A Prose Is Still a Prose By Any Other Name• Takin' It To The Streets• City Government Does a Good Thing? 

A Prose Is Still a Prose By Any Other Name

Sun Valley will host its fourth annual Ernest Hemingway Festival this year from Sept. 25-28. This year's celebration, which annually celebrates all things Hemingway, steams full-bore under the theme of "Hemingway in Cuba," with lecturers and panel discussions from scholars and the writer's family. And because it is writing that the writer mostly lovingly known as "Papa" is famous for, the festival holds a writing contest each year known as Prose for Papa. Aspiring and established writers are called upon to submit short stories for the contest. If you're interested in trying to write something worthy of Idaho's adopted son, submissions must be works of unpublished short fiction. According to the rules, they should be typewritten, double-spaced, available in Word format and no more than 2,600 words or 10 pages. Send a $10 entry fee with your pithy palaver to Prose for Papa, SVKCVB, P.O. Box 2420, Sun Valley, ID, 83353.

For more information about the Hemingway Festival, visit ErnestHemingwayFestival.org. For more information about Prose for Papa, e-mail proseforpapa@visitsunvalley.com.

Takin' It To The Streets

Just recently we caught wind of something new brewing up on the theater horizon—a new theater company. The Alley Repertory Theater (aka ART) is currently auditioning actors for its first production, which will be staged in May at its new residence in the still-not-yet-but-soon-to-be opened Visual Arts Collective building in Garden City.

According to ART's mission statement, they plan to offer an "inclusive, innovative theater producing year-round new and established works for adults, teens and children throughout the Treasure Valley."

Board member, founding member and marketing coordinator/director Andrea Haskett said that not only does the group plan to produce contemporary work, they also plan to offer regular theater development workshops for both children and adults. According to Haskett, ART plans to be "a very professional theater" but they will reach out to the community for involvement and players. Haskett also said they plant to "keep their focus on being more competitive and cutting-edge and allowing plenty of opportunities for local playwrights who need a forum to work on their projects."

ART will hold performances exclusively at VAC, and they are currently holding auditions for their inaugural play, And the Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane. The play will preview May 1 and will run May 2-3 and May 8-11. For more information about ART or auditions, call 208-388-4278 or visit AlleyRepertoryTheater.clamcity.com.

City Government Does a Good Thing?

When BW went to press on Tuesday, the Boise City Council had yet to hold its regular meeting; however if all went well, the council passed an ordinance that would restructure the Boise City Arts Commission, making it a department of the city rather than a separate entity. Established in 1978 as a nonprofit agency to steer the city in the right direction with regard to the arts, BCAC's mission has always been to advocate for the arts and to nurture Boise culturally. Mission accomplished. Now, the commission is hoping to move from being an advisory entity into a more official capacity.

Tuesday's meeting was the third reading and public hearing for the ordinances that would form a city department of arts and history, effectively changing the Boise City Arts Commission to the Arts and History Commission. According to a statement released by Karen Bubb, interim executive director and public arts manager of BCAC, "the consideration by City Council and mayor of this new department is a recognition of the importance of arts, culture and history to the health and vitality of Boise."

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