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Hear How They Do It

It's interesting to meet and talk with an artist after viewing his or her work. As part of its Visiting Artists and Scholars program, the Visual Arts Center at Boise State brings featured artists to the Student Union building for a series of lectures that are free and open to the public.

Jewelry artist Susie Ganch speaks Friday, Feb. 27, in the Farnsworth Room and then offers a workshop on Saturday, Feb. 28, and Sunday, March 1 (e-mail to register for the workshop). Photographer Melanie Schiff speaks on Thursday, Mar. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Lookout Room, and interdisciplinary artist Harrell Fletcher speaks Thursday, April 9, in room New A.

For more information, contact Kirsten Furlong at 208-426-3994 or kfurlong@

Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah

Need something to keep the youngsters busy during spring break? TrICA is offering camps to keep the kids occupied at least long enough to update your Facebook profile each day.

At TrICA, 6- to 8-year-olds can learn about becoming valuable members of our society during "Human Rights Through Visual Arts." With drama, literature, visual arts projects and other media, they can begin forming values that will help them become better citizens.

Your 9- to 12-year-old 'tween can spend the afternoon at "Masks, Mirrors and Me." They'll create plaster masks, decorate mirrors and write a song, poem or monologue about themselves.

The camps aren't cheap at $160 each, but a creative outlet for the kiddies—and a little quiet time for you—may be worth it.

Camp is Mar 23-27. $50 deposit holds registration, the remaining $110 is due Monday, Mar. 23. To register, call 208-484-0142. TrICA, 1406 Eastman St.,

The Cabin also has some intellectually stimulating opportunities for your budding little scribe. Its writing camps are for grades 3 through 9 and include "Fantasy," "Screenwriting," "Poetry" and "Songwriting." The cost isn't low at $125 per camp, but can you really put a price on imagination?

The Cabin isn't leaving out the adults. Writer and BW contributor Norman Weinstein offers an eight-week workshop starting Monday, April 6, titled "Memoir: Writing the Lives of Your Lifetime." And, last but so not least, renowned author, poet, essayist, screenwriter and journalist Joan Didion gives a reading at the Egyptian Theatre on Monday, Mar. 16, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Cabin's Readings and Conversations series. Didion is the author of The Year of Magical Thinking, a memoir she penned after her husband of 40 years, fellow writer John Gregory Dunne, died suddenly of a heart attack in their Manhattan home as the couple's only child lay in a hospital in a coma. Tickets are now on sale.

To register for camps, workshops or to get tickets to the Didion reading, call 208-331-8000 or visit The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd.

Movin' Out

The Pearl Building, at 212-216 S. 15th St., will hopefully begin undergoing renovations soon in a plan to turn the space into artist studios. According to Rachel Reichert, co-founder and art director of the Mend Project (BW, Arts, "Meeting of Mends," Nov. 5, 2008), as soon as five or six artists—visual artists only, no musicians—hop on board, the spaces will be built to suit. Monthly rent will start at around $200 based on how much space each artist wants, and how much of the building is renovated depends on how much interest there is in the project. Information such as whether a long-term lease will be required, how much or how little space can be rented and how much money artists may have to come up with to move in isn't yet available, but Reichert wrote that the manager of the building is willing to work with the artists on things like plumbing and ventilation.

For more information, call building manager Michael Miller at 208-371-1133 or e-mail Reichert at