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Orchids Preserve Well ... Onions, Not so Much • Experience and educate • 48 hours of film • Hazy Daze

Thursday 17

Orchids Preserve Well ... Onions, Not so Much

Each year, a jury of architects, preservationists and historians trek about Idaho, eyes wide with a focus on preserved, renovated or adapted historic buildings. Then they head to home base and vote on which of those buildings best exhibit the positive contribution of their individual or organizational make-up artists.

Then there's the other side that points out those individuals and organizations that weren't so tactful in their choice to demolish what was history (that's where the smelly, make-me-want-to-cry, onion-y bit comes in).

Categories for this year's Orchids Awards include Excellence in Historic Preservation, Contribution to Historic Preservation, Preservation-Sensitive New Construction, Friend of Preservation, Distinguished Preservationist, Cultural Heritage Preservation and, new this year, Heritage Stewardship. Buildings and locals within these categories include museums, residential, historic landmarks and more.

The Onion Awards have but one category: Why did you do it?

Find out who's smelly and who's sweet at Thursday's Orchids and Onions Awards Ceremony.

6:30 p.m. $25, 208-424-5111, Capitol City Christian Church, 615 N. 9th St., Boise.

Friday 18-Sunday 20

Experience and educate

Seas of softened grasses, a myriad of musical melodies and endless displays of creative expression make up what is the Eagle Island Experience. Located on the lush grounds of Eagle Island State Park, this festival celebrates Earth with educational demonstrations, honors the belly with an extensive selection of treats and beverages, and basks in the aural sensation of over 13 musical performances, including Head Like This, Cyndie Lee and Streetwise, Farmdog, Phoenix and Afterbuffalo, Lori B! and the Boys, Dallas Hodges, Eddie Turner, The Fire Kittens, Terra Sonus, Cultural Dancing, 8traC and Scribe.

Fri., May 18, 5-10 p.m.; Sat., May 19, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sun., May 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $5 a day, $10 3-day passport, available at the gate, Terrapin Station, 1519 W. Main and Color Fusion Glass, 3050 N. Lake Harbor Ln. 208-336-0308, and Eagle Island State Park, 2691 Mace Rd., Eagle.

Saturday 19-Sunday 20

48 hours of film

What is this "i48 experience" business buzzing around town? If you were out at all last weekend, you probably saw some folks out and about--on the street, in the mountains, alongside the water--with hefty cameras, acting strangely.

The rules were pretty basic: teams (no limit on the number of people to a team) had 48 hours to write, film, edit and submit a 4- to 7-minute short. But that's not all. To defer any prior planning of script or plot, upon picking up their packets at precisely 5 p.m. on Friday afternoon, teams were given a prop, a single line of dialogue, a character and a genre that must be incorporated into the film. You can only imagine the hysteria--48 hours of it.

Stop imagining and head over to the Flicks and the Egyptian this weekend to see for yourself. See all of the films on Saturday, or just the "Best Of" screening held on Monday. Our suggestion: Go to both. The films are short and worth a double review.

Sat., May 19, 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. $6. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222,

Sun., May 20. 7 p.m. $6. The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454,

saturday 19

Peace: what does it look like?

It's 2:27 in the morning. Eyes open. Creativity stirs. Unfortunately, you have no other option but to get out of bed, hesitantly tiptoe into the other room and delicately apply brush strokes. What you'd like to do is jump up, turn on some music and attack the canvas. Ah, what you would give for a freshly brewed cup of joe alongside an open art space. Flying M Coffeegarage is offering you such an opportunity. This Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., the coffee shop opens its doors to artists and musicians who would like to share their vision of a peaceful world by creating art.

The Student Peace Alliance of Idaho is supporting a national grassroots lobbying effort to create a U.S. Department of Peace, supported by a bill currently before the U.S. House of Representatives (HR 808).

Artists and musicians will rotate in and out of the space for a consecutive 24 hours of peaceful envisioning. Sunset to sunrise, coffee, music and art: sounds good.

All of the donated pieces will be featured in a silent auction held at Visual Arts Collective on June 16 (check these pages for more information as the event approaches). The event will also feature music, performers and a special keynote speaker.

10 a.m.-10 a.m. (24 hours). Artists, contact Nikki at 208-921-5603. Musicians, contact Blanca at 208-703-3892. Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 2nd St. S., Nampa. 208-695-8247.

Sunday 20

hazy daze

Zoo Daze is back. And once again, you can expect an outrageous outing full of frolicking children, educational and entertaining games, fun jumps, face-painting, food and--dare we say it--a zoo-worth of animals. Come on, as if you need reason beyond lots and lots of furry, feathered and ferocious--nay, friendly--two-, four- and more-legged animals. Want to score points with the children? Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer will be there, too. Sponsored by Lite 107, KTVB Channel 7, Cable One, Treasure Valley Family Magazine and Cricket Wireless.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5.25 for adults ages 12 and older, $3 seniors age 62 and older, $2.75 children ages 4-11, FREE for kids under 3 and Zoo Boise members, 208-384-4125, Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Dr., Boise.