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Munnys for Money • You Betcha, It's Devotchka • Dickens' Drop-In Christmas

Wednesday 6

Munnys for Money

There's a new rave that's become a fave here at BW (for some of us, it's becoming an obsession), inspired by the folks at The Record Exchange. The buzz is all about Munnys.

Munnys are little vinyl collectibles that are a cross between art and toy. They are about 10 inches tall with two legs, two arms, adorable potbellies and over-sized, round heads. Kissing cousins of the popular Kidrobot brand Dunnys, Munnys can be purchased in a variety of colors and styles. We're particularly keen on the holiday do-it-yourself Munny who comes fully equipped for the winter season with a stocking hat, candy-cane, bottle of booze and gift.

Right now The Record Exchange is playing foster parent to 12 of these little guys, each with one-of-a-kind designs by local artists and waiting for a new home. The dolls are part of a silent auction to benefit the Community Detox Coalition in support of their mission to decrease crime and provide a safe recovery for those seeking withdrawl from alcohol and/or other drugs.

Artists include Toby Robin, Tim Johnstone, Ben Wilson, Shelly McCarl, Chris Parker, Lisa and Eli Pisano, Sean Wyatt, Will Spearman, Eric Payne, Doug Martsch with Karena and Ben Youtz, Divit Cardoza, Grant Olsen, Mike Flinn, Katy Shanafelt and Ian Bunnell. The Munnys were unveiled Monday, Dec. 4 and the bidding is now open.

Bidding ends Friday, December 22 at 7 p.m. sharp. The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise, 344-8010.

Thursday 7

You Betcha, It's Devotchka

It's Thursday. Drop everything, call a sitter, find something stylish, yet warm to wear and get thee to the Neurolux at 9 p.m. We know this sounds a little demanding and, to be sure, it's as much of an order as we'll ever utter--but it's also one we think you'll be thankful for. Of course, if you were fortunate to catch this band at any of their previous shows here in town (this will be their fifth Boise appearance in the last three years), you've already got the babysitter all lined up. If you're not familiar with Devotchka, here's a quick introduction:

The Denver, Colorado-based quartet is made up of Nick Urata, who sings and plays theremin, guitar, bouzouki, piano and trumpet; Tom Hagerman, on violin, accordion and piano; Jeanie Schroder, who sings and plays a double bass and a sousaphone adorned with Christmas lights; and Shawn King on percussion and trumpet. Devotchka used to be a back-up band for burlesque shows, even touring with fabulous fetish model Mrs. Marilyn Manson (Dita von Teese) until their own fan base grew to such a degree that they began touring as headliners. Blending Greek, Russian, Mexican and island influences, Devotchka offers crazy, brilliant music and puts on an amazing live performance.

9 p.m., with My Brightest Diamond, $12 in advance through Ticketweb, $14 at the door, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 343-0886.

Saturday 9

Dickens' Drop-In Christmas

The Cabin presents their third-annual, unabridged relay reading of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. Readers take turns reading sections of the story from beginning to end. Come for part or all of the reading as this year's readers are an especially festive bunch and include Sadie Babits, All Things Considered host, news reporter and producer at Boise State; Bill Cope, BW columnist; Lynn Hofflund, teacher, producer and actor (including roles with Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise Contemporary Theater and Opera Idaho); Bob Kustra, president of Boise State University and his wife Kathy; David Nevin, criminal defense lawyer; Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman columnist; Carole Skinner, owner and operator of the Flicks; and Curtis Stigers, jazz musician. Treats, refreshments and holiday amusements will follow.

3-6 p.m., FREE, The Cabin, 801 S. Capital Blvd., Boise, 331-8000, www.thecabinidaho.org.

Clay and Fire: Ceramics Show and Sale

Some people are just harder to buy for than others. Those people aren't ones to deny themselves and when they want something, they just go and get it. They already have an iPod. They already have a digital camera. So, what to buy them? One item that makes a great holiday gift that any one on your list can enjoy all year long is art. And, just in time for the gift-giving season, Boise State hosts its bi-annual ceramics sale featuring hundreds of high-quality pieces created by Boise State students, faculty, staff and alumni. Find everything from the elegant to the exotic, from everyday useful items to eclectic forms of ceramic art. All proceeds benefit the Boise State Visiting Artists in Ceramics Series.

Dec. 9-11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Liberal Arts Building, Boise State University, Boise, 426-3205.