Check out these films coming to the Sun Valley Film Festival next week

"Friends with Kids," an ensemble comedy about a close-knit circle of friends whose lives change when kids come along. When the last two singles decide to have a baby as “friends” and date other people, it throws the group into chaos. It stars writer/director Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox, and Edward Burns.

Catch up with Boise Contemporary Theater: “Shinsai” call to artist and the latest Kickstarter campaign

Call to Artists

Boise Contemporary Theater will be the local host for “Shinsai: Theaters for Japan,” an international theater event to support the Japan Playwrights Association on March 11, the first anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan.

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Valentine For AIDS wrapped up Feb. 12, raising $23,000 for AIDS program

The Flying M's Valentine For AIDS art show and silent auction wrapped up Sunday. This year's event raised just over $23,000 for the Safety Net for AIDS Program (SNAP), which helps people living with HIV/AIDS fill financial gaps. Last year's V-4-AIDS raised a little more than $25,000.

Deadline for Inside Out: Boise is Feb. 10

A group of art activists are bringing the global movement called Inside Out to Boise. French artist JR started the project after winning the 2011 TED Prize, from the folks that produce the TED Talks lecture series.

It grew out of his wish for the world.

"I wish for you to stand up for what you care about by participating in a global at project and together we’ll turn the world inside out," he told the TED audience.

JR's ideas stem from his work creating large scale art installations in developing communities that focus on people. He takes intimate photographs, then blows them up to large scale and pastes them on buildings as a way of drawing attention to those who are overlooked and humanize the community.

The Boise group is looking for people who do jobs that help the community flourish, but that are overlooked and under-appreciated, such as teachers, nurses, mechanics, garbage collectors, construction workers and farmers. Their goal is to reveal the faces of the people who make make the city, state, country and planet a better place.

The image below is from a similar project in Australia.
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To nominate someone, send an email to insideoutprojectboise@gmail.com. The group also is looking for donations to pull the project off. It costs $20 for each large scale print.

Below you can hear JR's story and discover more about the Inside Out global art project.


Win free tickets to a Boise Contemporary Theater play

Rajiv Joseph’s “Gruesome Playground Injuries” is about two lifelong friends who meet in the nurse’s office of their elementary school when they’re 8. Over the next 30 years, they are brought together by their physical and sometimes emotional injuries.

This beautiful production features Dwayne Blackaller and Lesley Shires, and direction by Maureen Towey.

I’m giving away three pairs of tickets through an email contest. All you have to do is share your best (or worse) playground injury story in 50 words or fewer and email it to me at doland@idahostatesman.com.

BCT managing director Helene Peterson will select the three top stories. The authors will each win two tickets to one of the remaining performances of “Gruesome Playground Injuries,” two beverages of their choice, and as a bonus get their story posted on the BCT website and the ArtsBeat Blog at Voices.IdahoStatesman.com.

Just put BCT contest in the subject line. Make sure to put your full name and daytime phone number in the body of the email so we can contact you.

Submit your stories from now until 5 p.m. Feb. 10.

“Gruesome Playground Injuries”: 8 p.m. Feb. 10-11 and 15-18, and 2 p.m. Feb. 11 and 18, 854 Fulton St. $15-$35 general, $10-$20 ages 25 and younger.

Link to more information about BCT.

Shige Express celebrates grand opening in Meridian

Shige and Deborah Matsuzawa are building a family sushi dynasty in the Treasure Valley. The couple already own Shige Japanese Cuisine, Shige Express and Shige Red Carpet Fine Dining and Shige Japanese Steakhouse in the Capitol Terrace building in Downtown Boise. Recently they opened Shige Teriyaki, 450 S. Meridian Road, suite 15 Meridian.
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Now the couple has opened a second Shige Express, also in the Meridian Marketplace, 450 S. Meridian Road, in suite 90 A. It looks to be one of the largest in the area, with 40 seats at the floating bar.

Both Express restaurants feature a floating boat bar that brings $1 sushi to each diner, along with appetizers, desserts and entrees. It also serves a full menu of other choices.

Shige Express Meridian will celebrate its grand opening from 1 to 10 p.m. Feb. 11.

Regular hours will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch, 5 to 9 p.m. for dinner Mondays through Thursdays; and, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch, 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Phone: 922-6436. Online: ShigeJapaneseCuisine.com.

Art Source Gallery gets a statellite space in Meridian

Downtown’s Art Source Gallery is expanding its reach. Now you can see several of the gallery painters and photographers at Silverstone Plaza Office Condominium, 3405 E. Overland Road,
Meridian.

"Geko Meets Mata," oil by Lisa Bower
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You can check out the space at an opening house reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 16, with music by Karen Kohtz, treats and wine from Indian Creek. You will also find a few of the gallery’s jewelers.

Art Source also has a satellite space at the Boise Airport, after you pass security.

Link to more about Art Source Gallery HERE

Link to more about Silverstonee Plaza. HERE.

Ballet Idaho offers 20 percent off tickets on Feb. 3 only

ImageYou can get 20 percent off tickets to Ballet Idaho's performance next weekend of "Fiery and Magical."

Artistic director Peter Anastos takes on Stravinsky's "The Firebird," with ballerina Heather Hawk in the title role. Ballet master Alex Ossadnick's "Circus" is to music by Shastakovich and Ryan Jolicoeur Nye's "Romeo and Juliet" is to Tchaikovsky's romantic pas de deux.

The performance is 8 p.m. Feb. 10, 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 11 and 2 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Special Events Center at Boise State University. Regular price tickets are $35, $40 and $55 at Select-a-Seat.

Just click on the link below and use the password "Friday" to get your 20 percent discount. Good Feb. 3 only.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Curtis Stigers gets ready to release his next album

Jazz crooner Curtis Stigers is on a press tour to Germany and the U.K. to advance his new album "Let's Go Out Tonight" on Concord Records. No word yet on an exact release date.
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Stigers worked with Grammy-winning producer Larry Kline on this collection of covers. He performs a broad swath of songs various artists, icluding Bob Dylan, Neil Finn and David Poe, who also sings on the album. It's got a very different sound for Stigers. It's still in the jazz vein, but his renditions draw strong influences from pop, folk, blues and old-school R&B.

Stigers appeared on BBC TV today and sang an excerpt of Poe's "Everyone Loves Lovers," which Poe wrote for Stigers.

Stigers appeared on BBC TV today and sang an excerpt of Poe's "Everyone Loves Lovers," which Poe wrote for Stigers. Click here to see it.

Boise Philharmonic and Boise State Music Department partner to create graduate fellowships

Boise Philharmonic and Boise State Music Department have created four graduate fellowships for string players that provide tuition, fees and a $10,000 stipend per year for two years for each student.
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