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Party Time: Cover Auction Edition


The only order of business in this week's editor's note is a party. Go figure. Hey, at least it's a party for a good cause and at least it's a pretty high-brow party with art and an auction and fancy clothes and all.

Wednesday, Nov. 2, Boise Weekly will host our 10th annual Cover Auction. We, too, can hardly believe it's been a decade since we made the big switch: from covers that depict the main story in each issue to turning over our cover to local artists. In the 10 years we've been auctioning off the work that's appeared on our cover week to week, we've raised more than $110,000 for arts organizations, arts education and individual artists. Last year alone, we shoved almost $16,000 at local artists, and all we asked in return is that they create some more kick-ass art for our fair city.

And they've delivered. For example, this year's auction takes place at the Linen Building, where, in the gallery above the event space, an exhibit from Kirsten Furlong hangs that was funded by a BW Cover Auction grant in the last round of giving.

Aside from the fact that we've moved locations, here's what else you need to know: This year's auction is presented in partnership with Trey McIntyre Project, whose dancers will not only present the art as it's auctioned but will also perform a piece with local band Hillfolk Noir to kick things off. Also new this year: Seats are at a premium. If you want to guarantee yourself a place to rest your feet and your bum, you can pre-purchase tickets at brownpapertickets.com for $5 and get into the auction at 5 p.m. Should you choose to wing it, doors will open to you at 5:30 p.m. with a $3 requested donation.

In next week's edition of Boise Weekly, you'll find a four-page insert with a preview of the year's covers that will be up for grabs at the auction, as well as all the details on what we'll feed you--aside from the traditional straight shots that our fearless leader fearlessly divvies out to high bidders.