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Opera Idaho Presents The Mikado • Kevin Kirk and Onomatopoeia • Reflections in Black • Boise Community Radio Fundraiser • Mexican American Studies Conference

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Thursday 2

Opera Idaho Presents The Mikado

This production of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic The Mikado marks Opera Idaho's final performance of the 2005-2006 season and the first of what we hope will be many full productions staged at the Egyptian Theatre.

This witty satire premiered in 1885 and revolves around a love triangle, all while skewing Victorian culture and the British infatuation of the time with all things Japanese. Go enjoy the lively music and colorful costumes all in a theater that itself harkens back to an earlier age.

Mar. 2 and Mar. 4 at 8 p.m., Mar. 5 at 2 p.m. Tickets $43.50-$74. The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, www.egyptiantheatre.net. For more information, call 345-3531 x12 or visit www.operaidaho.org.

Friday 3

Kevin Kirk and Onomatopoeia

The acoustics, beautiful architecture and not-a-bad-seat-in-the-house seating make the Egyptian Theatre a great place to see movies. It's also a terrific venue for live music. On March 3, Kevin Kirk and Onomatopoeia will realize a long-standing dream of performing on the Egyptian Theatre stage.

The music of Kevin Kirk and Onomatopoeia is as difficult to define as it is to spell the band's name correctly. They combine horns, flute, percussion, strings, guitar and more to create a progressive-jazzy sound reminiscent of a bygone era but with an updated, homegrown sound. Their 1995 album, Catch and Release, was re-released this year, and this show promises both new material and classics from Kevin Kirk and Onomatopoeia.

8 p.m., $25, $20, $15, reserve exact seating at 387-1273 or at the box office, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St. For more information, visit www.kevinkirk.net.

Saturday 4-Sunday 5

Reflections in Black

The Idaho Black History Museum is hosting two events this weekend to honor black history and culture. Saturday's event is a book signing with TV and movie star Denise Nicholas (Room 222 and TV's In the Heat of the Night). She will read from and sign copies of her first novel, Freshwater Road, a story about a woman's journey into adulthood during the political and social upheavals of the civil rights movement. Admission to the book signing and reading is FREE, and a portion of book sales purchased from the museum will support its programs and activities.

On Sunday, Nicholas will be the special guest for the museum's reception and screening of her latest film, Proud, an independent film based on the story of the African American men aboard the USS Mason. (The film also stars Aidan Quinn and the late Ossie Davis.) The cocktail reception is from 4 to 5 p.m. and the screening will be at the Flicks at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from the museum or the Flicks.

Saturday book reading and signing, 2-4 p.m., Idaho Black History Museum, 508 Julia Davis Dr., 433-0017.

Sunday reception (4-5 p.m.) and screening (5:30 p.m.), the Flicks, 646 Fulton St., 342-4222.

Saturday 4

Boise Community Radio Fundraiser

We here at Boise Weekly always root for the little guy. Anyone with ingenuity, talent and tenacity enough to start a business and keep it going gets our vote. That's why we're such big fans of what's going on at Boise Community Radio. To show your support for this important endeavor, join BCR as they celebrate their third birthday with a concert-slash-fundraiser.

Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m., Ned Evett, Steve Fulton, Dale Keys and friends will perform in front of a seated house at the Visual Arts Collective (VaC).

Money raised will help offset costs of broadcast service production. This is your chance to see amazing performers in an amazing performance space, and to help support this local media outlet.

8-11 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. $10 at the door, VaC, corner of 15th and Grove streets. More information at www.radioboise.org.

Monday 6-Tuesday 7

Mexican American Studies Conference

Boise State celebrates its Sixth Annual Mexican American Studies Conference with a full slate of events March 6 and 7 in the Student Union Building. The keynote speaker for this year's conference, "Nuestra Historia, Nuestro Futuro," is Jorge Mariscal, a professor of Spanish and Chicano literature at the University of California, San Diego. He will present his talk entitled "The Future for Latinos in the Age of Terror" at 6:30 p.m. on March 7 in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom.

Other featured speakers include Perla Rodriguez (principal of Cornelius Elementary School in Oregon, with her speech entitled "The Bottom Line: We're Still Brown," on March 6 at noon), Yreina Cervantez (an associate professor of Chicano studies at California State University, Northridge, with her speech entitled "The Intellectual Savage in Nepantla: De-colonizing Self" on March 6 at 6:30 p.m.), Max Delgado (a history teacher at Centennial High School, with his speech entitled "Jesus Urquides: El Arriero Principal de Idaho" on March 7 at 8:45 a.m.), and Erasmo Gamboa (an associate professor in the department of American ethnic studies at the University of Washington, with his speech entitled "Voces Latinas: American Voices from Idaho's Past" on March 7 at 10 a.m.).

This edifying conference is FREE and free parking is available near the Student Union. For a complete schedule of Mexican American Studies Conference events, visit events.boisestate.edu.

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