Messiah Choir • Wherefore Art Thou, Gals? • Insightful Graduates • Photos and Sourdough 

Messiah Choir

Where would Hollywood "Ah, ha!" moments be without George Frideric Handel? Though his famous "Hallelujah" chorus from the oratorio Messiah was originally composed to honor the resurrection of Christ, it now rings out every time someone pries a penny from beneath a couch cushion.

But if those innumerable pop culture sound bites aren't enough for you to get a "handel" on Messiah, the Boise Master Chorale has a holiday treat for you. This year, the BMC will not only haul its full orchestra, chorus, trumpets and timpani to the Cathedral of the Rockies for a matinee on Sunday, Dec. 21, but will also perform an evening show at Northwest Nazarene University's Brandt Center on Friday, Dec. 19.

And for all of you annual Messiah-ites, here's a little background on the tradition of the audience standing during the "Hallelujah" chorus. There are varying versions, but as the story goes, King George II of Great Britain rose to his feet during the chorus to stretch his legs (or possibly due to a flare up of gout) and, as is customary, the rest of the audience stood to join him. For almost 300 years, audiences around the world have continued to observe the tradition.

Friday, Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m., Brandt Center, Northwest Nazarene University, 623 Holly Street, Nampa. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2 p.m., Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N 11 St., Boise. For more information and to buy tickets, visit

Wherefore Art Thou, Gals?

Founded by Humpin' Hannah's owner Rocci Johnson 14 years ago to promote emerging female artists and educate the public on domestic violence, A Celebration of Women in the Arts—now called We Art Women—has become a pillar in the Boise arts community. Entering its fourth year as We Art Women, this annual benefit for the Women's and Children's Alliance's Crisis Center just keeps getting classier.

Though We Art Women won't take place until Feb. 26, 2009, at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, event co-chair Zella Bardsley is encouraging artists to use holiday free time to get up to three pieces ready for submission by Feb. 1, 2009. Due to space constraints this year, all work submitted for both the silent and live auctions will go through a jurying process and must be accompanied by a $20 entry fee.

To download a copy of this year's entry form, visit For additional information, contact Zella Bardsley at

Insightful Graduates

Though there are countless visually and gastronomically tasty events vying for your attention this First Thursday (for highlights, visit Downtown News on pg. 36), the Linen Building has a special treat that shouldn't be missed. A group of 14 graduating Boise State graphic design students, including BW's very own graphic designer Megan Decker, will display their portfolios in a group show called "Insight."

With images ranging from Steve Norell's commercial Arbiter ad, to Theresa Worl's creative image of a girl crouching to touch a ball of lava, the show is sure to buzz with stimulating design and "Whew, we're done!" excitement.

For more information, or to view images from the students' portfolios, visit

Photos and Sourdough

Thomas Lea, photographer behind the series "Market People," has a new show up at the local bakery Zeppole titled "The Winter Show at Zeppole." Lea, a recent Boise transplant from San Francisco, takes photographs that blend a curiosity for untraditional subject matter with the critical eye of an outsider. His new series, which includes more stunning shots that reflect life in Boise along with an array of scenic photos taken in Utah, will be up for the month of December.

"The Winter Show at Zeppole" will be on display at Zeppole, 217 N. Eighth St., through Dec. 31. For more information, call 208-345-2149.

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