The Next Big Thing 

As we were putting this baby to bed, our thoughts turned to the the 13th annual Boise Weekly Cover Auction.

There's no slow season here at Boise Weekly. As soon as we finish one project, another is waiting in the wings. This week marks our 20th annual Best of Boise edition, where we push aside pretty much everything else to present the results of voting by readers on an array of the best people, places and things in the Treasure Valley (plus BW staff picks).

As we were putting this baby to bed, our thoughts turned to the next Big Thing--the 13th annual Boise Weekly Cover Auction.

We've made a couple of changes to this year's auction, which is set for Thursday, Oct. 16. First, we're moving the festivities to Gallery Five18, located at 518 S. Americana Blvd. Second, local speedtalker Josh Houk will be returning. A third-generation auctioneer, Houk was nominated "funniest auctioneer on earth" by the National Auctioneers Association, and he presided over our (record-setting) 2012 auction. Fourth, artists will receive 30 percent of the proceeds from the sale of their cover (covers dated Jan. 1-Sept. 17). Third, the remainder of proceeds will be used to fund grants for individual artists and, of course, support BW--specifically, our long-form investigative journalism program, BW Watchdogs (to learn more, visit boiseweekly.com/boise/BWWatchdogs/Page).

Admission to the auction is $10 and parking is available in the northeast corner of the St. Luke's Shoreline Office Building at 1500 Shoreline Blvd.

All that business out of the way, we can't tell you how excited we are that it's almost Cover Auction time. Not only is it a helluva party--with food from Bonefish Grill again this year, wine from Bitner Vineyards and beer from Highlands Hollow Brewhouse--it provides for one of our most important contributions to the local arts community. Since we started our grants program, we have funneled more than $120,000 into support of various artistic endeavors around the city. That's a big deal, and it's a win-win: more art is good for everybody.

So mark your calendars for Thursday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m. at Gallery Five18. In the meantime, follow Boise Weekly's Facebook page for a daily update looking back at all the covers published from Oct. 2, 2013-Sept. 17, 2014. See them all in one place in our Countdown to the 13th Annual Cover Art Auction slideshow at bit.ly/1rhtet5.

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