Arts & Culture » Arts News

Community Actor Opps • Library Exhibit Opening • Got Junk?


Community Actor Opps

Every week we post a grip of calls to artists, audition notices for community theater and requests for writers' submissions on our Web site (and, of course, in print when we can carve out enough space in the paper), but sometimes it's good to throw a little extra attention to the up and coming events that may require a bit of planning.

• The Caldwell and Nampa Alliance of Community Theater (aka CAN-ACT) holds auditions September 10-12 for its interactive mystery dinner show Boardwalk Melody Hour Murders. Snatched babies, escaped prisoners and Feds disguised as nuns make for a comedy set in 1930s Prohibition-era America. But it's up to audience members to avoid snorting half-chewed peas from their noses while laughing and eating at the same time. CAN-ACT needs seven female and four male actors between ages 20 and 50, and one teenager. The show runs November 1-3. For more information or to make an audition appointment, call 208-867-9596 or 208-871-3465.

• The Treasure Valley Community College's Community Theatre presents Francis Goodwin and Albert Hackett's production of The Diary of Anne Frank. The show runs November 8-11 on the Meyer-McLean Theatre stage in Ontario, Ore.

Five men and five women will be cast for the show, directed by the college's director of theater, Katie Bennett. Actors should be prepared to deliver a two-minute dramatic monologue at their audition. In addition, behind-the-scenes volunteers are needed. For more information or to schedule an audition, call 541-881-8822, ext. 264.

Library Exhibit Opening

Founded in 1979, the Idaho Watercolor Society boasts a membership of more than 300 statewide. Throughout the month of September, nine of the organization's members will display work through the "Books and Brushes" program at the Garden City Library. The program is a monthly rotation of art—which is for sale—with 20 percent of the proceeds donated to the library.

Laurie Asahara, Gerillyn Feustel, Pam Grant, Helen Grainger Wilson, Elaine Blitman, Christine Howard, Karen Cranney, Rosi Echert and Ilsa Schreiner are the month's featured artists. An opening reception will be held with the artists on Wednesday, September 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the library located at 6015 Glenwood Ave. in Garden City. For more information, call 208-378-4417 or 208-602-9718.

Got Junk?

Then turn it into art.

Found object have been making their way into sculptures, paintings and functional art for as long as sustainability has been a buzz word, and the inaugural Second Chance Art Show is features "recycled" art for charity.

The Second Chance Building Materials Center in the Linen District is holding an exhibition of art created from recycled, reused and found objects. The pieces will then be auctioned off to benefit the non-profit organization Supportive Housing and Innovative Partnerships program, which works to provide housing and support services for people in recovery.

The submission rules are simple but strict: works must contain a minimum of 75 percent recycled, reused or found materials. In other words, a submission piece should be mostly stuff that would end up in a landfill if it weren't for your creative, artistic touch. No dangerous chemicals, please. And sticks and stones may break our bones, but they're not considered recycled, reused or found (neither is dirt, but feel free to re-sculpt your old CDs into a gum ball machine).

A $1,000 grand prize will be awarded by jurors to the piece determined best in show. The deadline to enter is 5 p.m., September 18. For more information, call the Second Chance Building Materials Center at 208-331-0900, ext. 204.