Go Listen Boise
Go Listen Boise is a collaboration between musicians, promoters and venues with the goal of proliferating an vibrant, local music culture. An interactive Web site will be launched where musicians can get information on how to book a venue, share their music and post shows. The kick-off event at The Record Exchange is the first of many planned for 2009 and begins with solo performances by Tim Andreae, Kris Doty and Travis Ward playing for all ages for free (donations accepted). The music continues at Neurolux for fans age 21 and older with performances by Speedboat, Craters of the Moon and The First Ladies. Go Listen committee members and volunteers will be present with open ears and pens poised to sign up new members. Get on board, Boise.
7-9 p.m., FREE, The Record Exchange, and 9 p.m.-midnight, $3, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise, golistenboise.org.
Decadent Underworld is a multimedia extravaganza, concert and avant-garde fashion show all wrapped up in haute couture. Museum-like video displays by Tyler Bush show how decadent life can be and set the background for artist and designer Tod Alan's fashions. More than 40 models will sashay down the runway in one-of-a-kind designs all decked out in professional makeup and gravity defying hairstyles. Special guests include Boise's bombshell drag queen Minerva Jayne, former Miss Idaho Misty Taylor and fashion show favorite Jason Gates. As the videos fade to black, up-and-coming recording artist Jared Michael hits the stage to debut his newest single "Let The Music Play," produced by Noah Hyde and Grammy Award-winning producer Art Hodge. A full bar and treats keep the party going well into the night.
The event is an interactive costume contest for which attendees dress up as their favorite famous people. As the pseudo stars walk the red carpet at Reef, they are greeted by paparazzi, a flurry of flash bulbs and the probing questions of the famefifteen.com girls. During the party, the stars' every move is recorded and projected in real time on jumbo-sized screens and streamed live over the Internet as Boise's first SMP event to be broadcast worldwide. Awards are given for various categories with fabulous prizes. Local cover band Pilot Error will perform songs chosen by the people, and local rap star Eleven goes up against a couple of other freestylers between sets. The night rages on with music spun by a DJ. Get all the inside information online.
5 p.m.-1:45 a.m., $20, The Reef, 105 Sixth St., Boise, smpboise.com.
National Service Day
Sign up to participate in the Renewing America Together day of service at the Idaho Foodbank during a Fill the Shelves food drive and service day at its Boise warehouse. Volunteers are asked to bring food donations and spend some time participating in a service project. Space is limited; e-mail volunteer coordinator Cindy Fenn at email@example.com or call 208-336-9643, Ext. 236.
10 a.m.-noon and noon-2 p.m., Idaho Foodbank, 3562 S. TK Ave., Boise, 208-336-9643, idahofoodbank.org.
19 Monday – 20 tuesday
Diversity and Multiculturalism
At 9:30 a.m. on Monday supporters of civil rights gather to make posters in preparation for the start of the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Celebration at Boise State. At 10:45 a.m. the group will march through the streets and stop at Boise City Hall for a rally alongside the Idaho Human Rights Commission. At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, catch a performance by Patricia Smith, a well-known poetry performer and four-time individual champion at the National Poetry Slam, as well as a featured poet on HBO's Def Poetry Jam.
More information about the week's events at mlk.boisestate.edu.
The Meat Puppets
It's been nearly 30 years since their first record and seven years since their last, but the Meat Puppets' 2007 release Rise to Your Knees injected a new energy into the band. In the two years since re-forming, brothers Curt (guitars, vocals), Cris (bass, vocals) and Ted Marcus (drums) have spent time on the road, including a couple of tours with Built To Spill. Their upcoming release, tentatively titled Sewn Together, promises to be a treat for both old and new fans alike. Get a taste of the new Puppets in an interview with crazy Cris in the Jan. 21 issue of Boise Weekly and at their Jan. 21 show at Grizzly Rose with The Shaky Hands and Netson Family.
8 p.m., $15 adv., $18 door, Grizzly Rose, 1124 W. Front St., Boise.