First Thursday gets Downtown Boise hopping with art gallery openings, music on the streets, specials at restaurants and stores and more.
▪ At The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., you can see photojournalist Angie Smith’s exhibition “Stronger Shines the Light Inside.” Her work illuminates the lives of refugees living in the U.S., starting in Boise where she spent her summers as a child. The opening reception features performances by Boise refugees, including poet Patrick Wangoi, Wawakali Group dancers, musician Gloria Butinda and others, food from Kibroms and The Goodness Land and beer from Bittercreek Alehouse. $20 suggested donation.
▪ The Modern Hotel, 1314 W. Grove St., will unveil “Share your Wonder Story,” a mural by Basque artist Judas Arrieta on the back of the hotel. Arrieta is an internationally renowned artist who first came to Boise for a show at Ming Studios during Jailadi 2015. See the mural and meet Arrieta from 5 to 8 p.m.
▪ Art Source Gallery, 1015 W. Main St., will feature photographer Jerry Kencke’s “Ilfochrom in Retrospect,” a collection of original photographic prints using the now-defunct Ilfochrom developing process. You’ll hear music by the JB Duo and taste wine from Indian Creek Winery. Free.
5-9 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) Thursday, Sept. 1. Find more events at DowntownBoise.org.