BW Picks

Best Bets March 16–23

Wildlife Photographer Show • Da Vinci Code lecture • The Tiller's Folly • The Full Monty • Boise Flower and Garden Show • Buddhist Qigong Retreat • Wilderness Presentation

Wednesday 16

Wildlife Photographer Show

Photographer and outdoorsman Roger Williams will present his photographic works entitled "Best of the Crest," thanks to the Idaho Conservation League, as the first installment of a three-part lecture series. This show includes highlights from multi-day backpack trips traversing choice sections of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail in Washington, Oregon, and California.

6:30 p.m., FREE, MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut, 345-6942 ext. 23., www.wildidaho.org.

Wednesday 16

Da Vinci Code lecture

Assistant professor of history and director of gender studies Lisa McClain presents "Beyond the Da Vinci Code: The Historical Mary Magdalene." In the midst of competing arguments around the nation spurred greatly by Dan Brown's best-selling novel, McClain will separate fact from speculation while discussing a woman portrayed as the apostle to the apostles, the worst of sinners and simultaneously the most elevated of saints. Find out who Mary Magdalene really was, according to McClain, at the free lecture.

7 p.m., FREE, Boise State campus, Student Union Bishop Barnwell room, 426-4259.

Friday 18

The Tiller's Folly

The high-energy acoustic roots music of Tiller's Folly has been making waves in North America that now ripple all the way to Scotland. The band's successful tour last summer inspired a longer UK tour in the works for 2005 to feature their Pacific Northwest flair. Tiller's Folly is "committed to breathing excitement into each performance" and their unique blend of Celtic, folk, rock, pop, and bluegrass music extends to Boise this Friday.

"We believe exceptional songwriting, musicianship and showmanship mark the cornerstone of the Tiller's Folly experience," reads their Web site at www.tillersfolly.com. The extensive touring of the band has created a well-oiled, very tight machine that has been receiving standing ovations and encores nightly, as well as record CD sales.

Last year Tiller's Folly released their "The Spirit of Sail" video which was filmed at the Historic Gulf of Georgia Cannery and included film footage of nine Irish Dancers and the 2002 Tall Ships Festival. The Tiernan Irish Dancers of Boise make a special appearance alongside the band.

7:30 p.m., $9-$13 adult, $5-$9 student, Albertson College Jewett Auditorium, Caldwell, 459-3405

Friday 18-Saturday 19

The Full Monty

Those who saw the movie know what a comedic triumph The Full Monty was, assuming your humor garners a British slant, and the premise of the musical coming to town is the same as the film. For those who missed it, the desperate plan of six buddies to get their lives back together requires them to triumph over their fears, their nerves and their clothes. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards, this hit Broadway show is really the full monty, as a film could never do justice to the male stripping element in the same the way live theater can. Ironically coinciding with Woman's History Month, bachelorette parties across town have a definite entertainment option this weekend.

8 p.m., $25-$46 through Select-a-Seat, Morrison Center, 426-1494.

Friday 18-Sunday 20

Boise Flower and Garden Show

As the gem of the Idaho gardening scene, the Boise Flower and Garden Show will send green thumbs around the Valley into a tizzy at the ninth annual show this weekend. Over 150 gardening booths will be present for the shopper's delight and various events such as the orchid and bonsai display add to the mayhem. Wine and jazz nights on Friday and Saturday begin at 5 p.m. to set the mood, while an auction and design contest, Pot 'Em Up!, will be conducted-silently, so as not to disturb the jazz. From the Lewis & Clark theme garden: A Journey of Discovery to gardening seminars, and a display of exciting new annuals coming to market to a kids craft workshop Saturday, the show gives Boise a mixed bouquet of choices.

Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Boise Centre on the Grove, $7 adults, $3 kids, 6 and under FREE.

Saturday 19

Buddhist Qigong Retreat

After all the drunken festivities of St. Patty's day, residents across the valley are going to need a reprieve. What better way to detox from the debauchery than at the one-day retreat sponsored by Buddha Heart Boise entitled, "Buddhist Qigong: Healing the Body, Opening the Heart?" The retreat includes Qigong forms (exercises) to enliven the body and mind, breathing to unite body and mind, and meditation to enliven the spirit.

Leave your hang-over at the door and dispel your negativity throughout the day at this retreat that closes with a traditional blessing ceremony. Suggested contribution for the eight-hour workshop is $20 and loose comfortable clothing is advised for movement. Make sure you BYOW (bring your own water) as this event is not BYOB, and bring your own lunch, meditation cushion and pen for note taking as well.

8 a.m., $20 suggested donation, 1520 N. 12th St., Boise, 284-5561.

Wednesday 23

Wilderness Presentation

The lecture series beginning March 16 (see above) continues with a presentation on wilderness opportunities in Idaho. This seminar will focus on the Owyhee Canyonlands in southern Idaho and the Boulder-White Clouds in central Idaho. It will also include a visual tour of both areas and a discussion on how Idaho Conservation League and Idaho's congressional delegation are working to protect these areas.

6:30 p.m., FREE, MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut, 345-6942 ext.23, www.wildidaho.org.