Linen District - Trolley Talks - Krakoosh Grand Opening 

Were Your Boots Made For Walking?

One of two things is entirely requisite if your First Thursday is going to be not just productive but pain-free. Either a wad of cab fare or the most comfortable shoes in your closet, regardless of the fashion statement they make. Pourquoi? Because the Linen District refuses to be left out of the First Thursday fun, and that means you'll just have to hoof it a few blocks farther to check it out.

Start at The Modern Hotel and Bar for the Modern Art Fair. It's wall-to-wall artists and performances by Trey McIntyre Project and the kids of the Children's Dance Institute. That's just a skeletal sketch of an event that looks very cool. For more information, see page 28.

If you can tear yourself away from The Modern, westward ho. The Linen Building hosts Cr8: The Portfolio Extravaganza from graduating Boise State design students. Eight students will make their portfolios available for the curious, and Elliot Peter Earls from the Cranbrook Institute in Detroit will speak. Be there by 6 p.m., or else you're late.

Now look both ways and cross the street to Foxtrot Style for Living, where a legion of artists will gather to conquer the world through their efforts in artistic genius. Suzanne Lee Chetwood leads the charge with her paintings, jewelry and pottery, followed by metal sculptor Amber Conger of Refinerii, and almost a dozen other local artists in various media. Blazen Kelly provide the tunes, Big City Coffee and The Modern Hotel and Bar provide the rations, and Foxtrot Style for Living provides the red carpet and door prizes that you could win just for showing up.

The Linen District, located on Main and Grove streets between 14th and 16th streets. For more information, visit linendistrict.com.

The Rebirth of the Trolley?

These days, two things come to the minds of Boiseans when the world "trolley" is mentioned. The Trolley House on Warm Springs Avenue—famous for its breakfast—and the Trolley Bar that spent 70 years on the Bench until its death by arson almost two years ago. And there's a reason for so much trolley-related business in the city.

Early in Boise's history, a trolley route linked Boise to the Natatorium via Warm Springs Avenue. The rail system continued to grow, and by the early 20th century, public transportation between Boise and its outlying communities in Canyon County was actually more advanced than it is today. Once upon a time, the trolley system ran a loop from Boise to Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell and back to Boise through Star and Eagle. Not even our present-day bus system does that.

But there are folks in town who think it's high time we started learning from the past to better our future. This First Thursday, Boise State's monthly Fettuccine Forum presents a talk with Barbara Perry Bauer about the historic Interurban Streetcar System. Following Bauer's discussion, Idaho Smart Growth takes over for an introduction to the future of the trolley system. Take a trolley bus tour along one of the proposed new routes and learn about how some city planners would like to implement widespread use of the trolley as a tool for smart-growth development in the future.

Fettuccine Forum, 5 p.m., $5, Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St. For more information, visit boisestate.edu. Idaho Smart Growth's trolley tour starts at 7 p.m., $20 per person. For more information, visit idahosmartgrowth.org or call 208-336-8066.

The Global Home (or Office)

Backpacking globetrotters know how hard it is to get a piece of fabulous furniture all the way back home from whichever far-flung corner of the world where they found it. If you're doing it right, your backpack has just enough room for some Vietnamese silk but not a stick of gum more, much less a hand-carved dining room set from the Philippines and a set of canvases from Indonesia.

So the newly opened Krakoosh in Boise is doing the heavy lifting—and crating and shipping—for you. Owner Jason Pitto says it's all about the one-of-a-kind. He's working with master carvers in Bali, who've been creating hand-carved furniture for 35 years. In addition to selling unique pieces created by his Indonesian partners—like a nine-foot-tall eagle—Pitto can also take special orders; all he needs is a sketch and some dimensions and he's off and running.

Artwork and Asian antique furniture both feature prominently at Krakoosh as well. Paintings from international artists hang next to work from local artists. For the grand opening, featured artists include abstract painter Dana Piccione and photographer Leslie Spencer. And in the spirit of being a responsible global citizen, Pitto says that a portion of the proceeds from Krakoosh will be donated to Create for Our Children (createforourchildren.org), a foundation for underprivileged throughout the world.

Krakoosh, 1404 W. Idaho, 208-484-1233. Grand opening celebration includes refreshments and fire dancing until 9 p.m. on First Thursday.

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