Art + Love + community support=AIDS awareness • Your Art, My Art, Our Art 

Art + Love + community support=AIDS awareness

On February 1, Flying M's 14th annual Valentines for AIDS exhibit/auction opens. All the work is by local artists and can be purchased via silent auction. The proceeds from the auction go to the Safety Net for AIDS Program. Stop by the M between February 1 and February 11 and bid on a treat that won't give your sweetheart cavities but will bring him or her joy for years to come. And you'll be treating yourself knowing that you've contributed to a very worthy cause.

Thursday, Feb. 1 through Sunday, Feb. 11, FREE, bidding hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Bidding ends promptly at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11. Flying M, 500 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-345-4320.

Your Art, My Art, Our Art

We here at Boise Weekly are proud supporters of our art community. When we moved into our new building (at 523 Broad St.) last year, we made sure our decor included works by local artists. We even hang the framed originals of each week's cover art on the walls of the office until the day we take them all down for our annual cover auction. We finally got all settled into our new digs and realized we wanted the outside of our offices to look as cool as the inside, so we put out a call to artists to create a piece of public art. We received several submissions, and a jury selected four finalists who are (in alphabetical order): Michael Cordell, Reham Aarti-Johnson, Matt Laurance and Kelly Packer. We are asking you, the community, to help choose which work of art will adorn the Boise Weekly grounds. Go to www.boiseweekly.com and click on the button near the top that reads "View the Finalists for the BW Public Art Installation and Vote Here." You can see the finalists' proposals, read a little about their inspiration and vote for the one you like best. The proposals are also at City Hall and are available for public comment.

Funny Is Not A Four-Letter Word

Do you love stand-up comedy but blush at the mere thought of a dirty word or phrase? Then check out Comedy Sportz at the Boise Spectrum (the Edwards 21 Theater complex). Comedy Sportz is new to the Boise area (they have 20 locations in cities across the U.S. and the U.K.). However, they do have a unique approach to comedy: two teams of professional comedians perform improv based on suggestions from the audience. And, according to the ComedySportz Web site, it's "hilarious." It's also G-rated, which means no one should be dropping F-bombs on your good, clean fun.

Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Call 629-3759 for reservations. ComedySportz, the Boise Spectrum at Overland Road and Entertainment Avenue, www.comedysportzidaho.com.

Call to Artists

Do you wonder where the art that graces the cover of each issue of Boise Weekly comes from? It comes from readers like you. Whether you think you're the next great American master or consider yourself just a doodler, submit your art for possible use as a Boise Weekly cover. It's easy: Just drop your artwork off at our offices at 523 Broad St. during normal office hours (Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). We prefer a square format but all mediums, including photography, will be accepted. Artwork not selected can be picked up at any time, but if we do publish your art, we ask that you donate the original to our annual auction which benefits local art programs. Plus, we'll pay you $150 in cold hard cash and a $25 gift certificate to Boise Blue.

For more info., send an e-mail to leila@boiseweekly.com.

--Amy Atkins

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