Trey McIntyre Project’s Basque ballet receives a rave review from the New York Times

The Boise-based Trey McIntyre Project performed at Jacob’s Pillow, in Beckett, Mass., this week. The Pillow is one of the premier venues for contemporary dance in the country. The program was “Arrantza,” a new ballet inspired by Boise’s Basque community, “(serious),” a piece created in Boise, and “Wild Sweet Love." And the New York Times was there.

Dance reviewer Alastair Macaulay writes that McIntyre’s work speaks to a new vitality in American ballet and is filled with “fertility of invention and a modernity of spirit.”

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Chad Hoeppner lands role of The Actor in Idaho Shakespeare's "The Woman in Black."

Idaho Shakespeare Festival producing artistic director Charlie Fee and director Drew Barr have had a heck of a time casting the role of Actor in ISF's upcoming production of "The Woman in Black," which runs the month of September.

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This is the first time I can remember a role taking so long to cast. The two-character play is difficult to cast. It requires a high skill of technique, dialect and language, and a certain nimbleness of character on the part of both actors. Ironically, the Fee had someone in place for the older character, Kipps. It was the younger role that provided the challenge.

Dudley Swetland, who comes from the Cleveland side of the company for "The Comedy of Errors" in 2009, was an easy fit for Kipps, the old solicitor (that's British for lawyer) who retells his frightful experience as a young man at Eel Marsh House in Northern England. He engages a young actor to write and tell his story, more to unburden himself than anything.

The young actor then plays Kipps as a young man in the flashbacks that unfold the story.

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Fred Meyer Fund gives $100,000 to The Discovery Center of Idaho

The gift will fund free admission to the Center on Fridays, from Aug. 6 to Nov. 19, through a new program called "Freddy's Fridays." The Center also extended its Friday hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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The Fred Meyer Fund, which also gave $25,000 to the Boise Art Museum's Free School Tour Bus program on July 29, is the charitable branch of Fred Meyer Corporation. The funds come from the "Make Change Count" coin boxes at the store's check out registers at its 129 stores in the North and Inter-mountain West. Then employee committees decide where the funds go in each community.

Freddy’s Fridays kicks off during "Idaho Space Days", Aug. 2-7, a celebration of America's space program. For information: 343-9895.

Learn more about the Discovery Center's programs and Idaho Space Days schedule HERE

Donnie Mac's Got Talent summer competition wraps up; Travis McDaniel is the winner

The search for talent never ends. What makes it so fascinating is that there is no end to the talent you can find. That's why this talent competition is so fun. It blends audience input with the judges pick.

Jazz influenced singer / songwriter Travis McDaniel, 18, won the second summer edition of Donnie Mac's Got Talent at Boise's Trailer Park Cuisine capital in Boise's Linen District. Travis competed for several weeks against some great musicians, magicians and kid comedians to walk away with a $500 prize and a featured spot in a marketing campaign for Lithia Ford, which sponsored the competition.

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Boise Art Museum's Free School Bus Tour reveives $25,000 grant

The Fred Meyer Fund gave The Boise Art Museum $25,000 Thursday for its Free School Tour Program.

The bus serves more than 10,000 Idaho students with museum tours and hands-on art experiences each school year and helps teachers integrate art into their curricula.

The grant came from the Fund’s community grant program, which is decided by a committee of local Fred Meyer associates. It is funded by donations from Fred Meyer employees and customers through the Make Change Count coin boxes at all check stands.

Boise Contemporary Theater's next season includes two original plays

There's a lot going on down at Boise Contemporary Theater. They're preparing for a season that includes two original plays by Idaho playwrights. That's a first for this theater, and possibly for any theater in Boise, at least in my 15 plus years here. It's pretty remarkable, actually. Producing a new play is more expensive than producing an existing play — even if you don't have to pay for the rights.

Boise Art Museum names one of its galleries for John Takehara

John Takehara working in his studio at Boise State University

The ceramicist and Boise State University professor's legacy continues as the Boise Art Museum, and Skip and Esther Oppenheimer, long-time supporters of the museum, named the gallery that displays his collection in Takehara's memory.

For many years the gallery was called the John Takehara room, but it now is official.

Meridian filmmaker makes a debut at the New York Independent Film Festival.

Animation filmmaker Phillip Stucker, 19, is in New York City this week for the New York Independent Film Festival where his latest effort, an animated music video for singer and songwriter Scott West's song "Keep It Clean" will screen at 10 p.m. Eastern time, July 23.

Phillip is a graduate of Meridian High School and now is a film major at the University of Montana, Bozeman. He drove off for NYC a few days ago with a VIP all-access pass in his hand.

Check out Boise's Drew Jacoby's review in the New York Times.

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Drew grew up in Boise, danced in the Ballet Idaho corps when she was 12, and left at 14 to train with San Francisco and Pacific Northwest ballets, on her way to becoming Dance magazines "It Girl," and one of contemporary dance's stars.

She performed with her dance partner Rubinald Pronk performed with their Jacoby & Pronk project at the Doris Duke Theatre at Jacob's Pillow July 21-25.

Here are the artists for the 2010 Idaho Triennial

The Boise Art Museum announced the artists for this round of the Idaho Triennial, an art show that offers a snapshot of contemporary art across the state.

Seattle curator Beth Sellars chose 60 works by 46 artists in a variety of media, inspired by her theme for the show “sustain + expand.” The museum has been producing this kind of show for 75 years, as both a biennial and triennial.

Here's a list of the artists and medium by city. Some of them have links to their websites. If you're an artist and I missed your link, please e-mail it to me at doland@idahostatesman.com.

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