Monday, February 7, 2011

Fritz Liedtke Reveals a "Skeleton In The Closet" at Boise State SUB Gallery

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While a rich emotional life may not seem to have as tangible an effect on the rest of your life as, say, the effect created by riches showered on your bank account, it nonetheless can have just as much impact. And whether it's joy, anger or even revulsion, good art should stir the emotions and make you feel something.

So why not make a deposit into your emotional bank account?

Though art is not likely to inspire the same emotions in any two people, it's hard to imagine anyone could see Fritz Liedtke's photo series, "Skeleton in the Closet," without feeling something. The photos are gritty, intensely personal images of people battling eating disorders, paired with statements from the subjects about their struggle. Some of the images are downright uncomfortable to look at. Others brim with hope.

The exhibit can be seen in the Boise State SUB Gallery for FREE. It will be up until Tuesday, Feb. 22.

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Elizabeth Marling's Jewelry at Bricolage

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In the 1960s, paper entered the fashion world as an avant-garde material.

Since then, paper has continually been experimented with in various wearable ways by artists like Elizabeth Marling.

"My three loves are collage, sculpture and fashion. Paper jewelry appeals to me because it blends all these elements. Most of my current work is jewelry, with a focus on creating at least one component in each piece completely by hand. Hand-painted or decoupaged wooden beads, mixed metals and images are items I utilize often. Mixing materials and metals in unexpected ways is always a goal," says Marling, whose jewelry can be found at Bricolage in the basement of the Idaho Building in downtown Boise.

Marling dislikes the distinction between high and low art and strives to share that sentiment in her work, incorporating contrasting materials into her designs, like gemstones with plastic.

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As a student, Marling studied film production at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, but upon graduation had mixed feelings about both film and New York City.

"Film shoots easily become either very rigid or dissolve into chaos, so the management of a shoot becomes more important than the quality of what's being filmed," shares Marling. "I'm a DIY kind of person, and I like making art more than managing people. Also, the city has a reputation for being a penultimate center for the arts, but I did not feel local artists were given any support or interest, and certainly not monetary sponsorship."

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After graduating, Marling moved back to her hometown of St. Louis, Mo., where she realized she wanted to work in a medium in which she enjoyed the process as much as the finished result.

"When I was growing up, my Mom was an avid and gifted artist, and I realized my own creative desires were more aligned with hers than with school," Marling says. "One day I asked her to teach me to sew. All of my current work has sprung from those lessons. Ironically, I am still a complete klutz with a sewing machine, but I discovered other materials I work better with: paper, paint, scissors and glue. I'm about 50 percent self-taught and 50 percent Mom-taught."

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Having just moved to Boise a year ago, Marling admires the city's openess to new ideas and the many independent businesses it supports.

"Boise is an awesome place for emerging artists. Boise residents have a killer combination of openness to others and good old common sense—two things I value highly. Although I'm sure this is tragically un-cool to say, I absolutely love it here."

You can read more about Marling's ideas on fashion on her blog Fash reMash: Create Your Own Style.

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Need Something to do Monday?

Posted By on Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Horrific news broke in Canada last week when it was revealed that a large-scale massacre of healthy sled dogs took place in Whistler, British Columbia, when the number of tourists interested in dog sledding after the 2010 Winter Olympics was lower than expected.

More than 100 dogs were dumped in a mass grave after being killed. Some of them were reportedly still alive when buried.

The scene was so grisly that the man tasked with the cull has been in therapy for post-traumatic stess disorder ever since, and won a lawsuit against his employers, Outdoor Adventures. What makes it especially tragic is that he'd tried to find a way to relocate the dogs and had been twice rebuffed by local animal advocacy groups.

The senseless murder was all the more tragic because sled dogs are so amazing.

So today, why not go the opposite direction and appreciate the s@#$ out of 'em?

The Big Read is a year-long program in which Boiseans are encouraged to read the same book. This year's choice is The Call of the Wild, and readers are invited to take part in a series of events having to do with the book. Tonight, local dog-sledder Linda Carlsgaard will be bringing her sled-dog team to The Ada Community Library to give people an introduction to the sport and her fluffy, lovable pooches.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. It's free for library members and $10 for nonmembers. There is also a special family rate of $25.

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Desert Dirtbike Racing Season Revs Up With Oreana 100

Posted By on Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 2:00 PM

The 14th Annual Oreana 100 kicks off the Southwestern Idaho Desert Racing Association's 2011 season on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m. The event is hosted by the Desert Raiders Motorcycle Club.

Oreana is the first race of the seven-race series sanctioned by SIDRA. Points earned at each race will ultimately crown a new winner for the 2011 season. One of the most popular desert events, riders from most of the western states will be competing.

The Oreana 100 is well known among racers for two amazing features: The beautiful white-sand washes of Oreana, Idaho, meander for miles, and a wild and spectacular “entrenched wash” sends motorcyclists down a desert slot canyon just wider than a bike, with 25-foot-high walls towering on either side.

A typical course is two laps of approximately 50 miles each. Multiple race classes will provide competition for all levels, including the one-lap Sportsman category for beginners and first-timers. The race boasts a remote start, emergency gas locations, sand-wash pits, and prizes for all finishers.

Sign-ups will begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 10 a.m. on the day of the race, with minis running earlier at 9 a.m. All bikes are required to go through a tech inspection, pass sound tests and have a current OHV sticker and spark arrestor.

Cost of the race ranges from $25 for first-timers and minis to $80 for pros. For more information visit the SIDRA website.

As the racers like to say, “See you in the dez!”

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Grant Deadline Extended

Posted By on Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 12:02 PM

We're always going on and on about the literal and metaphorical wall between editorial and advertising here at BW.

Here's proof that the wall is—well, it's bad for communication.

Editorial has been telling readers for months that the deadline for our annual Cover Auction Grant application was Friday, Feb. 4. Ads running in our paper have the deadline as Friday, Feb. 11. Doh!

Sorry for the confusion, folks. We'll take submissions until Friday, Feb. 11, at 5 p.m. so that whether you were reading the ads or the editorial content, you'll still make the deadline.

Here's how to apply:

1. How do you, or how does your organization support local artists?

2. Will this grant fund a new project or an existing project?

3. What is the projected budget for the project?

4. How will the grant be used?

5. Where is the location of the project and what is its accessibility?

6. How will this project benefit the community and support the mission of the Boise Weekly Cover Auction?

All proposals must be submitted to Boise Weekly at 523 Broad St. by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11. The judging committee will announce its decision in Boise Weekly in February.

Last year's grant winners included a square dancing series from Go Listen Boise, a Basque block podcast tour, Spurbans from Trey McIntyre Project and more.

For more information, please contact Office Manager Shea Sutton at 208-344-2055 or

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