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Get Your Brew On • Expressive Dancing • Tippy Toes • Bark it Up • Worldfest • Randy C's Red Benefit Concert • Panel on Politicos

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2 Thursday

Get Your Brew On

The October Brewers Festival is a party in the parking lot featuring regional brewers such as Boise's Table Rock Brewing and Sockeye Brewing; Snake River Brewing of Jackson, Wyo,; Beer Valley Brewing, Ontario, Ore.; and Widmer/Redhook/Kona of Portland, Ore. Each brewer will pour at least two brews to sample, and proceeds benefit the Nordic Foundation's support of skiing and snowshoeing activities. Ready your stomach for all that delicious brew with German food prepared by donnie mac's Trailer Park Cuisine. Musical entertainment is provided by Carmel Crock and the Closers. For more information, call Dave Fotsch at 208-331-9266 or e-mail knklhed@q.com.

4-9 p.m., $10 for five tickets, additional tickets $1 each, donnie mac's Trailer Park Cuisine, 1515 W. Grove St.

2 Thursday – 4 Saturday

Expressive Dancing

Luis Bravo's Forever Tango opens the 2008-2009 season of the Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise series. One of the longest running tango productions in Broadway history, Forever Tango features an all-Argentine cast of world-renowned dancers accompanied by powerful vocalists and an on-stage orchestra with members of the Argentine National Symphony. On a local note, the Boise Tango Society welcomes two of the leading stars of Forever Tango, Victoria Galoto and Juan Paulo Horvath, who will teach a class at the Pat Harris Dance Studio, 1225 McKinney St. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. No preregistration required, and a dance partner is not necessary. Following the Saturday Forever Tango performance, join the cast at a Milonga After Hours and tango the rest of the night away to music by DJ Desdemona from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at Kessler's Cafe, 3110 S. Bown Way. The $8 entrance fee to the Milonga includes free appetizers. For more information, e-mail starfiretango@gmail.com. The classes Saturday, Oct. 4, are $25 each and include a coupon for $3 off the evening Milonga.

8 p.m., $25-$46, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Ln., mc.boisestate.edu, 208-426-1609.

3 Friday – 5 Sunday

Tippy Toes

Ballet Idaho opens its 2008-2009 season with three different classic ballets in Fall Collage of Classics. The company is ready to show off new dancers and the moves of their new choreographer Peter Anastos. See page 35 for details. For tickets, call 208-426-1494 or visit balletidaho.org.

8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3, $20-$50, Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr., additional performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, and Sunday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m.

4 Saturday

Bark it Up

See Spot Walk, the Idaho Humane Society's popular fundraiser, is a one-mile course that wags down Capitol Boulevard and ends back at Julia Davis Park Bandshell with vendors, food and contests for dogs and humans, including a raffle to win a scooter for the humans. Take a photo with Fido, learn about microchips and adoption opportunities and see which pooch wins the "So Ugly I'm Cute" contest. Other contests have dogs scurrying to find a place to sit and stay during "Doggie Musical Chairs." A new addition to the vendors this year is a booth by local fashion photographer Aubrey Bower called "Furry for Fashion." Bower selected seven dog models from the Idaho Humane Society, had them groomed by Dirty Paws LLC, accessorized by Charley the Pet Boutique and posed the pets with fashion models clothed by Foxtrot Style for Living. Framed by Design donated the frames and the seven photos are up for bid in a silent auction with proceeds benefitting IHS.

10 a.m. festivities, 11 a.m. walk, Julia Davis Park, 100 Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-387-2760, idahohumanesociety.org.

Worldfest

Cultural diversity is celebrated at Worldfest with performing artists, crafts and ethnic foods from area restaurants. This year, 400 small edition prints produced by a portable etching process on fine paper were made by refugees from such far away places as Afghanistan, Russia and Tanzania. The prints will be distributed to the public to help communicate the local refugees' perspective and worldview. Local artist Amy Nack and a handful of volunteers worked with the refugees to make the prints, which include information about the different groups who have settled in Boise. Ethnic groups performing include Sangha Taiko, the Boise Korean Dance Mission, performances by Indian, Chinese and Hispanic dancers and the Na Buile Irish Musicians.

10 a.m.-3 p.m., FREE, The Grove Plaza, downtown.

4 Saturday – 5 Sunday

Randy C's Red Benefit Concert

Randall Coryell, a prominent local musician and Grammy Award-winning pianist, joins musical forces with piano prodigy Benjamin Mangus, a junior at Bishop Kelly High School, and Cherie Buckner-Webb, an accomplished gospel, jazz and blues vocalist, to perform a benefit concert to raise money for Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV and Aids.

Coryell has a remarkable repertoire, including 20,000 songs he knows by memory, and will take requests from the audience. In addition, Coryell plans on inviting a couple of audience members to join him on stage. For more information, visit alphaidaho.org or call 208-424-7799.

Saturday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m., and 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 5, $15 per person for each show, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise.

6 Monday

Panel on Politicos

"Red versus Blue" is an engaging debate between a couple of leading political commentators sponsored by Vox Discipuli, Boise State's student-run lecture series. Conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg, a New York Times best-selling author (whose column has appeared in Boise Weekly) goes head to head with progressive editor-at-large Peter Beinar of The New Republic to debate a bevy of important issues affecting the country during this election year.

7 p.m., FREE, Student Union Jordan Ballroom, Boise State.