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PBR Pride

Thanks to everyone's favorite economy beer, one of Boise's many talented artists is about to get some big-time exposure.

Boise artist and BW alumni Kelly Knopp was the runner-up in the annual PBR art contest's photography category for his image "Urban Urchin," which features one of his signature illustrations superimposed on a photograph.

Knopp's hard work will earn him one-third of the grand prize, giving him $631 and a four-month supply of PBR.

It's the third year for the contest, which asks for art inspired by PBR's historic red, white and blue can. Winning entries in the painting, photography, sculpture and poetry categories will be part of national advertising campaigns.

We're just wondering who determines what constitutes a four-month supply?

Layaway the Bard

With more people following a cutting-edge economic approach—only spend what you can afford—layaway options have made a comeback. Now, you can put just about anything on a layaway plan: clothing, furniture, electronics and, apparently, live theater.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival is now offering a form of Shakespearean layaway it's dubbing the "pay per play" option, allowing theater patrons to buy season ticket packages in installment payments.

Basically, patrons pick their ticket package, and the cost is divided by the number of shows each package allows access to. For example, the five-show package would be divided into five payments—you get the idea.

The first payment is charged when the package is purchased, with each additional payment charged on the 15th of each month until the tickets are paid off. There are no additional fees or charges for participating in the layaway program, and ticket holders can still reserve seats well in advance, use the tickets anytime during the season and save between 7 percent and 35 percent off a single-ticket price.

Anyone who signs up before April 1 can reserve seats before sales open to the general public, but the layaway offer ends on June 30. The 2009 season begins June 5 with The Comedy of Errors and continues with productions of The Seagull, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Twelfth Night and A Tuna Christmas.

The program is only available by calling the festival office at 208-336-9221 or by e-mailing tickets@idahoshakespeare.org, and payment is only via credit or debit card.

Break Dancing

Dancers with free time around spring break can get a leg up on their competition with a Spring Break Intensive class by Balance Dance.

Taught by Los Angles-based dancer and choreographer Erin Elliott, the series of three classes run from 10 a.m. to noon daily, beginning Tuesday, March 24, through Thursday, March 26, at the Fulton Street Center for the Arts rehearsal loft.

The modern dance class is designed for intermediate and advanced dancers ages 12 and older and will focus on quick floor work and grand movements. Participants will learn technique, lines and musicality while learning to trust themselves in the process.

Cost for the class is $75 for all three days or $30 for a single day, although professional rates are available. Space is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, with 20 openings each day, so advanced registration is requested. For more information or to register, call 208-891-8704 or e-mail leah@balancedance.org.