Planning an adult-friendly evening can be tough. The night calls for something more adventurous than dinner and a movie, but less intense than dragging your date to The Torch. Thankfully, Story Story Night has come to the rescue.
Tonight at 8 p.m., the SSN crew hosts Story Story Late-Night at the Visual Arts Collective in Garden City.
The theme of this evening's entertainment is TWiSTED, and the whole shebang is emceed by Emmanuel Vera IV and Dustin Chalifoux, along with tunes by Stardust Lounge. Brace yourself for some risque true stories that might make you laugh, cry or hide your eyes. Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
Away from the din of Sixth and Main Streets, the long-awaited nightclub and venue The Ice Bouquet officially threw open its doors May 11. After a series of delays, the former home of the Blues Bouquet at 1010 W. Main Street is now officially open, according to long-time Rockies Diner manager and Ice Bouquet creator Nathan Gorringe.
"This is something I've wanted to do my whole life," Gorringe said. "We haven't forgotten our past. We event kept it in the name—it's really important that the Bouquet has stayed a part of what we're doing."
Inside, The Ice Bouquet features three separate bars, including an ornate wooden bar crafted in 1902, where patrons can find better draft options and classier cocktails. Toward the front of the space, a side bar affords views of numerous televisions and offers cheaper drinks and beers at a lower price point. According to Gorringe, on Monday nights that bar will broadcast ESPN and other sporting events.
Nearby a small "satellite bar" will also serve visitors during larger, ticketed events, offering them a chance to snag a drink as soon as they enter the bar. The large floor plan also includes a VIP seating area and a nearby dance floor.
Entertainment plans include EDM nights on Saturdays, a "Diamonds and Ice" ladies night on Wednesdays and Wild 101 will resurrect "Old School Friday."
"You'll know ahead of time—if you go out on Wednesday, this is the music or type of environment you can expect," said Gorringe.
On weekdays, The Ice Bouquet's happy hour will run from 4-8 p.m. and feature a rotating array of nightly specials, while a complementary catered buffet will be hosted from 5-7 p.m. This week, the buffet featured grub from Goodwood Barbecue Company.
The Ice Bouquet's hours are 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. But on weekends, the spot will remain open until 4 a.m., with Rockstar energy drinks available for sale after last call.
Saturday, May 18, Arcane Dance Academy plans to host its official grand opening at the Ice Bouquet, featuring headliner K Theory and locals Dayne5150, DJ Skape, Manic and Dekay. According to the Facebook event, the night will also feature Velocity Pole Art dancers and Cairo Fusion belly dancers.
A newly built, Rasta-colored stage set the perfect tone for a crowd high on life Friday night. China Blue’s High On Life event brought roller coaster sets from all three DJs: DJ Koitz, Lucky Date and Aaron Liven.
Inspired by the energy of the room, DJ Koitz warmed up the crowd at 10 p.m.
What felt like a large house party jumped to remixed favorites like "Clarity" by Zedd, "Sweet Nothing" by Calvin Harris and "Save the World Tonight" by Swedish House Mafia. Playing over an almost completely different track, the crowd still belted lyrics. Lucky Date also played "Shotgun" by Zedd and "Where’s Your Head At" by Basement Jax.
Lucky Date was just as entertained as the crowd on the dance floor, repeatedly taking pictures with fans, many of whom were decked out in LED gloves and LED hula hoops. Smoke combined with a variety of lights to create swirling visuals above the dancing mass.
Turning to his progressive house tracks, Lucky Date built up a jumping, hand-waving crowd that ranged from ravers in promiscuous outfits to Ed Hardey bro’s. Go-go dancers from Celestial Dance did their thing next to a fabric wrapped frame.
Aaron Liven ended the night by throwing down an energetic set that bumped people back on the dance floor. The hour was late, though, so a smaller crowd enjoyed his close-out session.
The Boise Beardsmen's inaugural Beard and Mustache Competition got pretty hairy March 9. The Red Room was at capacity around 9 p.m. as the competition fired up. The line for the bar was three people deep all around, and there whole space was packed shoulder-to-shoulder.
Hirsute competitors traveled from Spokane, Wash., Salt Lake City and Portland, Ore. to compete in the part-competition, part-fundraiser for the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline. The categories for the night were: Full Beard, Full Beard Groomed, Partial Beard, Moustache, Freestyle Beard and Whiskerina (lady beard).
Every man sported his best and weirdest facial hair, and the whiskerina’s went all out with beards made of grapes, leaves and Julia Green’s winning pizza beard, which was made from felt.
Competitors were invited on stage in groups of five based on their registration number and then asked individually to show off their beards. The crowd cheered as each person stepped forward, then the judges made their decision for each category.
Luke Tichinin from Portland, Ore. won Best Full Beard and Best Overall Beard, and had the crowd in an uproar yelling for a speech.
“I’ve been so great the past year because of this woman,” said Tichinin, pointing to his girlfriend, Christine Wherry offstage.
The crowd went crazy. Tichinin said that, ultimately, his goal was to propose to his girlfriend that night.
For a photo slideshow of all the bearded action, click here.
A crowd of 2,200 packed the Revolution Concert House March 8 for Electronic Dance Music DJ Tiesto's College Invasion Tour.
“Thank you Boise,” said DJ Tiesto, “You guys are wild.”
The crowd was unlike any dance crowd this year. EDM regulars lined the outside of the novice mob. Unicorns, pandas and tutus raged around meatheads and drunks. From the front of the pit to the patio to the front door, everyone was bouncing to Tiesto's upbeat, energetic music.
Local DJ duo Rubicon 7 fired up the crowd with a blend of progressive, trance and electro. Debuting the track “Triton,” Rubicon 7 set the stage for the best EDM experience in Boise this year.
Sticking to the Dutch House genre, DJs Alvaro, Tommy Trash, Quintino and Tiesto threw down amazing sets. Tiesto brought the College Invasion Tour to Boise on recommendations from Steve Aoki and Bassnectar, who both performed at Revolution recently.
Alvaro, Quintino and Tommy Trash flaunted their names on a LED screen. Alvaro played a remix of Zedd’s “Spectrum” and Quintino played a remix of Red Hot Chili Peppers' “Otherside."
Tiesto’s set consisted of remixes of Zedd’s “Clarity,” Calvin Harris’ “Sweet Loving” and the original track “Maximal Crazy." The crowd was flooded with smoke and confetti, and the spectacular laser show created a pseudo ceiling of red, yellow, green, blue and purple.
“You were the shit tonight, Boise,” Quintino said.
After the show, Alvaro and Quintino hosted an afterparty with special guest Tiesto at the Powerhouse Event Center. The three DJs were all smiles as they experimented with Boise’s taste until 4 a.m. The crowd of about 200 danced hard to a variety of EDM tracks, ranging from house to dubstep, including a remix of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit."
Quintino teased the late night dancers by playing only a minute of a track that inspired Boiseans to dance the hardest they had all night. Dancers refused to leave the venue for 30 minutes in hopes of an encore that never happened.
Liquid Laughs was packed to the rafters Jan. 18 to watch a train wreck in motion: Boise's Best Bad Dancer 2. In the second installment of the bad-dance competition, contestants busted out dozens of terrible moves in the race to be crowned the worst.
Esteemed judges Minerva Jayne, Idaho Dance Theatre Company Manager Jynx Jenkins and comedian Mikey Pullman, the winner of the first Bad Dancer competition, stepped up to chairs on a podium above the dance floor.
The first contestant spun the "Wheel of Waltz," which landed on the '80s Ladies category. He set the bar high with his take on Cyndi Lauper's "She Bop," rocking out the worm, shaking his tush and stripping off his white vest.
Today is First Thursday, and the best plan of attack during downtown Boise's most hoppin' weekday is to wander—Boise Weekly in hand—through the City of Trees in search of entertainment.
While many businesses will be open late or have items on sale, downtown is a vast area to canvas, and the savvy adventurer may be interested in some guidance. Below are two promising food-oriented First Thursday options:
Bittercreek Ale House
Halloween may be over, but autumn hasn't called it quits just yet. Bittercreek is hosting a Pumpkin Party, including pumpkin-themed food like pumpkin bisque and winter squash tart, along with 11 pumpkin beers especially for First Thursday. For more info, call 208-345-1813 or visit bcrfl.com.
City Peanut Shop
Beer and nuts are an age-old combination, but City Peanut Shop is making it official with a pairing. Which nuts go with which beer? Find out First Thursday. Click here for details.
The Ice Bouquet, a nightclub planned for the former Blues Bouquet space at 1010 Main St., was originally slated to open with a Halloween party Oct. 27. However, the shindig was put on hold.
Due to construction delays, complexity, and extensive detail of the remodel, The Ice Bouquet unfortunately announces that the anticipated Grand Opening Halloween Party scheduled for October 27th will be canceled. At this time, no rescheduled date is set.
We are staying dedicated to not only making The Ice Bouquet the hottest, most amazing nightclub in Boise, but constructing it correctly, making every small detail count, as well as making sure it is an all around, one-of- a kind venue for you to experience and enjoy. Our rescheduled Grand Opening will be bigger than the Halloween Party we anticipated, and promise that this delay in construction will be worth it. We are very sorry for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you at our future Grand Opening date.
Tyson Twilegar, the building's owner, confirmed the delay.
"The construction process wasn't where they wanted it to be," he said.
Twilegar said plans are moving forward, and more information would be available soon.
Today provides three perfect opportunities to be a voyeur. Not in a creepy, watching-you-through-a-keyhole way, but because there are plenty of entertaining things to gawk at.
You can get your political engagement on at Payette Brewing Company in Garden City, where you can watch vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan take on current Vice President Joe Biden in a verbal cage match. The barley pop purveyor will screen the debate via projector on its super-tall wall in the gaming area. The debate begins at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, which translates to 7 p.m. MDT.
Politics too scary for you? Then head to the Egyptian Theatre at 7 p.m. and relax with a screening of Psycho, the 52-year-old Alfred Hitchcock flick. Beer and wine will be available for those of legal imbibing age. Tickets are $9 in advance at boiseclassicmovies.com, or $11 at the door.
And if you're feeling rather artsy, head to the Powerhouse Events Center for the latest installment of the monthly RAW Artists shindig. This month's theme is Provocations, and will feature a smattering of photographers, performing artists, hairstylists, fashion peeps and more. It kicks off at 7 p.m. and lasts until 2 a.m. Cocktail attire is requested and you must be 18 or older to attend. Tickets are $10 online or $15 at the door.
A flurry of freaks took part in the annual Evil Wine Carnival, this time held over two days at Red Room and Visual Arts Collective Sept. 29 and 30.
"The Carnival is for people to celebrate their dirty side," said organizer Wes Malvini.
He and partner Dustin Jones created Evil Wine as a program on Radio Boise before leaving that station to produce their own underground video series, frequently screened at Red Room on Monday nights.
For this year's carnival, Evil Wine joined WavePOP and extended the festivities for a whole weekend of debauchery, music, drink and song. More than a dozen bands, DJs and comedians performed at the event, also meant to promote and support local art and businesses.
Boise Weekly stopped by the second day of the carnival, Sept. 30, to take some photos at the Visual Arts Collective.
Click here for a slideshow of the mayhem.