Discovery Center of Idaho: Science, Space & Symposium 

Renaissance man

Leonardo da Vinci's reputation makes him seem more remote than he actually was. A polymath, his list of almost superhuman accomplishments is intimidating even hundreds of years after his death, but unlike many thinkers of the time, his process was more logical than intuitive or spiritual--his was a mind closer to our own than to the artists and technicians of his own period.

But that's a generalization. The nitty-gritties of da Vinci's thought will be on display at the Discovery Center of Idaho beginning Saturday, June 14, as part of a traveling exhibit, Leonardo da Vinci: Man-Inventor-Genius & Man-Artist-Genius. Visitors will be able to see to-scale reproductions of the master's inventions built by a family of Italian artisans that has been building da Vinci reproductions for 200 years, including flying and civil machines, engineering marvels, military contraptions and hydraulic devices.

Also on display will be replicas of his artistic masterpieces, complemented by audio and video guides. Admission will be $15 for adults, $10 for children and seniors, and kids 2 and under get in free.

On the subject of mixing arts and technical sciences, CTA Architects Engineers, fresh off the heels of its move into the eighth floor of the Eighth and Main Tower, is dedicating two sides of the exposed concrete core of the just-finished tower as an exhibition space for local artists. According to CTA spokesman Joe Black, the purpose of the space is to give back to local artists and inspire the company's staff.

"We have a lot of really creative professionals here. We're trying to have this creative class of workers," Black said.

An eight-piece exhibition by Cody Rutty will be the first to be featured at the gallery. It was first displayed at CTA's 75th anniversary party April 3, and chances for the public to view the works will begin at an as-yet unannounced First Thursday event this summer.

Friday-Monday, May 23-26, those with a fancy for anime can scratch that itch with Anime Oasis Compile at the Grove Hotel, where guest speakers include voice actors Colleen Clinkenbeard, Monica Rial, Jamie Marchi, Vic Mignogna and Sonny Strait. The musical guest is The Slants, a Portland-based all-Asian American dance rock band that claims to be the only band of its kind in the world. Events include cosplay, a high society formal dance, an epic game of Cards Against Humanity--even a Hentai night. Tickets are $44 for four-day admission or $20-$23 for one-day admission.

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