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Boise Weekly Artists Union Open Studios Still Open To New Members ... For Now

The Boise Weekly Artists Union Open Studios has extended the deadline to April 27 for artists who still wish to join. In joining the union, you become eligible to participate in the Open Studios Weekend, June 9-10, an opportunity for artists and art lovers alike to convene right in an artist's studio and see how and where the creative process takes place. Members of the union will also be featured in the June 6 issue of Boise Weekly, will have their work displayed for a month, be invited to the First Thursday reception on June 7 and also to the Open Studios wrap party on June 10, all at the Visual Arts Collective. To join, artists must have a studio in Ada or Canyon counties. The deadline for applications is April 27, and the yearly dues are $80. For more information and an application, e-mail artistsunion@boiseweekly.com.

What A Job Interview!

The 2006-2007 season of the Boise Philharmonic closes with two amazing performances featuring the works of Mahler, Dvorak, Sibelius and Liszt. The Philharmonic is currently in search of a new music director, and so over the 2006-2007, 2007-2008 seasons will be inviting, as guest conductors, those select few in the running for the position. The final concerts of this season will feature mezzo-soprano Lori-Kaye Miller and will be conducted by Raymond Harvey, who holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Yale School of Music and is currently the music director of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. The Boise Philharmonic board knows that choosing a new music director is a great challenge, and they are very interested in the public's opinion on each of the candidates.

April 27, 8 p.m., $15-$28, Northwest Nazarene University, Swayne Auditorium, 623 Holly St., Nampa; April 28, 8:15 p.m., $15-$49, Morrison Center, 1910 University Dr. For more information and tickets, call 208-344-7849.

Trees ... Not Just for Breakfast Cereal Boxes Any More

How much wood could a woodworker work if a woodworker could work wood? Hopefully, about 11 giant trees worth. Several of the maple, cherry, spruce, oak, redwood and pine trees around the Capitol that were too old or too sick to withstand transplanting were cut down to make way for Capitol renovations. The Idaho Capitol Commission is asking woodworkers around the area to turn these old trees into "desks, bookcases, benches, small carvings and mementos [which] will adorn the completely restored historic main Capitol as well as its new legislative areas. They will connect the old Capitol with the new, using wood harvested from trees removed from the Capitol grounds."

For more information, contact Diane Blume at 208-332-1826 or e-mail diane.blume@adm.idaho.gov.

The Big Read at the Big Market

The Cabin launches the Big Read this Saturday. The Big Read, a program sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts, encourages reading by bringing members of a community together each year to read and discuss one book. This year, The Cabin has chosen Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms. Beyond just reading and discussing the book, The Cabin will host over 30 events around the Treasure Valley, including "An Interview with Papa," performed by David Blampied at Satchel's Grill at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening, and a reading of the book at Barnes and Noble at 10 a.m. on Sunday. But for the big kickoff, join 94.9 The River's Tim Johnstone and Ken Bass as they host a trivia contest based on the novel, and Idaho first lady Laurie Otter and Mayor David Bieter. The event is free and open to the public. For more information or a full calendar of events, visit www.thecabinidaho.org.

Saturday, April 28, 11 a.m., Grove Plaza, 850 W. Front St., www.thecabinidaho.org.

—Amy Atkins

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