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Modern Art

Laurie Pearman

Modern Art

click to enlarge LAURIE PEARMAN

Boise Weekly Cover Auction

Wednesday, Oct. 17 Idaho State Historical Museum, Boise

Boise Weekly prides itself in supporting local art, and in no way is that more obvious than in the artwork that graces its cover. At the end of each year those cover pieces are auctioned to raise money for the Cover Art Grant, which supports area artists and arts organizations. But more than just a fundraiser, it's one of the best parties of the year with music, drinks, food and a crowd looking for a good time. This year, the auction will be held at the Idaho State Historical Museum and a $5 donation will get you in.

click to enlarge GLENN LANDBERG

Valentine For AIDS

February 2013 Flying M Coffeehouse, Boise

For the last two decades, Flying M Coffeehouse has stepped up to help support those living with HIV and AIDS through the Valentine for AIDS fundraiser. Artists from around the community donate a broad array of works based on the Valentine's Day theme, which then fill the walls of the popular downtown coffee house. The artwork is sold through a silent auction, with all proceeds going to the Safety Net for AIDS Program, which helps those infected with HIV and AIDS get the care they need.

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Treefort Music Festival

Thursday, March 21-Sunday, March 24, 2013 Various locations, downtown Boise

When Boise decided to have a SXSW Music Festival afterparty in 2012, more than 120 bands and thousands of fans turned up to join the four-day musical celebration. Organizers decided to follow the resounding success of the festival by throwing another one. Fans can catch bands at indoor and outdoor venues across downtown, with plenty of beer, food and assorted debauchery to fill the time it takes to get between concerts. Watch the Treefort website for details.

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Modern Art

Thursday, May 2, 2013 Modern Hotel, Boise

What would happen if a bunch of artists took over a hotel and threw a party? The answer can be experienced during the First Thursday event every May, when Modern Art takes over the Modern Hotel and Bar. Nearly every room--and many outdoor spaces--in the trendy boutique hotel is filled by different artists who transform the spaces into interactive galleries, art installations and performance spaces that defy description.

The public comes out in droves to fight through crowded hallways for this walking art party and celebration of Boise's cultural landscape.

click to enlarge PATRICK SWEENEY

Idaho Botanical Garden Concert Series

May-September Idaho Botanical Garden, Boise

Most think of gardens as quiet spots, but during summer evenings, Idaho Botanical Garden is the place to catch some of the area's best outdoor concerts. The Great Garden Escape series offers live music in the garden every Thursday night June through September and concert-goers can spread their blankets for a picnic. The crowds get bigger and the shows move to the larger lawn for the Outlaw Field concert series when big-name national artists fill the evenings with music May through September.

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Alive After Five

Wednesday nights, June-September The Grove Plaza, Boise

Hump Day gets a little more eventful in the summer months in downtown Boise, when the Alive After Five concert series draws throngs to Grove Plaza for evenings filled with live music, drinks and food. The popular series features local musicians opening for national touring acts with a rotating list of vendors offering beer and munchies to eager after-work crowds. Music runs the gamut from bluegrass to rock with a little of everything in between, but regardless of who's playing, there's sure to be a crowd dancing.

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First Thursday

First Thursday of every month Various locations, downtown Boise

Once a month, downtown Boise is filled with marauding hordes in search of art, music, munchies and the occasional free glass of wine. Shops and galleries throughout the downtown core stay open a little late to host special exhibits and performances and offer special deals as the public wanders among locations. The lineup changes monthly, but patrons can get the scoop by picking up a free map and guide in Boise Weekly published the week of the event. First Thursday runs from 5-9 p.m., although the event tends to linger as long as the crowds do.

click to enlarge ERICA SPARLIN DRYDEN

Story Story Night

Last Monday of every month The Rose Room, Boise

Story Story Night has become one of Boise's signature monthly events, drawing packed crowds to hear community members do a little old-fashioned storytelling. Each month's stories are based on a theme, and a select group of featured storytellers start things off, followed by members of the audience drawn out of a hat. The evening is open to all ages, though parental discretion is advised. The storytelling extravaganza is recorded for a podcast hosted by Boise State Public Radio. There's also an adult-only version at Visual Arts Collective. Details at the website.

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