Newport Beach Film Festival Winner, “Fort Bliss” will be shown on Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22, at 6 and 8 p.m. in the Bengal Theater at the ISU Pond Student Union. “Fort Bliss” is an insightful look at the family and civilian struggles soldiers face returning home from combat.  After returning home from an extended tour in Afghanistan, a decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother struggles to rebuild her relationship with her young son. The Hollywood Reporter writes, “A well-observed and endearing account of a woman grappling with allegiances to her fellow soldiers and her estranged 5-year-old son.”  (Rated R)  Admission is $2 for the public, or $1 for ISU Students.  For trailer and more information, go to www.pocatellofilmsociety.com/bliss.
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BIG HERO 6

By Cassidy Robinson

“Big Hero Six” is the perfect example of a post-modern, post-comic-con style of movie that casts its net wide enough to pull in fans of Pixar’s emotional whimsy, tech-heavy Japanese anime and fast-paced, Marvel-esque, action set-pieces.   This makes   a lot of sense, seeing as this film is based on a Marvel comic property, of which Disney now owns the vast majority, and produced by Pixar brain-child John Lasseter—admitted fan and enthusiast of anime legend Hayao Miyazaki. But somewhere in this rowdy pastiche there’s still a focused and poignant coming of age story that grounds the referential spectacle, even when the film seems to be at odds with its more sophisticated leanings.

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The holiday season will ring in to the Bear Lake valley in a big way at the National Oregon/California Trail Center with the annual craft fair and two unique concerts.

The annual Christmas craft fair will be held the two days after Thanksgiving Day on Friday and Saturday, November 28-29.  Many crafters come and display their wares while the Oregon Trail Center staff hosts various food items.  More information will be released soon.
As part of the craft fair Michael Ballam, popular vocalist and Utah Festival Opera director, will perform on Friday, November 28 in the Allinger Community Theatre.  “A Prelude to Christmas” will feature Ballam at his best singing holiday favorites.  Ballam will perform a matinee at 4 p.m. and an evening show at 7:30 p.m. with all tickets $18 each.

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Submitted by Idaho State Civic Symphony board members

POCATELLO — Celebrate the magic of the Christmas season at the Idaho State-Civic Symphony’s third annual “Joy to the World: An ISU Christmas” holiday concert. Joining forces will be some 200 musicians and vocalists from the Symphony, ISU Concert Choir, Camerata Singers, and ISU Children’s Choir. Performances are on Friday and Saturday, December 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall of the Stephens Performing Arts Center. Dr. Grant Harville, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Idaho State-Civic Symphony, and Dr. Scott Anderson, Director of Choral Activities at ISU, conduct the orchestra and adult choirs; Becky Moore and Sarah Davids co-direct the Children’s Chorus; and Mike Sanders lends his mellifluous voice as Narrator. The evening’s concert co-sponsors are J.R. Simplot Company, Hirning Buick GMC, and Rotary Club of Pocatello.
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As Idaho State University campus events are winding down for the Thanksgiving break, there are still a few sporting events and some movies to be watched over the next couple weeks.

Things start off this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22, with Newport Beach Film Festival winner “Fort Bliss,” playing at 6 and 8 p.m. in the Bengal Theater.  With a nod in honor of our country’s veterans, a decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother returns home from an extended tour in Afghanistan and struggles with civilian life and her relationship with her young son. The Philadelphia Enquirer writes, “‘Fort Bliss’ addresses big issues, in ways that are never simplistic or dogmatic.”  (Rated R)  Admission is $2, or $1 for ISU Students.  For trailer and more information, go to www.pocatellofilmsociety.com/bliss.

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Sundance Film Festival Nominee “Wish I Was Here” will be shown this Sunday, November 16, at 3:00, 5:15, and 7:30 p.m. at ISU’s Bengal Theater, featuring a story about a struggling family who must find purpose in life when the family patriarch can no longer support them. The San Francisco Chronicle calls the film, “A funny, touching movie that features one of Kate Hudson’s best performances and a curmudgeonly good one from Mandy Patinkin.”  (Rated R)  Admission is $2 for the public or $1 for ISU students.  For more information and trailer, go towww.pocatellofilmsociety.com/wish
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Old Town Actors Studio has done another amazing job. The Twilight Zone: Improvisational Show” was hilarious.

Ted Bonman, Keith Foster, and Andrew Katseanes were the improvisation players for the night. The stage was set with four barstools and the iconic swirling circle painted in the middle of the stage. The beginning music really set the mood for the show. Frank Sinatra’s “Witchcraft” and other iconic spooky songs filled the small theatre. (more…)