -- and it's why we play it," says Benson. "I think it's interesting to listen to updated versions of what people do, hearing how they have evolved. People change, and I love to have the luxury of having a career this long to do it. Part of the impetus was touring with Bob Dylan a couple of years ago. Every night, Dylan would do those songs a little differently, and it made it very exciting to see where they were going to go each night." Their importance in today’s music cannot be understated as they have continued to carry the torch of western swing and pack venues across the globe.

Short story, poetry release for Lori Van Pelt

A new short story, "The Wild-Eyed Witness," about a fictional event in the life of Wild Bill Hickok, by Saratoga, Wyo. author Lori Van Pelt appears in the book, LOST TRAILS, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Russell Davis, and recently released by Pinnacle Books, an imprint of Kensington Publishing in NewYork. LOST TRAILS contains fourteen stories written by western authors including works by Louis L'Amour, Loren D. Estleman, Elmer Kelton, and others who are well-known in the western genre. Another Wyoming author, John D. Nesbitt of Torrington, also has a story "Blue Horse Mesa" in the book. Nesbitt teaches creative writing at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington and is a Wyoming Arts Council roster artist.

Van Pelt also has several poems in the new book, OPEN RANGE: POETRY OF THE REIMAGINED WEST, edited by award-winning poet Laurie Wagner Buyer and award-winning songwriter and author W.C. Jameson, also released this month by Ghost Road Press in Denver, Colorado. OPEN RANGE contains a variety of poetry focusing on the contemporary western experience.

Van Pelt won the Western Writers of America Spur Award last year for Best Short Fiction for her short story, "Pecker's Revenge," the lead tale in her book, PECKER'S REVENGE AND OTHER STORIES FROM THE FRONTIER'S EDGE (University of New Mexico Press, 2005.)

The poetry also marks an important milestone in her career. "I wrote poetry in high school," Van Pelt says. "My English teacher at Banner County High School in Harrisburg, Nebraska, Beverley Edens, liked my poetry and encouraged me to continue writing both during my school years and throughout my life." While Van Pelt's early poetry was published by the National Poetry Press, this is the first time that her poems have been included in a western-themed collection.