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The Herald Journal

July 3-9, 2009


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What’s inside this week Check out this week’s ‘Photos By You’ — p.10

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(Page 5) Old Lyric Repertory Company opens its fourth and final show

Ron Benoit places the top onto a table that will be shipped to the Wart Hotel in Jackson, Wyo. When Benoit first got into woodworking nearly 30 years ago, his initial creation was a piece of junk, he admits. Now the self-taught artist is pumping out fine-wood furniture from his shop in Whitney and his pieces sell for thousands of dollars each. See what goes into Benoit’s highend furniture on Page 8. Photo by Eli Lucero/Herald Journal

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how every time a holiday rolls around you inevitably start thinking about past holidays and what you did, who you were with and how much fun you did (or didn’t) have? I know I do ... and the strange thing is, it’s rare I can remember what I did the year before. But I do remember a particular Fourth of July when I was 6 or 7 years old. My family was out in the driveway participating in the annual tradition of lighting fireworks, sitting in lawn chairs and chatting with the neighbors. That’s about all I remember, except for my favorite part: I lit my mom’s robe on fire. I’m not really sure how it happened, but my mom seems to remember me walking toward her and, for some reason or another, reaching toward her with a sparkler instead of dropping it in the nearby bucket of water.

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So her robe went up in flames and instantly created a lifetime memory. (In case you’re worried, nobody was hurt.) Well, nobody was hurt physically anyway — for about 10 years after that, I was scared of sparklers. I’m already a nervous wreck, but holding that crazy, snapping, potentially-firestarting stick in my hands was just too much. So I stuck with flowers and smoke bombs. I don’t know what you’re planning for the weekend, but I know my agenda includes a stop at the fairgrounds to check out the cars on Friday; a visit to the stadium for the fireworks show; a possible trip to Bear Lake; and our annual Fourth of July barbecue (my favorite part). There’s nothing better than being with all the people you love, eating good food, sitting in the sun and splashing in the water with your favorite little kids. Until the 3-year-old turns on the entire party with the hose, of course. Have a great weekend, everyone! — Jamie Baer Nielson Cache Magazine editor

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This cat is available for adoption! Pet: Abby Rose From: Four Paws Rescue Why she’s so lovable: “Abby Rose is neat and quiet and is easy to please at suppertime. She is fascinated by water and loves to sit in the wash basin and bat at drops of running water. Abby is declawed on her front paws and needs to be a strictly indoor cat. She also needs a patient and understanding home because she has some ‘quirks’ and is something of a diva. She doesn’t like to be held and only wants to be petted for a short time so she wouldn’t be suitable for a home with children. She feels threatened easily, so probably wouldn’t be happy in a home with dogs. She does OK with other cats. Abby is easy to care for as long as you don’t expect too much of her. Please consider adopting Abby Rose.” To meet this cat or learn more about her, call 787-1751.

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Event includes more than 40 merchants, live music, food, rides and more

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HE GREAT AMERICAN Sidewalk Festival will return to downtown Logan on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (July 9-11). This cornerstone summer shopping event includes more than 40 merchants and street vendors, live music provided by KSM, food vendors and rides at the Cache County Courthouse. For this special event, merchants and street vendors will be staying open until 8 p.m. This annual event is sponsored by the Logan Downtown Alliance as they celebrate 37 years. Next to the Christmas shopping season, The Great American Sidewalk Festival is the second-largest sales event of the year for the downtown area. The Sidewalk Festival is a fantastic event because it showcases the unique historic downtown area, the arts district and the fun specialty shops and boutiques. You’ll find bargains galore as the Logan Downtown Alliance merchants roll out their best deals to the sidewalk. Throughout all three days there will rides and food including some of your local favorites. Get a funnel cake, lunch and refreshing lemonade as you enjoy a

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stroll through the heart of downtown. There will also be multiple opportunities to enjoy local entertainment favorites like the Old Lyric Repertory Company, Utah Festival Opera and the summer music series at the tabernacle. The Sidewalk Festival coincides with the grand opening weekend of Utah Festival Opera’s 2009 summer season and the opening “An Inspector Calls” at the Caine Lyric Theatre. The Logan tabernacle is also midway through their

Noon Music at the Tabernacle series and will offer a special performance with the Salt Lake Letter Carrier Band at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 11. For more information, visit www.artsataglance.org. The annual sidewalk sale was a vision of Sylvan Needham Jr. and other local businessmen. They hoped it would be an event that would revitalize local businesses by strengthening and uniting the alliance, its participants and the overall

foot traffic. The Great American Sidewalk Festival is sponsored by the Logan Downtown Alliance, a nonprofit organization built of volunteers ready to serve the local downtown businesses. Through their mission to help stabilize the future of downtown, they host a variety of events and community activities. If you’re interested in applying to become a Downtown Alliance volunteer, contact the Downtown Promotions Committee Chair at 753-6518 ext. 15.

Vote for your favorite farmers market

A Trust has announced its first vote for “America’s Favorite FarmMERICAN FARMLAND

ers Markets” contest, a nation-wide challenge to see which of America’s 4,685 farmers markets can rally the most support from its customers. The goal is to promote the connection between fresh local food and the local farms and farmland that supply it. Market shoppers can vote to support the Cache Valley Gardeners’ Market at www.farmland.org/vote. Voting locations will be set up at the market each Saturday and some vendors are offering discounts if you take the time to vote while at the market. Results will be announced during Farmers’ Market Week in August. At the end of the contest, one large, medium and

small farmers market will win the prestigious title of “America’s Favorite Farmers Market” for 2009. “Farmers markets are one of the best ways for consumers to support local farms and farmers,” said Julia Freedgood, managing director for American Farmland Trust’s Growing Local Initiative. “A great way to find seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, farmers markets also support public health and economic development opportunities in our communities.” The 2007 U.S. Agricultural Census reported a 49 percent growth in sales from farms directly to consumers since 2002 — representing $1.2 billion that stayed in local communities. At the same time, more than 1 million acres of farmland are developed each

year, most around cities where there is great demand for local food. Many barriers stand in the way of scaling up local farm production to meet the burgeoning demand for local food. American Farmland Trust is working to support policies and programs to protect farmland, reduce barriers between farmers and consumers and encourage communities to plan for agriculture and regional food systems. The Cache Valley Gardeners’ Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday at Merlin Olsen Park, 200 E. 100 South, Logan. Enjoy live music while shopping for fresh produce and plants, handmade crafts, eggs, bread, cheese and locally raised meats. For more information, visit www.gardenersmarket.org.

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Noon Music series at the tabernacle under way

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he 2009 Noon Music at the Tabernacle series is in full swing. Concerts start at noon every day (except Sunday). Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information, visit www.cachecommunityconnections.com. Be sure to check Cache Magazine every week for profiles on upcoming performers.

Con Allegrezza quartet (July 9)

he Con Allegrezza quartet is comprised of local musicians and has been performing in Cache Valley for more than 10 years. It has been featured on the Logan tabernacle summer concert series for several years. The current quartet is comprised of Kathleen Lloyd of Smithfield, first violinist; Linda Kemp of Logan, second violinist; Robert Frost of Smithfield, violist; and Kennita Thatcher of North Logan, cellist. The quartet rehearses on a regular basis and performs throughout the year for weddings, socials, community activities and professional gatherings. Their repertoire includes traditional works by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, as well as light classical works, familiar themes from Broadway musicals and fiddles tunes. Members of the quartet are

also active teaching or performing in other musical ensembles. Their program at the Logan tabernacle will feature a variety of works from the quartet’s repertoire.

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Randy Smith (July 8)

andall J. Smith is a graduate of Utah State University, earning his undergraduate degree in music education and his master’s degree in instructional technology. He recently completed his supervisory/administrative licensure for public education  at USU. Randy has also been the choral/vocal director at Logan High School for the past 20 years. He has served on the choral committee of the Utah Music Educators Association and also served as choral vice president for UMEA’s governing board. Randy has directed the UMEA state honor choir and had the opportunity to serve as chairman of the UMEA honor choir for several years. As a soloist Randy sang the lead roles in four operas and operettas and was a selected as vocalist for USU’s concerto night. After college, Randy performed as a tenor soloist for Musica Reservata, the Northern Utah Choral Society and as soloist and musical director for the Festival of the American West Pageant.

PKG Accents on Music (July 4)

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or more than 20 years, PKG Accents on Music has been a private performing arts training studio for vocalists and pianists. Under its instructor and vocal coach, Penny Karren, this studio has performed a wide variety of musical genres as students finesse their musical skills. Students range in age from 6 to 70. For their July 4 concert, PKG Accents will present “A Solider’s Tribute.”

Darrell & Alice King family (July 3)

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he King family has chosen a patriotic theme for about half their selections at the tabernacle July 3. Darrell and Alice King have three children who will be joining them: ★★ Jerr, 29, works in Logan at Innovar. He is a graduate of Idaho State University. He loves music and really enjoys singing and performing. He particularly enjoys singing ballads. He enjoys ballroom and country dancing and spends every minute he can in the great outdoors. ★★ Taylee will be a senior this year. She has performed in numerous musicals and vocal groups. She recently played Nancy in “Oliver” at Preston High School and is currently rehearsing as a member of the Celebrate America

The What: A Woodwind Quintet Show. Taylee loves ballroom dancing and singing jazz. ★★ Taessia will be a seventh-grader this fall. She is class president and loves to organize things and make things happen. Taessia is a talented writer and has enjoyed studying voice and ballroom dance.

The next two weeks ... July 10 July 11 July 13 July 14 July 15 July 16

Hershey Kisses Michelle Broadbent Utah Festival Opera Company MC Young Artist Cup winners Logan Institute combined choirs Carolyn Bentley

July 17 July 18 July 20 July 21 July 22 July 23

Simmons Brothers Chris Mortensen Utah Festival Opera Company Willow Valley Singers Moon Light (violin/piano duet) Jonathan Rose

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he What is new to the valley and its members have been playing together for less than a year. The conception of The What came about as a pick-up group to perform at a private party. The group has great diversity in its literature and instrumentation, and members are able to double on two or more instruments. Much of the repertoire for this performance has been arranged by members of the quintet. Tuesday’s performance will include a selection of Dr. Robert Frost, a local

composer and director of the Cache Chamber Orchestra. Members of The What include: Allyson Bailey, flute; Emily Sorensen, oboe; Dan Stowell, clarinet; Warren Barton, bassoon; and Ruth Young, horn (not pictured).


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Phillip R. Lowe stars as Inspector Goole, Luke Bybee as Gerald Croft and Leslie Aldridge as Sheila Birling in the Old Lyric Repertory Company’s production of “An Inspector Calls.”

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Repertory Company in the Caine School of the Arts at Utah State University opens its fourth show Thursday, July 9, with “An Inspector Calls” by J.B. Priestley in the historic Caine Lyric Theatre, 28 W. Center, Logan. Following its opening, “An Inspector Calls” joins the rotating OLRC calendar with performances July 10, 11 (evening and matinee), 14, 24, 29 and Aug. 1. During a three-week period July 14-18, 22-25 and July 28-Aug. 1, all four of the OLRC’s productions can be seen in combinations with a different production each night. Tickets range from $19-$25 and senior/youth/USU faculty staff discounts are available by calling the Caine School of the Arts Box Office at 797-8022 or 752-1500, visiting the box office online (http://boxoffice.usu. edu) or at the door. Directed by Colin Johnson, “An Inspector Calls” stars Kent Hadfield as Arthur Birling and Keri Larsen as Sybil Birling. Other actors include

Luke Bybee as Gerald Croft, Leslie Aldridge as Sheila Birling, Andy Johnson as Eric Birling, Felicia Stehmeier as Edna and Phillip R. Lowe as Inspector Goole. The play was written in 1945 but is set in 1912 Victorian England. In the play, Arthur, a prosperous manufacturer, holds a family dinner party to celebrate his daughter’s engagement. Into this cozy scene intrudes the harsh figure of a police inspector investigating the suicide of a young, working-class woman. Under the pressure of his interrogation, every member of the family turns out to have a shameful secret that links each of them to her death. “In ‘An Inspector Calls,’ Priestley, like the authors of morality plays in the late Middle Ages, intends to instruct his audiences about the condition of humanity, caught between the religious need for goodness and the temptations of evil,” the director said. For information about the OLRC, including group ticket sales, contact Sally Okelberry at 797-1500 or sally. okelberry@usu.edu.

Also in rotation at the Old Lyric Theatre ...

“The Foreigner”

• July 16, 7:30 p.m. • July 22, 7:30 p.m. • July 30, 7:30 p.m.

“You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”

• July 18 — 2 and 7:30 p.m. • July 21 — 7:30 p.m. • July 31 — 7:30 p.m.

“The Importance of Being Earnest”

• July 3 — 7:30 p.m. • July 4 — 2 p.m. • July 15 — 7:30 p.m. • July 17 — 7:30 p.m. • July 23 — 7:30 p.m. • July 25 — 2 and 7:30 p.m. • July 28 — 7:30 p.m.

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Film Still playing “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” Rated PG ★★ There are more action and cuddly creatures for kids to love in this third adventure than in the animated franchise’s first two installments. For parents, it’s more of the same, a “Yawn of the Dinosaurs” adventure with some new faces and places but the same central characters rehashing the themes of the first two movies. The worn-out idea the filmmakers have yet another crack at: Families can be found objects, stitched together from all sorts of misfits who bond to form their own loving little clan. The main thing that distinguishes this movie from its predecessors is the setting as the gang of prehistoric animals journeys underground to a lost world of dinosaurs. Once again, the main players are Manny the woolly mammoth (voiced by Ray Romano), his wife, Ellie (Queen Latifah), Diego the sabertoothed tiger (Denis Leary) and Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo). Sibling possums Crash and Eddie (Seann William Scott and Josh Peck) also tag along again. A new member of this extended family, one-eyed weasel Buck (Simon Pegg) steals the movie with his lively, looney patter and daring antics. But it’s strictly a slapstick tale for the young ones. PG for some mild rude humor and peril. 93 min.

“My Sister’s Keeper” Rated PG-13 ★★1⁄2 A shameless weepy, one of the most manipulative and fundamental of genres, but it also raises some surprisingly difficult and thought-provoking ethical questions. Based on the Jodi Picoult best-seller, “My Sister’s Keeper” focuses on the Fitzgerald family and the drastic decision they made in medically engineering a child (Abigail Breslin) as a perfect genetic match to help save the life of their older daughter Kate (Sofia Vassilieva), who has leukemia. For years, little Anna provided blood, bone marrow, whatever Kate needed. Now at 11, with her teenage sister needing a kidney, Anna says no for the first time — and beyond that, she files a lawsuit seeking medical emancipation from her parents. Director Nick Cassavetes, who co-wrote the script with Jeremy Leven (writer of Cassavetes’ “The Notebook”), traces this conflict through flashbacks from various characters’ perspectives: bulldog matriarch Sara (Cameron Diaz), whose priority is preserving Kate’s life at all costs; father Brian (Jason Patric), who’s patient and supportive no matter what; only son Jesse (Evan Ellingson), who feels lost in the shuffle; and Kate and Anna themselves. Cassavetes tugs at the heartstrings, which has become a trademark in much of his work, providing opportunities to yank out the hankies

early and often. But he also wisely refrains from demonizing any of these characters for the choices they make and lets us draw our own conclusions. On the flip side, some family members seem too good to be true. PG-13 for mature thematic content, some disturbing images, sensuality, language and brief teen drinking. 103 min. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” Rated PG-13 ★1⁄2 A joyless cacophony, an insistent and seemingly endless onslaught, director Michael Bay’s follow-up to the 2007 smash “Transformers” plays like a parody of a Bay movie. You name it, it gets shot up, blown up or otherwise obliterated in a massive fiery ball, from suburban homes and cars to aircraft carriers and even an Egyptian pyramid.

Along the way, our sense of sanity and humanity also get destroyed, as we feel as if we are being held captive by these walking, talking, shape-shifting robots — both the good guys and the bad. The Autobots and Decepticons aren’t the only ones assaulting us in their epic battle: Regular people are just as obnoxious — probably more so — with their nonstop yammering. Everyone is overcaffeinated in this thing, everyone screams their lines, perhaps so they can hear each other over the explosions and the thunderous score. Who knows, and who cares? It is impossible to become emotionally invested in the Transformers, cool-looking as they are (the work of the venerable Industrial Light & Magic), because it’s impossible to tell who’s doing what to whom. It’s all one messy amalgamation of twisted steel

and shattered glass, accompanied by generic crunching and shrieking sounds. What’s that, you say? You want to know what the “Transformers” sequel is about? How quaint. Basically, it follows the further adventures of plucky, young Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf, seriously straining his likability), who is yet again stuck in the middle of the eternal fight between the noble Autobots and the evil Decepticons. Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson return as eye candy, as does John Turturro, who provides a couple of laughs. PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, language, some crude and sexual material and brief drug material. 150 min. — All reviews by The Associated Press


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ITH “PUBLIC Enemies,” all the pieces would seem to be in place for an epic gangster drama: director Michael Mann, who has an affinity for complicated criminals; stars Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, who are famous for immersing themselves in their roles; and a thrilling true story of brazen bank robbers on the run. Trouble is, “Public Enemies” feels rather stagnant. It looks terrific with its period details and costumes, rich production values and striking high-definition cinematography from frequent Mann collaborator Dante Spinotti. Crisp, blue Midwestern skies pop off the screen and nighttime chases and shootouts have an eerie theatricality about them. But until the final third, the film maintains a lowkey, steady pace when it should be percolating with unbearable suspense. It makes you wonder why Mann would hold back. Dramatic restraint is certainly preferable to a gratuitous onslaught, but “Public Enemies” often borders on boring. Mann follows the string of bank robberies John Dillinger (Depp) and his crew pulled off between his well-orchestrated escape from an Indiana prison in 1933 and his death at the hands of federal agents on the crowded streets of Chicago 14 months later. The director of “Heat” and “The Insider” has said he was fascinated by Dillinger not just as a daring criminal but as the hero he became for regu-

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lar people, folks who blamed the banks for their financial troubles during the Depression. Dillinger robbed those very institutions, which felt to them like an act of vigilante justice. But nowhere in “Public Enemies” will you find that sentiment explored or even hinted at in a cursory way. Dillinger is famous here, of course — he’s Public Enemy No. 1, hence the title — but there’s little sense of his public perception,

not much context for his notoriety. Mann also doesn’t really

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depict the poverty or desperation of the time; Dillinger usually spends time in cars, banks and glamorous haunts with slick cohorts. He’s more like a charming guy committing questionable acts. Mann romanticizes him rather than presenting a complete picture including whatever wildness or darkness might have existed inside him and driven him. (He co-wrote the script with Ronan Bennett and Ann Biderman, based on journalist Bryan Burrough’s book.) In Depp’s hands, Dillinger comes off as sexy and dangerous — the disarmingly straightforward way he sweeps coat-check girl Billie Frechette (Marion Cotillard) off her feet and persuades her to be his girlfriend is pretty irresistible. (With her expressive features and delicate frame, Cotillard looks just right

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for the time.) And the director shoots Depp in close-ups that accentuate the actor’s handsome features — those warm, brown eyes, sharp cheekbones and soft lips — and verge on idolatry. Bale also gets this kind of affectionate treatment as Melvin Purvis, the rising FBI agent charged with bringing Dillinger down (Billy Crudup has some amusing moments as J. Edgar Hoover, Purvis’ boss, who comes across as self-serious and slightly buffoonish.) Purvis is stoic, principled and determined but not exactly humanized; neither are the members of his posse, who are essentially interchangeable with the exception of Stephen Lang as a veteran lawman who’s subtly powerful in the film’s final scene. That moment alone makes you wish the whole movie had been as compelling. “Public Enemies,” a Universal Pictures release, is rated R for gangster violence and some language. Running time: 130 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.

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on Benoit’s first project in woodworking was a coffee table he built in 1980 out of Budweiser Formica and barn wood. On a quality scale of 1 to 10, Benoit says, it was a solid 1. “It was pretty crude,” he admits, but it was only the beginning. Fast forward a quarter-century: In 2004, Benoit built and sold a fine-wood sectional buffet to Duke University for $15,000. Benoit, 52, is a self-taught woodworker of 29 years and has been selling his pieces as a full-time job for 12 years. His hand-crafted tables, chairs and other furniture go for

$1,000 to $10,000 apiece on average and are sold around the country. Originally from New York state, Benoit came to Cache Valley in the ’70s to study fisheries biology at Utah State. “At the time, there weren’t any jobs in the field,” Benoit says, so he took on a maintenance job for a local manufacturer. It was there he learned how to use all sorts of tools, providing a “valuable background” in what would become Benoit’s current livelihood. “I decided to make something more permanent,” Benoit says. “I wanted my work to really mean something.”

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Story by Chris Hansen strong and long-lasting.” Benoit is careful to incorporate the grain of the wood in his designs and doesn’t stain his pieces, instead utilizing the natural colors of the different woods he works with. With “Snake River Sunset” — a table currently for sale — Benoit

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used sycamore, quilted maple, walnut, yellow heart, she-oak, holly and wenge to create a rich, deep-colored homage to an iconic black-and-white Ansel Adams photo. That dedication to his craft has won Benoit several awards, including best in show at the 2007

Summerfest and first place in fine crafts at the 2007 Celebration of the Arts in Teton Village, Wyo. It has also caught the eye of buyers who recognize the value of Benoit’s time and talent. “Sometimes people are just thrilled with what they see in front of them,” he says. “Sometimes they want to personalize it.” On average, Benoit works on three to six pieces at any given time, and each project takes about a month to complete. And whether it’s a private university in North Carolina, a newly remodeled historic hotel in Jackson, Wyo., or a Texas tycoon looking to furnish a multi-million-dollar home, it’s the “heavy hitters” who end up buying such fine craftsmanship. Sometimes after a customer has bought a piece, Benoit says, “I Google them and go, ‘Wow! I

should have charged more.’” Whoever the buyer is, Benoit takes great satisfaction in their satisfaction. “One of the best parts of this job is seeing the expression on people’s faces when they see the piece when you deliver it,” he says. Benoit admits he’s a perfectionist and his own biggest critic, and he often judges his work against that of his peers when he goes to shows. “I think there’s always room to get better. But from what I’ve seen, I think I’m right up there,” Benoit says. “You go to shows, you listen to people’s feedback and people like what they see.” Still, Benoit says, the quest for perfection continues. “My philosophy is, I’m getting better all the time,” Benoit says. “My best work is yet to come.”

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usic Theatre West will host a second Summer Broadway Workshop the week of July 13 at the Whittier Community Center in Logan. A morning session will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. This workshop is for ages 5-18.

Cost is $90 for the entire week. July’s workshop will include great Disney favorites, enthusiastic instructors and a free performance for family and friends in the Morgan Theatre at USU. Space is limited; register online at www.musictheatrewest.org or contact Debbie Ditton at 7508994.

‘Buckaroos’ exhibit adds presentation by Hal Cannon HE “BOOKS AND T Buckaroos” exhibit at USU has added an event featuring Hal Can-

non, founding director of the Western Folklife Center and its famous child, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Activities begin Tuesday, July 7, with a reception for the exhibition “Books and Buckaroos: USU’s Cowboy Poetry Collection” from 6 to 7 p.m. at the exhibit site, the foyer-lobby area of the Merrill-Cazier Library. Guests can view the exhibit and visit with co-curators Randy Williams and Brad Cole. Refreshments will be served. Then, Cannon will be featured in a lecture presentation in conjunction with the exhibit at 7 p.m. in Merrill-Cazier Library Room 101. Both activities are free and everyone is invited. “Books and Buckaroos: USU’s

Cowboy Poetry Collection” is an exhibit highlighting examples from USU’s extensive cowboy poetry collection held by Special Collections and Archives. Williams, exhibit co-curator, invited Cannon to speak. Cannon will recount the history and his involvement during his presentation. USU’s “Cowboy Poetry Gathering at the Books and Cannon Buckaroos” includes books, images and National Cowboy Poetry Gathering posters and pins. The exhibit runs through Sept. 21 at Merrill-Cazier Library. For more information, call 797-3493.

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All mixed up Harmonious duo Ember to perform at Crumb Brothers

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HE BRIDGER FOLK MUSIC Society will present a concert with the harmonious duo Ember at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at Crumb Brothers Bakery, 291 S. 300 West, Logan. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 757-3468. Seating is very limited, so advance purchase is highly recommended. Since 2001, Emily Williams (Wales) and Rebecca Sullivan (USA) have travelled and sung together constantly. What started out as a unique busking act has evolved into an in-demand band in the UK and Europe. Two distinctive voices form sizzling harmonies accompanied by guitars, fiddle, harmonica, whistle and clarinet. Williams’ Welsh origin sings out through her Celtic fiddle-playing, while from Sullivan’s Utah roots flows a bluesy element, with her clarinet and harmonica. Tours in Mexico, the U.S. and Europe have inspired a broad range of styles including bluegrass-Americana, dark medieval harmonies and a dash of Spanish flair. At the core of it all is the synergy of two keenly insightful songwriters, each lending her voice to “harmonies to die for” (Taplas Magazine). You could call it contemporary folk — with an edge. Comparisons have been made to Indigo Girls, The Be Good Tanyas, Simon and Garfunkel, Tracy Chapman, Michelle Shocked, Rickie Lee Jones, Peggy Seeger, Chris and Kelly While, the Wailin’ Jenny’s and the McGarrigles. For more information, visit www.bridgerfolk. org or www.embersong.com.

Registration under way for teens’ annual vocal camp

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HE 11TH ANNUAL Summer Vocal Performance Camp for Teens will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 10-14 in the USU Chase Fine Arts Center. This high-intensity camp for singers ages 12 through 18 offers fundamental vocal training in classical voice including small group voice classes and choral singing during the morning hours. Afternoon hours are filled with all-around musical theater training skills that include audition tips, large and small ensemble production numbers and auditions for solo appearances in the culminating performance to be held in the Morgan

Theatre at the end of the week. Dr. Cory Evans, director of USU’s choral department and well-known tenor soloist, director, adjudicator and clinician, will be the featured guest artist. He will coach the young men enrolled in the camp. Rick Steadman, choral teacher at Crescent Junior High School in Salt Lake City and member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, will teach the choral classes. Lisanne Norman Brooks, professional opera singer and coach, returns this year to teach female voice, give classical master classes and run auditions for musical theater.

Other faculty include Dawna Campbell (choreography) and Laurie Hart, Shannon Fry, Brandtley Hendersen, Brian Petersen, Margaret Purser, Jordanne Burgess and Bonnie Slade (voice). The camp is open to boys and girls and is divided into groups by age and experience with something to challenge everyone. No prior training is necessary. Registration deadline is July 15 at a cost of $85. A late fee of $15 will be charged after the deadline. Classes are controlled on a first-come basis. For registration forms and more information, visit www.cachechildrenschoir.org.

Neil Simon’s ‘Star Spangled Girl’ opening at Perry’s Heritage Theatre EIL SIMON’S “STAR N Spangled Girl” will open July 17 at the Heritage Theatre in Perry,

Photo by Ann Reeder

From left: BJ Whimpey as Andy Hobart, Samantha Christensen as Sophie Rauschmeyer and Derek Williamson as Norman Cornell.

and continue every Monday, Friday and Saturday through Aug. 8. Tickets are $9 for adults and $8 for seniors and children. For reservations, call 435-723-8392. Andy (played by BJ Whimpey of Farr West) and Norman (played by Derek Williamson of Harrisville) are two earnest young men using their apartment as a publishing office for a “protest” magazine set

in San Francisco. All-American girl Sophie (played by Samantha Christensen of Logan) moves into another apartment on the same floor. Sophie makes her first appearance paying a good-neighbor visit to the combination home and office of the fledgling publishers. Her friendliness and charm leave Norman hopelessly smitten. Meanwhile, his partner is fielding telephone calls from the irate printer who wants to collect money and distracting the landlady from

thoughts of back rent with motorcycle rides and surfing expeditions. And while Sophie is convinced they are editing a dangerously subversive magazine, our heroine soon finds that her real source of annoyance is the wrong man is pressing his attentions on her. Happily this situation is reversed in time, as love and politics blend delightfully in a bubbling series of funny happenings, set forth with the masterly skill and inventiveness that are hallmarks of Neil Simon.


Thomas Cook keeps the reader guessing By The Associated Press

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HE MAIN characters in this fine new novel are obsessed with serial killers, from a 16thcentury fiend named Countess Bathory to more recent psychopaths such as Ed Gein. One character, for example, shares “every meal with them, every moment of enforced leisure. They trail behind him in a leering throng, rippers and night stalkers. Their scrawled notes are his literature, words written in blood or pieced together crudely from magazine cutouts. For him, Bach is the final gurgling of a strangled child, Renoir what murderers splatter on mirrors, walls and doors.” Some of these monsters, including Gein, were caught and punished for their crimes, but others got clean away. Or did they? That’s one of the questions Cook asks us to ponder in this disturbing, psycho-

logically complex book. Cook, author of 21 novels, has been one of our finest writers for years, as readers of “Red Leaves” (2005) and “Master of the Delta” (2008) already know. But Cook’s fan base remains small. Perhaps that’s because you can’t breeze through his books the way you can with, say, one of Robert Parker’s Spencer novels, enjoying the story and then forgetting it the moment you finish the last page. Cook requires more of readers; he forces you to read thoughtfully, and when you finish his stories, they haunt your dreams. Perhaps, too, it is because his fiction is hard to categorize. Fans of thrillers are apt to think of his books as literary novels while readers of literature tend to think of them as thrillers. In truth, Cook succeeds brilliantly at both. “The Fate of Katherine Carr” is further evidence that

“The Fate of Katherine Carr” by Thomas H. Cook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 276 pages, $25)

his work deserves a wider audience. As the novel begins, a small-town newspaper reporter named George Gates is telling a story to a stranger on a boat as it makes its way up a tropical river.

Gates had once been an adventurous travel writer, he tells his listener. But ever since his young son was kidnapped and murdered, he’s taken refuge in writing fluff about local rose gardens or hardworking immigrants who win the lottery. He decides one day that Arlo McBride, a retired missing persons detective, might be grist for a light feature. But when they meet up, McBride starts to tell Gates a story about someone who simply vanished 20 years earlier — a young woman named Katherine Carr. Katherine had been a writer, and after she disappeared, McBride discovered a story she left behind. The story might be a flight of imagination, or it might hold the key to her disappearance, the detective suggests. Once he has Gates’ attention, he doles out the story to the reporter, chapter by chapter.

That makes the book a story within a story within a story — a complex structure not easy to pull off. But wait; there’s more. Gates is also considering writing a profile about Alice Barrows, a 12-year-old girl with progeria, a rare disease that ages children rapidly and then kills them. Alice, it turns out, loves solving mystery stories. So, instead of reading Katherine’s story alone, Gates reads it out loud, in installments, to Alice, so they can puzzle over it together. And so, Cook’s book is a story within a story within a story within a story. At each level, the novel ponders questions of good and evil, of guilt and retribution, and the power of storytelling itself. And at each level, Cook keeps the reader guessing about what is myth and what is real, filling the reader with foreboding right up to the chilling conclusion.

* This week’s New York Times Bestseller List * New popular books at the Logan Library

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “Knock Out” by Catherine Coulter 2. “The Bourne Deception” by Eric Van Lustbader 3. “The Angel’s Game” by Carlos Ruiz Zafón 4. “Relentless” by Dean Koontz 5. “The Physick Book of Deliverance ...” by Katherine Howe PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. “Glenn Beck’s ‘Common Sense’” by Glenn Beck 2. “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson 3. “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” by David Sedaris 4. “An Inconvenient Book” by Glenn Beck 5. “Blink” by Malcolm Gladwell PAPERBACK (MASS-MARKET) FICTION 1. “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult 2. “Dead Until Dark” by Charlaine Harris 3. “Sail” by James Patterson & Howard Roughan 4. “Living Dead in Dallas” by Charlaine Harris 5. “Angels and Demons” by Dan Brown HARDCOVER ADVICE 1. “Excuses Begone!” by Wayne W. Dyer 2. “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” by Steve Harvey 3. “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch w/Jeffrey Zaslow 4. “Divine Soul Songs” by Zhi Gang Sha 5. “Master Your Metabolism” by Jillian Michaels

Keep your reading list updated at www.nytimes.com/pages/books/

“Hot Pursuit” by Suzanne Brockmann FICTION BROCKMANN “Smash Cut” by Sandra Brown FICTION BROWN “Inter vention” by Robin Cook FICTION COOK “Girl Who Played With Fire” by S. Larsson FICTION LARSSON “Deep Blue Sea for Beginners” by Luanne Rice FICTION RICE “Dying for Mercy” by Mary Jane Clark MYSTERY CLARK “Fire and Ice” by J.A. Jance MYSTERY JANCE “Blindman’s Bluff” by Faye Kellerman MYSTERY KELLERMAN “206 Bones” by Kathy Reichs MYSTERY REICHS “Magicians” by Lev Grossman SCI-FIC/FANTASY GROSSMAN “Misconception” by Ryan Boudinot FICTION BOUDINOT “Her Fearful Symmetry” by A. Niffenegger FICTION NIFFENEGGER “Spires” by Richard North Patterson FICTION PATTERSON “Hothouse Orchid” by Stuart Woods FICTION WOODS “There Goes the Bride” by M.C. Beaton MYSTERY BEATON “Princess of Landover” by Terry Brooks SCI-FIC FANTASY BROOKS “Law of Nines” by Terry Goodkind SCI-FIC FANTASY GOODKIND

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Answers from last week

Twisted Sister raids vaults on ‘Stay Hungry’ By The Associated Press

HIS IS THE THIRD TIME T that this album, Twisted Sister’s most successful, is being released, so

the real attraction is a second full disc of demos and unreleased tracks that have been gathering dust at guitarist Jay Jay French’s apartment since Ronald Reagan was president. It kicks off with “Death From Above,” which takes “Powerage”-era AC/DC chords and blends them with lyrics similar to Twisted’s “Destroyer,” about Twisted Sister — “Stay Hungry an angry demonic force. “Death Run” (25th Anniversary Edition)” (Rhino) sounds like an early version of “Stay

Hungry,” and “We’re Coming On” wisely leaves out the second half of the title on the album cover. Then there’s a hidden track in which Dee Snider sings “Lollipop Guild” from “The Wizard of Oz” through a vocal processor to make him sound like a Munchkin, which itself is worth the price of the album. CHECK THIS TRACK OUT: “30” is a new single written by Snider during his appearance on a reality TV series last year. It’s about how band members, when Twisted Sister was at its apex in the ’80s, couldn’t fathom turning 30. Now, as they note, “30 came and went a long time ago.”


Ongoing events A display by Glitzy Glass Stars owner Jen Conger Walker is now on display inside the east entrance of the Logan Library. The building is open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday (closed Sunday). For more information, visit www.glitzyglassstars. blogspot.com or call 764-3669. Providence City will be taking kickball and four-on-four soccer registration through July 23 at the city office during regular business hours, Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. No late registration will be accepted. Kickball registration fee is $25; soccer fee is $20 (jersey is $5). The Alliance for the Varied Arts is now enrolling children and teenagers for its twoweek summer ceramics course. Tuition is $80, plus a $15 clay fee. Wheel-throwing and hand-building will be taught in all classes. For more information or to sign up, call 753-2970 or contact Beth Calengor at 764-2286.

Friday Daily Adventures continues all week at the American West Heritage Center with five sites open for hands-on, living history activities: a 1917 farm, pioneer settlement, Shoshone Indian encampment, Mountain Man encampment and Woodwright shop. Pony rides take place all day. A children’s Victorian tea party will be held Friday and Tuesday; a tepee party Saturday and Thursday; and a pioneer party Wednesday. Wild West Shakespeare also continues with the musical melodrama “Romeo & Juliet: The Musical Comedy.” For more information, visit www. awhc.org. Comedian Spencer King will perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Rodney Norman will perform at the same time Saturday at Growlers, 205 N. Bear Lake Blvd., Garden City. For more information, call 881-0987. All are invited to participate in a Peace Vigil every Friday between 5 and 6 p.m. on the east side of Main Street between Center Street and 100 North in Logan. For more information, e-mail info@loganpeace.org.

Saturday The Dayton, Idaho, Fourth of July celebration will start with a flag ceremony at 7:20 a.m. Saturday at the pavilion behind the high school. Other activities include a Fun Run at 7:30; pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 10; a patriotic program at 10:30; lunch at noon; parade at 12:20; live entertainment from 1 to 2; and games fro 1 to 4. For more information, call 208-747-3600.

sage, fresh fruit and drinks. Donations of all sizes are appreciated, but the event is open to everyone regardless of ability to pay. The Lewiston Fourth of July celebration will start with a canon salute at 6 a.m. Saturday. Other activities include a pancake breakfast, flag raising, patriot border run, parade, quilt and art show, festival and music in the park, three-on-three basketball, flag ceremony and patriot speaker Congressman Rob Bishop, Lewiston rodeo and races, family movie matinee, DUP Hannah’s cabin tours, Dutch-oven dinner, Wells Jackson memorial horse pull, family movie night, softball championship game and fireworks. For more information, call 435-258-2141. A sand castle building contest will be held Saturday on Bear Lake’s North Beach. Building starts at 11 a.m.; judging starts at 3 p.m. Entry fee is $5. Register same day or in advance by calling 435-946-8413. First place receives $50 cash; second place gets $25 at The Bear Cave; and third place wins $15 at The Jail House. Bridgerland Literacy’s Bookcrossing stops at the Cache Valley Gardeners’ Market every Saturday morning. Pick up a traveling book to read then release it for others to find. For more information, call 753-1270. The Lake Bonneville Community Symphony will present its annual Fourth of July concert at 4 p.m. in Brigham City’s Pioneer Park. For more information, visit lakebonnsymph.googlepages.com, e-mail lake bonnsymph@gmail.com or call 435-257-2084.

Monday Common Ground Outdoor Adventures will lead a cycling event at 4:30 p.m. Monday. Cost is $3. A variety of adaptive cycles are available so people of all abilities are encouraged to participate. Volunteers are always welcome. For more information, visit www.cgadventures.org or call 713-0288. The Booklore Club will host its summer social at 5 p.m. Monday at Hamilton’s restaurant, 2427 N. Main, Logan.

Tuesday Valley Montessori School will host an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at 197 W. 500 South, Logan. For more information, call 752-5604. Teresa and Tiffany will demonstrate some of their quick and easy cookie recipes 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. Sally Bishop will talk about “Weaning Your Breastfed Baby” from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Whittier Community Center, 290 N. 400 East, Logan. Cost is $2 per person. Quiet children, especially nursing babies, are welcome, as are dads. For more information, e-mail wise.childbearing@gmail.com.

Wednesday

The Cache Valley Gardeners’ Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday at Merlin Olsen Park, 200 E. 100 South, Logan. For more information, visit www.gardeners market.org.

The John Birch Society meeting will feature a discussion on current events and legislation at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Book Table (upstairs). Participation is free and everyone is invited. For more information, call 753-2930.

Sunday

Common Ground Outdoor Adventures will host a climbing event at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Rockhaus, an indoor climbing facility. Cost is $5. For more information, visit www.cgadventures.org or call 713-0288.

Utah State University’s Alumni Band will take the stage at 7 p.m. Sunday on the Quad just east of Old Main for its annual Independence Day concert and the first outdoor concert of the season. Admission is free and everyone is invited. For more information, call 797-3015. Dr. Ross Peterson will speak about “Presidents in Crisis” for the summer citizens program at 1 p.m. Sunday on the USU campus just above the amphitheater. Bring a chair. For more information, contact Norman Palmer at 787-1406.

The Western Singing Duo Tumbleweeds will perform from 6 p.m. to closing Saturday at the Cracker Barrel Cafe in Paradise. Everyone is invited.

A Motorcycle Charity Mini Run for the SKI-HI Institute at USU will take place Sunday. The route will start in Logan, travel to Preston, Emigration Canyon, Bear Lake and back to Logan. Register at www.skihi. org before Sunday or at 2 p.m. that day at the Merlin Olsen Park south pavilion. Cost is $15 per biker and $5 for an additional rider. Food, prizes and live music will be provided after the ride. For more information, call 797-5600.

Boy Scout Troop 73 will host their annual Freedom Fest Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the bowery behind the church at 500 E. 800 North in Logan. Menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, bacon, eggs, sau-

The Post-Mormon Community Cache Valley chapter meets for dinner and socializing every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at a local restaurant. Newcomers welcome. For more information, visit www.PostMormon.org/logan.

Common Ground Outdoor Adventures will lead two separate white-water rafting trips on Wednesday and Thursday to the Alpine section of the Snake River. For more information, visit www.cgadventures.org or call 713-0288. Nancy Brokaw will host a free educational video presentation by Dr. Lorraine Day, “Cancer Doesn’t Scare Me Anymore,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Logan. Admission is free. Call 563-9641 for the location and to reserve a seat.

Paradise will host a Farm and Garden Market from 6 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday starting July 8 in the town park. Music, educational classes and artists will join produce vendors and several local business people. Bridgerland Cruise Nights will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the south Wendy’s. Bring your street rod, classic car or specialty vehicle, or just come check out the cars and trucks. Everyone is invited. For more information, contact Jerry at 563-6488.

Thursday The American West Heritage Center will host Scout & Youth Days from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Event includes fun activities for Scouts and youth groups. This month’s theme is “Old-Time Americana.” Activities include pioneer games, relays and races. For more information, visit www.awhc.org. The Knotty Knitters meet from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Senior Citizen Center in Logan. Everyone is invited to work on their crochet, knitting, needlework, cross-stitch projects and more. For more information, contact Cathy at 752-3923.

Next weekend A series of pandemic preparedness classes will be held July 10 Thomas Edison Charter School, 1275 W. 2350 South, Nibley. Classes will include “Clean Water” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; “Heating, Lighting and Fuel” from 6:30 to 7 p.m.; and “Pandemic Preparation” from 7 to 9 p.m. Cosmic Nudge and Stokes Nature Center will present the Well Life and Living Green Expo from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the Plaza 255 Convention Center, 255 S. Main, Logan. Participants will learn about healthier, more sustainable product choices that enhance lifestyles and help you live more “green.” There will be a raffle for prizes. Admission is $5; all proceeds will go to local organizations that benefit the community. For more information, call 435-363-7173. A Teddy Bear Picnic in honor of National American Teddy Bear Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 11, in the Providence Macey’s Zone Eatery. Kids are invited to bring their favorite teddy bear and enjoy storytime, coloring and teddy bear treats. There will also be a drop box available to donate money or gently used/new stuff animals to be given to Child and Family Support Services in Cache Valley. For more information or to sign up, call 753-3301.

Great Harvest owner Lisa Clawson will share some yummy summer treats at a free cooking and community class from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Providence Macey’s Little Theater. Seating is limited; call 753-3301.

A Family Fun Triathlon will start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 11, at The Sports Academy. This is a triathlon made especially for youth and families interested in participating in an inductory-level triathlon. To sign up or for more information, call 753-7500.

Bruce Parker — a local mountain climber who is one of only 240 people to have climbed the highest peaks on all seven continents — will present a slideshow and talk about his Mount Everest climb at noon Wednesday at The Copper Mill Restaurant. For more information, contact Curtis Roberts at 563-0618.

The ninth annual Alterniscapes Tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 11, starting at Mendon Station, 100 N. Main, Mendon. Tickets are $5 . For more information, call 752-6263 or e-mail alterniscapes@ saabra.org. Tickets are available at Cache County Extension, at the Gardeners’ Market or at Mendon Station the day of the event.

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