Comedian Floyd J. Phillips at The Funny Bone
He's a self-proclaimed "j"enius whose comedy lacks nothing but possibly a little sensitivity; his only filter may have been what he hasn't experienced, but Floyd J. Phillips has seen it all. Phillips' story begins as one of five children in a poor, fatherless household in Chicago. He was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease in 1986. If that couldn't stop him, nothing could--and it seems, nothing did.
"I had to wait for a donor. That's right. For me to live, someone had to die. I waited two years on the transplant list, but I got tired of waiting. I took a job answering phones at the suicide hotline trying to convince people to not jump off a bridge, but to go home and kill themselves in a tub filled with ice. It's my transplant! My joke! I apologize for nuthin'. I can joke about anything now. I'm alive!!"
Jan. 3-7, 8 p.m. Wed.-Thur. and Sun.; 8 and 10:15 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Funny Bone Comedy Club, 405 S. 8th St., Boise, 331-2663, www.boisefunnybone.com.
Albertson College of Idaho hosts a program featuring distinguished local musicians, including cellist Keiko Forrey, local pianist and teacher Robyn Wells and cellist Emily Tynon.
Forrey's musical background began at age 10 with cello teacher Katherine Scott, and by age 14 Forrey was studying with Albertson College of Idaho cello teacher and Langroise Trio cellist Sam Smith. Forrey has since performed with the Boise Philharmonic and the Meridian Symphony, studied in Freiburg, Germany, at the Staatliche Hochschule for Musik, graduated with a master of music degree and served as a teaching assistant. She is now pursuing a doctorate degree at Eastman School of Music while continuing to teach.
Wells comes from a similarly extensive musical background with piano exposure since the young age of 6. After graduating with a bachelor of music in piano performance, Wells continued to study and received her masters from Miami University, where she established and taught an undergraduate course in piano pedagogy. Wells is now in her third year teaching at Albertson College of Idaho, maintains private piano instruction with 28 students and performs as a soloist.
Tynon had performed with the Boise Philharmonic before ever graduating from high school. She has since graduated from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory with a bachelor of music and is now moving on to her receive her masters in cello performance.
Also featured in the performance will be Barber's "Dover Beach" and Brahms' "Sextet" performed by selected Albertson College Symphonia students.
Mon., Jan. 8, 7:30 p.m. $9-$13 adults, $5-$9 students and children. Jewett Auditorium, Albertson College of Idaho, 2112 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 208-459-3405 or 208-454-1376, www.caldwellfinearts.org.
65 years of skiing at bogus basin
Featuring a brown-bag lecture series by Eve Chandler focusing on the community leaders and sports-minded people who dreamed of a local ski area during the Depression and worked hard to make Bogus Basin Resort a reality. Chandler has worked as a feature writer on the history surrounding many of Idaho's landmarks, including the history of Boise State University and St. Michael's Cathedral.
Noon-1 p.m. $2 adults, $1 students, FREE members. Idaho Historical Museum, 610 Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 208-334-2120, Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., www.idahohistory.net/museum.html.
A series of four short courses focusing on issues of importance during the 2007 Idaho legislative session, including prison overcrowding, transportation needs, school funding and other topics. The discussion will be lead by Stephanie Witt, chair of the Department of Public Policy and Administration, and James Weatherby, political analyst for KTVB Channel 7.
Classes start on January 9, 10 a.m.-noon continuing each Monday through January 30. $40. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 342-4222, www.theflicksboise.com.
bust out, in acting
Bust, a one-woman show written and performed by Laura Weedman and directed for Boise Contemporary Theater by Allison Narver, is based on Weedman's experience as a volunteer advocate in a Southern California prison for women while trying to find work as an actress in Hollywood.
Wed.-Sat. 8 p.m., previews Jan. 10, 11 and 12, opening Jan. 13. $12 preview shows. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 331-9224, www.bctheater.org.
Pesky or pretty, find out just which birds are enjoying the environment in your backyard. Idaho Botanical Garden hosts a workshop with instructor Greg Wardwell that will teach participants about this area's common backyard birds. The course will also review a variety of feeder options (once you decide a pretty, pesky flying friend isn't so bad after all).
Wed., Jan. 10, 6:30 p.m. $10 members, $15 non-member. Meet in the administration building. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., Boise, 343-8649, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.