Arts & Entertainment


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ARToberFEST showcases local talent

It might be the jewelry or perhaps the bronzes and other sculpture pieces or the glass works. Certainly the lighting lends a nice effect.

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Jazz artists in Payson

The Payson Friends of Jazz and the Community Presbyterian Church treated jazz fans to a concert with Half Note recording artist Tony Vaca on flute and sax. The second guest musician was Steve Douglas on standup string acoustic bass.

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Women and fabric art roar this weekend


I have a feeling that there will be a whole lot of “roaring” going on this weekend as hundreds of women (and a few good men) convene in the banquet hall of the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino for the annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

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Woodworker carves out a cubby in Payson shop

Jack Gauman is the latest artist to display his custom creations at Crafters Cubbies in the Swiss Village Shops, 626 N. Beeline High­way.

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Memories cloudy, but music’s still mighty fine

Organizers discuss past and future of jazz series

Funny thing. Memories get cloudy. It happened last week when I sat down with Gerry Reynolds and John Shevlin to do a story about the 10th anniversary — or maybe it’s the 11th — of the Payson Jazz Concert Series. Neither was certain which anniversary the series is celebrating this year — but they agreed it was a significant one.

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Dimi Dance Drama

A passionate troupe of local dancers and choreographers will stage a two-hour extravaganza of belly dancing, the waltz, hip-hop, the tango and theatrical interpretive dance Saturday Oct. 5 at Dimi Espresso Coffee Shop starting at 6 p.m.

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Fiddle fest brims with love of the music

She didn’t fall: Nope, she climbed off the fame’s rocket, to raise a family.

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Diamonds to perform in Payson Monday

People often tell me that they believe the best rock and roll music ever recorded was produced in the late 1950s, the very beginning of the rock and roll era. I tend to agree.

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Suzy Bogguss to perform in Rim Country

Concert fans, especially those who enjoy their music a little on the country side, are in for a real treat a week from this Friday night.

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Smooth jazz

An appreciative crowd enjoyed a jazz performance Sunday at the Community Presbyterian Church.

Sunday concert launches 2013-2014 jazz series

Jazz has a solid corps of fans in the Rim Country, with about 125 gathering every month since June 2000 to hear artists share their talents.

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Donations enable instrument repairs

This past weekend, parents and students joined forces to run a band bake sale outside of Safeway that netted $2,300.

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Celebrating the end of summer

In 1894 (nine years after Payson’s inaugural rodeo), President Grover Cleveland signed into law the bill that made Labor Day, the first Monday in September, an official national holiday.

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A swashbuckling good time

Missoula Children’s Theatre presents ‘Blackbeard the Pirate’ with Rim Country cast

Matthew, 6, and his sister Sierra, 8, came to see “Blackbeard the Pirate” on Friday and Saturday to watch their big brother, Steven Martinez, play Bluebeard, a crew-member on Blackbeard’s ship.

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Pirates, beware!

Rim Country students spent the last week auditioning, rehearsing, and preparing to present the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Blackbeard the Pirate” to the community on Friday and Saturday evenings.