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Musical and Literary Performance at CCC This Thursday

While Zion’s winter months offer plenty of splendid outdoor opportunities, the longer, colder nights encourage us to find warm and exciting indoor engagements at day’s end. If you are in Springdale this week, consider attending this event at the Canyon Community Center… it promises to be a good one. November 10, 2011, Thursday Z-Arts! Literary Event 7:00pm – Canyon Community Center Free “Death and the Maiden” by Musician and Author Gerald Elias Violinist, Conductor, Composer Z-Arts! is excited to present musician, and author, Gerald Elias, for a special evening of mystery and music. Mr. Elias will share excerpts from his latest book, Death and the Maiden and will serenade us with his music. Death and the Maiden is the third title in his mystery series set in the classical music world. Mr. Elias’ first novel, Devil’s Trill was selected for the Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” 2009 catalog and Danse Macabre was named one of the top five mysteries of 2010 in the Library Journal. A book signing will follow the presentation and 20% of the proceeds from the book sales will be donated to Z-Arts! Gerald Elias has been Associate Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony since 1988, after thirteen … Continue reading

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Violinist Gabriel Bolkosky Plays Tonight in Springdale

Gabriel Bolkosky, Violinist With Michelle Cooker, Accompanist Thursday, November 3, 2011 Performing Arts Concert 7:30 p.m. @ Canyon Community Center, Springdale $10.00 for Z-Arts! Members / $15.00 for non-members Gabriel Bolkosky, a native of Detroit, Michigan, began his violin studies at age three. His primary mentors were Michael Avsharian of Ann Arbor, Paul Kantor at University of Michigan, and Donald Weilerstein at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Gabe earned a Bachelors of Music, a Masters in Jazz Improvisation, and a Masters in Chamber Music from U of M. At the Cleveland Institute he earned a Professional Studies degree, served a year as Wellerstein’s teaching assistant and won the Darius Milhaud prize. He attended the Aspen Music Festival/Institute from 1991–98 on fellowship, first playing with the Aspen Chamber Symphony and then the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble for four years. During those four years he premiered hundreds of new works, and with his group, Non Sequitur, conducted workshops and concerts for thousands of students in the Aspen valley. As a recitalist, Gabe has appeared across the United States and abroad. He performs a diverse repertoire of classical and contemporary works with different collaborative artists from many genres of music making. Recently he performed … Continue reading

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Toronto Poet Adam Sol Visits Springdale Next Week

Autumn always kicks off a wonderful local arts calendar in Springdale, and I have been slow to blow the trumpet this year. But no more! Next Tuesday, come hear Toronto poet, Adam Sol, read verse to stir your soul and rouse your thoughts from the day-to-day. He’ll be reading at Therese Feinauer’s Sundancer Books in Springdale, just across from the Shell station downtown. If you like to preview your poets (I do), here’s an interview and a poem to give you a taste of Mr. Sol. Hey, “Mr. Sol” is a pretty sweet name, isn’t it? He’ll be right at home at Sol Foods. Harharhar… Anyway, bring a friend or two along, and it’s always a good idea to bring the wallet too for whatever you might find in our fabulous local bookstore. See you there!

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Radical Reels Adventure Films In Springdale Monday!

Banff Mountain Film Festival’s “Radical Reels” Adventure Film Tour 8 PM, Monday, October 3rd Tanner Amphitheater, 36 Lion Blvd. Springdale, Utah  For the SECOND year in a row, Zion Adventure Company hosts the Radical Reels adventure film tour, a two-hour collection of the very best short adventure films from 2010. Radical Reels is an outreach of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, the preeminent film festival for adventure-goers and outdoor-lovers, held annually in Banff, British Columbia. Just think about how expensive it would be to go to Banff… and then think about how easy and inexpensive it is to come to Springdale. The choice is obvious! Because we are tiny little Springdale, we don’t get a prime-time weekend position for the festival… but that doesn’t mean Zion isn’t the BEST place to kick back and enjoy first-class, adrenaline pumping, incredibly inspiring films. Join us this Monday evening (October 3rd) at 8 PM for two hours of biking, riding, skiing, climbing, skateboarding, and paddling with some of the most aggressive and creative minds in the outdoor world. Curious about the specific films that we’ll be seeing? Look here! Bring a sleeping bag! Bring a friend! Bring an enemy! I’m not sure if … Continue reading

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ZAC Hosts Annual Climbing Guides Meeting in November

On Saturday, November 5th, the Professional Climbing Guides Institute will hold their annual BBQ here in Springdale. There will be food, clinics, prizes, and a much anticipated “Unimog vs. Dynometer” challenge. We also expect to have a bunch of guides and climber-types sitting around sharing stories, debating the finer points of anchoring, rigging, teaching, and climbing, and generally dorking out in the climbing realm. We’re planning on having a lot of fun, and everyone is welcome to stop in for part or all of the festivities. The Essentials When: Saturday, November 5th, 1:00 PM Where: Springdale Town Park (next to the Springdale Community Center, 126 Lion Blvd, Springdale, UT) Schedule: 1:00 PM – Alternative anchoring & equalizing clinic with PCGI Mentor, Seth Zaharias 3:30 PM – “Where Climbers Loose Speed” clinic with PCGI Mentor, Alan Jolley 5:30 PM – Dynometer meets Unimog for a fun load testing & breaking climbing gear experience, PRIZES & BBQ!

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David West Holding Gallery Party to Unveil New Prints

Our friend David West has been busy photographing this summer, and he’s throwing a gallery party in a few weeks to release his first few prints from the summer’s toil. If you’re in Springdale, join David and his family at the David West Gallery downtown, from 6 – 9 PM on Friday, October 21st for hors d’ouevres, live music, and lots of fantastic landscape imagery. David’s also doing a Facebook/raffle/giveaway thing… check his website for details on how to win a 30″ print of the above image.

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Zion Canyon Music Festival This Weekend – Free!

Event Essentials Friday and Saturday, September 23 –24, 2011 Zion Canyon Music Festival Springdale Town Park – 126 Lion Boulevard, Springdale Plan to be here this weekend when the Zion Canyon Music Festival will again fill Springdale with phenomenal music. Be sure to attend both days which will be full of music, food, arts and crafts, and of course great autumn weather! Best of all, this year’s festival will be FREE to ATTEND! Held on ballfield in the Springdale Town Park, those who attend the event may easily browse through a variety of original art, handmade musical instruments and fine craft vendors as well as several local restaurant booths. The event will also include locally produced beer provided by the Zion Canyon Brewing Company, the Festival’s lead sponsor for 2011. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs for your comfort during the performances. Plan to enjoy the entire day. No coolers, outside food or outside alcohol may be brought into the Festival. Backpacks will be inspected at the information tent. Please bring a reusable water bottle. Water stations will be available throughout the day.

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Radical Reels Film Fest Coming to Springdale In Two Weeks!

Banff Mountain Film Festival’s “Radical Reels” Tour 8 PM, Monday, October 3rd Tanner Amphitheater, Springdale, Utah  In just two weeks, Zion Adventure Company hosts the Banff Mountain Film Festival’s “Radical Reels” program here in Springdale. Radical Reels is the compact version of the larger BMFF World Tour, the outdoor documentary film series which has garnered wide acclaim around the world. Here’s how the Banff Centre describes this awesome, action-packed film series: The Radical Reels program is made up of short, action-packed climbing, paddling, mountain biking, BASE jumping, skiing, snowboarding, and other adrenaline sport films. We always keep an eye out for films that feature a fresh approach, a new sport, and a radically independent spirit.  This year’s films include paddling, skateboarding, skiing, climbing, and snowboarding – downhill AND cross-country! For a more specific idea of the fantastic adventure films on this year’s program, check out the film schedule on the Radical Reels website. Radical Reels admission is $5, in advance or at the door. Advance ticket purchasers get 20% off dinner at Whiptail Grill OR The Flying Monkey before the show, so make sure to arrive in Springdale early to take advantage of a great night out. If you’ve never been to … Continue reading

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CCC Now Showing Valerie Orlemann Paintings of Desert & Water

The Canyon Community Center (CCC), just up the street from us on Lion Boulevard in Springdale, has a fantastic rotating gallery space that is always worth a visit when you’re in town. The Art Committee at the CCC works hard to fill the space with not only beautiful work, but work that helps us connect to our local landscapes, history, and communities. Now through the end of August, the CCC features desert landscape paintings from Valerie Orlemann, a painter from Parowan, just north of Cedar City. Orlemann’s show focuses on the age-old archetype of “water in the desert,” an endless metaphor reflecting our need for, desire of, and occassional obsession with the rare and precious. Here is news release (copied from our Zion arts newsletter): A Water-Haunted Landscape… Featuring Artist Valerie Orlemann It’s ironic that the dry landscape of the desert southwest is all about water. Canyons form where water cuts them.  Dry washes preserve the ripples of long ago runoff in sand and in stone.  Arid slopes turn up sea shells.  Hikers must carry drinking water, but must also be wary of flash floods.  Much of Valerie’s work depicts the course of water through the desert.  In a dry and thirsty land … Continue reading

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Charlotte Vaillancourt Shares Georgian Stories This Wednesday

This Wednesday, August 10, former ZAC outfitter, Charlotte Vaillancourt, will share stories of her Georgian adventures over the last year. Entitled, “No, Not That Georgia!”, Charlotte will discuss her experiences teaching English in the former Soviet Republic, where she worked at both a village’s public school and a regional university in Batumi. After initially having a tough time adjusting to Georgian culture, Charlotte has come to embrace Georgia and is returning for a second year there in just a few weeks. Catch her at the Canyon Community Center on Wednesday (7 PM) before she takes off! For a preview of Charlotte’s insights and commentary on Georgian culture, check out her blog.

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