Celtic group

By Greg Eichelberger

For the Journal

    POCATELLO – Evelyn Hitchcock has played the accordion more or less since the second grade. “Well, actually less,” she said with a laugh. Still, that self-depreciating quote has not stopped her from playing in a band that practices every Monday evening at the College Market (604 S 8th Ave). In fact, the group, Runestone, has been participating in the Celtic jams sessions have taken place almost continuously for the past 10 years.

    Websters Dictionary describes “runestone” as a raised stone with a runic inscription,” but the term can also be applied to inscriptions on boulders and on bedrock. The tradition began in the 4th century, and it lasted into the 12th century, but most of the runestones date from the late Viking Age.

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Submitted by Brigham Young University-Idaho

REXBURG — The Dallas Brass will be the featured guest artists at the “Patriots and Pioneers” musical tribute at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg on Saturday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m.

The performance of patriotic and spiritual music will be held in the BYU-Idaho Center and will feature the BYU-Idaho Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir and Symphony Band.

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By Journal Staff

BOISE — The Snake River Alliance and MING Studios present an exhibition of art work inspired by the nuclear pollution and work to clean it up at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), a nuclear weapons, power, and waste site in eastern Idaho.

In the fall of 2014, the Snake River Alliance invited visual artists to join our tour of the environmental cleanup projects at the INL. The artists came from across southern Idaho. Some were fairly familiar with the US nuclear weapons complex – the mother of one worked at the Rocky Flats plutonium factory, the father of another worked at INL. Others learned they lived near an almost alien place. None left untouched. Out of that long, challenging day, they have produced works of art probing the beauty and the peril of what they saw. Holding What Can’t Be Held: Our Radioactive Backyard, the first exhibition of their work, will open on Thursday, July 2, and run through Saturday, July 18, at MING Studios (420 South 6th Street, Boise). There will be a number of special events during the exhibition.

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LAVA HOT SPRINGS — Eric John Kaiser will return to the historic Riverside Hot Springs Inn and Spa for a special CD release show on July 16. The show starts at 7 p.m., and it is free.

His fourthstudio album, “Idaho” was written in vast majority right at the inn. Eric has chosen to come back to the setting that inspired him with its energy and connection to the American West, giving the people of the area an opportunity to hear the finished product.

The Riverside Hot Springs Inn and Spa is located in Lava Hot Springs and Eric came upon it as he was exploring the country on one of his road trips. The energy in the 100-plus year old building reminded him of the pioneers and cowboys that founded the town — it was like going back in the past and connecting with those early people’s courage and sense of adventure.

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By Michael Corrigan

For the Journal

Hamilton photoIt was first announced that a woman would replace Andrew Jackson on the 20 dollar bill by 2020, 100 years after the 19th Amendment gave women the vote. It makes sense on many levels. Women are notably absent from our currency, and Andrew Jackson was against paper money. He even helped destroy the Central Bank. Recently, however, it was announced that a woman will replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill. There’s an irony here, since Alexander Hamilton was George Washington’s Secretary of the Treasury and he literally created the nation’s banking system. Wall Street owes a huge debt to Hamilton.

So does musical theater.

“Hey, yo, I’m just like my country/ I’m young, scrappy and hungry/And I’m not throwing away my shot.” So sings Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton in “Hamilton,” the successful hip hop musical written by and starring Miranda. It might affect the current debate with many opting to dump Jackson and keep Hamilton. Miranda, a Puerto Rican, read Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from a Caribbean Isle, and found “someone like himself.” Some might question if rhythm and blues and rap music are the right choice for a musical about a Founding Father, but New York Times critic, Ben Brantley, had this to say:

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By Journal Staff

POCATELLO — Happy Havoc is the next band scheduled to perform as part of the Pocatello Zoo Ross Park Summer 2015 concert series.

The band will perform on Saturday, July 11 in the Lower Ross Park band shell. Music will start at 5 p.m. and the concert is free.

Happy Havoc is a family project. Dad Keith Sperl plays the guitar, mom Tiki performs lead vocals, daughter Sloan plays lead and rhythm guitar as well as keyboard and daughter Sage plays rhythm and lead guitar. Craig, the group’s drummer and back up vocalist is not blood-related to the other band members, but Tiki says he is still considered family.

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An original musical, “If These Walls Could Talk,” will be presented at the Oneida Stake Academy Building, 90 E. Oneida St. in Preston, on July 16, 17 and 18 at 8:45 p.m.

“If These Walls Could Talk” was written by Cecelie Costly and is being directed by Danny Dunn. It features original music by Tyler Castleton.

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