A Barbacoa Benefit and a BCIMF Call 

Barbacoa Benny

After the pond-side Parkcenter haunt Barbacoa was engulfed in flames earlier this month, proprietor Robert Castoro made an e-mail plea to area businesses: "As we are concerned for our employees and their families, we would like to ask the community and local businesses to contact us if you have jobs available or know of any." An array of businesses and musicians quickly took up the cause, organizing the Benefit for Barbacoa, which will take place on Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Egyptian Theatre.

Organizers hope to pull in $20,000 for the medical and emergency needs of the 125 newly jobless Barbacoa employees. The benefit gets going at 5:30 p.m. and features a hearty helping of Chandlers staff and regulars, including musicians Marcus Eaton, Gayle Chapman, The Frim Fram Fellas, Phil Garonzik, Shawn Brazell, Rob and Tanya Baker, Kurt Sackett, Andrew Cortens, Steve Eaton, Jon Hyneman, Camden Hughes, Pat Hyneman, John Jones Trio, Kevin Kirk, Jon Klein, Tom Moors, Wendi Phelps, Carl Scheider, Rebecca Scott, Mike Seifrit, The Sidemen, Rick Connelly, Greg Perkins, The Sally Tibbs Jazz Sextet, Tom Thompkins and Janessa White.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, with a $100 high-roller package, which includes free valet parking, an aperitif at Chandlers, a shuttle to the show and a musician meet-and-greet.

BCIMF Seeks Performers

The fifth-annual Boise Creative and Improvised Music Festival is clattering, stomping and scratching its way back to the stage April 22-24. Founded and directed by Boisean Krispen Hartung, BCIMF features an assortment of noise-makers along with visual artists, experimental film producers and playwrights. Last year's event took place at both the Neurolux and the El Korah Shrine Temple and included electronic music composer Rick Walker, Oakland, Calif.-based improvisational sound artist Strangelet, and Los Angeles-based guitarist Jim McAuley, among many others. In addition, BCIMF 2009 offered mini art galleries and live collaborative art from locals like Charlie Forest, Loren Reed, Kate Masterson and Patricia McDermott.

BCIMF is currently accepting applications for this year's festival. Interested improvisers should submit their group name, number of performers, a brief description, Web site, e-mail address, phone number and a Web link to an audio or video representation of their work to bcimf2010@gmail.com before Sunday, Feb. 28. For more information, visit www.b-cimf.com.

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