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Live Grambo Report • More Bronco Lovin' • Global Issues

wednesday 17

Live Grambo Report

We wrote about Isaac Grambo, creator/producer/anchor/wearer-of-many-hats of the Grambo Report in February of last year (, and since then, the show has continued to provide what Grambo calls the "nation's leading source for public access cable news."

Each Wednesday through the end of January, Grambo will tape Report episodes at the Visual Arts Collective. The Report is aptly named as Grambo plays every major character on his show, parodying late-night television hosts, news anchors and ultimately himself: Many of his segments are Grambo interviewing Grambo the expert, Grambo the singer-songwriter, Grambo the man on the street, often accompanied by the sound of canned applause and laughter.

These live tapings of the show promise fans and fans-to-be an opportunity to truly experience the Grambo Report and see just what can be done with a few bucks, access to cameras and a studio and damn good self-esteem.

January 17, 24, 31, FREE, doors open at 7:30 p.m., taping starts at 8 p.m. Visual Arts Collective (VAC), Boise Linen District, 1419 W. Grove St., 424-8297,

saturday 20

Some More Bronco Lovin'

By now everyone knows what kind of football players we have here in Boise, Idaho. The undefeated, Fiesta-bowl winning with masterfully smooth trick plays, home of the national coach of the year kind. And today, Boise State honors our Bronco football team with a parade, followed by a "Statehouse Salute" with remarks from university and civic leaders on the Capitol steps and autograph signing back at Boise State's Caven-Williams Sports Complex. The parade will start on the Boise State campus and travel north on Capitol Boulevard to the Statehouse.

Parade starts at 3 p.m., autograph signing will be held from 5-7 p.m.

sunday 21

"I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag ... "

An exclusive screening of the controversial new documentary Jesus Camp, about an Evangelical Christian kids summer camp, to support TVCTV, our local public-access Channel. A growing number of Evangelical Christians believe that the youth of today are "the beginnings of a movement" whose duty is to bring America back to God. Children at the camp dress in camouflage and use face paint, while practicing war dances with wooden swords and making straight-armed salutes to a soundtrack of Christian heavy metal. A 12-year-old boy was saved at the age of 5 and declares that he and his peers are the saving generation. "I really feel like we are a key generation to Jesus coming back ... and we are a generation that needs to rise up and run with that baton." Other children shown in the film experience cleansing, causing their bodies to convulse, and speak about their training as preparation to save the world.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with community religious leaders.

7 p.m. $11. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 342-4222,

monday 22

Global Issues: They're Getting Warmer

Boise State and the Frank Church Institute host the annual Conference on Public Affairs. This year focuses on issues of global warming. Informational sessions will be held throughout the day, culminating with a keynote address from former Vice President Al Gore, entitled "Global Warming: Beyond the Inconvenient Truth."

A series of day sessions will run from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Student Union Jordan Ballroom, Boise State University, 426-1000.

Al Gore's keynote address will be held at 7 p.m. in the Taco Bell Arena, Boise State campus, 1910 University Dr., Boise, 426-1900,

Garrison Keillor

Author, poet, storyteller, comedian, actor and performance artist, Garrison Keillor is the voice of many things humorous and quirky. He is most famous for creating and hosting NPR's talk radio program A Prairie Home Companion--now in its 26th year-- which depicts life in the fictional Midwestern town of Lake Wobegon, where "the women are strong, the men are good-looking, and all of the children are above average." Popularity of the radio show inspired a 2006 movie A Prairie Home Companion, written by and starring Keillor, about the inception and production process behind the scenes.

Keillor is well-known for his smooth deliveries, amusing comedy and quick wit, and you can check him out live this evening.

7:30 p.m. $45-$70. For more information, call 426-3663 or visit Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, Boise State University, Boise.