McU Sports - Art for Animals - Moon's - Ceramic Celebration 

On the Road Again

Here's a general rule of thumb: A flat tire makes riding a bike really hard and it's just not that much fun. Instead of hauling your cruiser, mountain bike or road bike into the shop every other week when you blow a tube or ass-over-tea kettle on the trail, why not learn how to take care of your own bike?

McU Sports is helping riders do just that through a series of monthly bike care clinics, which just happen to coincide with First Thursday. The free, one-hour clinics cover everything from basic maintenance and repairs (including how to change a tube) to city laws and ordinances and emergency repairs.

"Basically anything that would inhibit you from finishing your ride," said Jamie Paul, bike shop manager.

Up until now attendance at the clinics has been a little sparse, but Paul said that gives technicians all the more time to work with wondering riders. It's BYOB­—that second B is for bike, not booze—although there are refreshments available. The clinic starts at 6 p.m. and the store will stay open until 8 p.m.

McU Sports, 822 W. Jefferson St., 208-342-7734.

Art Hunt

Animals aren't the only ones that display a predatory response. Anyone who hasn't attended a silent auction hasn't witnessed the true depths of man's animalistic nature. Go 20 minutes before the close of bidding and it's no holds barred.

It's every bidder for him or herself and social manners are strained as each would-be art buyer tries to, politely, out-maneuver the competition to get the last bid on the bid sheet. To the victor go the spoils.

But at least it's for a good cause on Thursday, July 3, when Gallery 601 hosts the grand finale of the "Art for the Animals" silent auction and fundraiser for the Idaho Humane Society.

For the last month the gallery has hosted more than 60 paintings, all donated to the cause. This is the seventh year gallery owner Christine Otradovec has hosted the event, and in that time she has raised between $35,000 and $40,000 for the humane society.

Art lovers have had the chance to place bids on the pieces throughout the month, while more than 20 have been sold thanks to an outright-buying option started this year.

Otradovec said so many paintings were sold earlier in the month that new ones had to be added to fill the vacant holes. She expects bidding to get hot and heavy at the finale, as buyers try to get a good deal. Among the works she expects will get the most attention are two by Idaho painter Jane Wooster Scott. Up for bid is a print of Wooster Scott's City of Trees, as well as the original of Art in the Park, valued at $10,000.

Bidding closes at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, and all profits from the sales will go to the humane society. Good luck to the art warriors.

Gallery 601, 211 N. 10th St., 208-336-5899.

Psychics and Shakes

We love odd mixtures of stuff, and psychics, belly dancers and food all in one place definitely qualifies as odd ... but wonderful.

Moon's Kitchen is presenting its own artistic display on Thursday at 6 p.m. with belly dancing demonstrations in the long-standing Boise eatery. If you're not in the mood to show off your own milkshake, chat with a psychic to get the insider's track to your metaphysical life. If you prefer to stay in the physical realm, there's always the chair massage, which you may need to counter the effects of the belly dancing.

Moon's Kitchen, 815 W. Bannock St., 208-385-0472.


That one word is always enough to catch our attention, especially when it's followed by the words, "Boise Art Museum." For First Thursday, BAM will have free admission from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visitors can join in informal discussions, take tours and check out the latest exhibit, "Frederic Remington Makes Tracks: Adventures and Artistic Impressions," hanging through Sunday, Aug. 24.

The artist's work has represented the West for more than a century. His illustrations brought the West to a national audience thanks to the numerous magazines they appeared in. This traveling exhibit showcases some of those illustrations, as well as silver recasts of his sculptures.

On First Thursday, take advantage of a discussion of Remington's work and make your own Western images from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Boise Art Museum, 670 S. Julia Davis Dr., 208-345-8330.

Pot Art

What exactly is the difference between folk art and fine art? The line has become hazy as traditional arts have entered the mainstream, and collectors have started snatching up homespun creations.

Brown's Gallery will showcase some of that crossover art with its annual "Ceramic Celebration." The show features all forms of ceramics, from pottery and other "functional" art to "objects de art" and sculpture.

We're not sure where that line is between function and form, but make the judgment for yourself.

Brown's Gallery, 1022 W. Main St., 208-342-6661.

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