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May 2, 2007

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Add the Word "Aid" and They Will Come

Though these events don't take place for a while, we thought it best to give you some advance notice so you can start planning accordingly.

On May 22, the Big Easy will play host to some of Boise's youngest performers at an event called "Under Aid." According to the press release, the event is being held to "promote the arts and raise awareness of the need for venues where underage artists and patrons can perform and enjoy art, music, comedy and movement." In recent months, some under-21ers were informed that according to state law (which has been on the books longer than these tykes have been around) they must cease and desist performing in places reserved for adult themes, adult beverages and, well, adults. Young Trevor Hattabaugh, an aspiring comedian who could no longer perform on the Funny Bone stage, received almost as much local attention as Anna Nicole Smith's baby-daddy mystery did on a national level. To further the cause of young performers in Boise, "Under Aid" will feature young performers including Hattabaugh; Underscore, a rock band of 12- and 13-year-olds; singer/songwriter Travis McDaniel; the teenage improv troupe, Foul Puppets; Barefoot Backstage, a teenage jam band; Dragon Bushido, youth extreme martial team; singer Karen Guillory; vocalists Brynna Perrin and Erin Silvius; Carpe Danza, ballroom dancers; break dancers Soul Groovers; musician Camille Alvey; vocalist Leta Neustaedter; and more.

Tuesday, May 22, 6:30 p.m., $10 general, $5 for children under 10. The Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St., 208-376-1212

Habla Espanol y Ingles?

Are you Spanish/English bilingual and fancy yourself the next Federico Garcia Lorca or Donald Hall? Then get thee to El Grito de los Latinos in Idaho: Bilingual Poetry Slam. You can perform your poetry in Spanish or English. The event will feature Meliza Banales, who is originally from Los Angeles. In 2002, she was the first Latina to win a Poetry Slam Championship on the West Coast, the winner of the People Before Profits Poetry Prize, and published her first book, Say It With Your Whole Mouth. You can hear Banales spit two of her poems (in English) at www.myspace.com/melizabanales.

Thursday, May 17, 7 p.m., $5 general, $3 students, Albertson's College Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts, Caldwell. For more information, call 208-426-0383.

No Habla Espanol? No Problema.

On Monday, May 21, the Funny Bone hosts the Boise Poetry Slam finals. Eight finalists will compete for the title of Boise's slammingest and will represent Boise at the National Poetry Slam in August.

Monday, May 21, 8 p.m., $8, The Funny Bone, 405 S. 8th St., 208-331-2663.

Domo Arigato

The Boise City Information Technology Department (who knew there was such a thing?) and the Boise City Arts Commission are calling out to artists who use "digital processes to create [two-dimensional] visual art." Selected works will be displayed at City Hall. Artists may enter up to five pieces of original artwork (including photography), wherein the creation of the work involved digital processes of any kind. A total of three images will be purchased, the winning artists receiving $250 each. There is no fee to submit. Images must be submitted on CD, and must be 300 dpi jpegs. Artists must also include a Word document on the CD with name, address, phone number and e-mail address; an artist's statement about the work; the title and the date each artwork was created; and information regarding what software applications and hardware systems were used to create each piece. Artists will retain copyright to the purchased artworks. The deadline for entries is Monday, June 11.

For more information, contact Karen Bubb at 208-433-5677 or e-mail at kbubb@cityofboise.org.

--Amy Atkins

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