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What’s inside this week Hinkamp: Change starts with your mind


Magnets decorated with Japanese art sit on a tray at Masako Nakashio’s Logan home. As a young girl in Japan, Nakashio was taught the traditional arts of origami, calligraphy and other craftwork. Today she owns and operates The Japan, where she creates handmade Japanese arts and crafts. Read more about Nakashio and her work on Page 8. Photo by Alan Murray

Spring Creek Bluegrass Band to perform on USU campus

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From the editor


NE OF THE BEST PARTS about being editor of Cache Magazine is learning about the thousands of talented people in this valley. They’re not all just musicians or painters or sculptors — if you know where to look, you can find almost anything! Take this week’s cover story about Japanese artist Masako Nakashio. I never even knew a place like The Japan existed! According to its Web site (thejapan “We create unique handmade Japanese crafts and arts that will give your home or office a little Asian touch. ... The Japan values mother nature, introducing the beauty of traditional Japanese pattern/ design all over the world.” So read about the artist on Page 8 then check out her Web site; there are a lot of neat things on there!

On another front, I know I’ll be chewing my nails over the next few weeks as the Utah Jazz battle to make it to the playoffs. It’s always so interesting to see which players put it all out there — which ones are determined to make a name for themselves this season. One of my favorite quotes is something Chuck Nunn wrote on his Web site, com/home: “... Sometimes I feel like I’m the only person in the Western Hemisphere who believes that Kyrylo Fesenko can play in the NBA, but I’m right. The 7-1, 300pound Ukrainian has the physical gifts to play inside, especially as a defensive force.” Fesenko? Really? Well I certainly won’t rule it out (I’m no expert!) but I know I’ll be keeping an eye on him. I’m starting to believe a miracle is something we need, so Fesenko? Why not? Have a great weekend everyone! — Jamie Baer Nielson Cache Magazine editor

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Utah State theater to present famous play, “Assassins”

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pet photo of the week

This cat is available for adoption! Pet: Lucky From: The Cache Humane Society Why he’s so lovable: “Lucky is a young, male, yellow tabby cat. He is a little shy at first but then look out! He loves to hug and purr. Lucky gets along good with other cats and children. He knows how to use a litter box. His adoption fee is $50, which includes neutering and vaccinations. Lucky is a sweetheart of a cat. He would love to be lucky and get a permanent home.” To meet Lucky, visit the Cache Humane Society Shelter at 2370 W. 200 North in Logan, call 792-3920 or visit www.cache

Slow Wave

Slow Wave is created from real people’s dreams as drawn by Jesse Reklaw. Ask Jesse to draw your dream! Visit to find out how.


OIN YOUR FRIENDS AND neighbors for a delicious and worthwhile evening with the 22nd annual Valentine Chocolate Festival at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Bullen Center, 43 S. Main, Logan. Tickets are $5 per person and will be available at the door. A fundraiser for Logan Planned Parenthood, the Chocolate Festival gives the public a chance to taste and vote for their favorite chocolate creations donated by local professional and amateur chefs. You can even take one of these tantalizing treats home — a silent auction of all entries begins at 6:30 p.m. and a live auction of the winning desserts will follow at 8. Other valuable items donated by local merchants will also be auctioned and raffled off throughout the evening. Awards will be given for teen entries, parent/child collaborations and for the first-, second- and third-place entries in each dessert category. Additional prizes will be given for the best amateur and professional chefs, as selected by the judges, and the People’s Choice Awards,

as voted by the public. There is no sweeter way to support continuing access to affordable health care in Cache Valley. More than 2,900 valley residents relied on Planned Parenthood this year for a variety of their reproductive health care needs. According to Planned Parenthood of Utah CEO Karrie Galloway, “The Chocolate Festival provides a great service. Cache Valley’s continuing support strengthens all the families in our community.” There is something for every chocolate lover at this year’s festival. Back by popular demand are the special sampler bags of delicious treats created by local award-winning chocolatiers, which will be available for those who wish to make a modest donation. Adventurous chefs may enter desserts in the following categories: cakes, pies, cookies, brownies and chocolates. For those delicacies that transcend these definitions, there is a special category called “potpourri.” Entry forms and more information can be found at

Modern artist Sean Duffy to visit USU HE NORA ECCLES T Harrison Museum of Art on the campus of Utah State Uni-

versity will host visiting artist Sean Duffy at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, in the Eccles Conference Center at USU. At 1 p.m. that same day, Duffy will join artist Karen Carson in a gallery discussion at the museum with various professors, students and members of the general public. Discussion topics will include differences between ordinary objects and extraordinary objects, commodity culture and the artist, why ready-made art is still shocking and various objects in the “Uses of the Real” exhibition. The discussion will take place in the upper gallery of The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art. All events are free and open to the public. Duffy is an artist whose work is in the permanent collection of the USU museum. His sculpture “Fortress,” a combination of furniture used for work and leisure, is featured in the museum’s

exhibition “Uses of the Real: Selections from the Permanent Collection.” The exhibition looks at how everyday objects are transformed into art and how realism has been reintroduced in the contemporary art world. Duffy’s work focuses on the sculptural transformation of objects such as filing cabinets, cars and audio equipment. His previous work includes a “grove” of speakers and wire that create a sound sculpture viewers can activate with vinyl records. Duffy’s work also includes a record player rigged with three-tone arms that simultaneously play unmusical grooves, graphics from early video games evoking geometric abstraction and drawings created out of macramé. In the summer of 2008, he completed an art installation at the Miami Art Museum using a Toyota Land Rover and speakers made from 14 red 1-gallon gas cans. Gallerist Susanne Vielmetter said repetition plays an impor-

tant part in Duffy’s work. “At the center of Duffy’s work is a fascination with the phenomenon of repetition, the cyclical reoccurrence of movements in popular culture as well as in art, and such connected strategies as recycling and sampling,” she said. “From these explorations Duffy has questioned the relationships between the original and the copy, between the authentic and the knock-off and the sense of detachment that happens each time something is repeated or recycled.” Duffy received his bachelor’s degree in visual arts and political science from the University of California at San Diego and his master’s of fine arts from the University of California at Irvine. The artist has recently exhibited his art in Germany, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, El Salvador and New York. For more information, call 797-0163 or 797-1414 or visit

Sean Duffy, “Fortress,” 2004, metal file cabinets, redwood, Marie Eccles Caine Foundation.

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Valentines + chocolate = one sweet fundraiser

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All mixed up

‘We show them it’s something special’ Spring Creek Bluegrass Band to perform on USU campus


HE BRIDGER Folk Music Society will present the Spring Creek Bluegrass Band in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at the Ellen Eccles Conference Center Auditorium on the Utah State University campus. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at Sunrise Cyclery, KSM Music or the USU Spectrum and TSC ticket offices. They will also be available at the door for $18 for adults, $15 for students with ID, and $10 for youth ages 16 and younger. Doors will open at 7 p.m. This award-winning Colorado bluegrass band is breaking into the national scene with a passion that’s winning over fans everywhere they go. Their music builds on the fundamentals of traditional bluegrass but their repertoire consists of original or little-known songs that are molded into a fresh sound through intricate instrumental arrangements and pristine vocal harmonies. Their power-packed performances are redefining what can be accomplished on

The Spring Creek Bluegrass Band (from left): Chris Elliott, Jessica Smith, Taylor Sims & Alex Johnstone.

acoustic instruments. Spring Creek includes Alex Johnstone playing mandolin and fiddle; Jessica Smith on bass; Taylor Sims playing flatpick guitar; and Chris Elliott on banjo. Judges at two prestigious band competitions agree that Spring Creek has what it takes to deliver the high, lonesome sounds in the Appalachian tradition. The band

Trent Bean as John Wilkes Booth and Nolan Derr as Lee Harvey Oswald.

won the 2007 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band contest and the 35th annual Rocky Mountain Bluegrass Festival band contest. They are the first band to win both titles in the same summer. Not only are their songs becoming jam standards, they have also been covered by international touring acts, and their song “High Up in the

Mountains” won the Independent Music Awards Vox Populi Award for Best Americana Song. In concert, the Spring Creek musicians mix in a little something for everyone — don’t be surprised to hear an Elton John or Gillian Welch cover squeezed in between a blazing fast Carter Stanley instrumental and a Bill Monroe tune.

Band mates agree they want to have a hand in initiating new and younger audiences into the bluegrass fold: “I’m into the idea of playing for general audiences where people might be exposed to traditional bluegrass for the first time,” says Rockygrass 2007 banjo champion Chris Elliott. “When I first saw younger people playing bluegrass, I thought, ‘Wow, this could be really cool. If more young people are exposed to bluegrass at the right time, they’ll like it, too.’” Bassist Jessica Smith agrees: “We really want all generations to appreciate bluegrass. Some kids think it’s just sleepy music for older people. We show them that we have real energy and passion; we show them that it’s something special.” Spring Creek has released two independent CDs: “Rural & Cosmic Bluegrass” in 2006 and “Lonesome Way to Go” in 2008. Looking ahead, Spring Creek has signed with the 50-year-old Rebel Records label to produce another CD this March. They are also booked to play at several festivals across North America including Old Settler’s Music Festival in Austin, Texas; Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival in the Yukon Territory of British Columbia; and the famous MerleFest in Wilkesboro, N.C.

A look behind history’s presidential assassins HE DEPARTMENT T of theater arts at Utah State University will present

the award-winning musical “Assassins” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, through Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Caine Lyric Theatre, 28 W. Center, Logan. Tickets are $13 for the public and free to USU students and are available by calling 797-8022 or visiting the box office online (http:// “Assassins” features music and lyrics by Stephen

Sondheim and is based on a book by John Weidman. The musical premiered off Broadway in 1990 and had a successful revival on Broadway in 2004, winning the Tony Award for best revival. The show features profiles of nine presidential assassins (or would-be assassins), including John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald and Samuel Byck. The assassins live in an ambiguous world in which the bizarre motivations behind their acts are explored.

Booth serves as their leader, encouraging them that “everybody’s got the right to their dreams.” The unique musical is strongly rooted in fact and provides numerous educational opportunities. “Assassins” is part vaudeville extravaganza and part exposé. Hugely resonant in today’s celebrity-obsessed society, the story is peopled with desperate characters intent on making their indelible mark. “‘Assassins’ is now con-

sidered to be one of Stephen Sondheim’s most original, disturbing and exquisitely scored shows and has a reputation among many as America’s single most significant contribution to world theater,” said Kevin Doyle, director and theater arts department faculty member. “In many ways it’s more aligned with ‘Sweeney Todd’ than any other Sondheim musical. He presents insane delusions that are at times comical and other times frightening. ...”



RirieWoodbury Dance Co. will return to the Ellen Eccles Theatre with two nights of innovative contemporary repertory work as part of their 45th season, at 7:30 p.m. March 5 and 6. For tickets or show information, visit or call 752-0026. Tickets are priced at $16 and $21 and can be ordered and printed online anytime without any additional fees. Accompanied by Artistic Director Charlotte Boye-Christensen, the company will provide three master class opportunities ranging from jazz/hip hop to both an intermediate repertory and technique class and an intermediate/advanced class. Tickets for the master classes can be purchased at the CVCA Ticket Office (43 S. Main) or by calling 752-0026. The company will conclude their fiveday residency with two performances, which will include excerpts from Larry Keigwin’s “80’s Night” (2007), excerpts from Joan Woodbury’s “Loose Change” and three pieces by Charlotte Boye-Christensen titled “Lost” (2007), “Siesta” (1995) and “Interiors” (2008). Founded in 1964 by Shirley Ririe and Joan Woodbury, the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Co. has taken modern dance to the next level. They not only perform works by Ririe and Woodbury but also by Boye-Christensen, who joined the company in 2002. In addition, Ririe-Woodbury commissions works from aspiring choreographers and seasoned professionals. The company has worked with nationally renowned choreographers and has also collaborated with many bands

and an array of Utah artists. Throughout the years, this dance company has become a vital part of the Utah dance landscape. Ririe-Woodbury performs four shows a year in the Capitol Theatre and the Rose Wagner Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to their home season, they tour nationally and internationally eight to 10 weeks a year. When in Salt Lake City, the company provides 15 weeks as resident dance specialists in Utah elementary schools and five weeks of summer workshops for professionals. Ririe and Woodbury started dancing together in 1952. Their early collaborations built a solid foundation for an internationally renowned modern dance company to grow. Ririe-Woodbury has traveled all over the U.S. as well as the British Isles, Canada, China, Eastern and Western Europe, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa and the Virgin Islands with a mission that “dance is for everybody.” For more information about the company, visit About the photo: • Photographer: Brent Herridge • Dance: “Silken Tears” • Dancer: Ai Fujii

It’s almost time for Kathy Mattea! ACK BY B popular demand, Kathy Mattea will return

to the Ellen Eccles Theatre as part of her 2008-09 “Moving Mountains” tour. Join the two-time Grammy winner and Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year live in concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 and 18. Tickets are $20, $26, $27 and $32 and can be ordered now by visiting Over her career, Mattea has placed 15 consecutive top-10 singles on the country charts and is known for such popular classics as “18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses,” “Love at the Five & Dime” and “Where’ve You Been.” Mattea’s new album, “Coal,” was recently nominated for the 2009 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album. “Coal” is a collection of mining songs about miners, their families and the impact of mining on Appalachia told by some of the greatest songwriters in traditional music. The album leads with

two selections from traditional songwriter Jean Ritchie, “The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore” and “Blue Diamond Mines.” Both lament the physical and economic changes caused by mining, particularly when the mines were closed, leaving many without jobs or the Mattea connections to the outside world through the coal trains that would stop for their loads. The idea for “Coal” took shape after the 2006 mining disaster in Sago, W.Va., in which a dozen miners died. This collection of songs rings with hardship and hope, with an attachment to the land for better or for worse and with an inescapable intimacy with danger and early death. To learn more, visit

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CVCA prepares for Ririe-Woodbury

Former Cache Magazine editor to speak as part of series at USU AGAZINE EDITOR M and former newspaper reporter and editor Jeremy Pugh

is the next guest in the Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series at Utah State University, a program sponsored by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. He will speak at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, in the David B. Haight Alumni Center on the USU campus. The event is free and everyone is invited. Pugh’s presentation — “If I

Don’t Know it, I Can Fake it Until I Do: Why Resourcefulness Is the Most Important Thing to Learn in College” — will run approximately 30 minutes and will be followed by a question-and-answer period. The speaker series was created to show how the guests’ education at USU impacted their careers, Dean Niemann said. “The experiences of our accomplished alumni will help students and community mem-

bers understand the connections between their education and their lives,” she said. Pugh is a 1995 USU graduate with a degree in Pugh English literature. He also has experience in the department of journalism and communication and in

the photography area of the art department. He serves as editorin-chief of Salt Lake magazine and during the past three years has overseen an overhaul of the 19-year-old publication, both in content and design. Following graduation, Pugh wore many hats in his professional career at newspapers around the state of Utah. He began at the copy desk in St. George at The Spectrum then moved into reporting everything

from education to wildland firefighting in both Cedar City and St. George. He moved to The Herald Journal in Logan in 1998, first as the police and courts reporter and then as editor of the paper’s weekly arts supplement, Cache Magazine. A longtime contributor to Salt Lake magazine, Pugh accepted the editorin-chief position in 2006. For information on the Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series, call 797-4072.

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Film New this week “Coraline” Rated PG ★★1⁄2 The first stop-motion animated film to be conceived and shot in 3-D is visually dazzling but strangely joyless. Henry Selick previously directed “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “James and the Giant Peach” for producer Tim Burton, and the darkness that permeates “Coraline” calls to mind Burton’s trademark twisted sensibility. “Coraline” is wildly imaginative, distinctly detailed and painstakingly rendered. Blessedly, the three-dimensional effects are only reach-out-andgrab-you gimmicky a few times — mostly, they provide texture and perspective. But there’s no lightness to the adventures; they feel overstuffed and airless. What whimsy there is often feels labored and smothers the story. And the movie might actually be too scary for many children. Selick also wrote the screenplay, based on Neil Gaiman’s best-seller about a little girl who becomes trapped in a parallel version of her world. Elevenyear-old Coraline (voiced with gusto by Dakota Fanning) discovers a door in the living room of the dreary boarding house where she lives with her parents (Teri Hatcher and Hodgman), who are too busy working to pay attention to her. Once she crawls through a long, spooky corridor, she finds a home that looks just like hers, only it’s welcoming and vibrant. And the woman preparing goodies for her in the kitchen — the Other Mother, she calls herself — is warm and nurturing. That is, until her psychotically possessive tendencies take over. PG for thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor. 100 min. “The Pink Panther 2” Rated PG ★1⁄2 The huge error here — other than the mistake of producing the sequel in the first place — is pairing Steve Martin with John

“He’s Just Not That Into You” Rated PG-13 ★★ This isn’t exactly a romantic comedy — at least, not in the most traditional sense. Yes, the characters work themselves into the same sorts of tizzies over falling in and out of love — or even finding love in the first place — but frequently mixed in with the fizziness is an unexpected seriousness, an attempt at injecting honesty, realism and even failure. All those A-list stars in the ensemble cast (Jennifer Aniston! Scarlett Johansson!) are smiling in the movie’s posters, but don’t let that fool you. Some heavy stuff falls upon their pretty heads. But while it’s admirable that director Ken Kwapis’ film tries to shake up a typically frivolous formula, too many other elements undermine his intentions. Based on the best-selling relationship advice book by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, the script from Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (“Never Been Kissed”) follows nine intertwined characters struggling to make sense of their love lives. The Cleese, then failing to capitalize on their potentially explosive verbal exchanges. Anyone familiar with Cleese’s outrageous accent as the French knight in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” is in for a disappointment when he first opens his mouth as Chief Inspector Dreyfus — and a crisp British voice oozes out. Why does a Parisian police official speak with a British accent? Probably because the filmmakers couldn’t have a supporting player continually upstage Martin, who reprises the Peter Sellers role as France’s supreme imbecile Inspector Clouseau with nothing more than a passable parody of a French accent again. This wafer-thin crime romp is

New this week! women, especially Ginnifer Goodwin’s hopeless romantic Gigi, tend to be needy and demanding; the men, like Bradley Cooper’s cheating Ben, are caddish and evasive. And their stories are broken up with title cards taken from the source material’s chapters (“... if he’s not calling you,” amusing in spots as Clouseau joins an international team of detectives (Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Yuki Matsuzaki) and his usual sidekicks (Jean Reno and Emily Mortimer) to track a thief swiping the world’s rarest treasures. But the movie’s mostly a waste of time and talent, including Martin’s reunion with “All of Me” co-star Lily Tomlin, who has a few pointless walk-ons. PG for some suggestive humor, brief mild language and action. 96 min.

Still playing “Slumdog Millionaire” Rated R ★★★ Despite the exotic

for example) that make “He’s Just Not That Into You” feel an awful lot like episodic television. Maybe that’s fitting, since the title comes from a line uttered on “Sex and the City,” for which Behrendt and Tuccillo were writers. PG-13 for sexual content and brief strong language. 124 min. nature of its foreign locale — the teeming, cramped, impoverished streets of Mumbai, India — this is every inch a Danny Boyle film. The hope within the squalor, the humor within the violence, they’re all thematic trademarks of the British director of the druggie drama “Trainspotting” and the zombie saga “28 Days Later.” Only this time, Boyle takes his wildly high-energy visual aesthetic and applies it to a story that, at its core, is really rather sweet and tradi-

tionally crowd-pleasing. The unassuming Dev Patel stars as our slumdog underdog, Jamal, an 18-year-old who comes from nothing but is on the verge of winning more money than anyone’s ever won before on the Indian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” The game show’s host (an ideally smarmy and egotistical Anil Kapoor) grows unshakably suspicious as Jamal prepares to face one last question for the top prize of 20 million rupees and has him hauled in for police questioning (by the ever-imposing Irrfan Khan). Simon Beaufoy’s complex script, based loosely on the Vikas Swarup novel “Q & A,” glides effortlessly between Jamal’s interrogation, his unlikely success in the television hot seat and his rough-and-tumble upbringing, which provided the life lessons that serve him so miraculously well now. Jamal reflects upon the desperate times he shared with his older brother, Salim (Madhur Mittal), after their mother was killed in a savage anti-Muslim attack. He remembers the cruelty of the Fagin-like figure who forced them and other orphans into slavery. And he recalls fondly the time he spent with Latika (stunning former model Freida Pinto), his first love who, as a scared child, became the brothers’ third Musketeer. The cinematography from Anthony Dod Mantle gives even the most depressing images an unexpected beauty, with Chris Dickens’ expert editing keeping the action moving fluidly. R for some violence, disturbing images and language. 120 min. — All reviews by The Associated Press


HE MOVIE theater marquee in late winter or early spring is an unpromising landscape of half-baked films found ill-suited for release in either summer or winter blockbuster seasons. Sure, if you’re lucky (especially in Cache Valley) you may get a few Oscar hopefuls mingling with the one- and two-star scrum, but more often than not, once the holidays are over, it’s three months of glorified directto-DVD nonsense. Such is the case with “Push,” this weekend’s new inductee into the February Movie Doldrums Hall of Fame. Maybe that’s too harsh given what appears to be a clever idea and a really snazzy trailer, but I’m not apologizing or withdrawing my guilty verdict. I gave “Push” a chance and it turned out to be lethargic and empty. The concept behind “Push” seems pilfered from NBC’s “Heroes” series, or at least mimicked. Director Paul McGuigan also seems to copy the look and feel of the graphic novel films of recent memory (“Wanted,” “300,” “30 Days of Night”) with grainy camera work, saturated cinematography and a back-andforth action style that seems a mingling of John Woo and Paul Greengrass. But, truth be told, calling “Push” an action film is probably wrong. I’m not sure what it is. The Web site refers to “Push” as a sci-fi/action film, and the sci-fi part, I suppose, comes into play with our “heroes’” abilities. According to the opening credits, there are many people with special pow-

ers loitering undetected among the masses. Their gifts are of the telekinetic, telepathic and clairvoyant sort, and they are defined either as a mover, pusher, watcher, bleeder, sniffer, shifter, wiper, shadow or stitcher. From what we’re told, these people have been rounded up by all the Earth’s governments, specifically the United States and Nazi Germany, to be tested in hopes of creating a super soldier. Many of these people have become expatriates, forever on the run from an organization called “Division.” Chris Evans (“Fantastic Four”) portrays Nick Gant, a second-generation “mover” who has been on the lam ever since watching his father, also a mover, get gunned down by agents from Division. Living in Hong Kong, he is tracked down by some “sniffs” who have come to locate an escapee named Kira Hudson (Camilla Belle), the first person to be given an injection of, we assume, super-solider juice, and live. Apparently everyone else given the syringe of blue liquid has died. Shortly after they leave, a knock at his door reveals the 13-year-old clairvoyant Cassie Holmes (Dakota Fanning) — officially called a “watcher.” She tells Nick she’s seen the future and he is supposed to help her find a stolen case Division is looking for, which is somehow connected to Kira, the runaway “pusher.” Now, I should point out something — I was actually enjoying the movie at this point. It felt slightly gritty, Nick and Cassie seemed like a nice

Screening Room By Andy Morgan

★ “Push”

Rated PG-13 let me say it again — the ending is, well, never-ending. You probably can guess the rest of the film and plot: Nick and Cassie link up with Kira and do a whirlwind tour of Hong Kong, mainly so we get to meet the rest of the supernatural crew of bleeders, shifters, wipers, shadows and stitchers. They get chased by a nasty Division agent named Henry Carver (Djimon Hounsou) and plot to bring down Division once and for all. There are other twists and turns, but the kind that aren’t resolved or elaborated. I’ll let you experience those for

pairing and there was enough intrigue and whodunit pushed forward that I had high hopes for the rest of the flick. Sadly, from the midpoint to the bottomless ending, the filmmakers seem to have lost focus and control. Story arcs are opened that never see resolution; throwaway characters are introduced and given ample screen time, but I didn’t care about their fate because I felt no connection or concern. The brief endearment I felt for Nick and Cassie quickly evaporated as they became faces instead of characters. And

yourself, if you choose to hand over your hard-earned dollars to “Push” this weekend. I know the economy needs stimulation, but this is one of those times where you should find another activity. You could be like me and swear at the television as the Jazz play Sacramento tonight, but if you absolutely need to plant your derrière in the cozy confines of the cinema, I’d recommend you see “Coraline,” “Gran Torino” or “Slumdog Millionaire.” Andy Morgan is a lifelong Cache Valley resident and a member of the Utah Film Critics Association. He is among a number of freelance writers whose columns appear in The Herald Journal as part of an effort to expose readers to a variety of community voices. Feedback to

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asako Nakashio has lived in Logan for nearly two decades, but she hasn’t forgotten where she comes from. When the now 45-yearold left her hometown of Misawa, Japan, she brought along an artistic skill-set hard to find in Cache Valley. “I was pretty ‘crafty’ when I was young,” she says. “I always wanted to make some unique stuff.” As a young girl in Japan, Nakashio was taught the traditional arts of origami, calligraphy and other craftwork. Today she owns and operates The Japan, where she creates handmade Japanese arts and crafts that would otherwise be unavailable locally. For the past five years, Nakashio has featured her artwork at farmers’ markets in Logan and Ogden. “I love to interact with people,” she says. “I just love (farmers’ markets) because I’ve been talking to so many people. ... And it was good practice for

the choice to go back to school at age 33 and went on to graduate from Utah State with a degree in business management. “I don’t think that would have been possible in Japan,” she says. Nakashio has passed her desire for scholastic achievement, as well as her gift at artistic expression, on to her 20-year-old daughter, Sakura, who is a cello player studying at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “I definitely look up to her so much. ... She can do anything,” says Sakura. “I think it’s great that she’s spreading the art” of Japan. Although she’s grateful to be living in America, Nakashio isn’t ready to abandon her culture, and her Japanese artwork is a way to avoid completely severing her roots. “I wanted to do something for my country,” she says. “I wanted to share my culture, since I’m living in the United States.” In the past, Nakashio has shown her craft to local elementary students, and

From left: 1) Masako Nakashio holds an egg decorated with Japanese art at her home in Logan; 2) Nakashio folds paper to make an ornament with origami; 3) Magnets decorated with Japanese art sit on a tray at the artist’s home.

my English as well.” Nakashio appreciates the American way of life and freely admits she’s glad to be here. “I like living in the United States better because there is less worry,” she says. “I can live with freedom here at a more relaxed pace. If you want to challenge something, you can here.” In Japan, Nakashio says, there are certain “tracks” people are expected to stay on. She says those paths can be restricting. “There’s no track to follow (in America),” she says. “If you want to do something, there’s always a way.” For example, she made

hen Nakashio visits her homeland, she makes sure to bring plenty of washi — the Japanese paper traditionally used in origami — back to Logan. “Washi is made of bark fiber, so it’s very strong and has a special quality,” says Nakashio. Utilizing the origami skills taught to her by siblings when she was a child, Nakashio fashions a square piece of decorative paper into a beautiful bird. Despite the intricate folding and dozens of steps, the process takes her just more than a minute from start to finish. The crane is a symbol of good luck in Asian culture, says Nakashio. “We believe that cranes live a long time,” she says. “That’s why we use crane patterns for a lot of good occasions, especially weddings.”

he obi is a sash that accessorizes the Japanese kimono — a traditional woman’s dress now only worn for special occasions. Nakashio buys the material for her obi artwork locally, as authentic obi from Japan are rather expensive. She folds the long, silken sashes into decorative arrangements, framing them in boxes accentuated with elegant hand-written calligraphy and her personal Japanese seal. Nakashio considered using washi to create her obi art before changing her mind. “Obi are really beautiful,” she says. “They’re so nice, I wanted to make them with real fabric.”

Masako Nakashio talks about Japanese art at her home in Logan on Tuesday.

hile Nakashio can pump out 45 cranes in less than an hour, her washi dolls are a different story. “They’re so complicated,” she says. “I had to go to a class” to learn how to make them. She uses “a lot of paper, beautifully designed” to create the roughly 12inch-high dolls. “This is the most complicated” of Nakashio’s art forms, she says. Each doll is made of many pieces of paper and takes between 10 and 15 hours to make.

fter blowing the yoke out of chicken eggs and cleaning the shells, Nakashio inserts a tiny bell before sealing the holes. “In Japan, when we make a wish, we ring a bell to cleanse ourselves first,” she says. When the egg is gently shaken, ringing the bell inside, the Japanese believe a wish will come true. Each egg is wrapped in decorative washi.

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spreading the culture of her homeland is something she’d like to do more of. “I’d love to share my skill and knowledge,” she says. “I was teaching Japanese privately. I’d love to do that as well, as time allows. I just want to be useful with what I’ve got.” After taking in the beauty of her creations, it’s clear what she’s got is a wellspring of Japanese pride, and a lot of talent to express it.

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The Cache Magazine Bulletin Board “Cache Valley’s Finest Crop Continues” by Karen Baer Hess In 1951, (a) picture appeared in The Herald Journal with the title above it, “Cache Valley’s Finest Crop.” My parents, Lex and Peggy Baer of Providence, had just given birth to their second set of twins, my twin brother and myself. Making four kids younger than 2½. Fifty-seven years ago this was headline news. This is what appeared under the picture: Proud parents are Mr. and Mrs. Lex Baer of Providence. Two sets of twins comprise quite a family asset. Coy is seated beside her father, she is 2½ years old. Lex is holding Kent, who was born on May 2. Peggy holds Kent’s twin sister, Karen. To the right is Cathy, twin sister to Coy. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. AL (Von) Baer of Providence and Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Thorpe of Logan. Cache Valley’s finest crop continues with the birth of fraternal twin boys in January of this year, which now makes three sets of great-grandtwins born to Lex and Peggy as well! Emri Janice Hess and Maci Karen Hess (identical twin daughters) were born to TJ and Jennie Hess on Sept. 29, 2006. Their grandparents are Tim and Karen (Baer) Hess of Providence and Janice and Richard Zollinger of Millville. Bryn Jess Lindley and Bracken Ben Lindley were born to Ben and Jessica Lindley on July 14, 2008. Their grandparents are Chad and Cindy (Baer) Lindley of Wellsville and Jay and the late Joy Humphrey of Orangeville, Utah. * Note: Cindy’s daughter Angie and her husband, Brian Alm, also had a set of identical twin girls born Oct. 2, 2002; one died before birth and the other, Mckenna Ane Alm, died a month later. Maddux Romain Jensen and Murphy Justin Jensen were born to Justin and Melanie Jensen on Jan. 13, 2009. Their grandparents are Gary and Coy (Baer) Jensen of Providence and Larry and Charlene Mathews of Millville. In this time of a down economy it’s good to see that this crop is still continuing!

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Bryn and Bracken


HANGE? THAT’S what we all have left in our retirement accounts. Change is good, change is the only constant and all those other clichés are coming to a town near you. Another change I see coming is that we are going to go back to a “count-your-blessings” mentality and getting out of the “misery poker” frame of mind we’ve embraced for a couple of decades. Misery poker is the game we all play when things are going well. Instead of emphasizing what good is going on in our lives we try to raise the stakes to explain how bad we have it. It works something like this: Someone complains about how cold it is today and someone else in the room counters that on some day in 1982 it was so cold that his pipes froze. Then the next person raises the ante by saying they once lived in northern Minnesota and it was so cold that whole cows froze to the ground. Pretty soon it escalates into someone claim-

ing they lived in an unheated shack on the dark side of Pluto and it was so cold they had to drink mugs of liquid nitrogen just to warm up. Insert your level of economic misery for coldness and you get the idea. In a less dramatic fashion we have been going along in the real estate and general economic boom complaining we were not really wealthy unless we made more than $1 million. When was the last time you actually heard someone say, “You know, I make enough money and my car is just fine”? Blame it on Bush, blame it on greedy banks or baby boomers, but in the end the problem is us and we are they. Too much is never enough when you live in a misery poker world. The next change coming is that you are going to be quickly getting in touch with your inner prodigal son. Even if you have no religious affiliation beyond using the Lord’s name in vain, you must have some inkling of this parable.

Slightly Off Center By Dennis Hinkamp

The story starts with two brothers. One asks for his inheritance early and goes out and blows it all on speculative real estate and hedge funds while the other son stays home, works in the family pizza business and puts all

* This week’s New York Times Bestseller List * HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “Plum Spooky” by Janet Evanovich 2. “The Host” by Stephenie Meyer 3. “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” by David Wroblewski 4. “Agincourt” by Bernard Cornwell 5. “Black Ops” by W.E.B. Griffin HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell 2. “Guilty” by Ann Coulter 3. “Dewey” by Vicki Myron w/Bret Witter 4. “Why We Suck” by Denis Leary 5. “American Lion” by Jon Meacham PAPERBACK (MASS-MARKET) FICTION 1. “Kiss of a Demon King” by Kresley Cole 2. “The Appeal” by John Grisham 3. “Revolutionary Road” by Richard Yates 4. “Plum Lucky” by Janet Evanovich 5. “The First Patient” by Michael Palmer PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. “Dreams from My Father” by Barack Obama 2. “The Audacity of Hope” by Barack Obama 3. “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin 4. “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson 5. “Marley & Me” by John Grogan

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his money in a secured savings account. The prodigal son loses it all and declares bankruptcy and wants to move home and live in the basement. The father welcomes him with open arms and even goes so far and to throw a huge pizza party where he breaks out the expensive aged Gouda. The son who stayed at home says, “What’s up with this? You are rewarding his stupid behavior.” The bailout is going to be exactly like this. Everyone who has lived below his or her means, not speculated in offshore banks and lived a generally fiscally conservative life is going to be yelling, “What’s up with this?” when banks and individuals start getting bailed out from

their fiscal stupidity. When this happens, you need to keep chanting to your inner hurt child that the prisons and welfare system aren’t big enough for all the prodigal sons out there and if we don’t help them, they will become drug addicts, criminals, lawyers, mimes and more of a drag on society than they already are. Change? Yes we can. We have to. Dennis Hinkamp understands the prodigal son story even though he is an only child, for which he counts his blessings. He is among a number of freelance writers whose columns appear in The Herald Journal as part of an effort to expose readers to a variety of community voices. Feedback at

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Change starts with your mind

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Great stories for a cold, lazy afternoon


’VE BEEN traveling this week and on the way out the door I grabbed two books. By sheer luck, they both turned out to be good books to travel with — engrossing story lines, believable characters and honest-to-goodness issues that many of us have or will deal with at some time in our lives. The situations deal with trust, rejection and picking up the pieces to start again. Both are well-written and “Finding Dad” will tug at the heartstrings and the tear ducts, and if not laugh-out-loud funny, at least brings some smiles along the way. Both books include characters who are members of the LDS Church, but neither of them are churchy — just good, clean stories that will entertain. “Finding Dad” by Alma J. Yates (Covenant Communications Inc., 2008, $15.95) This book has been in the stores for a while, so if you have seen it and wondered whether to buy or check it out, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” This is Yates’ fourth novel, and the first time I remember actually reading his work. He is one heck of a good writer. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down except to eat and sleep (one of the perks of being on vacation!). Porter Huggins was a high school phenomenon — star athlete, ladies’ man and the whole ball of wax. Much later in life, he also realizes he has been selfish and shallow. Shallow enough to leave his wife and son for another woman when the boy, Alma, is 6 years old. Visits with Alma have been few and far between, so when he returns to Panguitch, Utah, to collect his 16-yearold son after his ex-wife’s untimely death in a car accident, not only the boy but the whole town has a score to settle with him. Feeling guilty

Regional Reads By Charlene Hirschi

but unjustly picked on, Porter arrives in town defensive and hoping to avoid the unpleasantness of previous visits. When he stops by to see one of his best high school buddies, he is surprised that even he holds deep resentments against Porter. But the visit does clue Porter into information he needs: “‘There is one thing you should know. Last November ... his grandpa gave him that old ’71 Ford truck. ... It’s mainly a pile of junk, but Alma had always wanted it. He wants to fix it up. He wants to have it ready to show off to Grandpa Henrie when he comes back from Nigeria next May.’” Porter protests that he has neither time nor interest in hauling an old truck back to Arizona — and even less desire to have it parked in his driveway. However, Alma tells him flat out that where he goes, the truck goes too. Still thinking he’ll convince Alma that a new truck is the best option, he grudgingly concedes. Father and son immediately realize their lifestyles don’t mesh, and Alma especially holds a long-standing grudge against Porter for leaving and asks him some pretty painful and pointed questions that make him squirm. He has been on the path to putting his life back on the right track and doesn’t appreciate having to explain the past. Part of his new life includes a woman, 10 years younger than he, whom he has become quite fond of. The very

first night in Arizona, Alma and Darby meet when Porter is gone, and although Darby and Alma bond immediately, Alma tells her more about his dad’s background and states emphatically that he never wants a stepmom. These revelations lead to Darby telling Porter that their relationship — in its budding stages — is off. They can be good neighbors, but that’s all. Darby and the old truck are instrumental in finally bringing father and son closer, until the end of the summer when Porter gives Alma his freedom to return to Panguitch. Alma is thrilled, but Porter feels life will never be the same again: “Porter sat in the living room with a book on his lap, but he wasn’t reading it” when Darby shows up and admits, “I’ll miss him. He was positively bubbling when I showed up this evening and he told me the news. I love to see him so excited. But I just hate to see him go.” The title made me think the book was about the son finding his dad, but it’s deeper than that. It’s also about Porter finding the dad within himself. As Alma prepares to leave, Porter realizes “there had been a time when he’d been con-

tent to stay alone in the house without worrying about anybody else. In fact, there was a time when he’d enjoyed his self-imposed solitude. At first it had been an adjustment having Alma around, even though Alma was independent and far from being a burden. But Porter knew instinctively that his house would be a lonely place when Alma left.” The book holds some surprises at the very end. Women should be prepared with a tissue box in easy reach. “Promise of Spring” by Kristen McKendry (Covenant Communications Inc., 2008, $14.95) McKendry is a Utah native who now lives in Canada. As far as I can tell, this is a first novel for her, and she really starts off her publication debut with a bang. I’m looking forward to more of her clean writing style and innovative stories. Melinda has been through a devastating divorce after only a year of marriage, and she has moved from New Mexico to Texas to start a new life — sans interference from her family and to prove to herself she can be independent. The independent kick comes mainly from accusations from her former husband that she is a clinger and unable to survive on her own. She buys a farm and after a year is experiencing success in her attempts to “live completely off the land and keep other people at a distance.”

Enter widower Ryan Delaney and his young son, Tanner. Melinda isn’t totally surprised that she and the handsome Ryan hit it off, but she does resist: “Melinda spent a restless night mashing her hot pillow and hopelessly tangling her hair. Every time she began to drift toward sleep, the memory of Ryan’s touch would bring her eyes popping open again. She told herself she was being foolish. She did not want another relationship. Hadn’t she learned her lesson the first time around? Two years had dulled the raw pain of her divorce, but it was still there, nagging like a bad toothache.” Besides, she doesn’t want to give up her hard-earned independence — does she? More complications arise as she finds herself even more drawn to Tanner. Never thinking of herself as one who wants children, she finds herself completely won over by the angelic toddler. Before the Delanys’ arrival, there had been some minor vandalism on Melinda’s farm, but suddenly there is a rash of more serious vandalism that ends with Ryan’s new breeding barn burning to the ground. Puzzled but suspicious of two neighbors — one a friend and the other a teenager with a reputation as a troublemaker — fear and suspicion rule as they try to discover who is behind the arson. There are no big surprises at the end, but the book is a pleasant read and just perfect for a lazy winter afternoon’s reading. Book critic Charlene Hirschi holds her master’s in English from Utah State University. She is among a number of freelance writers whose columns appear in The Herald Journal. Authors, readers and editors can e-mail charlenehirschi@ about books they would like reviewed, or visit

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members, but she felt discussion would lead to better selections. So she began distributing a paragraph on each nominated book, and at a meeting the person nominating each book would explain why. Then the group voted. “Everyone felt like we had more of a choice,” Branker said. “It was very democratic.” Some clubs allow the person hosting the next meeting to pick the book. In its tips for getting started, Oprah’s Book Club offers a few other suggestions. Among them: “Simply take turns. Go alphabetically, by birthdays, or by whatever you decide. Whoever’s turn it is selects the next book to be read.” And if that doesn’t work, libraries or bookstores can make recommendations.


N LIVING ROOMS AND libraries, bookstores and over the Internet, readers are coming together to discuss books. It’s an old idea that’s been popularized anew by Oprah’s Book Club, now nearly 2 million strong. Consider: A single posting on a listserve for a Washington, D.C., neighborhood generated so much interest that four book clubs were formed. “First I expected someone to say (they) had an opening” in an existing book club, said Sandi Branker, who filed the posting and led one of the clubs that started. “Most people said, ‘I’d like to join a book club, too.’” A book club can be a great way to get together with friends — or meet new people — and get some intellectual stimulation to boot. But creating one that clicks takes planning. For instance, you don’t want a club that’s so big that people don’t get a chance to talk, or one that’s too small without enough voices. About 15 or 20 is good, said Carol Sheffer, president of the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association.


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Judith Bronfman, left, makes a point as Kathleen Howley and John Cunningham listen in during a book club meeting at a Barnes & Noble bookstore in New York.

Tips for starting a book club


Lining up members is the first step in forming a book club. “Find a group of people that you’re comfortable with, not necessarily people you agree with on every issue, but people you want to be around,” said Kevin Ryan, vice president for social media at Barnes & Noble, Inc. Diversity is key, Branker agrees. It helps keeps the discussion going. If you don’t want to do an online posting like Branker did, public libraries can help, as can bookstores and word of mouth. “In some libraries, the librarians take the initiative and form a book club,” Sheffer said. Same goes for bookstores. Barnes & Noble, for example, has both online and in-store book clubs. When Wendie Lubic of Washington, D.C., started a mother-daughter book club with a friend, “We wanted people who were friendly but who were going to be open to other people being there,” she said. “We wanted kids who really loved reading.” The club started when the girls were in fourth grade and continued until they graduated from high school last June. Now, with their daughters in college, the mothers keep the club going — for


Word of mouth, online listserves, libraries and bookstores can help you find people for a club. Diversity helps provide different viewpoints. Decide how many people you want. Some suggest a maximum of 15 to 20 people so everyone has a chance to participate.

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• Decide where to meet — in mem-

bers’ homes, local libraries, bookstores, cafes or online. Decide how often to meet.

themselves. “It’s absolutely about keeping our relationship together,” Lubic said.


How often should the group meet? As the daughters in Lubic’s group got older and their schedules busier, the group met less frequently. “We always set a calendar at the beginning of the year,” she said. “We rarely if ever changed a date.” Many book clubs set once-a-month meeting times — enough time to read the book, usually, and frequent enough

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Many clubs vote on selections, either in person or online. In some clubs, the leader decides. Others allow the person hosting the meeting to pick the book.


• Decide who will lead. • Use a question to get the conversation going. • Many publishers include an author

interview or book club questions at the back of books. Similar information also can be found on publishers’ Web sites. Be open to differences of opinion.

to keep the connection going.


After you get the group together, picking books is the next step. Will the group read only fiction, or will it focus on biographies, science fiction or some other genre? “Often the leader picks the books, but most leaders are very accepting of suggestions,” Sheffer said. “Sometimes the clubs actually vote on it. It depends on the dynamic of the particular group.” At first, Branker’s group voted by e-mail on a list of books submitted by

How the book is discussed varies. Take online book clubs: Barnes & Noble has about 20 to 30 active ones on its Web site. Participants discuss the books on a message board. “You can pose a question today and people will be able to interact with it days on end,” Ryan said. “You can participate in a book club 24 hours a day at your own convenience.” Sometimes authors visit the board. However, many people like the social interaction of face-to-face book club discussions, “having that debate rather than answering a blog or something,” Sheffer said. Branker’s club starts its meeting with a half-hour social gathering over dessert, coffee and wine. Conversation about the book follows. To get it going, one member does a presentation about the author, including biographical material and other works. “Somebody needs to start with asking the question to get the discussion rolling,” Sheffer said. “It should be some thoughtful, provocative question.” Some books now provide author interviews and questions in the back of the book to help clubs get started. Online sites also offer points of discussion. The most important thing, Sheffer said, is to be respectful of other people and their opinions. “You’re not going to love every book,” Branker said. “It’s supposed to be that we should have differences.”


On the Net: • Oprah’s Book Club: • Barnes & Noble Book Clubs: www.barnes

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All you need to know to start a book club

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All mixed up

7th annual Valentines Concert coming up


HE LOGAN Tabernacle Concert and Lecture Series will present its seventh annual Valentines Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at the Logan LDS Tabernacle. Admission is free and everyone is invited. Susan Haderlie serves as artistic director of the concert and Merrilee Broadbent will be the accompanist. This year’s concert theme is “Falling in Love,” as performers will present vocal selections from opera, musical theater and classic American ballads. Solo and ensemble music from “La Boheme,” “West Side Story,” “Die Fledermaus,” “Brigadoon,” “Showboat,” “The Pearl Fishers,” “La Rondine” and “I Pagliacci” will display the artists’ virtuoso singing. SUSAN HADERLIE Susan Haderlie has performed with professional opera and stage companies throughout the United States, including Utah Opera in Salt Lake City, Cimmaron Opera in Oklahoma and Idaho Falls Opera in Idaho (to name a few). Some of her roles include Orfeo in “Orfeo ed Euridice,” the mother in “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” the witch in “Hansel and Gretel,” Octavian in “Der Rosenkavlier,” Frugola in “Il Tabarro,” the third lady in “The Magic Flute,” Mercedes in “Carmen,” Ruth in “Pirates of Penzance” and Lalume in “Kismet.” She has performed more than 700 solo performances in educational, community and religious settings. Some of her concert work includes the Temple Square Concert Series in Salt Lake City, Evan Stephens Concert Festival, Idaho Falls Youth Symphony and the Upper Snake River Valley Festival in Rexburg, Idaho. Haderlie has twice won the first-place vocalist title for the state of Idaho in the American Mothers Inc. Voice Competition. She is an honor graduate of Centenary College

Susan Haderlie of Louisiana and also named Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities. Presently she is on the Utah State University music department adjunct voice faculty. JAMES W. MILLER James Miller studied musical theater at the University of Utah and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. He has performed professionally for several years appearing with Utah Opera, Utah Symphony, Arizona Opera and Utah Festival Opera (to name a few). He has also performed with several community organizations around Utah. Most recently he performed in Utah Opera’s production of “Regina” and will be performing in Bernstein’s “Mass” with the Utah Symphony this spring. LYNNETTE OWENS Carnegie Hall’s packed house gave a 10-minute standing ovation and welcoming shouts when Owens displayed her virtuosity soloing with the New England Symphony and a 300-voice chorus. Her operatic performances have included diverse roles such as Mimi in Puccini’s “La Bohème” and the Countess in Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” with the Rome Festival Opera; Lady MacBeth

James W. Miller

Lynnette Owens

Erik Sumner

in Verdi’s “MacBeth,” Nedda in Leoncavallo’s “I Pagliacci” and Zemfira in Rachmaninoff’s “Aleko” with Amici Opera; Fiordiligi in Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte” with Utah Opera Studio Artists; Fortuna in “Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea” with Utah Opera; and the musically demanding role of Maliella in “The Jewels of the Madonna” with Amici Opera. Owens has received acclaim for her concert soloist performances including Utah Symphony’s “New Years in Vienna” and several of Utah Symphony & Opera’s “Singin’ in the Park” and “Summer Serenade” concerts, Brahms’ “Requiem,” Handel’s “Dixit Dominus,” Beethoven’s “9th Symphony” and numerous performances of Handel’s “Messiah,” singing with organizations such as the Rome Festival Opera, Utah Symphony & Opera, Amici Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Sarasota Opera, MidAmerica Productions, the American West Symphony and the Da Camera Choir and Symphony of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

gomery, Ala., and a master’s degree from New England Conservatory in Boston. Apart from secular and sacred choral music, he has performed part or all of these: Verdi’s “La Traviata and “Falstaff”; Mozart’s “Die Zauberflote” and “Cosi fan Tutte”; Nicola’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor”; Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus”; Pasatieri’s “Signor Deluso”; Donizetti’s “L’elisier d’amore”; Ward’s “The Crucible”; Menotti’s “The Old Maid and the Thief” and “The Telephone”; Milhaud’s “The Misfortunes of Orpheus”; Offenbach’s

“Orpheus in the Underworld”; and Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites.” Most recently, Sumner introduced children all over Utah to opera as an apprentice artist with Utah Opera. Since June 2008 he has taught both private lessons and as an instructor (in voice, keyboard, guitar, drums and bass) at the School of Rock Music in Sandy. His professional goals include film acting, his own music, public speaking and writing books while inspiring others to find and live out their callings.

ERIK SUMNER Baritone Erik Sumner earned a bachelor’s degree in voice and theory/composition from Huntingdon College in Mont-

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Ongoing events Special Collections and Archives at USU will present an exhibition of valentines Feb. 9 through March 8 in the library foyer gallery. Admission is free and everyone is invited to stop by. Selected from the collections of Marjorie Hatch, Edith Tippets Hayes, Mattie Webber and from private collections, “Valentine Sampler” features vintage comic and sentimental cards, postcards, pop-ups, moveables and contemporary poster-size valentines. Also featured in the show is information about local and regional folk traditions, photographs and more. For more information, call 797-2663. InTech Collegiate High School is now taking enrollment for the 2009-10 school year. As a public school, InTech has no tuition or GPA requirements. Those interested are invited to attend an Information Sessions held every Wednesday in February at 6 p.m. For more information, call 753-7377 or visit www.

Friday Stokes Nature Center will host Parent Tot Nature Hour from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday. Toddlers ages 2 and 3 are invited to explore animals, plants and nature through music, crafts and games. All children must have a parent pal present. Cost is $3 ($2.50 for SNC members). To register, call 755-3239 or visit The Deepsea Goes With the Untold, Silence InSight and Tanner Lex Jones (indie rock) will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Why Sound, 30 Federal Ave., Logan. Cover charge is $5. For more information, visit www. Maine will play live music from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Caffe Ibis, 52 Federal Ave., Logan. For more information, e-mail hollydia or call 752-4777.

Saturday The 22nd annual Valentine Chocolate Festival will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bullen Center. Tickets are $5 per person and will be available at the door. A fundraiser for Logan Planned Parenthood, the Chocolate Festival gives the public a chance to taste and vote for their favorite chocolate creations donated by local professional and amateur chefs. A silent auction of all entries will begin at 6:30 p.m. and live auction of the winning desserts will follow at 8. For more information, visit or see Page 3 in this week’s magazine. Traditional Navajo potter Lino Footracer will discuss the process of making Navajo pottery and its various styles as part of this week’s ongoing series “Saturdays at the Museum” at USU’s Museum of Anthropology. Guests will also be able to make their own pot with provided clay. Footracer will be at the museum from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 797-7545 or visit www.usu. edu/anthro/museum/. The Unicorn Pillow Theatre will present “Snoozy Snowflake” at 2 p.m. every

Saturday in February in the Unicorn Room at the Bullen Center, 43 S. Main, Logan. Admission is $2 and everyone is welcome. The Bridger Folk Music Society and the Cache Valley Folk Dancers will host their February contra dance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Whittier Community Center, 290 N. 400 East, Logan. Beginners and families are welcome; all dances will be taught. Kay Forsyth and other local callers will be calling each dance and music will be provided by local contra musicians. The Western singing duo Tumbleweeds will perform at LD’s Cafe in Richmond from 6 p.m. to closing on Saturday, Feb. 7, 14 and 21. Everyone is invited. The World of Puppetry Museum will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Brigham City Fine Arts Center, 58 S. 100 West. Free activities include puppet history tours and demonstrations, puppet making and puppet play, a “Punch & Judy” show at 3 p.m. and puppet storytime at 4 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Oddmality will perform with Abomni (hip hop/metal) at 8 p.m. Saturday at Why Sound. Cover charge is $5. The Stang Aquatic Center in Hyrum is starting swimming lessons on Monday. All levels cost $35; classes take place Monday through Wednesday from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. and 5:50 to 6:20 p.m. Students must preregister before Saturday. For more information, call 245-7962. A Holiday Open House will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Hanbury Clubhouse, 251 W. 1600 North, Logan. Vendors include Stampin’ Up!, Slumber Party, Custom Vinyl Lettering, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay and more. Door busters for the first five people. For more information, e-mail kkmlj@

Sunday All are welcome to join an indigenous healing and cleansing ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Faith and Fellowship Center, 1315 E. 700 North, Logan. For more information, e-mail Everyone is welcome to help the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (ELCA) celebrate its first worship in its new home from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Sunday at 930 N. 400 West, Logan. Fellowship and Sunday School classes for all ages will follow. For more information, call 752-7753 or visit www.princeo Ryan and Brad will perform Sunday Brunch Jazz from noon to 2 p.m. at Caffe Ibis, 52 Federal Ave., Logan.

Monday The Cache Chamber of Commerce Women in Business organization will host its monthly meeting and luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at The Iron Gate Grill, 517 W. 100 North, Providence. The topic for February is “Insider Travel Secrets: What the Airlines, Cruise Lines, and Hotels Don’t Want You to

Know,” to be presented by “Getaway Guru” Larry Gelwix of Columbus Travel. Women in Business members and other interested professional women are invited. Cost is $12. RSVP is required by 9 a.m. Monday; contact Debbie Ostrander at 716-5309 or debbie. A self empowerment/stress management class will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 Monday and from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Whittier Community Center, 290 N. 400 East, Logan. For more information, contact the Cosmic Nudge at 435-363-7173. The Cache Valley Chapter of NARFE will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Cache Senior Citizens Center. Jean Kemp will present information on “Heart Health.” All retired and active federal employees and their spouses are invited to attend. The Sunflower Camp of Nibley DUP will meet at noon Monday at the home of Nadine Chadwick, 83 W. 4000 South. GBS Benefits will host a complementary Human Resource Seminar from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hamilton’s. Lunch will be served before the seminar. GBS Benefits Human Resources Director Todd Anderson will present “Changes to the FMLA: Are You Up to Speed?” RSVP is required by Monday; call 750-6232. Jonathan Stark will perform with Ben Wilson, My First Goodbye and Julius Brown (acoustic) at 8 p.m. Monday at Why Sound. Cover charge is $5.

Tuesday Sky View High School will present “Peter Pan” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10-14 with a matinee at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14. Tickets are $6 and $7 and can be purchased at the door an hour and a half before showtime, at or at the main office at Sky View High School. Utah State University’s soccer program will host a series of skills clinics for male and female players, ages 4 to 14, from 6 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday in February and on March 3 at the Stan Laub Training Center, 1100 E. 1400 North, Logan. Cost is $7 per player per clinic. Participants should come prepared with their own soccer ball, shin guards and indoor soccer or gym shoes (no cleats). For more information, contact Heather at 797-0900 or A low-impact exercise class will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday at OPTIONS for Independence, 1095 N. Main, Logan. For more information, contact Aimee at 753-5353.

Wednesday Wellsville Elementary kindergarten registration will be open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the school office. You will pick up a registration packet that will need to be filled out and returned to the office along with all required shots completed by Feb. 27. Mountain Crest High School’s PTA Parent/Teen Connection will host a discussion about sexually transmitted diseases and healthy life choice education from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The State Health Department and Brigham City abstinence coordinator will be presenting. A free “Love and Logic” parenting class series will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday in February at the Logan Family Center, 50 S. 400 East, Logan. Class size is limited; call 755-5171 to reserve a spot. Ye Olde Tyme Quilters will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at OPTIONS for Independence, 1095 N. Main, Logan. For more information, contact Aimee at 753-5353. The Elephant Gun will perform with The Desert, Autumary and Gloves for a Tiger (metal/rock) at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Why Sound. Cover charge is $5. The Logan Kiwanis Club will host a Valentine’s Day dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Dansante Building. For more information, call 563-0618 or 713-6963. Celebrate Technology Week by attending BATC’s Ready ... Set ... Tech! expo/job fair from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at both Logan campuses. Hands-on activities, demonstrations and student projects will be going on in every department. Everyone is invited. For more information, call 753-6780 or visit http://

Thursday Utah State University Aggie Cat Services will host a community-education presentation from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. John’s Episcopal Church’s Champ Hall, 85 E. 100 North, Logan. This event will feature a slide-show update on progress in cat-population control and news about plans for upcoming expansion. Admission is free and everyone is invited. For more information, call 752-1298. Drew Danburry will perform with Cary Judd, Willy Eklof and Ben Johnson (acoustic) at 8 p.m. Thursday at Why Sound. Cover charge is $5.

Candi from USU Food Sense will offer tips for eating healthy and losing weight at a free cooking and community class from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Providence Macey’s Little Theater. Seating is limited; to reserve a spot, call 753-3301.

Chalene and Natalie from Camp Chef will display Camp Chef’s cobbler pots and teach participants how to turn soup into a romantic meal for Valentine’s Day at a free cooking and community class from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Providence Macey’s Little Theater. Seating is limited; to reserve a spot, call 753-3301.

The Utah Watercolor Society will meet Tuesday at the Bullen Center, 35 W. 100 South, Logan. Critique will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by a presentation. For more information, e-mail

The Utah Music Teacher’s Association’s Bridgerland Chapter will welcome Kathy Burtenshaw at 10:15 a.m. Thursday at the Piano Gallery, 1940 N. Main, North Logan. For more information, call 208-852-3390.

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