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Free Stuff at the Steelheads Game • Valentine for AIDS Art Auction at Flying M • James McMurtry at Record Exchange • Obo Addy African Drum and Dance • Deborah Donnelly at Barnes & Noble • Boise State'

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Wednesday 8

Free Stuff at the Steelheads Game

Not knowing your "assist" from your "elbowing" doesn't mean you can't enjoy watching a hockey game. Half the fun is watching 'em fight, and you don't need a glossary to recognize a tussle when you see one.

If you go midweek to watch the Steelheads battle it out on the ice with the Bakersfield Condors, they've come up with an extra measure to fight boredom, in a gambit most parents know quite well: they'll give you a toy to play with! Season ticket holders and the first 1,000 people through the door will receive a limited edition "Bonk," a little wind-up toy, courtesy of the Simplot Company. Wind him up and watch him toddle.

7:10 p.m. Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., 331-8497, www.idahotickets.com.

Wednesday 8-Sunday 12

Valentine for AIDS Art Auction at Flying M Coffeehouse

Flying M is more than just a great place to relax with a steaming cup of coffee and a tasty pastry. For years, their walls have been host to an ever-changing selection of art. This February, Flying M is holding its annual Valentine for AIDS Art Auction, a silent art auction with all proceeds going toward the Central District Health Safety Net for AIDS Program. Through February 12, the art will be available for viewing and bidding, and when the hoopla is all over, the situation is win-win: You get to own a piece of original art, and a valuable public health program gets some needed funding.

For more about SNAP, visit www.cdhd.org.

Through Feb. 12. Flying M Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho St. For information, call Lisa at 345-4320 or 869-8430.

Friday 10

James McMurtry at Record Exchange

It's that time again, kids--time for another fabulous (and free!) Record Exchange in-store performance. This time, the RX welcomes Texas-based singer-songwriter James McMurtry. McMurtry is out supporting last fall's release of his seventh album, Childish Things, a critically lauded release that made the top 10 lists of both RX owner Michael Bunnell and bestselling author-cum-music critic Stephen King. The son of another legendary writer, Larry McMurtry, James McMurtry has been following his own path since his 1989 debut, Too Long in the Wasteland.

And if the fact that the concert is free isn't enough to draw you downtown at noon on a Friday, the RX has also taken care of lunch. Parilla Grill will be on-site during the in-store serving bean, chicken and jambalaya burritos. Just try not to spray your neighbor with food while you're singing along with McMurtry.

12:30 p.m., FREE. Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., 344-8010.

Catch McMurtry later at Neurolux, too, if you miss the free show or just can't get enough.

9 p.m., $12. Nuerolux, 111 N. 11th St., 343-0886.

Saturday 11

Obo Addy African Drum and Dance

Obo Addy is a master drummer from Ghana who has been performing for 30 years. One of the original performers of the musical style that has come to be known as "worldbeat," Addy will bring his traditional African drum beats and unique voice to an Idaho audience.

8 p.m. $10 general, $5 Boise State students, faculty and staff. Tickets available by calling Select-a-Seat at 426-1794 or visiting www.idahotickets.com. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Dr.

Deborah Donnelly at Barnes & Noble

Check out local author Deborah Donnelly as she reads from her latest major release, You May Now Kill the Bride. For more about Donnelly, read the article on page 26.

2 p.m., FREE. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1315 N. Milwaukee, 375-4454.

Monday 13

Boise State's Distinguished Lecture Series Presents Seymour Hersh

Start your week off with something a little more serious when Seymour Hersh comes to town. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, who has covered major news stories stretching from the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam to the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in Iraq, speaks at Boise State as part of the university's Distinguished Lecture Series. Hersh's lecture is entitled "Chain of Command: From 9/11 to Abu Ghraib to Now."

Hersh won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1970. He has received four George Polk Awards for excellence in reporting, and more than a dozen other journalism prizes, many of them for his work at The New York Times. In 2004, Hersh won a National Magazine Award for Public Interest for his pieces on intelligence and the Iraq war. Since 1993, he has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker.

Hersh's lecture topic is drawn in part from his 2004 book, Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib. In the lecture, Hersh will discuss the behind-the-scenes events that influenced American foreign policy, from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center to the decision to launch the Iraq War to the ongoing efforts to secure the peace in Iraq. Hersh is the author of seven other books, including The Dark Side of Camelot, The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and The Los Angeles Times Book Award, and The Target is Destroyed: What Really Happened to Flight 007 and What America Knew About It.

Hersh's lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets are being issued for the lecture, so expect seating to be very limited, available on a first-come basis.

Doors open at 6 p.m., lecture at 7 p.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Dr.