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Checking in with LGBT in the Arts, Green Chutes and Tony Doerr

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Maybe you thought The Community Center was defunct. Nah, it was just hibernating. To celebrate its awakening, organizers are holding an LGBT in the Arts event on Saturday, May 14. The work of LGBT painters, writers, photographers, sculptors and more will be featured, which is fab, but this is also an opportunity for people who may know nothing about TCC to educate themselves on what this longtime organization--founded in 1983--is all about. Hint: its goal is to "unite the LGBT community through education and developmental programs." For more info, visit

New artist co-op Green Chutes also has some events coming up in May. On Saturday, May 7, from 4-7 p.m., take some time to meet the GC artists. Beer and wine will be available and it is free to attend. Then on Friday, May 20, from 5-9 p.m., see the work of, and meet, reclusive abstract artist Charles Kadlec (he's not abstract, his work is). Green Chutes is located in the same building as Salt Tears Coffeehouse and Noshery at 4716 W. State St. For more information, visit

In news from the fast-paced world of the literati, local author Anthony Doerr has just cemented his post as Idaho's leading literary light. Doerr has won the 2011 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award for his story "The Deep." The award comes with a cash prize of roughly $49,000.

Are you a writer and feeling a little envious of Doerr's success? Well, you can learn from the master himself June 13-17, when he teaches a workshop titled Break the "Pre" off the Dictable: A Workshop for Fiction Writers with Anthony Doerr.

Presented by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, this workshop marks the sixth time the SVCA has sponsored a course like this, and the second time that the busy Doerr--who most recently held the exalted title of Idaho's Writer in Residence--has taught one. The goal for this workshop is to "show students how to sever the cables of their habitual ways of reading, writing and thinking."

On the surface, the class isn't cheap--$300 for SVCA members and $350 for non-members--but it's actually an incredible deal to get to spend five days with the man who just walked away with a $49,000 prize. Scholarships are available for all SVCA classes.

If paying a few hundred bucks to sit at a desk for a week sounds way too much like a return to college, you can hear Doerr speak for FREE on Tuesday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Center in Ketchum.

For more information, call 208-726-9491 or visit