Despite the week's wacky Ironman-wrecking weather, summer was in full swing in Boise. On June 6, The Grove hosted the unofficial kick-off of the fountain-splashing, beer-swilling season with Alive After Five. Singer-songwriter Maia Sharp and recent high school grads Workin' on Fire launched the weekly series. According to Boise Weekly intern Tabitha Bower, "Sharp showed off her multi-instrumental talents by switching between the guitar, keyboard and saxophone throughout her performance."
First Thursday also ushered in the sunny season, as art appreciators bounced between the Ming Studios block party, the 8th Street Marketplace Artist In Residence studios, Art For Animals at Gallery 601, Jackie Hurlbert's exhibit at Basement Gallery and Shasta Nash's show at Salon 162. For a photo slideshow of all the action, visit boiseweekly.com.
While some were scoping out bright paintings in well-lit galleries, others were packed into the dark Knitting Factory to see Provo, Utah's illuminating Neon Trees. According to BW intern Amy Merrill, "Playing a mix of old and new, Neon Trees kept the packed house begging for more. Lead vocalist Tyler Glenn surprised many when he climbed the frame supporting the stage lights and hung over the floor in pink skinny jeans and a white tank."
Apparently, hanging from the rafters was a theme last weekend. At a farewell show for Boise's Bone Dance, which recently embarked on a Midwestern tour, frontman Morgan Mechling dangled from the ceiling of Red Room. According to BW Staff Writer Andrew Crisp, "Mechling waded through the crowd to stand on tables, knock beers into the air and scream into audience member's faces. He was rewarded with flailing arms and bodies as the audience worked itself into a frenzy, bouncing off all corners between stage and bar."
In less-raucous news, United Vision for Idaho hosted its second-annual Community Progressive event in the soggy Julia Davis Park June 9. According to Bower, "a handful of people braved the rain and below-average temperatures in the beginning of the day to dance along with the upbeat music of Marimba Boise." When the clouds parted mid-afternoon, attendees wandered between booths on Nonprofit Row and the Foodlandia food court.
And closing out the weekend, BW intern Jessica Murri checked out the 16 top i48 films at the Egyptian Theatre June 10. According to Murri, "The films were all over the place, from a National Geographic mockumentary on dating to a horror film based on the recent face-eating naked guy in Florida, ending with a kitten on a journey to Flying Pie Pizzaria."
This year, Boise Weekly's Best Use of Boise award went to Broken Film Work's The Troubled Man. The Novice Best Film award of the evening went to Blind Filmmakers' Infection and Best Film in the open division went to Blame Lana!'s Slice of Life.[ Video is no longer available. ]