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Fall 2006 Report

Southwest Idaho



Boise Contemporary Theater's Tin Anniversary

Most 10-year-olds--unless they are the type who have already enrolled in college and sport a suit from the children's department at Brooks Brothers--don't have very impressive resumes. Boise Contemporary Theater is one of the exceptions. For 10 years, it has put the best of contemporary theater on stage, which it will commemorate on September 22 with its Season Opening Celebration--an evening of food, cocktails, dancing, dessert and an exclusive, one-night-only performance. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased by calling Boise Contemporary Theater at (208) 331-9224.

The festivities will kick off the 2006-07 season, which will be ushered in with Don DeLillo's Love-Lies-Bleeding on October 14. For more information about Boise Contemporary Theater and its 10th anniversary season, visit

Boise Visual Chronicle's Aluminum Anniversary

It must be a bumper year for 10-year anniversaries, as the Boise Visual Chronicle also celebrates its entry into the double digits. (And, no, you did not just read a typo; in anniversary parlance, the 10th year can be commemorated by either tin or aluminum.) The Boise Visual Chronicle, owned and maintained by the city of Boise, aims to capture a visual record of Boise's changing landscape with its collection of paintings, drawings, prints and photographs. The collection began with $25,000 to purchase 30 works by 11 Idaho artists. Today, there are 60 pieces and the collection includes work by such artists as Noble Hardesty, Jan Boles and Surel Mitchell. To mark its anniversary, the entire collection will be exhibited at the Boise Centre on the Grove from October 2 through 6.

The Fantastic "Carnivore Pond"

In November, be sure to keep an eye out for Spectrum 13: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, a book of art which will include Boise State University professor of art Bill Carman's illustration "Carnivore Pond." The "Spectrum" series is an annual publication that has become a bellwether for the fantastic art world. Carman was one of 14 winners to be selected out of 4,000 submitted works. For more information about the book, visit

Empty Seats to Fill at the Idaho Humanities Council

Are you the type of person who collects titles and designations? John Q. Public, esquire, Ph.D., FRS, HRH. Would you like to add an IHC to that list? Then you need to submit an application to the Idaho Humanities Council, which is looking to fill two public positions representing southwest and southeast Idaho on its board of directors. The 20-member board consists of academic members culled from educational and cultural institutions and public members culled from, well, the public--that is, as the IHC puts it, "all walks of life." Members serve three-year terms, which can be renewed only once. The application is on the "about us" page of the Council's Web site and the deadline is September 15.

The Idaho Humanities Council's "mission is to increase the awareness, understanding and appreciation of the humanities in Idaho," which it aims to accomplish "through educational projects for the public and various target audiences" and awarding grants. For information about the Council and the application, visit, call (888) 345-5346, or e-mail

Poetry by Post

"I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair," wrote Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate, FRS. This is a noble sentiment and there are many activities one can undertake to keep from moping around like the Prince of Denmark. So instead of whiling away the day with some dreary task like vacuuming out the space between the seats of your car, why not lose yourself in poetry?

Ahsahta Press, Boise State University's all-poetry publishing house, has launched a subscription service that will deliver six books of poetry per year to discerning customers. The 2006-07 season will include works by Aaron McCollough, Kate Greenstreet, Paige Ackerson-Kiely, Susan Briante, Lisa Fishman and Susan Tichy. Who knows, it could even turn out to be an investment; you might end up with a first edition of the next Tennyson. For more information on Ahsahta Press, visit or call (208) 426-2195.

The Visual Arts Center Toughens Up

Beware art thieves, you are being watched--that is, if you step foot in the newly remodeled Visual Arts Center at Boise State University. The gallery is now equipped with security cameras, which will help prevent lowlifes from making off with works of art (as happened last October, when a sculpture by John Taye was purloined) and make the space more amenable to traveling exhibitions. The Center's walls are also taller and have been reinforced with a plywood subwall, which will allow the gallery to hang larger, heavier artwork.

An exhibition by Boise State and visiting faculty will kick off the school year with works in sculpture, photography, illustration, sound, printmaking, ceramics, graphic design, fabric, drawing and painting. Be sure to note that the gallery has new hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

Rare Warhawk

James Osborne of Arrowhead Aviation has generously donated the assembled and unassembled parts of a German WWI Fokker D.VII airplane to the Warhawk Air Museum. The fighter airplane is considered the finest bird that flew in the Kaiser's flock--so much so that the Allies demanded the surrender of the airplanes in their Armistice terms.

The Warhawk Air Museum will do to the Fokker, what the Allies did to Kaiser Germany: tear it in half. Literally. The airplane will eventually be assembled and exhibited with one side covered and one side uncovered, showing the airplane's intricate framework.

The extremely rare fighter will be displayed at the Warhawk Air Museum, which is located at the Nampa Airport.