Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank star in the western, “The Homesman” this Sunday, March 1, at 3, 5:15, and 7:30 p.m. in the Bengal Theater.  This Cannes Festival Grand Prize nominee based on the best selling novel, follows independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy who employs drifter George Briggs to assist her in transporting three mentally ill women across the country. “The Oregonian writes, “Jones stars and directs in a powerful western with Oscar-worthy performances by himself and Swank.”  (Rated R)  Admission is $2 for the public, or $1 for ISU students.  Trailer and more information is online at

Submitted by Danielle Cooley Agency, American Family Insurance

Pictured is local artist/photographer Richard Albright, with examples of his “Pocatello’s Future History” project and art of Stonehenge. Pictured is local artist/photographer Richard Albright, with examples of his “Pocatello’s Future History” project and art of Stonehenge.


POCATELLO — The Danielle Cooley Agency of American Family Insurance will be hosting a unique concept of photography on March 6 as part of the First Friday Art Walk.

Richard Albright’s “Pocatello’s Future History” has been in the making since 2012.  Local artists, Old Town business owners, and Art Walk patrons alike will all recognize Richard’s 1960s black-and-white film camera from first Friday Art Walk every month.

Albright makes it a point to stop at each participating location of Art Walk and takes a photo of the artist, business owner, or onlooker.  Almost three years worth of many recognizable faces will be gracing the walls on Friday with almost 600 photos on 2 feet by 6 feet panels.

Albright will also be showing a new take on Stonehenge from when he was granted special access with his wife, Jodeane, inside the stones in 1989 and made photographs by electronic flash and flashlights.

“When we look at historical photographs we see people in settings some 100 years ago and we don’t even know who they are. This project is about the people of today set in a future history context. The images are made with black and white film (for long life) and the negatives probably will be turned over to the Bannock Historical Museum when I become an ancestor,” says Albright.


BLACKFOOT — AKI Gallery is honored to welcome Anne Hamilton Merkley’s art exhibit of paintings and sculptures to the gallery for the month of March. The exhibit opens on March 2 and runs through March 31. Anne’s art reception will be held on March 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the gallery, 41 N. Broadway. It’s free to the public.

Anne will also be visiting the gallery every Wednesday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. for a “Meet the Artist” and portrait drawing session.

The gallery hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment. If you have any questions, please call 208-785-2300.

Enter to win tickets: Go to and enter the random drawing for two tickets.

WilliamJoseph026POCATELLO — Pianist William Joseph and the Teton Chamber Orchestra are scheduled to perform March 7 as part of the Idaho State University Season of Note concert series.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall of the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Joseph began playing piano as a child and won a full music scholarship at age 8. He studied with Russian pianist Stella Saperstein.

In 2003 he met David Foster, a Canadian musician, composer and record producer, and the two began collaborating. Several of the songs that resulted in the collaboration appear on Joseph’s debut album “Within.”

Joseph opened for Josh Groban’s “Closer” tour in 2014 and for Clay Aiken’s “Joyful Noise” tour in 2005. He has also performed with Natalie Cole, Kenny G, John Mayer and Alicia Keys.

Joseph has released three studio albums, his most recent being “Be Still” in 2012.

The Teton Chamber Orchestra has previously performed with Chris Botti, Solas, Collin Raye, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Acoustic Eidolon, Will Ackerman, Mindy Gledhill, Jon Schmidt, Sara Hickman, and Scott Cossu, among others. The orchestra is based in Idaho Falls.

Tickets are $25 for lower level seating and $20 for upper level. Tickets can be purchased at by calling the box office at 282-3595, visiting the box office in person, online at, or at Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello and Idaho Falls. The box office is open one hour prior to show time.

by Bob Devine

The 44th annual Frank Church Symposium on International Affairs is Thursday from 8:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Idaho State University.  The theme this year is “Cross Cultural Expression in a Transforming World.” with the keynote address being given by Charles Metcalf at 7 p.m. Thursday night in the Stephens Performing Arts Center.  Metcalf graduated from ISU in 1969 and began a 38 year career, serving as a U.S. Army officer and an employee of the Department of Defense, surviving the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.  Aside from the keynote, the symposium’s main panels will be held in the Pond Student Union Salmon River Suites.  All events are free and open to the public.  For more information on the symposium and it’s speakers and panel members visit,

Featured author Jennifer Colville will be reading from her works Thursday night at 6 p.m. in the Bengal Cafe at the Pond Student Union, with refreshments and mingling at 5:30 p.m.  Colville is ISU’s 2015 Visiting Writer, hosted by the Department of English and Philosophy and ISU’s Cultural Events Committee. Stories from her collection, For all the Weird Young Women, have been published in The Literary Review, The Mississippi Review and The Northwest Review.  Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.


POCATELLO — The Collin Raye and BJ Thomas “A Season of Note” concert that was originally scheduled for Feb. 6 at the Idaho State University Stephens Performing Arts Center has been rescheduled to March 4 at 7:30 p.m.

CollinRayeCollin Raye cancelled two shows, including the Pocatello show, after being diagnosed with a physical condition that required surgery. The surgery was performed Feb. 9 but required that his physical activities be limited until he was cleared to perform.

Raye has 24 top-10 records, 16 No. 1 hits, and has been a 10-time male vocalist of the year nominee. His soulful delivery has set country standards in ballads such as “Love, Me,” “In This Life,” “Not That Different” and “If I Were You.”

Thomas, who has sold more than 70 million records, has produced 15 top-40 pop hits, 10 top-40 country hits and has five Grammys, two Dove awards and 15 gold and platinum records. Fans frequently approach Thomas to thank him for the impact of his songs ranging from “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” to country hits like “New Looks From An Old Lover.”

Tickets are still available, prices for the Raye and Thomas concert are $36 for upper level and $42 for main level seating. Tickets can be purchased at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office, open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the school year.

Tickets can also be purchased over the phone at (208) 282-3595 or online at They can also be purchased at Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello or Idaho Falls. The box office is open one hour prior to show times.


by Bob Devine

To me, great films have to have some underlying ethical or moral theme, or involve a winding tale that ends with some realization, or be about the portrayal of some noble quality.

While not making my top ten list, I give honorable mention to four films: “Interstellar” didn’t quite gel, but was an interesting philosophical space journey. “Chef,” was a poignant father/son road trip in a food truck that tugged at my heartstrings. The best crime movie was “The Drop,” about an inner city bar owner and his brother, featuring the late James Gandolfini’s final performance. And “American Sniper” was a great performance by Bradley Cooper, though a bit one-sided for my taste.

With that said, here are my favorite films of 2014: