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Boise Turns 150

And Art & Ale Turns Two

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From Basque Block inhabitants to river rats to hard-partying college students, Boise's culture is as diverse as the generations who have spent 150 years creating it. To kick off a yearlong celebration of Boise's 150th anniversary, the Boise City Department of Arts and History is collecting written works that will create a conversation about the City of Trees and its intriguing history.

"What we want to do is capture all sorts of reflections about Boise that would capture a moment in time," said Margaret Marti, project manager for the Department of Arts and History.

All submissions must somehow reflect one of the Boise 150 celebration's three themes: enterprise, environment and community.

"Those are pretty broadly interpreted," said Marti. "We don't know what we're going to get at all. We're trying not to have any preconceived notions at all because we hope that this will stir up excitement about [Boise's history]."

Anyone of any age is welcome to submit work for consideration. All entries must be no longer than 1,500 words and submitted by noon Saturday, Sept. 15. Complete rules and an online submission form can be found at

And speaking of submission, Payette Brewing Company and the C.O.T arts, culture and music blog want revelers to submit to their call to have a good time at the second Art & Ale event.

On Saturday, June 16, Payette will fill with several local artists and musicians during this free event, which takes place from noon to 10 p.m.

"It's a cool way to see the local art and talent right here in Boise," said Sheila Francis, marketing director for Payette.

Local artists include Tony Caprai, known for his dark oil paintings of night scenes, as well as Will Eichelberger, Sector 17 and more. Artwork can be purchased at the event. The Dirty Moogs, Jac Sound, Haven Snow and others will perform live music throughout the day.

The first Art & Ale took place in February and Francis hopes the event will become a quarterly shindig.

"C.O.T are just good friends of ours," she said. "We had the space and thought, 'Why not try it?'"

Big Daddy's BBQ and Saint Lawrence Gridiron food trucks will be onsite as well. The event is 21 and older.