Matt Andersen’s musical household in rural, blue-collar in New Brunswick got him interested in playing early on and by junior high he was in the school band, first on tuba and later on trumpet. He took up guitar at 14, and before long was playing classic rock and Top 40 covers in pub bands while he studied studio engineering. Things changed dramatically, however, when he discovered the blues. “Through Eric Clapton I got into B.B. King, which led me to the Chicago electric stuff and eventually back to the Mississippi Delta guys,” says the 30-year-old singer. “What really hit me most about the blues was its total honesty.” Matt began to build his name on the Canadian circuit, his imposing voice and slashing slide guitar making a monolithic impression on audiences. In 2010 he became the first Canadian to win Memphis’s famed International Blues Challenge, which led to festival dates in France, Italy, and the US, where he toured with Old Crow Medicine Show.
Friday, December 21 | 7:30 PM (Doors open 7:00 PM) Sun Valley Opera House Ticket Prices: General Seating $38 includes fees and tax.
Sun Valley presents the 5th Annual Classical Christmas concert. This year’s concert welcomes a special guest artist who will join Sun Valley tenor John Mauldin, Leslie Mauldin, a soprano, and pianist and baritone Jed Moss. Also returning will be the Hatvani Chamber Ensemble, and, of course the Sun Valley Carolers.
Tickets on sale now at the Sun Valley Recreation Center, by phone: 208-622-2135 or 888-622-2108.
What better way to spend a Saturday night in September?
I am a skier in a ski town. I count the days until the mountain opens and then I count my days on the hill. When the opportunity arose to watch some of the best ski movies of the year at Sun Valley’s The Gathering film festival, I cleared my calendar, grabbed my kids and prepared for a two-hour mental vacation to some of the freshest powder and most spectacular winter scenery imaginable.
The Gathering, a weekend-long celebration of mountain lifestyle attracted a wide cross-section of people, with the common denominator of simply loving to play in the snow. When I arrived Saturday evening, the crowd gathered outside the Opera House broke down as follows: 40 percent middle and high school students (identifiable by their ubiquitous flat-brimmed caps emblazoned with trendy logos), 30 percent families (identifiable by parents and kids sitting together, enjoying the barbecue put on by Sun Valley) and 30 percent 20-somethings (identifiable by the PBR beers in their hands – there was a special, two for $5). Many of my fabulous 25-year-old babysitters were in the latter group, also identifiable by their continuous subtle scan of the crowd in search of pros and filmmakers.
The group was unified, however, in its enthusiasm for the event. I heard the same comments again and again. People appreciated that the festival was geared toward locals, that it appealed to both skiers and snowboarders, that kids wanted to come and that is was so affordable.
Some of the fastest local kids on snow get stoked for ski season
Helping everyone look the part
Inside the theater, as the first of the night’s feature films rolled, The Gathering’s appeal to the younger generation became even more apparent. On the big screen, a snowboarding film by Burton featured in-your-face footage of athletes sliding anything but a regular run. Rails, buildings, downed branches and tunnels all served as terrain.
When the festival’s main attraction, “Sunny,” started the audience ballooned and its composition shifted. Suddenly, the crowd was comprised of about 80 percent middle and high school boys. With this influx, came noise, enthusiasm, a smattering of bad language and whole lot of energy. Everyone was swept up in the epic feats of the athletes on the screen and mentally inserted themselves into those scenes. The brainchild of Josh Berman and Level 1 Productions, “Sunny” was cutting edge enough to please a 16-year-old boy – and his father.
Only about seven weeks remain until the arm of the detachable quads attach and whisk me up the mountain. I can’t wait. My kids can’t wait. Neither can the hundreds of others who attended The Gathering. The countdown has officially begun.
It’s been a long, hot summer by Wood River Valley standards, and if your vegetable garden is anything like mine, it’s hitting its peak right now, producing lots of beautiful colors and juicy treats. However, as all mountain gardeners know, we don’t have much time until the first frost, so best use up that sumptuous bounty quick smart. And the fifth dish in my Recipe from the Resort series, a delicious summer vegetable pasta from Bald Mountain Pizza & Pasta chef Dennis Pittsley, is the perfect vehicle.
Dennis’s dish is a unique twist on a traditional vegetable pasta, he incorporates spinach into his pesto and adds corn to the veggie mix, providing a surprising sweetness and delightful crunch. This is a simple, sweet and very healthy dish, and the pure pleasure of eating freshly picked veggies from your garden makes it manna from heaven.
Get your fresh veggies at the ready
Summer Farfalle Pasta 4 servings Prep time: 30 mins Cooking time: 15 minutes
Ingredients Veggie Pasta
2 cups zucchini, chopped into bite-sized pieces
2 cups yellow squash, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1 cup fresh white corn, cut off the cob
1/2 cup red bell pepper, cut into strips
1/2 cup of fresh seeded diced tomato
a handful of chopped sun dried tomatoes
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
12 oz of dry farfalle pasta
2 cups of fresh basil
4 cups of fresh spinach
1/4 cup of pine nuts
1/2 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese
A quick sautee and you're almost done.
Directions for the pesto Blanch the spinach and the basil, then cool down in ice water to maintain the green color.. drain and squeeze as much water out as possible. roast the pine nuts in the oven at 350F. Combine greens and pine nuts, olive oil and Parmesan in a food processor and blend until it reaches a smooth consistency.
for the Pasta In a large pot, bring salted water to a steady boil. Cook the pasta until al dente. while the pasta is cooking sauté the vegetables (excluding the tomatoes) and garlic for 2 minutes in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the drained pasta to the pan, remove from heat, stir in the fresh and sun dried tomatoes. Toss in the pesto and serve immediately.
Summer Farfalle Pasta
If your garden hasn’t been kind enough to provide you with the ingredients needed, head down to Bald Mountain Pizza & Pasta and let Dennis whip up his specialty for you. The pizza is darn tasty too, and it’s a great restaurant for the kids. If you time it right you can enjoy dinner and then take the tykes to Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days at the Opera House for free (courtesy of the resort’s dinner and a movie special), or leave the kids at home and catch The Dark Knight, both starting this Friday.
Introducing Warren Miller Entertainment’s 63rd film, Flow State. The Flow State is a place of such singular focus that, here, the faster you ride, the slower time passes. Join host Jonny Moseley and world-class skiers like Ted Ligety, Colby West and Jess McMillan as Flow State takes you on a tour of the world’s most striking mountains—including peaks in Japan, Switzerland, Norway and beyond. You won’t see ski or snowboard action of this magnitude anywhere else. So buckle up, because this Warren Miller film will take you into the Flow State…where the mountain meets the mind.Get tickets at warrenmiller.com.
The 6th Annual Family of Woman Film Festival, in support of the United Nations Population Fund. 5 films will be presented at the Sun Valley Opera House. Doumentaries and dramas from around the world illustrating the status of women. Evenings at 7 PM. Matinees at 3 PM.
There has been a long and romantic relationship between the Film Industry and Sun Valley. It began when America’s original ski resort first opened on December 21, 1936, with a gala featuring some of the biggest star of the big screen of the day, like Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.
And it continues this weekend as the Sun Valley Film Festival debuts by welcoming some of the most creative and innovative modern-day filmmakers to share their work for four star-studded days.
The festival features over 60 films with genres including Dramatic Features, Documentaries, Children’s Programming, Short Films, Television Series, Web Series and Idaho based films, including everything from low budget Indie films (like Travis Swartz’s "Nobody Cares," staring Boise actors Chris Thometz and Joe Golden) to big budget Hollywood flicks like “Friends with Kids,” starring the likes of Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm.
Films are being shown at The Sun Valley Opera House and The Magic Lantern Theater from Thursday night, March 15th, through Sunday afternoon, March 18th. Check here for the full schedule and ticket prices and package options.
Film Screening – Decoding Deepak
Thursday, May 24, 7:00 pm, Sun Valley Opera House
The Sun Valley Wellness Festival is proud to partner with NALA Productions for a special Thursday evening showing of Decoding Deepak, a new feature-length documentary film that chronicles one year in the life of spiritualist and pop cultural icon Deepak Chopra. The film, which was written, directed and produced by Deepak’s son, filmmaker and journalist Gotham Chopra, follows Deepak as he road-trips across the world to uncover who Deepak really is, separating the man from the myth with a raw honesty only a son can have. What starts as a decoding of Deepak becomes an examination of himself, and possibly an allegory of a world trying to make sense of itself.
The Fly Fishing Film Tour is the 1st & world’s largest event of its kind. Traveling through the US and Canada each year the Fly Fishing Film Tour features incredible never-seen footage from waterways worldwide. With a party atmosphere, audience giveaways and valuable coupons, each screening is a celebration of the sport. The annual high-energy spectacle is the sport’s most anticipated live-event.
Check out the trailers for some of the films featured in this years show. This is your chance to see the full version of our very own film “Doc Of The Drakes” shot here on Silver Creek this past summer.