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Thursday 12-Saturday 14

PAUSE AND REFLECT

"Eyes Wide Open" is a traveling art installation/silent peace protest created by the American Friends Service Committee (you may know them better as the Quakers) that opened in Chicago nearly three years ago and has since hit 100 cities around the country. The exhibition--which features a pair of combat boots for each National Guard member and each Idahoan who died in the Iraq war, as well as civilian shoes for Iraqi civilians killed--will be displayed for three days at the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.

The exhibit officially opens on Thursday at 2 p.m. at the memorial, with remarks scheduled by Michael McConnell ("Eyes Wide Open" co-creator). The exhibit will officially close on Saturday at 6 p.m., with silent reflection and music as the boots are retired.

Oct. 12-14, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, e-mail idahopeacecoalition@msn.com or call local exhibition coordinator Tina Noble at 385-0211. Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, south end of 8th Street at the Boise River.

Friday 13

FLAPPER FLAIR

What happens when a girl runs off to New York City in 1922 to become a flapper, sets her cap for a rich hubby, takes a room at a women's hotel that turns out to be a beard for a prostitution ring and gets involved with a handful of unsavory characters? Check out Knock 'Em Dead's production of the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, which details the misadventures of young Millie Dillmount, and find out.

Thur.-Sat. shows through Nov. 11. 7 p.m. curtain Thur., 8 p.m. curtain Fri.-Sat. $16.50 adult, $13.50 students, seniors and military personnel (with valid ID) Thur. shows; $35.50 Fri.-Sat. dinner and show or $18.50 show only. $9.25 Fri.-Sat. Knock 'Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 333 S. 9th St. For more information, visit www.kedproductions.org.

Saturday 14

THIS OLD HOUSE

A walking tour up lovely Harrison Boulevard to check out and learn about some of Boise's most beautiful and historic homes is probably one of the nicest ways to spend a Saturday in fall. However, Preservation Idaho's Fifth Annual Heritage Homes Tour isn't just a pleasantly genteel way to while away the day. No, Preservation Idaho captures your heart with the lovely old architecture and fascinating histories of the homes. By the time they make you aware of the constant threat to old homes and buildings in terms of upkeep and demolition, you're in love and willing to do anything to stop everything from termites to wrecking balls from hurting these gentle old giants.

The good news is, participating in the tour is a first step toward helping, since proceeds from this tour provides needed funding for Preservation Idaho's educational and outreach programs. And no matter what, these Tudor and Colonial Revivals and myriad Craftsman Bungalows are even more interesting once you know the histories of the people who had them built.

Because these walking tours tend to fill up quickly, you have to call to get the tour's start point. To get that information and to reserve your spot on the tour, call event coordinators Jana Knoll at 866-1757 or Megan Jones at 253-4052. For more general information about Preservation Idaho and its mission, visit www.preservationidaho.org.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. (reservation encouraged). $25 ($20 Preservation Idaho members), sold the day of the tour.

Tuesday 17

FUNKY DIXIELAND

The Caldwell Fine Arts program that makes its home at Albertson College has long given people a reason to drive into Caldwell for a little culture. This week, make that a little culture and a little fun for kids of all ages.

Have you ever been to Disneyland? Remember New Orleans Square, where they throw Mardi Gras beads all the time and the vibe is always set to "the Jazz Era"? Well, the mouse has given Disneyland's jazz band, the Side Street Strutters, a day off and they'll be in Caldwell showing off the Dixieland repertoire they've been perfecting since the early '80s. The program will include not just the New Orleans sounds of songwriters like Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller, but later tunes by Cole Porter and the Gershwins, as well as big band swing via the likes of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Count Basie. 

This award-winning seven-man ensemble has toured the United States and Europe, but lucky you, you can catch them right here in the Valley.

7:30 p.m. $16-$19 general, $12-$14 student. Jewett Auditorium, Albertson College campus, 2112 Cleveland Blvd, Caldwell. For more information, call 459-3405 or visit www.caldwellfinearts.org. For more about the group, visit www.sidestreetstrutters.com.

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