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Southwest Idaho Report

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The-e-ey're Bacchus!

Any oenophile in the Treasure Valley worth his or her cork will likely be celebrating the 20th Annual Beaux Arts Wine Festival this year April 15-21. Patron dinners will feature a specially selected wine. Then, there's a wine tasting and silent auction with live music and over 250 wines available for sampling. A black-tie optional wine, dinner, dancing and auction gala caps off the festival, celebrating with the theme "An Evening in Paris."

The Beaux Arts Societe is a volunteer organization that, through several fundraisers, raises money to help support the Boise Art Museum. The festival is one of their biggest events and one of the largest wine festivals in the area, attracting thousands of people from all around.

Dinners: April 15-19, 6:30 p.m., $125 per person, locations are still to be announced. Wine Tasting and Silent Auction: Friday, April 20, 5:30-8:30 p.m., $50 per person in advance, $55 at the door. Final Gala Celebration: April 21, 5:30 p.m., $100 per person. Tickets for the tasting and the auction are available through Select-A-Seat at 208-426-1494 or Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front St., Boise. For more information, call the Beaux Arts Societe at 208-345-8330, ext. 26.

Spontaneous Combustion

Spearheaded by Boise's own avant-garde guitarist and composer Krispen Hartung, last year's Boise Experimental Music Festival (BEMF) was a huge success and received honors that placed Boise on the map of other top-shelf music festivals from around the world.

The festival was awarded a grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Last year's event included an array of instrumentation from a string ensemble, to various laptop looping tone manglers, to upside down, backwards trumpeters, to the not-so-common electrified and amplified industrial loom. Needless to say, if you like avant-garde music, it was an auditory treat.

BEMF strives to promote and increase awareness of experimental, free improvisation and avant-garde music in the Boise area, provide an annual event for local experimental musicians to perform their art for their peers and experimental music enthusiasts, and to foster local artistic diversity, awareness and representation of avant-garde forms of art. BEMF is one of many other events and efforts in Boise that serve to promote artistic diversity and appreciation.

The 2nd Annual Boise Experimental Music Festival is a three-day music event happening April 26-28 at Visual Arts Collective art gallery in Boise's Linen District. The festival will feature over 16 local and national performers, including several major national headliners, who fall within the experimental, avant-garde and free improvisation music genres.

For more information, contact Krispen Hartung at 208-724-5603 or by e-mail at or visit Visual Arts Collective, 1419 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8297,

West Meets East

Boise State's Visiting Artist and Scholar Program offers area students and residents a chance to meet and learn from masters in their fields. The spring 2007 program presents one such master, Yukiya Takakita.

Takakita has worked in environmental and graphic design since graduating from Japan's Mie University in 1972. In 2003, he became a professor of graphic design at Nagoya Zokei University, becoming the university's president in 2006. He has exhibited work around the world with shows in Hong Kong, Ireland, Switzerland, Canada, Hungary, Lithuania, Taiwan, Spain and the United States.

Takakita's talk at Boise State is titled "The Japan Design Spirit" and he will discuss just what the Japanese spirit is and what makes Japanese design so uniquely Japanese. There's also an exhibit of Takakita's poster and print work through most of the month of March.

Lecture: March 8, 6 p.m., FREE, Boise State Visual Arts Gallery, 1910 University Dr. For more information, call 208-426-3994. Opening reception for the exhibition is March 9, 6 p.m. Exhibit runs March 9-24, Boise State Visual Arts Gallery, 1910 University Dr., Boise.

Flowers and Fine Art

Any weekend gardener knows that to keep a couple of rose bushes big and beautiful takes time. Multiply that time (and money) by hundreds and that's what goes into keeping all the plants at the Julia Davis Rose Garden healthy.

For almost two decades, the Julia Davis Rose Garden Fund has held an event titled "Art and Roses." This year, just like in years past, over 75 artists will gather in the Rose Garden to sell their original sculptures, cards and framed photographs and paintings. You can wander through the garden and enjoy the art and the flowers with a little food and drink and some live music. The best part? All proceeds benefit the fund.

June 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., FREE, Julia Davis Park, 100 Capitol Blvd., Boise. For more information, call 208-362-2228 or 208-938-5741.

--Amy Atkins and Vincent Miresse