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IDT Presents Movin' Out! • Thomas Dolby • Earth Day • Beaux Arts Wine Festival • Reception: "Essence of Life"

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Thursday 20

IDT Presents Movin' Out!

Idaho Dance Theatre's final performance of the season promises to be an interesting one. When we at BW think of dance, it's usually a toss-up between Tchaikovsky-scored ballet and Fosse-choreographed cheese. Forget both for just this once and go see what a performance that includes dances set to the tunes of Bjork's pop confections and a piano-transcribed Tool sounds like. For more about Movin' Out!, see the story on page 25.

April 20-22 at 8 p.m. and April 23 at 2 p.m. $30 directors, $20 general, $10 students and seniors. Special Events Center, Boise State campus, 1800 University Dr. For more information, call 331-9592, www.idahodancetheatre.org.

Friday 21

Thomas Dolby

Yeah, the Thomas Dolby. He donned a lab coat and frizzed up his hair Einstein-style and blinded us with science in 1983, but just because you haven't thought about him in 20 years, doesn't mean he went away. Since releasing the Blinded By Science EP all those years ago, Dolby has found time to produce other artists' albums, score films, start computer software company Beatnik, Inc., and release an album here and there, too. Synth-pop has apparently stayed close to Dolby's heart, however, but don't take our word for it: Go see the show. And before you do, read BW's own Music Mama's interview with the man himself on page 21 of this issue.

7 p.m., $10 advance, $12 at the door (tickets available at the Record Exchange or www.ticketweb.com). The Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St., 345-6605.

Saturday 22

Earth Day

The week of educational activities, concerts and service projects that is Earth Fest 2006 culminates, of course, in Earth Day festivities.

Earth Day is this Saturday and Earth Fest organizers have plenty to keep you busy. From 8 a.m. to noon, they've organized a morning of local service projects. To see a list of volunteer opportunities, visit http://earthday.wilderness.org/idaho/. Bonus: The first 400 volunteers get a free T-shirt. Then from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Earth Day Festival at Julia Davis Park will feature vendors, kids' activities, live music and entertainment, food, a native plant sale and dozens of booths with information on living Earth Day every day. After all that fun at the park, get a sitter for the kids and head over to Tom Grainey's (109 S. Sixth St., $5) at 8 p.m. for a benefit concert with Spindle Bomb. Besides great live music, there will be a silent auction to benefit the Idaho Environmental Education Association.

Sunday 23-Saturday 29

Beaux Arts Wine Festival

The Beaux Arts Wine Festival, now in its 19th year, is the area's largest wine festival. Over 2,000 people are expected to participate in this week of enophilic fun. Proceeds benefit the Boise Art Museum, thanks to the efforts of the Beaux Arts Societe, a volunteer group that raises funds to support the museum.

Each night of the festival, a different local restaurant hosts a gourmet wine dinner (6:30 p.m., the cost is $100 per person per dinner). On Sunday, April 23, enjoy dinner at the Flipside Cafe with wine from the Washington winery Woodward Canyon. On April 24, there will be Spanish wines and great food at Richard's of Hyde Park. On April 25, the Cottonwood Grille will host with wine from Tablas Creek out of California. On April 26, enjoy wine from California's J. Lohr Vineyard at Berryhill and Co. Cafe Wine Bar. On April 27, at Andrae's, the meal is complemented with French and Portuguese wines.

But that's not all. On April 28, there is a wine tasting and silent auction from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Boise Centre on the Grove. For $50 per person ($55 at the door), you'll sample over 250 wines. The festival's big black-tie-optional gala is on April 29 at 5:30 p.m. at the Owyhee Plaza Hotel and costs $100 per person. We'll have more about this next week, but we suggest making your reservations now ...

For more information, visit www.boiseartmuseum.org or contact the Beaux Arts Societe at 345-8330, ext. 26.

Monday 24

Reception: Essence of Life

As part of National Suicide Awareness Month, Boise State is hosting a juried exhibition entitled "Contribution: Essence of Life," with a portion of sale proceeds going to the Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho (SPAN-Idaho) for its suicide prevention and awareness programs. The exhibit aims to produce positive art celebrating the individual and also to raise community awareness about suicide.

The exhibit will be on display through May 10 at the Student Union Gallery, with an artist reception in the Barnwell Room on April 24. Come out, see some thought-provoking art and support this effort.

6-9 p.m. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Dr. For more information, call 384-1464 or visit news.boisestate.edu.