From sold out shows to painted pumpkins to Devo domes, this week was colorfully alliterative.
Attendees packed Egyptian Theatre Oct. 18 for Ignite Boise 9, an event that gives presenters five minutes and 20 Powerpoint slides to deliver their widely varied messages.
"Approximately 700 people came to see 14 presentations on a variety of topics, from James Gravatt's explanation of how Harry Potter is a global moral phenomenon, to Brett Kennedy's plea for Boiseans to stop giving money to panhandlers and start finding solutions to the problem of homelessness," wrote Boise Weekly freelancer Harrison Berry.
Also on Oct. 18, BW intern Jordyn Price squeezed into the sold-out Knitting Factory to sweat it out with Seattle-based hip-hop artist Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis.
"With everything from confetti and gold capes to songs about unicorns and having a 'really, really, really good time,' there's no doubt that Macklemore and Lewis know how to throw a damn good party," Price gushed.
Down the street at Beside Bardenay, Opera Idaho also threw a damn good party Oct. 18, but for a much more composed crowd. BW freelancer Steven Keely swung by Operatini to take in an array of arias and swill jewel-like cocktails.
"Loud applause and occasional shouts gave momentum from the first of the 10 arias, 'La Donna e Mobile' from Verdi's Rigoletto, through the last, Puccini's Manon Lescaut," said Keely.
Moving from arias to art, BW's Sheree Whiteley stopped by Enso Artspace Oct. 19 to check out Michael Cordell's debut solo show, Dots, Twists and Drawings of Nothing.
"Attendees scoured Enso's simple white walls to view Cordell's intricate dots and twists, which seemed at home in the space and gave a minimalist vibe to the rooms," noted Whiteley.
Also on Oct. 19, families took in the crisp fall air at the North End Organic Nursery's annual autumnal affair, the Harvest Pa-Brew-Za. In addition to boasting an array of food trucks and local beer, the event was a fundraiser for Boise Urban Garden School.
"Kids at the Pa-Brew-Za got their mitts on fresh, bright orange pumpkins piled high near the NEON main building," observed BW's Andrew Crisp. "One by one, little tykes and their parents grabbed pumpkins to plaster them with paint at a nearby table."
Later that evening, Crisp also swung by Neurolux to check out North Carolina's Lost in the Trees.
"LITT jumped down off the stage for an unplugged rendition of its final track, 'Song for the Painter.' Violinist Jenavieve Varga and cellist Drew Anagnost plucked their strings while [Ari] Picker's vocals soared above the din of the bar crowd," he said.
And speaking of crazy stage shows, BW's Josh Gross hit up the Knitting Factory Oct. 20 for EDM buzz band Big Gigantic.
"The band played from twin risers that looked like Devo's domes made from LED screens that flashed patterns of light and scenes from Pac Man as fog rolled off the stage," Gross said.