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Feeling 'Midnight Blue' with Melissa Manchester at Sapphire, Learning the 'Color Story' of Ancient Dyes at Ming Studios and Entering Story Story Night's 'Paradise' at VAC

Blast from the past, swing by Ming


Here's a blast from the past: singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester will perform at the Riverside Hotel in the Sapphire Room in late October. In the 1970s and '80s, Manchester released a slew of radio classics like "Midnight Blue," which spent 17 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 6 in 1975; "Whenever I Call You Friend," which she co-wrote with Kenny Loggins; and an update of Dionne Warwick's single, "Walk on By." Manchester has performed with Barry Manilow and Bette Midler and Harlettes, and she won a 1983 Grammy for "You Should Hear How She Talks About You," despite stiff competition from Olivia Newton-John and Linda Ronstadt. Manchester performs two shows at the Sapphire Room: Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24. Tickets are $35-$80 and available at

Swing by Ming Studios in what will soon be Boise's Central Addition for the Thursday, Sept. 3 opening of Kristen Cooper and Kathrin Niemann's exhibition, Color Story. Niemann and Cooper are Berlin-based textile artists, and Color Story is a multimedia presentation of how they used ancient dye sources like flowers, fruit, seeds and insects to produce the colors in their art. Together, they founded fashion label Driftwood in 2013, which produces environmentally friendly clothing while spreading the word about the eco-friendly materials in their products. Their show at Ming will highlight ancient dyeing materials and techniques, and runs through Saturday, Oct. 24. Find out more at or

Story Story Night will wrap up its summer season Monday, Aug. 31, with "Paradise: Stories of Buying a Stairway to Heaven." SSN's premise is simple—guest speakers spin yarns on the night's theme and, afterward, members of the audience take the mic to tell stories of their own. This week's theme is the culmination of a trilogy beginning with "Hell: Stories of the Ultimate Burn," followed by "Purgatory: Stories of Being Stuck in the Middle with You." The gates of "Paradise" open at 8 p.m. at Visual Arts Collective. Tickets are $10. Visit for more info.