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Ellis Avery • Women's History Month Film Festival • Doug Martsch and Interactive Art • Hans Blix • and More...

Thursday 8

ellis avery

Author and poet Ellis Avery will be at The Cabin reading from her new novel, The Teahouse Fire. Set in the changing world of 19th century Japan, the novel tells the story of two women whose lives cross at a tea ceremony in Kyoto.

Avery studied the Japanese tea ceremony for five years in New York and Kyoto and now teaches creative writing at Columbia University. She is also the author of The Smoke Week (2003), an award-winning personal account of life in Manhattan following the attacks on 9/11.

7:30 p.m., $4 members, $6 non-members. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-331-8000.

Artist Lecture

Boise State's Visiting Artist and Scholar Program offers local students and area residents a chance to meet and learn from masters in their fields. The spring 2007 program presents one such master, Yukiya Takakita.

Takakita has worked in environmental and graphic design since graduating from Japan's Mie University in 1972. In 2003, he became a professor of graphic design at Nagoya Zokei University, becoming the university's president in 2006. He has exhibited work around the world, including shows in Hong Kong, Ireland, Switzerland, Canada, Hungary, Lithuania, Taiwan, Spain and the United States. In Takakita's talk, "The Japan Design Spirit," he will discuss just what the Japanese spirit is and what makes Japanese design so unique. There's also an exhibit of Takakita's poster and print work through most of the month of March.

6 p.m., FREE, Boise State Visual Arts Gallery, 1910 University Dr. For more information, call 208-426-3994. Opening reception for the exhibition is March 9, 6 p.m. The exhibit runs March 9-24, Boise State Visual Arts Gallery, 1910 University Dr., Boise.

Thursday 8-Saturday 10

Women's History Month Film Festival

Featuring three nights of films:

Thursday, March 8, 7 p.m.: Whale Rider, a 2002 film by New Zealand filmmaker Niki Caro, tells the story of a young girl's struggle against a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny.

Friday, March 9, 7 p.m.: The Women of Summer, capturing a historic moment when women came together to pursue a common goal at the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers of the 1920s and 1930s. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Sandy Schackel.

Saturday, March 10, 12:30 p.m.: High Heels and Ground Glass: Pioneering Women Photographers, celebrating the life and work of five female photographers (Gisele Freund, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Maurine Loomis, Lisette Model, Eiko Yamazawa) who perfected the medium when the art of photography was considered a man's craft.

Saturday, March 10, 1:15 p.m.: The Artist Was a Woman, a documentary by Suzanne Bauman and Mary Bell that uncovers the works of gifted women artists whose talents have been overlooked for too long.

All films are FREE. Special Events Center, Boise State Campus, 1800 University Dr., Boise, 208-426-4316,

Saturday 10

Interactive Art Show

Art exhibits are great, but there's seldom much happening between the art and the viewer. Visual Arts Collective is about to change that with a new interactive art show.

Artists Erin Gorringe (Boise Weekly's very own director of first impressions), Epik, Grant Olsen, Erin Ruiz, Jason Sievers, Ben Wilson and Sean Wyatt will create art on the spot. Attendees are welcome to sit in and watch, or create work of their own in everything from painting, animation, embroidery and graphic illustration. Supplies will be available, or you can bring your own.

Later in the evening there will be performances by Doug Martsch and Ian Waters, and The Universal will play to the premiere of their music video, "Dead Battery Accident," animated by artist Jason Sievers.

A silent auction and raffle (with goods donated by local businesses Prestige, Black Cat, The Record Exchange, The Projectionist and more) are also big parts of this fun, artistic event.

Art, 4-7 p.m., $2 for supplies, FREE if you bring your own. Social hour, 7-8 p.m., FREE. Music and Art, 8 p.m.: $3. Visual Arts Collective, 1419 W. Grove St., 208-424-8297,

Fido Likes to Ski, too

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation invites all dog-loving skiers to participate in a one-day canine trail trial at the Idaho City Park N' Ski area. They will have fun, free things for the dogs in attendance.

Park N' Ski pass required, bring your dog to either the Gold Fork or Banner Ridge Park N' Ski area anytime, all day Saturday, March 10.

Monday 12

a Wine Walk in the old west

The wild, wild West still exists in Idaho, just take a short drive out to Meridian and locate the Bogus Creek Ranch. On Monday, they are hosting a wine walk--take a tour of the grounds while sampling wines along the path that leads to the town of "Coolwater," modeled after the Old West and fully equipped with Wild Bill's Saloon. Upon arrival, guests can enjoy wine seminars, music, dancing and a raffle. Guests must be 21 or older.

3-9:30 p.m., $39.50, to benefit the Idaho Foodbank. Advanced registration is required, call 208-887-7880. Bogus Creek Outfitters and Ranch, 7355 S. Eagle Rd., Meridian.

weapons in iraq

Hans Blix, former chief United Nations weapons inspector and Swedish diplomat, will discuss the current issues facing Iraq and actions that can be taken to prevent the further spread of weapons of mass destruction in a talk entitled, "Looking Ahead: Controlling Weapons of Mass Destruction."

Blix served as the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency from 1981-1997. In 2003, he was appointed chairman of the International Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, an investigative, independent body of the Swedish government that examined ways of reducing harmful effects from biological, chemical, nuclear and radiological weapons.

Prior to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Blix published Disarming Iraq, an insider's view of events and inspections in Iraq.

7 p.m., FREE. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, Boise State University, 2201 Cesar Chavez Ln., Boise, 208-426-1110.