If Medusa got a 21st century makeover, she'd probably ditch the stone in favor of polymer preservation, a process in which human tissue is preserved with liquid silicone that is treated and then hardened. This is the very same process that has allowed for the creation and proliferation of the oh-so-popular Bodies exhibitions.
Beginning on Saturday, Sept. 29, Boiseans can get their fill of preserved human flesh at the opening of Bodies Revealed at the Discovery Center of Idaho. The 6,000-square-foot exhibition will feature 12 full-body specimens and more than 150 organs and partial specimens.
According to a press release, the specimens are "preserved to the cellular level, showcasing the complexity of the body's many bones, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and organs."
Bodies Revealed will run through March 31, 2013, and tickets cost $18 for adults and $14 for youth age 17 and younger.
Speaking of bodies, the lithe dancers at Trey McIntyre Project are preparing for some big changes as the company enters its fifth year, including a new managing director and a new building.
Currently housed at 775 Fulton St. in downtown Boise, TMP opted to relocate to a new space when its lease is up at the end of June. The building TMP selected is located at 2285 Warm Springs Ave., across from the Old Idaho Penitentiary and Idaho Botanical Garden.
Brian Aune, the new managing director and general counsel at TMP, said this more than 10,000-square-foot space will allow the company the opportunity to expand in the future. Aune is excited about the building being more of a destination and is looking into ideas like holding food truck rallies so the public will feel welcome.
TMP is on a four-week tour through China, the Philippines, South Korea and Vietnam, where McIntyre will help select a company to travel back to the United States as part of a cultural exchange. That collaboration will receive its world premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, but Boise will be treated to a preview on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Morrison Center.
And speaking of premieres, artist Rachel Teannalach will debut her inaugural New Moon Salon series on Sunday, May 20, from 7-9 p.m. at 2610 Regan Ave. The evening will feature ceramic artists Kevin Flynn and Amber Day along with music by Boise Philharmonic harpist Matthew Tutsky. The series will continue every month. For more info, visit teannalach.com.