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Every Christmas Story Ever Told Debuts at Boise Little Theater

And Wingtip offers a Mixed Media Mash Up Play Date

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'Tis the season to deck the halls, cozy up inside for some good stories, and reflect upon tales of Christmases past.

From Friday, Nov. 30, through Saturday, Dec. 15, Boise Little Theater will hold performances of Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!), which is pretty much what it sounds like. After so many Christmas stories (and so many glasses of eggnog), it's hard to remember which characters are parts of which Christmas story, let alone the actual plot.

Even if you can recall why all the other reindeer bullied Rudolph or what's the best way to spread Christmas cheer (answer: singing loud for all to hear), hearing the same stories on repeat every December gets a bit trite. So rather than becoming an Ebenezer and ignoring all things holiday oriented, head over to Boise Little Theater for a Christmas story remix.

Performances take place Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 30-Dec. 15 at 8 p.m.; and Thursdays, Dec. 6 and 13 at 7:30 p.m., with matinees starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, Sunday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 15. Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $9 for students and seniors.

If plays just aren't your cup of tea (or in this case, your cup of cheer), then try your hand at creating your own masterpiece. On Saturday, Dec. 1, Wingtip Press opens its studio from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a Mixed Media Mash Up Play Date with Marianne Konvalinka. For $75, you'll have free rein of Wingtip's paints, mediums, tissue, brushes and new lasers and inkjet printers. All you need to bring is your own prepped canvas, boards, "personal stash of ephemera," and a little inspiration. Then get ready to let the creative juices flow.

In grant deadline news, the Idaho Commission on the Arts is currently accepting applications for its quarterly QuickFund$ grants. All applications must be postmarked by Monday, Dec. 10.

QuickFund$ grant dollars are doled out to individuals to "support professional development and new or exemplary arts projects"; to organizations for "arts projects for the public and for professional advice or training to assist in planning and organizational development"; and to art educators for "professional development or short-term projects that enliven or improve arts learning as an integral part of the education of Idaho's youth."

The round of QuickFund$ projects or activities cannot begin before Jan. 1, 2013. For more info on the application process, visit arts.idaho.gov/grants/overview.aspx.

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