Treasure Your Beer 

Forget the muses of old. Languid reclining nudes with padded ivory hips and blushing nipples are a thing of the past. The new inspirational form is a testament to modern consumerism--steely smooth curves with dewy beads of cool sweat. Though beer has always been bottled inspiration for artists, PBR's annual "PB-Arts Contest" has moved the can to the forefront.

Each year, the contest encourages artists to submit PBR-inspired work in four categories--photography, painting, sculpture and poetry--and then awards a grand prize of $1,893 in cash and a year's supply of PBR, and a runner-up prize of $631 in cash and a four-month supply of PBR, in each category.

Last year, PBR painted a few of the top contest winners in mural form on the sides of four downtown Boise buildings--the Davies Reid building, the side of Neurolux, the Linen Building and the side of Mack & Charlie's facing Addie's.

Josh Udesen from Boise was one of this year's winners, and his work will be displayed in Atlanta, Ga.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Portland, Ore. For more information and to see the complete PBart gallery "like an art museum without all the wimpy hush hush," visit pbart.com.

Now, something for the kiddos. Idaho Performing Arts recently released a call to artists for the Missoula Children's Theatre production of Treasure Island. MCT, the largest touring children's theater in the country, will show up in Boise with a wagon full of sets, lights, costumes and make-up. All they need to complete the production is a cast of local kids aged 6 to 18. Each child actor pays a $95 participation fee and then is cast in a specific role--Jim Hawkins, the Pirate Crew, Jim's Ruffian Friends, Villagers or cuddly Gulls. Rehearsals take place Monday, July 26, through Friday, July 30, from 1-5 p.m. at Camille Beckman in Eagle, and the play's performance is on Saturday, July 31, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Eagle Nazarene Church. For more information, call Kim Hasenoehrl at 208-602-8796 or e-mail kim@kimhazdesign.com.

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