By Cassidy Robinson
Last weekend saw the official release of Hayao Miyazaki’s final film “The Wind Rises”, a leisurely paced WWII drama about airplane engineering, first loves, ambition and regret. It’s a sweeping melodrama, a fanciful coming of age story, and an emotionally driven historical allegory all in one, and, like many other Miyazaki films, it manages to weave in and out of these modes seamlessly, despite its slightly saggy 126 minute run-time.
Working as one of the last auteurs in post-Disney animation, Miyazaki films revel in an organic quietude and classical storytelling, in a time in American animation when loud, fast and 3D seems to be the most prominent aesthetic. “The Wind Rises” takes his hand-painted, reserved technique even further, with an autumnal tone that strips away most of the fantasy elements that made movies such as “Princess Mononoke” and “My Neighbor Totoro” definitive Japanese imports.
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Lord Farquaad, played by Nick Bringhurst, is lifted down by his retainers during the rehearsal of Centurys production of the musical “Shrek”.
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Tanner Ketter (Shriek) doesn’t like the donkey, played by Gill Vaughn Spencer, extra weight during rehearsal of Century High School production of “Shriek”.
By Jenny Hopkins
POCATELLO — Straight from the land of Duloc, Donkey, Fiona and Shrek himself are bringing music, dance, laughs, and the classic tale of the importance of being yourself to a local stage.
Students at Century High School will present “Shrek the Musical” on March 13, 14, 15 and 17 at 7 p.m. each night in the school’s auditorium, 7801 W. Diamondback Drive in Pocatello.
By Michael Corrigan
For the Journal
It’s very rare for artists to be popular and achieve lasting greatness, as well. There are the popular songwriters and novelists who write hits and best sellers, but their work fades with the passage of time. Popular music and films are particularly vulnerable to changing tastes. Popular novelists like Steven King may not last as long as other masters of suspense and horror, like Edgar Allan Poe, himself a popular poet and short story writer who defied the odds and remains popular. Harold Bloom, the celebrated critic, considers Poe a bad writer but admits “he is everywhere.” There are numerous talented artists who never get a hearing.
The usual sequence for great artists is that they labor in relative obscurity, like Jane Austen, Vincent Van Gogh, and Emily Dickinson, or they may enjoy brief success and then die unknown until a new generation rediscovers these artists and their work reaches classic status. Herman Melville was a popular artist with his first book, Typee, but lived a long life and saw his fame evaporate. He worked as a customs agent in New York and died in obscurity. Moby Dick, recognized as the greatest American novel of the 19th century, was rediscovered years after Melville’s death. Mozart, popular as a child prodigy, died in poverty, relatively forgotten. His music soon developed a powerful life of its own.
There are exceptions, of course. William Shakespeare wrote hits, and retired from the stage a wealthy man. Beethoven was famous at his death, and had reached a godlike status with his Symphony No. 9. George Bernard Shaw was popular and highly regarded to the end as a great social critic and wit. Shaw remains the second most produced English speaking playwright after Shakespeare
POCATELLO – The Eli M. Oboler Library of Idaho State University is presenting the work of local artist Roy Reynolds through the end of April.
Reynolds finds his artistic vision in the landscape, flora and people of eastern Idaho. His subjects range from local architecture to street people, from farm fields to iris gardens, from nudes to American Indian festival dancers—all of which he interprets as testaments of his community’s beauty, character, identity and sense of place.
Reynolds grew up in Idaho Falls when it was a rough little western town full of eccentric characters who served as inspiration for much of his later work in art.
He left Idaho Falls to study at the University of Idaho and later at the Art Center School in Los Angeles. He returned to Idaho Falls and spent years as a cowboy, and part-time artist, while working on the side as art director for singer/songwriter Carole King. His cowboy experience is explored in many of his western paintings.
After working as an illustrator and graphic designer for the Idaho National Laboratory for 25 years, Reynolds retired, found a studio and started to paint and sculpt full time. In 2000 he was commissioned to create a bronze sculpture on the Idaho Falls greenbelt. “The Fur Trader” stands on Memorial Drive in downtown Idaho Falls, depicting one of the men who paved the way for Lewis and Clark.
Reynolds was featured with Larry Blackwood at the two-man exhibit “The River Remembers” at the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho in 2007. His 32 paintings from the exhibit are on permanent display at the O.E. Bell Building in Idaho Falls. Many of Reynolds’ bronze sculptures that immortalize figures of the West are on permanent display at the downtown Bank of Idaho in Idaho Falls.
Asked about his style of painting, Reynolds said, “If I knew what I was doing, it wouldn’t be worth doing. It would be mechanical. What I like about painting are the surprises that happen. Lots of time I struggle, but at other times, I’m pleasantly surprised at what happens. Those magical moments are what keep me painting.”
Reynolds’ artwork at the ISU Oboler Library can be viewed during regular Library hours: 7 a.m. – 1 a.m. Mondays –Thursdays, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. –1 a.m. Sunday.
“Creating a Strong Concept in Your Painting” is the focus for the Really Useful Painting Course during the month of March. A painting will have more impact on the viewer if there is a strong concept. Come join us and learn how to better visually captivate you audience with this important skill!
This class will be inspirational for both novice and experienced artists. Essential art principles are the focus therefore all mediums can be used and are welcome!
“The Really Useful Painting Course” is a course with monthly themes focusing on the fundamental principles that help novice and experienced artists develop important painting skills in order to be successful in representational art.
Instructor: Danene Taysom interest in art piqued at an early age. When she was 12 years old she won school art contest and was awarded the exciting prize of a railroad train ride to Boise, Idaho and return trip by airplane back to her home town Pocatello, Idaho. She began her formal art education at Ricks College, now Brigham Young University-Idaho. While there, she received academic training under the instruction of Al Forbes, a noted artist and teacher. She graduated with her degree in Interior Design, excelling in architectural renderings and presentations. After graduation she worked at several prominent architectural firms where she professionally used both her design and art skills. Since then she has focused on her love, oil painting! She has studied under renowned Russian master painter and teacher, Ovanes Berberian.
For more information contact the Pocatello Art Center 232-0970.
ARIMO — Students in the Marsh Valley High School drama department will prensent Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias” on March 20, 21, 22 at the school, 12805 S Old Highway 91.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the curtain will rise at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person. The production will be presented in an intimate theatre fashion, so seating is limited.
Lead by an all female cast, the play takes place in Truvy’s beauty salon where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. This gossipy group of girls comes together over time through a funny and yet witty verbal banter. The play moves towards tragedy in the second act however when Shelby, a diabetic, risks pregnancy and forfeits her life in her choice to have a child. The realization of mortality affects the others but paves the way for strength, courage, and love which give the play a touching sentiment.