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Opera, With a Side of Pagans and Salsa

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Gian Carlo Menotti, best known for his Christmas classic, Amahl and the Night Visitors, would have been 100 this year. As part of National Opera Week, Opera Idaho is celebrating the prolific librettist's life with a free concert Friday, Nov. 4, featuring selections from Menotti's works.

Company members who will perform include Michele Detwiler, Amanda Gardner-Porter and Andrew Peck. The concert is free and starts at 7:30 p.m. at Opera Idaho.

From Christmas classics to paganism, cheeky multimedia artist Ben Love will premiere a new body of work, Pagans, Pigeons and the Architectural Index, at the College of Idaho's Rosenthal Gallery on Friday, Nov. 4, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. According to the press release, Love's series "examines the existence and influence of a pagan culture in Caldwell, Idaho, with a series of drawings and single-use camera photographs."

Lee Ann Turner, Boise State professor of art history, will give a lecture opening night titled, The Iconic, the Ironic and the Ionic, which begins promptly at 5 p.m. The exhibit runs through Friday, Dec. 16.

Speaking of iconic, at Adopt an Artifact Idahoans who want to check out priceless pieces of the state's history can view documents such as an original copy of the state constitution, Idaho's statehood-creation papers and more. Adopt an Artifact also expands beyond the written word by showcasing rare historic maps and photographs.

Donations from adopting an artifact for yourself or someone you love benefit the Idaho Historical Society. Adopting an artifact helps maintain precious pieces of Idaho history and gives you a role in preserving that history. Get up close and personal with important documents from Idaho's past on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at the Idaho State Archives, located at 2205 Old Penitentiary Road.

Finally, the Liquid Forum is returning Wednesday, Nov. 2, with a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. It also happens to be the Day of the Dead (see Picks, Page 14), but the forum will focus much more on the lively aspects of Hispanic culture, which explains why Salsa Idaho, a local Latin dance group, is involved.

Also participating is United Vision for Idaho, which sponsors Liquid Forum, and the Idaho Hispanic Caucus. The forum runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Liquid Lounge, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110.