It's been a good year for good times in the City of Trees. Looking back over the past 12 months, some arts highlights included LED's production of the F. Scott Fitzgerald-inspired This Side of Paradise; The Modern Bob 20th and 21st Centuries Art Show, honoring dearly departed local artist Bob Neal; the Golden Girls Christmas Extravaganza; and The Museum of Broken Relationships show at Ming. That was just in the last few months of 2015. In 2016 we got to see The Producers on stage at the Morrison Center; the fourth annual Treefort Music Fest was a resounding success; and Carly Rae Jepsen, Elvis Costello, The Cure, Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt and a passel of our favorite '80s pop icons came to town. Comedians Lewis Black, Christopher Titus and Jim Jefferies swung by; the Boise's Funniest Person contest had one of its best years ever; and we were thrilled to see the Boise Hive avert its almost fatal financial crisis. Whew.
Amid all that awesomeness, there was one event we especially enjoyed: our Big LeBoise 25th birthday block party in June.
We were humbled by the turnout for the party, with more than 2,000 revelers flocking to BWHQ for an all-day blowout that featured some of our favorite local DJs, about 40 craft vendors, almost a half-dozen food trucks, and plenty of beer and wine. Instrumental to our success not only with the Big LeBoise but this here edition of Best of Boise has been 44 North—the Idaho-grown purveyor of fine vodkas we would list as a staff pick anytime.