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Idaho International Film Festival • Such is Life Premiere • Best of Boise Party • Fifth Annual A Taste of the Harvest • Boise Baroque Orchestra

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Thursday 29-Sunday 2

IDAHO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Presenting new independent cinema from all over the United States and abroad, IIFF's third year features nearly 30 films and a variety of workshops. Lectures and workshops include Instant Animation, Acting for the Camera, Directing Film and Actors, and Government Grants for Idaho Filmmakers: Following the Money Trail. Some of our favorite picks to check out include: Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea, a film about "Hungarian revolutionaries, Christian nudists, pop stars, land sharks, hard drinkers, empty cities, failed resort towns, tons of dead fish, a dying cafe and a man who built a mountain"; In a Nutshell, about Elizabeth Tashjian, an artist who painted still-lifes of nuts; and Made in Idaho: A Panorama of Local Shorts from filmmakers who call the Potato State home.

For more information on the schedule of events or to purchase tickets, call 331-0909 or visit www.idahofilmfestival.com.

Friday 30

SUCH IS LIFE PREMIERE

Forty-nine minutes of pros throwing tricks off boards in some serious wake riding action. Produced by Ronn Seidenglanz and his Sidewayz crew, the film features pros like Keith Lyman, Danny Hampson, Gerry Nunn, Patrick Panakos, Keith Lidberg, George Daniels, Phillip Soven, Jeff Weatherall, Nick Taylor, Ryan Lemons, Ben Greenwood and the P-Unit crew. The premiere event happens at The Big Easy. Doors open at 7 p.m., music from James Orr at 8-9 p.m. and a film time of 9:30 p.m. Prizes will be raffled off and the first 400 people in the door receive a free copy of the Red Bull Depth Charge DVD. Pro wakeboarder Keith Lyman will be hobnobbing with guests and signing a couple of autographs.

$5, 7 p.m., The Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St., 367-1212.

Saturday 1

BEST OF BOISE PARTY

Five o'clock. The Balcony Club. You. Be there to help BW toast the winners of our 2005 Best of Boise readers' poll.

Anyone who doesn't show up is going to be pretending they did. It's going to be that awesome.

FIFTH ANNUAL A TASTE OF THE HARVEST

Albertson College of Idaho hosts the Fifth Annual A Taste of the Harvest, in conjunction with the school's homecoming. The family event is a celebration of Idaho's fall harvest with specialty foods, wine and educational materials about Idaho agriculture. Live music will be provided, as well as activities for children, booths, food, entertainment and art.

All proceeds will benefit the students of Albertson College of Idaho. Money will go to a scholarship fund for first generation college students from migrant worker families. The student booths at the event will also generate proceeds for the student clubs and organizations running them. 

$12 adults (includes a wine glass with an Albertson College logo), $5 students with ID, $3 children under 12, Albertson College, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 459-5054.

Sunday 2

BOISE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA

We couldn't be happier to see that the Boise Baroque Orchestra will be opening its third season this weekend. The 20-plus ensemble is made up of professional musicians from around the Valley--from groups like the Boise Philharmonic, Opera Idaho, the Langroise Trio, the Boise Master Chorale and Darkwood Consort--and showcases their baroque repertoire with equal parts professionalism and artistry. On the programme this afternoon is Jean-Joseph Mouret's Suite de Symphonies No. 1 (perhaps better known as the theme from Masterpiece Theatre), J.S.Bach's Suite No. 3 for Orchestra in D, Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto for Piccolo in C (with guest soloist Karlin Coolidge) and G.F. Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks.

Last season, BBO audiences were treated to a lot of Mozart, as well as to a singing Stradivarius and a missing Strad, too. It's unlikely that this season will be as exciting, but its certain to be just as good.

With the exit of BBO founding member, music director and conductor Richard Roller, the orchestra has a new music director and conductor, Dr. Daniel Stern. With masters and doctoral degrees in music, Stern has conducted with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Boise Philharmonic, the Boise Opera and Ballet Idaho, but left the music world for the financial. Stern is currently a trust and financial adviser with Wells Fargo Private Client Services, but after a 20-year hiatus, has come back to music. This weekend's performance should be an auspicious return for both Stern and the orchestra's audience.

(If you just can't wait until Sunday and need a fieldtrip to start off your weekend, you can also see BBO at 8 p.m. on Friday at Langroise Recital Hall, Albertson College Campus, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, 459-5011.)

3 p.m., $15 (season passes sold at the door), Cathedral of the Rockies, First United Methodist Church, 717 N. 11th St., 343-7511, www.boisebaroque.com.