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Jan
12
Fri
“I AM” Opening Reception @ The Center for the Arts
Jan 12 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
"I AM" Opening Reception @ The Center for the Arts

Coming to Jackson, WY in 2018, “I AM.” This world-wide exhibition will make a stop at the Center for the Arts January 11-February 25 along with many complementary programs.

The I AM exhibition is being guest curated by Janet Rady, a specialist in Middle Eastern contemporary art, and a selection of 31 acclaimed women artists of Middle Eastern heritage have been invited to participate in this unique East-West exhibition. The I AM exhibition premiered in Amman, Jordan at the National Gallery of Fine Arts in spring 2017 (May 3-June 14, 2017) and was showcased in London at St. Martin-in-the-Fields on Trafalgar Square (July 3-August 20, 2017), followed by a tour in North America through the end of 2018 which began September 5, 2017 in Washington, D.C. at the Katzen Arts Center of the American University.

Opening Night Special Guest’s include:

Alia Ali, premier contemporary artist from Yemen

Mahmoud “Mood” Chouki, celebrated master guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer

Paul-Gordon Chandler, Founding President CARAVAN

Tickets are $15.00 per person.

Jan
26
Fri
Reading Wyoming Baggs: “Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague” @ Baggs Library, Cowboy Meeting Room
Jan 26 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Reading Wyoming Baggs: "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague" @ Baggs Library, Cowboy Meeting Room

Come discuss books that help us understand the field of medicine, not only the “what” and “how,” but also exploring the “why” of human experiences.

January’s discussion is focused on Geraldine Brooks’s Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague.

“When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna’s eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love. As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus mirabilis, a “year of wonders.”

Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a village in the rugged hill country of England, Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history. Written with stunning emotional intelligence and introducing “an inspiring heroine” (The Wall Street Journal), Brooks blends love and learning, loss and renewal into a spellbinding and unforgettable read.”

Feb
15
Thu
Read, Rant, Relate: “Rocket Man” @ Relative Theatrics Studio, Room 278 in the Laramie Plains Civic Center
Feb 15 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Read, Rant, Relate: "Rocket Man" @ Relative Theatrics Studio, Room 278 in the Laramie Plains Civic Center

Experience four new pieces of contemporary dramatic literature with Relative Theatrics. Participants will engage directly with modern plays by listening to actor-led readings of the texts, then joining discussions breaking down the thematic elements of the works and their relevance to today’s society.

In February, come discuss Steven Dietz’s Rocket ManRocket Man is a serious comedy about the road not taken. Donny Rowan has placed everything he owns on his front lawn, along with a sign that reads: “Here’s my life.  Make an offer.”  He has cut a skylight into his attic and placed his E-Z Boy recliner underneath–where he can sit, staring at the stars.  Somewhere in the universe Donny Believes, is a place where all the roads we never chose converge.  Rocket Man explores one man’s obsessive desire to find this “parallel world”–and the profound effect of his decision on his family and friends.  Themes: crisis of faith, parallel universes, philosophy, and family.

Feb
22
Thu
“The Trial of Tom Horn” @ Western Wyoming College
Feb 22 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
"The Trial of Tom Horn" @ Western Wyoming College

John W. Davis, a trial lawyer from Worland, Wyoming will be showcasing his new book The Trial of Tom Horn, published with the University of Oklahoma Press in 2016. Mr. Davis has had a long and distinguished career as an attorney in the state of Wyoming. Late in his career, however, he decided to transition to writing on the subject of Wyoming’s legal history. In this presentation, he will highlight how the trial and conviction of Tom Horn marked a major milestone in the hard-fought battle against vigilantism in the state of Wyoming, and will illuminate the larger narrative of conflict between the power of wealth and the forces of law and order in the American West.

This presentation will be lecture style, followed by a question and answer period.  Mr. Davis will be presenting on his research, and will discuss, of course, the myths and legends surrounding this historic figure.

Feb
23
Fri
Reading Wyoming Baggs: “The Witch Doctor’s Wife” @ Baggs Library, Cowboy Meeting Room
Feb 23 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Reading Wyoming Baggs: "The Witch Doctor's Wife" @ Baggs Library, Cowboy Meeting Room

Come discuss books that help us understand the field of medicine, not only the “what” and “how,” but also exploring the “why” of human experiences.

February’s discussion is focused on Tamar Myers’ The Witch Doctor’s Wife.

“With The Witch Doctor’s Wife, Tamar Myers delves into her personal history as the daughter of Christian missionaries in the Belgian Congo. Rich and alive with the sights and sounds of the continent—as exciting, evocative, charming, and suspenseful as Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels—Myer’s unforgettable excursion to colonial Africa recalls Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible, even the Academy Award-nominated film Blood Diamond. Award-winning author Carolyn Hart raves: “Mesmerizing….The Witch Doctor’s Wife will long linger in the hearts and minds of readers. Authentic. Powerful. Triumphant.””

 

Mar
23
Fri
Reading Wyoming Baggs: “Doc Susie” @ Baggs Library, Cowboy Meeting Room
Mar 23 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Reading Wyoming Baggs: "Doc Susie" @ Baggs Library, Cowboy Meeting Room

Come discuss books that help us understand the field of medicine, not only the “what” and “how,” but also exploring the “why” of human experiences.

March’s discussion is focused on Virginia Cornell’s Doc Susie.

“It is 1907 and Doc Susie came to Fraser Colorado with a bad case of tuberculosis and a broken heart. But soon she forgot about her own troubles and lived a life so colorful that Hollywood wanted to make a movie of it. For the first time, here is an account of the real Doc Susie–the amazing, inspiring story of a woman who defied her times and her fears to help those who needed her.”

 

Creation Station Production – “Bad Jews” @ Blossom Yoga Studio
Mar 23 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Creation Station Production - "Bad Jews" @ Blossom Yoga Studio

Come see a staging of Joshua Harmon’s “Bad Jews,” followed by a scholar-led talk-back session.

“After a beloved grandfather dies in New York, leaving a treasured piece of religious jewelry that he succeeded in hiding even from the Nazis during the Holocaust, cousins fight over not only the family heirloom, but their religious faith, cultural assimilation, and even the validity of each other’s romance.”

Following the performance, everyone will have a chance to stretch their legs, help themselves to lemonade, coffee, and tea, and enjoy an hour-long talk back.  This open-dialogue portion will help lead the discussion of the play’s conflicts and the impact within our own world.

Mar
24
Sat
Creation Station Production – “Bad Jews” @ Blossom Yoga Studio
Mar 24 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Creation Station Production - "Bad Jews" @ Blossom Yoga Studio

Come see a staging of Joshua Harmon’s “Bad Jews,” followed by a scholar-led talk-back session.

“After a beloved grandfather dies in New York, leaving a treasured piece of religious jewelry that he succeeded in hiding even from the Nazis during the Holocaust, cousins fight over not only the family heirloom, but their religious faith, cultural assimilation, and even the validity of each other’s romance.”

Following the performance, everyone will have a chance to stretch their legs, help themselves to lemonade, coffee, and tea, and enjoy an hour-long talk back.  This open-dialogue portion will help lead the discussion of the play’s conflicts and the impact within our own world.

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