Mayor Metes out Money • Haircuts Are So-o-o Scary • Making Mysterious Music (and Film, Performance) • Speaking of Idaho History... • Street People 

Mayor Metes out Money

The Boise City Department of Arts and History announced the recipients of its City Arts and History Fund grants. Anchor funds are awarded to large organizations to support general operations and cultural initiatives are awarded to smaller organizations, projects and individuals.

This year, the total anchor funds disbursed was $37,000, cultural initiatives received a total of $12,500. Large organizations that received anchor funds include Idaho Shakespeare Festival ($9,758.71), Boise Philharmonic ($6,696.45), Ballet Idaho ($6,510.80), Trey McIntyre Project ($5,000), Boise Contemporary Theater ($4,723.58) and Opera Idaho, Inc. ($4,310.37).

Cultural initiatives include TrICA ($1,500) for "Dancing Through Schools"; Wright Foot Forward ($1,200) for "Special Olympics Dance Performance"; Morgan Dethman-Corthell ($1,000) for "Stereo Main Street"; Grant Olsen ($1,000) for "Hitchcock Building Public Art"; Earl Swope ($1,000) for "Aspen Groves Historic Public Art"; Darkwood Consort ($1,000) for "Viola/Bass Clarinet Duo"; Lisa Lechner and Tracy Sunderland ($1,000) for "SITI Performing Arts Training"; Big Tree Arts ($1,000) for "LoudWriter Youth Poetry Workshop"; Drop Dance Collective ($800); Idaho Dance Theatre ($800); Noreen Shanafelt ($700) for "Historic City Hall Photos"; Elizabeth Blin ($500) for "History of Brazilian Music Lectures"; Okhee Chang ($500) for "Korean Dance Cultural Exchange"; and Literary Arts Newsletter ($500).

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Haircuts Are So-o-o Scary

Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will ooze on to the Nampa Civic Center stage for Halloween. The classic musical thriller recently garnered new fans with the big screen adaptation starring the brooding Johnny Depp.

Sweeney Todd is the story of a barber who kills the wealthy occupants of London's Fleet Street and turns them over to Mrs. Lovett, who turns them into delicious meat pies. Leave the little kids at home; this one is scary enough to elicit screams from the bravest of souls.

Oct. 31-Nov. 8, $15 adults, $14 seniors and students. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 208-468-2385, visit or stop by the box office at 203 Ninth Ave. S. in Nampa.

Making Mysterious Music (and film, performance)

The fourth annual Boise Creative and Improvised Music Festival is scheduled for May 1-2, 2009. Director and coordinator Krispen Hartung is looking to "create a more enriching experience for festival attendees by tapping into Boise's artistic, theater and film communities." The festival will highlight visual artists in a handful of mini-galleries at the festival and in performances during which they'll work in conjunction with musicians, creating improvised art pieces in tandem with a musical performance. Hartung is also looking for auteurs to submit short films that will screen silently during the festival.

If you are a visual artist or filmmaker interested in participating, e-mail Krispen at before Nov. 1.

Speaking of Idaho History...

AIA Idaho, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, announces this year's Design Awards following a speech by well-known historian Arthur Hart, who will discuss the history of architecture in Idaho. Hart speaks Friday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St. Admission is free and open to the public.

Street People

Thomas Lea's exhibit, "Market People," illustrates Boise's surprisingly rich diversity with a series of photographs of people taken against the same brick background over the course of several Saturdays during the Capital City Public Market. This exhibit runs through November and includes new photos not shown in the original exhibit. Zeppole, 217 N. Eighth St., 208-345-2149.

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