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Ballet Idaho Tickles The Ivories

Plus, a slew of calls to artists

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Get On Your Toes, People, and Maybe Your Art Wishes will be granted

Ivories will be tickled when pianists Juli Draney and Felix Eisenhauer accompany Ballet Idaho's graceful delivery of The Piano on Feb. 25-27 at the Boise State SPEC.

Ballet Idaho's ballet master Alex Ossadnik brings the music of Sergei Prokofiev to the stage with "Midnight Shadows," a dramatic piece that will have the dancers digging deep to convey the emotion of the music and the dance. Artistic director Peter Anastos brings Brahms' beautiful music to life via pas de deuxs in "Brahms Waltzes." Then, as Anastos is wont to do, he gives audiences--and dancers--a more lighthearted romp with "By George!" and the music of George Gershwin, "a speed-skate through some of the great American songs that are now considered classic." For more information and tickets, visit balletidaho.org.

What's that sound? It's one of several opportunities for exposure and possibly some cold, hard cash knocking at your door. Maybe you better answer.

The annual Sun Valley Arts and Crafts Festival in Ketchum will take place Aug. 12-14 and organizers are looking for participants. To apply, visit zapplication.org or sunvalleycenter.org and click on "Events." The deadline to apply is Monday, Feb. 28, at midnight.

We Art Women will take place this year at Visual Arts Collective on Thursday, April 14. This is a juried exhibit, with local artist Surel Mitchell serving as this year's juror. For an entry form or more information, e-mail Zella Bardsley at zellabardsley@cableone.net. The deadline for entry is Monday, March 7.

Modern Art will take over the Modern Hotel this year on First Thursday, May 5. Entry forms for artists are available at the Modern Hotel front desk, and forms are due back there by Tuesday, March 1. For more information, e-mail Amy O'Brien or Kerry Tullis at theshop11@gmail.com.

The new Performing Arts for Cultural and Community Celebrations grant from the Boise City Department of Arts and History will offer funds "specifically for hiring performing artists and for associated costs, such as renting sound and stage equipment." A total of $12,000 is available and interested parties can request grants of $500 to $2,000 for events taking place between May 1 and Sept. 30. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 11. For more information, visit artsandhistory.cityofboise.org.