The Week in Review: Snickers and Speakeasies 

Gambling and gams in the Boise Weekly's speakeasy Art Barter Room at the Modern Art event.

Will Jones

Gambling and gams in the Boise Weekly's speakeasy Art Barter Room at the Modern Art event.

The Modern Hotel's mid-century decor seemed to rub off on this year's crop of Modern artists. For the fifth-annual Modern Art event on May 3, Bryan Moore tricked out the wraparound porch of the hotel's Business Office with vintage tiki decor, Bruce Maurey covered the walls of his vice-themed den with neon blacklight posters of celebrities who died in hotel rooms, and further down the hall, Vinyl Preservation Society members slid into polyester pantsuits and cranked out the disco jams.

Not to be left out of the throwback action, Boise Weekly staffers donned their finest flapper gear and poker faces in a 1920's-themed speakeasy art barter room, while directly below, former BW'er Tyler Bush staged a re-creation of John and Yoko's bed-in for peace with the fabulous Minerva Jayne, complete with frequent sing-a-longs.

If you missed any part of Modern Art, you can check out a photo slideshow or see the video below.

And speaking of speakeasies, BW staffer Andrew Crisp booked it down to the Idaho State Historical Museum on First Thursday for the Prohibition-themed exhibit Wicked Waters, which explores the legacy of "demon drink" in Idaho. Crisp inspected an antique copper still used during Prohibition and a woman's vanity that included a flapper dress belonging to Emma Alexander, daughter of former Idaho Gov. Moses Alexander. The exhibit runs through Sunday, Sept. 9.

Also on Thursday, BW New Media Czar Josh Gross kicked it with dry-humored Seattle comic Kermet Apio at Liquid Laughs. According to Gross, "He's done comedy in 47 states and says the biggest thing he's learned from all that travel is 'the smaller the airport, the more I look Arab.'"

In addition to discussing his love of pie, Apio also riffed on lottery tickets, which he called "sadness coupons."

Speaking of laughs, comedian Alvin Williams hosted the packed Shades of Black event at Boise State's Simplot Ballroom on May 5, which mixed comedy with spoken word, music and dance. Williams explained that the show's celebration of black culture fit right in with Cinco de Mayo.

"Black people and Mexicans have been attached at the hip for decades," Williams said. "Those Taco Bell KFCs are not an accident."

According to Crisp, the evening's other acts included The CoaliSon dance group, Boise poet Elizabeth McCarthy and soulful singer Victoria Lunde, who showed off her Mariah Carey-like pipes.

Crisp capped off the artsy week by checking out The Crux's May 6 poetry readings and video vignettes featuring Portland, Ore., poet and Typhoon collaborator Zachary Schomburg. Though the evening was littered with technical and spatial difficulties, Crisp said it was "compelling, even if sometimes out of sync."

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