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Brand New Books for Black History • Ready, Set Art • Idols Past • Bargain Culture • Now that's Recycling

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Brand New Books for Black History

The collection at the Idaho Black History Museum is getting a bit larger thanks to a donation from Sen. Mike Crapo.

Crapo is officially turning over the multi-volume collection, Black Americans in Congress 1870-2007, to the museum on Wednesday, Feb. 18, as part of events marking Black History Month.

The hardcover books were prepared with help from a directive from the U.S. House of Representatives and a copy is kept in the Library of Congress. The Boise-based museum, the only one of its kind in the Gem State, is still figuring out how to best use the collection, but officials said they would like to make it available for educators to use in the classroom.

Ready, set Art

Make your plans now to check out the perennial favorite, We Art Women, an event celebrating female artists while raising money for the Women's and Children's Alliance.

The event takes over the Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Feb. 26, with live music, live and silent auctions, art sales and food. Local artists Sherri Carter, Jany Seda, Marcia Marne and Julie Clemons will be on hand for the quick draw—kind of a friendlier, art version of the old Western shoot-out. Artists create original works on the spot within a set time period. The works are then auctioned off, sometimes while still wet.

Twenty percent of the proceeds from the event will go to support the local nonprofit, which provides needed services to women and children escaping domestic violence. A $25 donation is requested at the door.

For more information, check out the Feb. 25 issue of Boise Weekly.

Idols Past

Where do all those all those American Idols and American Idol wannabes go when their album sales get shaky? They join a touring Broadway musical, of course.

Ain't Misbehavin' will take over the Morrison Center for three shows March 24-26 and stars former Idol winner Ruben "The Velvet Teddy Bear" Studdard. He will be joined on stage by former Idol contestants Frenchie Davis and Trenyce Cobbins.

It's the 30th anniversary for the musical revue, which won a Tony award for Nell Carter, who starred in the original production.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, Feb. 20, and cost between $28 and $48 before fees. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are available online at idahotickets.com or by phone at 208-426-1110.

Bargain Culture

Need a bit of culture without dropping much cash? Boise Philharmonic will open its dress rehearsal for its upcoming concert, An Evening in Vienna, on Saturday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m., at the Morrison Center.

The program features compositions from Arnold Schoenberg, Mozart and Schubert and will be led by guest conductor Karen Lynn Deal and violinist Ju-Young Baek.

Sure, it's a rehearsal, and you may end up hearing portions of the program repeatedly, but it's hard to beat the price: $7 for students and seniors or $12 for adults. Tickets are available at the door that morning.

For those who want the full-concert experience, the orchestra will perform An Evening in Vienna Friday, Feb. 20, 8 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 21, 8:15 p.m. Tickets for the main performances cost between $20 and $61.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit boisephilharmonic.org.

Now That's Recycling

Is dry macaroni glued to construction paper considered recycled art? Truly creative kids with a green outlook will be showing off their creations at the opening reception for the Kids Recycled Art Contest Monday, Feb. 23, 6-8 p.m., at Art and Soul Gallery, 480 Thurman Mill St. in Garden City.

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade entered their best two- and three-dimensional art, all made out of non-toxic, found and recycled materials. Awards in various age categories will be announced at 7 p.m. Check out the details at greenfoundations.com.

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