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Music and Movies • The Making of a Family Movie • Winter Gaming is Fun

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Thursday 1

Music and Movies Make for a Happy Pair

In the "olden days," a night out at the theater meant viewing a silent film shown with semi-improvisatory accompaniment from a live musician--or a group of musicians in the real deluxe venues. Fortunately, organizations like The Egyptian Theatre and the Boise Philharmonic don't want to see that tradition die, and to assure that, they've combined our most talented young musicians in this year's fifth-annual Musical Movies Project. In an evening performance, the Treasure Valley Youth Symphony will premiere music by Idaho composers David Alan Earnest and Jim Cockey (both commissioned for the project) and renowned silent film accompanist for the Museum of Modern Art, Ben Model. Screenings include Edison's The Land Beyond Sunset with music by Earnest, Laurel and Hardy's Big Business with music by Cockey and Chaplin's The Adventure with music by Model.

Both Earnest and Cockey's preparations for the project included rehearsals and master classes with the young musicians and visits to several junior high schools in the Treasure Valley area. The event is sponsored by the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the Charlotte Martin Foundation.

7:30 p.m. $5 Students and seniors/ $10 Adults. For tickets and more information, call Jamey Lamar at 208-344-7849 or visit www.boisephilharmonic.org. The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise.

Friday 2-Saturday 3

The Making of a Family Movie

Danielson: a Family Movie is a documentary shadowing the life of Daniel Smith, four of his siblings and his good pal Chris on their way to indie-rocker fame. The film features Smith's friend and mentor Sufjan Stevens.

Feb. 2-3, 8 p.m., www.danielsonmovie.com, Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 2nd St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533.

Friday 2

Winter Gaming is Fun

Snowbunny or snowbird, Winter Games of Idaho is the perfect way to enjoy the season. Hosted by various Idaho resorts, including Bogus Basin, Brundage, Pomerelle, Tamarack, Silver Mountain and Lookout Pass, the festival celebrates amateur athletes of Idaho and the region through winter sports. Events will be held throughout the month and include alpine skiing (slalom and giant slalom), nordic skiing (cross-country and telemark), freestyle skiing, ice hockey, figure skating, snowboarding and more.

Through Feb. 25. For a full schedule of events, go online to www.wintergamesofidaho.com.

Monday 5-Wednesday 7

Banff is Back

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is bringing its top films to the Egyptian Theatre for three nights of back-to-back adventure entertainment. Each year, approximately 300 films enter the contest, held in Banff, Alberta, Canada, and of those chosen for the tour, none fall short of inspiring. Some of the films are culturally invigorating, others are pure adrenaline and all of them are documented experiences expertly crafted into anywhere from 3 minutes to over an hour of footage for your viewing pleasure.

Each night will also feature a raffle, culminating on the final night with the grand-prize drawing for an Ed Steckmest Designs hand-made rocking chair. All proceeds from the event support the Bogus Basin Nordic Team, helping them to enhance opportunities for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and outdoor education.

Get a nice grip on your seat, ooh and ahh at the sights of fresh powder, flowing rivers and exotic animals, and involuntarily yelp when that kayaker shoots off a 150-foot waterfall--most viewers do.

Mon., Feb. 5, 7 p.m., Anomaly (16 mins), Asiemut (56 mins), Intermission, 1st Ascent: Thailand (8 mins), Mountains Without Barriers (24 mins), Ride of the Mergansers (11 mins) and Roam (18 mins).

Tues., Feb. 6, 7 p.m., Kids Who Rip (12 mins), The Simplicity Factor (7 mins), Conflict Tiger (62 mins), Intermission, Aweberg (26 mins), Yes to the No (10 mins) and Mission: Epicocity (15 mins).

Wed., Feb. 7, 7 p.m., 1st Ascent: Didier vs the Cobra (25 mins), The Thrill Seekers (3 mins), Exploring the Mother of Waters (45 mins), Intermission, Unchained-New World Order-VI (7 mins), Fatima's Hand (38 mins), Tyrol (10 mins) and The Best of Jo (3 mins).

Feb. 5-7, 7 p.m. $15 advance, $20 door, $40 all three nights. Purchase tickets online at www.idahotickets.com, or call 208-426-1494. The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, www.egyptiantheatre.net.

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