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Wynona to Play Benefit BY KAREN BOSSICK

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ountry music singer Wynona Judd will headline this summer’s benefit concert for the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. The five-time Grammy Award winner and her band The Big Noise will perform Aug. 8 at the Sun Valley Symphony Pavilion. The concert will benefit the free summer concerts and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony School of Music. Tickets are $50, $100, $250 and $500 and on sale now. To purchase go to svsummersymphony.org or call 208-622-5607. Rolling Stone has called Judd “The greatest country singer since Patsy Cline.” Born Christina Claire Ciminella, the red head rose to fame in the 1980s as part of the mother-daughter duo The Judds. The Judds recorded 14 No. 1 hits, including “Why Not Me,” “Love Can Build a Bridge,” “Rockin’ with the Rhythm,” “Have Mercy,” “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good ol’ Days,” “Mama He’s Crazy” and “Daddy’s Hands.” Wynona went solo in 1991 after her mother Naomi dropped out of the duo due to a chronic bout of hepatitis C. She didn’t miss a beat as she continued to rack up hits with such No. 1 songs as “I Saw the Light,” “To Be Loved By You,” “She is His Only Need” and “No One Else on Earth.” She will perform on TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” on March 18. The Sun Valley Summer Symphony is the largest privately funded freeadmission orchestra in America. Its 29th annual summer concert series will run July 28 through Aug. 20 at the outdoor Sun Valley Symphony Pavilion. The symphony’s 115 musicians— lured from such world-class orchestras as the New York Philharmonic—will perform Debussy’s poetic “La Mer,” Stravinsky’s once-controversial “The Rite of Spring” and a pops concert titled “Bond and Beyond” as a tribute to the music of James Bond. This year’s guest artists include violin virtuosos Midori, who will headline the free opening night concert on Sunday, Aug. 4. Others include rising star pianist Joyce Yang and soprano Debbie Gravitte, who will sing such numbers as “Goldfinger” for the Aug. 10 Bond tribute. tws

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Five-time Grammy Award winner Wynona Judd will play this year’s Sun Valley Summer Symphony benefit concert on Aug. 8.

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ames Tooley presented his Community School senior project on the stage of the Sun Valley Opera House in 1990. On Friday he’ll be back on that same stage presenting his documentary, “Starring Adam West,” as part of the second Sun Valley Film Festival. Tooley will be there to introduce the film about the farm boy from Walla Walla, Wash., which starts at 5:30 p.m. The 100-minute film explores the quest to see the man everyone knows best as Batman get a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. “I had no intention of making a film about my father-in-law, but the more time I spent with him, the more I wanted to document.” said Tooley, who met West’s youngest daughter Nina at The Community School in the 1980s, marrying her in 2005 in a Sun Valley wedding. “Most people know that Adam was incredibly successful in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s with his iconic portrayal of Batman on the ABC series. Fewer people know about his subsequent struggle to break free from that role. He’s a man who has had incredible highs and lows both professionally and personally. His story is a fascinating tale of a Hollywood survivor but it ‘s also much deeper than that,” Tooley added. Tooley started filming West, who

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moved to Sun Valley with his wife Marcelle and their six children in 1986, at autograph shows, charity events, even around the dinner table. As the filming continued, the movement to get West a star expanded from family to fans. “What began as a fun side project turned into a four-year passion as Adam’s fans, friends and family decided this was going to be the way to show Adam how much he has meant to them,” Tooley said. Tooley, son of Bill and Reva Tooley— founder of the Sun Valley Writer’s Conference, studied theater at the University of California at Santa Barbara before getting his MBA from UCLA. He began his career as an editor working on narrative and documentary films. He now has a production company called Chromatic Films that produces and directs commercials for clients like Subaru and non-fiction television in Los Angeles. He has won a Silver Telly Award for best-online reality series and his Rift commercials were named as the top 10 campaign of 2012 by Massively.com He can’t wait to see the reaction to the movie about his 84-year-old father-in-law, who most recently has had roles in “The

James Tooley will take the stage on Friday to present his documentary ‘Starring Adam West.’

Family Guy” and “The Simpsons.” “Some of the themes we explore include Adam’s complex relationship with his fans, reconciling Adam’s role as a public father figure with his actual role as a father, how he was able to come to terms with his legacy and have some fun with it and why having a sense of humor helped his career,” Tooley added. tws

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March 13, 2013  

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