First Thursday Highlights 

Clever ideas, candy and flowers, blown glass, Cinco de Mayo and so many shoes

Because it's important to have something to get behind, Champion This sounds like a great idea. And it was for more than 60 Boiseans who were asked to create works that pushed them out of their creative comfort zones.

Loosely based on a book by Miranda July, each of the 60 were given a packet of 51 ideas and three months to complete 15 projects. They cover a range of ideas that, by their very nature, would press even the most creative artist's innovative buttons.

Contributors could make a lost-pet sign for a mythical creature; plot their own funeral; recreate a poster that hung in their room as a child and more. Starting on First Thursday, an exhibit of photographs, text, video and more of the creations--including those of BW's Tara Morgan--will be on display at Bricolage.

Speaking of champions, Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 8. If you want to get something to show that special giver of life in your life that you care, you might think about stopping in at A.L.P.H.A. headquarters.

From 5-9 p.m., the public is invited to attend a silent auction and bid on flowers, wines, chocolates, candy and perfume. Bidders will be entered into a drawing to receive a gift certificate for a custom-designed perfume from Intentions Perfumery. Even more of a plus, proceeds from the auction benefit A.L.P.H.A. For more information, visit

For people looking to improve upon their own artistic skills, Boise Art Glass is bringing back its very popular classes. On First Thursdays past, visitors would walk through the gallery, eyes lingering on the worktables, looking for all the world like they would give anything to pop on a pair of goggles, fire up a torch and turn a rod of glass into a work of art (or craft, at least).

Now those faces will light up with the discovery that this First Thursday they can learn to make a fish. Sessions cost $40, are 30 minutes long and run from 5-11 p.m. Call 208-345-1825 to reserve a spot.

Because this First Thursday falls on Cinco de Mayo, there's double the reason to celebrate, and Eighth Street will be closed between Idaho and Main streets from 6-9 p.m. for an old-fashioned block party. Plenty of local businesses will have booths, registration for the St. Luke's Women's Fitness Celebration will be available, and you can watch the Hispanic Folkloric Dancers and then try your own baile folklorico with music from a traditional mariachi band.

And if after all of that walking around your feet start clamoring for attention, stop by the Boise Art Museum's incredible new exhibit titled "The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories."

Shoes have long been reflections of a wearer's style but also say something about human beings in general. In this exhibit, 100 contemporary artists take a look at the shoe's place in our shared history and give it a colorful, compelling and charismatic voice. Walk through the exhibit and, from 5-8 p.m., make an art project of your own that tells a story.

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