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Hearts, Muffs and Hot Dogs

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Though Valentine's Day came and went Feb. 14, leaving a pile of wilting rose petals and balled chocolate foil in its wake, Boiseans continued to spread the love throughout the weekend.

The Treasure Valley Artists Alliance opened its new exhibit, What the World Needs Now, Feb. 14 in the Yanke Building at 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd.

"In keeping with the Valentine's theme, artists offer both conventional and unconventional takes on love. Cindy Wolff tackled the former with her dark, plum-like heart on a cream-colored background, and Martin Wilke the latter with his 'Love. Or Something Like It,'" Boise Weekly's Andrew Crisp reported.

The show remains up through Thursday, April 25.

Moving from heart-themed art to a giant pair of red lips, more than 200 people showed up for Mostly Muff's annual charity performance at the Visual Arts Collective Feb. 16. Decked out in fake abs, hairspray and leather pants, the mostly female Boise supergroup tore through an entire set of Rolling Stones covers.

"A projector lit up the background with The Rolling Stones' classic lips and tongue design as the band launched into 'Start Me Up,'" noted BW intern Jessica Johnson.

After a costume contest intermission, the band finished its performance with the help of some friends.

"Mostly Muff finished off its set with an encore that included 18 people on stage singing the famous choir vocals to 'You Can't Always Get What You Want,'" said Johnson.

Moving from muffins to hot dogs, local band Hot Dog Sandwich hosted Equality Rocks, a benefit for the Pride Foundation, Feb. 16 at The Crux.

"The first band of the night was The Retrobates, a five-piece rock group with atonal female vocals and the sloppy cohesion of The Voidoids," observed BW's Josh Gross. "The Retrobates were followed by Standing Stupid, whose pitch was no more perfect than their predecessors. The arrangements and hooks showed promise, however, as did the band's clear enthusiasm for the stage."

Speaking of enthusiasm for the stage, Boise blues musician John Nemeth played a supernova set at the Egyptian Theatre Feb. 16.

"If there's a word that describes Nemeth's performance, it's 'polished,'" noted BW's Harrison Berry. "The band, which included two drummers, two guitarists, a bassist and Nemeth on harmonica and vocals, was well-versed in its set and hugely charismatic--attributes that resonated with the audience."

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