TENTH ANNUAL CULINARY WALK-ABOUT
Head down to the Grove for the perfect opportunity to support a worthy cause while sampling delicious food prepared by some of Boise's top chefs. Proceeds from this annual event benefit the Meals on Wheels program, which services around 550 of Boise's senior citizens or shut-ins, allowing people to live in their own homes. According to the main sponsor of the event, Central District Health Department, only about 20 percent of the funding for Meals on Wheels comes from client donations; the Culinary Walk-About is their primary fundraiser for the year.
This year participants will see the return of the favorite "Sipping for Diamonds" attraction sponsored by Perpetual Metals Gallery: Buy a glass of champagne and sip until you reach either cubic zirconium or a diamond worth $1,500.
In addition to fantastic food, diamonds, champagne and an original recipe contest, enjoy music by Boise's Straight Ahead Jazz Band and see what the live and silent auctions have to offer.
6-9 p.m. $40 person. For reservations, call 208-327-7460. Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front St., Boise, www.boisecentre.com.
Man of La Mancha
The Boise State Theatre Arts Department presents Man of La Mancha, a musical rendition of Miguel Cervantes' Don Quixote. La Mancha, which spawned the song "The Impossible Dream," presents the story as a "play within a play:" Cervantes is in prison awaiting a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. While he waits, he and his fellow prisoners perform the story of Cervantes' manuscript (Don Quixote). The Theatre Arts Department welcomes guest artist Stitch Marker as Don Quixote.
Feb. 21-24, Feb. 27-March 3, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 25 and March 4 at 2 p.m. $16 general, $12 students (non-Boise State), Boise State alumni and seniors. Stage II, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Ln., 208-426-1609, http://mc.boisestate.edu.
The Vagina Speaks
Eve Ensler is the author of The Vagina Monologues, a collection of passages based on over 200 interviews with women discussing their anxieties, memories and experiences surrounding sex. Since the play was written in 1996, college theater departments across the U.S. have given voice to these women, reading and performing their entries.
Vagina Monologues has been translated into over 24 languages. Ensler's experience of writing and performing the play inspired her to create "V-Day," a movement to stop violence against women.
Presented by the Boise State Women's Center and directed by Melody Sky Eisler, this year's production is sure to hold par above a night out with the girls--enjoy, instead, a night inside the minds of many women.
Fri., Feb. 23, 7 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 24, 7 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 25, 3 p.m. $10 general, $6 students. Proceeds benefit awareness and anti-violence events. 208-426-4259. Special Events Center, Boise State Campus, 1800 University Dr., Boise, sub.boisestate.edu/spec.
All Hail Robin Hood!
Two professional actors from Missoula Children's Theatre guide a cast of 60 youth in an original musical production of Robin Hood, the tale of a heroic outlaw who robbed from the rich to feed the poor in a fight against injustice.
Fri., Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 24, 3 p.m. $8 adults, $4 student discount at the door, online or by phone. Jewett Auditorium, Albertson College of Idaho, 2112 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-459-3405 or 208-454-1376, www.caldwellfinearts.org.
Jugglemania, a "Tour de Farce"
Meet Rhys Thomas: comedian, acrobat, daredevil, vaudeville artist and juggler of all things. Also, meet Thomas' tap dancing front man Michael "Shoehorn" Conley, who performs every musical instrument from clarinet to xylophone. Together, Thomas and "Shoehorn" present an interactive jazz circus with amazing acrobatics, unique comedy, musical improvisation and dubious juggling (if you consider knives a bit sketchy). This phenomenal show has been performed across the U.S. in theaters, at festivals and as the opening act for stage names such as the Smothers Brothers and Weird Al Yankovic.
Sat., Feb. 24, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $12 children and students, $14 adults, Tickets available online at www.nampaciviccenter.com or by calling 208-442-3232 and at the door. Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S., Nampa, www.nampaciviccenter.com
"Neighbors Helping Neighbors"
Kandor in Eagle hosts a fundraiser to benefit Middleton High School. The recent fire at Middleton destroyed over 70 percent of the building and all that was housed inside, including teaching supplies and band and athletic equipment, most of which is not covered by insurance. Today's fundraiser will include a raffle hosted by Middleton High students during the day and wine tasting in the evening.
Fundraising events, noon-4 p.m., wine tasting, 5-8 p.m. Kandor, 1540 E. Iron Eagle Dr., Ste. 120, Eagle, ID, 208-939-4441, http://www.kandorhome.com.