Famed 20th century defense attorney Clarence Darrow once called Boise the "Athens of the sagebrush," and while the comparison might have been relative, the City of Trees has long been a cultural oasis in the high desert of the Mountain West.
Boise Art Museum knows that, too, and has been celebrating the idea of cultural connections with "The World Stage: Israel" exhibit featuring the work of artist Kehinde Wiley. His Hebrew/Ethiopian/Rastafarian-inspired paintings pay homage to the diverse nature of human life and the blurred cultural boundaries between past and present figures by putting modern urban men in classical poses.
To mark the end of the show (Sunday, Oct. 27), the museum is hosting "Converge," a celebration of culture showcasing six local DJs competing for votes from the audience. They will spin a brief set inspired by Wiley's "The World Stage" series, along with their own world beat remixes. DJs Slieb, Miss Kimberly, Eric Rhodes, Retronaut, stephaniePC and Les Dudas will compete.
While music and art seem like pretty spot-on representations of culture, there's no better way to share culture than through food. Three local restaurants will offer global tastes from China, India, Brazil and Africa with appetizers and a no-host bar. The event is for ages 18 and older, so leave the kids at home.
Attendees can buy raffle tickets for prizes ranging from signed Wiley merchandise to a dinner for eight in Barbacoa's VIP room. Proceeds from the event support BAM's educational programs.