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Idaho's Mike Kaplan takes his vintage dance poster collection to Jacob's Pillow

There are two Idaho connections at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival — the prestigious American dance venue in Becket, Mass. — this week. The Trey McIntyre Project dance company is on stage for its final concerts before disbanding and Caldwell's Mike Kaplan is there with his vintage movie poster collection "Gotta Dance!"

  Kaplan owns one of the largest collection of old-style movie posters, of all genres, but has a particularly fine collection of art from musicals. They feature Gene Kelly, Rita Hayworth, Cyd Charisse, Eleanor Powell, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Marge and Gower Champion and others.

Kaplan has exhibited his posters and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles, California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica and other cultural institutions. The award-winning campaign designer, film producer and documentary filmmaker moved to Idaho in 2006 with his wife artist Karen Donleavy.

His hand is in some of the best films of the 20th century. He designed the poster and did the marketing for  Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange," he appeared in Robert Altman's "The Player" and produced such films as the Oscar nominated  "The Whales of August" and Altman's "Short Cuts." He directed two documentaries about the movie biz: "Never Apologize," a tribute to director Lindsay Anderson, starring Malcolm McDowell (he brought the British actor to Boise in 2008 for a premiere), and "Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country" about the cinematic legacy of Altman's "Short Cuts."

McIntyre will tour Kaplan's exhibit and Kaplan will give a talk about his posters this evening. Marge Champion, who is celebrating her 95th birthday, is expected to drop by to see a special exhibit of her posters.

He also created a limited edition art book to coincide with the exhibition, which is free and open to the public  through Aug. 24.

Kaplan saw TMP perform on June 26 and says the ovation the company received as "overwhelming."

Read a review of TMP's opening night concert from the Albany Times Union. I'll post the Boston Globe and New York Times reviews as they come in.

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