January can be such a bummer after the excitement and good cheer of Christmas and New Year's celebrations. There are a couple of ways to deal with the post-holiday letdown: Leave the tree and lights up for a few weeks or make the most of the cold, short days of the year's first month knowing spring will soon be here. If you choose the latter, Boise Art Museum has a whole host of events coming up in conjunction with its upcoming exhibit Vampires and Wolfmen by Anna Fidler.
The artist's work in this series is the result of her longtime fascination with horror films, and "based on photographic portraits of early residents of Oregon." Fidler uses unexpected lines, colors and textures to create haunting visages that seem to float on psychedelic backgrounds, so it seems oddly fitting to kick off the exhibit with a screening of the grandfather of vampire films, Nosferatu (Thursday, Jan. 23, 5:30 p.m., $10 members, $15 nonmembers). In this 1922 silent film, vampires are not glittering, pensive, forever-beautiful creatures. German director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau's Nosferatu is based on Bram Stoker's Dracula, and though the film is tame by today's standards, Murnau's sanguivorous, hooked-nosed, hairless monster is still pretty frightening.
If your sweetheart has a sweet spot for bloodsuckers, don't waste your money on chalky hearts or a stuffed teddy bear holding an "I Wuv U" heart. Please. Take him/her to BAM's Love Bites: Valentine's Dinner (Friday, Feb. 14, 6 p.m., $60 members, $75 nonmembers, 21-and-older only). You don't need pointy canine teeth to enjoy a four-course meal with wine pairings and you don't need to be a creature of the night to enjoy the museum after dark.
Later in February, meet Fidler and hear her talk about Vampires and Wolfmen (Friday, Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m., $10 members, $15 nonmembers), which may provide some inspiration for BAM's Art of Fashion Show: reVamped (Saturday, April 26, 6 p.m., advance tickets $10 members, $15 nonmembers), in which budding fashionistas design looks that "transform on the runway" and audience members vote for a winner.