East Idaho Report 

Weird Al on the Road Again

Not too many people can say they've been a success by making fun of other people's success. But Weird Al Yankovic can. Since the early '80s, Yankovic­—often with his trusty accordion by his side—has been parodying the music of some of pop culture's heaviest hitters, including Michael Jackson, Madonna and Nirvana. He's also poked fun at issues that maybe weren't front and center of the pop culture consciousness before, but certainly were when Yankovic was done with them. Two examples: the Amish, and Intel Pentium PCs. It's Yankovic's ability to throw barbs at something with wit and a bit of endearment that makes his own music so enduring. And to make sure that even folks who don't want their MTV still have the opportunity to enjoy his shtick, Yankovic takes his show on the road. Fortunately for people in eastern Idaho (or those who don't mind the drive), he'll be appearing at the Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium.

Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m., Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium, 501 S. Holmes, Idaho Falls, 208-612-8396, www.ci.idahofalls.id.us.

1,000 Words

After enduring a little good-natured ribbing for its yearlong Bigfoot exhibit, the Idaho Museum of Natural History at Idaho State University in Pocatello closed the exhibit September 1. The museum, however, usually strikes a more serious note, striving to further the public's awareness of Idaho's natural and cultural heritage through a variety of programs spanning scientific disciplines from Earth science to anthropology. And often, the museum uses the fine arts to further learning and discussion about its exhibits. Such is the case with "Picturing Our Natural Heritage," the photographic exhibit complementing the museum's current exhibits.

The exhibit juxtaposes the natural world and the human economy to demonstrate how nature's microcosms work to provide goods and services and features the outdoor photography of four Idaho naturalists. On display are the works of Cleve Davis of Fort Hall, and Ray Laible, Dick Anderson and Ruth Moorhead of Pocatello, with images of wildlife, plants and the landscape of the Intermountain Northwest.

Idaho Natural History Museum, Fifth Avenue and Dillon Street at Idaho State University, Pocatello. 208-282-3317, Imnh.isu.edu.

Man-Eating Plant in Oakley

In 1907, Judge B.P. Howells built what is now known as the Howells Opera House in Oakley. Despite being considered among the most luxurious theaters in Idaho at one time, the opera house narrowly escaped demolition in the '70s, when it was purchased by the Oakley Valley Arts Council. With seating for 300, the theater seats half the town of Oakley.

The Howells Opera House, after several renovations, hosts theatrical events year-round, producing popular musicals, as well as a Christmas show. This fall's production is Little Shop of Horrors, the dark comedy about a plant raised on human blood. Plan ahead, though, because the curtains only open for eight nights of this performance.

Nov. 8-10, 12-13, 15-17. $8. Howells Opera house, 118 N. Blaine Ave., Oakley. Auditions for this performance will be held Sept. 6 and Sept. 8. For more information, visit OakleyValleyArts.com.

What a Set of Pipes

Not only does Julliard School have an entire department dedicated to the art of organ playing, but there is—apparently—an entire American organ music movement. Who knew? Paul Jacobs, that's who. And, apparently, he's single-handedly revolutionizing that scene.

The 30-year-old organist is the chairman of the organ department at Julliard, and is said to have a once-in-a-generation gift for the instrument that is notoriously difficult to play. Regaling audiences with his talent and what is said to be a formidable stage presence, Jacobs draws on a sizable repertoire. This fall, Jacobs travels to Idaho, where he will perform on a Ruffatti organ.

Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m., $8. No children under 6, please. Barrus Concert Hall at Brigham Young University Idaho, Rexburg, 208-496-2230. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Byui.edu.

Leave the Lights On

The lovely Audrey Hepburn received an Oscar nomination for her 1967 portrayal of Susy Hendrix, a blind young woman stalked by a menacing criminal.

On a plane ride, a young woman hands Susy's husband a doll. Susy's husband gives her the doll. Unfortunately, the young woman--now dead—-was a drug mule and the doll is full of heroin that belongs to bad guy Harry Roat. And Harry wants his heroin back. He will stop at nothing to get it from Susy. She fights back the best way she knows, using the one thing at her disposal that Harry is hard pressed to be without: light.

This psychological thriller returns to its original form as a stage production, capturing the tense and dramatic atmosphere only a live performance can deliver.

Oct. 18-20, 23-27, 7:30 p.m., $6, Snow Drama Theater, Brigham Young-Idaho campus, Rexburg, 208-496-2230, Byui.edu/tickets.

—Amy Atkins and Rachael Daigle


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