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New exhibition at Enso Artspace highlights nature

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In the coming days, Boise artists will be enriching the hell out of people.

On Friday, Oct. 7, check out The Nature of Things, a new exhibit at Enso Artspace by members Cate Brigden, Andrea Merrell and Lisa Pisano. In this exhibit, all three artists will show work that "highlights their shared interest in color and form inspired by elements of nature." The opening is free and runs from 5-8 p.m. Visit ensoartspace.com for more information.

On Saturday, Oct. 8, cultural enrichment comes courtesy of Fiesta Tropical-2 at the Basque Center. Hispanic Heritage Month runs through Saturday, Oct. 15, and FT-2 is an opportunity to celebrate the Hispanic community's contribution to American culture through the visual art, music, food and dance of Latin America. Events begin at 9:30 a.m. with zumba classes and end with a booty-shaking salsa dance, which runs until 1 a.m. Some of the events cost a few bucks, but proceeds benefit a worthwhile cause: the Idaho Latino Scholarship Foundation. For more information, visit salsaidaho.com.

Creativity happens concurrently on Saturday from noon until 10 p.m. at the Knitting Factory during Art in the Bar IV. This fourth iteration will see nearly 45 artists working in paint, photography, glasswork, jewelry and Legos. The event was created by local Dead Bird Gallery owners Ellen DeAngelis and her husband Wayne Crans as a way to promote Boise artists who aren't represented by galleries. DeAngelis said the previous Art in the Bar events have been very successful and that they have "some exceptional talent involved in this show."

Art in the Bar IV is free and all-ages.

Get inspired on Monday, Oct. 10, when The Cabin's Readings and Conversations series celebrates 10 years by hosting author Jonathan Franzen at The Egyptian Theatre. Franzen is the author of several novels, including 2001's Corrections, which won the National Book Award. His most recent novel, Freedom, was ranked No. 1 on The New York Times bestseller list.

According to Time's Lev Grossman, Franzen is "a devotee of the wide shot, the all-embracing, way-we-live-now novel. In that sense he's a throwback, practically a Victorian. His characters aren't jewel thieves or geniuses. They don't have magical powers, they don't solve mysteries, and they don't live in the future. They don't bite one another or not more than is strictly plausible."

The reading starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $12-$55. For $25, you can rub elbows with Franzen from 6-7 p.m. at Beside Bardenay. For more info, visit thecabinidaho.org.

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