POCATELLO – Auditions for the Cole Porter Broadway musical Anything Goes will take place this April 3 from 7 to 9 pm and April 4 from 9 am to 12 pm at the Bistline Theatre at the Stephens Performing Arts Center. Singing and dancing roles are available and the community is encouraged to audition.

Please be prepared with a 30-second monologue and a song in English with sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. For dance auditions bring a CD or iPod to accompany a short routine of 30-45 seconds.

The musical opens Friday, June 12 at 7:30 pm in the Bistline Theatre with encore performances June 13, 15, 18, 19 and 20, all at 7:30p.m.

Anything Goes” is a musical comedy set on an ocean liner traveling from New York to London. Two unlikely couples strive for true love amidst much humor and antics. Described as, “musical-comedy joy,” by The New York Times, the musical is appropriate for the entire family.

ISU news release

POCATELLO- Idaho State University will present the Camerata Singers Saturday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall of the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

This is a fundraising concert for the upcoming 2016 Idaho International Choral Festival. This family concert features “heritage of America” choral music.



By Lisa Dayley Smith

For the Journal

POCATELLO — An Idaho State University (ISU) communications/graphic Design student, born in a Thailand refugee camp after his family fled Laos during the 1970s, plans to share his art during an upcoming exhibit at ISU’s Davis Gallery.

Noi Thannao will showcase his art during an exhibit called “Savage Beauty” during the exhibit’s opening reception scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 31 at the gallery. It will continue again from Wednesday, April 1, through Tuesday, April 10, at the gallery.

During the event Thannao plans to display his watercolor paintings that he describes as most unique.

“They’re a little unconventional. They’re more figurative paintings. The paintings are of people. I do lots of zooming in of certain areas. You have to see it,” he said.


Submitted by Rocky Mountain Writers Festival

POCATELLO — The Rocky Mountain Writers’ Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary from Wednesday, April 1, through Saturday, April 4. The festival brings together several musicians plus a roster of long-time published writers as well as students and those seeking their first chance to gain the public ear.

The public is welcome at all events.

• Wednesday, April 1, Portneuf Valley Brewing, 615 S. First Ave., 7 p.m.

- Krishna Strong, mistress of ceremonies RMWF, humorous essayist and zookeeper.

- Bethany Schultz-Hurst, author of “Miss Lost Nation,” which won the 2013 Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry. Her work has been selected by Sherman Alexie to be included in Best American Poetry 2015 and will be forthcoming in journals such as Smartish Pace and American Literary Review. She has taught at Idaho State University since 2003.


By Cassidy Robinson

imagesThe live-action “Cinderella” is further evidence of the lengths major studios are willing to go to avoid coming up with new ideas and to see how much they can recycle their past before completely losing the good will of the audience. Director Kenneth Branagh, who was once known for his dynamic Shakespeare film adaptations, first collaborated with Disney with their successful adaptation of Marvel’s “Thor,” and when you think about it, Disney’s fairy tale princesses relate closely to the iconicism and comfortable familiarity of the comic book superhero genre. With that in mind, and with the relative success of this functional remake, we can expect more of these to come.

The story follows most of the beats laid out in the 1950 animated classic. Ella (Lily James) is the warm and forgiving daughter of a wealthy aristocrat who is tragically left without a mother and father and forced to live as the servant of her evil stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her obnoxious and self-absorbed stepsisters (Sophie McShera and Holliday Grainger). What comes after? You guessed it; a prince, a ball, a fairy godmother, glass slippers and a pumpkin-shaped stagecoach.


POCATELLO — You are welcome to take part in an Irish language immersion weekend April 25 and 26 at Southeastern Idaho Public Health, 1901 Alvin Ricken Drive, Pocatello from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is an introduction to the Irish language who have no Irish background. A youth class is available for ages 8 to 14. Cost of the weekend is $50 per person.

A Hooley fundraiser is set for April 24 from 5:30 to 10 p.m., at the Memorial Building, 300 N. Johnson Ave., Pocatello. There will be a silent auction, catered Irish food and more.


IDAHO FALLS — Idaho Falls Youth Symphony, Darrell Brown, conductor, presents “The Planets,” by Gustav Holst, April 10 at 7:30 p.m., at the Civic Auditorium, 501 S. Holmes Ave., Idaho Falls.

There will be the world premiere of “Jest,” by Roydon Tse, with local youth soloists Sarah Crofts, viola, Spencer Shull, trumpet and Laurana Wheeler, violin.

Sponsors are Maeck Family Foundation, Carrie and Christian Shull, Don and Cathy Ormond, Carol Ormond and Karen Ormond Moore. The baton sponsor is Kathy Grossenbacher.

To purchase tickets, call208-529-1080 or visit www.ifsymphony.org.