TWIN FALLS — Whether you want to make art, see art or buy art — it’s all at the Spring Arts Experience at the College of Southern Idaho.
The main event is from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, and is free and open to the public. But there are also events centered around the play “Antigonick” on Wednesday through Saturday.
Haven’t been before? Here are seven reasons why you should check it out.
“Antigonick” is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday in the CSI Fine Arts Theater. The show takes place in ancient Greece and follows “Antigone,” whose two brothers die fighting for the throne. By law, she is not allowed to bury her rebel brother. “She takes a stand for her beliefs, pitting morality against patriotism, and in doing so starts a series of events that threaten the new-found national peace,” the play’s description says.
Director Shane Brown said the play mirrors present day events and conflicts. All of the music for the show was written and performed by a CSI student with choreography by Cindy Jones and two CSI students.
“The play is one to see,” Brown said. “It’s going to be a really profound experience. There are two themes: the role of women in our society and for people to stand up to leaders who are doing harm to their country.”
Joining the CSI theater department are the dance and visual arts departments. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for high school students and free for CSI students. Tickets are available at the CSI Box Office, by calling 208-732-6288 or at tickets.csi.edu.
Evening of Dance
The CSI Dance Department presents “An Evening of Dance” at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium. Performances will include new works created by students and CSI faculty. There will be excerpts from Inspirata Dance Project’s upcoming June show as well as some scenes from “Antigonick.” This event is free and open to the public.
Ever wonder what it’s like to stage a show? Go behind the scenes of “Antigonick” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Twin Falls Center for the Arts. Discuss classical Greek literature while enjoying jazz, wine and food. “Antigonick Director’s Circle” is a special program prior to Thursday evening’s performance at CSI.
“I’m going to give a brief talk about ideas and the process of putting the show together,” Brown said.
Discussion will include the direction of “Antigonick,” the themes emphasized in the play, the design concepts used to highlight those themes and the collaborative process with dance and art. Then everyone will attend the performance of “Antigonick” in a special reserved seating area at the CSI Fine Arts Theater. Tickets are $20 and available at the CSI Box Office, the Magic Valley Arts Council, by calling 208-732-6288 or at tickets.csi.edu. Ticket price includes admission to the pre-show discussion, hors d’oeuvres, wine and reserved seating at the show.
Buy art, make art
You can buy art from more than 30 local and regional artists. Or you can make your own. Learn how to throw pottery, paint with watercolors and shade with pencil from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the CSI Spring Art Experience. You can also watch artist displays demonstrating drawing, knitting and scrimshaw carving.
Noon to 1 p.m. ceramics with Bill West — clay wheel throwing
1 to 2 p.m. heightening and value drawing with Milica Popovic — white and black chalk on brown paper/shading with pencil
2 to 3 p.m. cyanotypes with Ben Lustig — sunlight activated photographic process
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. linoleum cuts with Mike Youngman — cut and print your own image or print a pre-cut image
4 to 5 p.m. watercolor painting with Leslie Redhead
Free dance classes
Have you always wanted to take a hip hop classes or learn to ballroom dance? Saturday is your chance, and it’s free.
Noon to 1:30 p.m. aerial silks with Cindy Jones
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. ballroom with Cindy Jones
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. modern/brain dance with Cindy Jones
3:30 to 5 p.m. hip hop with Keesha Olander
Are you the type that likes to sit and enjoy rather than take part? All day Saturday performers will be on the outdoor stage with live music.
Noon — Mr. Don Children’s Show
12:30 p.m. — CSI percussion ensemble
1 p.m. — Heather Platts
3 p.m. — CSI faculty jazz combo
4 p.m. The Barking Owls
Bring the whole family
At noon Saturday, there will be a children’s corner on the stage that will feature several child friendly activities. There will be a mini arts experience for young children featuring a clap, dance, and sing along with Mr. Don followed by theater movement and games, a special art project, face painting and Play-Doh creations. There will also be a scavenger hunt, nature inspired art project and children’s yoga.