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Art at the Mardi Gras • Escritores! • More Than a Candle in Wind • Old, Old, Old World Music • BW Cover Auction

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Art at the Mardi Gras

A group of local performance and visual artists has invited their rock band friends and thrown a party worthy of art, music and the public's attention. Featuring visual glass artists Zion Warne and Kristi and Dave MacDonald, metal artist Zella Bardsley, mosaic artist Reham Jacobsen, in addition to photography and painting. Dance Arts Academy will stage a performance, and musical entertainment will include Buckskin Bible Revue, Bonefish Sam and his Orchestra, Raqs Hilwa, Erienne and Jessamyn, Cairo Fusion, Lonnie Caldwell Christopher James and more. Unwrapped Christmas gifts and monetary donations will also be accepted for the Ronald McDonald House Foundation throughout the weekend.

Nov. 23, 2-10 p.m.; Nov. 24, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Nov. 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., FREE. The Mardi Gras, 805 Balsam St., 208-342-5553. For information, visit ZionArtGlass.com.

Escritores!

Fancy yourself a bit of a Hemingway, do you? The Modern Hotel is kindly requesting submissions from all you writer types to publish in its first in-house publication, The Book of Modern. No word on whether the collection of fiction, non-fiction, poetry essay, graphic novel collection will replace the Gideon's Bible and Book of Mormon typically found in hotel bedside tables, but winners will have the chance to check out their Modern room's literature selection for themselves. First place wins a Modern Suite, a bottle of champagne and breakfast in bed. Second place will sleep tight in in a Modern De-luxe King and third place will lay their head down in a Modern Queen. Guest judges from various artist walks of life in Boise will select the winner.

Deadlines are November 30 and May 31. Entries are not to be more than 1,500 words and a whole list of rules applies. Current Idaho residents only. For information or to submit, e-mail stories@themodernhotel.com.

More than a Candle in Wind

Idaho artist Beverly Chick has more than just a cool name going for her. British book publisher, Caxton Publishing, has released a coffee table book, Diana in Art, which includes 192 pages of artist renditions of Princess Diana. Chick was asked to include a pastel portrait she had done of the iconic lady after the book's author, London-born Mem Memhet, saw it on Chick's Web site.

Visit ChickArtisticCreations.com. The book is available at Boise Book and Gift, 906 W. Main St., 208-344-8088; Rediscovered Bookshop, 7079 Overland Rd., 208-376-4229.

Old, old, old world music

Boise's newest Medieval (is that an oxymoron?) music group, Virelai des Boise, performs its inaugural concert this weekend.

Playing 12th to 15th century Franco-Flemish court music and dances and a Spanish/Portuguese Cantiga de Santa Maria, this isn't necessarily the kind of music you might have on your iPod. But because it's music you may not be familiar with is all the more reason to attend. Virelai des Bois is made up of very fine local musicians—Corey McKnight, Aage Nielsen, Gail Vaughan and Linda Marie Zaerr—all who have worked tirelessly to make sure Boise's thriving music scene always includes classical timeless sounds. And, welcome to the New World, medieval music. Check them out at MySpace.com/VirelaiDesBoise.

Virelai des Bois performs November 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for seniors and students. Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy 516 S. 9th St., 208-345-9116, ESPAA.org.

BW Cover Auction

Each week, we publish work from local artists on the cover of BW, and then once a year, we auction off the whole lot of the year's covers to raise money for art charities and public art projects throughout the city.

Thu., Nov. 8, doors open at 5:30 p.m. FREE and open to the public. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Dr. For more information call BW at 208-344-2055.