Monkey see, Monkey do
Dr. Jane Goodall, primatologist, conservationist and United Nations messenger of peace, is giving a public lecture about the Jane Goodall Institute. Goodall, known for speaking off the cuff, will discuss conservation actions to save animals and the planet. Following the talk, every single person in line can get a book signed by Goodall. ZooBoise is the first zoo in the country to start a conservation fund, and part of that fund is what brought Goodall to Boise.
"When we started the project, we thought why not start at the top? Goodall speaks to people of all backgrounds, scientists and animal lovers," said Liz Littman, development and marketing associate at ZooBoise.
7 p.m., $10/$20/$50, zooboise.org. Qwest Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, box office 208-331-8497.
9 Thu. – 12 Sun.
The dancers of Idaho Dance Theatre have a little extra spring in their steps for the final performance of the company's 20th season. For Full Throttle, Carl Rowe presents "Prime of Life" inspired by Idaho's wide-open desert spaces with music by Jennifer Higden. IDT alumni dancer Lauren Edson's funny, contemporary ballet "1964" is set to the music of The Beatles. Kelli Brown returns with a new work, "Suspended," about risk. And a collaborative piece by Marla Hansen titled "Fractured Silence" includes an original score by local composer David Alan Earnest, the Verde Percussion group and pianist Del Parkinson.
April 9-11, 8 p.m., $28 adults/$20 seniors/$14 youth; Sunday, April 12, 2 p.m., with special pricing $20 adults/$15 seniors/$10 students. Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr., 208-331-9592, idahodancetheatre.org.
Folk Rock Pop
The Flying M Coffeegarage is a favorite venue of local bands as well as national acts for a couple of reasons: Word of mouth and the fact that the venue works hard to be nice to the musicians. Take a jaunt out to Nampa for the Spondee CD Release Party and congratulate Clint, Melissa, Cody, Noah, Seth, James and Lindsey on their first independently released album. And don't forget your dancing shoes; the music will move you. Bands Hillfolk Noir, The Very Most and fauxbois (formerly Mayerforceone Academy of Arts and Sciences) are performing on the bill as well. Affordable entertainment never sounded so good.
7:30 p.m., $3, The Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533.
Take a Walk, Take a Stand
For the third year, local organizers have put together an event to raise awareness of the Act Now for Darfur Global Day. Join a group of concerned citizens in a walk from the Boise Depot to the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial to take a stand against the genocide. A Holocaust survivor will address the group, and local Darfur refugees share poetry and monologues along with information on how to help. Find out more at savedarfur.org.
11 a.m., FREE, Boise Depot, 2603 Eastover Terrace.
11 Sat. – 12 Sun.
Meeting of the Tribes
This year's Seven Arrows Powwow, organized and hosted by students of the Intertribal Native Council, is expecting record numbers. The celebration of Native American culture, tradition and education includes intertribal dance contests in which everyone joins a big dance circle, Native American drum groups and a keynote address. There will also be an invocation offering well wishes for safety and peace by Dr. Michael Pavel, Skokomish, from Washington State University. Pavel is revered as a "warrior in education and a spiritual leader." Grand entries occur at noon and 7 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday. During the inaugural Miss Seven Arrows contest, one young woman will be elected to represent Boise State, the INC and the Seven Arrows Powwow. Organizer Tai Simpson said, "The Seven Arrows Powwow is a lesson in culture and living color. There is good medicine at a powwow. Everyone is invited to join us."
April 11, 9 a.m.-11 p.m., and April 12, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., $2 adults/$1 for students with ID/FREE for seniors and children 6 and younger. Boise State Student Union Grand Ballroom, 1910 University Dr.
No Brain Drain in Boise
The Boise Young Professionals are a group of movers and shakers who place an emphasis on career goals as well as political and community activism. The guest of April's lounging series is Rep. Walt Minnick, from Idaho's First Congressional District. On tax day, Treasure Valley taxpayers can pick Minnick's brain about the various committees he is part of and how his consensus-based approach to handling Idaho's issues is shaking out on a national level.
5:30 p.m., FREE for Boise Young Professional members/ $15 nonmembers, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, boiseyp.org.