Feb. 1, 2018: What to Know 

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click to enlarge - Treefort Music Fest has announced its Treefort Gallery artists and performing arts programming. -  - HARRISON BERRY
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  • Treefort Music Fest has announced its Treefort Gallery artists and performing arts programming.
  • More details have dropped about some of the visual and performing arts programming for Treefort Music Fest 2018, March 21-25.

    Set your sights on the Treefort Gallery, which returns with work by visual artists Melanie Billark, Colleen Condon, Eli Craven, Catina Crum and Ashley Carlson.

    Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme of performing arts with LED, Ballet Idaho dancers and choreographers, Idaho Dance Theatre and Project Flux, as well as Sadi Mosko and Carolyn Silverman, Death Rattle writers, Sayoko Knode, Callie Ritter and Selby Jenkins.

    If you want to be part of the party, submissions are open for a program through the Boise City Department of Arts and History, which allows audio-visual, interactive and new-media artists a chance to get in front of the "diverse public Treefort audience," and some downtown businesses will have their storefronts decorated by local artists. Stay tuned for more Treefort news.

  • Hand-wringing is happening in several U.S. museums in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against one of the biggest names in contemporary fine art, Chuck Close. The New York Times reports Close was accused of behaving inappropriately toward several female models. One described an incident in which, while she was posing naked, Close, in his wheelchair, moved "so that his head was inches from her vagina" and said, "That looks delicious." Close later issued an apology. Currently, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia is opening an exhibition examining gender-related power imbalances next to a career-spanning exhibition of Close's work. In late January, Seattle University removed a self portrait of Close from its Lemieux Library, and the National Gallery postponed opening an exhibition of his work.

  • The Congressional Budget Office announced Wednesday that the government could run out of cash by mid-March. The government shut down in January as Congress wrangled over raising the debt ceiling, but struck a deal in which the CBO said it would allow Congress to negotiate a new debt ceiling deal before the end of March or early April. However, the Republican-led tax overhaul, which passed in December, has accelerated a drain on government funds. Meanwhile the U.S. Treasury said Wednesday it would be able to fund the government through the end of this month, calling on Congress to "act promptly" to raise the debt ceiling before then.

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