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July 5, 2006

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ICA Announces Individual Grants and Awards

The Idaho Commission on the Arts has chosen its winners of individual grants and awards for 2007. Seven Idaho artists received a cool $3,500 each in the areas of performing arts and media arts. The awards were decided by panelists Sandy Gillespie of Arkansas, Craig Miller of Utah and Claire West of Arizona.

The seven grant recipients are: Gregory Bayne, a film and video maker in Nampa; Okhee Chang, a Korean dance artist in Boise; Aage Nielsen, a bass clarinetist one half of Darkwood Consort, of Boise; Amy O'Brien, a dance choreographer of Boise; Helen Peterson of Boise for dance; Heather Rae, a filmmaker in Boise; and Sudha Vaideeswaran for East Indian dance, in Boise. Honorable mentions were given to Francesca Arnone of Boise for music, Vincent Crofts of Firth for music, and Carl Rowe of Boise for choreography.

For more information, visit the ICA Web site at www.arts.idaho.gov.

The Log Cabin Wants You ... And Some Dough

The Log Cabin Literary Center (801 S. Capitol Blvd.) is conducting week-long summer writing camps for kids at the Cabin the weeks of July 10, 17 and 24. They will take on over 200 students and are still accepting registrations. Some of these young would-be writers can't participate in the program without financial assistence, and that's where the Log Cabin is looking to the community for support. They need just shy of two grand for their Summer Writing Camp Scholarship Fund for tuition and are requesting donations.

Money isn't all they're seeking, though. The Log Cabin's writing camps have a shortage of volunteers, too. They have positions to fill from teaching assistant to typing student work to helping with refreshments at the readings.

If you want to donate your time or money to help make this kids' writing program a success, contact the Log Cabin Literary Center at 331-8000 or send an e-mail to info@logcablit.org.

New Heritage Wants You ... To Act Up

Summer programs aren't just for the kids. The New Heritage Theatre Co. (at Mountain View High School, 2000 S. Millenium Way, Meridian) is offering acting classes and they're so popular, they're adding two Acting Level 1 classes for adult students. If you want to work on your chops, Classes begin Saturday, July 8 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) and Monday, July 10 (7 p.m.-9 p.m.). Both classes run for eight weeks. The professional faculty teach classes for students of all levels in acting, play writing, improvisation, voice, speech and movement.

Space is limited and the cost is $192 for aneight-week session. To register, call 381-0958 or e-mail sandy@newheritage.org.

Art Source Seeks Potter

No, not Harry the boy wizard.

Art Source Gallery has announced that they're looking for a pottery artist. If you think that pottery artist might be you, stop by the gallery at 1015 Main St. or give Zella Bardsley a holler at 378-1464 or zellabardsley@cableone.net.

Speaking of Potters ...

This time, I am talking about Harry.

In an item to be filed under "ugh," more sensitive-minded fans of J.K. Rowling's charming series about the boy wizard may want to stop reading. J.K. Rowling recently hinted that two major characters will die in the next and final installment of the Harry Potter books. And while you might think that's the "ugh" part, you're wrong. Online wagering outfits like BetCRIS.com and WagerWeb.com, are posting odds and taking bets on which two characters will die. There's big money to be made on betting against the Weasley twins.

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