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Theater Camp and Gallery Opening


It took Samuel Beckett about nine weeks to write Waiting for Godot--and, to the untrained eye, it's just a couple of guys, well, waiting around. Think you can do better? Boise Contemporary Theater is offering its fall Theater Lab, starting Tuesday, Sept. 3, in which students work with professionals to build a play from the page up and perform it for three nights on the BCT Stage, Nov. 7-9.

Classes run twice per week, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m.-7 p.m., with class sizes capped at 12 students. Age limits are 12-18, and auditions will be held to assess each student's skill level.

Tuition is $389 per student, with scholarships available. Time's ticking for registration, though. Email BCT Director Dwayne Blackaller, who leads the camp, at to schedule an audition. Visit for a registration form and more info. Don't think you'll make the fall session? Kids aged 6-12 can sign up early for the Spring Break Camp sessions, which take place March 24-28, 2014. The Spring Session, for ages 12-18, runs from April 7-May 10, 2014.

Moving from theatrics to visual art, work by Canadian-born illustrator and artist Kristian Adam will go on display at Brumfield's Gallery Saturday, Aug. 31. Featuring a host of hairy little beasts of nondescript species, Adam's "NymNums," as he calls them, are "a unique breed of anthropomorphic animals" inspired in part by the work of Dr. Seuss.

Unlike the good doctor, though, the creatures in Adam's "A Woodland Recital" exhibit are meticulously rendered in delicate pencil or acrylic, with a subdued color palette that gives the work a dreamy sort of whimsy.

Themes of invention and technology appear throughout the series of pieces, with NymNums manipulating strange instruments and wearing headgear like the Harmonic Vocal Demodulator.

Adam's work is regularly shown in galleries throughout Vancouver, British Columbia, and has been displayed in the Canadian embassies of Japan, Korea and China. Here in Boise, "A Woodland Recital" will hang through Sunday, Oct. 6, with an artist reception Aug. 31 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.