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The Modern Hotel and Bar may be filled with swanky decor and innovative cocktails on the reg, but once a year--First Thursday in May, to be precise--it's filled to the brim with art of all kinds, food trucks, drink tents and tons of people packed closer together in its rooms and halls than babies in Octomom's womb. The event celebrated its fifth birthday May 3. Boise Weekly asked patrons what they'd surrender for a piece of original work in the Art Barter Room, which was turned into a poker-playing speakeasy, and local artists filled rooms with portraits of dead celebrities, music, performances, a John and Yoko-inspired bed-in and oh-so-much more. The only question: How will year six stack up against such an array of awesome creativeness? 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244, themodernhotel.com

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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