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First Thursday, Two Ways

Both end at the pool

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Whether you're a marathon runner or a mall-walker, First Thursday has enough art, wine and free snacks to give you a good culture workout. And while we have full faith that our readers are pros at sniffing out free booze and good times, we decided to do things a little differently this month and whip you up a First Thursday itinerary. Here are two ways to maximize your July First Thursday--one for the go-getters and one for the lazy hooch hounds.

Ambitious

5 p.m., Bittercreek Ale House & Red Feather Lounge, 246 N. Eighth St., 208-345-1813

Fuel up for your First Thursday journey with some locally grown grub from Bittercreek Ale House and a special meet and greet with documentary filmmaker Seth Warren. A longtime professional kayaker, Warren is famous for his 2007 film Oil + Water, which follows his and pal Tyler Bradt's travels cross-country in a petroleum-free retrofitted Japanese fire truck named Baby, which will be parked in front of Bittercreek for First Thursday.

Warren's latest documentary, Nature Propelled, follows Baby's journey to 30 cities while Warren explains the connection between natural elements, renewable energy and adventure sports. If you're still in the hood, Nature Propelled will screen at Red Feather at 7 p.m., along with a three-course local dinner presented by the Idaho Energy Collaborative.

6 p.m., Dead Bird Gallery, 280 N. Eighth St., Idaho Building, lower level, 208-880-9989

Once you've gotten your fill of suds, head downstairs in the Idaho Building for a nip of "Macro Lemonade." This new exhibit at Dead Bird Gallery features macro photography by local artist Wayne T. Crans, who examines exotic arthropods and miniatures.

6:15 p.m., Alexa Rose Gallery, 280 N. Eighth St., Idaho Building basement courtyard

For more animal oddities, head a few doors down to check out the group-show "Versus," at the Alexa Rose Gallery. In addition to Alyson McCrink's "feminine animal morphing" illustrations (the whole animal-head-with-human-gams trend that has become crazy common), the show will also feature work by graphic artist Brian Anglin, conceptual sculpture artist Marie Mortensen and mixed-media artist Jakob Nyberg. Local duo Evils will flood the subterranean space with their ambient, atmospheric space jams. Don't forget to keep your buzz going with a glass of wine from Parma Ridge Vineyards.

6:45 p.m., Thomas Hammer Coffee Company, 298 N. Eighth St., 208-368-0649

Mosey up the back stairs of the Superb Sushi courtyard and take a quick left into Thomas Hammer for the opening of graphic designer Nicolet Laursen's new series of chalk drawings, "I See You." You might recognize Laursen's colorful, whimsical portraits of people and animals from her art opening last month at Happy Fish Sushi and Martini Bar.

7:30 p.m., Flying M Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho St., 208-345-4320

Head back down Bannock to check out perennial Boise fav Ben Wilson's new exhibit at Flying M Coffeehouse. Wilson will show a collection of 15 to 20 pieces, featuring "a combination of new work and old work," according to gallery co-curator John Warfel. "Also, he's going to have some 3D elements that he's created, painted faces on boxes with wings hanging from the ceiling in front of the wall." Be sure to ask for a plastic bag to carry your Wilson concert poster print, things are about to get splashy.

8 p.m., Owyhee Plaza Hotel, 1109 W. Main St., 208-343-4611

Congrats on all the hard work boozing and cruising through downtown. You must be exhausted. How about a refreshing cocktail and a dunk in a sparkling pool? Lucky for you, from 6-10 p.m. Owyhee Plaza flings open their pool gates to the bikini-clad masses for a special First Thursday pool party with live entertainment from the Ben Burdick Trio and Amy Weber. Throw back specialty beer flights, appetizers and other drink specials while watching your fellow art nerds flash some flesh. Sexy.

Laid Back

5 p.m., The Basque Market, 608 W. Grove St., 208-433-1208

Ease into your First Thursday with some Fourth of July-themed tapas at the Basque Market. Red wine, white sangria and blue potato tortilla pintxos promise to light the fuse for a firecracker First Thursday evening.

5:30 p.m., 8th Street Marketplace, 404 S. Eighth St.

After celebrating American independence with the Basques, link arms with your patriotic crew and skip over to BODO to bask in some independent art. The 8th Street Artists in Residence program currently features multimedia painter Shari Olivieri; mixed media artist Ben Browne, who's work "explores the relationship between a bright green shop stool, the latest products from Apple Computers and the colors purple and green"; and Romanian-born Mihai Baluta, who is working on his "Graphite and Gold" series.

6:15 p.m., Casa Del Sol, 409 S. Eighth St., 208-287-3660

Still hungry? Pop over to Casa del Sol for $2 tacos, $2 Tecate drafts and live jams from Raquel Lopez. That's just $4 for a beer belly-full of awesome. Though we're not sure if this is a clever fish taco pun or a typo, Casa del Sol promises to "feed your appetite and warm your sole." Mmm. Warm sole.

7 p.m., Gypsy Gallery, The Grove Plaza

Cruise across Front Street to browse work from the local roaming artist collaborative Gypsy Gallery by the Grove Plaza fountain. Comprised of gypsies Cherry Woodbury, Jenifer Gilliland, Kristy Albrecht, Marianne Konvalinka, Michael Falvey, Pam McKnight, Miriam Woito, Kevin Flynn and Zella Bardsley, the collaborative also includes a number of special guest artists at each showing. After collecting some artist trading cards from the gypsies, get your flips flopping toward the Art Source Gallery. It's time to cram in one last morsel of culture before you wet your ankles and refresh your buzz.

7:30 p.m., Art Source Gallery, 1015 W. Main St., 208-331-3374

The 10th Annual "Art Source Gallery Juried Exhibition" features 55 works selected from artists across the country working in mediums like photography, watercolor, oil, acrylic and ceramics. This year's juror John Taye will announce award recipients at 6:30 p.m., while attendees slug down wine from Indian Creek Winery and beer from Brewforia from 5-9 p.m.

8 p.m., Owyhee Plaza Hotel, 1109 W. Main St., 208-343-4611

Congrats on all the hard work boozing and cruising through downtown. You must be exhausted. How about a refreshing cocktail and a dunk in a sparkling pool? Lucky for you, from 6-10 p.m. Owyhee Plaza flings open their pool gates to the bikini-clad masses for a special First Thursday pool party with live entertainment from the Ben Burdick Trio and Amy Weber. Throw back specialty beer flights, appetizers and other drink specials while watching your fellow art nerds flash some flesh. Sexy.



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