Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Through the Trees: The poetic end to a toxic relationship

I first met author Nina C.Palmer at a group signing run by the Idaho Authors Community. Immediately striking was her passion for poetry and a particular cohesiveness between her presence, our chat and her work.

Each chapter of her book is a stage, each poem a part of a the journey taking you through denial, anger, depression, bargaining, and acceptance. *** Written from personal experiences, it truly captures the occurrence of verbal and emotional abuse experienced in a toxic relationship. Whether your loss is a friend, husband or wife, a brother or sister, mother or father, these writings will hit home with all. A truly inspired collection of work, it relates with the heartache of the loss but also uplifts and inspires. This poetry acts as an emotional guide leading you through each stage and leaves you at the end with the courage and strength to move on.

I sat down with Nina last week at a coffee shop in Boise, to learn more about this  intriguing journey.
“Writing the book was part of the process, but publishing the book is the closure,” Nina said. “I needed it, because, being in a toxic relationship, there is a lot of shame and guilt … so by publishing, it really speaks out against it. So it’s a final way of being able to stand up and take that part of myself back.”
Nina’s childhood home was nestled in Matilija Canyon, a remote area outside of Ojai, CA. Her home was secluded which granted a unique and enchanting place to grow up. It is no wonder that her work is filled with its imagery. Her earliest writings of poetry began as early as elementary school. It is a realized talent that has remained throughout her life.
I asked Nina why she chose the art form of poetry as her outlet.
Growing up I had an undiagnosed, but definitely … either emotionally handicapped or mentally ill mother. I didn’t have a lot of privacy in my home, so I didn’t really have a way of expressing myself without any kind of persecution for it. So when I wrote poetry, it was like being able to talk about those feelings, almost like in code … because it didn’t pinpoint the exact circumstances that brought out that emotion, but it clearly represented the emotion. So it was a way of being able to speak about something without getting in trouble.
Nina is now currently working on her next collection of poetry, to be titled Reaching The Castle Wall a composition of heartache and love poems derived from the fairy tales we all grew up with. It is scheduled to be released for Valentine’s Day 2016. In the meantime, a series of children’s books are also underway.

“Palmer’s poems depict through natural imagery of rain, sunshine and forests what it is like to live within and then gradually to be able to leave a toxic love relationship. Palmer’s poems radiate wisdom that can guide others along similar routes out of suffering. The poems in Palmer’s [book] are at once immediately accessible and at the same time deeply enlightening. If you have been or are now involved with someone who has toxic impacts on you, and whether you think of yourself as someone who reads poetry or have never read a poem before, I highly recommend this book.” -Psychology Today
I asked Nina what she meant by the “persecution” in her home, and what would happen when she expressed herself.
I just wasn’t allowed to. would be the best way put it. Kids were supposed to be quiet, and in their rooms, and out of the way, and to do what their told. A lot of the things that happened to me when I was younger, wouldn’t make sense to even an adult, to treat a child that way.
Nina went on to talk about how her experiences were abusive, even though many things that happened could not fall onto the traditional chart when experts track and talk about abuse.

“I have been truly inspired to write this collection of poetry,” Nina said. “It is my hope that these works with inspire your heart to embrace every stage of grief and not only find peace, but the strength and courage to move on.”
Amazon Review:
So many of these poems hit home through the hurt and sorrow I’ve endured through my own relationships romantically and friendship wise. The empathetic passages really perked up my spirits knowing that this is normal to go through all these emotions. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone happy or going through a depressing time. One poem or many of them will pull you in and wanting to read more!
There is much of a hero’s journey sketched-out in these words. Nina’s electric collection massages the heart, and nourishes the mind and soul.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

See JERSEY BOYS BROADWAY IN BOISE at the Morrison Center


Now at the Morrison Center!

They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story -- a story that has made them an international sensation all over again.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 7:30pm 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 7:30pm 
Thursday, December 4, 2014 7:30pm 
Friday, December 5, 2014 8:00pm 
Saturday, December 6, 2014 2:00pm & 8:00pm 
Sunday, December 7, 2014 1:00pm & 6:30pm

Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon, JERSEY BOYS. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s just too good to be true.

“Sherry” • “Big Girls Don’t Cry” • “Walk Like A Man” • “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” • “December, 1963 (Oh What A Night)”
Jersey Boys is directed by Des McAnuff, with book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice , music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe.

“Too good to be true!” raves the New York Post for Jersey Boys, the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Guadio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30! Jersey Boys features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girl’s Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

 “The most exciting musical Broadway has seen in years.” – Chicago Tribune

“The crowd goes wild.” – The New York Times

- See more at: http://boisestatetickets.com/event/jerseyboys/#sthash.IxHuEuf0.dpuf

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

College of Idaho readies for annual Cultural Show

The College of Idaho student body is as diverse as the crops grown in Canyon County. With 81 international students representing 46 countries—including Norway, Venezuela, Swaziland, and Barbados—the C of I is home to a surprisingly robust international population.

And on Nov. 13, the international students will share their talents and cultures with the community as the C of I presents its fourth annual International Student Organization Cultural Show at 7 p.m. inside Jewett Auditorium on the C of I campus in Caldwell. The show is free and open to the public.

“The ISO cultural show is one of the most celebrated events on campus,” said Isfandiyor Abdullo, ISO president. “This event doesn't show our difference. In fact, it shows how similar we all are despite coming from different backgrounds.”

The Cultural Show audience will experience different cultures through African storytelling, Bollywood dance, South African Hip-Hop and more as the College highlights diversity within its campus community. The show will feature 17 performances of poetry, music and dances from students’ homelands.

“I think it is important to understand that we live in a diverse world,” said Arnold Hernandez, director of multicultural affairs at the C of I. “Diversity enhances social development and prepares students for the real world — it prepares them to become global thinkers.”

For more info, contact Abdullo at isfandiyor.abdullo@yotes.collegeofidaho.edu, or call (208) 459-5868.T

#Books Moon Idaho (Moon Handbooks) [Kindle Edition] by James Patrick Kelly

Seasoned food, wine, and travel writer James P. Kelly offers his unique perspective on this remarkable travel destination, from free Wednesday night concerts at The Grove in Boise to the bizarre rock outcroppings of the Magic Valley.

Kelly uses his local knowledge to craft original trip ideas, including Five Days of Fun in the Sawtooths, Birding in Idaho, and Exploring Backcountry Hot Springs. Complete with details on skiing Silver Mountain, exploring McCall's numerous hot springs, and noshing on contemporary Northwest fare in downtown Nampa, Moon Idaho gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

Boise resident James P. Kelly has loved big mountains ever since his childhood in Seattle. As a restless teenager, he spent countless hours in the North Cascades exploring alpine lakes and trails beat-out by miners’ boots.

Before moving to Idaho in 2000, James had only traveled through the Gem State on his way to Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and the Dakotas. He eventually returned to live in this land of rugged mountains, mystical deserts, and vodka-clear trout streams. To help seal the deal, he even married a third-generation Idahoan, Dana, who he proposed to while hiking in the Trinity Mountains.

 “Right before I asked her, some Peruvian sheepherders on pack mules passed by on the trail, followed by two good ol’ boys on motorbikes. One of them had an axe bungeed to his handlebars,” James recalls. “I thought it was all over for us, but the axe had just fallen off one of the mules and they were returning it to its rightful owner.”

James, a former chef, earned a journalism degree from Boise State University before becoming the restaurant critic at the Idaho Statesman. He has written numerous food and travel-related features for Northwest Palate and other magazines and websites. When not hanging out in his vegetable garden with his wife and two kids, Nolan and Audra, James can be found snowshoeing to backcountry yurts, foraging for morels, catching big trout, and dining in Sun Valley restaurants.

For my books on amazon see: http://bit.ly/StricklandBooks



Monday, August 11, 2014

Who is Michael Strickland (Idaho?)

Follow Michael Strickland @PublishWithUs Publishing Consultant: I assist with all phases of writing, editing, social media, public speaking author promotion and getting your work published. Boise, Idaho · facebook.com/youpublish

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Boise Weekly Cover Art Submissions

Each week's cover of Boise Weekly is a piece of work from a local artist.

One stipulation of publication is that the piece be donated to BW’s annual charity art auction in November. The artist will receive 30% of their pieces auction price from the BW Cover Auction.

A portion of the proceeds from the auction are reinvested in the local arts community through a series of private grants for which all artists are eligible to apply. The remainder of the covers this year will help support Boise Weekly.

To submit your artwork for BW’s cover, bring it to BWHQ at 523 Broad St. All mediums are accepted. Thirty days from your submission date, your work will be ready for pick up if it’s not chosen to be featured on the cover. Work not picked up within six weeks of submission will be discarded. 

For more information email production@boiseweekly.com or call 208-344-2055.

SOURCE: Boise Weekly. 


Works of art can tell stories or simply express an aesthetic truth or feeling. Panorama of a section of A Thousand Li of Mountains and Rivers, a 12th-century painting by Song Dynasty artist Wang Ximeng.
SOURCE: Wikipedia 


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Some great books ...

Write Well Publish Right [Kindle Edition]

Everybody has a story. It builds up inside us, fighting at the edges of our soul, pushing at us until it forces us to open an outlet and let it escape. So, what do we do? How do we tell the story?

Write Well Publish Right is designed to bring story-tellers from the first glimmer of an idea into completion of a full-fledged print book. This is not a “how-to” book, this is an “I did it and you can do it too” book. For all the writers who have ever attended writer’s workshops, community education classes and library meet-the-author days and wondered how to write a book and get published, this book leads the way. This book takes you on a journey into the world of writing and publishing from the perspective of an author who has been there. Lucinda Moebius has experienced the world of publishing through professional and self-publishing forums. 

Through her journey she has learned many lessons and has experienced both good and bad sides of the publishing world and she has decided to share the knowledge she has gained with you.

There are books out there about writing and there are books out there about publishing. Write Well Publish Right is a book about both. This book breaks down the foundations of good writing, teaches lessons and explaining, in the simplest terms, how you can publish your story. There are no shortcuts to becoming a published writer, but if there was Write Well Publish Right would be the signpost pointing the way.

SOURCE: http://amzn.to/1sXkY3E


Aspen Morrow's highly anticipated book Med Free Bipolar: Thrive Naturally using the Med Free MethodTM (Med Free MethodTM Book Series: Natural Cures Bipolar) [Kindle Edition]is now available on amazon! http://amzn.to/QhjijH

Aspen's young career as an international investigative journalist ended abruptly in a hospitalization to padded cell with a drain in the floor. Told she should apply for disability and not have children due to her mental illness, at age 22, Aspen had given up hope life would ever be normal again. Speaking out now for the first time, she shares how she beat the odds and recovered fully. From food stamps to business woman of the year, Aspen has spent the past ten years putting her investigative skills to use to bring to light the latest and greatest natural remedies in mental health care. Learn how thousands have recovered, step by step, in her first book in the Med Free Method™ Book Series: Med Free Bipolar.

In Med Free Bipolar you will Learn:

Natural alternatives that are as effective as prescriptions

What you need to know before quitting meds and how to get your doctor and family on board

What types of doctors can actually heal you (some who even take insurance/medicaid!)

What tests to ask for to rule out physical causes that look psychiatric

Natural supplements that can effectively END: rage, anger issues, anxiety, insomnia, racing thoughts, night terrors and "surround sound" noise sensitivity

How to shut your brain off when you want

What kind of diet is the best for bipolar

What to feed to your brain when it's manic, depressed, racing, and having mixed episodes

Natural cures for lost libido and medication weight gain

Easy, lazy lifestyle changes that can make a huge difference in your mental health

The primary goal of Med Free Bipolar is to show that treating bipolar effectively through natural means is not only possible, but highly likely. The Med Free Method™ is designed as a fourth treatment option over being medicated, "unmedicated", or "self-medicated", written by a peer who has been through it and backed by scientifically-proven, field-tested methods.

SOURCE: amazon.com


Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green.

At 16, Hazel Grace Lancaster, a three-year stage IV–cancer survivor, is clinically depressed. To help her deal with this, her doctor sends her to a weekly support group where she meets Augustus Waters, a fellow cancer survivor, and the two fall in love. Both kids are preternaturally intelligent, and Hazel is fascinated with a novel about cancer called An Imperial Affliction. Most particularly, she longs to know what happened to its characters after an ambiguous ending To find out, the enterprising Augustus makes it possible for them to travel to Amsterdam, where Imperial’s author, an expatriate American, lives. What happens when they meet him must be left to readers to discover. Suffice it to say, it is significant.

Writing about kids with cancer is an invitation to sentimentality and pathos—or worse, in unskilled hands, bathos. Happily, Green is able to transcend such pitfalls in his best and most ambitious novel to date. Beautifully conceived and executed, this story artfully examines the largest possible considerations—life, love, and death—with sensitivity, intelligence, honesty, and integrity. In the process, Green shows his readers what it is like to live with cancer, sometimes no more than a breath or a heartbeat away from death. But it is life that Green spiritedly celebrates here, even while acknowledging its pain. In its every aspect, this novel is a triumph.

SOURCE: http://amzn.to/1m8P92j


Publish Your Book on Kindle (Writing, Authorship): 131 Tips, Tricks & Tested Methods to Maximize your Amazon eBook Sales!  

"This book breaks everything down, from how to design a cover to how to write a book description. I highly recommend this to anyone who is just starting out on Kindle...or anyone who isn't seeing as many sales as they'd like."

The 4Scribe Toolboox Series takes the best advice and tips from our experienced writers and puts them at right your fingertips!

Volume 2 of this acclaimed series, "Publish Your Book on Kindle," teaches you:

  • How to write an effective description that sells.
  • How to design a professional-quality cover.
  • How to determine the best price for your eBook.
  • How to format your book for maximum compatibility and easy use.
  • Why you shouldn't waste your money on book promotion services.
  • How to start your own marketing network that will serve you for years to come.
  • ...and much more!

This eBook is a complete guide to Kindle publishing! We introduce you to the new world of self-publishing, where expectations are high and the standard of quality demands redoubled efforts from today's indie author. The contributors of 4Scribe.com are here to explain what readers expect and how to provide it...either by following our proven tips or by hiring freelance talent!

Ready to self-publish your book and share your story with the world? Scroll up and buy this guide to see how easy it is to get started right now!

Praise for "Make Money Writing on Fiverr," our first super-helpful eBook:
"I've read a lot of books about selling on Fiverr, written one myself, and I gotta say this is a pretty good book. Lots of great tips about picking a gig, writing a great gig description, and growing your Fiverr business.

Whether you new to Fiverr, or have been selling on the site for a while, the tips in this short book will help you make more sales."

* Be sure to check out 4Scribe.com for lots of great, free content for writers! *

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Lecture Series Examines the Life and Work of Da Vinci

10322712_10152024089817396_8448769047717540265_nA series of collaborative lectures titled “Da Vinci Dialogues” will feature Boise State University faculty. The lectures will highlight facets of artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci’s life, work and art as it relates to today’s world, how he was influenced by the era in which he lived, and his most innovative contributions to the arts and sciences.

The series is sponsored by Boise State’s College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, Arts and Humanities Institute and STEM Station. The lectures will coincide with the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 W. Myrtle St. in Boise. Tickets are $25 each or $75 for the series of four. All lectures will be held at the Discovery Center of Idaho. Seating is limited to 150 people per lecture. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for light appetizers and drinks and the lectures begin at 7:30 p.m.
Click here to purchase tickets.
Aug. 14
“You Don’t Get Answers if You Don’t Have Questions”
Instructional designer Quincy Conley and philosopher Stephen Crowley discuss da Vinci’s epic failures, incredible contributions and lasting influence.
Sept. 11
“Cultures of Invention”
Artist Dan Scott, materials scientist Will Hughes, art historian Muffet Jones and mechanical engineer John Gardner explore environments in which innovators prosper.
Oct. 9
“Throwing Away the Lines”
Historian Lisa McClain and sociologist Don Winiecki unveil the real Leo and discuss how he not only crossed lines but threw them away to redefine art, invention, observation and even festivals.
Nov. 13
“The Construction of Art and of Artists”
Materials scientist Darryl Butt and art historian Janice Neri discuss the material art is made of, as well as how cultural heritage may be reverse engineered to the point that a man becomes an untouchable legend.

Written by Kathleen Tuck

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Theater Review: Wicked at The Morrison Center For The Performing Arts

Last night, my wife and I took a ride that defied gravity in Boise, as Wicked transformed the city into the magical land of Oz. The show was one of the most complete and satisfying musicals I've come across in a long time. Packed with spectacular coups de theatre and magical effects, Winnie Holzman's script keeps the gags coming as it cleverly subverts the film that spawned it.
The story of Elphaba, the titular Wicked Witch in Broadway’s smash hit musical, Wicked, has become as classic and engrained in our hearts as the original story of Dorothy from Frank L. Baum’s source material for the show, The Wizard of Oz. Composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz was immediately inspired to create a musical about Elphaba when he read the novel by Greg Maguire which expanded and twisted the universe and gave us another look into the world many of us grew up reading about and watching in the movies. The musical is a look into the land of Oz before that familiar girl from Kansas and her dog arrived in Munchkinland and shows that in life, not everything is merely black or white – or green!
The production was fortunate to boast a pair of ace leading women in the main roles. As Glinda,  Kara Lindsay delivered a sensational star turn, displaying a crystal-pure voice and sharp comic timing;  Laurel Harris loaned her powerful pipes to the tricky role of Elphaba. Wizard of Oz  fans will be fascinated by all the back stories. They answer, analyze and develop questions including: "Is Glinda really that good?" ... "Where did the flying monkeys come from?" ... "How did the Scarecrow and Tin man come to be?" Built on songs by Stephen Schwartz, the best thing about Wicked is its stars, whose talent casts a powerful spell.

Presented at one of the nation's best venues -- The Morrison Center for the Performing Arts -- the costumes, stage props, actors, music -- everything was top notch. Wicked is a seductive slice of popular entertainment. Thus, it has the potential  to help a younger audience develop  a lasting taste for musical theater. Like any good Broadway musical, it taps into every emotion in the book. The impeccable phrasing and timing combine with surprisingly ingenious humor and a gripping narrative. The play gave the material every chance to shine.

The emerald curtain will continue to rise through May 4, 2014. Wicked is a musical you can take the entire family to.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Help Students Read Banned Book: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Thank you all for the vigorous and thoughtful dialogue on my diary: Meridian, Idaho Public Schools Ban The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie This article summarizes my work with donating books: Many across Valley have joined together to support literacy.
I founded the Literacy Project years ago to support grassroots educational initiatives that directly affect the lives of children. Our goal is to get books into their hands. My wife and our kids love to help give away the books.
I would like to distribute a copy of a wide variety of Boise-area parents, so that they can read it and choose, if, how, and when, they will share and discuss it with their children. Will you help? Here is my crowdfunding campaign:

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Guitar Legend Joe Bonamassa Rocked The Morrison Center

JoeBonamassa100x100 Hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation and an ever-evolving singer-songwriter, Joe Bonamassa approaches his 26th year as a professional musician. 

He brought his special brand of music to The Morrison Center at Boise State University on Friday.

"As Joe Bonamassa approaches his 26th year as a professional musician, he continues to blaze a remarkably versatile artistic trail, and amass an authentic, innovative and soulful body of work. Bonamassa’s career began onstage opening for B.B. King in 1989, when he was only 12 years old," his website reads. 
Today, he is hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, and is an ever-evolving singer-songwriter who has released 15 solo albums in the last 13 years, all on his own label, J&R Adventures. Bonamassa’s tour schedule consistently hovers at around 200 shows worldwide each year, and a heaping handful of markedly diverse side projects keep him thinking outside the box and flexing every musical muscle he’s got. He founded and oversees the non-profit Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation to promote the heritage of the blues to the next generation, fund music scholarships, and supplement the loss of music education in public schools. There’s a case to be made that Joe Bonamassa, like another star who shared the same initials, is the hardest working man in show business.

In addition to live performances, 2014 will mark four major projects on the J&R release schedule: a live DVD/Blu-ray plus 2-disc companion CD from the neo-funk/jazz combo Rock Candy Funk Party which was filmed over three nights at the legendary Iridium Jazz Club in New York City; a live CD/DVD/Blu-ray with singer Beth Hart filmed at Amsterdam’s famed Carre Theatre last summer while the duo was touring in Europe; and a 4-disc CD package of Tour De Force: Live In London, Bonamassa’s career retrospective recorded and filmed (the DVD/Blu-rays came out in late 2013) at concerts at four iconic London venues. After that, another blues-rock solo album—aka Joe’s “day job”—will follow.

 “Sometimes journalists just shake their heads, and ask me ‘Isn’t it risky?,’” says Joe. “But I say why not do it? Why play it safe? I want to diversify, not just always have it be business as usual.” 

It all builds on Bonamassa’s ascendant prominence of the past few years. Recent kudos include his very first Grammy nomination for Best Blues Album, which he earned with much buzzed about singer-songwriter Beth Hart for their sophomore collaboration, Seesaw; a Blues Music Award nomination for Best DVD for the 2013 solo acoustic project, An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House; eleven #1 Billboard Blues Albums (more than any other artist); five consecutive “Best Blues Guitarist” wins and a top “Best Overall Guitarist” honor in Guitar Player’s Annual Readers’ Choice Awards, and recognition as Billboard’s #1 Blues Artist, 2010— the year Joe Bonamassa: Live At The Royal Albert Hall was released, featuring Eric Clapton joining him onstage.

Reviewing 2011’s Dust Bowl, Premier Guitar wrote:

“Over time, Bonamassa has created his own universe that no longer has much to do with what we think of as traditional blues. It’s movie music for your mind with astonishingly great guitar playing.” 

Regarding Bonamassa’s 2012 album Driving Towards The Daylight (with guests including Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford), Guitar World called him the “roots-based six-string’s new king of pyromania.”

Rolling Stone wrote:

“his exacting singing blends with fiery symphonic playing.” 

In a review for the 2012 CD/DVD Joe Bonamassa: Beacon Theatre—Live From New York, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer said:

“He makes every note matter and resonate emotionally. Indeed, he is one of the finest musicians in the business today.”

Thursday, March 27, 2014

tOd aLan presents GLAMOROUSNOIZE 3 a fashion event . An evening where Fashion-Art-Music collide in this colorful Fashion theater

tOd aLan presents GLAMOROUSNOIZE 3 a fashion event . An evening where Fashion-Art-Music collide in this colorful Fashion theater.........Not to be missed . VIP tix $25 available at Azure Hair Studio LLC only and must be purchased in advance. doors open 8.13 SHow starts 9.45pm tickets available at the door for general admission $15.

Special thanks to Amanda WoodsVanessa KaRyn FergusonWoods On Fire Innovative Beauty, and Back 2 Life Chiropractic for alerting me to this great event!

Tod Alan added: "This is the ONE.......the most amazing group of 49 Models......the clothes-fabrics.....textures......the Music......the hair and makeup......going to be electric.........ive never been so Xcited for a show as i am this one.....and this is my 22nd one................Let the games begin."

Novelist and College of Idaho alumnus Christopher Farnsworth to Speak at Commencement

Novelist and College of Idaho alumnus Christopher Farnsworth will return to his alma mater as keynote speaker for the College’s 2014 Commencement ceremonies May 17.
Farnsworth ’93 is best known as the author of The President’s Vampire series chronicling the adventures of Nathaniel Cade, a vampire sworn to protect the President of the United States from supernatural threats. Born and raised in Idaho, Farnsworth worked as an investigative and business reporter before selling his first movie script, The Academy, to MGM. His work also has appeared in the New Republic,Washington Monthly and the New York Post.
“The College of Idaho has long been known for helping young writers grow and hone their craft,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “Christopher is continuing that legacy and we are pleased that our Class of 2014 will hear from a graduate who has achieved so much success as an author.”
Farnsworth came to the C of I expecting to pursue a career in law, but was persuaded by long-time writing professor and Idaho Book of the Year winner John Rember to pursue a career in writing. Farnsworth’s bestselling books have been optioned for film and television and translated into nine languages. His next novel will be published by William Morrow in 2015.
Commencement begins at 10 a.m. May 17 in Morrison Quadrangle at the heart of the C of I campus. The ceremonies conclude at approximately noon and will be webcast live at www.collegeofidaho.edu/videostream.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?

Of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, just 93 were about black people, according to a study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin.

SEE The recent New York Times article:

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Boise State Partners With Sun Valley Film Festival

Recognizing that the arts, creativity and culture play a vital role in Idaho’s prosperity, Boise State University is announcing a new partnership with the Sun Valley Film Festival, scheduled for March 13-16.
This partnership will not only provide opportunities for students, faculty and professionals to further their creative activities, it also will leverage the economic impact of the arts in Idaho.
“Arts and culture provide more than ideas and inspiration — they spur the creativity and innovation that are a vital part of Idaho’s quality of life and our future,” said Boise State President Bob Kustra. “Boise State is committed to positioning our students at this intersection of the arts and innovation.”
SVFF Theatre Audience sm creditSVFFThe arts create a wide diversity of jobs, employing writers, designers, film and video producers, as well as other positions in advertising, media, tourism and entertainment.
“Communities that support the arts and culture not only enhance their quality of life, they also invest in their economic well-being,” said Terri Schorzman, director of the Boise City Department of Arts & History.
Film Festival Director Candice Pate said the Sun Valley event, now in its third year, has become known as a filmmaker’s festival in part because the area is so steeped in cinematic history, but also due to its intimate location far from the Hollywood scene.
“We have a proven knack for drawing industry heavyweights and independents,” Pate said. “But the Sun Valley Film Festival also offers student and Idaho filmmakers the chance to showcase their work.
“This new partnership with Boise State — especially the addition of its students and faculty — brings a new vibrancy to the festival this year and for years to come,” Pate said.
The festival will screen more than 50 curated films and host filmmaker Q&A sessions, parties and panels. There will be several new programs, including conTent — an afternoon dedicated to digital content — the Future Filmmakers Forum and Works-in-Progress workshop. As part of Boise State’s partnership with the festival, the university will present the signature standing-room-only Coffee Talks with top industry insiders.
MelisaWallackCraigBorten creditFocus FeaturesThe Sun Valley Screenwriters Lab will be hosted by Melisa Wallack and Craig Borten, co-screenwriters of the Academy Award-nominated “Dallas Buyers Club.”
For more information about the festival, go towww.sunvalleyfilmfestival.org.

Screening of ‘Rafea: Solar Mama’ at Boise State Featured Peggy Goldwyn

RafeaThe Arts and Humanities Institute at Boise State University teamed up with the Family of Woman Film Festival and presented an early viewing of “Rafea: Solar Mama.” The film, shown on March 5, in the Special Events Center.
The story is about a Bedouin woman named Rafea who lives with her daughters in one of Jordan’s poorest desert villages on the Iraqi border. She is given a chance to travel to India to attend the Barefoot College, where illiterate women from around the world are trained in six months to be solar engineers. If she succeeds, she will be the first female solar engineer in Jordan and will be able to electrify her village, train more engineers and provide for her daughters. But first she will need to find support and be able to change the longstanding traditions of her Bedouin community.
Peggy Goldwyn, a longtime filmmaker, screenwriter and humanitarian who was vice president of the Samuel Goldwyn Company for 20 years, is the founder of the Family of Woman Film Festival, and will be on hand to open the event. Meagan Carnahan Fallone of the Barefoot College will introduced the film lead a discussion afterward.
FamilyWoman300x150The Family of Woman Film Festival was launched in 2007 by Friends of UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) board member Peggy Elliott Goldwyn in Sun Valley in order to bring attention to the work of UNFPA. It has since grown to include six films and many other events over a six-day period. This year’s festival is March 4-10.
For more information on the film, visit www.rafeasolarmama.com; for more information on the Family of Woman Film Festival, visit familyofwomanfilmfestival.org.