No one knew quite what to expect from actor Crispin Glover's two-night projection bonanza at the Egyptian Theatre. But even the most outlandish predictions were surpassed July 26 as Glover, bathed in the glow of a red spotlight, recited from a technical manual for concrete inspection that he'd tricked out with elephants and swastikas before pressing play on a bizarre film he produced and co-directed, It is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE. In the film, "a hair fetishist with severe cerebral palsy goes on a fantasy rape and murder spree," wrote BW New Media Czar Josh Gross.
After the film, Glover answered audience questions and spoke about the "moral issues" he'd had starring in Back to the Future: "At the end of the film, there was a reward to the characters that was monetary," Glover said. "I told Robert Zemeckis, the director, that the reward should be that the characters are in love."
Glover was not rehired for either of the film's sequels.
Moving across the color spectrum from red to purple, the Powerhouse Event Center was bathed in violet light for the inaugural Boise Fashion Week kick-off event July 26. Models scampered down the runway clad in feathers, leather, beads and refashioned furry toys to beats by Boise's DJ Myko.
According to BW freelancer Christina Marfice, designer Levi John stole the show: "With designs made mostly from stuffed animals and, according to John, 'a little bit of magic,' the neon-colored collection ranged from full-length coats constructed with a rainbow of stuffed animal heads to tiny bikinis complemented by furry, knee-high kicks. By the time John danced down the runway at the end of his show, the audience was on its feet and many attendees danced with him."
And speaking of fashion, heavily frilled dresses and pinstripe suits were the costumes of choice July 27 for the adults-only Prohibition Underground event at Idaho State Historical Museum. Attendees posed for photos with a Thompson machine gun and a Hudson Essex Super Six before whetting their whistles at the event's multiple bars.
According to BW Staff Writer Andrew Crisp: "The upper level of the museum beckoned 'Saints' with a colorful sign, where bingo, Charleston lessons, a raffle and beer sales took place. 'Sinners' were directed to the much-busier lower level, which included a roulette wheel, craps and a speakeasy complete with live entertainment."
And moving from speakeasies to public speaking, Story Story Night hosted its monthly live storytelling event July 30 on the theme Outsider: Stories of Strangers in Strange Lands. Clad in a plaid kilt, featured storyteller Arlen Andrew Donald told a touching and hilarious tale of moving to Boise from his native Scotland, and learning to love his new home despite a few frustrating customs. The story slammers were apparently so inspired that they launched into a range of similar British travel tales.