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Oh, SNAP

For the 16th year in a row, Flying M Coffeehouse will throw on its heart bedazzled superhero cape and swoop to the rescue for the Safety Net for AIDS Program (SNAP). The annual silent art auction, "Valentines for AIDS," is a long-standing tradition, raising more than $28,000 for SNAP's HIV/AIDS living expenses assistance program last year alone.

This V-day, why not forgo the giant singing card and chocolate lips, and instead grab your partner by the hand and do-si-do down to the M. With love- (and hate-) themed work from over 250 area artists, there's sure to be something worth bidding on for your beloved. And whether you go home with a shiny new Ben Wilson piece or a double soy latte, the experience is sure to be more of a conversation starter than a box of chalky hearts.

Opens First Thursday, Feb. 5, and runs through Feb. 15. Valentines can be bid on from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Saturday, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bidding ends at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15. Flying M Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho St. For more information, call 208-345-4320 or e-mail valentineforaids@gmail.com.

Nifty Fifty

Big claps for a ladies night that doesn't involve free cover and sticky sweet shot specials. Boise Contemporary Theater's fifth annual 50 Women fundraiser will convene female theatergoers to raise money for BCT's newest play, I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda. The play follows two writers—one a Rwandan refugee named Juliette and the other an aspiring novelist and refugee educator named Simon—as they search for their voices in late-20th century Britain. (For a review of the play, check out Page 27.)

A $50 ticket grants you entry to a pre-show cocktail soiree at the home of Teri Stein and Ed Miller, where local celebrity (ahem) bartenders will shake, shake pour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. before the group caravans out to catch the play. This year, event sponsors are hoping to ratchet the number of ladies in attendance up to 100. If you haven't made reservations yet, get on the horn and dial Devin at 208-331-9224, Ext. 205, to secure a spot.

Thursday, Feb. 5, pre-show cocktail party starts at 5:30 p.m., $50, 2039 Bluestem Lane. For more information, visit bcttheater.org.

Into Perspective

Remember fiddling with F-stops back in high school photography class trying to capture the perfect black and white close-up of your shoes? Well, after growing up with digital cameras attached to their retinas, this current crop of shutterbugs wouldn't dare waste dark room space with that kind of sophomoric slop. To catch a glimmer of what the young and talented are up to these days, stop by Art Source Gallery this First Thursday to view work from the advanced students in Mountain View High School's photography program. The exhibit, titled "New Perspectives," will be juried by a professional artist, and awards—in the form of art supply gift certificates and digital print coupons—will be handed out to first, second- and third-place winners. Also, make sure to peruse new work titled "Musings" from Art Source staple Zella Bardsley while sampling wines from Indian Creek Winery.

Thursday, Feb. 5, 5-9 p.m., Art Source Gallery, 1015 Main St., Boise. For more information, call 208-331-3374 or visit artsourcegallery.com.

A Peek at Puck

Leap over to the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy Auditorium and join Ballet Idaho this First Thursday for a behind-the-scenes preview of the company's upcoming performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Artistic director Peter Anastos will be on hand along with Ballet Idaho's company of resident dancers to dole out tea and shortbread cookies.

Thursday, Feb. 5, 5:30-6:30 p.m., FREE, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy Auditorium. For more information, call 208-343-0556 or visit balletidaho.org.

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