Starry Story Night takes off at BCT on DEPARTURE, Oct. 26

IMG_4040aIt’s a star-studded tell-all at Starry Story Night, the third annual special event spotlighting the true stories of local luminaries to support the ever-expanding Story Story Night universe. On Monday, October 26 at Boise Contemporary Theater (854 Fulton Street) on the theme DEPARTURE,  it’s starry time.

$25 tickets available online [no online fees!] or at the door if not sold out. Plush seating at this gorgeous venue is general admission. Doors open at 6 pm. Stargazing starts at 7 pm.

Food truck by Archie’s Place. Beer, wine & treats bar by BCT.

An afterparty at The Mode Lounge sets off immediately following a few blocks down 8th Street from BCT at 800 W. Idaho. It’ll be swanky post show good times with happy hour prices—$3 for select beers, $5 for select wines & classic cocktails—plus light appetizers.

…Meet the 2015 Starry-tellers…

CHERIE BUCKNER-WEBB is an Idaho State Senator—where she serves as Senate Minority Caucus Chair—the first African-American woman to be a State Legislator in Idaho. A fifth-generation Idahoan, Cherie is a woman whose enthusiasm is as boundless as her talents. The founder and principal of a successful coaching and consulting business—as well as the former President of Planned Parenthood in Idaho and founding board member of the Idaho Black History Museum—she is a respected voice in Idaho’s business and human rights communities. She’s now also a sought-after motivational speaker. A gifted gospel, jazz and blues vocalist, she’s recorded with jazz great Gene Harris. The honoree of numerous awards, she has received the State of Idaho Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Jefferson Award for Public Service, and was named Idaho’s Mother of the Year in 2013. Cherie earned her BS from George Fox University in Management and Organizational Leadership, and a Master of Social Work from Northwest Nazarene University.

STEVE BURNS has been the Executive Director of the Friends of Zoo Boise for the last 18 years and the Director of Zoo Boise for the last 15. Before Zoo Boise, he worked at The Nature Conservancy in Washington, DC. He is now the Chairman of the Board of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium, a national membership organization that is the accrediting body of the country’s major zoos and aquariums. Earlier this month, he gave the keynote speech for this laudable organization in Dubai. Burns led a radical shift while steering Zoo Boise that has changed the nature of conservation for zoos across the US and for the far-flung wildlife havens that remain in the modern world.

GAYLE CHAPMAN made her mark on the music scene in Minneapolis, Minnesota when she landed the job singing backup and playing keyboards for Prince in 1978. As the third member hired to Prince’s first band, she was immersed in what was the height of her career to that point. After two years of touring, TV shows, and hard work, she quit and moved on to other musical and educational endeavors. Since then Gayle has worked on recording projects with various artists in towns and cities across the country, and with national writers and publishers. For seven years, Gayle performed with Jan Skurzynski in a duo called Black Diamond, which produced a nationally acclaimed and still popular CD called “Black Diamond – Change of Direction.” They were chosen out of 120 other groups to perform on Mountain Stage, airing nationally on American Public Radio. Their CD received airplay on NPR, and over 60 radio stations in the Northwest Region. She continues to entertain as a solo performer and studio artist, and has released acclaimed albums. She’s had the privilege of teaching voice, piano and guitar to budding young vocalists, professional singers and musicians in her Boise home for many years.

STITCH MARKER has been acting in and around Idaho for some 45 years. Since its origin in 1976, Stitch has acted with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival for 30 seasons. He has also worked in numerous productions at Boise Contemporary Theater, most recently appearing in “The Uncanny Valley.” Stitch has done extensive theater touring throughout the Northwest and was a company actor with the Southeast Ensemble Theatre in Knoxville, TN. He has done a fair amount of television, radio, rock n’ roll and film too, appearing most recently in “Almosting It.” Stitch is a die-hard Boisean.

AMY PENCE-BROWN is a writer, body positive activist, artist, and historian. Her radical stand for self-love at the Capital City Public Market in downtown Boise on August 29, 2015 was broadcast on social media and in a blog post, with photographs and a video made by Melanie Flitton Folwell. Amy’s powerful message on the value of all bodies—no matter their size—went viral with over 127 million views. She’s been interviewed by the likes of CNN, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, People, TODAY, WGN Morning News-Chicago and dozens of other news sources around the world, and tweeted by the likes of Kevin Bacon. She has a master’s degree in art and architectural history and has worked at many museums. Amy’s written for several local and national publications and is a blogger at Doin’ It All, Idaho Style. She currently works for Preservation Idaho and serves the children and youth of her community as a mother of three, on the Vista Neighborhood Association Energize our Neighborhoods project, and as PTO and School Garden Coordinator for Hawthorne Elementary School. Other awards include top 50 Idaho Business Women of the Year by the Idaho Business Review in 2013, and a 2015 Badass Mom designation by Mamalode magazine.

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