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The Guitar Becomes Art

Requiem for a dream guitar

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Paul Kincaid is a builder of fine instruments. "Fine" is not always a word associated with the instrument Kincaid specializes in--the ubiquitous guitar--until the master luthier's work is seen. Kincaid, who teaches classes on building electric guitars at Oregon State University, creates beautiful, custom guitars through his company Requiem Strings. He describes the work on his website as "an exploration into gonzo lutherie, peer reviewed conceptual thinking, traditional design and techniques, and pure experimentation." Kincaid brings some of his creations to The Crux in a rare opportunity to see his designs, which include handcrafted woodworks, some complete with fanned frets and additional strings. A few local axe-wielders will be around to help share the sound of these instruments-turned-art, as well. You can get a sneak peek of Kincaid's work at The Crux, 1022 W. Main St.

Moving outdoors, 10 Barrel Brewing Co. joins in on the First Thursday fun with a parking lot pizza--and beer and art and music--party. Garrett Wales (one of 10 Barrel's four co-owning partners) said they'll close off the parking lot right next door to the brew pub and turn it over to about 10 local artists to display their creations; some will even create art on the spot, like local graffiti faves Sector 17. Live music by Brandon Pritchett starts at 6 p.m. 10 Barrel Brewing Co., 830 W. Bannock St.

Heading back inside, get the inside scoop on what people truly think and do when Boise author L.M. Hughes visits Flying M Coffeehouse to sign copies of her new book The Secret Lives of People: Real Diary Excerpts from Modern Day America. The book is a collection of entries sent in response to an ad on Craigslist in which women were asked, anonymously, to honestly divulge details about sex, infidelity, mental health, death and more. Because of the mature subject matter of Hughes' book, this event is for the 18-and-older set only. Flying M Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho St.