Boise turned up the charm for Earth Day weekend, with ample sunshine and flowering trees sighing sweet breaths of spring. And though it was hard to stay inside for any length of time, the Boise Weekly A&E team sucked it up and soaked in some culture.
On April 19, Staff Writer Andrew Crisp hit up Ignite Boise 8 at the crowded Egyptian Theatre, where BW Big Cheese Rachael Daigle emceed between the evening's 15, five-minute presentations. According to Crisp, "Topics ran the gamut from Tim Milburn's humorous treatise on the four-way stop to author Alan Heathcock's call to action and Jake Lee's passionate plea to connect Boiseans with local refugees."
A punkier crowd, bearing sleeve tats and band T's, packed into the CenturyLink Arena on April 20 for Chicago's Rise Against. According to freelancer Trevor Villagrana, "Rise Against took the stage with four screens broadcasting imagery of war-torn cities, melting ice caps and plastic surgery disasters. The band does its best to combine adolescent angst with earnest activism."
And in another show of Earth Day support on April 20, Boise State hosted Trashion, an up-cycled fashion show. Freelancer Mika Belle squeezed in among the 100 people lining the catwalk in the Simplot Ballroom to view Krista Peterson's clothing line created with used Starburst wrappers, coffee filters, paperclips and shower curtains. A slideshow of the fashion show can be viewed here.
Also on April 20, the Record Exchange kicked off international Record Store Day with an in-store performance from The Ravenna Colt, a new local-ish solo project from former My Morning Jacket guitarist Johnny Quaid. Finn Riggins kept the party going at an album release show for its new EP, Benchwarmers, at the Linen Building.
The Record Store Day action continued on April 21 with vinyl-hungry fans lining up in the early hours to snap up special releases. For a full recap, click here.
Those who weren't stuffing their baskets full of records on April 21 were cramming them with fresh local produce at opening day of the Capital City Public Market. If you weren't able to navigate your cruiser through the crowds, you can check out a slideshow here.
And speaking of local produce, The Wandering Table, a Spokane-Coeur d'Alene-based underground dinner club dished out a spread of Inland Northwest-inspired cuisine in the sun-dappled Linen Building Gallery on April 22. Though the table had a number of empty seats, local food fans relished the myriad, artfully presented morsels. Highlights included chicken-fried morels on mini herb waffles and a smoked cucumber that paired surprisingly well with a lightly sweet Alsace riesling.
Editor's Note: An Opera Idaho review quoted in last week's column has been retracted due to false information provided by the writer. We apologize for the mistake.