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#WonderWednesday – February 20th

Fools, jazz, The Addams Family and brainfood are just a few of this week’s arts & cultural events!

Join St. John’s Hospital Foundation on February 21st at noon for an artist talk featuring Boughton Walden. Boughton’s art is on display in the St. John’s Professional Office Building as part of their Art & Healing Program. All are welcome. Lunch is provided. RSVP at rpmerrell@tetonhospital.org

Trailside Galleries’ opening reception for Winter’s Embrace, a two man show featuring painters Michael Godfrey and Robert Moore is Thursday, February 21st from 5:00-7:00 pm.  Each artist has produced a body of work inspired by the ethereal, almost spiritual season of winter. The show will be available to view in the gallery from February 18 to March 2. 

Dancers’ Workshop is proud to present its first project beyond dance, Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love” February 21 – March 2 at their new additional performance space, “The Beast,” in south Jackson.  The one-act award-winning play was a finalist for the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and won multiple Obie Awards in 1984 including Best New American Play. The DW production of “Fool for Love” is directed by Obie Award-winning performer Bob Berky and played by Erin Roy, Brian Britt, Frankie McCarthy and Bob Berky.

There are only 40 seats available for each show and a complimentary shuttle to the event location is required due to limited parking.  Shuttles will depart from The Bird or Eleanor’s Bar & Grill for the 3 pm and 8 pm performances.  Visit the website for more information.

No, it’s not Halloween, but Off Square Theatre is having some spooky fun presenting their annual Jean Louise Thieme Youth Musical ~ The Addams Family. Public performances are Friday, February 22nd at 6:30pm, and Saturday, February 23rd with a 1:00pm matinee and 6:30pm final evening show.

Sunday is Jazz Night at the Wort Hotel’s Silver Dollar Bar and Grill, kicking off at 7 pm.  The Jazz Foundation of Jackson Hole began in 1992 as an off-the-cuff idea by Ron VanHorsen to start a swing band in the Jackson Hole area. He approached friends of his, Mr. Blackford and Martin Hagen–who were the local middle school’s music teacher and student teacher, respectively–with the idea. Ron played 1st alto sax, Mr. Blackford was on lead trumpet, and Martin played 2nd trumpet. They searched around for other interested musicians in the area and were able to snag Lawrence Bennett for the 4th trumpet part among others. Mr. Blackford, assisted by Ron, took on the bandleader role, and Jazz Foundation of Jackson Hole was officially born!

St. John’s Cognitive Health offers a new session of Brain Works Boot Camp, an innovative program inspired by mounting evidence that lifestyle changes can keep your brain healthier longer. Held Monday, February 25–Friday, March 1, the course will include a variety of activities, including lectures, computer exercises, yoga, cooking classes, and more.

The program is led by St. John’s Cognitive Health founder, Martha Stearn, MD. Additional instructors include Dr. Annie Fenn, cooking master of Brain Health Kitchen; Molly Armour, yoga instructor; Stacy Fisher, movement specialist; Holly Richert, MA, neuropsychology technician and Sarah Peterson, LD, RDN, dietitian.

Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ of King Lear at Center for the Arts on Monday, February 25th at 8:00 pm. Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.