Slideshow: Pink Ribbon Ropes Off Boise Contemporary Theater's Block Party

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Block parties are a good excuse to savor beer, sunshine, music and food. The party thrown by Boise Contemporary Theater on June 28 on the Basque Block was no exception.

"Welcome to the first—we hope it goes well—Boise Contemporary Theater summer block party," said BCT Artistic Director Matthew Cameron Clark to introduce the evening.

Music was provided by local bands, including a.k.a. Belle, Bill Coffey and his Cash Money Cousins, Steve Fulton Band, Belinda Bowler and Hillfolk Noir, fresh from a tour through the United Kingdom.

Pie Hole and St. Lawrence Gridiron food trucks provided eats, while Payette Brewing Co. slung their summer seasonal and other staples at the back.

The block was taped off by bright pink ribbon, with BCT volunteers accepting tickets and admission adjacent to the Basque Center. While security was lax on barring people from entering, the benefit party netted lots of paying visitors anyway.

"We had 163 pre-sold tickets," said a volunteer at the ticket booth.

BW asked members of the crowd why they came, and each had their own answer about what BCT meant to them.

  • Andrew Crisp
  • "We love the BCT," said the bestselling author of Volt, Alan Heathcock, and his wife Rochelle. "This is the perfect event."

  • Andrew Crisp
  • "I'm a fan. We're on the mailing list, so we figured we'd come down," said Rebecca and Mark Shirrod.

  • Andrew Crisp
  • "Every opportunity I can, I volunteer for them," said Jan Johnson. "I've done it for 12 years."

For a full slideshow of the event, click here.

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