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DBA Artist Opp - Hijinx Opening - Spring Ballet - Car Wash Art

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Calling the Creative

If you have a knack for making the ordinary extraordinary, Downtown Boise Association is looking for you. Well, to be precise, DBA is looking for five artists, graphic designers or illustrators interested in designing murals to cover four sides of the usually utilitarian Ada County Highway District traffic boxes in downtown.

A grant from the Mayor's Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funds the project and selected artists will be paid $1,000 for their work. While there is no particular theme for the artwork, creations will be made into vinyl wraps that will adorn the metal boxes.

Interested artists need to send 10 digital examples of their work, as well as a letter of interest and a resume to the City of Boise's Department of Arts and History. The deadline for applications is Thursday, April 30, at 4 p.m. Final work will be on display by September.

Need more info? Call or e-mail Karen Bubb at 208-433-5677 or kbubb@cityofboise.org.

Bringing Funny Back

After a slew of false starts, rumors and a whole lot of expectations, Boise's newest comedy club is ready to open its doors.

Hijinx Bar, partially owned by the former managers of the now defunct Funny Bone, will officially open on Wednesday, April 22, with a happy hour at 4:30 p.m. and the first show beginning at 8 p.m. Seating starts at 7 p.m. on the second story of the old Mode building at 800 W. Idaho St.

The bar will be open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily with live comedy at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and at 8 and 10:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The 8 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday are non-smoking. Monday and Tuesday nights are open to the all-ages crowd.

If ponying up cash for tickets to a comedy show isn't in your budget, Hijinx is offering an unemployment special. Anyone who brings an unemployment check stub (along with their matching ID) can get two free tickets to shows on Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday.

Country Ballet

If you need some ballet and need it now, relax, tickets are on sale for Ballet Idaho's final performances of the season, May 1-3, at the Boise State Special Events Center.

"A Spring Collage of Classics" includes three ballets choreographed by company Artistic Director Peter Anastos and Ballet Master Alex Ossadnik.

The unusual selection includes a dance set to the music of Patsy Cline and the guitar concertos of Antonio Vivaldi in a "Baroque-square-dance." There's also a piece set to Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring inspired by Native American rituals, and the final ballet is set to Ravel's jazz-inspired Piano Concerto in G Major.

Performances are at Friday, May 1, 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 2, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 3, 2 p.m. Tickets cost between $20 and $50 and are available by calling 208-426-1494 or online at balletidaho.org.

Clean Art

Having your name in lights is one thing. Having your art in lights across the side of a car wash is another.

Boise's Metro Car Wash is accepting proposals from visual artists to display their work on the electronic sign at the business's location on the corner of 13th and Front streets.

Art must meet "community standards" and cannot promote any goods or services. Animated entries should last between four and 20 seconds.

While artists won't be paid for their work, their creations will get a whole lot of exposure thanks to the fact that roughly 53,000 cars pass the 6-by-15-foot sign each day. Metro Express might even post the artwork on its Facebook page or other locations.

Additionally, the car wash allows nonprofits to advertise their events on the sign for free.

For more information, call Bill Martin at 208-331-1301.

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