BW Picks

Masters of Their Mediums • Mountain Music • Yes, It is a Popularity Contest • Diversity Drive • Stand up to Pedal • Lovin' Politics


12 wednesday

Masters of Their Mediums

Dan Looney and John Killmaster are the featured artists of the "Books and Brushes" exhibit and both will attend the artists' reception. Looney works in watercolor, oil, and acrylic and has adopted the moniker "artist for all seasons" because he will re-create new renderings of his work by mixing up the colors or changing the seasons. Killmaster, an art professor at Boise State, has had a lasting influence on many of his students, who credit him for teaching them to "kill the canvas" and get over the intimidation of filling up a blank slate. The internationally renowned enamelist also works in watercolor, oil and gouache. His work has been shown in many different countries, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian Institution. Now the work of these down-to-earth superstars is highlighted through March.

5:30 p.m., Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City.

14 friday

Mountain Music

The perfect recipe for mountain life is a blend of beautiful scenery, crisp air and bountiful recreation opportunities. Take snow sports, environmental awareness and a rocking music festival and you've got 48STRAIGHT in Sun Valley. Labeled the "Loudest Show on Snow," the event has live concerts, ski and snowboard racing, half pipe competitions and environmental symposiums. Events are held at popular spots spread all across town and a sampling of entertainers signed on to perform includes Michael Franti and Spearhead and Ky-Mani Marley, who fits nicely into the mix. Reared in a Miami ghetto, this new generation of Marley musician produces beats and lyrics that come with an advisory warning. (BW "Listen Here" by Amy Atkins, Dec. 12, 2007). For more information, visit

11 a.m. on March 14 until 4:30 p.m. on March 16, Sun Valley.

Yes, It is a Popularity Contest

For Face Off 2008, presented by the Boise State Student Programs Board, Boise Guitar Center and 100.3-FM The X, nine bands will rock two stages in an all-ages, alcohol-free battle of the bands. The starting lineup was chosen by the band who collected the most Face Off friends through MySpace ... and the winners are The Franklin Coverup and Blue Mask. The full lineup includes Save the Arcade, Building a Better You, The Useless, Xex, Uncle Bud, Portrait of the Assassin and Sub*Vert. The rockers are all going for first place, but every band will come away with a gift certificate from the Guitar Center. During the battle, hordes of adoring fans will vote by raffle ticket to ensure their favorite band wins. Casting a vote also secures a place in a drawing to score a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar. Be present to win or remain a face in the crowd.

7 p.m.-midnight, FREE, Boise State Student Union Hatch Ballroom, 208-426-3835.

Diversity Drive

The Boise Pride Membership Kick-off event is for anyone interested in joining an all-inclusive and active organization. Boise Pride is not just for individuals; groups and companies are encouraged to get involved. The membership drive begins mid-March and will occur every weekend until June. During that time, representatives from the organization will be available to answer questions and inform potential members about upcoming festivals and events. They will also share information about special promotions offered by the group's sponsors. During the drive on Sundays between noon and 5 p.m., anyone who makes a $5 donation will get a sweet deal on a pint from Lucky Dog Tavern.

6 p.m. to midnight, FREE, Lucky Dog Tavern, 2223 Fairview Ave., Boise,

15 saturday

Stand up to Pedal

In Liverdance III, your largest internal organ gets as much of a workout as your lungs and legs. The latest Warlocks Bicycle Club event beckons every man and woman who dares to race around on two wheels to compete in a scavenger hunt-type contest. This crazy thing called alley-cat racing involves some slamming—both hitting the pavement and the ingestion of the liquid courage—in order to continue on. Cuts, scrapes and near-misses only add to the sense of adventure and make for good storytelling from year to year. In the end, all riders gather to single out the champions and celebrate in one big group of cycle-loving comrades.

6 p.m., $10 entry, Camels Back Park, 13th St., Boise.

18 tuesday

Lovin' Politics

That's politics, not politicians. (Keep that kind of love to yourself.) If you've got a jones for the political whirl, join like-minded others for a panel discussion and some kickass (that's normal ass, not necessarily a Democratic donkey reference) networking. Six young political types will share a stage to gab about how they got involved and how you can, too. Two lawmakers, two campaign workers and two lobbyists make up the panel. They're all fresh-faced but making a dent in the city and the state. Sponsored by the Boise Young Professionals, a new group of young and young-at-heart professional types who've been drawing crowds at their events, so get in early.

5:30-7 p.m., free for Boise Young Professionals, $10 to nonmembers, cost goes up March 14, Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St.,