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19th Annual Beaux Arts Wine Festival • Offset Reception • Boise Experimental Music Festival • Wild Rockies: Oregon Trail Classic

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Wednesday 26-Saturday 29

19th Annual Beaux Arts Wine Festival

The area's largest wine festival got rolling last Monday with the first of the wine dinners, but there's still a lot more enophilic fun to be had. This festival isn't just about the wining and dining--or at least, there's a good reason for it. The Beaux Arts Societe, a volunteer group that supports Boise Art Museum, has been putting on this event for nearly two decades in order to raise funds for their--and our--beloved BAM.

As the Beaux Arts Wine Festival continues, there are a couple more gourmet wine dinners (each at 6:30 p.m., $100 per person per dinner): On Wednesday, April 26, enjoy wine from California's J. Lohr Vineyard at Berryhill and Co. Cafe Wine Bar. On Thursday, April 27, at Andrae's, the meal is complemented with French and Portuguese wines.

On Friday, April 28, for $50 per person (or $55 at the door), you'll sample over 250 wines at the wine tasting and silent auction, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Boise Centre on the Grove. On Saturday, April 29, at 5:30 p.m. at the Owyhee Plaza Hotel, there will be a swanky black-tie-optional gala. This event is $100 per person, and of all the festival's events, it's probably the one you shouldn't miss. If you haven't already made your reservations, what are you waiting for?

For more information, visit www.boiseartmuseum.org or contact the Beaux Arts Societe at 345-8330, ext. 26.

Thursday 27

Offset Reception

Boise State's senior graphic design and portfolio show, entitled "Offset," is being held at the fabulous gallery space at Visual Arts Collective. This is the first year that the student portfolio show has been organized in a gallery-style presentation, and 15 seniors will show off their best work to the art-loving public as well as potential employers and clients.

The show's opening reception will also featuring a documentary created by the students in which they detail the process of putting together the "Offset" show. (Dude ... way fourth wall.)

Doors open at 7 p.m., FREE. Visual Arts Collective, 1419 W. Grove St. For more information, call 371-7630 or visit www.offsetshow.com.

Friday 28-Saturday 29

Boise Experimental Music Festival

Visual Arts Collective is the place to be this week. Continuing with what is fast becoming a tradition of hosting all that is cutting edge, VaC hosts the inaugural Boise Experimental Music Festival this weekend.

BEMF was conceived as a way to expose the community to the diverse and plentiful experimental and avant-garde music being produced in the area, as well as to provide an outlet for local musicians making music outside the norm. The festival is all about the music, but in true avant-garde fashion, the festival will be a multimedia sound experience, merging live music with experimental film and video, graphic art and performance art, too.

Check out such acts as Lumper/Splitter, Ted Killian and Jeff Kaiser, Rick Walker, She Blows Neon, The Rex-X-Ray Band, LINDA, The Sly Brothers, Unicorn Feather, Jeff Rice & Ted Apel, Gretchen Jude, Krispen Hartung & Jared Hallock, and Bonefish Sam & His Power Orchestra over two solid days of music like you may have never heard before. Boise Weekly will be there. Will you?

$15 for both days. Doors open at 7 p.m. on Friday, noon on Saturday. Tickets available at Select-A-Seat outlets and on the Web at www.idahotickets.com. Visual Arts Collective, 1419 W. Grove St., 424-8297. For more information, visit www.boisemusicians.com/experimental.

Sunday 30

Wild Rockies: Oregon Trail Classic

Many of us can't fathom the kind of endurance, drive and, well, insanity that drives people to push their bodies to limits seen rarely outside of Gatorade commercials, but even so, we have a bemused admiration for these athletes.

On Sunday, Wild Rockies presents the second mountain biking event in this year's race series, with the 12th Annual Oregon Trail Classic. Riders, supporters and spectators alike will head west to Virtue Flat ORV Area, about eight miles from Baker City, near the Oregon Trail Visitors Center. The race features a nice 10-and-a-half-mile loop, with plenty of rolling climbs, downhills and twisting, turning singletrack to keep it interesting. (Untoned leg musculature cramping at the very thought ...)

Race times (Mountain Time, that is, for those of you confused by the crossing of state lines) are as follows: Beginners (one lap) start at 11 a.m.; Pros (3 laps) start at 12:29 p.m.; Experts (2 and a half laps) start at 12:30 p.m.; Sports (two laps) start at 12:35 p.m.; kids under 10 can race however much they want at 3 p.m.

For more information on the Oregon Trail Classic or upcoming races in the season, visit http://www.wildrockies.com.