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Week in Review: Moss, Beeswax and Buttercups



This First Thursday was all about the ladies. And not just because dozens of local nonprofits that benefit the fairer sex set up tables and fanned out informational brochures at 22 downtown businesses for International Women's Day. First Thursday, March 1, also featured a fantastic new exhibit by local artist Erin Cunningham at Bricolage, a business owned by local ladies that was celebrating its second anniversary with a spread of tea party-themed treats.

Titled Whispering Pines: The Hazel B. Jackson Project, Cunningham's mixed-media show highlighted another side of the artist, who is perhaps best known among BW readers for her Victorian-influenced, vintage paintings. This exhibition explored the fictional life and history of Hazel B. Jackson, a name Cunningham stumbled across randomly. One particularly poignant piece featured two oval picture frames, one with a man and the other with a woman reaching out toward each other from a forest floor. The frames' borders bloomed with tufts of bright green moss and a web of green thread shot out Spiderman-style, connecting the couple's fingertips.

In other First Thursday goings on, BW's Andrew Crisp hit up the Boise State Public Relations Student Society of America's A Sweet Taste of Boise event in the Alaska Building. Crisp sampled an array of edibles--like fruit tarts from La Vie en Rose--while Shaun Brazell laid down Motown tracks and artist Patrick Hunter live-painted. You can check out a photo slideshow of all the First Thursday action, including Willow Socia's life-sized beeswax marionette, at

Speaking of wax, the 50 or so amateur and professional riders who showed up to the Red Bull Buttercup on March 3 could've used a little before the snowboard competition kicked off its practice sessions. According to BW's Josh Gross, "After a few slightly funny ass-over-tea kettle dismounts, organizers ran in with a bar of wax and got things back on track."

The sun also didn't mind its beeswax, showing up to melt the four dump trucks worth of snow that had been brought from Bogus Basin to Newt and Harold's for the competition. Undeterred by the heat, snowboarders climbed up the roof-level ramp and zipped down, busting tricks and trying their best not run aground when the snow ended 20 feet later. Not all were successful. You can watch a video of the wipeouts at

And moving from ramped to amped, between 100-200 fans packed Visual Arts Collective on March 3 for the long-awaited album release from local orchestral collective A Seasonal Disguise>. The evening also featured performances from Larkspur, Le Fleur, Otto Van Walton and Sleepy Seeds, with each set "blending into the next magically."

According to Crisp, "In the middle of frontman Z.V. House's droning guitar solo on the band's final song, friends and members of Larkspur snuck onto the stage armed with balloons and stuffed animals to shower the crowd."


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