Arts & Entertainment


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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.

At The Movies-2 Guns

Movie lives up to its billing

2 Guns is billed as an action/comedy and it delivers on both counts.

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Rodeo in Rim Country means ...

In country music artist Garth Brooks’ “Rodeo” world — it was cowboy hats, spurs and latigo.

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Saying goodbye to a great guy

After 35 years, one of Payson’s “really good guys” is taking down his business shingle.

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At The Movies-The Wolverine

Cool, exciting, complicated

When the cynical old movie reviewer says “Oh, boy!” at the end of a film, perhaps we have something extraordinary.