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No Permanent Damage • Subtitled Saga • Set, Bump, Spike the Pigskin • Ride the Rail • Just for Punkers

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5 wednesday

No Permanent Damage

Events for the Third Annual Japan Festival at Boise State continue with a Japanese martial arts demonstration. Members of the Idaho Kendo Club, Boise State Judo Club and the Boise Valley Judo Club will be on hand to show off their training. These forms of martial arts are less about taking a whupping and more about overcoming challenges, accomplishing personal growth and using someone's aggression against them to counteract an attack. Shigeru K. Yokoyama of the Boise branch of Shorinji Kempo will MC the event. Shorinji Kempo is a modern Japanese martial art using both hard (punch, kick) and soft (escape, throw) techniques in which attacking first is generally forbidden. For a complete schedule of events, visit idahofriend.moo.jp/toppage/JapanFestival2008.htm.

5 to 6:35 p.m., FREE, Boise State Student Union, Jordan Ballroom.

8 saturday

Subtitled Saga

The Boise Chapter of the Association for India's Development (AID) is presenting the Bollywood blockbuster Jodhaa Akbar. The three-hour and 20 minute Indian (Hindi) movie has English subtitles and will have an intermission halfway through. The movie is the story of the 16th century India Moghul monarch Akbar the Great and his beloved wife Queen Jodhaa. Their tale of true love began as a political maneuver. In order for Akbar to gain the allegiance of the Rajputs, he was betrothed to the daughter of King Bharmal of Amer. Jodhaa, the Rajput princess, resented the arrangement and was prejudiced against her new husband. Akbar's greatest challenge was crossing over the thin line between love and hate to make his marriage of convenience a true union. Proceeds raised will go to the project Identity Foundation, a remedial reading program. AID-Boise works on a number of worthy projects to empower the people of India, from fighting malnutrition to funding mobile health clinics and eco-friendly and renewable resource development.

3 p.m., $10, The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, Boise.Aidindia.org/index.php.

Set, Bump, Spike the Pigskin

Trading in football shoulder pads for kneepads, two Green Bay Packers and one San Diego Charger will try out a different sport at a celebrity volleyball game benefiting the Boise area Crime Stoppers program. Former Boise State football alumni Korey Hall, Daryn Colledge and Legedu Naanee, now NFL players, are coming back to town to take on some local television and radio personalities and law enforcement officials. Watch as big men and little locals go head to head in an all-out volleyball brawl. Coaches, don't fret; the NFL players will try to keep their competitive natures down to a dull roar. Even if the tough guys are tempted to go crashing into the bleachers after a runaway ball, there'll be no flying leaps into the crowd.

6 p.m., tickets are available by calling 208-639-1690, $35 family pass (two adults, six kids 15 and younger); $15 single pass (one adult, two kids 15 and younger), Sawtooth Middle School, 3730 N. Linder Rd., Meridian, 208-855-4200.

Ride the Rail

The Cricket Wireless College Campus Rail Jam Tour sets up terrain at college campuses all across the country for snowboarders to practice their tricks and skills in friendly competition. Besides building a winter wonderland in the middle of a city, the events prove that getting involved in college student organizations and campus activities is cooler than ever. Five semi trucks of snow are being hauled off Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area and will be dumped onto the intramural field at Boise State. The snowboarding tour was such a big (air) success last year that organizers have added more stops and are visiting a total of 14 colleges in seven different states. The finals will be held in Portland, Ore., in May. When all is said and done, the winner will take home a $5,000 purse. Along with local clothing sponsor m(t)theory clothing, national sponsors of the event include Fuel TV and Snowboarder magazine, to name a few. After the event, spectators will be invited to attend the Sawtooth Mountain Film Festival for more big air action on the big screen.

1 p.m., FREE to watch, entrance fee for competitors, Boise State Campus recreation field, CampusRailJamTour.com.

Just for Punkers

The Vandals are coming, The Vandals are coming. Members have come and gone, but the punk band has stayed strong since 1989. The freedom of indie labels has kept The Vandals alive, and they don't see a need to change the formula now. Through a rotating line of drummers, punk-themed television shows and inclusion in movies and mainstream tours, The Vandals have continued to do it their way or not at all, earning them their reputation for always giving fans more of what they want instead of trying to make it big in mainstream music. A sampling of song titles from their albums include "Join us for Pong," "Clowns are Experts (At Making Us Laugh)" and "People That Are Going to Hell," paint a mental picture of these punkers with incredible lasting power. They take over The Big Easy with local openers, The Useless.

8 p.m. $13, The Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St., Boise, Vandals.com.