Southwest Report 

Get the Gift of sight and sound at Boise Art Museum

The exhibit season is in full swing at Boise Art Museum, located at 670 Julia Davis Dr. in Boise, with displays by Oregon artist Marie Watt and a Russian icon exhibit already in place. December brings a new exhibit to BAM from sound artist Ted Apel. His latest, "Sound/Matter," combines computer technology and electronic music to create an interactive experience with the viewer. Found objects, software controlling simple instruments and signal processing into audio feedback figure heavily into the exhibit, which runs through February 17.

Other upcoming exhibits include Scott Fife's "Big Trouble," an installation of cardboard figures that examines the legal and historical events following the 1905 assassination of Idaho Gov. Frank Steunenberg, and a large-scale sculpture exhibit from Washington, D.C., created by artist Kendall Buster expressly for the sculpture court. For information on these and other exhibits or events, call BAM at 208-345-8330 or visit their Web site at www.boiseartmuseum.org. Gallery hours at the museum are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues., Wed., Fri. and Sat.; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thurs. and noon to 5 p.m. on Sun.

Handel's Messiah Gets Master Chorale Treatment

With music by George Frideric Handel and text from the King James version of the Bible, Messiah has been one of the most popular and long-lasting holiday pieces of the last two centuries. Originally performed for Easter, Messiah has become an integral part of the Advent, or pre-Christmas, experience, especially the "Hallelujah Chorus." Boise Master Chorale will dip into this shared cultural experience with their presentation of Messiah on December 23.

The performance will be given at the Cathedral of the Rockies at 11th and Hayes in Boise, and features Laura Rushing-Raynes, Laurel Pumphrey, David Carlson and Andre Flynn, backed by the chamber orchestra. There will be a dress rehearsal and sing-a-long at 10 a.m. (get it out of your system then), with a $10 admission, and an evening performance at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. To pick up tickets or to get more information, call 208-344-7901 or visit www.boisemasterchorale.org.

Boise Little Theater Keeping Busy All Winter

Boise Little Theater is putting on a full slate of productions for the winter. Kicking things off, BLT at 100 E. Fort St. in Boise, turns to an American classic in December with their presentation of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, as adapted by Peter Clapham. The story follows the March girls as they grow up in a poverty-stricken New England home during the Civil War years. Little Women plays on December 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m.; December 10 at 2 p.m.; and December 13 at 7:30 p.m..

Following soon after is the marriage comedy Till Death Do Us Part, a look at the modern state of matrimony. This production written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, runs January 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m.; January 21 at 2 p.m.; and January 24 at 7:30 p.m..

February looks to spring with Too Soon for Daisies, by William Dinner and William Morum, a comedy about three ladies who make their escape from a retirement home. The play runs February 23 and 24 at 8 p.m., and on into March. Tickets for all shows are $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and students; children 12 and under can see Little Women for $6. For tickets and other information, call 208-342-5104 or visit www.boiselittletheater.org.

Photography Show Benefits Idaho Foodbank

On December 7, the Third Annual Idaho Photographic Workshop Holiday Show begins its three-day exhibit to benefit the Idaho Foodbank. Fine photography from 40 Idaho photographers will go on display, and all proceeds from raffle sales, as well as 10 percent of sale proceeds, will go to the food bank. The exhibit is free to the public, and will feature music by Gayle Chapman and wine tasting by The Winery at Eagle Knoll.

The exhibit is open at 1020 Main St., across from the Art Source Gallery, Dec. 7 from 5-9:30 p.m., and Dec. 8 and 9, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Contact Ken Levy at 208-344-6014 or ken@kenlevymedia.com for more info.

Knock 'Em Dead Gives History Lesson in January

600 years, 6,000 seconds. The new year will start off in high spirits at Knock 'Em Dead Productions, when the Reduced Shakespeare Company's Complete History of America Abridged hits the stage running on January 26. The production runs through February 24 and Tickets are available through Knock 'Em Dead's Web site at www.kedproductions.org.

--Brandon Nolta

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