DeNovo Opening - Nampa Art Guild - BCT Opening Gala - Banned Books Week 

Been Through the Desert

Not even fire in the hills can stop Sun Valley's art community from proceeding with business as usual. After careful consideration of the fire situation in the Wood River Valley, Gallery DeNovo announced that it would still hold its scheduled opening.

August 31, the gallery opened "Horse Boy," a retrospective of paintings by Philip Tsiaras. An artist who is popular in both Europe and the United States for his bronzes, paintings and glass sculptures, Tsiaras has also recently published a hand-bound book with Canova Books and Gallery DeNovo. Tsiaras will be at the gallery for the opening, as well as to sign copies of his book, also entitled Horse Boy.

Gallery DeNovo, 320 1st Ave. N., Suite 101, Ketchum, 208-726-8180,

Painting is More Fun With Friends

The Nampa Art Guild is accepting new members, as well as nonmembers who are interested in joining the group for paint-alongs. The group meets at the Nampa Valley Grange September through May on Wednesdays, with the third Wednesday of the month set aside for a paint-along with a local artist. Demonstrations are also held on the first Monday of each month.

Annual membership dues are $20 and include Monday night demonstrations and Wednesday night paint-alongs. Additional workshops are available to members at discount rates.

For more information, call 208-465-3207.

A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock and Roll

Each year, the Boise Contemporary Theater opens its season with a gala that is part celebration, part fundraiser. This year, the party takes place on September 14, and the theme is "Jeans & Jewels."

It's a low-key event that you can attend in casual attire (that's where the jeans comes in) or in formal wear (the jewels part) or mix it up with your favorite pair of Levi's and pearls or tuxedo jacket.

The evening's entertainment includes the stylings of local musician Travis Ward, and writer Maria Dahvana Headley will also present a brief new work as she gears up for the world premiere of her play Last of the Breed at BCT, the fourth piece in the 2007-2008 season. Directed by BCT artistic director Matthew Cameron Clark, Last of the Breed is the story of Wyatt Munro, a man living in the mountains of central Idaho. When eminent domain threatens his property, Munro looks to the Endangered Species Act to save his property, declaring himself "The Last American Wildman."

Along with dinner, drinks (provided by Tablerock Brew Pub) and live entertainment, there will be silent and live auctions with items such as Sun Valley vacation packages, fly fishing vacations, home decor and plenty of gift items.

Sept. 14, $100, Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the BCT box office at 208-334-9224.

Just Makes You Want to Read Them All the More

The Rediscovered Bookshop, a treasure trove of literary finds, takes what was once a dark moment in U.S. history and turns it around to celebrate the freedoms we do have in this country with Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read.

According to the American Library Association Web site, Banned Books Week "reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. 2007 marks Banned Book Week's 26th anniversary."

Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank, Burned and Glass will kick off the bookshop's Banned Books Week festivities on Saturday, September 29. On October 6 from 2-4 p.m., the shop will close out the week with public readings of banned books.

For more information, visit

—Amy Atkins and Rachael Daigle

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