Drinking, Thinking and Thursdaying 

The Week in Review

First Thursday crowds gathered at Flying M's annual Valentine For AIDS.

BW Staff

First Thursday crowds gathered at Flying M's annual Valentine For AIDS.

First Thursday, Feb. 7, boasted an abundance of art-filled events for bundled Boiseans to soak in.

The gallery at Bricolage featured artwork by Erika Sather-Smith. Purple curtains hung next to her copper etchings, and five-sided cones on the floor and the ceiling added colorful contrast to the black-and-white prints.

Over at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, The Muse Project hosted its fourth town hall meeting on Boise's collective creative intelligence, or Scenius. According to Boise Weekly's Andrew Crisp, the words of panelist and Trey McIntyre Project Executive Director John Michael Schert rang true for the audience.

"Boise's still at this really beautiful moment where we can shape who we are for perpetuity," Schert said.

Across town, The Crux hosted Re-Vision, a large group show.

"Some highlights included Bruce Maurey's series of plywood slabs decked out in glossy Day of the Dead images, James McKain's pencil sketches of mustachioed fish, Lauren Haney's illustrations of female figures with elaborate headdresses, and Anne Boyles' richly detailed acrylic-on-canvas pieces that included a portrait of Bob Dylan," said BW's Josh Gross.

For a photo slideshow of all the First Thursday action, visit boiseweekly.com.

Moving from roving groups of art lovers to roving gangs of bike fanatics, Boise Bicycle Project hosted Bikin' For Lovin' IV--a nighttime bike ride from its headquarters through downtown Boise ending at 13th Street Pub and Grill--on Feb. 8.

According the BW's Harrison Berry, though folks were slow to show up to the event, it eventually reached capacity.

"By 7:30 p.m., groups of chatting cyclists had begun to fill the shop's workspace, while silent films played on a screen. By 7:45 p.m., the groups had swelled to a mob. Beer donated by Crooked Fence flowed from a freshly tapped keg and the silent film had been replaced by videos of James Brown performing live circa 1976."

A less rowdy crowd assembled at Leku Ona Feb. 8 to take part in Think and Drink, an event hosted at three venues by Boise State University professors on topics commemorating the capital city's sesquicentennial, Boise 150.

"Dozens sat in a basement meeting room, while professors Dr. John Bieter and Dr. David Lachiondo, both with strong ties to BSU's Basque Studies program, invited the audience to consider why they choose to live in Boise," observed BW's Andrew Crisp.

Moving from Basque studies to basking in beats, Gross swung by Red Room Feb. 9 to check out Bay Area hip-hop producer Ben Durazzo.

"Unlike most electronic artists, Durazzo forgoes prerecorded loops and beats, assigning drum sounds and note samples that he makes to trigger pads and then playing them live like a piano," observed Gross.

"He's doing that live?" an audience member gasped. "That's one talented motherfucker."

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