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RIVERTON:  Butch Cassidy, My Uncle: Book Signing

The Wind River Hotel and Casino invites you to a book signing and presentation by Bill Betenson, author of Butch Cassidy, My Uncle: A Family Portrait on August 29 at 4 p.m. in the hotel lobby.

Betenson will talk about the infamous Tipton Train Robbery that occurred on August 29, 1900 in Tipton, WY. This event is considered one of the great robberies that made Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch famous in the old west.

Betenson wrote a detailed account of the life and times of his great-uncle Robert Leroy Parker aka Butch Cassidy. Betenson became interested in the notorious train and bank robber after attending a private screening of the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. His great-grandmother Lula Betenson wrote Butch Cassidy, My Brother in 1976 and highlighted the controversy surrounding her brother’s death.

Growing up, hearing detailed stories about Butch Cassidy and his adventures, Betenson spent over two decades researching his famous great-uncle by accessing family documents, traveling to Argentina and conducting extensive interviews.

With a rich history in Wyoming, Butch Cassidy earned his famous nickname while visiting Rock Springs. Betenson will discuss these various connections to Wyoming and will be open for a Q&A. Books will be available for purchase in the hotel gift shop.

In the Northern Arapaho Experience Cultural Room, a meet and greet with Northern Arapaho Artist Eugene Ridgely  Jr., will also begin at 5 p.m. For the month of September, Ridgely’s art work will be on display in the cultural room. Ridgley has been an artist for over 30 years and calls his paintings and drawings Contemporary American Indian Art.

SHERIDAN:  Unbound at Sagebrush Community Art Center

All Booked Up and No Place to Go?

The end of summer may be a great time to curl up and relax with a good paperback novel or flip through and select one of the many EBooks on a Kindle.   Past resident artists from the Jentel Foundation are taking an entirely different look at the world of books in an exhibition at the Sagebrush Community Art Center August 27th-October 5th.  UNBOUND features over two dozen examples of creative approaches to exploring various aspects of handmade books from binding  to paper, content to format, printing to images and media to traditional styles, such as accordion pleated and scrolls.  The exhibition opens on Wednesday, August 28th 5:00-7:00pm.  Mary Jane Edwards, Executive Director of the Jentel Foundation and curator for the exhibition will make a few comments about the exhibition at the opening and will show the individual pages of Collapse of the Home: Tejas, an unusual book by Alice Leora Briggs in a collaboration organized by Railsmith, an informal group of artists who engineered and produced the hand-printed, lithographic, pop-up book in a limited-edition of thirteen.   Refreshments are provided and the public is invited to attend. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

CHEYENNE:  Cheyenne Botanical Gardens’ Mad hatter Mixer & Tea Party 

The Mad Hatter Mixer (evening garden party for adults September 6th) and the Mad Hatter Tea Party for Kids and adults (September 8th) are rapidly approaching. The Mixer committee is in need of plates. Please bring any orphaned/extra dessert, salad or luncheon plates that are dishwasher safe and that you are willing to donate to the Botanic Gardens.

HELP! We are also in need of volunteers for either the Mad Hatter Mixer on the day of Friday, Sept. 6th or the Mad Hatter Tea Party on Sunday, Sept. 8th.

For questions about donating plates or volunteering, contact Darcee Snider at or 307.637.6458. We appreciate your support! THANK YOU!

LARAMIE: UW Art Museum Presents “Chicanitas”

CODY:  Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale September 20 & 21

The 32nd Annual Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale is coming! Visit their website for details and a look at the amazing artists…

Symphonies Launch 2013-2014 Season

Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra first performance — September 28 — “Brilliant Beginnings”:  This concert features all overtures, including many audience favorites: from the Lone Ranger (William Tell Overture) to the Can-Can (Orpheus in the Underworld Overture), from Romeo and Juliet to the Fledermaus and Bernstein’s sparkling Candide Overture. The talented players of the CSO shine in this program as they demonstrate their virtuosity and versatility. Our guest artists on this program are a number of local High School orchestra students, sitting side-by-side with their CSO professional musician counterparts, joining the CSO for the Offenbach overture at the performance. Don’t miss it!

Wyoming Symphony Orchestra in Casper — first performance October 5 — “Rock On!”:  “The majesty of the full forces of the symphony orchestra will shine in the spectacular opening of our 64th concert season. We’ll begin with a bright and energetic kaleidoscope of orchestral sound in Thomas Svoboda’s Overture of the Season. Next, the greatest love theme ever written to the synopsis of the greatest love story ever told: Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. Finally we’ll feature the extraordinary virtuosity of Russian superstar Alexander Ghindin performing the granddaddy of all piano concertos, Rachmaninoff’s 3rd, better known as ‘Rach 3.'” — Wyoming Symphony Orchestra

Powder River Symphony Orchestra in Gillette — first performance October 27 — “Hello to Broadway”:  Live and be merry! Enjoy of timeless selections from some of the most celebrated Broadway Musicals. Brazilian Pianist Joao Paulo Casarotti joins the Powder River Symphony in the performance of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. 

University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra — first performance October 3 — Svoboda, Overture of the Season; Mozart, Sinfonia Concertante for 4 winds and orchestra, KV Anh I/9(297b); Brahms, Symphony No. 2. Nicole Riner, flute; Lindsey Bird Reynolds, oboe; Kaori Uno-Jack, bassoon; Jason Johnston, horn

Univ. of WY Flute Studio Third Annual WY Flute Day, September 21, Cody High School:  

Featuring Nicole Riner, Instructor of Flute, University of Wyoming • Dr. Linda Antas, flutist and Professor of Music Technology and Composition, Montana State University • Gioscia-Groothof Duo flute-guitar duo from Colorado Springs 

Activities Include:  Workshops in breathing and stretching, master class on All-State excerpts, guest performances from Dr. Linda Antas (flute + electronics) and Gioscia-Groothof Duo, recital of flutists from around Wyoming, mass flute choir concert

Wyoming Flute Day is generously sponsored by University of Wyoming, Hill Music, and King’s Inn Cody

Contact Dr. Nicole Riner to register:

The Hidden Wyoming Project Explores Wyoming Off the Beaten Track

Photographer Beau Johnston and his lovely wife are exploring our square state via The Hidden Wyoming Project – a look at the WY that few people stop to see. Check out the website & join their Flickr group to share your Hidden Wyoming!