Friday, May 10
Documentary: A PLACE AT THE TABLE
presented by: Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force, AARP-Idaho, Ahavath Beth Israel, Boys and Girls Clubs of Ada County, Community Action Partnership Association of Idaho, Crop Walk of Ada and Canyon Counties, Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Idaho Interfaith
Opening:Doors open at 6:00pm
$10 Adults / $7 for Students & Seniors 65 or better50 million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.Their stories are interwoven with insights from experts including sociologist Janet Poppendieck, author Raj Patel and nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle; ordinary citizens like Pastor Bob Wilson and teachers Leslie Nichols and Odessa Cherry; and activists such as Witness to Hunger’s Mariana Chilton, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Oscar®-winning actor Jeff Bridges.Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides—as they have in the past—that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.Presented by:Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force, AARP-Idaho, Ahavath Beth Israel, Boys and Girls Clubs of Ada County, Community Action Partnership Association of Idaho, Crop Walk of Ada and Canyon Counties, Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Idaho Interfaith Roundtable Against Hunger, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, The Idaho Foodbank, University of Idaho Eat Smart Idaho
Friday, May 17
OPERA IDAHO presents SUSANNAH
presented by: OPERA IDAHO
Opening:Doors open for seating at 6:30pm
Ranging from $12 - $69 (plus applicable tax/service fees)
Floyd’s Susannah is a continuation of the Made in the USA series-operas written by American Composers, set in America, touching on an American theme. The opera is a metaphor for McCarthyism, set in a small mountain village in the 1950’s, focusing on Susannah, a young woman isolated by her zealous community. Conductor Sara Jobin will return to continue conducting the Made in the USA series. Director Elise Sandell is Opera Idaho’s first nationally recognized professional female opera director.Synopsis
ACT I. At a square dance hosted by her church, the beautiful Susannah is the object of gossip: the congregation’s pious womenfolk take exception to the attention that she attracts, observing that it is what they would expect of someone raised by her alcoholic brother. The newly arrived Reverend Olin Blitch ignores the gossip and asks Susannah to dance. Later that night, Susannah tells her beau, Little Bat McClean, about the dance, but he leaves quickly when Susannah’s brother, Sam, comes home from hunting.
The next morning, the church elders discover Susannah innocently bathing nude in the creek they plan to use for baptisms. They denounce her and trumpet her sin to the community. When Susannah arrives at a church dinner that night, she is ostracized and returns home in confusion. Little Bat explains that the elders are angry at her for bathing in the nude and confesses that they forced him to say that she seduced him.
Act 2. Sam offers Susannah little comfort, saying she must attend a prayer meeting and offer a public confession to receive absolution. Susannah goes to the church where Olin Blitch is preaching, even though she is innocent. Swept up in the fervent preaching and chanting, Susannah nearly “confesses,” but runs away at the last moment. After the sermon, Olin Blitch comes to her house and offers to pray for her. Discovering that Sam is away, Blitch takes advantage of the situation and goes inside with Susannah.
The next day, Blitch tries to seek forgiveness from Susannah when he realizes she was a virgin. Susannah refuses, and tells Sam what happened. He takes his shotgun to confront Blitch at a baptismal ceremony. The church community, believing that Susannah has driven her brother to murder, converges on her house, but she repulses them with a shotgun. As they retreat, she is left alone.