What’s happening the week of Feb. 16-22
By BRIAN BEESLEY
Congratulations to the lovey-dovey and the lovelorn alike: We all survived yet another manufactured holiday.
Next up: Presidents Day. All uneaten candy and unwilted flowers can be used as peace offerings for those polarized relationships not yet mended from our wacky 2016 election.
Here’s hoping societal order is fully restored by no later than Memorial Day.
In the meantime, this is some of what’s happening in our fair region over the next seven cycles.
Thursday, Feb. 22
MOSCOW — A prominent media critic, author, blogger and journalism professor will discuss how best to cover the Trump administration during a talk tonightat the University of Idaho.
Jay Rosen is calling for news organizations to stop sending top reporters to staged White House briefings where news takes a back seat to attacks on the media. He’ll discuss this further at 7 p.m. in the courtroom of the UI College of Law, 711 Rayburn St. Admission is free.
A member of New York University’s journalism faculty since 1986, Rosen is the author of “ PressThink,” a blog about journalism, which he introduced inSeptember 2003. In a recent post, Rosen wrote:
“ ‘Send the interns’ means our major news organizations don’t have to cooperate with (the Trump administration’s assault on the press). They don’t have to lend talent or prestige to it. They don’t have to be props. They need not televise the spectacle live.”
Instead, Rosen suggests, news outlets should rethink coverage “from inside-out, where access to the White House starts the story engines, to outside-in, where the action begins on the rim, in the agencies, around the committees, with the people who are supposed to obey Trump but have doubts.” His provocative proposal sparked difficult conversations in journalism circles around the country.
Rosen’s appearance is sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Media and the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.
MOSCOW — Third Street Gallery’s newest exhibit, “Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Posters,” continues this week at the 206 E. Third St. downtown venue.
The exhibit features a collection of limited edition posters from the festival, pieces from the Leila Old Historic Costume Collection and pieces from the UI Library’s International Jazz Collections. A reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday and will feature the unveiling of the 2017 Jazz Fest Poster by Ward Hooper. A dress once worn by Ella Fitzgerald will be on display, along with light snacks and a no-host bar by the Moscow Ale House. Music will be provided by the Navin Chettri Trio.
Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will be closed Monday for Presidents Day.
PULLMAN— “That’s So Gay!” a one-person play about the personal and public struggles of coming to terms with sexuality and navigating empathy, love and family, will be performed free at 6 p.m. Friday in Smith Center for Undergraduate Research 203 at Washington State University here.
The play is “a comedic look at how coming from a Catholic Croatian immigrant family played a role in my queer identity development — and what happened when I went back to Croatia,” playwright Kristo Gobin said.
A free workshop by Gobin will be at 2 p.m. today in the Compton Union Building Butch’s Den. It will include assessing campus issues, strategizing coalition-building and working toward inclusion and social justice, he said. Participants will examine theory and discuss scenarios to prevent fragmentation of the LGBTQ community.
The workshop and play are sponsored by WSU’s Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center.
MOSCOW — The University of Idaho Theatre Arts Department presents a free, one-night-only remount performance of “Medea: Her Story” at 7:30 Friday night at the Hartung Theater, 625 Stadium Drive.
Tickets are free and available at BookPeople of Moscow, at the door an hour before curtain, or by calling the UI Theatre Arts office at (208) 885-6465.
“Medea” is one of three productions invited to represent KCACTF Region VII colleges and universities from Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Northern California and Nevada. The show is slated to perform on Feb. 21 at the Curious Theatre in Denver and will be eligible for national awards from the Kennedy Center.
Kelly Quinnett, head of performance at UI Theatre Arts, plays Medae, and said performing at the festival is an honor. “To be able to share this UI Theatre-ensemble created story and production is so timely and so necessary, I couldn’t be prouder to be an artist and a Vandal,” she said.
Thursday and Wednesday
LEWISTON — The first of two talks on climate change this semester will be held at Lewis-Clark State College Wednesday.
“The Changing Climate, Snow, and Flow in Idaho” will be presented at noon in Room 100 of Meriwether Lewis Hall on the Lewiston campus.
The speakers are University of Idaho professors John Abatzoglou and Tim Link. Abatzoglou is an associate professor in the UI Department of Geology and has a doctorate in earth system science. He has been studying the climate in the region since 2009 when he joined UI. He is working on a five-year, $15 million National Science Foundation project that applies climate science to better understand water resources and climate change. Link is professor of hydrology in the UI Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences. He has taught at UI since 2001 and has taken part in numerous projects and studies on watershed science.
Question-and-answer sessions will follow.
The second talk, “Climate Odyssey: Communicating Coastal Change through Art, Science, and Sail,” is scheduled for noon March 9 in Room 115 of Sacajawea Hall at LCSC.
Beesley is a production editor for 360. He can reached at email@example.com.