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32 Cells: Origins

Old Idaho Penitentiary, Friday, Aug. 17

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From 2-year-old kids to 87-year-old grandmothers, we've all come from somewhere to get to where we are now. For this year's 32 Cells event at the Old Idaho Penitentiary, Swell Artist Collective uncovers those origin stories and turns them into art; specifically, it peers into the pasts of the guards and inmates who once walked the Pen's halls. The art that Swell's members create will hang on the doors of 32 prison cells on Friday, Aug. 17, for one night only, when locals are invited to show up for self-guided tours of the exhibition, punctuating their spooky forays with doses of live music, food, beer and wine. Kids younger than 13 should stay home, as the content touches on adult themes, but the event is a steal for date night—a pair of tickets costs just $14 when pre-ordered online.