The Day the Music Died
If you've already seen Souvenir, you might not think of an end to the music of Florence Foster Jenkins as a bad thing. It is, however, always a bit sad to see an end to another great Boise Contemporary Theater production. Souvenir's monthlong run at BCT is quickly drawing to a close. Based on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins, the infamously off-key diva whose squeaky performances were as off-beat in style of execution as they were literally. Told from the perspective of her accompanist, Souvenir is a candid portrait of the woman whose lack of talent sold out a show at Carnegie Hall.
Souvenir runs nightly Wed., Dec. 19 to Sat., Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12-$30. For more information, visit BCTheater.org.
Moolah From Us to You
This is the last time we'll remind you that we want to give you money. The deadline for BW's newly created private grant, which totals right around $15,000, is Friday, Jan. 4. The grant will be awarded in part or in its entirety to the individual or group who best demonstrates a need that coincides with BW's mission to promote arts in the community. To be considered, answer each of the following questions as completely, efficiently and persuasively as possible, submit your proposal to the BW offices at 523 Broad St. by Friday, Jan. 4 at 5 p.m., and keep your fingers crossed. Grant recipients will be chosen by a panel of judges prior to Jan. 31.
Without further ado, the questions: How does your organization support local visual artists? Will this grant fund a new project or an existing project? What is the budget for the project? How will the grant be used? Describe the location and accessibility of the project. How does this project benefit the community and support the mission of the Boise Weekly Cover Auction? Need more info? Give us a ring at 208-344-2055.
Moolah, Take Two
There's just more money going around than the arts community knows what to do with, apparently. The Eagle Arts Commission holds biannual grant deadlines for individuals with an interest in enriching the arts in Eagle. Funds are allocated to promote visual, performing and literary arts projects, as well as arts education and public art works. Last year, the commission awarded in excess of $20,000 in two segments. The first deadline for 2008 is Tue., Jan. 15.
To download guidelines, information and application materials to be mailed in, visit http://eaglearts.org. For questions, call Barbara Burton at 208-489-8788.
Winter Wine and Art
The 43rd McCall Winter Carnival is just around the corner, with all the usual snow sculpting, wine and sporting events. A new event has just been added to the docket for this year's festivities, and since this is an arts news column, you can bet your hot buttered rum it's an art-related activity. Northfork Lodge hosts its inaugural wine and art jubilee, for which several local wineries have already signed up to participate in. Frenchman's Gulch, Carmela Vineyards, Indian Creek Winery and Williamson Winery will be on hand doling out samples. And so far, the list of artists includes Jesse and Shelly DeMoss, Virgil Butler, Darla Carroll, Bill Styler and Tim Schick.
For more information, visit McCallWinterCarnival.com.