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'Monday Mozart' changes venue

The classical jam set for Salt Tears Coffeehouse and Noshery for Jan. 28 is moving to The Buzz, 2999 N. Lakeharbor Lane, Boise. You'll find classical players from across the city playing chamber compositions by Mozart, Schubert and others from 5-8:30 p.m.


Check out Boise choreographer Lauen Edson's reel

Since leaving the ranks of the Trey McIntyre Project in 2012, Lauren Edson's freelance choreography career has taken off, winning choreography competitions and receiving more and more commissions for work.

You can check out her choreographer's reel here:

Win tickets to Curtis Stiger's Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza!

Tickets are almost gone for this year’s two-night stand of the Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza, but never fear. Producer and performer Curtis Stigers has added a third night on Dec. 18 and you can win reserved seat tickets for that performance.

We are giving away four pairs of tickets (eight in all) for the Dec. 18 performance of the Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza.

TO ENTER all you have to do is answer this Curtis Stigers trivia question:

What is the title of Curtis Stigers 1991 Top 10 hit?

To enter, send an email to with the correct answer, your name and phone number. Subject of the email must be "Xtravaganza Contest"

Winners will be randomly selected from emails with correct answers at 5 p.m. Dec. 14.

The first two nights will benefit the Interfaith Sanctuary homeless shelter. The third night will benefit Usful Glassworks (pronounced “useful”), formerly Sustainable Futures, a nonprofit that now works with Interfaith to train its residents with the skills they need to find a job.

The shows are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16-18, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. Doors at 6:30 p.m. (Dec. 16 is sold out and there are fewer than 60 left for Dec. 17). Tickets are $30 at 387-1273, and

* Statesman employees and their families are not eligible to enter.

TMP and U of I receive Art Works Fellowships through National Endowment for the Arts

Trey McIntyre Project and the University of Idaho won the Fellowships as part of the Art Works 1 grant program for 2013.

Boise-based contemporary ballet company the Trey McIntyre Project received $15,000 to create and produce a new work by Trey McIntyre, scheduled to premiere in early 2013.

The University of Idaho received two fellowships for $10,000 each, one to support a residency and performances by the Ying Quartet, the other on behalf of Prichard Art Gallery to present "Uncommon River" an exhibit featuring the work of artists such as Christo, Philip Govedare, and Jen Torres. Painter and printmaker Christine Destrempes will work with the community to create a large-scale installation exploring the shrinking availability of clean water. Both grants will provide for outreach programs.

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Boise's Lauren Edson wins national choreography compeitition.

Dancer and choreographer Lauren Edson brought home the $5,000 grand prize from the "Dance Under the Stars" choreography festival in Palm Desert, Calif. Nov. 10.

Edson's piece was one of 10 chosen from a field of 100 choreographers who submitted work. She took an eclectic group of dancers with her from Ballet Idaho, Idaho Dance Theater and the Boise Dance Cooperative.

"It's pretty amazing how many important people were there for making connections," Edson says. "There was some good competition, too, so we felt pretty good about it all."

Stunning ‘Serenade’ opens Ballet Idaho’s season

George Balanchine's "Serenade" received a warm Idaho welcome Friday night with cheers, applause and a long, standing ovation for Ballet Idaho’s sublime performance of his masterwork at the Morrison Center. The piece opened the company’s fifth season with a look to the company’s future.

The performance — which will repeat today at 2 p.m. — is noteworthy for several reasons, not the least of which is its high quality.

Two Idaho writers receive Whiting Foundation awards

The Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation named the 10 recipients of the 2012 Whiting Writers’ Awards Tuesday, and for the second consecutive year, the list includes two Idahoans — award winning short story writer Alan Heathcock, who lives in Boise, and Obie Award-winning playwright Sam Hunter, who grew up in Moscow and now lives in New York.

Heathcock grew up on the Chicago area and moved to Idaho 10 years ago at the suggestion of his friend, writer Tony Doerr. He started working on his collection of stories that would become “Volt: Stories” (Graywolf Press, $15) as he earned a second degree in writing at Boise State and then taught creative writing there.
Since the book came out in 2011, Heathcock has been gaining national attention and awards.

In 2011, Hunter won his Obie, an award for Off-Broadway theater given by the Village Voice that is the equivalent of Broadway’s Tony, for his play “A Bright New Boise,” which takes place between a father and son in a Boise Hobby Lobby break room.


In 2011, University of Idaho professor Daniel Orsoco won a Whiting for his story collection “Orientation and Other Stories” (Faber & Faber, $23), and Boise poet Kerri Webster won for her collection “We Do Not Eat Our Hearts Alone,” (University of Georgia Press, $16,95).

The Cabin will seek a new executive director; Dede Ryan moves on

The Cabin executive director Dede Ryan resigned after three years and will work in sales for Sysco Foods.

Ryan took the position in 2010 with the plan that she would spend three years in the position and eventually return to the public sector. Now she is ready to move on, she says.

“I had a terrific three years at The Cabin and feel great about where the organization is now finally on a solid financial foundation and all three core programs are growing — in fact, Readings & Conversations and Idaho Writing Camps both hit records this year.”
Larry Tierney will head the organization as an interim managing director during the Cabin’s national job search for a replacement, although the exact nature of the position has not been determined.

The Cabin’s board recently put together a community advisory board and has been engaged in extensive strategic planning, so it’s not yet clear how best to fill the position, Tierney says.

A past BCT premiere will be produced on Broadway in the spring 2013

Boise Contemporary Theater artistic director Matthew Cameron Clark set his sights on producing world premieres and developing new plays a few years ago.

Here’s the first big payoff.

Eric Coble’s “The Velocity of Autumn,” which made its world premiere at BCT in April 2011, will be produced on Broadway this spring. The production will be directed by Arena Stage’s Molly Smith and star Oscar winner Estelle Parsons and Tony winner Stephen Spinella.

Coble met Clark in the summer of 2010 at the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference in McCall, where he was working on “Velocity,” Clark wanted to produce it the following season at BCT. Coble spent three weeks in Boise honing the piece with the cast that included Clark.

The dark family comedy explores the world of a successful artist now in her 80s, who stubbornly refuses to leave her Brooklyn brownstone even though two of her children are pressuring her to move. Now she's hold up in her home with homemade explosives and at a standoff. She wants to die on her own terms, whatever the cost.

Things heat up when her third son — a drifter who has been disconnected from the family — comes home to reconnect with his mom.

“The Velocity of Autumn” is scheduled to open in Spring 2013, about the same time that Coble’s “Graphic Depictions” will open at BCT.

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