Story Story Night Transitions into a New Phase 

And Sesqui Speaks examines the history of opera in Idaho

Story Story Night is shaking things up.

Glenn Landberg

Story Story Night is shaking things up.

After Story Story Night's appropriately themed event, Metamorphosis: Stories of One Thing After Another, on Monday, March 25, the live storytelling series will take a break and transition into a new phase. SSN will debut Starry Story Night in April at Boise Contemporary Theater, which highlights "true life stories of local luminaries." Then, from May to September, Story Story Late-Night will bust out the bawdy tales at Visual Arts Collective for an over-21 crowd. The regular SSN format will fire up again as the weather cools, resuming its monthly series at the Rose Room from October to March.

And speaking of Story Story Late-Night, organizers are seeking hosts to open the provocatively themed shows with a blush-worthy 10-20 minute true tale on subjects like "sex, drugs and drunks, vulgarity, violence, porn and indecency, sin, breaking the law, masturbation, adultery, lust and scandal." Those interested in hosting should send their stories to by the end of March.

Moving from spoken to sung stories, Boise 150's Sesqui Speaks program is offering a free lecture Friday, March 15, on the topic Opera in Boise: A Short History. From 7-9 p.m. at 513 S. Eighth St., Opera Idaho General Director Mark Junkert will explore the history of the art form in Idaho from its beginnings to today. The lecture will cover topics like "operas, singers, conductors, directors, theaters--the who and the what of it all." The discussion will also dive into operas written in and about Boise, providing musical examples.

Moving from history to the present, the Boise City Department of Arts and History and the Mayor's Office are currently accepting submissions for the biennial Mayor's Awards for Excellence in Art and History.

According to a press release: "Nominees must have demonstrated distinguished service, creative accomplishment, a record of publication, presentation, or research that enhances the artistic, historic, and broader cultural life of Boise."

Categories include Organization: Excellence in the Arts; Organization: Excellence in History; Person: Excellence in the Arts; Person: Excellence in the field of History; Business: Support for the Arts; Business: Support for History; Education: Excellence in Arts Education; and Education: Excellence in History Education.

Nominations must be submitted by Friday, March 22, at 3 p.m., and forms are available at For more info, call 208-433-5675 or email

A reception for the winners with the mayor will take place Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Boise Plaza.

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