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Death and Destruction in Darfur

Though the Darfur region is far, far from Idaho (in western Sudan, Africa), the people who live there and must face the conflict being waged daily are an important part of the human community. Since the Darfur Conflict began in 2003, warring factions have been responsible for the deaths of more than 400,000 people. Several artists have worked to try and capture the feelings we as humanity have about this genocide.

Darfur/Darfur is a traveling exhibit of photographs by photojournalists that allows viewers a small glimpse of the horrors of this ongoing crisis, featuring works by Lynsey Addario, Mark Brecke, Helene Caux, Ron Haviv, Paolo Pellegrin, Ryan Spencer Reed and Michael Safdie.

March 14-19. Reception March 15, 5-6:30 p.m., FREE. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun Valley Center for the Arts, 101 5th St. E., Ketchum, 208-726-9491, www.sunvalleycenter.org.

An American Witness to Genocide in Darfur

U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle will share photographs and stories about his experiences as one of only three Americans to serve in the African Union in Darfur. His program will be followed by a showing of the documentary, The Devil Came on Horseback.

The following day, Steidle and his sister Gretchen, authors of The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur, will speak about their book, followed by a question-and-answer period and book signing.

Thursday, March 15, 7 p.m. NexStage Theatre, 120 S. Main St., Ketchum, 208-726-2985. Call for tickets. Friday, March 16, 4 p.m., FREE, The Community Library, 425 Spruce Ave. N., Ketchum, 208-726-3493, www.thecommunitylibrary.org.

Erin Go Bragh!

For the last several years, a group of classically trained musicians have been singing their way into the hearts of millions. Described on their Web site as the "most successful classical crossover artists ever to come out of Ireland," the Celtic Tenors are poised to take on the U.S., Canada and the, uh, Netherlands. The Tenors are Matthew Gilsenan, James Nelson, Daryl Simpson and Niall Morris. They are joined by musical director David Munro, who has worked for the Royal Ballet U.K., the Miami City Ballet and the Mark Morris Dance Company, just to name a few. Joining the tour will be soprano soloist Deirdre Shannon, who toured the U.S. with the show "Irish Woman." Covering the sounds of--the expected--Irish folk songs, to Air Supply covers, their performances are said to be high-energy, high-fun. With a tour that runs from February of this year until September, these singing dervishes are sure to garner U.S. fans galore.

Friday, March 30, 7:30 p.m., $20 adults, $15 children. CSI Fine Arts Auditorium, 315 Falls Ave., Twin Falls, 208-732-6288.

Tilting at Red Windmills

Do you dream of a time when homes had rooms called parlors and "dressed to the nines" had a whole different meaning? Then join your friends at La Mascarade: Moulin Rouge. With a backdrop of Toulouse Lautrec's 19th Century Paris, you'll dance to a full orchestra while you enjoy the exploits of can-can dancers, gaming tables, appetizers, wine and an auction of fine art. Gala attire is suggested and masks are optional, though they should be required ... after all, it is a masquerade ball.

Saturday, March 10, 7-11 p.m., $40 per person. The Ballroom, 205 Shoshone N. in historic downtown Twin Falls, 208-734-2787.

--Amy Atkins