Things really are cooking in Boise for LED, the collaborative performing arts group founded by dancer and choreographer Lauren Edson and her husband, composer and musician Andrew Stensaas. The couple is solidifying their core LED creative team, looking for a brick-and-mortar-home and readying their latest dance-music-film project, “This Way to the Egress,” for the Morrison Center in October.
LED and its company of dancers have performed highlights from “Egress” several times in Idaho and Washington since the spring as a way to engage their audience and hone their concept.
You can see them perform at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival Greenshow at 7:15 p.m. before “My Fair Lady” on Friday, Aug. 12, and before “Twelfth Night” on Saturday, Aug. 13.
Edson and dancer Brett Perry also will collaborate with three-time Grammy nominated cellist Dave Eggar for an intimate evening of “Chamber Dances” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at the Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City. Doors open at 6 p.m.
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Eggar is the current artist in residence at Surel’s Place, an organization that houses visiting artists in the former Garden City home of artist Surel Mitchell. The residency was created by Mitchell’s friends and family after the artist died in 2011. Eggar performed in Boise with another Surel’s Place resident, tap dancer Andrew Nemr, in September 2015.
“Chamber Dances”: $12 advance, $15 at the door; $10 students. Brown Paper Tickets.
An artful August
▪ Celebrate creativity in Canyon County at the 30th annual Nampa Festival of the Arts at Lakeview Park. You’ll find work from candles and glass work to jewelry and photography from more than 190 artisan crafters. On stage you’ll see a lively mix of music — jazz from Pamela Demarche on Saturday, Aug. 13, and blues from Jake Leg on Sunday, Aug. 14. Plus, there will be food vendors, a beer garden, a kids area and the annual Nampa Art Guild’s juried fine art show. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at Lakeview Park, Garrity Boulevard and 16th Avenue North, Nampa. NampaParksAndRecreation.org. Free.
▪ Also in Nampa, you can check out the Nampa Art Collective’s “August Arts in the Alley” in downtown. Visit with local artists to see and hear about their work, and enjoy music by The Olivia de Havilland Mosquitos. Buy a $5 raffle ticket for tickets to Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s “Forever Plaid.” 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, in the alley next to Prefunk Beer Bar Nampa, 1214 1st St. S.
▪ The Payette Lakes Fine Art & Crafts Fair will celebrate 26 years of fine art and craft in McCall. Local and regional independent artists will show and sell their artwork and artisan crafts in the juried fair. You’ll also find food vendors and musical entertainment.10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, Fairway Park, Fairway Drive and Davis Avenue, McCall. Free. PayetteLakesArtFair.com.
▪ Explore the creative processes of artists in Ketchum, Hailey, Bellevue and Sun Valley at the fourth annual Wood River Valley Studio Tour. More than 50 working artists will open their studio doors and invite you in to see their work and learn how they do it. You can check out the group exhibition of all 52 artists on the tour from Tuesday, Aug. 16, to Sunday, Aug. 21, at nexStage Theatre, 12 N. Main St., Ketchum. Artist reception: 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19. The tour: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 21. Free.