Modern Art and more at First Thursday for May

Ok. It’s going to be crazy busy at Downtown Boise’s First Thursday tonight. Here’s some tips on what to see:

• Thought technically not in Downtown, Modern Art at

The Modern Hotel

, 1314 W. Grove St., will dominate the scene from 5 to 10 p.m. More than 80 artists will fill its rooms, nooks and crannies at the boutique hotel with installations, murals, dance, music and performance art. You’ll also find the Boise Bicycle Project bicycle corral on the west side, plus food trucks and a special cocktail menu served inside and at the parking lot bar.

Here’s a video I shot at last year’s Modern Art:

Check out Room 233 and “The I Am Project,” a collaboration between artists and Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services, a homeless shelter in Downtown. Photographer Jay Saenz, author Alan Heathcock, artists Karen Bubb and Michael Batlzell worked with the shelter guests at Interfaith to help them tell their stories through words and images. You’ll find an installation at Modern Art that connects with Idaho Gives, a one-day push that gives local nonprofits the spotlight and offers an opportunity for people to learn what they do and make a donation.

• Cross over to

Crazy Neighbor

, 1415 W. Grove St., for “Mini Menagerie,” an art show of small works by artists Laurie Blakeslee, Karen Bubb, Ellen DeAngelis and Jessie Proksa from 5 to 9 p.m.

• For another party, zip over to

Boise Art Glass


FireFusion Studio

, 1124 Front St., and watch Boise native and Pilchuck alumnus Cheyenne Malcolm blow glass from 7 to 10 p.m. You can taste Boise Brewing beer and Potter Wines, listen to Spoon Dragon and make you own glass cup ($40) or wearable enamel art piece ($25). Reservation: 345-1825.

• Meet the new artists at

NfiniT Art Gallery

, 405 S. 8th St., including painter Norman Nelson and multimedia artist Cher Sandmire, from 5 to 9 p.m.