Downtown News: BW's First Thursday Picks 

One-dollar food samples, ALPHA's Fixx, BAM's "Message," Basque Market's green

"Critical Messages" at BAM

Image by Jana DeMartini

"Critical Messages" at BAM

The dollar store model has proven immensely popular. A buck price tag can make even cheap candles, off-brand crackers and ballerina cat figurines seem like total must-haves. The Boise State Public Relations Student Society of America has taken note. They're bringing back their $1 food-sample spectacular Taste of Boise on First Thursday, March 3.

Local restaurants Cake Ballers, Willowcreek, Harvey's Roasting Co., Taj Mahal, Salt Tears, Mai Thai, Lilly Jane's Cupcakes, Bombay Grill, Broadway Deli, Smackerals and Superb Sushi will all offer special samples for $1 a pop. The event takes place at Boise State Center on Main 1020 W. Main St. from 6-9 p.m. and all proceeds benefit PRSSA.

In other $1 related downtown news, The Fixx coffee shop at 10th and Main streets will donate one dollar from every coffee drink purchased on First Thursday to Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS. The event is dubbed Cup of Compassion and will feature the musical stylings of Brian Mayer from Fauxbois, Travis Ward from Hillfolk Noir and Jonah Shue from Frim Fram Four.

If you've yet to sample Boise Art Museum's diverse group exhibit "Critical Messages: Contemporary Northwest Artists on the Environment," be sure to stop by the museum for a free gander this First Thursday from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. For a more in-depth exploration of the exhibit, don't miss a special lecture by Sarah Clark-Langager, director of the Western Gallery at Western Washington University at 5:30 p.m.

And if you're still seeing green after BAM, hoof it to the Basque Block for green tapas at the Basque Market. This is the second year the specialty market has offered tiny green-themed treats in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. You can wash all that green down with red and white (wine) from 5-8 p.m. at the Basque Market's wine tasting.

For a full list of First Thursday events, click here.

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