It’s a new year. Go do, see and hear.Jan. 5
The annual Rural Alliance Art Show, featuring works by middle and high school students in Whitman County, will be exhibited from Saturday to Jan. 11 in the Libey Gallery at the Center at Colfax Library.
The exhibit features the best paintings, drawings, pottery, collage and sculpture created by 60 students representing schools in Colfax, Garfield-Palouse, Oakesdale, Rosalia and St. John-Endicott, according to a news release.
The free art show’s reception will be 5 to 6 p.m. Monday.
The exhibit is open during regular library hours 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends.
The library is at 102 S. Main St.
Auditions are open to everyone for the University of Idaho’s spring theater season and will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Hartung Theater on the UI campus in Moscow.
Auditioners should prepare a one-minute monologue and sign up for a three-minute time slot online at www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4aabad22a46-2019, according to a news release.
The season’s productions are:
— “Up Chimacum Creek” by Ben Gonzales and directed by Justin Cerne. It will be staged Jan. 30-Feb. 2.
— “Present Laughter” by Noel Coward and directed by Craig A. Miller. It will be staged March 1-10.
— “The Three Keys of Captain Hellfire” by Ariana Burns, with original chanties written by Shandeen, a Portland musician. It will be staged April 19-27.
Additional details may be found at: www.uidaho.edu/class/theatre/productions-and-events. The Hartung is at 625 Stadium Drive.
A benefit staged reading of the comedic “Bach at Leipzig” by Tony Award-winning playwright Itamar Moses will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the 1912 Center in Moscow.
The cast will feature Michael Kostroff, a television and stage actor best known for HBO’s “The Wire,” and the one-time event is a fundraiser for the continuing renovation of the second floor of the 1912 Center.
The play is set in 1722 in Leipzig, Germany, when the town finds itself in need of a new organist and so invites a group of musicians to audition for the post. A young Johann Sebastian Bach is among the oddball group which then engages in a vicious competition, according to a news release.
The cast also includes David Harlan, artistic director of Moscow Art Theatre (Too); Daniel Haley; Dylan Paul; David Lee-Painter, professor of theater at the University of Idaho; and Joseph Erhard-Hudson.
Tickets can be purchased by making a donation of $25 per ticket via the PayPal link at the 1912 Center website www.1912Center.org (with “Bach Tickets” in the message section) or by calling or texting the 1912 Center at (208) 669-2249. Audience members will have an opportunity to tour the center’s upper floors after the performance.
Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. at the venue, 412 E. Third St.
An animated film will be screened as part of the University of Idaho’s Confucius Institute Chinese Movie Night at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre.
“Havoc in Heaven” is a 1963 film produced by the pioneers of animated film in China, the Wan Brothers, according to a news release. It tells the story of Sun Wukong, a naughty — though ultimately heroic — monkey who protects the monk Xuanzang as he travels to India in search of Buddhist sutras. The free film is in Chinese with English subtitles.
The Kenworthy is at 508 S. Main St.