An Excellent Art and History Par-tay 

Boise’s soon-to-be-bald mayor Dave Bieter recently decreed his 2009 favorites in the arts and history communities and is holding a banquet Friday, Sept. 25, at the Powerhouse Events Center to celebrate. The Mayor’s Awards For Excellence in Arts and History—which added history as an additional category this year—is an annual tradition that has honored over 70 people and organizations since its inception in 1986. Awards will be handed out to community organizations and leaders that have demonstrated “distinguished service, creative accomplishment [and] a record of publication, presentation or research that enhances the artistic, historic and broader cultural life of Boise.” These are the lucky cads that the mayor will soon bestow a fancy mosaiced award upon:

Excellence in the Arts-person: Jacqueline Crist, Individual Support of the Arts; Steve Fulton, Artistic Excellence

Excellence in History-person: Todd Shallat, professor, Boise State

Excellence in Arts-organization: Student Union, Boise State

Excellence in History-organization: Idaho Historical Museum

Business Support for the Arts: Flying M Coffeehouse

Business Support for History: TAG Historical Research and Consulting

Excellence in Art-Education: Joe Golden and Tom Willmorth from the Fool Squad

Excellence in History-Education: Robert Sims, faculty emeritus, Boise State

Lifetime Achievement-Arts: Chris Hummel, retired, Hummel Architects

Lifetime Achievement-History: Arthur Hart, retired, Idaho State Historical Society

If you want to hang out with these distinguished folks (and maybe gawk at Bieter's locks before they're shaved off by a Camp Rainbow Gold cancer patient) purchase a $35 ticket for the ceremony, which boasts tunes by Ken Harris, Carmel Crock and Richard Soliz, big winner Steve Fulton and the Jeremiah James Gang. In addition, the reception will feature all the typical awards-banquety-type-things you've come to love—booths, appetizers, desserts, videos and, wait for it, a silent auction.

Friday, Sept. 25, 5:30-9:30 p.m., live music and dancing until 11 p.m., $35, Powerhouse Events Center, 621 S. 17th St., 208-433-0197.

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