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Eight Days Out December 15-21 2004



A fresh approach to the classic tale has friends and family gathering at Charles Dickens' home. When they ask him to tell a story, he insists that all must take a part. The story unfolds with 10 actors portraying 40 different roles.

Wednesday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., $8; Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16, 17 and 18, 8 p.m., $10; special family matinee on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2:30 p.m., $7 adults, $4 kids 12 and under, Boise Little Theater, 110 E. Fort St., 342-5104,



Yes, they are three wild and crazy guys: Paul Tillotson, Jim Kassis and Rod Wray. And every Festivus Season they descend upon our fair town and delight us with their snazzy jazzy holiday concoctions (and cocktails). This year the jazz trio's theme is "Mele Kalikimaka," which begs the questions: Will Paul don a hula skirt instead of Butt Furr? Will Mr. Head sing "Sick Man Blues"? And just who will be this year's surprise guest? More insight into the Paul Tillotson Trio, see article on page 39.

8 p.m., $15, Egyptian Theatre, 700 Main St., 387-1273.



Organized every three years by the Boise Art Museum, the Idaho Triennial is a juried exhibition that examines contemporary Idaho art. This year's juror, New York author and critic Arthur C. Danto, art critic for The Nation and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Columbia University, selected 65 works by 27 artists.

Look for work by the following Boise artists: Richard Allen, Ted Apel, Lori Dagley, Virginia DeFoggi, Kevin Flynn, David Frankel, Holly Gilchrist, Charles Gill, Geoffrey Krueger, Tara McElhose-Eiguren, Grant Olsen, Lou Ray, Rachel Reese, Surel Mitchell, Reba Robinson, Abbie Thomson, Susan Valiquette, Rena Vandewater and Jennifer Williams.

The exhibition is on display through March 13 with an artists' reception scheduled for February 17.

Stay tuned to these pages for information on the Salon des Refusés event planned by some of the artists who were rejected for the exhibition.

Boise Art Museum, 670 S. Julia Davis Dr., 345-8330, Hours are Tues. to Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun. noon to 5 p.m.; Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for seniors and students; $1 for children grades 1 to 12.



The meaning of place and the tricks of memory are recurring themes in Idaho author John Rember's book Traplines: Coming Home to Sawtooth Valley. Part natural history and part memoir, Traplines is a beautifully written rumination on one man's efforts to return home. In 1987, Rember went back to live in his childhood home in the Sawtooth Valley. Throughout his youth, fish swam wild in the rivers and electric light still possessed the glow of magic. But upon his return, he found hydroelectric dams slaughtering salmon by the thousands, real cowboys nowhere to be found, and power lines riddling the landscape.

Rember, who taught at Albertson College of Idaho (where he endured a stint as teacher and mentor to BW's Nicholas Collias) and is the author of two previous books, Coyote in the Mountains and Cheerleaders from Gomorrah, celebrates the paperback release of his award-winning book with a reading at Log Cabin Literary Center.

Rember will also sign copies of the book, which is the perfect holiday gift for fans of the written word and Idaho's great outdoors.

Party at 7 p.m., reading at 7:30 p.m., FREE, Log Cabin Literary Center, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., 331-8000,



Don't forget canine and feline companions this holiday season--our furry friends like to get celebratory too. For 17 years dogs and cats valleywide have had the opportunity to pose for a holiday photo with Santa Dog or Santa Cat a.k.a. Santa Paws. Not only do our beloved pets get some quality time with Santa and a keepsake photo for the mantle, but all event proceeds benefit Idaho Humane Society Auxiliary, which helps pay for spaying and neutering pets.

In addition, the good-hearted Auxiliary folks are offering homemade pet goodies: Bone-A-Petit dog cookies, Wowie-Meowie catnip balls and Christmas bandannas.

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at four Zamzows locations: 6313 Fairview Ave., 6208 State St., 3691 Federal Way, 435 S. Eagle Road, $6.



The True West Cinema Festival is spreading holiday cheer with a special screening of the Sundance hit Christmas in the Clouds. This family film, which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, is a classic comedy of mistaken identity and romance set during the holiday season at a ski resort that is owned and operated by a Native American Nation. Shot on location at The Sundance Resort in Utah, this is the first contemporary romantic comedy to feature an almost entirely American Indian cast.

The film's Director, Kate Montgomery, will attend the screening and be available for a Q&A session directly following the film. After the screening, the True West staff invites all guests to a reception in the Flicks dining room to learn more about the nonprofit organization while enjoying some Christmas cheer.

5 p.m., $10 adults, $8 kids under 12, Flicks, 646 Fulton St., or



Last chance to catch The Idaho Black History Museum's exhibit, The Color of Hollywood, a gripping examination of Blacks in film. The power of movies to create and promote stereotypes is revealed, along with the films that create true-to-life characters who challenge these false notions. From the early days of Blackface to stereotypes in animation to Black-consciousness films of the 1960s to Blaxploitation of the 1970s and through to current cinema, The Color of Hollywood is an enlightening, sensory experience.

Idaho Black History Museum, 508 N. Julia Davis Drive, 433-0017, Hours: Tues. to Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE admission (donations greatly appreciated!).