'Boise’s Got Talent' at Jerry’s State Court Café wraps up.

The six weeks of preliminaries and semi finals for Boise’s Got Talent saw a bevy of very talented — and some not so talented — performers on stage at Jerry’s State Court Café, 6767 W. Fairview Ave.,

The finals on July 17 drew several hundred people to the café’s parking lot for the al fresco performance. The audience voted on their favorites and the judges — myself, Mona Morrison of Dunkley’s Music and Amy Atkins of Trey McIntyre Project and former arts writer and editor of the Boise Weekly — determined the final order. This was the fifth Boise's Got Talent, that formerly happened at Donnie Mac's Trailer Park Cuisine in the Linen District.

Here are the winners:

First place, winner of $500 donated by Key Bank of Idaho and a River Session broadcast on the River 94.9 FM: Andrew Coba and the Lost Boys, a newly formed band of students from ArtsWest’s jazz program wowed the crowd and the judges with their highly finessed, layered reinventions of peppy ’80s pop tunes such as Psychedelic Furs “Ghost in You” and Blondie’s “Heart of Glass.”

Second place and winner of $50 gift certificate at Dunkley’s Music:
Sarah Mae Hart, a 17-year-old Centennial High School student with a crystal clear voice, sweet delivery and deep well of beautiful original songs.

Third place and winner of a $25 certificate at Dunkley’s:
Singer and songwriter Joanna Richards moved to Boise a few years ago and has been steadily making her mark on the areas music scene. Her sweet demeanor, lovely presence and flexible voice delighted the audience as she performed her original tunes.

The other finalists were Hollywood Hotel a rocking youth band from Boise Rock School; Amog and Nick from School of Rock in Eagle;
Levi Maliwauki — who channels Billy Joel and Michael Buble, guitarist and singer Musa and young singer Xondra.

Check out Coba and the Lost Boys performance of "Heart of Glass":

Driggs receives a $50,000 grant from the NEA for downtown renewal

The City of Driggs will get closer to creating its new City Center Plaza thanks to a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town program. The granting initiate supports cities and towns that use the arts to shape their physical and social characters.

The city worked with the Driggs Urban Renewal Agency, Teton Arts Council and Downtown Driggs Community Association to conceive the project.

The Driggs City Center Plaza will be located in the city’s historic downtown. Design and construction will happen over the next two years.

This grant will help fund site design, public engagement, and procurement of public art that reflects a sense of place of the Teton Valley. The 17,000-square-foot plaza will serve as an outdoor arts center and central gathering place along the Teton Scenic Byway and a home for events such as the Great Snow Fest snow sculpture competition, Driggs Plein Air Art Festival and Shakespeare in the Park.

Yes, the new ‘Bourne’ film will screen in Boise

Producer Frank Marshall will bring his latest film “The Bourne Legacy,” the fourth in the popular action/spy/thriller series to Boise for an advance screening on Aug. 1 at the Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St, Boise.

Marshall has brought the first three Bourne films — and twice with its star Matt Damon — and a few other of his films such as “Seabiscuit” and “The Last Airbender” for screenings to benefit Boise Contemporary Theater.

This time, Marshall’s event will benefit the Treasure Valley YMCA’s camp programs.

“Legacy” stars Jeremy Renner, pictured below, as Aaron Cross, CIA operative being manipulated by the black-ops organization Treadstone.

Photo provided by Universal Studios
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Tickets are $35 general, $100 VIP that includes the official after party at the Grove Hotel with a Q & A with the film’s executive producer Frank Marshall.

Click HERE to purchase tickets.

‘Dralion’ will be the lastest Cirque du Soleil extravaganza to come to Boise

Cirque du Soleil’s Chinese and Southeast Asian infused extravaganza "Dralion" will play for seven shows in Boise, Oct. 11-14 at the Taco Bell Area. Tickets officially go on sale July 13, but if you want to get a jump on it, you can join the Cirque Club and get advance, discounted tickets from now until July 12.

Click here to learn more about Cirque Club.

Boise’s Eric McCree returns home to start a theatrical company

Since graduating from Timberline High School, Eric McCree has been working towards a career in theater. After graduating from the The Art Institute of Seattle, he now works from Feld Entertainment, a company that produces live shows for Disney.

McCree recently took a break from his touring schedule with Disney Live and Disney on Ice in Asia to stop in Boise and lay the groundwork for his new company, Titus Theatricals, which he plans to base in Boise.
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The company would develop new theater pieces with the intent that they would go on to New York City and on the global stage.

His first project is an interesting hybrid of theater, musical theater and American jazz dance — “The Bench,” a show conceived, directed and choreographed by Kiesha Lalama.

It’s about a couple in love who trace their relationship through highs and lows, successes and challenges on a park bench.

It’s a unique approach to storytelling that uses dance as its main medium, supported by narrative, improvisational jazz and projected imagery. McCree discovered the show at the Theater League Conference in 2006. Now, Lalama, McCree along with lyricist Joel Mason, jazz composer David Lalama — Kiesha’s uncle — are working to develop the piece for an international tour.

McCree plans to do that in Boise starting in the summer of 2013.

In June, McCree spent a few days in Boise meeting with dancers, musicians and theater professionals to create partnerships that will help him realize his goal.

So, stay tuned for what’s to come. McCree plans a full reading/performance — sort of the equivalent of a staged reading, but in this case for dance — next summer. Then the wants to begin touring “The Bench” in 2015.

Learn more about The Bench here.
Learn more about Titus Theatricals HERE

Musical theater classes at Ballet Idaho

If you’ve ever wanted to sing and dance — or if you already do and just want to do it better — here’s your chance.

Ballet Idaho will offer open classes with musical theater artist Jeffrey Scott Bailey, 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 23, 25-26 at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy.

Bailey started out in ballet with Eglevsky Ballet and other classical companies, but found his niche in musical theater and Lee Theodore’s American Dance Machine, a company that preserves the choreography of the American theater. Bailey toured with the national companies of “Fame: The Musical,” “Grease” (1996), “Dreamgirls,” “A Chorus Line” and others.

Classes are $15 each. Just pay at the door.

Check out a few commercials starring Bailey:

Help KickStart the new Boise Dance Co-op

Former Trey McIntyre Project dancer Jason Hartley and Ballet Idaho principle ballerina Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti are starting a new off-season pickup dance company. The Boise Dance Co-op will debut in August, but now Hartley and Affrunti want to jump start their project, and you can help with a donation of $5 or more at Kickstarter.com. The new company will offer a creative mix of area dancers collaborating on pieces from contemporary to modern to classical.

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Click HERE to find out more and make a donation.
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Feasibilty study says its 'not the right time' to consider another performing arts center in Downtown.

The Simplot Theater Project Consortium and the Boise Auditorium District released the results of a study it commissioned from AMS Planning and Research on the idea of repurposing the Boise Centre into a mid-sized theater and performing arts center after the proposed new Boise convention center is built.

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TMP gets moving

The Trey McIntyre Project is getting ready to move its offices from Downtown’s cultural district to the old Five Rivers Interiors, 2285 Warm Springs Ave. You can tell because the company has painted the building in its trademark yellow. Image
Photo by Pete Zimowsky

TMP will settle into its new headquarters this month. Their current building, 775 Fulton St., will become part of the neighboring Foothills School.

Boise Art Museum looking for some recycled fashion

In conjunction with its Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth exhibit, the Boise Art Museum is looking for local fashion designers and makers of wearable art to compete in a Recycled Fashion Contest. Inspired by Cave's Soundsuits, pictured below, use your creativity to create up-cycled fashions from found and used fabrics and more.

The competition is open to the first 20 entries so you better hurry if you want to get involved. The entree fee is $25.

Entries will be featured at the museum's Art of Fashion Show on Oct. 26. The guests will vote for their favorite and the winner will receive $500.

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Click HERE to download the entry form.

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