October 4, 2006 

Arts News


So, you know that mural on the side of the Record Exchange's building at 11th and Idaho? Of course you do--it's been there for over 20 years and is one of downtown Boise's most recognizable walls, with an Art Deco-ish theme inspired by the name of the building, The Hitchcock Building. Hope you took a good look at old Alfie the last time you walked past, because if you didn't kiss it goodbye, you won't get the chance now.

The Record Exchange wants to update the wall and has contracted the design firm Oliver Russell to redesign the mural. Artist Fred Choate--the original mural's designer and painter--has just begun painting the new design.

The Record Exchange will soon be celebrating its 30th year in business, and the colorful new mural is intended to help mark the milestone. The hope of store owners Michael Bunnell and Jil Sevy, and building partner Kathleen O'Brien, seems to be that the new design will be as hip and recognizable a piece of public art today as the old design was when it went up in 1984.

The public is encouraged to go down to 1105 W. Idaho St. and check out the mural-in-process as it's being painted. The mural's creation will continue until the first of November, when the new design will be officially unveiled.


Boise State's literary journal of over 30 years, cold-drill, comes out none-too-frequently, so when it does, it's a literary to-do. The journal will celebrate its latest issue with a release party--free and open to the public--on October 7 at 7 p.m. at Satchel's Grill, 705 Bannock St.

Recent contributors Terry Allen, Dana Johnson, Adam Phillips, Nicole Cullen and Tyler Brewington will be on hand at the party to read their contributions. Copies of cold-drill will be available for $5 at the release party. They can also be purchased at the Boise State Bookstore, Trip Taylor Booksellers, and from www.cold-drill.com. For a better idea of what cold-drill is all about, visit www.boiseweekly.com to read a review of a older issue of the magazine (Lit, "Body Eclectic," January 18, 2006).

The magazine is produced by graduate students in Boise State's MFA program, but is open to non-student submissions and is currently accepting them for its next issue. If you have a fiction, nonfiction or poetry submission, send it to cold-drill, Department of English, Boise State University, 1910 University Drive, Boise, Idaho 83725. Submissions will be read through January 31. For more information, visit www.cold-drill.com.


Stewart Gallery can be consistently counted on to bring to Boise interesting and thought-provoking exhibitions, time after time. However, what we can't count on them for anymore is to be one of our First Thursday stops, every month, because they are no longer hosting First Thursday receptions.

But hold on, it's not all bad news. You can still stop by the gallery Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and see the cool art. If you happen to stop in any time before October 23, the current exhibition is "Wood, Paper, Paint" featuring works by local and established artists in--what else--wood, paper and paint. (See page 34 of this issue for a review of the show.)

Stewart Gallery, 2212 Main St., 433-0593, www.stewartgallery.com.

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