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The Week in Review

Laurie Pearman puts the "fun" in dysfunctional at Flying M.

Andrew Crisp

Laurie Pearman puts the "fun" in dysfunctional at Flying M.

After a couple weeks of live-music overload, the tinny echo in our ears has given way to a renewed appreciation for the quieter arts. And with First Thursday's myriad visual art openings and a number of live stage productions, this week was a welcome change of pace.

Boise Weekly reporters swarmed the surprisingly chilly streets of downtown on First Thursday, April 5. Staff Writer Andrew Crisp swung by Flying M Coffeehouse for Laurie Pearman's new photography exhibit, Scenes from a Dysfunctional Dollhouse. According to Crisp, "The photos were shot entirely within the small confines of a dollhouse Pearman played with as a child, but the characters engaged in actions that would make Barbie blush," including sex, drugs and violence.

Crisp also stopped by Beside Bardenay to rub elbows with Opera Idaho's cast from The Ballad of Baby Doe. Live arias were paired with a Silver and Gold martini--Wild Turkey bourbon and Herradura silver tequila with a chili, sugar and salt rim.

To cap off the evening, BW New Media Czar Josh Gross pressed on to Bricolage for a letterpress demo from Movable Type, a delivery truck converted into a cross-country mobile letterpress studio. According to Gross, "Press operator Kyle Durrie was demonstrating the press to anyone who stepped inside by printing the bottom half of a poster with the words 'another dingbat.' People could then take that poster outside and have the top filled in with the word 'another day,' by Idaho Poster and Letterpress owner Bingo Barnes."

On April 6, BW's April Foster swung by Visual Arts Collective for a last-minute opening reception for a new exhibit from BOCOLAB and Francis Fox called Transition. According to Foster, "The exhibit consists of a small sculpture gallery with various distorted and futuristic shapes that combine wood, stone and metals." The show will continue through Saturday, May 26.

And speaking of transitions, BW intern Amber Clontz lost her drag show virginity on April 7 during LipsInc!'s latest, Easter-themed performance at Balcony. In Clontz's opinion, "LipsInc!'s newest talent, Nikoa Mak, might have stolen the show if it wasn't for the bodacious Bridgette Diamond Halston. It was a toss-up between Mak's acts that dripped with sex, vs. the laughter that came from Halston's turns as a healthy dominatrix and a walker-wielding nursing home resident."

Boise Contemporary Theater's latest production, Off the Record, also dripped with sex, but in a much more veiled and nuanced manner. Check out a review of the play here.

And in more wholesome arts news, the Morrison Center was near capacity for all three performances of Ballet Idaho's Cinderella. BW's Mika Belle snapped photos on April 7 and caught up with Marketing Director Kim Kaine.

"This afternoon's matinee show was amazing," said Kaine. "We had every little girl in the city of Boise wearing their Cinderella dress."

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