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Jack London, Egyptian Gawds and Scotch tasting

Tomas Montano scales Mount Olympus with his new collection, "Egyptian Gawds, Gaudysses and Other Kitsch."

Tomas Montano

Tomas Montano scales Mount Olympus with his new collection, "Egyptian Gawds, Gaudysses and Other Kitsch."

An inexplicable pull to greatness has inspired many important historical and literary figures, including Jack London, the noted author and adventurer.

This First Thursday, London will be brought back to life at the Idaho Historical Museum. The museum hasn't uncovered a secret ritual that brings noteworthy authors back from the dead, but it has teamed up with the Ada Community Library to bring Boise the next best thing: Michael Oakes of Live Oakes Educational Theater. Oakes will breathe life into Jack London during Call of the Wild: The Life of Jack London, an interactive living-history show that is a part of the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read.

When asked how one goes about reenacting a historical figure like London, Oakes said, "It takes many months of study to even begin." He spent years talking with scholars, London's surviving family members and even bartenders that knew London. "After all this, I get to feel like I know him and his life, as well as my own," said Oakes. 7 p.m., Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, 208-334-2120.

Moving from literary gods to Egyptian gods, local mixed- media painter Tomas Montano has a new series of work on display in the window of the Egyptian Theatre titled, "Egyptian Gawds, Gaudysses and Other Kitsch." Montano is known for his wildly colorful wood-panel pieces that swirl spiral notebook doodles with Catholic iconography and snippets of poetry. His work will be on display through Monday, Feb. 28. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St.

If you want to awaken both your inner devil and inner literary great this First Thursday, stop by Solid Grill and Bar for a free MaCallan and Highland Park scotch tasting from 4-8 p.m. While you're there, reclining and swirling your scotch, check out art from The Fabulous Rase Photography and live music by Ryan Wissinger from 5:45-9 p.m. Solid Grill and Bar, 405 S. Eighth St., 208-345-6620.



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