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Lisk later this month • Shop swap at BoDo • Pret-a-porter part deux • Trip to Trip • Art in the Great Outdoors



Lisk later this month

Here's one to keep in your hip pocket for later this month. (After all, art happens downtown every day, not just First Thursday.) Saturday, June 14, photographer Mark Lisk hosts a book signing for his newly published coffee table book Owyhee Canyonlands. One of the most remote place in the lower 48 states, the Owyhee Canyonlands stretch nearly 6 million acres through southwest Idaho, eastern Oregon and northern Nevada. It's also an area that, for several years, has been at the center of a hotly debated land-use scuffle among conservationists, off-road vehicle recreationists and ranchers.

In Owyhee Canyonlands, Lisk's photographs range from brooding panoramas to portraits of Western figures; they delve into representations of the land in each season and celebrate the beauty of isolation. For a preview of photographs included in Lisk's new book, visit

Lisk Gallery, 850 W. Main St., 208-342-3773.

Shop swap at BoDo

Things are all torn up in the former 8th Street Marketplace at BoDo. What was once The Funny Bone comedy club is morphing into what's rumored to be a jazz lounge, and Polish pottery purveyor Pottery Gourmet is on the move as well. Owner Sandra Merritt says the shop's new space will be several hundred square feet larger, allowing her newly augmented inventory to foray into kitchen gadgets of all kinds.

"This move is going to be a brand new store," says Merritt. Pottery Gourmet is going into its third year in its current space, and Merritt says the move will happen sometime this month. When it re-opens in its new prime-location corner space customers will find more than just pottery. Merritt promises a "full-fledged kitchen store" with cookware, pots and pans, kitchen accessories, tablecloths, aprons, high-end cutlery and plenty more. This First Thursday, don't let the construction fool you; the store will be open. Pottery Gourmet will host a grand opening celebration in its new location in July. Check next month's Downtown News for more information.

Pottery Gourmet, 404 S. 8th St., 208-368-0649.

Pret-a-porter part deux

How do you know a first-of-its kind event was a smashing success? A second installment. Foxtrot Style for Living hosted its inaugural Pret-a-Porter fashion show in February, and we fashionistas packed in by the dozens to get good runway-side seats. Store owners Tom and Erica Matthews cleared out the center of their 5,000-square-foot store, installed a for-real runway and put on a pretty big-time fashion show. This week, they'll hit the repeat button and do it all over again. But with all new clothes. And slightly more fabulous set of events.

This time the main event will happen across the street at the Linen Building and a gaggle of exotic cars will gather outside for the ogling. Bands low-fi and The Naughties will provide the music. Foxtrot Style for Living will be open for evening shopping, and artists Suzanne Chetwood and Amber Conger will display a variety of work from eight-foot oil paintings and pottery to Japanese water colors and Conger's bold industrial pieces. Shop and get to know the artists at Foxtrot, but don't miss the fashion show in the Linen Building.

Exotic car show starts at 6 p.m., doors open for the fashion show at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Foxtrot Style for Living, 1419 W. Grove St., 208-344-0979,

Trip to trip

Since moving his eponymous store from Hyde Park onto 10th Street a few years back, Trip Taylor has become downtown's destination used book store. He's also accrued quite a collection of movie memorabilia. This First Thursday, Taylor is planting musician Cory Niday out in front of the store, along with a couple of people who'll hang out and sing. Follow the sound of Niday and company through the streets of downtown and you'll find a crowd of movie buffs at Trip Taylor Bookseller. Inside the store will be not only Taylor's vast inventory of used books, but also his growing stockpile of Hollywood mementos. Among the collection you'll find lobby cards and one-sheet movie posters, some of which is Idaho-related but all of which dates prior to 1960.

Trip Taylor Bookseller, 210 N. 10th St., 208-344-3311.

Art in the Great Outdoors

A last-minute addition to the First Thursday events made its way into our office in the nick of time. Art Under the Stars, Boise's only outdoor art gallery, is back this First Thursday. Local artisans and artists display their work in the Grove Plaza from 5 to 9 p.m.


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