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#WonderWednesday, February 13th

Valentine’s Day week is filled with endless wonder opportunities, from opera to Luke Nelson, and musical sculptures to snowflake science and art!

Join a walking meditation with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Valentine’s Day, 6:30 – 7:30 pm.  Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered for his powerful teachings on mindfulness and peace.

Opera lovers, celebrate Valentine’s Day with with a Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD performance of Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur presented by Grand Teton Music Festival at the Twin Cinema. Soprano Anna Netrebko —for the first time at the Met—takes the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on- and offstage passion. Tenor Piotr Beczala plays Adriana’s lover, Maurizio. The principal cast also features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and baritone Ambrogio Maestri and Gianandrea Noseda conducts.

You have two opportunities to meet local artist Haley Badenhop as she discusses “Minimal Drama,” her new exhibit at Center for the Arts.  Thursday, February 14th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm she will hold an artist talk to share her goal for this series, presenting the finer details of mountains as more of a piece of art.  The event is free and open to the public. Then, on Friday, February 15th there will be an opening reception for the show from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

You can’t play these musical sculptures at Tayloe Piggott Gallery, but you wish you could.  The Intimate Architecture of the Instrumentby artist Adrian Nivola from New York, showcases his imaginative, unplayable sculptures of musical instruments. Each piece endeavors not only to attain a refined aesthetic, but also a unique character and feeling.

The gallery is also pleased to present new work by Susan Vecsey. Rooted in perception, Vecsey’s paintings reveal abstract swatches of color evocative of shapes found in nature. The opening reception is Friday, February 15th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Don’t miss Jackson Hole Live’s Mid-Winter Snowdown featuring Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real with special guest Jalan Crossland on Sunday, February 17th at 6 pm in the Heritage Arena. You must be 21 years old to attend.

Kids, there’s a special Snowflake and Science apres ski event at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort with JH Children’s Museum on Sunday February 17th from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.  First you’ll design delicate snowflakes, and then experiment with glue, watercolors and salt.