• Besides Daniel at the Modern Hotel June 17

    May 20th, 2009 by Michal

    Besides Daniel is an indie-folk band from Atlanta. Aiming to inspire beauty, truth, and creativity, Besides Daniel writes songs about love, faith, daydreams, and adventure. These songs may reflect the musical influences of Bob Dylan, Iron & Wine, Pedro the Lion, Sufjan Stevens and Conor Oberst.
    Besides Daniel
    The members of Besides Daniel are singer-songwriter Danny Brewer (acoustic guitar, vocals) and Susanne O’Day (vocals, keys, glockenspiel, melodica).

    ‘I am the Fall, You are the Spring,’ the most recent album, was released independently by Besides Daniel in 2007. The album offers a humble blend of acoustic instruments held together by a raw, earnest voice evoking feelings of both hope and reflection.

    Besides Daniel is currently recording a 5 track EP, “the clay, the seed, the stone”, that will be released in May 2009 and will be followed by a West Coast Tour.

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  • Benjamin Love – Modern Art – Room 225

    April 22nd, 2009 by Michal

    Author: Amy O’Brien

    Coming around the corner of Capitol and Main I didn’t know what to expect. The ad in the Boise Weekly merely said under the listing for the Egyptian Theatre “Didactic: Fantastic”. I was immediately taken by the clownish costume of a man dressed in silver spandex leggings, tight yellow swim shorts, light blue face, and a red bowler hat. He was scampering franticly seating people in his makeshift classroom replete with chairs and projector screens. There was a man wearing a pinstripe suit standing on a ladder. The clown franticly grabbed VHS cassettes from a mountainous stack and ran inside the theatre with them. I sat down to watch the action as the other pedestrians did. Inside the window he hacked apart the cassettes with an old double-headed hatchet, and extracted the film. When he returned to the street side viewing station he handed reels of film to the man on the ladder, and provoked the passers by to unwind the film. Black VHS film littered the street. The clown fidgeted anxiously and smiled maniacally for the duration of the show, and the man standing on top of the ladder remained as still Buddha.

    B. Love is a contemporary mixed media artist whose work has been shown and collected regionally, nationally and internationally. He lives and works in Idaho.

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  • Jan Boles and Anna Marie Boles – Modern Art – Room 234

    April 14th, 2009 by Michal

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    Narratives of Circumnavigation

    Jan Boles

    Anna Marie Boles

    Sunny Slope

    Caldwell, Idaho

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  • John Taye Modern Art 2009 Room 101

    March 31st, 2009 by M.

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    John Taye received a BFA at the University of Utah and an MFA at Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles County. He is a Professor Emeritus at Boise State University where he taught for 33 years. Taye taught a variety of drawing, painting and sculpture courses there, and workshops at numerous other schools.

    Taye has had over two dozen solo exhibitions throughout the West, and he has shown in many invitational and juried exhibitions throughout the country. His work has been shown at the Newport Visual Arts Center, Coos Bay Art Museum, Maryhill Museum of Art, Boise Art Museum, Herritt Art Museum, Salt Lake Art Center, Springville Art Museum, Kimball Art Center, Bountiful Art Center, Museum of Church History and Art, Tempe Arts Center, Mesa Cultural Center, Tacoma Art Museum, and the Oklahoma Art Center. University galleries that have exhibited his work include: Boise State University, Idaho State University, College of Idaho, Northwest Nazarene University, College of Southern Idaho, Utah State University, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Southern Utah University, and California State Los Angeles. Taye is a Fellow in the National Sculpture Society, New York City, and has exhibited his work there in numerous shows since 1989.

    Taye’s artwork has been featured in several publications, including American Artist, Drawing, Sculpture Review and Fine Woodworking. He has received awards in exhibitions of the National Sculpture Society, Salt Lake Art Center, Springville Art Museum, Museum of Church History and Art, and the Degas Pastel Society. His work is in many private and public collections regionally.

    Taye draws on classical traditions from the late 19th and early 20th century in both his paintings and sculpture. The mood of his work is peaceful and reflective. His paintings explore the subtle harmonies of color found in the human figure and in the natural forms of his still lifes. In all of his work he tries to emphasize a positive, affirmative view of life, and an appreciation for the intricacies and beauties of the natural world.



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  • The Modern Hotel Opens in Downtown Boise

    March 13th, 2009 by M.


    Hotel features sleek, modern design, high-end amenities and a rich history

    BOISE, Idaho (21 June 2007) — The Modern Hotel, Boise’s modern design hotel, opened in Boise’s Linen District today. The hotel’s 41 guest rooms and surrounding property bring together modern architecture, cutting-edge interior design, and top-of-the-line amenities while offering guests an intimate setting away from home.

    The Modern’s guest rooms feature Japanese soaking tubs, walk-in rainshowers, and floor-to-ceiling tiles in spacious bathrooms. Each room has a custom fabric headboard made locally in the Linen District, Nelson bubble lamps, and eclectic touches like the colorful Norwegian army blanket at the foot of each bed. No two rooms are exactly alike. Each boasts its own unique color scheme from chartreuse green to earthy browns. Guest rooms also feature 32-inch flat screen, high-definition TVs, wireless Internet access, iPod docking stations, and Aveda brand hair and bath products.

    The Modern was designed with a new generation of travelers in mind, according to David Hale, co-founder of the hotel and owner of Hale Development. “Business and leisure travel are no longer just about a place to stay,” Hale said. “Travelers are weary of forgettable, cookie-cutter rooms with no style or personality. With our unique, highly-designed yet comfortable hotel, we aim to provide guests with an unforgettable experience every time.”

    The Modern’s forward-looking style is built upon a rich historical foundation. The downtown Boise building, originally a mid-century TravelLodge, has undergone a $2.5 million renovation. The original Modern Hotel was opened not in Boise, but in neighboring Nampa in 1934 by Juan and Regina Bastida for local Basque sheepherders.

    Elizabeth Tullis, co-owner of the Modern Hotel and granddaughter of The Modern’s original founders explained, “we have created an aesthetic that combines the hotel’s colorful history with today’s notions of cutting-edge style and comfort. The result is a hotel that blends modern design with a relaxed atmosphere.”

    In addition to chic accommodations, the Modern Hotel has a landscaped interior courtyard where continental breakfast is served around stone-fire pits. The bar and lounge feature a modern design with a curved walnut bar and Cherner chairs. The lounge offers fresh-squeezed juices, fine wines, and an international beer selection.

    The Linen Building Event Center, located next door to the Modern Hotel, offers private meeting rooms and larger spaces for weddings and special occasions.

    The Modern Hotel offers a 24-hour business center, a non-smoking environment, and wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. The Modern Bar is open from 5 to 11 pm daily.

    The hotel is a short walk from Boise’s downtown core and within steps of other Linen District businesses, including outdoor dining and espresso cafes, and Boise’s Visual Arts Collective.

    A ribbon-cutting and grand opening for the Modern Hotel took place Friday afternoon and was attended by Boise Mayor David H. Bieter and several prominent Boise business leaders.

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