From First Thursday to the last stragglers at the Tiesto after-party, last week ran the gamut from wholesome to whole lot of fun.
On First Thursday, March 7, a group of 19 artists unveiled the collaborative exhibit Inter/Change at the Linen Building. For the show, each artist submitted an original piece of artwork that was assigned at random to a second artist and then passed on to a third to finish it. While some pieces in the show achieved a unified vision, you could feel the tension in others: like a painting that had been pulled from its frame, wound with duct tape, sawed in half then suspended in the air.
At Boise 150's Sesqui-Shop headquarters, Boise Weekly's Andrew Crisp surveyed Boise's musical roots at a local poster, ticket stub and music zine showcase called Vibes: A Celebration of Music in Boise.
"Built to Spill had a strong presence, but Idaho's Fat Chance, Paul Revere & the Raiders and Dream Children also made a showing. Many flocked to a chalkboard wall, where they scrawled down the first concert they ever went to and the year it took place," said Crisp.
For a photo slideshow of all the First Thursday action, click here.
Later that evening, BW's Josh Gross swung by Red Room to check out Boston post-rockers Caspian.
"The headliner, Caspian, built its wall of sound high with three guitars blasting massive amounts of feedback through delay pedals, but in the most lovely way," said Gross. "The atmosphere was so lush, it felt like aerial footage for a nature documentary as it built up in five-minute crescendos to savagely percussive endings."
Speaking of a lush atmosphere, BW intern Lauren Bergeson squeezed into the Revolution Concert House March 8 to get down with sold-out Electronic Dance Music superstar Tiesto.
"The crowd was unlike any dance crowd this year," Bergeson said. "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."
After the show, there was a Tiesto after-party at the Powerhouse Event Center, where a crowd of about 200 danced hard to a variety of EDM tracks until 4 a.m.
Moving from fur boots to furry faces, BW intern Jessica Johnson stopped by Red Room March 9 for the Boise Beardsmen's inaugural Beard and Mustache Competition.
"Hirsute competitors traveled from Spokane, Wash., Salt Lake City and Portland, Ore., to compete in the part-competition, part-fundraiser. ... Every man sported his best and weirdest facial hair, and the whiskerinas went all out with beards made of grapes, leaves and Julia Green's winning pizza beard, which was made from felt," said Johnson.
Luke Tichinin from Portland, Ore., won Best Full Beard and Best Overall Beard, and had the crowd in an uproar yelling for a speech.