Arts & music briefly

New Country Courtesy of ARTI

Noteworthy Courtesy BYU

Jon McLaughlin Courtesy Idaho Falls Arts Council

ARTI to perform ‘New Country’ through Oct. 28

The Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Idaho is performing “New Country” by Mark Roberts through Oct. 28.

The shows, designed for mature audiences, are held at the Phoenix Theatre, 257 W. Broadway. Remaining shows are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 26-28.

An ARTI news release described the show this way:

“Country music star Justin Spears is young, handsome, hugely famous, hugely wealthy, and has an ego at the top of the charts. On the eve of Justin’s wedding day, his ruthless managers, Paul and Chuck, try in vain to keep an unruly entourage under control. Enter Ollie, the star-struck hotel bellboy with a cockeyed view of fame; Sharon, Justin’s vigilante, scorned ex-girlfriend; and dirty old pig-farming Uncle Jim who arrives with inflatable lady, Wanda June Whitmore. So how does this raucous rodeo go so wrong … so fast?”

Tickets are $35, and include dinner provided by City Bagels & Bakery. Tickets are available at Doors open at 6:15 p.m., dinner begins at 6:30 and the show starts at 7:30.

Noteworthy headed to BYU-Idaho on Oct. 21

Noteworthy, a women’s a cappella group from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Kirkham Auditorium at BYU-Idaho.

Noteworthy has appeared on NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” and was crowned International Championship of Collegiate A Capella champion in 2007.

According to a BYU-Idaho release, Noteworthy’s repertoire includes rock, pop, country, jazz, R&B, spiritual and other musical styles. The nine members are selected through competitive auditions and they are experts at displaying musical ability, creativity and stage experience — resulting in original, skillful, and spirited performances.

Tickets are $12 for the general public ($6 for BYU-Idaho students), and are available at the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office, by calling 208-496-3170 or online at

Colonial features pianist, singer/songwriter on Nov. 2

Pianist and singer/songwriter Jon McLaughlin will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Colonial Theater.

McLaughlin’s songs “Beautiful Disaster” and “Beating My Heart” performed well on the charts and his music has been featured in films and on TV. McLaughlin performed the Oscar nominated song “So Close” from Disney’s Enchanted in the film, on the soundtrack, and during the 80th Academy Awards.

“I had the opportunity to see Jon McLaughlin perform at BB King’s Blues Club in New York. It was became clear pretty quickly that he was a performer I wanted to share with Idaho Falls, and not just because I knew his name,” Brandi Newton, Executive Director of the Idaho Falls Arts Council, said in a news release. “He’s an incredibly talented musician and songwriter, but he’s also charming and pretty easy on the eyes.”

Tickets start at $20 and are available by calling 208-522-0471 or at