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Michael Cordell Debuts Solo Show at Enso

And George Li performs with the Boise Philharmonic


Though artist Michael Cordell has been making artwork for years, he will debut his first solo show, Dots, Twists and Drawings of Nothing, Friday, Oct. 19, at Enso Artspace. Cordell's work includes an innovative mix of drawings and metal sculptures, which employ various mediums, including ink and graphite. The opening reception takes place from 5-8 p.m., and the show will continue through Saturday, Nov. 24.

Enso will also feature an exhibit-themed Soup-Talk-Art Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 6-8 p.m. For $12.50, attendees can enjoy homemade soup and bread, as well as participate in a conversation with Karen Bubb, public arts manager at the Boise City Department of Arts and History.

If opera is more to your artistic liking, then make sure to check out Opera Idaho's 2012-2013 season. Mainstage shows include Falstaff, Friday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Oct. 28; Pagliacci, along with Pulcinella Suite, in collaboration with Ballet Idaho, March 1, and March 3, 2013; and Susannah, which debuts May 17 and continues May 19, 2013. For more variety, don't miss Opera Idaho's a la carte productions, which include Hansel and Gretel, Friday, Dec. 28-Sunday, Dec. 30; The Winterreise Project, Feb. 1 and Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013; and The Sound of Music in Concert, Friday, July 19, and Sunday, July 21, 2013.

Prefer your opera with a side of booze? Head to Beside Bardenay Thursday, Oct. 18, for Operatini: A Smooth Finish, which provides a chance to enjoy a martini while relishing in the sounds of Opera Idaho members performing live arias. As the saying goes, it's ain't over 'til the fat lady sings, or in this case, until the drunken lady tries some operatic karaoke. The cost is $20 per person, or $35 if you can score a date.

Or if you want to be dazzled by instrumental talent, then mark your calendar for Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20, when 16-year-old pianist George Li will perform Mozart and Schubert with the Boise Philharmonic, alongside conductor Robert Franz. The young virtuoso has performed for President Barack Obama and has received numerous awards.

And in grant news, the City of Boise announced the three winners of its 2012 Arts and History Economic Development Grants: Boise Contemporary Theater, Boise Philharmonic and the Basque Museum and Cultural Center. Each organization will receive $10,000. The city has also crowned two Economic Development Cultural Ambassadors for the coming year: Trey McIntyre Project and Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Both organizations will receive $15,000.