POCATELLO — Summer concerts begin this Thursday night on the ISU Quad, with the Opskamatrists taking the stage at 7 p.m. and opening band Hot Flash on at 6 p.m. The Opskamatrists have been together since 1998 and are one of the most experienced bands in East Idaho, playing their blend of ska/reggae/punk music, while the all-female band Hot Flash plays a variety of music types and appeals to people of all ages. Admission is free, and food will be on hand to purchase while supplies last.
The movie “Fighting with My Family” plays this Friday night at the Bengal Theater, with shows at 5:15 and 7:30 p.m. Starring Duane “The Rock” Johnson, a former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment, and his daughter Paige proves that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star. (Rated PG-13) Admission is $3 for the public, $2 for ISU staff and children under 12 and free for ISU students with Bengal ID. For trailer and more information, go to www.pocatellofilmsociety.com/fighting.
And ISU basketball camps are this week, with the Idaho State Men’s Basketball Team Camp running this Thursday through Saturday at Reed Gym. Cost is $275 per team or $575 if housing is needed. For more information, go to www.bengalbasketballcamp.com. Then Idaho State Women’s Basketball individual player skills camps begin Monday and run from June 10 to 13. For more information on these camps, go to www.isuwomensbasketballcamps.com.
The ISU College of Arts and Letters will present the summer musical “Bye Bye Birdie” at 7:30 p.m. in the Stephens Performing Arts Center’s Bistline Theatre on June 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 20, 21 and 22. The original Broadway production spawned several major revivals, a sequel, a 1963 film and a 1995 television production. Set in the 1950s, the story was inspired by Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957, where fictional Conrad Birdie is drafted, and his manager is hoping to make it big by writing a song Birdie will sing before leaving. Tickets are available for purchase at www.isu.edu/tickets or by calling the ISU Box Office at 208-282-3595.
Danika Portz is the featured act June 13 on the ISU Quad at 7 p.m., with opening local act Henry Gonzalez at 6 p.m. Henry performs rock and country classics along with many other genres, while Danika has been described by Billboard Magazine as the songstress who “simply sounds like nobody else in Nashville these days.” Rhythmic and catchy songs, paired with contemporary and soulful vocals, make her distinctive and memorable on stage. Admission is free and food will be on hand to purchase while supplies last.
The movie, “Gloria Bell” plays on June 14 at 5:15 and 7:30 p.m. in the Bengal Theater. Julianne Moore stars as a free-spirited woman in this romantic comedy-drama, who seeks out love in the dance clubs where she meets a new love interest that has her exploring her life from a totally new perspective. Admission is $3 for the public, $2 for ISU staff and free for ISU students with Bengal ID. For trailer and more information, go to www.pocatellofilmsociety.com/gloria.
Bob Devine is the coordinator for the Pocatello Film Society. If you would like your campus related event included in future columns, please send information to Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org.