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By Jenny Hopkins

POCATELLO — Chances are you have never heard “Bohemian Rhapsody” performed on the ukulele, but if that is on your bucket list, you’ll be able to cross it off later this month.

Jake Shimabukuro The class Queen tune is just one of the songs regularly performed by “ukulele wizard” Jake Shimabukuro during his live show. Shimabukuro will perform in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall of the Stephens Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, April 29 as part of the Season of Note concert series.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $24 or $28. They can be purchased at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by phone at (208) 282-3595 or online at www.isu.edu/tickets.

They can also be purchased at Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello or Idaho Falls and at the Pond Student Union Building in Pocatello. The Stephens Performing Arts Center box office is open one hour prior to show times.



POCATELLO — The great comic ballet of the Romantic Era, “Coppelia,” will be presented by Brindusa-Moore Ballet Academy in two performances on Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Frazier Hall on the ISU campus.

The ballet, with music by Leo Delibes and choreography by Arthur Saint-Leon, was created in 1870 and is a must-see for dance lovers. It is considered one of the four cornerstones of this rich period in ballet history, along with Giselle, Swan Lake, and The Sleeping Beauty.

Coppelia is a delightful ballet even for the youngest children — colorful costumes, a lively village festival, comic characters, quarreling lovers, a wedding celebration, and captivating music. The story involves an engaged couple (Swanilda and Franz), an eccentric inventor-toymaker (Dr. Coppelius), and a life-sized doll that the inventor hopes to bring to life (Coppelia). Together they create a comical case of romantic rivalry and mistaken identities, making this a light-hearted and colorful ballet ideally suited for the young and the young-at-heart alike.

Tickets are available at The Greater Pocatello Chamber of Commerce, 324 S.Main Street in Pocatello, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reserved seating is $12 regardless of age; General Admission seating is $10 for adults and $6 for children (age 12 and under). Remaining tickets will be available at the door at both performances.


By Cassidy Robinson

It’s no exaggeration to say that haunted-house movies are in vogue right now. Why? Probably because they are cheap to produce and boo-scares are easy to manufacture. Unlike a slasher flick or a gore-fest, ghost thrillers can remain relatively bloodless, thus allowing for that coveted PG-13 rating that can bring in as many younger mall-dwellers as possible. “Oculus”, however, was bought at this year’s SXSW festival, and later released by the same producers who brought us “Sinister”, “Insidious” and “The Conjuring”—three reasonably scary movies in a currently overplayed horror sub-genre.


Idaho State University news release:

POCATELLO – The Idaho State University School of Performing Arts will present the Henrik Ibsen play “A Doll’s House” at 7:30 p.m. April 18, 19, 21, 25 and 26 in the ISU Stephens Performing Arts Center Rogers Black Box Theatre.

The play’s character Nora Helmer committed forgery years earlier in order to save the life of her husband, Torvald.  She then gets blackmailed and fears what the scandal will do to her husband’s career if it is revealed.  But when the truth comes out, Nora is more shocked to learn where she really stands in her husband’s esteem.


wickedLast night, my wife and I took a ride that defied gravity in Boise, as Wicked transformed the city  into the magical land of Oz. The show was one of the most complete and satisfying musicals I’ve come across in a long time. Packed with spectacular coups de theatre and magical effects, Winnie Holzman’s script keeps the gags coming as it cleverly subverts the film that spawned it.

The story of Elphaba, the titular Wicked Witch in Broadway’s smash hit musical, Wicked, has become as classic and engrained in our hearts as the original story of Dorothy from Frank L. Baum’s source material for the show, The Wizard of Oz. Composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz was immediately inspired to create a musical about Elphaba when he read the novel by Greg Maguire which expanded and twisted the universe and gave us another look into the world many of us grew up reading about and watching in the movies. The musical is a look into the land of Oz before that familiar girl from Kansas and her dog arrived in Munchkinland and shows that in life, not everything is merely black or white – or green!


By Journal Staff

POCATELLO — The 16th annual Musicians West Piano competition will be held on May 15-17 at the Stephens Performing Arts Center. Piano students from the entire state of Idaho are welcome to participate. Full information and applications are available at www.musicianswest.org. More than $4,600 in cash prizes will be awarded.
The Young Artist Competition (ages 18-24) will be in a concert setting starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 15 at Jensen Grand Concert Hall. Students from Idaho colleges and universities and young professionals are invited to compete, each presenting a 20-30 minute program. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the concert.


jazz house

Submitted story:

The newly organized Bingham Community Foundation will hold their kick-off fundraiser with a concert featuring the Jazz House Big Band at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center on May 1 at 7:30 p.m. This date is also being recognized statewide as “Idaho Gives Day.”

Admittance to the concert is free but donations will be accepted.
The Bingham Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Idaho Community Foundation and is committed to creating an endowment that will provide a permanent source of funding to nonprofit organizations and scholarships for Bingham County. The Jazz House Big Band is playing this concert free of charge to help create this endowment. All money made from the concert will go directly to this fund with the first grants being given in the fall of 2014.

Jazz House Big Band is an area-wide big band made up of some of the finest jazz musicians in Southeast Idaho. The group, directed by jazz master Doug Wareing, has been playing together for 15 years. His expertise in jazz has been honed through many years of playing trombone, saxophone, drums, and teaching hundreds of students. He says of the event, “This is really a great event to support! Anything we can do to help our neighbors and keep our money in the community is a wonderful thing! I hope the community gets out and really supports the event. We are going to put on a great show!”