A Different Kind of Grind
Roll over to the Main Street Bistro and take a turn on the mini ramp during the Main Street Bistro Skate Competition. Skate boarders ages 21 and older work the transitions, pull off big spins and grind their way to glory on the ramp against the best riders in Boise for a $650 cash purse. Sign up on-site to participate, and with the paid cover, the first beer is complimentary. The rest is up to the riders to prove they have what it takes to nail the right tricks and wow the judges. Skate and snowboard product giveaways happen throughout the night, and drink specials keep the action going strong.
8 p.m., $5 cover, Main Street Bistro, 609 Main St., myspace.com/mainstbistro.
The red ribbon meets the red carpet during a.l.p.h.a.'s fifth annual Forever Red HIV and AIDS Award Show. Red ribbons represent the battle to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS and "RED" means "Remember Every Day." The theme is "Welcome to Hollywood," and nominees were accepted for various awards including the "I'm Just Me, Just Like You" Education Award, the "Know Your Status" Prevention Award, along with awards to recognize leadership, fund-raising efforts and advocacy for the cause. From 6-7 p.m., socialize during a cocktail hour and silent auction, from 7-9 p.m., enjoy dinner and an awards show. The dance party gets started at 10 p.m. Pay the $10 cover and dance the night away at the Club RED After Party with music by Le Fleur.
6-9 p.m., $50, Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. Ninth St., alphaidaho.org.
The spoken word resonates with listeners young and old because a good story can keep audience members on the edges of their chairs or send shivers down their spines as they sit cross-legged on the floor. Oral history is meant to be shared, and that is the premise behind Tellebration, an international day of storytelling celebrated each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The Guild of Idaho Storytellers and Treasure Valley Storytellers join forces to entertain an audience with tales of adventure, love and historical significance. Members in both organizations know how to hold an audiences' attention using voice intonations, gestures and an air of conviction—they believe every word. The Treasure Valley Storytellers of Southwest Idaho is a local community organization dedicated to advancing the art of storytelling as a performing art and teaching aid. The Guild of Idaho Storytellers is a nonprofit organization committed to the art of oral storytelling, which predates written history.
2 p.m., FREE, The Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., 208-562-4921.
Sing in the Season
The Boise Baroque Orchestra "Musicians' Choice" concert is a performance of chamber music and smaller works in the group's signature Baroque style. Every instrument is important in an intimate setting where the audience can feel closer to the musicians. Members of the Boise Baroque Orchestra, many of whom are professionals in the area, perform with groups such as the Boise Philharmonic, the Boise Master Chorale and Opera Idaho. The afternoon repertoire includes Telemann's Paris Quartet No. 1, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, Scarlatti's Quartet in F, and Corrette's 18th Concerto Comique "La Touriere."
2 p.m., $18 general/$14 seniors and students, Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th St., boisebaroque.com.
Hymns of Thanksgiving 2008
The Hymns of Thanksgiving Choir is made up of hundreds of singers who work diligently all year long to achieve "one voice." The group's annual Thanksgiving concert is accompanied by an orchestra and the program is narrated by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and First Lady Lori Otter. The performance features solos from barbershop group River City Sound, Brian Hodges on cello, and pianist Del Parkinson. Guests are encouraged to share in the spirit of the season by making a monetary donation to the Idaho Foodbank. The event, considered by organizers as a gift to the community and state, is and always has been free, and no tickets are required. The concert is filmed by IPTV and broadcast on Thanksgiving evening at 7 p.m. For more information, visit hymnsthanks.com.
7:30 p.m., FREE, Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd.
Sing from the Heart
Common Ground is Boise's community chorus and "LIVE! LOUD! PROUD!" is the theme for their 2008-2009 concert season. The first performance titled "Live!" includes diverse choral music and solo selections from a variety of cultures as well as familiar popular songs. The musical selections were chosen from contemporary choral music written by American composers to reflect on what it means to live a good life. Each song lends itself to the next with narration throughout the program.
The group of singers has grown so much in the past year, both in number and talent, that artistic director Kristopher Jenkins says the choir is at a real turning point. The members are committed to the cause of increasing visibility within the community. The all-inclusive choir wants to reach out to as many groups as possible to promote diversity and tolerance. Jenkins shared his own definition of living the good life, which is finding inspiration from friends, family and the beauty of life.
7:30 p.m., $5, Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr., myspace.com/commongroundboise.
2008 Festival of Trees
The 25th anniversary of the Festival of Trees is much more than a room decked out in holiday splendor with trees, wreaths and sparkling lights. Decorators go all out with themes and will spruce up anything that's fit for garland. The event includes holiday shows, breakfast with Santa, fashion shows and Fables and Fantasies storytelling. Special events include days especially for seniors, families and children. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots with Salvation Army Family Services and receive $1 off adult admission.
Nov. 26-30, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., (2 p.m.-9 p.m. on Turkey Day, Thursday, Nov. 27), adults $6/children 12 and younger $3/seniors 62 and older $4/family pass (six or more) $25/children two and younger FREE, Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front St., saintalphonsus.org.