Irish pig farmers and romance get the great American playwright treatment when the Idaho State University Theatre presents Eugene O'Neill's "Moon for the Misbegotten" in December. The play is described as "a masterful blend of comedy and haunting sorrow by one of America's greatest playwrights," but really, you should have been hooked at Irish pig farmers. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on December 7, 8 and 9 at the Rogers Black Box Theatre, part of the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1677 Bartz Way, Building 88, in Pocatello. Ticket prices are $12 adults, $10 ISU faculty and staff, seniors, alumni and students K-12, and $5 for ISU students (and you better have your ID to prove it, bub). For more information, call 208-282-3595 or visit the Web site at www.isu.edu/theatreisu/.
Classical Concert Series Tickles the Ivories in Pocatello
Noted classical pianist Jeffrey Swann takes the Valentine's Day slot performing a pair of pieces in the Classical Concert Series at the Joseph C. and Cheryl Jensen Grand Concert Hall of the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1677 Bartz Way, Building 88, in Pocatello. The program for the evening consists of Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Opus 56 and Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor, Opus 16. Thom Ritter George will be conducting the Idaho State Civic Symphony. Tickets are $22 for adults, $11 for students, but if you're a Bengal, you get in free. To purchase tickets or to get more information, call 208-234-1587 or visit www.thesymphony.us.
Fragments of Dead Sea Scrolls Come to Museum of Idaho
On February 16, the Museum of Idaho, 200 N. Eastern Ave. in Idaho Falls, will open an exhibit giving visitors a rare chance to view pieces of one of world history's most important documents: the Dead Sea Scrolls. "Ink & Blood: Dead Sea Scrolls to the English Bible" opens with fragments of the scrolls, considered the oldest extant records of the events in the Bible, and walks visitors through 5,000 years of religious and world history. The exhibit concludes with a viewing of the Aitken Bible.Printed in 1782, it was the first Bible to be printed in the United States of America. The exhibit runs through May 28. The museum has a sliding scale of prices for groups, students and families. Contact the museum at 208-522-1400 or visit their Web site at www.museumofidaho.org for more information.
National Parks Get Own Photographic Exhibit in Buhl
Idaho has a lot of parks, but the state's pretty big, so it can be kind of tough to get around to visiting them all. Fortunately, a new art exhibit put on by the Buhl Arts Council aims to help. An exhibition of photography by Terry Halberts featuring national parks in and around Idaho, "Our National Parks," begins January 4 at the Eighth Street Center, 200 N. 8th in Buhl. The exhibit, featuring large-scale works, will run through February 28. For ticket pricing and other information, call 208-543-2888.
Best-Known Irish Band in the World Except for U2 Plays Idaho Falls
Like Irish music? You know, the uilleann pipes, the sad lyrics, the impossibly sweet and accomplished vocal work from guys who generally look like the losing end of a bar fight? Pack your bags and head for the Colonial Theatre at 450 A St. in Idaho Falls in January, then, 'cause the Chieftains are coming to town. The six-time Grammy winners, who've performed on numerous soundtracks and with a number of major artists, bring their traditional Celtic sound to IF on January 18, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $36 adults, $30 for the younger crowd. If you're lucky, they might even play their wicked cool arrangement of "Long Black Veil." For more information, call 208-522-0471.
Idaho Falls Can Only Get Better with Howard Jones
Remember all those radio-friendly techno-pop ballads Howard Jones used to pop out in the '80s? If you're humming "Life in One Day" or "What Is Love?" mark your calendar, because Mr. Jones--the artist, not that weird-ass Counting Crows song--is coming to Idaho Falls. He'll be playing the Colonial Theater at 450 A St. in Idaho Falls January 27, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets for the show, sponsored by VH1, are going for a cool $26. Call 208-522-0471 for more information.