This Week in Idaho Arts: Lit Loot, Funny Biz and building Bob’s Art Farm 

The Idaho Commission on the Arts has announced the recipients of its Literature Fellowships, which are awarded every three years for work deemed to exhibit the highest artistic merit during peer review"—reviews were anonymous and performed by out-of-state panelists. The winners of $5,000 fellowships are J. Reuben Appelman, Alan Heathcock and Kerri Webster of Boise; Devin Becker of Moscow; and Bethany Schultz Hurst of Pocatello.

Speaking of writing, crafting a great joke is no small feat, but amateur comedians will give it a (rim)shot during Liquid Laugh's annual Boise's Funniest Person competition. Wannabe comics with little to no standup experience will vie for a $1,000 grand prize every Saturday in July, starting July 9 with 20 punishment gluttons. In conjunction with audience votes, a panel of judges (including Boise Weekly's own Amy Atkins) will winnow the list down to 10 contestants, who will each be paired with a professional comedian. Five amateurs will move on to the semi-finals and on July 30, someone will be named Boise's Funniest Person. Tickets are $10 at, and shows start at 8 p.m. sharp. Bonus: perennial favorite Shawn Pelofsky performs at Liquid this week, including a 10 p.m. show on Saturday. Get tickets and info at.

Attention amateur and professional artists of every ilk: Bob's Art Farm is accepting proposals for work by Idaho artists that pays homage to the late, great Bob Neal to be exhibited at Surel's Place Friday, Sept. 30-Sunday, Oct. 2. Artists must live in Idaho and work can be "traditional, interactive, visual, film, music, writing or performance." Submission deadline is by midnight on Monday, Aug. 15. Download an application form at

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