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Three women, 20 years of art

The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho is successfully bringing fine art to the people who live in and visit that region.

Through December 29, the museum will display "Three Eyes Art," a commemorative exhibit of a 1987 traveling exhibit of works, by Gloria Miller Allen, Beth Griebenow and Marilyn Hoff Hansen. The current exhibit, which includes both two- and three-dimensional works is sponsored by the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, and displays both old and new works by the artists.

According to the museum's public relations director, Miyai Abe, in 1987, Miller Allen, Griebenow and Hoff Hansen packed up a tiny camper and set off on a five-month trek across Idaho to share their art. They were well-received in galleries in Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Twin Falls, Boise and Moscow.

Shortly after the women returned home, Griebenow was diagnosed with a disease that, among other concerns, caused her to lose any artistic ability in the left half of her brain. She was an artist interrupted. To create again, she had to relearn everything she had once known, but was able to do it, working side-by-side with Miller Allen.

All three of the women are award-winning artists, notably Miller Allen who, in 2006, became the first Idahoan to earn signature membership in the American Watercolor Society.

The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, 300 S. Capital Ave., Idaho Falls, 208-524-7777. Museum hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tues.-Sat.; open until 8 p.m. Thurs., www.theartmuseum.org.

They make building a pyramid look easy

For over 20 years, the Peking Acrobats have been juggling, tumbling, cycling, twisting and contorting into positions that seem to defy what we know about the human body. Dressed in beautiful costumes and often employing musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments, these performers enlist chairs, wires and any other number of props along with the grace and agility of their own bodies to create an experience for audiences that is not soon forgotten. The Peking Acrobats graced many world stages, including a recent debut at Hollywood Bowl and a five-week tour that took them across Italy, where they garnered many an amazed and awestruck new fan.

They will soon set out on a 50-city tour of North America, with the nearly 1,000-seat Colonial Theater in Idaho Falls as one of their early stops. Even if you don't live nearby, a trip to the Colonial to see these amazing acrobats is well worth whatever you spend.

Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m., $25, The Colonial Theater, 498 A St., Idaho Falls, 208-522-0471, IdahoFallsArts.org.

Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la

Old customs are often eschewed in favor of something newer, though not necessarily better. Fortunately, that is not the case with the Vienna Boys Choir. Founded in 1498, the choir is steeped in pomp, circumstance and long-standing tradition. The boys—all soprano- or alto-voiced young men ages 10 to 14—are mainly Austrian-born and sing the chorales of the masters: Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and more

Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m., $12 gen., $5 for BYU students. Hart Auditorium, BYU-Idaho, Rexburg, 208-496-2230, 800-717-4257, www.byui.edu/tickets.