Land of the Snow Lion
During July and August 2007, Tim Brim traveled to Tibet on a three-week pilgrimage and brought back more than images and music from the largely nomadic culture. Through his travels, Brim has embraced the Tibetan people's struggles to preserve and practice their culture against the Chinese government's control, and that is why he is sharing his experience. Brim says, "The situation is much worse than the media portrays," and that at times he has wondered if his championing of the cause has cast some suspicious light on him. During a presentation last year after returning from Tibet, Brim felt that some of the questions from members of the audience were inappropriately personal and since then has been on guard.
A couple of Tibetan refugees will be in attendance at the presentations to share their personal experiences. The event is especially timely, considering the protests against China's influence in the runup to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Due to the limited space at the neighborhood library, two presentations are scheduled, the second on Wed., May 14 at 6:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m., FREE, Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, 208-562-4995.
more than a race
Getting involved in the fight against breast cancer can be as easy as signing up for the 10th Annual Komen Boise Race for the Cure, a 5K (3.1 mile) course done either as a co-ed run/fitness walk or one-mile walk. The start and finish lines are in front of SuperValu/Albertsons corporate offices on Parkcenter. More than 500 teams including upwards of 9,000 people have already pledged their participation. Registration for inclusion on a team fills up quickly, and the competition to raise pledge money is fierce. The heat is on well before teams walk it out for victory on race day; first they must come up with clever team names, like The Young and the Breastless, or the Garden Valley Knockers.
$25 individual, Albertsons corporate office, 250 E. Parkcenter, Boise, race.komenboise.org.
International Migratory Bird Day
Just as the snowbirds, or elders who fly the coop for the winter season, are coming back home to a warmer climate, there's an event in honor of all migratory birds happening in Hulls Gulch Preserve. A variety of activities are planned, including bird watching, art activities and hands-on crafts for the children. With a little luck and the use of spotting scopes provided by Golden Eagle Audubon, you can gaze upon great horned owls and red tail hawks. Then translate what you saw in the sky and in the trees by producing artistic portrayals using photography, sketching and painting.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., FREE, Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Rd., www.cityofboise.org.
Broadway Baby Wannabe
Spotlights, glimmering, sequined costumes and personalized live shows are the main ingredients for Lauriel Loyst's Broadway act. The Manhattan cabaret artist is at home performing on Broadway, but now the Eagle, Idaho, resident is bringing her musical comedy, Broadway Baby Wannabe to Boise. Her show combines the excitement of Broadway with her own amusing anecdotes. The woman takes control of the microphone and works the crowd over with jazzy jokes, accompanied by a trombone. A no-host beer/wine/beverage bar will be available. Reservations are required; call 208-283-6169 or 208-939-8218.
6:30 p.m., $35 includes: light dinner, show, tax and gratuity, At the Waterfront, 3250 N. Lake Harbor Lane, Boise, www.LaurielLoyst.com/Cabaret.
trinity of truth
This week, Larrey L.D. Anderson, a retired Idaho state senator, signs copies of his novel, Order of the Beloved. The story about a murder investigation revolves around the pairing of a Catholic priest, a Jewish philosopher, and a Mormon FBI agent who find a common bond to uncover universal truths. Oh, and an old friend of the author, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter will make an appearance at 3 p.m.
2-5 p.m., FREE, Boise Book and Gift Co., 906 W. Main St., www.ldandersonbooks.com.
13th on the 13th
This year, the beginning of a hopping summer full of festivals happens to fall on a Tuesday night. Kick summer into gear by heading over to Hyde Park for vendors, music and food on the 13th of every month. Beginning in May and running until the end of August, Hyde Park is the happening place to be for families and those looking for a place to hang out. During the event in July, proceeds will go toward the TriCa fundraiser.
For the first 13th on the 13th, enjoy the music of Shaken not Stirrred and get a lesson on astronomy by Paul the Street Astronomer. Every month, weather permitting, Paul brings an array of different telescopes and instruments for star gazing down to the park to share with the public.
6-9 p.m., FREE, Hyde Park, 13th St., Boise, www.northend.org.