IAQ - B&W Photo Deadline - New Opera Idaho Exec 

Idaho Arts Quarterly Lands This Week

After a year of brainstorming, meeting with community arts leaders, hiring a new editor and completely reinventing how we cover the arts, the sleek, new glossy version of Idaho Arts Quarterly was due to hit stands this Wednesday. The idea was that you'd be able to find it inserted into this here edition of BW.

Due to the tardiness of one writer—for whom the presses were held after said writer received a proper public flogging for missing deadline—Idaho Arts Quarterly will be inserted into next week's copy of BW. Just kidding (on the writer thing, that is). Truth be told the press was smashed to smithereens when space jetsam plummeted through the roof after falling from orbit. Just kidding (about the smithereens thing, that is).

All joking aside, the very first issue of the new Idaho Arts Quarterly should be in our offices this week. You can get your copy of IAQ on Wednesday, June 11, when thousands of copies will magically make their way into the folds of BW. Or meet us at Alive After Five on June 11, when a team of BW staffers and IAQ editor Katy Dang will be handing out copies.

The End is Near for Photo Submissions

More from the shameless self-promotion department ...

One of BW's most popular contests of the year is edging dangerously close to deadline. When your trusty chronometer strikes 5 p.m. this Friday, June 6, it will officially be too late to enter your best black and white photographs in BW's sixth annual Black and White Photo Contest. Haven't got your act together yet? Here are the rules: Photos must be black and white or monochrome with at least one dimension measuring eight inches. All photos must be matted in 16-inch by 20-inch matboard. High-quality digital prints are OK. On the back of each entry, write photo category and your name, address and phone number. You'll have to pony up $5 for each entry, but you're welcome to enter as many photos as you think are winners.

The categories are divided into what your first-grade teacher probably taught you were nouns: people, places, things. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries in each category, and the overall winner receives $150 and will be published on the cover of the June 18 edition of Boise Weekly.

Got questions? Ring us at 208-344-2055. Drop off your entries (or mail them with a check) to 523 Broad St., Boise, ID 83702.

Changing of the Guard at Opera Idaho

Boise's performing arts community just received a healthy injection of new energy. Opera Idaho's executive and artistic director Julie Kilgrow announced her retirement in January, effective this May. Last week, Mark Junkert was named the company's new executive director. Unlike Kilgrow, Junkert will not double as the artistic director. The company plans to hire a separate artistic director. Opera Idaho's Esther Simplot arts complex neighbors Ballet Idaho and Boise Philharmonic also welcomed new artistic directors for next season. Robert Franz has joined Boise Philharmonic as its artistic director, and Peter Anastos was named Ballet Idaho's new artistic director earlier this year.

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