Boise Weekly Cover Auction Grants Announced 

And info on Story Story Night, artist Ed Anderson and author Michael Shelden

We just mailed DLO a BW Cover Auction Grant congrats letter. How meta.

Elijah Jensen

We just mailed DLO a BW Cover Auction Grant congrats letter. How meta.

Local luminaries like Trey McIntyre and Boise Mayor Dave Bieter ducked into BWHQ on Feb. 16 to devour cheese plates and decide the fate of $10,400 in Cover Auction grant money. The panel deliberated for a couple of hours before whittling down the 33 applicants to 10 winners. Here are the 2011 Boise Weekly Cover Art Auction Grant recipients:

Dying Letter Office, $1,000; Bryan Moore, $500; Zach Voss, $500; Enso Artspace, $1,500; Boise Rock School, $1,000; Story Story Night, $1,500; Boise Old Time, $400; BOSCO, $1,000; Treasure Valley Institute for Children's Arts, $1,500; Empty Boat Theatre Co., $1,500.

Boise Rock School's grant will help upgrade recording studio equipment; Empty Boat's will help fund a new play, There are Chinese Tunnels Under Boise (and Other Local Legends); and Story Story Night's grant will finance a new, adult-themed series called Story Story Late Night.

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Speaking of Story Story Night, the monthly live storytelling series is gearing up for Break Up: Stories of the End of the Affair at the Rose Room on Monday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. The theme will include tales from Phil Bode, Jennifer Sanders Peterson and Bert Moeller. Admission is $5.

Artist Ed Anderson has a less tragic take on love. The Minnesota native has spent the past 10 years in Idaho and will soon debut A Sketch of Idaho, a dozen acrylic and ink depictions that are loveletters to the Gem State.

Like many who planned to just pass through Idaho, Anderson hasn't left yet. His new acquaintances--the Bitterroot, Snake, Salmon and Teton--convinced him to stay. However, his artistic abilities extend beyond landscapes. Anderson specializes in commissioned pieces like poster art and chalkboard advertisements. His exhibit will open at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, at the Linen Building and will remain up until Thursday, April 19.

Another man who will soon be making a trip out West is Michael Shelden, biographer and author of Mark Twain: Man in White. Shelden is a professor at Indiana State University and Pulitzer Prize finalist. His visit to Boise Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. is part of the Read Me series, which replaced the Big Read. This year's Read Me selection is The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

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