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First Thursday Gets Shiny, Pretty and Groovy 

Hit up a blacklight poster show and an inexpensive jewelry sale

We all like shiny, pretty, groovy things, and this First Thursday offers a hearty splash of all three.

On Nov. 3, you can feast your eyes on bright, kooky blacklight posters at the Idaho Poster and Letterpress Gallery. See the psychedelic sights and bask in the gentle glow of ultraviolet light at the Groovy Blacklight Poster Show reception from 4-9 p.m. The show will feature posters from the 1970s to the current day. You can order your own modern blacklight art during the show, which promises to make your house just as trippy as a colorful cosmic bowling alley. Keep in mind this may not be a show for the kids--blacklight art tends to highlight drug references and display the human body in all its naked glory.

Also trippy are the sugar skulls, bone motifs and calacas, or skeleton costumes, that accompany Dia de los Muertos celebrations--known in English as the Day of the Dead. This Mexican cultural tradition is so morbidly fascinating that it has merited a panel discussion in the Fettuccine Forum. The forum will examine the history of Dia de los Muertos, along with the holiday's current culture and rich artistic tradition. You can cool down from your Day of the Dead celebration with this timely discussion at the Rose Room. Food from Simply Pizza and beverages from Jo's Traveling Bar will be available for sale.

And if that's not enough for you, stop by the Idaho State Historical Museum and check out the temporary collection of Dia de los Muertos altars, including former BW Editor Bingo Barnes' painstakingly hand-painted zombie Troll Tabernacle Choir. View the exhibit from 6-9 p.m. at 610 Julia Davis Drive.

In addition to displaying art from local painter Toby Robin (See First Thursday, Page 19), Flying M Coffeehouse will also host the Boise State Metals Group. Right in time for the holidays, the group is holding a jewelry sale to benefit Boise State's Art Metals Program. The one-of-a-kind pieces are handmade and include an assortment of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and brooches, which make great gifts that won't break your budget. With every piece priced less than $20, this jewelry sale is a total "steel."

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