First Thursday, Two Ways 

History and culture vs. suds and sweets

Whether you're seeking to soak in some history or suck down some suds, First Thursday, April 4, has ample opportunities for culture--of both the artistic and fermented varieties. Here's Boise Weekly's guide to how to make the most of this budding spring First Thursday, two ways.

History and Culture

5:30 p.m., Listen to an Art Talk with Barbara Brotherton at Boise Art Museum

Kick off your April First Thursday with some insight into the Boise Art Museum's new exhibition, Origins: Objects of Material Culture, which features artifacts from Africa, Papua New Guinea and North America. Barbara Brotherton, curator of Native American art at the Seattle Art Museum, will give a special art talk at 5:30 p.m. pertaining to the exhibit. Origins remains on display through January 2014. 670 S. Julia Davis Drive, 208-345-8330.

6 p.m., Check Out Essential Idaho at Idaho State Historical Museum

After you've perused objects from faraway places at BAM, scoot next door to the Idaho State Historical Museum to check out Essential Idaho: 150 Things that Make the Gem State Unique. In addition to wax seals from Boise's Assay Office and Olympian Kristin Armstrong's helmet from the 2012 London Olympics, there's also a giant baked potato you can have your picture taken inside--while sporting a broccoli or butter hat. Culture. 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, 208-334-2120

6:30 p.m., Savor Wine and Pintxos at The Basque Market

Now that you've explored spuds and artifacts, relax with some snacks at The Basque Market. For First Thursday, the Basque eatery is dishing up hearty portions of paella and pintxos, featuring lamb and Spanish cheeses. 608 W. Grove St., 208-433-1208

7 p.m., Peruse New Exhibits at the Basque Museum

With your belly bulging with paella and sangria, slink across the street for a tour of the Basque Museum's four new exhibits--An Enduring Culture: The Basques Past and Present, The Basque Sheepherder, Herri Kirolak: Basque Sports, and The Art of the Basques. For more info on these new exhibits, check out Downtown News, Page 22. 611 W. Grove St., 208-343-2671

7:30 p.m., Stop by Remnants of Boise at The Sesqui-Shop

Switch your brain from Basque back to Boise for another celebration of the town's 150th birthday at the Sesqui-Shop. This month, Remnants of Boise--a collection of architectural bits and pieces from lost Boise buildings--will fill the space, along with the dulcet tones of cellist Jake Saunders from 7:30-8:30 p.m. 1008 Main St., 208-433-5671

Suds and Sweets

5:30 p.m., Check out the New 8th Street AIR Artists

Put a spring in your step this First Thursday by checking out a fresh crop of Artists in Residence. This month, the 8th Street Marketplace AIR program has expanded from BODO's Northrup Building and Renewal Underground space to a new location off the Grove Plaza, at 801 Main St., Ste. 103. Northrup artists include painters Kelly Thomas Rule and Joe Kimmel, along with photographer, designer and printmaker Mike Landa; Renewal Underground will house painter and graphic illustrator Sean Kelly; and the Wells Fargo Center Retail Building will be home to printmaker Erika Sather-Smith and photographer Jose Angel Saenz. 1008 Main St., 208-433-5671

6:15 p.m., Enjoy Three Plates and Three Beers at The Front Door

After you've gotten some fresh AIR, head to The Front Door for a fresh pairing. The spot will offer three 6-ounce beers from New Belgium--Sunshine Wheat, Rampant Imperial IPA and 1554 Enlightened Black Ale--paired with a butter leaf salad with starfruit and radishes, pork tenderloin stuffed with apple compote and a chocolate mousse with candied pistachios. The whole shebang will only set you back $16. 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9201

7 p.m., Celebrate Indie Made's Third Birthday

Your thirst slaked with suds, stock up on sweets at Indie Made's third birthday party. The collective will dish up a buffet of birthday-themed treats along with plenty of nonperishable handmade goods for you to peruse. 108 N. Sixth St., 208-342-0804

7:30 p.m., Stop by Rick Walter's Opening at Flying M Coffeehouse

After the sugar rush sets in, shuffle over to the Flying M Coffeehouse to browse Rick Walter's new series of oil paintings and textural works. According to Walter's website, the pieces "are based on the bright color and deterioration of enamel on metal left out in the weather, inspired by construction machinery, freight trains and an old wheelbarrow sitting in my driveway." Sockeye will also offer a rare beer tasting at the caffeine mecca. 500 W. Idaho St., 208-345-4320

8 p.m., Bid on Munnys at the Record Exchange

End your evening by browsing the Record Exchange's 2013 Munny Silent Auction, which features artists like Sean Wyett, Erin Ruiz, Tony Rios, Misty Benson and Grant Olsen, among others. The Munnys will be on display until Thursday, April 25, with final bidding taking place from 5-7 p.m. Proceeds will be split between the artists and Go Listen Boise. 1105 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8010

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