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Boise Mural, Boise Chamber, Boise Stories

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A couple of weeks ago, artists holed up in a dank concrete parking garage and worked around the clock to turn the bottom two floors of the Idaho Building at Ninth and Bannock streets into the Boise Mural Project, one of the largest public art displays in the Northwest. The project was conceptualized by Buddy Van Buren who works for Park Lane Property Management, the company that owns the building.

"I was down there one day and just thought it would be nice to brighten up the place and put in a mural," said Van Buren. "Next thing you know, a couple people were interested. And then it just kept growing and growing."

The theme for the project was "tribute," and now more than 50 different murals have been painted on the site.

For photos and video footage of artists at work on their murals check out Cobweb at boiseweekly.com.

In more fancy-pants news, the Boise Chamber Music Society and the Boise State Department of Music will kick off the 2010-2011 chamber music series with series opener the Gryphon Trio on Friday, Sept. 17, followed by Grammy-winning Eighth Blackbird on Friday, Oct. 15. Next, the Peabody Trio performs for the fifth time in the Boise Chamber Music series on Friday, Feb. 11. And last but not least, the St. Petersburg Quartet closes out the series next spring on Friday, April 29.

Tickets are $100 for the entire 2010-2011 series and every performance will be at the Morrison Center Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evenings. For more information, visit boisechambermusicseries.org.

If stories told live on stage are more your style, don't miss the latest installment of Story Story Night on Monday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Linen Building. The theme for this month's event is "Dog Days: Stories of Summer" and will feature storytellers Jan Schlicht, Elaine Ambrose and Clay Morgan.

Alley Repertory Theater (one of the hosts of Story Story Night) opened its new season on Wednesday, Aug. 18, with Steven Dietz's play, The Last of the Boys at Visual Arts Collective. The play provides a window into the minds of veterans who shirk the idea of relating their terrific accounts of human barbarism experienced during war.

Doors are at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. The cost is $15 with a $10 matinee on Saturday, Aug. 28. For more info, visit alleyrep.org.

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