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…

So what’s new? Well, recently it was snowing but that’s not new so let’s move on to see what will happen this Spring or, more specifically, in April. We can think about planting, about deer and their needs and preferences, or we can get down to the myriad of human opportunities coming up in April.

The current controversy surrounding Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and his alleged appearance in blackface during his college years has prompted conversations about the use of blackface and its history in America.

The late Sam Shepard once said in a workshop that a writer can start with a small idea. It could be a place seen once, or a conversation overheard in an adjoining motel room, or a brief song played on the radio. William Faulkner claimed he got the idea for “The Sound and the Fury” from watch…