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  • Hot Comedian
  • Hot Comedian

    Jim Gaffigan on food, not swearing and food
      When comedian Jim Gaffigan steps onstage, the Indiana native is almost difficult to see. His blond hair, blond beard and mustache, occasional rimless glasses and pale skin make his features give him a "he'd disappear in direct sunlight" kind of visage. But the minute he begins his stand-up routine, he's very in-the-flesh, an everyman who's easy for American audiences to identify with.
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  • Operating Opera
  • Operating Opera

    New executive director Mark Junkert on Opera Idaho

      After a year and a half of holding down two part-time jobs in two different states (New York and Minnesota), Mark Junkert and his partner, Cathy Carlson, decided it was time for a change. He saw the opening for Opera Idaho in a trade publication. He liked what he saw, and the Opera Idaho search committee did too. In May, he loaded up a U-Haul in Brooklyn, made a stop in Minneapolis for Carlson and their Minnesota belongings and headed West.

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  • East Meets West

    Shakespeare Festival's Macbeth puts new spin on classic
      Director Charles Fee has taken the Scottish play out of Scotland, visually at least, and dropped into feudal Japan. The East-meets-West effect is strikingly effective and it doesn't take a great leap for audiences to accept the new feel of the classic play.
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  • The Perfect Potion

    ISF's magical musical slays more than giants
      It's early evening and disheartened couples are lugging artfully packed picnics back to their cars. The woman behind the ticket window at Idaho Shakespeare Festival mouths the words "sold out" apologetically to those seeking last-minute seats for the opening night performance of Into the Woods
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  • Setting the Stage

    Area theater companies ready new seasons
      Usually, a couple of theater companies tend to dominate the headlines (here's a hint: one is associated with a famous English writer and the other just bought its own theater space). Not that they're not deserving of such attention, but the smaller guys in town are just biding their time and preparing a season of entertainment.
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  • Leaving Well Enough Alone

    ISF's take on the Bard's problem play

      One of Shakespeare's least-known comedies is really no comedy at all. Though All's Well That Ends Well boasts a dying king, adultery, deception and a faked death, it's no tragedy either. Most have settled on the ambiguous genre "dark comedy," but whatever label you might slap on it, the play has lurked in relative obscurity for a handful of worthy reasons.

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  • Franz Picks Up the Stick
  • Franz Picks Up the Stick

    Boise Philharmonic's new conductor is ready for his close-up
      Standing before a handful of strangers awaiting introduction, Franz smiles big and bows slightly for comic effect prior to extending a hand. One on one, he moves easily among several personas: Franz the conductor, who proffers serious, analytical, jargon-riddled opinions and arguments; and the non-maestro Franz, with a hint of an East-Coast accent, a quick wit, a tendency to totally use the word "totally" and a big, confident laugh.
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  • Pleasure Trip

    Idaho Dance Theatre brings friends along for the "Joy Ride"
      Tucked away in a far corner of the already obscure student side of the Morrison Center lies Boise State's diminutive dance studio. This well-worn room, known as B111, holds one of Idaho's artistic treasures. It's not a first-edition Hemingway, or a lost James Castle sketch. This treasure, known as Idaho Dance Theatre, is currently live and in-process. And I was lucky enough to catch an up-close and personal preview of IDT's upcoming performance, "Joy Ride," on the studio's faded marley floors. "Joy Ride" promises cross-media creativity to complement the company's reliable muscular technique and energetic expression.
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  • Wild About idaho
  • Wild About idaho

    Last of the Breed a profane but picture-perfect homegrown satire
      The theater is a vortex in which patrons can be transported far and wide: east, west; forward, backward in time; to the real, the fantastic, the historical. No place, no thing, is off limits in a house of drama. Knowing theater has no limits, Boise Contemporary Theater dares to whisk us away to a magical, although familiar, world—one a couple hundred miles north in the mountains of Central Idaho.
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  • Take a Bow

    Conductor James Ogle leaves Boise Philharmonic with a bang
      When BW called James Ogle a few weeks ago, he was studying the score for his final performance with Boise Philharmonic. He was memorizing each and every instrument's part, internalizing the piece in its entirety so that, in his words, the musical questions—and therefore the beginnings of a search for the musical answers—start to emerge.
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