Bras for a Cause
Whether considered an ancient torture device or a main staple of the wardrobe, bra technology changes yearly, but even the allure of the svelte angels at Vicki's Secret fail to wrangle every member of the fairer sex to wear one. What better way to harness the fiery power of the bra than to mobilize local artists into creating artistic representations and invite people to bid on them in both silent and live auctions. It's time once again for Bra Project 2007 hosted by Boise State Women's Center. Local musician Rochelle Smith will perform while guests enjoy libations and heavy appetizers. The annual event raises money for breast cancer awareness and proceeds will benefit a Treasure Valley family.
6 p.m., $10 students, $12 at the door, Art Source Gallery, 1015 Main St., tickets available at the Boise State Women's Center, 1910 University Dr., 208-426-4259, WomensCenter.BoiseState.edu.
Different Song and Dance
Bring a blanket and be prepared to be dazzled. Even if the weather is foul, nothing will stop The Collaborations Project, the last event in the Fall for Boise series. Local musicians, artists and members of the community will gather around the fountain at the Grove Plaza to celebrate the change of season with art. The Boise's Poetry Slam will be there, fire spinners, stilt-walkers and the Children's Dance Institute's LEAP Troupe will dance, accompanied by the voices of Open Door Theatre's After School Players. Festive banners will be on display made by students from the Foothills School of Arts and Sciences.
7 p.m., FREE, The Grove Plaza, downtown.
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The event at the MK Nature Center will be Halloween-themed with skulls, screeches and a flickering fire, but instead of passing out candy, event organizers are distributing knowledge. Guided walks through the Nature Center will teach participants about nocturnal creatures like bats, owls, wolves, spiders and the most frightening of night crawlers, the buck-toothed beaver. Participants will stop at education stations for mask making and enjoy popcorn and hot chocolate around an open fire. A biologist will be snapping photos of the visitors with an infrared wildlife camera for a video shown later in the evening.
6:30 p.m., $3 each for ages 2 and up, Mk Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut, 208-334-2225, FishAndGame.Idaho.gov.
A benefit concert titled "Touching Lives ... Through Healing Arts" will feature Grammy-nominated pianist David Lanz and renowned flutist Gary Stroutsos on stage at the Egyptian Theatre. As Lanz tickles the pearly whites, he produces sounds on his piano that he believes foster an environment of unity among peoples, while Stroutsos plays instruments rarely heard outside of China such as the Chinese bamboo Xiao and Dize flute. Proceeds will benefit the Merina Healing Arts Foundation, supporting therapeutic music, art and healing garden initiatives.
RAMPUR RECORDS is celebrating 30 years of producing independent music in which the artists are allowed the freedom to have final say on the recordings. Label owner Dev Singh travels across the United States and Europe snapping up artists who are a good fit for his label and will add to the eclectic style of making music that inspires and entertains. The concert celebrates friendships with a connection to Boise featuring Tricia Alexander of Wisconsin, Dev Singh of Portland, Ore., and hometown favorites Darkwood Consort. There just might be other viola and bass clarinet duos in the world, but none who do it like the duo of Aage Nielsen and Jennifer Drake.
7 p.m., $12 general; $ 8 students/seniors, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 516 S. Ninth St., 208-345-9116, DevSingh.com.
Spin Me Right Round Baby
New technology, in the myriad of forms, can't compare to the raw sound, durability and aesthetic of the record. That's part of the reason why the Vinyl Preservation Society of Idaho came into existence. So slap that record onto the turntable because there's a new club in town. Record enthusiasts will descend on the most likely of venues, The Record Exchange, to see who has the coolest collection around. Then the group will meet on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the Modern Hotel and Bar beginning November 28. Make a point to drop in for guest speakers, DJs (spinning exclusively vinyl), and opportunities to buy, sell and trade records.