Whether Boiseans were seeking solace in the streets from overworked AC units or hurling their bare bellies into a kiddie pool in the pursuit of cold beer, last week offered a variety of ways to cool off in the name of culture.
On July 19, Hyde Park Books hosted a party for the debut of The Boisean, a new literary magazine.
"Hyde Park Books was so packed with people Thursday night that its AC unit was unable to keep up, leaving some to seek refuge from the heat outside, of all places," wrote Boise Weekly's Josh Gross. "The crowd had come to hear readings from six local writers, all of whom are featured in the debut issue of The Boisean, a new literary magazine launched by local collective Barn Owl Records and helmed by bartender Joshua Hale."
Hale explained that the magazine will be published as an online quarterly and feature approximately six authors or poets per issue.
Also on July 19, the Powerhouse Event Center hosted RAW Mixology. According to BW intern Christina Marfice, the event featured 15 local artists displaying their work in mediums ranging from canvas to music to film to fashion. Live performances from Whale! and Ryan Bayne were followed by a short film by Troy Custer and a fashion show by Tod Alan.
"Models clad in Alan's unique designs and black masks gathered onstage, where he teased and cut their hair before sending them down the catwalk. For his final piece, Allen spray-painted black streaks on a white wedding dress," Marfice said.
While the well-heeled searched for the bottoms of their drinks at RAW, a rowdier set got wet at The Lift, where Crooked Fence Brewing hosted a Belly Flop Contest. According to Gross, "the brewery gave away a $75 bar tab at The Lift for whoever could execute the wickedest belly flop out of the back of an ambulance." Visit boiseweekly.com for a water-splattered video of all the painful, red-bellied action.
And over at Reef on July 19, indie/electro fans suffered though a laptop snorefest from Vancouver, British Columbia's Teen Daze, before bands White Arrows and Beat Connection eventually brought the dance party.
"Thank you for dancing," Beat Connection told the audience before its final song, just before midnight. "I think you may have danced more than anywhere else on this tour."
And speaking of dancing, country legend Emmylou Harris inspired an all-ages crowd to tap its toes, line dance and hula hoop at Eagle River Pavilion July 21. According to freelancer Harrison Berry, "800-900 of her fans braved oppressive sunshine and 95-degree temperatures to enjoy a selection of greatest hits, songs off Harris' 2011 album, Hard Bargain, and covers, including 'Songbird,' 'Evangeline' and 'The Road.'"