Artisans and Gypsies 

History and refugees take the spotlight

With early spring beginning to revive Boise from frosty listlessness, transformation is something of a theme this First Thursday.

Change is a thread that runs through the Voices in Transition exhibit, on display at the Creative Access Art Center. Stories of transition come to life through textiles created by a group of Artisans4Hope refugee artists, in collaboration with the Idaho Commission on the Arts' Folk and Traditional Arts Program. A selection of story quilts and broadsides help the new Americans relate stories about their new and former homes. The exhibit runs from 5-8:30 p.m. at 500 S. Eighth St., and remains on display through Saturday, April 20. For more information, visit

On the subject of home, sesquicentennial celebrations kicked off to observe an Idaho state milestone. President Abraham Lincoln signed into law an act creating the Idaho Territory 150 years ago, an anniversary commemorated with the Idaho State Historical Museum's new exhibit Essential Idaho: 150 Things that Make the Gem State Unique. Peruse artifacts and explore hands-on learning stations created for children and adults from 5-9 p.m. at 610 Julia Davis Drive.

The Sesqui-Shop is also considering Boise's 150-year musical history. Head over to the Boise 150 headquarters at 1008 Main St. to experience the cultural effect music has had on our community with Vibes: A Celebration of Music in Boise, from 6-9 p.m. The showcase of local music ephemera includes a collection of zines, iconic fliers advertising rock clubs like the Crazy Horse, bills from the local punk shows and ticket stubs from famous performances.

You can catch Vibes through Thursday, March 28.

And in other First Thursday music news, Radio Boise's Kevin Moran will moderate a Fettuccine Forum discussion titled And The Beat Goes On: Music as a Boise Legacy at the Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., First Thursday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m. The talk explores the past, present and future of the Boise music scene with panelists Ali Ward, Eric Gilbert, Tim Johnstone, Steve Fulton and Todd Dunnigan.

Speaking of Boise legacies, the 10-year-old Gypsy Gallery will pop up once again--this time at the palatial Crystal Ballroom in Boise's Hoff Building at Eighth and Bannock streets, starting at 5 p.m. You can check out work from 20 artists, including Pam McKnight, Amber Day and Marianne Konvalinka, which will be on display while musicians Ryan Wissinger, Blaze N Kelly, and Gayle Chapman provide ambience.

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