Bleeding over into 2008, the middle of January marks the continuation of the first season of roller derby in Boise, which is alive and, well, brutal. The fifth bout is aptly named A New Year of Pain presented by The Treasure Valley Rollergirls. Last year, the Boise teams played nice by hosting some out-of-towners. Now they are back to the basics of scrambling for status among the four teams. Imagine tough girls on skates looking to settle some scores. Battling for glory on four wheels this time around are local teams The Derailers vs. Devil's Darlings and Cell Block B vs. B-Town Battalion.
7 p.m., $10 advance; $12 door; kids 5-12 are $5 at the door, Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Boise, TreasureValleyRollergirls.net.
Rat, Tat, Tat
The Sounds Like Fun! concert series for families presented by the Boise Philharmonic is a good introduction to professional noise production for children ages 1-10. Complete with beats, clashes and rattles, the first installment, Sounds Like Fun! Percussion!, has been very popular with the targeted demographic. Two shows for each performance ensure that little ears get their fill of sound and sights. The children listen to the music, then watch as the musicians explain how sounds and vibrations work.
10:30 a.m. and noon, $7, adult; $5, child/senior/student; $30, family ticket for one performance, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 516 S. 9th St., Boise, BoisePhilharmonic.org.
Year of the Rat
The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in Vietnam. The event combines the food, festivities and fresh perspectives of other annual traditions around the world, all rolled into one big celebration. Boise State Vietnamese Student Association members are all set to perform traditional dances in costume. Raffle tickets will be sold for $2 apiece.
6 p.m., $5, parking is free, Boise State Special Events Center, 1910 University Dr., Boise, 208-426-5950.
Fast and Furious Footwork
Riverdance, the Irish dance spectacle, has delighted audiences the world over with 10,000 performances seen by more than 21 million people in over 300 venues across four continents and throughout 32 countries. Though the traditional form of Irish dance doesn't involve a lot of arm movement, the added components of theatrics and musical scores make for a lively show. The farewell performance of the North American tour culminates in a series of three shows January 14-16.
7:30 p.m., $37-$57, Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609.
A partnership between the Boise City Arts Commission and the Capital City Development Corporation resulted in a downtown arts and culture plan for the local art scene. Now it's time for the public to share their thoughts at the Downtown Arts Commission open house. Interested community members have the chance to check out plans for investments in local cultural activities. Other proposals open for input include a WWII Army Corps aviator statue to be commissioned for the Boise Airport. Also on the floor are proposals for the design of a medallion which will serve as a badge of honor to designate and recognize buildings using geothermal heat.
5:30-6:30 p.m., City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-433-5675, CityOfBoise.org.
An Earful of Issues
A panel of pundits, ready and willing to take aim at the Idaho Legislature are collecting their thoughts and preparing to debate some issues at the City Club of Boise. These popular panels are well attended by everyone from an educated bunch longing to share their knowledge to irate constituents searching for a proper venue to vent frustrations. Past events tend to reach full capacity by reservation even before the featured date. Forum chair and moderator Marc Johnson will guide a group of political analysts including Jim Weatherby, Boise State University emeritus professor of public policy, Betsy Russell, reporter for the Spokane Spokesman-Review and Dan Popkey, columnist and reporter for the Idaho Statesman. A collection of past forums is available on the Web site. In addition, forums are re-broadcast the first Saturday night after a forum at 8 p.m. and the first Tuesday at 7 p.m. on KBSX NPR News 91 (91.5 on the FM dial) and the first Tuesday following a forum at noon on KBSU AM (730 and 1450 on the AM dial).
11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., $14 for members, $19 for nonmembers; $5 for listeners (speaker only, no meal); $10 for students with valid student ID, The Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd., CityClubOfBoise.org.