Buh, Buh ... Bucks? • Ah, Veracity • Doh!Sent! • Riverdance, Still Touring 

Buh, Buh ... Bucks?

So in the last edition of Arts News, somewhere around mid-December, we swore up and down that under absolutely no circumstances would we again give notice of BW's impending arts grant deadline. We lied. So sue us. Actually, we were just checking to see if you are paying attention. So here's the updated version. The deadline to submit your application for BW's newly created private grant has been extended.

The grant, which totals almost $15,000, will be awarded in part or in its entirety to the individual or group best demonstrating a need that coincides with BW's mission to promote arts in the community. To be considered, answer each of the following questions as completely, efficiently and persuasively as possible, submit your proposal to the BW offices at 523 Broad St. by Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 5 p.m. How many pairs of socks have you ruined walking sock-foot around your yard? Cocoa or Fruity Pebbles? What is the meaning of life in two words or less? OK, just kidding. Seriously, here be them: How does your organization support local visual artists? Will this grant fund a new project or an existing project? What is the budget for the project? How will the grant be used? Describe the location and accessibility of the project. How does this project benefit the community and support the mission of the Boise Weekly Cover Auction?

Need more info? Give us a ring at 208-344-2055.

Ah, veracity

A group of intrepid wordsmiths specializing in that which lends itself to the truth rather than the stuff of fiction gathers twice monthly in the interest of bettering their skills. The pensters, collectively known as the Boise Nonfiction Writers, meet the first hump day of the month at the Rediscovered Bookshop and again two weeks later on the third Wednesday of the month at The Cabin. February's first meeting features guest Susan Stacy, local author of Tom and Julia Davis: Some Good Place. Stacy will do all the things one would expect at such an event, including talk about her book, gush about the illustriousness of being a writer and offer up advice for wannabes. And then she'll discuss writers' salaries and completely dissuade her entire audience from pursuing the glory of a byline to instead head straight for a career in law. (OK maybe that last part is more like creative nonfiction.)

Wed., Feb. 6, 6:30-8 p.m., Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Rd., 208-376-4229. Wednesday meetings at The Cabin run 6:30-8 p.m., 801 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-331-8000.


Boise Art Museum is soliciting docents. Nope, it's not a bad word, you won't have to be jumped in or learn a secret handshake, nor is it illegal to solicit one, talk to one or even be one. Dictionary missing? Allow us. A docent in the extra-academic sense refers to one who serves as a guide in a museum or like institution on a voluntary basis. Think smoking-hot Sacajawea nerd Rebecca in Ben Stiller's 2006 Night at the Museum.

At Boise Art Museum, docents serve an important function in the museum's school tour program for all Idaho students grades pre-K through high school. They provide interactive guided tours, facilitate hands-on art projects and graciously give up more than 5,000 hours telling your brats about art. Without pay, God love 'em.

Sound like just the gig for you? The program runs September through May, during which docents attend weekly training sessions about the museum's exhibits and studio techniques. Get details at the recruiting event Monday, Jan. 14, 10:30 a.m. No reservations required, just show up.

Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Dr. For more information, visit BoiseArtMuseum.org, or call 208-345-8330, Ext. 18.

Riverdance, Still Touring

Just when that chorus line of spandex-clad dancers gleefully bobbing stiffly in unison was fading from your memory like last summer's watermelon, they're back. If you just can't get enough of the crazy cloggers, get online and get your tickets.

The lads and lasses will be at the Morrison Center for three shows, Mon., Jan. 14 to Wed., Jan. 16. Tickets are $37 to $57 at the box office, at all Select-a-Seat outlets or online at IdahoTickets.com.

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