Alley Repertory, ISF, Idaho Center for Art and Craft 

Alley Repertory Theater will pull back the curtains once again for its second-annual reading series Plays From the Alley at Visual Arts Collective. Four local playwrights have been invited to collaborate with local directors and actors to present unfinished scripts in front of a live audience. A post-reading chat and survey forms will help the playwrights strengthen their works-in-progress. These collaborations take place each Monday in July.

This season's roster includes Phil Atlakson on July 5 with The Primordial State of Every Single Thing, a play about a married couple and their son's 2D body pillow lover. On July 12, see Evan Sesek's Champagne Breakfast, the story of a 20-somethings' love triangle. On July 19, Mary Steelsmith presents her Isaac, I Am, a play about an online chatroom-loving woman. Jef Peterson's The Apple Doesn't Fall, a play about a married woman's return to her childhood home, takes center stage on July 26. Readings start at 7:30 p.m., and picnics are encouraged. For more information, visit

In other Alley Rep news, Story Story Night--the company's live storytelling collaboration with the Cabin and the Boise State Story Initiative--has hit full stride. The theme of the next Moth-inspired event, which is on Monday, June 21, is "Falling for it: Stories of Gullibility." The evening's three featured storytellers are Mike Jackson, who will recount the story of his search for a knock-off Louis Vuitton on Canal Street, Charmagne Westcott speaking about the life of a child raised by Carnies, and Tony McKnight telling a tale of a 6-year-old English boy who cons the gullible. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Linen Building and features a full bar to ease storyteller's (and listeners') nervous jitters.

Other upcoming Story Story Nights include "On the Road: Stories of Travel," on Monday, July 19, and "Dog Days: Stories of Summer" on Monday, Aug. 23. For more info, visit

Also in full swing, is Idaho Shakespeare Festival, now in its 34th year. This season's lineup of plays includes classics such as A Midsummer's Night Dream and some very unexpected surprises such as the Weekly World News-inspired Bat Boy: The Musical. For a review of Bat Boy, click here.

If you're looking for a hands-on artistic experience, the Idaho Center for Art and Crafts (formerly the Mend Project) has an upcoming adult metalsmithing course titled Creating an Adornment Anthology. On Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., course registrants will create a collection of hand-constructed wearable jewelry pieces using personal or vintage items like crocheted handkerchiefs and cufflinks. Cost is $80. For more information, visit

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