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Red Fangs and White Elephants

The Week in Review


On Thanksgiving eve, Nov. 21, while most were parboiling green beans and brining turkeys, Boise Weekly's Harrison Berry was stewing in melody-driven road metal at Neurolux. According to Berry, Red Fang's show was the kind that "dislodges repressed memories and causes the blind to see."

"A key feature of Red Fang's live performance is the way it layers melodies, sinking them into oceans of discord only to resuscitate them at the edge of the audience's attention span," said Berry. "When John Sherman's drums colluded with Aaron Beam's hammering bass, David Sullivan's guitar rose like a ship's sail above the fog of sound to enthusiastic cheers from the front row--and applause from the back."

With Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror, Boiseans set their sights on a liquid lunch at the Idaho Foodbank's annual Empty Bowls fundraiser, which took place on the Grove Plaza Nov. 23. Each year, thousands of visitors swaddled in mittens, knit caps and hefty jackets purchase a locally crafted bowl then line up for a ladle of soup and hunk of bread donated by area businesses.

"Before 11 a.m., a group of volunteers donned aprons and heated large pots, each filled with a different soup, bisque or chowder, and the line began to stretch past the Boise Centre," observed BW's Andrew Crisp.

"I think we had about 1,800 [people] last year, and we think we're on track to exceed that," said Jenifer Johnson, vice president of development at the Idaho Foodbank. "This is becoming one of the events that's popular for the food bank. We had some folks in line who said this was their 15th year doing it."

Moving from soup lines to lines of text, on Nov. 24, Boise Art Museum unveiled a new exhibit by artist Troy Passey.

"Entitled Left Unsaid, the show explores a reality where the word 'knife' might actually cut--or, conversely, the words of Edna St. Vincent Millay ('when it is over, for it will be over') are repeated hundreds of times in a vortex shaded with black paint, draining them of context and meaning," explained Berry.

Berry also checked out another exhibit that recently went up at BAM: Billie Grace Lynn's White Elephants.

"Lynn's lightweight, inflatable white elephants are life-size. Even at the zoo, it's not easy to get a sense of the towering height of these creatures or feel the full presence of their mass. But standing next to them in BAM's Sculpture Court inspires a feeling of combined fear of their power and awe at their stature," said Berry.