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On the Fly • Drop it Like it's Hot • A Balanced Approach • Curtains and Chairs and Other Wares


On the Fly

Charles Lindsay, a part-time central Idahoan and full-time outdoorsman, has cast his sights on the Boise Art Museum. His upcoming exhibition, Upstream: Fly Fishing in the American West opens at BAM next weekend. According to Lindsay, Upstream is an exploration of "the ancient relationship between predator and prey." The internationally acclaimed photographer's collection of 25 black-and-white, silver gelatin photographs lures viewers in with large-scale prints depicting man's tumultuous relationship with water. Lindsay wades into frothy Vancouver streams and Montana rapids to capture a chaotic world full of flapping salmon and jumping trout.

Lindsay has been hooked on photography for over 20 years, reeling in the commercial dough with work published in The New York Times Magazine, Audubon, Aperture and National History. With a background as an ex-geologist in the Northwest Territories of Canada and a frequent traveler, Lindsay's work tends to explore the natural world through a human lens. His photos prominently feature hands and fishing lines, which has the effect of adding a physical presence to pieces that would have otherwise seemed like majestic Planet Earth stills.

Saturday, Aug. 30 through Sunday, Nov. 9, Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Dr., 208-345-8330,

Drop it Like it's Hot

DROP Dance Collective is holding auditions for their fall dance performance, which will take place November 6 and 8, 2008. DROP requests that dancers come dressed in their favorite unitard, or other appropriate dance attire, but that their leave their feet unfettered. Also, dancers are expected to be over 18 and have four years prior dance experience. Auditions will take place Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. at the Fulton Street Center for the Arts rehearsal loft and all the audition material will be taught during the session.

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 6 p.m., 854 Fulton St., 208-440-0588. For more information, contact artistic director Helene Peterson at

A Balanced Approach

Balance Dance Company will also be holding auditions soon. On Saturday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon, dancers between the ages of 12 and 18 can try out for the company's 2008-2009 season that runs September through March. Dancers are expected to have at least two years experience and to show up in appropriate dance attire with bare feet. Unlike the DROP auditions, there will be a $10 audition dance fee and preregistration is required.

Saturday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m. to noon, 854 Fulton St., 208-331-3184. For more information, contact artistic director Leah Stephens Clark at

Curtains and Chairs and Other Wares

One of BW's longtime photographers, Joyce Alexander, has a small show up in Urban Outfitters' Front Street window. Alexander's collection, "The Human Element," features five framed photos and a window display of the objects featured in the photos. Most of her pictures depict a disheveled, bespectacled man in a tight-fitting professor's jacket. In a couple of pictures, the man is in a tall field of brush with a red velour curtain suspended precariously over his head. A vintage pea green chair and sunshine yellow lamp act as props on his strange stage. As the man fastens back the curtain, he seems ready to perform for the nonexistent audience.

One of Alexander's other photos shows the same man in the same chair, but now inside on light brown shag carpet. The bottom half of a woman in a '60s orange-and-blue flowered dress and go-go boots poses next to the man. Though Alexander's pieces aren't necessarily fashion photography, the vintage charm meshes well with Urban Outfitters' carefully calculated faux-hemian aesthetic.

Through mid-September. 328 8th St., 208-344-9900,

—Tara Morgan