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Author Reads from Falling Through The Earth

Danielle Trussoni will be on hand to read from her memoir, Falling Through the Earth: A Memoir, at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketchum on June 12 at 7 p.m. Trussoni's book, which tells the story of her unstructured upbringing in Wisconsin, was named one of The New York Times 10 Best Books of 2006. It has just come out in paperback. The book focuses on Trussoni's relationship with her father, "a cocksure country boy," whose life began to unravel after returning from the war in Vietnam. Trussoni plans to read part of chapter 10, which deals with the many girlfriends her father picked up.

"It's one of the funnier parts of the book, and I always get a good response when I read it," she says.

While she's in the Wood River Valley, Trussoni will teach a five-day intensive workshop on memoir writing at The Center in Hailey, June 11–15. A reading of student work produced during the workshop will be held June 15 at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Hailey.

June 11-15, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. $300 members, $350 nonmembers, To register, call 208-726-9491, ext. 10. Sun Valley Center for Arts, Hailey, 314 2nd Ave. S.,

Refugee All Stars kick off Concert series

After wowing audiences at the South by Southwest Music Festival in 2006, the Refugee All Stars from Sierra Leone will be coming to Hailey's Hop Porter Park on June 29, sponsored by Atkinsons' Market.

The group, made up of refugees from Sierra Leone's civil war, all met in a refugee camp in Guinea. They've been on Oprah and have charmed audiences with their blend of reggae, traditional West African groove and hip-hop.

Then, Grammy Award-winning blues legend Jonny Lang comes to River Run July 31. Lang, who released his first solo album when he was only 15, has played with B.B. King, the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith, to name a few. And he may be the only Claptonesque guitar god to have played at the White House, as he did for President and Mrs. Clinton.

The legends keep rolling in through August, when two of New Orleans' finest will arrive. On August 16, Dr. John and Allen Toussaint will bring their iconic rhythm and blues sounds to Idaho with a program called "The Keys of New Orleans." The irrepressible Dr. John is a dazzling Crescent City blues pianist with an unmistakeable voice, who will share the stage with Allen Toussaint—Rock & Roll Hall of Fame songwriter, producer, arranger, bandleader and all-around New Orleans music legend.

"Our summer concerts draw some of our largest crowds and have become an annual tradition with many residents and visitors," says Dan Mankin, the center's director of performing arts. "We remain committed to providing the community with top quality performances—the kind you'd find in much larger cities—at affordable prices."

June 29, 7 p.m. $15 general, $5 kids 12 and under, Hop Porter Park, Hailey. 208-726-9491, For more information, visit

Jazz in the Canyon returns to Twin Falls

The Magic Valley Arts Council's Jazz in the Canyon Weekend is set for June 14-16. The event is sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Twin Falls and the Magic Valley Arts Council. The weekend kicks off with Jazz and Wine at Kimberly Nurseries June 14 at 6:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy fine wines and smooth jazz by the Jeff Baker Group featuring Jeff Baker, Bill Anschell and Brent Jensen. On June 15, it's time for Jazz on Main Ave. in downtown Twin Falls. They'll have a variety of jazz musicians and bands playing in various venues on Main beginning at 4 p.m. The Saturday finale in Centennial Park in the Snake River Canyon begins at noon with different jazz musicians playing every hour until 5 p.m. Then, at 5 p.m. the first of the event's headliners, Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge will perform and then at at 7 p.m., Niki Harris, daughter of late jazz legend, Idaho's own Gene Harris, will take the stage until 9 p.m.

June 14-16. Tickets for Thursday's Jazz and Wine are $25 each or $45 per couple; admission to Jazz on Main Avenue is free for everyone; tickets for Saturday's Jazz in the Canyon are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. Twin Falls. For more information about the events, visit or call 208-734-2787.

Company of Fools Readies Summer Schedule

It looks like another great season of plays from the Company of Fools in Hailey. Three plays will be in rotation all summer, starting July 3 and running through August 5. They include The Spitfire Grill, by James Valcq and Fred Alley; Shirley Valentine, by Willy Russell; and A Body of Water, by Lee Blessing.

The first, Spitfire Grill, is a musical about a small town with a big heart that welcomes Percy, a young woman just released from prison. Neither she nor the town will ever be the same. In Shirley Valentine, an ordinary English housewife escapes her dull life when an invitation to Greece opens a door to romance and adventure. The New York Daily News called it "a joyful, captivating piece of theatre."

A Body of Water presents a mystery, and dares viewers to face some of life's greatest worries. A man and a woman wake up, side by side in a house on a mountaintop, encircled by water. They have absolutely no recollection of their lives before, and must confront their new reality.

July 3-August 5, on-site ticket sales start one hour prior to curtain, $25 adults, $18 seniors 62 and older, $15 students 18 and under. Season passes available. Company of Fools' box office is at the Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey. Open 10 a.m to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 208-578-9122 or visit