As any outdoor zealot will tell you, there's an art to camping--scouting the proper tent site, constructing a contained fire and preparing a four-star meal in a Dutch oven.
But camping and art do not frequently mix. Until now.
From Friday, July 13--Wednesday, Sept. 19, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts will present Making Camp, a multimedia exhibition that will erect a shrine to the survivalist pastime inside the white walls of an art gallery.
Seven artists--including William Lewis, Ranu Mukherjee and Richard Bosman--will present "paintings, drawings, photographs, quilted sculptures and video work whose subject matter ranges from cabins and campfires to refugee camps in Haiti and the Middle East to nomadism in Saudi Arabia's Empty Quarter."
During the Gallery Walk on Friday, July 6, an outside installation at Second Avenue and Fourth Street in Ketchum will include three art tents from regional artists Nathan Barnes and Mallory Kappmeyer, Diana L. Baumbach and Earle Swope.
For more info on the exhibition, visit sunvalleycenter.org.
And moving from ground-hugging tents to big city skyscrapers, Stage Coach Theatre is staging Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor from Friday, July 6, through Saturday, July 21, at its new permanent location, 4802 Emerald St.
Laughter on the 23rd Floor was inspired by Simon's experience working as a comedy writer on Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows. According to Stagecoach, the play "takes a look at the backstage chaos that goes into writing and producing a show during the 1950s golden age of television."
For more info and tickets, visit stagecoachtheatre.com.
And speaking of TV comedies, Boise Contemporary Theater is kicking off its 2012-2013 season with a play by New Girl writer Kim Rosenstock called Tigers Be Still. The play runs Wednesday, Oct. 17, through Saturday, Nov. 10.
BCT's second play, Damascus by Andrew Weems (Namaste Man), runs from Wednesday, Nov. 28, through Saturday, Dec. 22.
The following production is a world premiere from Dwayne Blackaller and Matthew Cameron Clark called A Nighttime Survival Guide. The play will run Wednesday, Jan. 30, through Saturday, March 2, 2013.
BCT's season finale is another world premiere: Graphic Depictions by Eric Coble (The Velocity of Autumn). It runs Wednesday, April 3, through Saturday, April 27, 2013.