The Boise Philharmonic looks to fill executive director’s spot

The Boise Philharmonic will launch a national search for a new executive director this fall after Tom Bennett’s resignation last week.

In the interim, past board president John Steadman will step into the position until after the orchestra’s current “Picnic at the Pops” series. Tony Boatman will take over on Sept. 4 during the search. Steadman will assist on the fundraising side. Boatman, who hired music director Robert Franz, ran the philharmonic from 2000 until he retired in 2010.

More details will be available as the search process moves forward.

Norah Jones crooned and rocked in her Idaho debut

Ah, that voice! Sweet, sultry, alluring — with a range that goes from honeyed amber to soaring gold — it is inescapably Norah Jones. Hers is a voice you can curl up with for a night. That’s just what nearly 4,000 people did at the Idaho Botanical Garden’s Outlaw Field, where Jones played Sunday night.
The audience cheered the moment she came over the sound system with “What am I to You?” Then they were rapt.

The Cabin announces 2012-13 artistic advisors

The Cabin, Boise’s literary center, is looking for new ways to grow, expand its reach and programming and better meet the needs of Boise’s reading and writing community.

To that end executive director Dede Ryan and the board have tapped into some of the city’s creative community to form a board of artistic advisors.

The Cabin's Artistic Advisors 2012-13

Debbi Burton, library assistant, Borah High School.

Cort Conley, director of literary services, Idaho Commission on the Arts

Anthony Doerr, Author of “The Shell Collector,” “Four Seasons in Rome: A Memoir” and “The Memory Wall: Stories.”

Sue Reuling Furness, registered poetry therapist

Vicki Gowler, editor and vice president, Idaho Statesman

Alan Heathcock, Author of “Volt,” Idaho Literature Fellow, Instructor at Boise State University.

John Michael Schert, executive director, Trey McIntyre Project

Anna Ura, artist

Megan Williams, poet, curator of Ghosts & Projectors Poetry Reading Series

Learn more about The Cabin here.

Call to artists: La Cantina Sociale Italian Market

La Cantina Sociale Italian Market owner Giuseppe Veneziano is looking for artists, crafters and food purveyors and musicians for his “Hot Sicilian Nights,” a celebration of Sicilian food and wine on Aug. 25 and 26.

The art and food can be Italian themed but that’s not a necessity. Anyone interested should contact him at 377-0224 or 888-2988.

“Hot Sicilian Nights” will feature spicy Italian food and wine tasting inside the restaurant.

Ira Flatow brings "Science Friday" to BSU.

What will you be doing on Sept. 28? If you’re inclined head down to Boise States and sit in on a live broadcast of “Talk of the Nation: Science Friday” with host Ira Flatow.
Flatow anchors the show on Fridays with interviews and reports on science, technology, health, space and the environment. It’s not just for geeks. Flatow makes science interesting and engaging for non-scientists, without dumbing it down.

It’s from noon to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Simplot Ballroom on the Boise State University campus. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. $20 in advance only. Tickets will not be available at the door.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Aaron Paul's next gig is on the big screen

Aaron Paul’s next role after his Jesse Pinkman “Breaking Bad” will be along side Pierce Brosnan, Imogen Poost and Toni Collette in “A Long Way Down,” a new dark comedy based on Nick Hornby’s book of the same title.
Paul replaces Emile Hirsch in the role, who moves on to star with Eric Bana and Mark Wahlberg in “Lone Survivor.”

Hornby will write the screenplay, as he did for his “High Fidelity” and “About a Boy.” Pascal Chaumeil will direct.

It’s a dark comedy about four strangers — Martin (Brosnan), Maureen (Collette), Jess (Poots) and JJ (Paul) — who meet on the roof of a high building in London on New Year's Eve, each with the intent of committing suicide.

Their plans for death in solitude are ruined when they meet. The story recounts their misadventures as they decide to come down from the roof alive.

Paul will head to London next month for the shoot, according to industry sources.

You can read more about the film here.

Where is Boise's Aaron Paul?

It’s tough keeping track of where Aaron Paul is winding up these days. The actor grew up in the Treasure Valley and graduated form Centennial High School and is fast becoming a super star.

Paul received his second Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Dramatic Series for his riveting portrayal of meth cooker turned drug kingpin Jesse Pinkman in "Breaking Bad." He won the category in 2010. The show will wind up its fifth and final season next year.

This month Paul is featured on the cover of two major magazines.

Paul and his “Breaking Bad” co-star Bryan Cranston are featured on the cover of August’s Rolling Stone. The story delves into the behind-the-scenes world of the show, which winds up its fifth and final season.
He’s also on the cover of August’s Esquire magazine — one of three covers this month featuring the next generation of great American actors. Paul shares his cover with Garrett Hedlund.

Watch the Emmys 7 p.m. Sept. 23 on ABC.

2012 Governor's Awards in the Arts announced

Governor Butch Otter announced the recipients of the 2012 Governor’s Awards in the Arts on Aug. 6.

Here is this year’s winners who will be honored at a ceremony and receive a silver medallion designed by artist Elizabeth Wolf on Sept. 27 in Twin Falls.

Ballet Idaho artistic director Peter Anastos, Boise

Award winning writer Anthony Doerr, Boise

American Impressionist painter Robert Moore, Declo
Click below to find out who else won.

Call to artists: Visual artists and performers needed for "Carnevale" at the Idaho Botanical Garden

Visual artists and performers can apply to be in the second annual “Carnevale,” an event at the Idaho Botanical Garden that celebrates artistic creativity in the Treasure Valley.
This juried event is co-produced with J. Amber Conger’s Refinerii Industrial Design. About 600 people showed up to last year’s event to see fire dancers and an eclectic mix of art and artisan crafts.

This year’s “Carnevale” will be Sept. 14. Deadline to apply is Aug. 10. If you’re selected for the show the placement fee is $75.

Click HERE to download an application. You will need to provide photos of your work.

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Boise's Aaron Paul revisits his pre-stardom stint on "The Price is Right"

A few days ago, Boise raised Emmy winning actor Aaron Paul (Sturtevant) was on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." The "Breaking Bad" star was treated to a walk down memory lane when Leno pulled out footage from Paul's appearance on "The Price is Right."

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