Art critic Barbara Pollack has written that “China has changed more over the past 20 years than most countries did in the entire 20th century.” In this exhibition both Chinese and Western artists respond to the economic and cultural changes taking place in China today.
Enjoy a glass of wine as you tour the exhibition with The Center’s curators and gallery guides. FREE!
Featuring six virtuoso guitarists from four countries, California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio fuse more than 40 years of combined performing experience into one unique 6-by-6-string “phenomensemble.” In a pleasantly surprising way, CGT’s steel stringed-guitars blend naturally with MG3’s nylon-stringed guitars, as each trios fret boards chase the others’ original compositions and new arrangements of progressive rock, world, jazz and classical music.
$20 member / $30 nonmember /$10 students 18 and under – hosted by Sun Valley Center for the Arts
Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yuan skillfully sets his worn-down characters against the dazzling lights of China’s teeming capital. San Bao is a young man left behind by Beijing’s fabulous new wealth, having just lost his job, his apartment and the woman he loves (who’s left him for a richer man). Even Happiness, his dog, has run away from him. Lovelorn, self-destructive and desperately aimless, San Bao nevertheless has moments of euphoria amid his own despair, as he roams the sleek, shifting city with other soulful, cash-poor dreamers and misfits.
$10 / $12 nonmember
Through a visual arts exhibition, lectures, book discussions, seminar classes and films, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts offers Stories of a ChangingChina, an opportunity to explore the political, economic and cultural realities of one of the most dynamic countries in the world.
Note from The Center: This movie is for an adult audience. It is a dark look at those left behind in the new China. It is a difficult, but fascinating view of Beijing today.
Tier 3: $40 members / $50 non Tier 2: $60 members / $70 non Tier 1: $55 members / $65 non Premium: $100 members / $110 non
Clint Black is country music singer-songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor. Signed to RCA Records in 1989, Black made his debut with hisKillin’ Time album, which produced four straight number one singles on the USBillboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. In addition to his number one singles, he’s amassed more than 30 singles on the Billboard charts.
Known for his more classic, traditional country style, Black was strongly influenced by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. In his performance in Sun Valley, Black will perform an intimate show – with just four musicians on stage.
As Brandi Carlile fans well know, her concerts are near legendary in their perfect communion between performer and audience. Whether she is rocking out with her full band or standing quietly at the edge of the stage singing a cappela, Carlile brings a riveting intensity to her shows. Known for her clear and powerful vocals and her signature mix of rock, folk, and alt-country, Brandi Carlile continues to wow audiences from major festivals to Benaroya Hall in Seattle where she has played with the Seattle Symphony.
$30 members / $40 nonmembers • Early entry tickets $70 members / $80 nonmembers
Josh Ritter is a singer-songwriter and guitarist with six albums (and a novel) under his belt and fans who love to sing along with his heartfelt folk-rock anthems. His Americana style first took hold in a big way in Ireland and the UK. A talented singer-songwriter, in 2006 Ritter was named one of the 100 Greatest Living Songwriters byPaste Magazine.
This Saturday marks the kickoff of the first annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival. Lasting from January 30th to February 7th, the festival which is promoting Nordic Skiing from one of the country’s premiere Nordic skiing areas, will include demonstrations, parties, celebrations, races, seminars, and more. The week’s events will culminate in the 35th annual Boulder Mountain Tour.
Starting Saturday, January 30th, with the Blaine County Recreation District Ski the Rails/ Downtown Hailey Celebration and continuing throughout the week with events like Boulder Mountain Tour Preps and Clinics, Alturas Lake Skis, an aprs-ski party at historic Smiley Creek Lodge, an evening with ski-writer Dick Dorworth, Avalanche Awareness Programs with the Sawtooth National Avalanche Center, guided snowshoe adventures, the first Sun Valley 5K Snowshoe Challenge, and Sun Valley Nordic Sprint Races. There will also be a Downtown Ketchum Nordic night on Thursday, February 4th, with friendly competition, music from Reno-based World Pop group Sol’Jibe, and a bonfire. The party will take place at the future site of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, across from the Ketchum Post Office. Check out the Sun Valley Nordic Festival’s website for a complete list of the week’s activities (www.svnordicfestival.com).
The highlight event of the week will be the Boulder Mountain Tour. The 32-km world famous race starts at Senate Meadows and snakes along the immaculately groomed trails along the beautiful Big Wood River. Don’t miss your chance to race alongside some of the country’s best Nordic skiers and enjoy some spectacular views. New to the tour this year, the Half Boulder Mountain Tour. Beginning at the Tour’s halfway point, Baker Creek, the 15K course is an excellent opportunity for young and novice skiers to check out what the Boulder Mountain Tour is all about. For more information or to sign up for the race, go to www.bouldermountaintour.com.
A special thanks goes out to the Nordic Festival’s organizers including the Sun Valley/Ketchum Chamber and Visitor’s Bureau, the Blaine County Recreation District (BCRD), the Boulder Mountain Tour, the Hailey Chamber of Commerce, the Sun Valley Nordic Center (nordic.sunvalley.com), the Elephant’s Perch, the Sawtooth National Avalanche Center and many more who made this awesome week of Nordic skiing happen. Welcome to Nordic Town, USA!