Boise State, Whoa-Oh, Radio
On Wednesday, Sept. 3, Boise State Radio debuts a new series focusing on Idaho artists, authors and artisans. Art and Soul will air Wednesdays at 6:20 a.m. and 8:20 a.m. during the Morning Edition broadcast and at 4:50 p.m. during All Things Considered. The first program in the 20-week series kicks off with a profile of poet and author Bill Johnson. Johnson is a former Idaho Writer in Residence and received the Fellowship in Literature for Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2007. A professor of English at Lewis-Clark State College at Lewiston, Johnson published the nonfiction What Thoreau Said: Walden and the Unsayable and a collection of poems titled Out of the Ruins.
Some other mentionable local luminaries filling out the rest of Art and Soul's fall programming are: Dave Alderson, a silversmith from Twin Falls; IAQ cover artist and ceramist Marilyn Lysohir; wooden duck decoy-maker Frank Werner; and Kim Barnes, an author and 1997 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Art and Soul was picked up by the Northwest News Network, a radio news network that serves 1.4 million listeners in Idaho, Washington and Oregon, so these profiles will soon be heard as far as Portland and Seattle.
Art and Soul airs every Wednesday through November at 6:20 a.m., 8:20 a.m. and 4:50 p.m. on Boise State Radio at 91.5-FM.
It's TrICA to Rock a Rhyme
TrICA, the kids' art institute housed in an old North End church, has partnered with the Downtown Family YMCA, the Open Door Children's Theatre's Intergenerational Choir and the St. Alphonsus Festival of Trees for a frenzy of fall activities. Every Tuesday beginning Sept. 2, the Downtown YMCA and the Children's Dance Institute will host Dance Rascals, a beginning natural movement class for 3- to 4-year-olds and 5- to 7-year-olds. And for the little Disney addicts with a penchant for glitter and tulle, the Y is offering another dance class called Ballerina Princess. The class will be taught in the same style as Dance Rascals, but with a focus on dressing up, twirling and playing make believe.
Open Door Children's Theatre's Intergenerational Choir, an all-ages choir, will start up fall practices on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Directed by Vashti Summervill, the choir meets for 10 weeks at the Hyde Park Mennonite Fellowship, culminating in a concert on Saturday, Nov. 22. Though registration is kind of steep at $50 for an individual or $100 for an entire family, scholarships are available on the honor system to anyone in need.
TrICA will also hold auditions for Bloom, a play celebrating the 25th anniversary of the St. Alphonsus Festival of Trees. TrICA is casting kids ages 4 to 18 in dancing, singing and acting roles, with some techie opportunities for budding set painters and backstage crew. Auditions will be held at the Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center's McCleary Auditorium on Saturday, Sept. 13, with ages 4 to 7 from 9-10:15 a.m., ages 8 to 12 from 10:30-11:45 a.m. and ages 13 to 18 from noon-1:15 p.m. Rehearsals will run every Saturday, Sept. 20, through Nov. 15 with final performances on Saturday, Nov. 29, and Sunday, Nov. 30, in the Boise Centre on the Grove.
For more information about any of TrICA's upcoming fall programs, visit tricaarts.org or call 208-484-0142.
Open House of the Rising Sun
In more dance news, Ballet Idaho is having an open house from Tuesday, Sept. 2, through Friday, Sept. 5, 4-6 p.m. at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy. Ballet Idaho instructors will be on hand to provide information on upcoming dance classes and to escort prospective students through the academy's five climate-controlled, sprung-floor studios. Classes range from traditional ballet to modern dance and can accommodate dancers ages 3 to adult, beginning to advanced skill levels.
Open house runs Tues., Sept. 2, to Fri., Sept. 5, from 4-6 p.m., Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 516 S. 9th St. For more information and class schedules, visit balletidaho.org or call 208-343-0556.