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The Week in Review: Gettin' High and Low Brow

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Last week had more high- and low-brow contrast than a drag queen's eye makeup. BW staffers hit up everything from comedy shows to ballets to Orr-gasmic electro dance parties.

Speaking of queens, comedian Vicki Barbolak kicked off a four-day run at Liquid Laughs on Feb. 9. Despite being crowned "America's Funniest Mom" by Nick at Nite, BW's Josh Gross commented that "the tone and manner of Barbolak's half-drunk, trailer-nasty sexual hunger bordered on sinister."

Clad in a tight thrift-store dress and bouffant wig, Barbolak cracked jokes about her apolitical desire to bed President "Obama-licious," and America's need for a diet pill that causes you to lose weight and shit renewable energy for cars.

And speaking of energy, staffer Stephen Foster stopped by Neurolux to catch Twin Sister on Feb. 10. The five-piece delivered a "high-energy set of glamorous indie rock," which featured a nonstop barrage of the group's signature, electrified funk songs. Toward the end of the set, lead singer Andrea Estella exited the stage and the remaining members launched into a full-on psych funk throwdown to cap the night off.

Moving into highbrow territory, staffer Sheree Whiteley swung by the Boise State Special Events Center for Ballet Idaho's mixed-bag ballet full of showgirls, tigers and mythical creatures: "The Magic of Firebird," with "Circus" and "Romeo and Juliet Overture." According to Whiteley, "while all three ballets were radically different, the exclusive use of Russian music and unusually intricate staging created a cohesive, entertaining trifecta."

And in other entertaining trifecta news, Trey McIntyre Project took over the Morrison Center last weekend for the premiere of At Last. Comprised of "Leatherwing Bat," "Bad Winter" and "Blue Until June," the show was a hodgepodge of old and new. Highlights from the packed matinee performance included Brett Perry sailing across the stage in "Leatherwing Bat," Travis Walker and Lauren Edson tangling and moving in tandem during the hauntingly beautiful "Bad Winter" and Annali Rose's oh-so composed twirlings to the late Etta James.

On Feb. 11, Gross swung by James Orr's black and white semi-formal Tiny Love CD release party at the Stueckle Sky Center. Though Orr began the show with little fanfare, launching into "Pride and Prejudice," the first track on his new album, he ended it standing on top of his keyboard, "singing folk in a rock god stance, with cellos wailing a thick, luscious ballad as the delays from his guitar bounced around the room." Sadly, as a Boise State event it was tragically lacking in booze.

As a night cap, Gross headed out to VAC for a performance by the mostly female supergroup Mostly Muff. The spandex-clad crowd danced up a storm to covers of '80s classics, especially at the end, when more than a dozen extras in choir robes gave a rousing rendition of "Like A Prayer," dedicated to the memory of Whitney Houston, who had died earlier that day.

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