The Journal started the Weekender section several months ago now as a way to give readers a head’s up about what events were happening that weekend.

“People walk their dogs in hazmat suits.”

Idaho artists and musicians continue to perform, exhibit and even occasionally thrive, here and out of town.

We have lost a vital voice in children’s television, Caroll Spinney, though one of my favorite characters will live on: the immortal Big Bird. Spinney died at 85. Part of my admiration stems from a two-year stint with a day care, Mama Yoyo’s. Watching “Sesame Street” was part of the afternoo…

It may be a cultural cliche, but the English have a reputation for behaving in a proper controlled manner at all times. When Princess Diana died and throngs of British people openly wept as the coach with her coffin rolled by, many declared, “We’re not like this.” Parliament has verbal brawl…

I watched the first moon landing in a bar in Vacaville, California. We were returning from a birthday party in Redding, California, for Marshall Salzman, a friend who was not only celebrating his 26th birthday but the fact he was now too old for the draft. Instead of being a soldier, he beca…

Old Town Actors Studio opened their summer show “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” with book by Betsy Kelso with Music and Lyrics by David Nehls. This is the type of musical that appeals to everyone, even those people who say they HATE musicals!

Much has been written about the sectarian violence in 20th century Northern Ireland known as “The Troubles,” which reached a violent peak between 1969 and 1972. It concerned a three-decade conflict between Irish Catholics wanting a united Ireland free from England’s domination and British-in…

Anyone who visited the Cottonwood Junction store this past First Friday Art Walk would have heard the band, Jazz on a Stick, and seen the manager, Michael Haas, and local artist Heidi Yerbich handing out a yellow flyer announcing an upcoming Pocatello art project involving a mural for the st…

On June 6, 1944, thousands of American, British and other allied forces crossed the English Channel to confront Adolph Hitler’s war machine in Normandy, northern France. It would cost the Allies some 10,000 men, but it would become the turning point of World War II.

Memorial Day, a time to remember the war dead, is also a holiday that encourages outdoor activities and family gatherings. The days are warmer and summer lies ahead. The history of Memorial Day is a rich one. As stated in Wikipedia, the first observance occurred on May 30, 1868, under procla…

There’s a superstition in Hollywood that show business celebrities die in threes, and this past week, we lost comedian Tim Conway, actress Peggy Lipton and the celebrated singer-actress who became an icon of good old fashioned clean fun, Doris Day.

A universally loved film I have never liked is “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986), partly because it portrays the teacher as a dull fool. To me, that image is cliché. I have had some great teachers and mentors along the way. This week, one of my favorite instructors, Eric Solomon, a professor…

The beginning of April is full of new productions and openings all across Southeast Idaho. Idaho State University’s School of the Performing Arts is opening their production of “Shakespeare in Love,” The seventh annual burlesque is opening at OTAS, “Becky’s New Car” opens at Westside Players…