Flashers, Lasers and Mounds of Earth 

The Week in Review

First Thursday, Nov. 1, stuck to a seasonal theme. While the Idaho State Historical Museum gave a preview of its forthcoming Dia de los Muertos festivities, artists Cale Cathey and Conrad Garner, known as Meatbag, continued to celebrate Halloween at Solid.

"Realistic black-and-white portraits of Alfred Hitchcock, Elvira and Vincent Price occupied the left edge of the show. ... In the middle were three slightly smaller cartoonish portraits of heavily tattooed sailors that could have been straight from a cartoon by John Kricfalusi--creator of Ren and Stimpy," observed Boise Weekly's Josh Gross.

Flying M Coffeehouse also gave a thematic nod to Halloween by featuring John Padlo's bright, candy and superhero-themed paintings.

Down the street, Bricolage cast its gaze a bit further into the holiday future.

"Bricolage appeared to be giving Thanksgiving a trial run with a candle-lit spread that included local cheese, breads, beer, wine and cider. A small group chatted and snacked in honor of Idaho's Bounty's 2013 Healthy Dozen calendar," noted BW's Andrew Crisp.

The following evening, Nov. 2, Idaho Dance Theatre debuted its fall performance. The show included the premiere of a four-part piece by Artistic Director Carl Rowe, called Four Characters With Attitude.

"The 'characters' were Earth, Wind, Water and Fire," explained BW's Sheree Whiteley. "The piece began with dancers crawling swiftly on all fours, eventually working their way to standing one vertebrae at a time."

Whiteley continued: "The piece concluded with a pack of pyromaniac mobster flashers--or, according to the program, an elusive Joker. Fire was an entertaining and somewhat light-hearted romp, opening with flashes of light and trench coats. The audience giggled as dancers chased one another and opened their trenches while the others recoiled in horror."

Moving from flashers to flashes of light, Gross hit up Visual Arts Collective Nov. 2 for a set by Boise's Le Fleur, Oakland, Calif.'s Mwahaha and headliners Talkdemonic.

"The Portland, Ore.-based viola and drums duo Talkdemonic have always created intriguing music by layering effected strings and synth sequences over hip-hop beats. ... But backed by glittering lasers shooting dramatic stabs of backlighting in front of the video projections, it was positively epic."

And on Nov. 3, the North End's hideaway arts destination, Black Hunger, hosted an opening reception for artist Amanda Hamilton's new body of work, The Middle Distance.

"Inside, the floor of the gallery was dominated by a boat-shaped brown form resembling a mound of earth from which small faux plants reached toward the ceiling," observed Crisp. "A projector stood nearby tossing an image of river stones and water across the space and onto a large window."

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