BW Picks

Going Once, Twice, SOLD to the Highest Bidder • The Golden Dragon Acrobats • Rethinking Idaho Landscapes • Revitalize • Green and handmade Holidays • Hoop-Making Party • Three Cups of Tea •

12 Wednesday

Going Once, Twice, SOLD to the Highest Bidder

At the seventh annual Boise Weekly Cover Auction bids will fly fast and furious. All year long, artists submit their work in hopes of appearing on the cover. Chosen artwork is then framed and graces the walls of BW headquarters until the time comes to share it with a wider audience again. Proceeds fund the Boise Weekly Cover Auction Grant, which is awarded to support the creative visions of artists and organizations. Busy that night? Stop by the auction at 5 p.m. to place your advanced bid with the auctioneer.

Doors at 5 p.m., auction at 6 p.m. sharp, Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Dr., idahohistory.net.

14 Friday

The Golden Dragon Acrobats

Chinese acrobats from Hebei, China, travel the world demonstrating some of the rich traditions of Chinese culture with feats of athleticism, acts of strength and eye-pleasing artistry. Ride sharing takes on a different meaning as a load of acrobats piles onto one bicycle. Mass organization is exemplified as the acrobats move in perfect sync, and amazing acts of human contortion show the acrobats' balance and strength.

11:30 a.m., $7 adults/ $5 children; and 7:30 p.m., $25 adults/$15 children 15 and younger, Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, goldendragonacrobats.com.

15 Saturday

Rethinking Idaho Landscapes

Growing a successful garden takes more than careful planning, watering and weeding. A special collaboration between the Idaho Botanical Garden and the University of Idaho Extension Office, along with other horticultural partners, teaches attendees of the green-thumb variety how to adapt to their surroundings. The day-long seminar includes guest speakers David Salman of High Country Gardens, Dr. Susan Meyer of the Intermountain Native Plant Growers Association and Dennis Swartzell of Mountain States Wholesale Nursery.

8:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $40, Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 Front St., 208-343-8649.

Revitalize

Many valuable items go up for bid during Idaho Rivers United 14th Annual Auction for the Rivers, and the money raised goes to protecting Idaho's waterways. Bid on a new Ocelot cataraft, a week of paddling in Costa Rica or a chance to vacation in Akumal, Mexico. Other items include outdoor gear, art and spa care. For information, contact Nikki at 208-343-7481 or visitidahorivers.org.

6:30-10:30 p.m., $10 members/$15 general, Boise Train Depot, 2603 Eastover Terrace.

Green and handmade Holidays

The Eco-Friendly Holiday Sale at Boise Art Museum features the creations of local artists made with eco-friendly materials. Shop away and don't give a second thought about wrapping because organizers have got it covered. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, from noon-5 p.m., FREE admission, Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Dr., 208-345-8330, boiseartmuseum.org.

Then head over to Broadway Ave., where members of Idaho Indie Works, a group of artisans who regularly sell online at etsy.com, are offering a bevy of affordable and one-of-a-kind items including weaving, fused glass, cards, ornaments, fudge sauce, pet walking vests and more. Cash or checks only. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hill's Valu-Rite Pharmacy, 1221 Broadway Ave., Boise.

Hoop-Making Party

Whoop it up with Lynn Knickrehm-Fisher, founder of Boise Hoopla. All the materials are provided, and hoop lessons and appetizers are thrown in for good measure. Check out the Web site for inspiration and take a look at hoops with names like Hello Gothic Hoop Kitty, Freedom Fries and Disco Cotton Candy.

5-10 p.m., $30, El Korah Shrine Center, 1118 W. Idaho St., boisehoopla.com.

18 Tuesday

Three Cups of Tea

Greg Mortenson recognizes the power of knowledge. His best-selling book Three Cups of Tea tells the story of how one man and a few sacrifices can change the world. It took many years, but Mortenson was able to build a school in an impoverished Pakistani village. He continues to fight his own effective war on terrorism with books instead of bombs. Through fundraising and assistance from different communities, Mortenson successfully brings education and hope to remote villages in central Asia. Seating is first-come, first-serve. For more information, visit firstyearread.boisestate.edu.

7 p.m., FREE, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane.

19 Wednesday

Under the Influence ... of frozen water

Teton Gravity Research took advantage of the record-breaking snowfall last season to produce its latest 16mm/HD ski and snowboard film: Under the Influence. The Jackson Hole, Wyo.-based film crew captured riders braving spines in Alaska, conquering jumps at Grand Targhee and pounding down the powder-covered hills of the Northwest. Get ready to ride and check out how the world's best skiers and snowboarders have their fun every winter.

7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., $8 adv./$10 door, Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr., rec.boisestate.edu/outdoor.