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Ian Bagg • Exhibition Reception • Environmental In Film • Philosophy In The 21st Century

Wednesday 28-Sunday 1

Ian Bagg

Canadian-born comedian Ian Bagg mixes jokes and stories based on current affairs with an ingenious ability to improvise, using members of his audiences as comedic fodder. He's performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and he made his film debut in Tim Robbins' 1999 motion picture, The Cradle Will Rock, as Disgruntled Worker No. 4. BW's own A&E editor has seen Bagg perform at Boise's Funny Bone Comedy Club several times, often returning the same week, because she knows his shows are seldom the same. Her testimony: "I have 'come-to-Jesus' moments at his shows. My stomach will hurt so bad from laughing, I pray to Jesus for Bagg to stop the funny--even for a minute--just so I can catch my breath."

March 28-29, 8 p.m.; March 30-31, 8 and 10:15 p.m.; and Sun., April 1, 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Funny Bone Comedy Club, 405 S. 8th St., Boise, 208-331-2663,

thursday 29

Exhibition Reception

Presenting Projekt Locqa's group exhibit "Non-Standard Deviations," featuring the works of Pauline Bothwell, Pete Grady, Lorin Humphreys, Surel Mitchell and guest artists Lys Beckman and Candace Nicol. Projekt Locqa is a group of artists whose mission is to "foster dialogue between artists in the Boise area by hosting weekly discussions, periodic exhibits of members' new work and by sponsoring outreach projects with visiting artists." The exhibition will run through May 1.

4:30-7:30 p.m. FREE, Rosenthal Gallery, Albertson College campus, Caldwell, 208-459-5321.

Friday 30

environment in film

Winter Wildlands Alliance and Patagonia are teaming up to present an evening of environmental adventure films to celebrate the natural and wild world. Ten films will be shown, including:

This Pretty Planet. An animated short created by Darryl Van Citters.

Life of the River: the Futaleufu. A documentary addressing the Chilean government's proposition to transform one of the world's most extraordinary river environments into a huge hydro development.

Seeds, Hope and Concrete. Squash, arugula, snap peas: Sustainable agricultural solutions are viable even where concrete is the norm.

Amsterdam: The Bicycling Capital of Europe. Michael Wolfgang Bauch's documentary presents the bike-friendly city of Amsterdam, where people meet face-to-face instead of bumper-to-bumper.

Nomads: Wandering Women of the Whitewater Tribe. The tale of three women who paddled the Zambezi and White Nile rivers of Africa. Along the way they encountered a small village in Uganda struggling with malaria and were motivated to make a difference.

Buffalo Field Campaign. Volunteers document the actions taken against the country's most important herd of wild bison that migrate out of Yellowstone National Park and into a conflict zone each year.

An intermission and raffle will be held halfway through the program.

6-9:30 p.m. $10 advance, $12 door. All proceeds benefit the Winter Wildlands Alliance, Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr., Boise, 208-426-4316.

Philosophy in the 21st Century

This year's Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference features a lecture by Rutgers University philosophy professor John Hawthorne, entitled "Religion and Science: A Philosopher's View." Considered one of the discipline's superlative scholars, Hawthorne has authored or co-authored more than six books, published over 50 articles in journals of professional philosophy and has accepted the position as the Wayneflete Chair in Metaphysical Philosophy at Oxford University.

7 p.m. FREE and open to the public. For more information, call 208-426-1726. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise.

Sunday 1

Fortify Yourself

The Boise chapter of the Art of Living Foundation (AOLF) brings keynote speaker His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to the Boise Centre on the Grove. Founded in 1982 by Shankar, AOLF is a nonprofit educational and humanitarian organization dedicated to "empowering communities by strengthening individuals" through a variety of programs, including self-development programs, conflict resolution, trauma relief, youth empowerment, prison program and sustainable development.

Shankar's efforts have reached over 140 countries throughout the world, transforming the ways in which people interpret, accept and react to situations of poverty, war, natural disasters and other traumatic events. Programs and teachings aim to rekindle the basic human emotions of compassion and enthusiasm for life, filling people with a sense of place and belonging through providing tools to better manage negative emotions, all of which are rooted in ancient breathing techniques.

In the U.S., Shankar's programs place special emphasis on initiatives in Washington, D.C., and New Orleans, aiming to decrease violence and crime among young adults.

The evening will also feature music and meditation.

5 p.m. $10, $25, $50, $100, 208-353-3297, Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front St.